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SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE THE UN SYSTEM IN ACTION

The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) seeks to promote global awareness and enhanced understanding of the work and issues of the United Nations. Its News and Media Division covers UN sport-related initiatives on the UN Web-based news service and other outlets.

1. 'Score the Goals' Educational Comic Book

DPI is one of the six UN organizations involved in the project "Score the Goals - Teaming Up to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals", a 32-page educational comic book featuring 10 football UN Goodwill Ambassadors who become shipwrecked on an island on their way to playing an ‘all-star’ charity football game. Whilst on the island, the team has to tackle the eight MDGs along their journey towards being rescued. The comic book is primarily aimed at 8-14 year old children and provides a fun interactive way to help them understand, familiarize and reflect about the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as inviting them to take action through several activities provided in the adjoining educational guide.

2. United Nations Communications Group's Working Group on Sport for Development and Peace

The Office of the Director of the Outreach Division serves as Secretary for the Working Group, a UN inter-agency platform made up of communications specialists from each UN agency involved in Sport for Development and Peace. The Working Group coordinates the UN system’s communications strategy related to mega-sports events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Football World Cup.

3. Swim Across the Continents

DPI provided communications support to Dominican long-distance swimming champion Marcos Diaz in his project to connect five continents by swimming, in an effort to raise awareness about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

4. International Year of Sport and Physical Education (IYSPE) 2005

DPI circulated information on IYSPE 2005 to all UN agencies through the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG) and to the public through UN Information Centres (UNICs) worldwide. DPI’s News and Media Division assisted in setting up and maintaining a website for IYSPE 2005 and promoted IYSPE 2005 on its multimedia website, visited by many broadcasters and media partners.

Kingsley Lington Ighobor
Public Information Officer
Africa Section
Communications Campaigns Service
Strategic Communications Division
United Nations Department of Public Information
E-Mail: ighobor(at)un.org

News
At UN and Olympics exhibition, Ban highlights role of sports in advancing shared goals for peace 18 December 2012
New York (UN News Center) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled today the “many powerful emotions” experienced on 26 July 2012 – the day he took part in the torch run for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in support of the Olympic Truce – and voiced hope that future international sporting events would continue to promote the goal of global peace.
The UN and the Italian Swimming Federation Partner for Water Preservation 20 January 2012
The UN and the Italian Swimming Federation are now partners in the Europe-wide ad competition and campaign “Drop by Drop” following the sport body’s enthusiastic acceptance of acting as a testimonial in the world of sport on the theme of preservation of water.
UN MDG “Score the Goals” Comic Book Awarded Prestigious Prize 27 October 2011
Monaco (UNOSDP) – Six UN organizations were awarded today with the prestigious Special Jury Prize at this year’s Peace and Sports Awards for their comic book project “Score the Goals – Teaming Up to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals”. The Prize was presented in Monaco at the 5th Peace and Sport International Forum in front of an audience of more than 500 prominent figures from politics, sport, the private sector, and civil society.
UN Information Centre in Beirut Celebrates Peace Day with Star-Studded Basketball Game 26 September 2011
Beirut (UNIC) On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the UN Information Centre in Beirut (UNIC Beirut) organized a unique basketball game that brought together more than 24 Lebanese TV celebrities and famous veteran players in the charming Mediterranean seaside, mountain-hugging town of Amchit.
“Score the Goals” Comic Book Launched at United Nations in Geneva 24 January 2011
Geneva (UNOSDP) – Spanish national and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, along with Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, launched today the new comic book “Score the Goals” at the United Nations in Geneva.

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