Sports officials and UN representatives are currently meeting in Lausanne to assess how sport can best be used to make progress in the fields of human development, youth empowerment, gender equality, health and peace-building. The Olympic Movement’s development goals largely match with the eight UN Millennium Development Goals. These range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015, and form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions.
Partnerships for Action
The aim is to maximise the impact of various activities through new partnerships. For instance, the Forum brings together several UN Country Teams and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) from developing countries to encourage new initiatives at national level.
The Olympic Movement is no newcomer in the field of development through sport, and has been active for decades. Recent projects include donations of sports equipment for landmine victims in Afghanistan; the creation of the first ever Olympic Youth Development Centre in Zambia, which offers not only various sports facilities, but also space for community services and education; an NOC- driven sport and development programme reaching 23,000 young people in Haiti; leadership courses for women on all continents; and HIV/AIDS prevention projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. In all these initiatives sport is used as a tool to drive social change.
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