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IOC and UN reaffirm commitment to development through sport
IOC President Jacques Rogge welcomed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne on Tuesday. FIS President Gian Franco Kasper also attended the meeting along with other senior IOC members. The focus of the discussion was on a review of joint activities from 2010 and reaffirmation of commitment to a number of upcoming initiatives using sport as a tool for peace, education and development.
The IOC and UN strengthened ties in 2010, with the IOC attending the UN General Assembly meetings as an observer for the first time. The decision by the UN to grant the IOC UN observer status in October 2009 was a tribute to the longstanding partnership between the two organizations and to the IOC's contribution to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through sport.
By using sport as a tool for change, the IOC and its partners have implemented various activities across the globe in fields such as humanitarian assistance, peace-building, education, gender equality, the environment and the fight against HIV/AIDS.
As a concrete example, the IOC recently teamed up with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to launch an ambitious three-year sport and education program for some 8,500 young people living in the Osire refugee settlement in Namibia. The program is designed to involve young people in sports activities in order to alleviate some of the major problems affecting them, namely teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, and drug abuse.
Other common activities include the ‘Together we can stop HIV and AIDS' campaign conducted during the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver as well as the UN agency's strong involvement in the Culture and Education Program put in place during the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last summer that reached out to some 3,600 young athletes and their entourage.
Among upcoming projects are the joint efforts that will be deployed to find solutions to ease access of Palestinian and Israeli athletes to sporting competitions and the adoption by the UN of the Olympic Truce Resolution for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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