- 30 Mar 2015
- IOC News
IOC President meets with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of China, Germany and Russia
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach today met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, Wang Yi, at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.
During the meeting, the pair discussed the role of sport in China and the role of China within the Olympic Movement. President Bach was accompanied by IOC Vice-President and IOC Member in China Yu Zaiqing.
President Bach praised the outstanding development of sport in China under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, whom he has met on several occasions since his election, most recently during the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing last summer.
“China has a real vision about the importance of sport for education, for social cohesion and for international representation,” the IOC President said. “I would like to thank again President Xi for not only promoting the role of sport in China but also for supporting the mention of sport within the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.”
The SDGs are a universal set of goals and targets that UN Member States will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. Among the goals proposed are: ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all; ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all; and achieving gender equality while empowering all women and girls.
Beijing’s bid to host the Olympic Winter Games 2022 was also discussed during the meeting. Last week, the IOC Evaluation Commission performed a site inspection in the Chinese capital. Mr Wang reiterated the full support of the Chinese government to the bid and the assurances that all commitments made during the bidding phase would be implemented.
Earlier today, the IOC President met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation,
Sergey Lavrov. During the encounter President Bach informed Mr Lavrov of his upcoming visit to Sochi at the end of April. Russia’s active contribution to the UN SDGs was also discussed during the meeting.
Over the weekend, the IOC President met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier. During an informal meeting, the two men touched upon the 2024 bidding procedure. President Bach talked about the success of the newly introduced Invitation Phase, which allows all interested bid cities to discuss their plans with and seek advice from the IOC. This increased dialogue is one of the evolutions prompted by the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 adopted at the end of last year. President Bach and Mr Steinmeier also discussed the cooperation with the UN and other related issues.
The Ministers are in Lausanne for negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme. On this occasion, the IOC agreed to a request from the Swiss Government to host a press centre at the Olympic Museum during the talks that are ongoing.