UN and Olympic Leaders Promote Sport & Education Plan

December 17, 2008

Libraries to open on OlympicAfrica Youth Sport Centers starting in Mozambique in January.

Geneva, Switzerland (PRnine – December 17, 2008) – His Excellency Mr. Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development & Peace (UNSDP) was the first to put his signature on an agreement to enact a Sport and Education Plan which creates a powerful alliance between the United Nations and the Olympic Movement.

At the 2nd Annual Peace & Sport Forum held under the high patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, representatives from UNSDP, the World Olympians Association, (WOA) the United Nations World Tourism Organization ST-EP Foundation, (UNWTO STE-EP), the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and OlympAfrica came together to sign the Agreement to promote education and sport in developing countries.

A major part of the Agreement is the building of libraries at 30 International Olympic Committee (IOC) supported OlympAfrica Youth Sport Centers being built around the continent of Africa. The libraries, which will hire Olympians as role models, are an extension of the UNWTO ST-EP “Thank You Small Libray” Program. Last year ST-EP launched the program with 2 pilot libraries in Ghana. Within just one year, 41 libraries have been created serving children in developing countries. Lemke praised the initiative saying “these are the types of programs that make a difference in the communities; we need more programs with sustained action, as opposed to grand, immediate or sweeping schemes.”

Alongside Mr. Lemke, representing the Organizations in the Agreement were WOA President and Olympic icon Mr. Dick Fosbury, Mr. Cheikh Thiare, Executive Board Member of ANOCA, UN Special Envoy Ms. Tracy Mattes, representing the UNWTO ST-EP Foundation and Ms. Marie-Christine Keinde, Administrative Director of OlympAfrica.

The Agreement was signed in time for the first library opening at an OlympAfrica Youth Sport Center which will take place in Mozambique next month.


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