CONCEPT, DEFINITION AND GOAL
An International Reflection and Celebration
SPORTS FOR HEALTHY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT,
SUSTAINABILITY AND PEACE
FREE ADMISSION - OPEN TO PUBLIC.
RSVP is required to: EVENT@LightmiLLeNNium.Org
(UN - Sports for Development and Peace/April 6 & Republic of Turkey - Youth and Sport Celebration/May 19)
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
Venue: Park West High School 525 west 50th Street New York, New York 10019
(Between 10th and 11th avenues)
"A healthy mind is found on a healthy body." – Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK
P R O G R A M For Pdf version, pleace click on the above image.
Concept and Coordinated by: Bircan Ünver, The Light Millennium – http://www.lightmillennium.org
DEFINITION AND GOAL:
This project aims to present two key components that are woven into one another and will cumulatively contribute to the title of this project. Diplomats, the United Nations, academic and youth speakers along with performers, will bring in a specific spectrum that will reflect the history of their countries and will have the opportunity to present their stand on future plans and programs towards the Youth Generations’ Healthy Development Through Sport for Sustainability and Peace. Considering the youth population in the UN member states, as well as globally, “Sport for Development and Peace” is an opportunity to recognize the importance of sports and how it contributes to the achievement of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
Remarkably, there are several nations, both in developing and developed countries, which have a long history and culture committed to “their sustainable human development agenda on the national level.” The Republic of Turkey is one of these countries with its “19 May, the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day.” This project aims to present a few examples at both national and global levels. It also intends to illustrate a few implemented and existing examples in the world based on gained experiences, achievements and challenges, which will relate and place such countries with the United Nations’ Sport for Peace and Development program and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
This project aims to honor Erden Eruç, who will be rowing from New York to Gallipoli for Peace, on May 19th and arrive in Chanakkale, Turkey, on March 18, 2016.
The envisioned program will unfold in two key sections:
1) Official/formal opening remarks and statements by diplomats, UN officials, expert speakers in the sports field, youth representatives, and academicians from an international perspective.
2) In support of and to further enhance the concept and formal presentations, performances of poetry, music, dance and sports, depending on the auditorium stage capacity.
This Program will be open to the general public including children, youth, disabled and elderly people.
“This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the
New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.”
Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sports are ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace. To raise awareness of this potential, April 6th was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly. The adoption of this day signifies the increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that sports have on the advancement of human rights along with social and economic development.
In its Resolution (A/RES/67/296) establishing the Day, the General Assembly “invites States, the United Nations system and, in particular, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, relevant international organizations, and international, regional and national sport organizations, civil society including, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, and all other relevant stakeholders to cooperate, observe and raise awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
This day is celebrated each year by UN Member States and other partner organizations to honor the role that sports play in society, whether by encouraging healthier lifestyles, making sports widely accessible or using sports as a vehicle for development in areas made vulnerable by conflict, poverty and inequality.
Sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and health at the local, national and international levels. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.
In reference to Turkey - Commemorating Ataturk: The Beginning of the Turkish War of National Liberation
The Birth of the Celebration of Youth and Sports Festival and the U.N.’s Agenda for Youth and the Encouragement of Sports (paper presented on April 20, 2013)
ABOUT The Light Millennium (LM) Organization - NGO Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information:
The (LM) is a non-religious, non-political, not-for-profit (501-c-3), non-governmental (NGO), independent public benefit multi-media and culture organization. Formed in 2001, based in Queens, New York. On the Web since August 1999...
The LM was formed based on the first article of the United States Bill of Rights, Freedom of Speech, in conjunction with the United Nations’ Universal Declaration Article #19, on Freedom of Expression. It invites citizens of the world to submit, in an appropriate artistic medium, ideas and experiences that will help foster better understanding between people of different cultures and beliefs. The organization frequently presents ideas from the United Nations on its key issues as well as ideas from the all walks of life. Since LM’s association with the UN/DPI, channels its capacity and potential sources in support of the UN Vision, MDGs and with the same manner Beyond 2015 for the Sustainable “HUMAN” developments on its multiple platforms yet on the voluntary basis.
LM has collaborated with the Department of Public Information during the NY base UN-DPI/NGO conferences including the latest 65th UN DPI/NGO conference, in which it sponsored and presented the panel “A Quest to Fulfill Hunger of the Body and Mind Post-2015: Is genetically modified food a solution?” as well as with other major universities such as CUNY-GC, Baruch, Columbia, NYU, Princeton, Yale, Stevens Institute of Technology, and non-governmental, civil society organizations, as well as with several government agencies and member states of the UN for an event and/or LMTV based collaboration with such government entities as the Turkish Mission, Turkish Consulate General, NY Turkish Culture Office, Swiss Consulate General, the Sri Lankan, El Salvadoran, Kazakhstani, Macedonian, Indonesian missions... Further, LM is a member of the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace (GMCoP) and actively took part in both the 2013 and 2014 UN High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace.
MISSION - EVENTS
SUPPORT ERDEN ERUC's ROWE FOR PEACE FROM NEW YORK TO GALLIPOLI INITIATIVE
Organized and Presented by: The Light Millennium – NGO Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information;
in collaboration with Turkish’s Women League of America - http://www.atkb.org/
OUTREACH THROUGH THE FOLLOWING CHANNELS FOR THE EVENT:
The Light Millennium – Local and UN Media, NGOs, the United Nations and Social Media
Turkish’s Women League of America – http://www.atkb.org
Turkish Library Museum – www.turkishlibrary.biz
PLANNING COMMITTEE – Co-chairs: Bircan Ünver, The Light Millennium and Sermin Özçilingir/Tülay Tashkent, Turkish’s Women League of America
Members of the Committee: Dr. Sebahattin Devecioğlu, Yüksel Başarır
The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP)
The Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG)
The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Sport for Development and Peace
On 6 April: celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
Sport & Development Project
Posted on April 23, updated on April 26. Tentatively PROGRAM is posed on May 12, 2015 by Bircan Ünver.