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Sport for Peace and Development Forum wraps up in Geneva

The second edition of the International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development came to a close on 11th May at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in Geneva with the adoption of a list of recommendations aimed at leveraging sport as a tool for positive change.

Jointly organised by the IOC and the UN Office on Sport for Peace and Development, the two-day Forum featured sessions on how to position sport as a catalyst for achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, how major sport events such as the Olympic Games can deliver on legacy, and how to foster a culture of peace through sport.

The recommendations include a call on the UN to include access to sport and physical education as an indicator in its human development indexes; a call for common evaluation tools to monitor the impact of sport on social and economic development; and a call on UN Member States to cooperate with, and abide by, the Olympic Truce.

The Forum was co-presided by IOC President Dr Jacques Rogge and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon who also addressed the Forum, which was attended by more than 350 experts from over 100 countries.

Dr Tamás Aján, IWF President and IOC Honorary Member was among the participants, after concluding a meeting of the IOC International Relations Commission in Lausanne.

To learn more about the Forum:  IOC-UN Forum