New York, USA, August 23, 2013 - In a historic decision, the United Nations (UN) General
Assembly approved by consensus a proclamation establishing an
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. The Day will be celebrated
each year on 6 April, the date of the opening of the first modern Olympic Games
in Athens in 1896, by UN member states and other stakeholders. In this context,
the General Assembly recalled the IOC’s role in promoting healthy lifestyles and
creating access to sport for as many people as possible.
Read the full text of the proclamation here.
and the UN both have a long-standing commitment to using sport as a tool for
social change, and have worked together on a wide range of projects, including
the organisation of a joint biennial International Forum on Sport for
Peace and Development. Since 2009, the IOC has also held UN observer status.
Alongside the world’s current number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, IOC
President Jacques Rogge was in New York today to address the General Assembly
after the important decision had been taken.
He said: “The true worth of
sport is determined not by words on paper, but by how sport is practised.
Stripped of its values, sport is combat by another name. Sport with values is a
gateway to cultural understanding, education, health and economic and social
development. We have seen the true worth of sport and physical activity many
times. It helps young people learn the value of self-discipline and
goal-setting. It builds self-confidence. It defies gender stereotypes. It
provides an alternative to conflict and delinquency. It can bring hope and a
sense of purpose to refugees, impoverished communities and other people in need.
It helps keep young people in school, it brings health.”
The FIVB has worked a lot with the UN by working in UN Refugee Camps while also having signed a Global Partnership for Development agreement.
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will also be a fitting
complement to the celebration of Olympic Day, which commemorates the founding of
the modern Olympic Movement each year on 23 June. Millions of people in
countries around the world participate in a wide variety of Olympic
Day activities, from 10-kilometre runs, to group exercise sessions, tricycle
races and educational and cultural activities.
For more info visit www.olympic.org