The Walk for Peace Foundation will partner with UNOSDP in order to host a Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) Camp, the flagship educational initiative of the UNOSDP designed for young people working in grassroots sports projects in developing countries, with the goal of organizing a Camp annually in the People’s Republic of China together with local and international partners.
A corresponding Letter of Intent was signed on 21 December in London, between the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, and Lady Xuelin Li Bates, Chair of the Walk for Peace Foundation along with its Founder Lord Michael Bates.
In order to empower youth and to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals, the UNOSDP will find and select participants for the two-week long Camp from countries around the world while the World for Peace Foundation will endeavour to secure and arrange all venues, including the classroom and sporting facilities, boarding accommodation and restaurant facilities.
“We are very pleased to partner with the Walk for Peace Foundation to make the best of sport to empower youth around the globe” said Mr. Lemke.
"Sport is a growing force in China building on the success of the 2008 Beijing Olympic & Paralympic Games, the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, The 2015 World Athletics Championship in Beijing and looking forward to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. I am confident China will be able to be an outstanding partner and host for the UN Youth Leadership Programme in 2017" said Lady Xuelin Li Bates.
The objective of the YLP is to support deserving young community workers, coaches and volunteers from disadvantaged backgrounds and with limited resources, by providing them with access to theoretical and practical training on how sport can be better used to effect positive change in their communities. Since its launch in 2012, UNOSDP held 23 YLP camps in 8 different countries educating more than 800 youth leaders.
Notes to Editors:
Walk for Peace Foundation has been founded by British politician Lord Bates and his wife Xuelin Li Bates. On the third edition of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, April 6, Michael Bates undertook a 3000km solo-walk from Buenos Aires, host city of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro, host city for the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games. The reason for the walk was twofold to raise awareness for the 2016 Olympic Truce and to raise funds for Unicef’s work with Children in Danger.