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UN and IOC signed agreement to promote peace and economic development

Apr 29, 2014 16:33 IST

The United Nations (UN) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) signed an agreement on 28 April 2014 to use the power of sports to promote peace and economic development. The agreement strengthens the collaboration between UN and International Olympic Committee.

The UN and IOC charter calls for international cooperation to promote peace, better life for people around the world and preserving human dignity. The agreement was a logical and historic step after years of ever closer collaboration in using sport to promote development and peace.

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The agreement calls for joint sporting initiatives between the IOC, national Olympic committees, international sports federations, organizing committees and international athletes and the 193 UN member states, UN agencies, envoys and goodwill ambassadors.

The two organizations will be promoting

• The education for youth through sport without discrimination of any kind

• Access to sport for all communities especially the most disadvantaged and marginalized

• Healthy lifestyles and peace-building and community dialogue

• Environmental sustainability

UN granted an Observer status to the IOC in 2009 and this agreement means that now the IOC would work with the UN Secretariat on a range of projects around the world.

IOC President: Thomas Bach
UN Secretary General: Ban Ki-moon

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