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The third edition of the UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) took place in Macolin, Switzerland, from 25 September to 5 October 2012. The camp brought together 26 participants (16 young women, 10 young men) from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Palestinian Territories. It was organised by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), in collaboration with Right To Play and the Swiss Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO), as well as several other partner organizations.



The Swiss Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO), headquartered in Macolin, is the Swiss federal government’s centre for expertise in sports and a part of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports.

The mission of FOSPO is to promote sports and exercise in all age groups and at all levels of ability across Switzerland, its cantons and regions. It creates optimum conditions for active participation in sports and exercise that go beyond social and cultural boundaries. FOSPO is a service, education and training centre for elite, professional and amateur sports. As an education centre, it develops knowledge and imparts the skills and proficiencies required to practice and teach professional and amateur sports. It also plays a primary role in the development of important national sports facilities.





The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), based in Geneva and supported by a Liaison Office in New York, provides the entry point to the United Nations system with regard to Sport for Development and Peace, bringing the worlds of sport and development closer together. The Office assists the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace in his worldwide activities as an advocate, facilitator and representative of sports’ social impact in a development context.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Right To Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps children in more than 20 countries around the world build essential life skills and better futures, while driving a lasting social change.

FC Basel logo The Football Club Basel 1893 (FC Basel) has been a member of the Football Club Social Alliance since 2007. The Alliance was originally founded by Scort in 2007 and unites professional European football clubs for social responsibility.

GIZ, as a federal enterprise, supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. They are also engaged in international education work around the globe.

The International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) is the world authority for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport. ILS leads, supports and collaborates with national and international organisations engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport.

The International Judo Federation is the international governing body for Judo.
Logo Agitos The Agitos Foundation is the leading global organization developing sport activities for people with a disability as a tool for changing lives and contributing to an inclusive society for all. Its vision is to lead the Paralympic Movement’s aspiration of driving change towards an inclusive society.
The role of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) includes overseeing rules and regulations and seeking technological improvement for the sport of table tennis. The ITTF is responsible for the organization of numerous international competitions, including the World Table Tennis Championships that has continued since 1926.
  361 Degrees International is a sportswear brand company based in China, carrying various social responsibility activities.
Boxgirls International is a social profit organization that supports women and girls using boxing programmes as a catalyst for social change in their cities. Boxgirls International works with our partner projects in the field to deliver coaching through club and school programmes, as well as outreach activities to business, government and media decision makers to improve women's sport and social participation in general.
Play & Train is a non-profit association involved in sport, education and development from the grass roots to the elite level for people with a disability and their families.
Inspirasports is a non-profit organization specialized in the field of sport for development.
Swimsports.ch is the association of the swimming-interested organizations and institutions in Switzerland.



The eleven-day curriculum is designed as a series of both theoretical and practical course modules.

Using participatory facilitation techniques, the camp favours an experiential approach to learning. This methodology gives youth a chance to reflect on the lessons at hand, to connect their learning to real-life situations, and to apply their knowledge to their communities.

Through numerous partner organization presentations, leadership tasks, play-based activities and group discussions, the participants learn to maximize the transformative power of sport and play.

Each days is dedicated to a different thematic focus, such as 'Sport and Health', 'Sport and Persons with a Disability', 'Sport and Gender Inclusion' and ‘Sport and Peace’.

Sports disciplines that are mobilized for addressing these issues include boxing, judo, table tennis, football, yoga and basketball.

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