UNESCO is searching for Young Leaders who can attend the 2019 Sport & the SDGs youth FUNSHOP in Seoul, South Korea

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Deadline: 1 June 2019

UNESCO is searching for young leaders from Asia and the Pacific to participate in the 2019 Sport & the SDGs youth FUNSHOP: a three-day event specially designed to advance the capabilities of youth activists who are using sport as a tool for sustainable development and peace.

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Participants in the Funshop will have the opportunity to become members of the UNESCO Youth and Sport Task Force, a vibrant network of young leaders established in November 2017 following the first Sport Funshop held in Manila, Philippines.

Sixty outstanding young leaders from various countries around Asia-Pacific will join the Korean youth to participate in intensive workshops, sport activities and networking events over three days in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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The selected applicants will be the primary Funshop participants and are expected to contribute to all the activities. This includes the core breakout sessions focused on gathering youth perspectives on issues and opportunities that shape the sport for development sector.

Aligned with UNESCO’s Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021, the priorities and specific thematic topics to be covered will be decided by the current Task Force members, together with UNESCO.

The 2019 Funshop will be generously supported and hosted by the Lee Seung-Yuop Baseball Foundation, established by Mr Lee Seung-Yuop, the much adored Korean baseball hall-of-fame champion.

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The Funshop will take place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 5 to 8 September 2019.

Sport is explicitly recognized as an enabler for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and is an important tool for achieving a variety of positive individual and societal outcomes.

The use of sports to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is gaining momentum globally. Across Asia and the Pacific, a growing number of young activists are using sport to facilitate social change, pursuing aims such as the prevention of violent extremism, empowerment of women and girls and climate change action, using a wide range of methodologies. These initiatives are innovative and creative and hold great promise to inform and shape policy development.

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Access to and participation in sport and physical activity is recognized as a fundamental human right in the UNESCO Sport Charter and is an effective tool in the fight against the rising levels of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

UNESCO is the lead UN agency mandated to protect and promote sport and is dedicated to advancing the contribution of sport to sustainable development and peace.

Who can apply?

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Are you between 18 and 30 years old and an advocate for sport for development? Do you run or work in a sports-based organization? Are you a leader in your community? If yes, then apply now for the UNESCO Sport and the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) Youth Funshop which is Supported by the Lee Seung-Yuop Baseball Foundation.

UNESCO is the lead UN agency mandated to protect and promote sport and is dedicated to advancing the contribution of sport to sustainable development and peace.

Young leaders will be selected from countries across the Asia-Pacific region to participate in the Sport & the SDGs Youth Funshop. To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria:

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a) Aged between 18 – 30 years (as of 31 December 2019)

b) Leading or playing an active role in a sports-based social project

c) A resident in an Asia-Pacific country


  • Return flights to Seoul from the closest city to applicants
  • Accommodation and meals during the 3-day event
  • Local transportation in Seoul to the event venue

Eligibility Criteria

Young leaders will be selected from countries across the Asia-Pacific region to participate in the Sport & the SDGs Youth Funshop. To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Aged between 18 – 30 years (as of 31 December 2019)
  • Leading or playing an active role in a sports-based social project
  • A resident in an Asia-Pacific country

How to Apply

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Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit The Youth and Sport Task Force.

  • Avatar Jessie Satyanesan says:

    any funds available for senior citizens based in India particularly Kerala. The elderly population is increasing.
    Most of your projects and funding are focused on youth based in African countries

  • Avatar Mohammed says:

    I was trying to execute a project that i called as “Global_event” and later named “whiskey_Square-Global_event” it went to many or i may can say all Geneva base organisations and many or all European Governments directly to EU and UN more then year time 100’s of mail about it its about more then all subjects which may concern on the earth and specifically about WAR or killing
    How ever i was failed find a help to launch the event maybe because of my poor communication skills but i was worrying a moment’s to think if we had execute “whiskey_Square-Global_event” then we had already eliminate or prevent from New Zealand or Sri Lankan innocents killings

    “Whiskey_Square-Global_event” its more then a subjects and topic on earth make people life

  • Avatar Gabriela Altman says:

    We have young people who are the social community leaders, using sport as a mechanism to beat the poverty and violence prevention program
    They are ages 15 and up, but few are only 17
    Would they Fe eligible
    Thank you

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Gabriela Altman,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

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