POSTED: January 9th 2012
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The first UNOSDP 2012 Youth Leadership Camp gets off the ground in Doha

(L to R) Johann Koss, CEO, Right To Play, Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Ivan Bravo, Director General, Aspire, Gary Adlen, Director, Liverpool FC Foundation / UNOSDP
(L to R) Johann Koss, CEO, Right To Play, Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Ivan Bravo, Director General, Aspire, Gary Adlen, Director, Liverpool FC Foundation / UNOSDP


LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

DOHA: The pilot UNOSDP 2012 Youth Leadership Camp was kicked off in Doha, Qatar today by UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke.

The 10-day leadership camp is led by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) international in partnership with Canadian NGO Right To Play and the Aspire Zone Foundation based in Doha.

Thirty young participants coming from nine countries in Sub–Saharan Africa and the Palestinian Territory are taking part in the camp. The purpose of the camp is to use sport-based social programs to make changes in their communities.

Lemke spoke at the opening, “The United Nations has long understood the unique power of sport for change; but for change to happen, strong leadership is needed.

“The UNOSDP 2012 Youth Leadership Camp provides concrete and practical leadership skills from some of the best leaders and experts in the field, in a truly collaborative spirit. This ensures that the lessons learned will guide these young leaders in their future endeavors,” he added.

A number of international organizations including the International Paralympic Committee, the International Judo, Basketball and Table Tennis Federations, and Liverpool FC, the German development agency, GIZ, teamed up with six non-governmental organizations to back the effort by helping to identify the participants, send experts or make in-kind donations.

Johann Olav Koss, CEO and President of Right To Play, said, “Our field of Sport for Development and Peace needs the energy and innovation that is found in younger generations. We are proud to support the UNOSDP and youth leaders with this essential initiative.”

“Aspire Zone Foundation is delighted to be working with UNOSDP and hosting this exciting initiative to improve the leadership of young individuals,” said Ivan Bravo, the Aspire Director-General.

Each participant will take away from the camp a specialized action plan that they will be able to implement in their local communities.  

Lemke concluded, “This pilot is a new starting point for the young beneficiaries of the program. We want to give them now the opportunities they did not get before.”


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