MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE IOC ON THE FIRST UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY
Lausanne, 10 August 2000 - The Olympic Movement is joining in the worldwide celebration of International Youth Day on 12 August. Since it’s creation in 1894, the International Olympic Committee’s objectives have been focused on the well-being of the youth of the world through physical and sports-related activities and participation in the Olympic Games. Olympic Solidarity’s main activities centre on offering opportunities to young athletes in order that they can pursue their studies while practising sport and training to become an Olympian. Many have succeeded in this endeavour and many more are preparing themselves through Olympic Solidarity scholarships for their participation in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, Australia, from 15 September to 1 October 2000 where the youth of the world will be assembled.
The International Olympic Committee, in cooperation with the United Nations Youth Unit, is also striving to encourage the youth non-governmental organizations on the different continents to use sport and the Olympic Ideal as an instrument to promote peace and human understanding, to fight against poverty, drug abuse and other social ills.
The youth of each country should be given the opportunity to express their own concerns in all sectors of society and deserve the particular attention of their governments when formulating policies affecting them.
On the occasion of this International Youth Day, we call upon all sports organizations in the world to work closely with youth associations at international and national level, in order to build together a peaceful and better world for present and future generations.