University of British Columbia

Sport & Society: Sport, Peace & Development with Stephen Lewis, Johann Koss and guests

Fri Feb 12 2010 11am
Chan Shun Concert Hall

Presented by Merck, Right To Play and the University of British Columbia

Sport, Peace and Development: How Can Sport Contribute to Positive Social Change?

Globally, sport and play are increasingly garnering recognition as agents of social change with the power to contribute to national and international development goals and objectives – including the promotion of health, the achievement of education, the inclusion and empowerment of girls and women and the pursuit of peace.

Just hours before the torch is lit in Vancouver, a dynamic mix of influential advocates and champions will come together in dialogue to explore the ways in which sport can be harnessed to promote global peace and development.

This dialogue will feature passionate keynote speakers with diverse talents and perspectives, namely:

Stephen Lewis, Chair of the Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation & United Nations’ special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

Johann Olav Koss, President and CEO of Right To Play – 4-time Olympic Gold Medalist in speed skating.

Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace.

Benjamin Nzobonankira, a former child refugee from Burundi who is now a Coach Trainer with Right To Play.

Professor Stephen Toope
, 12th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia.


Other Sport and Society lectures in the series:

Feb. 8: Sport, Ethics and Technology
Mar. 5: Sport and Inclusion
Mar. 10: Sport and Challenge
Mar. 13: Sport, Legacy and Sustainability

Sport and Society podcasts will be featured on starting on February 11, 2010 along with related polling questions and an online dialogue series.

For Sport and Society updates follow us on twitter @UBCComAff #UBCSpSo

Fri Feb 12 2010 11am
Chan Shun Concert Hall