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Around the world, many highly motivated youth work tirelessly to support their communities through Sport-for-Development-and-Peace (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 or develop their leadership skills.

Thus, the idea of a “Youth Leadership Programme” 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.

The pilot UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme took place at the Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar, from 9 to 19 January 2012. The second camp took place in Hennef, Germany, from 18 to 28 June 2012 and the third edition in Macolin, Switzerland, from 25 September to 5 October 2012.






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 an international humanitarian and development non-governmental organization using the transformative power of sport and play to build essential skills in children and thereby drive social change in communities affected by war, poverty and disease.

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Participants arrive in Berlin for 9th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme 22 March 2014
UNOSDP (Berlin)- Moving on to the second Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) of 2014 , the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace host their 9th successful event along with co-organisers Right To Play and funding partners the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development at Germany’s largest Olympic training centre.
UN Special Adviser confident about Vietnam’s progress in using Sport for Development and Peace. 10 December 2013
From New Caledonia to Vietnam, the UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke takes this opportunity to discover how this nation is using sport to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Youth leaders meet UN Secretary-General in Chungju 26 August 2013
Gwangju (UNOSDP)- The International Rowing Federation (FISA), partners of the Gwangju Youth Leadership Programme, today got their World Championships underway with a brief appearance from Chungju native and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
United Nations Sports Programme gets Underway in Gwangju 22 August 2013
Gwangju (UNOSDP)- The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) will today commence with the Asian edition of the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP). Held in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, the 13 day event will focus on the education of young community sports volunteers from different countries in the Asian and Oceanic region.  
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.  ...
Anja Pärsons enjoys day at the Swedish Youth Leadership Program 26 June 2013
The Youth Leadership Program today was honoured with the presence of Olympic Gold Medallist, Anja Pärsons (SWE). As a Right to Play ambassador, Anja has a special interest in initiatives that use sport as tool to promote positive social change and development.
4th United Nations Sport for Development and Peace Youth Leadership Camp underway at Aspire 14 January 2013
Doha, Qatar (UNOSDP) – The 4th edition of the UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) kicked off today at the world renowned Aspire Dome in Doha, Qatar. The Camp brings together youth aged 18-25 in order to teach them the best practices in using sport as a tool for positive change in their communities. The 29 youth from Africa and the Middle East will return to their home countries on 25 January 2013 with a clear vision of how they can make improvements in their community by harnessing the p...
United Nations partners with Korean Air to add wings to Sport for Development and Peace initiatives 13 December 2012
Seoul (UNOSDP) – Today the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and Korean Air signed a Letter of Intent, aiming to establish a framework for next-step cooperation in the area of Sport for Development and Peace, notably the UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camps. The Letter of Intent was signed by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke and the Korean Air Chairman Yangho Cho during Mr. Lemke’s trip...
UNOSDP and partners wrap up successful pilot year for the Youth Leadership Camp initiative 18 October 2012
Geneva (UNOSDP) – The third UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp concluded on Friday, 5 October, at the Swiss Federal Office of Sport (OFSPO) in Macolin, Switzerland. After 11 days of both theoretical and practical training, the 26 youth coming from 16 countries returned home with the hope of putting what they have learned into practice back in their home communities. All of the youth have expressed with great confidence the benefit that this experience will have on their work back home.
The United Nations and the International Judo Federation Sign Partnership to Reinforce their Cooperation 12 October 2012
The United Nations (UN) and the International Judo Federation (IJF) today signed an initial two-year partnership agreement seeking to further harness the power of judo to bring about positive social change worldwide. The partnership was signed in Abu Dhabi on the sidelines of the Judo Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi 2012, by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, and the IJF President, Marius L. Vizer.

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