IOC and UN confirm strong collaboration on joint programmes
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, today welcomed the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan, on his first ever visit to the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne. A productive meeting was held, in which a variety of common projects were discussed, including the Olympic Truce, followed by a short press briefing and a visit to the Olympic Museum.
Both President Rogge and Secretary-General Annan stressed the "excellent collaboration” between their organisations, especially over the last few years, during which the IOC has signed cooperation agreements with several specialised agencies of the UN and, in partnership with them, has developed joint programmes to promote education, health care (particularly the prevention of HIV/AIDS), environmental issues and the role of women in sport and society.
The IOC President thanked Mr Annan for his continuous support of the Olympic Truce. Last November, in the General Assembly of the United Nations, the 191 member states passed the Olympic Truce resolution for the Torino 2006 Games, entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal.” In just a few weeks, all participants in the Games will be invited to sign the declaration in favour of the Olympic Truce on the “Olympic Truce Wall” located in the Olympic Village.
Also highlighted in the meeting was the first Toolkit for HIV & AIDS prevention through sport, published late last year jointly by the IOC and UNAIDS, a copy of which the President formally presented to the Secretary General.
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