Nairobi, 19 September 2008-Hundreds of children and teenagers from across Nairobi will gather on 20 September for the grand finale of a three-month event to promote peace and reconciliation.
The 'Play for the Planet: Play for Peace' initiative, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), kicked off on 21 June, promoting reconciliation in Nairobi's informal settlements.
The event used the power of sport to promote peace among Kenyans, and to provide a positive environment for interaction for young people affected by the post-election conflict in Kenya.
The Sports for Peace Finals on Saturday 20 September will include soccer and volleyball games, youth performances, presentations by community focal points and trophies for the participants, as well as live entertainment by MOB Deejays.
Over the last three months, a series of events for children and youth aged 6 to 24 took place in schools and communities across the parts of Nairobi most affected by the recent unrest: the informal settlements of Mathare, Huruma, Mathare North, Kibera, Dandora and Korogocho.
Activities in schools and at community level included talks, drama workshops, tree planting and a clean-up of the Nairobi River, as well as weekend sports tournaments.
With the initiative coming to an end, a quick impact assessment is underway to determine the success of the initiative-with initial reports indicating a positive impact on the targeted communities.
UNEP will also consider whether to extend the initiative to other parts of the country which were affected by the unrest.
Notes to editors
All media are invited to the Grand Finale of the UNEP Sport, Peace and Environment initiative at the UN Recreational Centre on Saturday, 20 September from 9am to 1pm.
9.00 a.m-10.00 a.m Arrival of participants and Entertainment
10.00 a.m-12.00 pm Sports Activities
12.00 p.m-1.00 pm Speech and Prize Presentations
This is the first edition of UNEP's sports and peace initiative. The aim is to use sport as an avenue to promote and foster peace, in line with UNEP's long term strategy on Sport and the Environment endorsed by UNEP Governing Council in 2003.
The initiative received about $40,000 of support in cash and in kind from UNEP and the International Olympic Committee.
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