FIFTH EDITION OF WORLD CONFERENCE OF SPORTS MINISTERS BEING HELD IN BERLIN FROM 28 TO 30 MAY
Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace is Opening the Conference
28 May 2013
The fifth edition of the World Conference of Sport Ministers (MINEPS) is being held in Berlin from 28 to 30 May 2013. The conference is jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of the Interior and UNESCO, with the support of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education.
To open the conference, a keynote address from the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, is being delivered by Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace.
MINEPS V sets the stage for discussing and formulating policy solutions as a crucial step towards addressing and overcoming main challenges in physical education and sport today. The conference will gather sports ministers from the majority of UNESCO’s 195 Member States.
Three main topics will be addressed at the conference: ‘Access to sport as a fundamental right for all’ (Commission I), ‘Promoting investment in sport and physical education programmes’ (Commission II) and ‘Preserving the integrity of sport’ (Commission III).
“Providing access to sports opportunities for all, in particular women and persons with disabilities, is one of my main priorities as a UN Special Adviser. Considering all the positive ways that sports can influence people and communities, no person should be denied the opportunity to participate”. – Wilfried Lemke
Throughout the conference, researchers, national sport ministries and practitioners will be given the opportunity to part-take in a poster exhibition. A poster displaying the work and focus areas of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) will be presented by the SDP IWG Secretariat (hosted by the United Office on Sport for Development and Peace) at this exhibition.
The film “GOLD”, directed by Michael Hammon, will be screened on Tuesday evening as a side-event linked to Commission I. The movie follows three outstanding top athletes in their personal and professional lives as they prepare for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The film will be shown after a short address by Mr. Lemke and Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, and attended by the film directors, producers and one of the protagonists, Kirsten Bruhn.
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ABOUT THE SPECIAL ADVISER TO THE UN 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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