Kang Un-Tae, Mayor of Gwangju & Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Sport for Development and Peace
GWANGJU - The United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) steps forward for South and North Korea to join hands with each other at the Gwangju Universiade 2015. The event’s organizing committee (co-chaired by Kang, Un-Tae and Chung, Eui-Hwa) had a signing ceremony for ‘UNOSDP-Gwangju Summer Universiade 2015 Joint Project’ on the morning of July 10th at the Gwangju City Hall Business Room and launched a sports exchange program for peace on the Korean peninsula.
UNOSDP is the United Nation’s sports policy executive body, and as the vehicle for facilitating peace and development, it has been organizing sports activities in developing countries and countries in conflict.
The chairperson of the organizing committee, Kang, Un-Tae, signed the agreement with the special adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, who visited Gwangju on behalf of the United Nations, and implemented Inter-Korean Sports Exchanges for the formation of a United Korean team at the Gwangju Universiade 2015 and the ‘EPIC Project’, the international mentoring program, for the youths in the world.
- Significance as the first agreement between the United Nations and Sports Organizing Committee in Asia
The significance of this Memorandum of Agreement lies in that this is the first agreement signed between UNOSDP and an International Sports Organizing Committee in Asia and that UNOSDP agreed to be the direct mediator and to provide support for the peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Under the Agreement, UNOSDP and Gwangju Universiade Organizing Committee (GUOC) will host Inter-Korean Sports Exchange similar to the Peace and Sports Cup 2011 and annual Youth Leadership Camps organized for the youth in developing countries and invite North Korea to the Camp as well.
Under the mediation of UNOSDP, through regular sports exchange until the year 2015, GUOC plans to accomplish formation of a United Korean Team in more than two sports disciplines at the Gwangju Universiade 2015.
Signing of the agreement
- Experts in five fields- Environment, Peace, IT, Culture and Development- become EPIC Speakers and mentors for youths
Nobel Peace Laureates, international environmentalists, artists, IT innovators and international figures in sports development will be selected as EPIC Speakers and, in addition, next generation value sharing projects for the spreading of Gwangju Universiade visions (EPIC) and values of the United Nations (the Millennium Development Goals) to the youths in the world will begin in full swing after the signing ceremony until 2015.
EPIC Speakers will communicate with the youths through the EPIC website, attend annual Youth Leadership Camps and forums in Korea and act as mentors for youths. By the end of this year, the EPIC Speakers will be choosen after a few selection processes.
Wilfried LemkeSpecial Adviser of the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, commented on the crucial role sport plays as a tool for bringing in a more peaceful world and development in our community. He also stated that UNOSDP and GUOC will share their expertise, resources and outreach activities to promote UN MDGs and peace through sport until 2015, as well as to bring a successful sports event hosted ever. Mr. Lemke expressed his anticipation on this new partnership with GUOC as a vehicle for reaching out to the world, delivering messages from the United Nations and its programs.
Chairperson Kang, Un-Tae also expressed his expectation on the role Mr. Lemke will play in achieving the formation of an Inter-Korean Team for the Gwangju Universiade 2015 as Mr. Lemke successfully brought two Koreas together in the Peace and Sports Cup 2011 hosted in Doha, Qatar. He stated that with active mediation and support from the United Nations, Gwangju Universiade 2015 will be another milestone in the sport history in Korea.
Gwangju Universiade will be hosted for 13 days in the beginning of July 2015 and around 20,000 athletes from 170 countries will participate in the event.
Prior to the signing ceremony, Special Adviser Mr. Wilfried Lemke, who was also general manager in one of the top football clubs in Europe, visited Gwangju Segwang School and played soccer with children with optical impairments at the Hiddink Dream Field. At the Hanyang University Olympic Stadium on July 11th at 2 p.m., he will give a special lecture on the topic of ‘Sport for Development and Peace’, have a meeting with the minister of culture, sport and tourism, Choi, Gwang Sik, afterwards.
(Source: Gwangju OC)Read more