United Nations Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) Youth Leadership Programme Visits Ishinomaki

United Nations Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) Youth Leadership Programme Visits Ishinomaki

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Feb 18, 2014
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The United Nations Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) was introduced by seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan in 2011 to promote sport as an innovative and efficient tool, and to strive to maximize the contribution of sport and physical activity to help create a safer, more secure, more sustainable, and more equitable future.


The UNOSDP includes a Youth Leadership Programme, which provides a forum for highly motivated youth seeking to make a difference in their society through sports. From January 20 to 30th, thirty youth between the ages of 18 and 25 from 14 countries throughout Asia came to Japan, to learn about various Sport-for-Development-and-Peace projects and to learn how to adapt them to their own communities.


As part of their visit, the delegates visited Ishinomaki for two days between the 25th and 26th to interact with youth in the tsunami affected areas. For this portion of their trip, our Japan regional office, MakiBiz coordinated their two-day program on behalf of the Japan camp organizer, Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute.


The first day was spent visiting several sites around Ishinomaki to see the current state of the city, ending with a lecture by Principal Saito and a discussion with students from Ishinomaki Nishi High School. On the second day, MakiBiz and Playground for Hope presented their their projects in the morning, followed by a traditional rice cake making experience for lunch. To end the day, Playground for Hope led a brainstorming workshop focusing on designing a playground for the children of Ishinomaki.


Workshop at Ishinomaki Nishi High School

Senior Design Fellow, Akinobu Yoshikawa, presented about Architecture for Humanity and MakiBiz to the UNOSDP fellows.

Our clients, Matsubara-so and Oikawa Denki, also participated in this event.

We hope the fellows learned something valuable to take back to their community from this experience, and keep in touch with us!

(See more photos from this event here on our facebook page.)