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IOC President Thomas Bach and UN Secretary General meet in Nanjing

IOC President Thomas Bach and UN Secretary General meet in Nanjing
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16/08/2014

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met today ahead of the Opening Ceremony for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

The meeting  comes just a few weeks after they jointly inaugurated the Sports for Hope Centre in Haiti.
 
‘Your presence here today is once again the proof of the strong and increasing cooperation between our two institutions’, said President Bach during a meeting between the two leaders.

‘The Youth Olympic Games are not only about competition, they are about spreading the Olympic values and empowering youth to become responsible citizens and leaders in their communities.'
 
The UN are actively involved in the Culture and Education Programme at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. UNAIDS, for example, is for the second time taking part in the Culture and Education Programme at a Youth Olympic Games by running an educational booth on HIV & AIDS prevention and sexual health.

'At this critical moment, I am here to shine a spotlight on the power of sport and youth to advance global understanding. When we see countries competing together on playing fields, we know that they can work together in negotiating rooms,'  the Secretary-General said. 'We have about 500 days to reach the Millennium Development Goals, we are crafting an agenda for long-term sustainable development, and we are laying the groundwork for a meaningful new climate agreement – all by the year 2015,' he added.

The IOC and the UN signed earlier this year a historic agreement in New York aimed at strengthening collaboration between the two organisations at the highest level.

The UN Secretary General will attend the Opening Ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games this evening at the Nanjing Olympic Sport Centre. The YOG are taking place from 16 to 28 August and feature 3,800 young athletes from around the world.

Discover the best photos of Nanjing 2014

  • Women's triathlon

    Nanjing 2014 - Belgium's Amber Rombaut finishes the women's triathlon final at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) held at the Xuanwu Lake Triathlon Venue in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, August 17, 2014.

  • Women's 10m Air Pistol medalists

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Agata Nowak (C) of Poland, silver medalist Margarita Lomova (L) of Russia and bronze medalist Kim Minjung (R) of South Korea pose on the podium during the awarding ceremony for the Women's 10m Air Pistol shooting event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province, August 17, 2014.

  • Women's Triathlon medalists

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Australia's Brittany Dutton (M), silver medalist Stephanie Jenks of the United States (L) and bronze medalist Emilie Morier of France (R) pose after the women's triathlon final at the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) held at the Xuanwu Lake Triathlon Venue in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, August 17, 2014.

  • Agata Nowak of Poland competes in Women's 10m Air Pistol

    Nanjing 2014 - Gold medalist Agata Nowak of Poland competes during the Women's 10m Air Pistol shooting event at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province, August 17, 2014.

  • NanjingLELE makes fans happy!

    Nanjing 2014 - Two-year old Panpan smiles while watching beach volleyball match at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Aug. 17, 2014.

  • Rowing: Junior Men's Pair from Croatia

    Nanjing 2014 - Ivo Bonacin and Bernard Samardzic(R) of Croatia compete during Junior Men's Pair heat of rowing event at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, August 17, 2014.

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