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United Nations use sport to educate young sport leaders in Asia

15 August 2013

Geneva (UNOSDP) - Touching down for the first time in Asia, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace’s Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) will start next week (22nd August 2013) in Gwangju, Republic of Korea (ROK).  In partnership with Right to Play and the 2015 Gwangju Universiade Organising Committee, this Asian episode of the YLP will empower another 33 participants (17 female & 16 male)  working in the field of sport for development and peace.


For 13 days, the participants and their facilitators will cover a series of themes, including leadership, education, inclusion of those with a disability, peace, conflict resolution and gender equality. The aim is to educate the participants with the skills required to promote positive social change in their communities and projects.

 Highlighting the YLP’s uniqueness amongst other sport for development programmes, the Gwangju venue will host three participants from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. A clear signal to the rest of the world that sporting events can be used to promote peaceful dialogue amongst conflicting nations.

 UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke is delighted with the variety of nationalities that will attend the YLP in Gwangju.

 “One of the features of the YLP is the ability to bring a vast selection of cultures and experiences together to the one location.  The participants learn so much from each other and from the facilitators, they gain a certainness richness of information that may not be found anywhere else.

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