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GWANGJU WELCOMES PARTICIPANTS OF THE 13TH YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP

3 February 2015

Gwangju, Republic of Korea (UNOSDP)– 30 young people from 15 countries of Asia and Oceania have gathered today in Gwangju, as the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) enters the fourth year of its history.

Initiated by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), the program targets youth aged 18-25 currently working or volunteering in Sport for Development and Peace projects and showing the potential to be community leaders. These are young activists from all across the world who strive to bring change to their homelands through engaging groups in grassroots sport and physical activity programmes. The selected candidates are invited to attend a camp where they get practical and theoretical training on how they can maximize the use of sport to empower and educate youth from their own community, advance positive social changes.

The inaugural camp of the year, and 13th in the general count, is returning to the Honam University of Gwangju, Republic of Korea, which has already hosted two YLP events. It is jointly organized by the UNOSDP, 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade Organizing Committee and the Youth Sport Trust, and includes facilitators from international sport and development organizations. Over the course of the next ten days, the YLP participants will be offered workshops and presentations by the International Table Tennis Federation, International Olympic Truce Centre, World Taekwondo Federation, English Football Association and UNAIDS.

As part of the programme, the participants will also attend EPICS Forum, an international platform which for the third consecutive year will bring together emerging leaders to inspire, motivate and encourage them to drive change in social and environmental issues.

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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 in 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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