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IOC and UN-HABITAT partner to combat poverty

Improving social integration and combating poverty

On 5 February 2009, Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Anna Tibaijuka, UN-HABITAT Executive Director, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reinforce the social integration of young people and combat poverty through sport.


On-the-ground activities will be led jointly by UN-HABITAT’S offices and the 205 National Olympic Committees, in the following three areas:

• youth empowerment through sport
• community-based sport activation in secondary towns
• slum dwellers' activation through sport. 

Giving children hope

“Through this collaboration, the IOC and UN-HABITAT will focus on the urban poor: millions of people, particularly children in the slums, for whom sport can bring escapism and hope,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge.


“We must not forget that over 50 per cent of slum populations are made up of young people, and there is no better way to give direction and motivation than encouraging them to participate in sports,” added Mrs Tibaijuka.

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