Ban Ki-moon to attend upcoming IOC-UN Forum
Several high-level speakers and personalities have confirmed their attendance at the second edition of the International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development, which will take place at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in Geneva from 10 to 11 May 2011. Among them are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UK Minister for Sport and the Olympic Games Hugh Robertson, Chairman of the IOC’s International Relations Commission Mario Pescante and HE Mr Fred Tanner, Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. The Forum will be chaired by IOC President Jacques Rogge and Wilfried Lemke, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace.
Combining policy angle with field experience
The five sessions of this year’s conference, which is being co-organised by the IOC and the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, will look at two main dimensions from a policy and an implementation perspective: sport as a catalyst for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and developing a culture of peace through sport. Another session will look at how major sport events like the Olympic Games can leave a long-lasting human legacy. The contributions will be delivered through keynote speeches and panel discussions.
By using sport as a tool, the IOC and its partners implement various activities across the globe in fields such as humanitarian assistance, peace-building, education, gender equality, the environment and the fight against HIV/AIDS, hence contributing to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals - goals that have been identified by the UN as some of the world’s most pressing issues and require the support of everyone.
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