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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. 


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The Special Adviser speaks at UN event on Children, Sport and Development 15 December 2014
New York (UNOSDP) – Organized by the Italian and Jamaican Permanent Missions to the United Nations and co-sponsored by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, inter alia, the event “Children, Sport and Development – CRC@25: achievements and looking to post-2015” was held today to discuss new measures to safeguard and promote the lives of children in and through sport and explore how sport can be harnessed as a powerful tool to achieve the goal...
Youth Leaders Unite at EPICS Forum 2014 in Gwangju 27 August 2014
Gwangju, Republic of Korea (UNOSDP) - As part of the 12th Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) taking place in Gwangju this month, participants were invited to attend the 2nd Edition of the EPICS Forum hosted by the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade Organizing Committee (GUOC) and United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP). The purpose of the EPICS Forum is to promote the values of the UNOSDP and the five concepts of EPICS - Environment, Peace, IT, Culture, and Sport. The EPICS Fo...
The 12th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme Begins Today in Gwangju, Republic of Korea 18 August 2014
Gwangju, Republic of Korea (UNOSDP) - Today marks the beginning of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace's (UNOSDP) 12th Youth Leadership Programme (YLP).  This YLP will be held in Gwangju, Republic of Korea and is organized by UNOSDP, Right to Play, and the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade Organizing Committee (hereinafter GUOC).
The 11th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Programme is Underway in Stockholm 7 August 2014
Stockholm, Sweden (UNOSDP) - This week marks the start of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace's (UNOSDP) 11th Youth Leadership Programme (YLP). The YLP is being held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 3 - 14 August 2014 and includes 30 participants from a variety of different countries. Participants originate from Armenia, Cameroon, Congolese in Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tajikistan, Tanzania...
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.

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