Zambia: Olympic Movement gives US$ 50,000 for youth sports and conservation efforts

27 Feb 2012

image Mr Ban’s three day-visit marks the first time a UN Secretary-General has visited Zambia. Photo: IOC/Greg Martin.

LusakaInternational Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge on Saturday contributed USD 50,000 towards a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported initiative that engages Zambian youth in sports activities while promoting conservation of the environment.

Mr Rogge was in Zambia as part of a high-level delegation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during which they visited projects that successfully use the power of sport to bring about positive social change.

The funds will be used to renovate sports facilities in the Chiawa Game Management Area, south of the capital, Lusaka, including the community’s football pitch and dressing room.

Basic sports equipment will also be provided and an information area set up to educate the community on environmental issues such as forest management and biodiversity.

This is part of a UNDP and Global Environment Facility initiative - Reclassification and Effective Management of Protected Areas - that works with communities to protect and manage their own natural resources in a sustainable way.

“A more sustainable path to development does not mean compromising on livelihoods – both must work hand-in-hand to lift people out of poverty,” said UN Resident Coordinator Kanni Wignaraja. “This contribution from the International Olympic Committee demonstrates what a powerful motivator sports for development can be, especially among the youth.”

Mr Ban’s three day-visit, which concluded Sunday, marks the first time a UN Secretary-General has visited Zambia.

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