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15 August 2013

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 (22 August 2013) in Gwangju, Republic of Korea.  In partnership with Right to Play and the 2015 Gwangju Universiade Organising Committee, this Asian episode of the Youth Leadership Programme will empower another 33 participants (17 female and 16 male)  working in the field of sport for development and peace.

For 13 days, the participants and their facilitators will cover a series of themes, including leadership, education, inclusion of those with a disability, peace, conflict resolution and gender equality.  The aim is to educate the participants with the skills required to promote positive social change in their communities and projects.

Highlighting the Youth Leadership Programme’s uniqueness amongst other sport for development programmes, the Gwangju venue will host three participants from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  A clear signal to the rest of the world that sporting events can be used to promote peaceful dialogue amongst conflicting nations.

United Nations Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke is delighted with the variety of nationalities that will attend the Youth Leadership Programme in Gwangju.

“One of the features of the Youth Leadership Programme is the ability to bring a vast selection of cultures and experiences together to the one location.  The participants learn so much from each other and from the facilitators, they gain a certainness richness of information that may not be found anywhere else.

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About the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace:
Mr. Wilfried Lemke, of Germany, was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace on 11 April 2008, serving on a $1 per year salary with the rank of Under-Secretary-General.  In this role, the Special Adviser aims to reach out further to the world of sport and more systematically and coherently encourage the use of sport the pursuit of development cooperation, humanitarian aid and peace-building efforts.  Mr. Lemke succeeded Adolf Ogi, former President of the Swiss Confederation, who had served as Special Adviser since 2001.

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