In less than one month, sport has been twice considered as “a means to promote education, health, development and peace” by the United Nations (UN). Just a few weeks after the Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the 65th UN General Assembly adopted a resolution recognising the potential of sport to attain these Goals by 2015, and to foster an atmosphere of tolerance. With this new resolution, the Assembly recognises the important role the IOC and the Olympic Movement play in this respect through various actions, starting with their premier event, the Olympic Games, their new project, the Youth Olympic Games, and of course, the Olympic Truce.
Effectively harnessing the power of sport
The resolution received broad support from the world community, being co-sponsored by 192 UN member states. The IOC used an address to the General Assembly to explain its role as a powerful tool to foster development, cooperation, solidarity, social inclusion and peace, making full use of its new UN observer status. As such, “the IOC looks to the UN, to governments and to specialised non-governmental organisations to take the lead in promoting development. But sport has shown time and again that it can contribute effectively.”
Furthermore, the annual report from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki- moon, outlined a revised UN Action Plan on Sport for Development and Peace, which includes promoting the principle of “sport for all” and developing inclusive sport and physical education policies.
Complete text of the resolution
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