Stronger together: IOC hails partnership with UN on its 75th anniversary and emphasises role of sport in building solidarity
As the United Nations (UN) celebrates its 75th anniversary, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, has hailed the collaboration between the two organisations, while also emphasising the role that sport can play in fostering global solidarity in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
Marking its historic anniversary, the UN launched a global consultation earlier this year to ask people about their hopes and fears for the future, and their priorities for international cooperation. Speaking on the occasion of a UN75 panel discussion to address the findings of this initiative, President Bach praised the work of the UN and highlighted its unique partnership with the IOC, which is built on common values and goals.
“As the UN is celebrating 75 years of existence, we are proud to have decades of existing collaboration with the UN system on a very wide range of issues. The global pandemic has only underlined how important this cooperation is on so many levels,” said the IOC President.
“Both our organisations are built on peace and solidarity and, as such, we are uniquely positioned to continue to work together in a partnership towards a better and more peaceful world. We are always stronger together. The post-corona world will need this solidarity and will need sport. And we are ready to contribute to making the world a better place through sport.”
More than one million people took part in the UN75 worldwide consultation, providing unique insights into the public’s priorities for recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. During this challenging time for the world, the surveys revealed a strong call for action on inequalities and climate change, plus greater global solidarity.
President Bach was among those who completed the survey and, addressing the findings, underlined the importance of solidarity and friendship among nations, which resonates well with the Olympic values and the Olympic Movement’s desire for peace and increased international cooperation.
With some countries around the world beginning their recovery efforts from the widespread impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Bach also highlighted the role that sport can play at this time, with 118 UN Member States having called for sport and physical activity to be included in national recovery plans, and the UN having previously recognised sport as an important enabler to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals.
“Sport is ready to contribute to building a more human-centred and inclusive society,” the IOC President said. “This crisis has made it clearer than ever that sport is the low-cost, high-impact tool par excellence for all countries in their recovery efforts.
“Sport and physical activity contribute directly to physical and mental health, and to combat both non-communicable and communicable diseases. Sport has great social significance by being the glue which bonds communities together. Sport plays a significant economic role; it creates jobs, generating business activity. In short, sport is contributing to the recovery from the crisis on the health, the social and the economic side.
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