Student Information

Student Name

Aakruti Vakharia




Internship Information

Company/Organization: United nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace

Mentor(s):Dr. Vera Mehta

Topic of Internship

Office of Sport for Development and Peace

Background Information

The United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) in New York was set up in 2004 with the help of Mr. Adolf Ogi, the special advisertoo the Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace. The goal of UNOSDP is to reach out to the world of sport and encourage the use of sport as a means to promote development and peace with the help of sports organizations, multilateral organizations, athletes, bilateral development agencies, governments, NGOs, the media, research institutions and the sport industry. The department supports coordinated approaches at using sport as a tool to address "locally identified needs" and encourages regular uses of sport to address development, education and health issues, as well as issues to increase peace, understanding and tolerance between and within communities. The most recent major accomplishment of the UNOSDP was the Global Youth Leadership Summit, a four day summit held in New York City, where youth delegates from every member nation of the UN came together to share ideas on how to advance the world's youth. Currently, UNOSDP is following up on the activities of the youth delegates after the summit, and has projects going on in Africa and Latin America. UNOSDP is also working with other organizations such as NGOs and nonprofit organizations, and forming partnerships with them to help accomplish its goals.

Summary of Internship

The United nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) is a challenging internship that required me to be able to work on assigned tasks efficiently and independently. It also required me to have effective communication skills. Tasks I have accomplished include creating databases for the office, editing biographies and news articles for web pages, drafting speaking points, writing transcripts for speeches that were made, and putting together press briefings from around the world, jsut to name a few. I ahve also gained a lot of knowledge about the world and how it works, and learned many things such as how to write a memorandum of understanding, what it is like to plan for a large international event such as a youth summit, how sport can play a role in developing peace around the world and how it can help in the development of certain regions.

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