Call for Applications: Young leaders using sport as a tool for Development and Peace

Call for Applications: Young leaders using sport as a tool for Development and Peace

ASEAN Sport and the SDGs Youth Funshop
Manila, the Philippines, 8 - 10 November 2017

UNESCO and the Philippine Sports Commission

Application Submission Deadline: 1 October 2017

Are you between 18 and 30 years old and an advocate for sport as a development tool?
Do you run a sports-based social enterprise?
Are you a leader in your community?

Apply now to participate in the first ever UNESCO Sport and the SDGs Youth “Funshop”

1. What:

Sport is a celebrated aspect of community life across the world and in Southeast Asian region. It is also explicitly referenced within the UN Agenda 2030 as an important enabler of sustainable development and peace. The use of sport in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is broadening, likely due to its versatility and ability to engage diverse segments of society where other mediums may fall short. 

Grass-roots initiatives that run on the enthusiasm and energy of local youth activists are important for the promotion of sport-based approaches to development. Often far-reaching and with lasting impact, these initiatives hold great promise for informing and shaping policy development. Youth, in particular, have a special ability to foster creative and innovative solutions to development challenges. In this regard, policy-makers and the international community could greatly benefit from the knowledge of young leaders to inform policy making and broaden the evidence-base to financially support sport as a tool for development.

Two outstanding young people from each of the countries listed (see below under ‘Who’) will be invited to deliver a TED-style talk in Manila to an audience of fellow-youth advocates for the power of sport, as well as UNESCO representatives; local NGOs who support youth empowerment; the sport authority of the host country, the Philippine Sports Commission; young athletes and selected members of civil society who support sport for development.

The 3 day “FUNSHOP” (a workshop designed to emphasize positive thoughts and interactions inherent to sport), will be both learning and action-based, complete with obstacle courses, interaction with local youth and field trips to visit and participate actively in local grass-roots sport for development programmes.

Those selected will be the primary funshop participants and are expected to contribute to all the activities, including the core breakout sessions focused on gathering youth perspectives on the issues and opportunities shaping the sport for development sector.

Those selected must submit a summary of their “TED-style talk” in the form of a short report to the UNESCO Organizers. Other contributions to the key output documents will be voluntary although all participants are encouraged to participate in the working group to be convened during the event. Airfares, meals and accommodation will be provided by UNESCO and the PSC.

The event, “Sport and the SDGs” has been designed as a follow-up to MINEPS VI    and contributes directly to Actions 1 and 2 of the Kazan Action Plan, an innovative, action-based sports policy framework designed to convert policy declarations into measurable action. Integrated with the United Nations Agenda 2030 / Sustainable Development Goals, of the three policy areas reflected in the Document, theme II is dedicated to ‘maximizing the contribution of sport to sustainable development and peace’.

2. Who:

Two (2) young leaders will be selected from the ASEAN Member States and Timor-Leste to participate in the Sport & the SDGs Youth Funshop.  Eligibility to submit applications is based on the follow criteria:
a) Aged between 18 – 30 years
b) Community leader with a proven history of engaging diverse segments of society through sport
c) Leading or taking a managerial role in a sports-based social enterprise
d) A resident in one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam

3. When:

Deadline for the call for applications: 1 October 2017
Decision by: 10 October 2017
Event: 8 -10 November 2017

4. Where:

The Philsports Complex, Meralco Ave, Pasig, MetroManila, the Philippines

5. How:

Go to and follow the submission requirements.
Alternatively, please send an email to


6. What you need to submit:

  • The ‘Application Form’ duly filled in (available online at  here
  • Your full CV
  • A link to your sports-based social enterprise (website, social media platform)
  • Your passport or other government or UN recognized ID (such as driver’s license)
  • Proof of your resident status (non-citizens are invited to submit, you just need to prove you’re living in one of the countries mentioned)

7. Optional additional documents will be highly regarded. Such as:

  • A report summarizing your sports-based development activities
  • Links to any talks, news articles or advocacy material for you and your work

Download the brochure here (pdf file) 

For more information, please contact:

UNESCO Office in Jakarta: Irakli Khodeli at i.khodeli(at)
UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Caroline Baxter Tresise cb.tresiste(at)

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