UN and IOC signed historic agreement on Sport for Peace and Economic Development
The UN and the IOC signed an agreement to use sports for promotion of peace and economic development.
The United Nation (UN) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 28 April 2014 signed a historical agreement to use the power of sports for promotion of peace and economic development. The agreement was signed at the UN Headquarters in New York with an aim to strengthen collaboration between the two organisations at the highest level.
What the agreement calls for joint sporting initiatives between
• The International Olympic Committee (IOC)
• National Olympic committees
• International sports federations
• Organizing committees
• International athletes
• The 193 UN member states
• UN agencies, envoys and goodwill ambassadors
Few steps to be taken by the two organisations as per the agreement for sporting initiatives to promote social integration and economic development, includes
• Promotion of education for youth through sport without discrimination of any kind
• Access to sport for all communities especially the most disadvantaged and marginalized
• Youth empowerment, education and skills development
• Girls’ and women’s empowerment
• Peace-building and community dialogue
• Healthy life-styles promotion
• Environmental sustainability
Thomas Bach, the IOC President described that the UN and Olympic charters call for international cooperation to promote peace, a better life for people around the world and preserving human dignity.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a logical and historic step after years of ever closer collaboration in using sport to promote peace and development.
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.