Incheon, Republic of Korea (UNOSDP) - This week marks the beginning of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. According to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) website, the 16-day event will include approximately 20,000 participants, including some 13,000 athletes and officials from 45 OCA member countries. The Asian Games are an event held every four years with the same sports programme as the Olympic Games, in addition to several sports that reflect the diverse sporting culture in Asia. The Asian Games are organized by the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the host country. The OCA, which has members sit on the NOC, is the apex sporting body in Asia with the objective “to develop sport, culture and education of Asian youth and to promote international respect, friendship, goodwill and peace through sports”, according to their website.
Geneva, Switzerland (UNOSDP, FIFA, UN) - With the Ebola outbreak spreading through West Africa, football’s world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has joined the United Nations in its efforts to help control the epidemic. Last Thursday, it was announced that the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in the Liberian capital Monrovia will be used to set up two large Ebola treatment units.
Mr. Wilfried Lemke delivers the opening speech at EPICS Forum 2014 in Gwangju, Republic of Korea (Photo: Seulgi/UCOG)
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 Forum is an annual event that started in 2013 and will culminate in 2015 before the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade.
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 Special Adviser, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, with participants at the 11th UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp in Sweden.
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, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The Special Adviser delivers a keynote address to the participants of the 2014 Imagine Peace Youth Camp
Ancient Olympia (UNOSDP & IOTC) - United Nations (UN) Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke, was recently in Ancient Olympia to meet with several key representatives from the International Olympic Truce Committee (IOTC) and to attend the IOTC Imagine Peace Youth Camp 2014.
Secretary-General Visits Sports for Hope Centre, Port-au-Prince
Port-au-Prince (UN & IOC) - United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, attended the opening of the “Sport for Hope Centre” in Port-au-Prince, alongside the Republic of Haiti President Michel Martelly. President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach officially opened the facility that will see sport being used to promote development and positive social change.
UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr Wilfried Lemke is talking with coach Aderlucia Silva about her experience within the sport camp
Rio (GIZ) - While Rio de Janeiro was busy preparing for the World Cup final on Sunday, the Favela Morro dos Prazeres celebrated its very own finale of the youth sports camp. UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke participated at this final ceremony to learn more about this youth project, which aimed at utilizing the power of sport, football in particular, to educate children and young adults.
UN Special Adviser, Mr Wilfried Lemke with panellists.
Geneva (UNOSDP) - In Geneva, the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group raised the topic, ‘Harnessing the Power of Sport to Address Gender-Based Violence’. Leading experts from around the world gathered to discuss and lead the movement to ensure participants safe participation in sport and in society.
Patrick Baumann, FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member with Wilfriend Lemke, Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Ambassador for Peace and Sport
Geneva (UNOSDP) - Mr Wilfried Lemke, the Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace to United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Last week visited the International Basketball Federation, Geneva, Switzerland to re-establish their partnership in order to use sport to promote peace and development.