Nairobi, 18 June 2008 – More than 300
children and teenagers from across Nairobi will gather
on 21 June for the launch 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), has received about $40,000 of support in cash
and in kind from UNEP, the International Olympic
Committee and sports-goods maker PUMA, as well as the
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) and ABC Bank. It
will run until 21 September to coincide with World Peace
The event aims to use the power of sport to promote
peace and reconciliation among Kenyans, and to provide a
positive environment for interaction for young people
affected by the recent post-election conflict in Kenya.
The 21 June launch at the Kenya Cultural Centre will
include theatre performances, acrobatic shows, peace and
environmental messages and a live concert, as well as an
exhibition of paintings by internally displaced
A series of events for children and youth aged 6 to 24
will then take 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 will
include talks, drama workshops, tree planting and a
clean-up of the Nairobi river, as well as weekend sports
tournaments. Community-based organizations will help
implement the activities, and youth peer counsellors
trained by UN-HABITAT will also provide counselling to
the affected and traumatized children.
Kenyan sports personalities such as world-famous
marathon runners Paul Tergat and Catherine Ndereba will
attend some of the events.
Based on the success of the event, UNEP may consider
extending the initiative to other parts of the country
which were affected by the unrest.
Notes to editors
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.
Homeboyz radio will provide live coverage for the
opening event on 21 June.
For more information, please contact:
Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson, Office of the Executive
Director, on Tel: +254 20 762 3084; Mobile: 254 733 632
755 or when traveling +41 795 965 737; E-mail:
Or Anne-France White, Associate Information Officer, on
Tel: +254 20 762 3088, Mobile: + 254 728600494; E-mail:
Or Theodore Oben, Chief of UNEP's Outreach Unit, on Tel:
+254 724 255 247; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org