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.
UNOSDP's Annual Report 2013 is available here (.pdf, 1.7 MB)
Recognizing the importance of sustaining momentum around the development potential of sport, UNOSDP performs the following duties:
ADVOCACY & GUIDANCE:
Through conferences, reports, official resolutions, media outreach, public relations and networking, UNOSDP assists the Special Adviser in raising awareness about the use of physical activity, sport and play as powerful tools in the advancement of development and peace objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the aim of encouraging the mainstreaming and replication of initiatives that truly make a difference. UNOSDP also provides guidance and assistance to those who currently engage or would like to engage in harnessing the potential of sport as a force for good.
FACILITATION & COORDINATION
Emphasising dialogue, knowledge-sharing and partnerships, UNOSDP serves as a facilitator, encouraging cross-cutting and interdisciplinary exchanges between all stakeholders interested in using sport as a tool for education, health, development and peace. In the lead-up to and during major global sports events, UNOSDP works on fostering UN-wide coordination and representation. In relation to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008 for instance, UNOSDP was instrumental in collecting and disseminating information on the projects undertaken by the UN system at headquarters level as well as in China. For both events, the Special Adviser was designated to represent the UN Secretary-General and to head the UN delegation.
In addition, the UNOSDP also serves as the official secretariat for the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG), an inter-governmental policy initiative whose aim is to promote the integration of Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) policy recommendations into the national and international development strategies of national governments.
UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camps
During his missions undertaken in his capacity as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke meets many highly motivated youth who tirelessly support their communities by volunteering to work on social and SDP projects. Most of these youth have only very basic education levels, limited resources with which to carry out their projects and do not have a proper forum where they can learn best practices in the field or develop their leadership skills.
Thus, the idea of organizing Youth Leadership Camps was conceived in order to support such youth by giving them access to theoretical and practical training needed to improve both their projects and their own professional progress, and by supporting them once they go back to their communities.
UEFA's 2010 Monaco Charity Award
In August 2010, UNOSDP was honoured with the 2010 Monaco Charity Award by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The € 1 million award was agreed to be spent funding five Sport for Development and Peace projects touching on five thematic areas (Gender, Peace, Health, Education and Disability) in five geographical regions over four years (2011-2015).
Partnership is at the very core of the model chosen by UNOSDP for disbursing the funds. The process began late 2010 with the initial invitations going out to around ninety selected UN agencies and NGOs to submit an application. In the end, only five highly deserving projects were selected, namely:
the implementation of sporting, educational, training and cultural activities (along with the provision of sporting and IT equipment) in a brand new multi-sports Youth Centre in Gatumba, Burundi, in the border region with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The project is a unique joint venture carried between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Government of Burundi, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the National Olympic Committee of Burundi;
a project in the Gaza Strip, designed by the Berlin-based Office for Psychosocial Issues (OPSI) and supported by the German Foreign Ministry and UNRWA to train coaches and peer leaders to offer socio-psychological support to school children by using two newly built sports grounds;
a project by the Tajikistan National Taekwondo Federation, with support from UN WOMEN, which will aim to strengthen the access for girls to sport and aim to promote women’s rights in Tajikistan;
a project coordinated by the NGO BlazeSports aimed at increasing and enhancing inclusive disability sport and physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities in Haiti;
and a programme by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Ukraine, which will use the social and educational potential of football to empower disadvantaged youth in the most affected regions of the country.
Score the Goals Comic Book
On 24 January 2011, Spanish and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke officially launched in Geneva the comic book “Score the Goals – Teaming Up to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals”. The 32-page educational book features 10 football stars who become shipwrecked on an island with a group of ordinary people. The group is finally rescued thanks to their teamwork, their resourcefulness and their faculty to address key challenges such as discrimination, environmental degradation and sickness.
The UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) led the project, in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), and the Stop TB Partnership.
‘Sport for a Better World’ Fundraising Gala Dinner
On 23 November 2009, a fundraising gala dinner in Dubai raised more than USD 900,000 for Sport for Development and Peace projects, in particular for children and youth in the Palestinian territories. The event was hosted by HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, United Nations Messenger of Peace and President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and Mr. Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace.
|Since its creation in 2001, UNOSDP has played an active role in facilitating the longstanding and manifold relations between the United Nations system and the Olympic movement. UNOSDP and the International Olympic Committee collaborate on many fronts, at the international level, including the organization of joint events. At the present time, 15 UN system organizations have established agreements with the IOC. In October 2009, the Lausanne-based organization was granted Permanent Observer Status to the UN General Assembly.|
On 12 October 2012, the United Nations and the International Judo Federation (IJF) signed in Abu Dhabi an initial two-year partnership agreement.
So far, the IJF has contributed to all the camps organized by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP). Each time, an IJF instructor was present on the ground to teach the young participants how to use judo for conflict prevention and management purposes. Reciprocally, the Special Adviser and UNOSDP have also contributed to the IJF projects and participated in several IJF ‘Judo for Peace’ seminars, where the main topics were judo as an educational tool in peace-building activities and the promotion of human rights.
On 9 July 2012, the United Nations (UN) and the Gwangju Universiade 2015 Organizing Committee (GUOC) signed a partnership agreement seeking to support the attainment and awareness of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as to promote dialogue and mutual understanding through sport. The partnership was signed in the Southern city of Gwangju, Republic of Korea, by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, and Gwangju Mayor and GUOC Co-Chairman, Kang Un-Tae.
The partnership presents two main objectives: to foster inter-Korean exchanges through sport and to promote the eight MDGs – which include eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education and promoting gender equality – through the Games’ legacy and outreach programme ‘EPIC’ (standing for Eco-friendliness, Peace, IT and Culture).
On 18 November 2011, the United Nations and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) signed a two-year partnership agreement seeking to support the attainment and awareness of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as to further harness the power of volleyball to bring about positive social change worldwide. The partnership was signed at the Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo on the sidelines of the FIVB Women's World Cup 2011 by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, and FIVB President, Jizhong Wei.
A large part of the partnership consists in raising awareness of UN actions, themes, values and campaigns at FIVB tournaments and in the framework of the “FIVB Heroes” campaign. Joint promotional measures include perimeter boards, videos, media and players’ engagement, media packs and guides. The cooperation will also be realized through the implementation of joint development and humanitarian projects, in collaboration with the national Volleyball federations in countries where FIVB tournaments will be staged, as well as with relevant UN organizations.
|In August 2010, UNOSDP was honoured with the 2010 Monaco Charity Award by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The € 1 million award was agreed to be spent funding five Sport for Development and Peace projects touching on five thematic areas (Gender, Peace, Health, Education and Disability) in five geographical regions over four years (2011-2015).|
In April 2010 was announced in Dubai a five-year partnership between the United Nations and SportAccord, the umbrella organisation grouping together 104 International Sports Federations and Organisations.
International Sport Federations and Organisations have the potential to play a crucial role in international development and peace-building. By harnessing the transformative power of their respective disciplines, they can become efficient agents to help realize the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Since late 2009, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) have been collaborating with Peace and Sport, a neutral and apolitical organization based in Monaco, under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. The three entities have agreed to work together to promote the role of sport in achieving sustainable peace and development, especially in countries emerging from conflicts.
In December 2008, Mr. Lemke joined the group of prominent figures who have been appointed as Peace and Sport Ambassadors.
Since 2005 and the signing of an Agreement during the UN International Year of Sport and Physical Education (IYSPE 2005), UNOSDP has collaborated with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on harnessing the power of adaptive sport to foster the inclusion and well-being of persons living with disabilities. On 15 November 2010, Wilfried Lemke received in Berlin the “Bobby” – a German media award bestowed by the Federal Association of Counselling for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities – for his engagement and support for people with disabilities worldwide.
The two organizations also partner in advocating for the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Convention, which entered into force in May 2008, aims at fighting against stigmatization and discrimination, and strengthening the rights of the world’s estimated 650 million persons with disabilities, including their right “to participate on an equal basis with others in recreational, leisure and sporting activities” (Article 30).
|In December 2012, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke and Korean Air Chairman Yang-ho Cho agreed to establish a framework for next-step cooperation in the area of Sport for Development and Peace, notably the UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camps.
The agreement with Korean Air included financial support for the UNOSDP. This partnership will seek to develop further cooperative initiatives that aid the UNOSDP in meeting the objectives of their mandate.
The Annual International Sport Securtiy Conference, 18-19 March 2013, Doha (Qatar)
Securing Sport brings together the most influential decision-makers, practitioners and experts to share best practice and to shape the global agenda in these fields. The two-day event provides a unique forum for international stakeholders to collaborate on a variety of areas and enhance the future of sport security, safety and integrity.
Securing Sport 2013 will be themed ‘Advancing the security and integrity of sport to safeguard the future’.
For more information, please visit www.SecuringSport.com.
World Sports Ministers Conference (MINEPS V), Berlin (Germany)
Ministers, senior government officials from all UNESCO Member States and representatives from non-governmental organizations will gather in Berlin (Germany) from 28 to 30 May 2013 at the 5th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS V), together with key stakeholders of the sporting world, to tackle the most pressing challenges in international sport policies and to make action-oriented recommendations.
The following key themes have been proposed by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS):
- Access to Sport as a Fundamental Right for All (access of women and girls; inclusion of persons with disabilities)
- Promoting Investment in Sport and Physical Education Programmes (promoting quality physical education; sport mega events and their sustainability)
- Preserving the Integrity of Sport (commitment to the values of sport and the fight against match fixing, illegal betting, doping and corruption in sport)
The Conference is co-organized by the German Government, represented by the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) and UNESCO, with the support of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE).
Mr Karl-Heinz Schneider
Head of Division SP2: EU and International Sport Matters
Head of the MINEPS Project Group
Federal Ministry of the Interior
Phone: +49 228 99 681 3187
Mr Alexander Schischlik
Anti-Doping and Sport Programme
Phone: +33 1 45 68 43 87
Mr Detlef Dumon
International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education
Phone: +49 30 311 02 32 10
For further inquiries please contact
Phone: +49 30 311 02 32 10
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Further information is available on the website.
3rd International Forum on Sport for peace and development 5-6 June 2013, New York (USA)
The third edition of the International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development will take place from 5 to 6 June 2013 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, USA. The biennial event aims to assess the successes and challenges of using sport as a tool for human development and peace promotion and looks at how to pave the way for future concerted action in these fields.
Under the theme of “Creating a Common Vision”, high-level stakeholders from governments, the sporting community, the UN system, the academic and business worlds, civil society groups and the media will debate the impact of sport on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as how to move forward with the mainstreaming of sport in development policies and strategies. The participants will also look at other issues which increasingly affect sport and its organisation, such as the protection of youth, gender equality and the integrity of sport.
The forum is jointly organised by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with the support of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).
For updates on the Forum and the upcoming registration launch please visit: www.olympic.org/IOC-UNForum2013
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