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UNICEF promotes meeting between adolescents and the Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic/Paralympic Games

Sebastian Coe and participants of the Adolescent and Youth Network for Sports (Rejupe) will discuss topics related to the social legacy of the Olympic/Paralympic games in London and Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, 19 March 2012 – The chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) will attend tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro a meeting of the Adolescent and Youth Network for Sports (Rejupe), an initiative supported by UNICEF.

Sir Sebastian Coe has been invited to attend the meeting to discuss topics such as the participation of adolescents and youth in the organization of the Olympic/Paralympic games in London and Rio de Janeiro and in the shaping of a social legacy for these events.

The meeting aims to stimulate the exchange of experiences between London and Rio de Janeiro, host cities of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016, around topics such as sustainability and the participation of people with disability. The goal of the meeting is to inspire adolescents engaged in the network to promote safe and inclusive sports in their schools and communities.

For safe and inclusive sports - The Rejupe network is a UNICEF initiative, created in April 2011 with support from the International Inspiration programme. The programme is part of the UK's efforts to build the social legacy of the Olympic/Paralympic games in London by inspiring 12 million children in 20 countries around the world through inclusive sport and play.

Rejupe's meeting in Rio is the second in a series of meetings for the network, which are being promoted by UNICEF in the twelve cities of the 2014 World Cup.

During each meeting, the adolescents will receive information about the municipal plans for the mega-events in the host cities and will make concrete proposals for promoting and protecting the rights of children and adolescents in and through sports.

The network aims to promote the integration and participation of adolescents living in the mega-events host cities in forums where sports policies for children and adolescents are discussed.  The initiative helps young leaders to participate and contribute towards building a positive social legacy for the sports mega- events that will be held in Brazil.

The meetings are supported by the International Institute for the Development of Citizenship (IIDAC), government and civil society partners.

Press conference on the Meeting of the Rejupe Network in Rio de Janeiro

When: March 20, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Where: CESEC Cândido Mendes University (Rio de Janeiro)

For more information:
Estela Caparelli, mecaparelli@unicef.org, UNICEF Brazil, Tel +55 61 3035 1963 
Pedro Ivo Alcantara, pialcantara@unicef.org, UNICEF Brazil, Tel +55 61 3035 1983
Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean, Tel +507 301 7485

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


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