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25 May 2011
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IOC and UNODC team up

Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), recently met in Lausanne to formalise the relationship between their two organisations, which have been cooperating on a case-by-case basis since the mid-1990s. The new Memorandum of Understanding sets the foundation for a strong partnership which aims to use the power of sport for positive change and youth education as well as to fight cheating in sport - objectives which are at the heart of both the IOC and UNODC.

Focus on young people

UNODC is a global body in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime, and targets young people when it comes to preventative measures. This is where sport, with its worldwide network and youth-appeal, comes in. For instance, UNODC has already worked closely with the Olympic Family to organise youth camps for life skills development and values education in several countries across the globe. The next two of such camps will be organised in Manila and Barcelona later this year. During the first-ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore last August, UNODC campaign material on “Say NO to corruption” was part of an overall education programme to alert the 3,500 young participating athletes about cheating in sport.

Joint efforts in the fight against irregular and illegal sports betting

On an advocacy level, UNODC regularly participates in world conferences and working groups on doping in sport, and also attended the IOC's first Working Meeting on Irregular and Illegal Sports Betting in March 2011 which brought together representatives from the sports world, governments, international organisations and betting operators to share knowledge and strengthen cooperation in this important field.

Background information

The IOC is working closely with more than 20 UN agencies to use sport as a catalyst for achieving 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. The UN General Assembly’s decision of October 2009 to grant the IOC UN observer status pays tribute to these efforts and is a sign of the strong bonds between the IOC and the UN, which collaborate closely in fields such as humanitarian assistance, peace-building, education, gender equality, the environment and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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