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Olympic Highlights of the week of 02 May 2014

2014-05-04 10:01:00 IOC

On 28 April, IOC President Thomas Bach and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon signed a historic agreement at the UN Headquarters in New York aimed at strengthening collaboration between the two organisations at the highest level.

President Bach shakes hands with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The agreement underlined that the IOC and the UN “share the same values of contributing to a better and peaceful world through sport”. The IOC, which was granted UN Observer Status in 2009, has long enjoyed strong ties with individual UN agencies, working with them globally on a number of initiatives that use sport as a tool for development and peace. The new agreement means the IOC will now work with the UN Secretariat on a range of projects around the world.

Speaking at the announcement, President Bach said: “Sport can change the world, but it cannot change the world alone. When placing sport at the service of humankind, we need and we want partnerships with other players in society. The Olympic Movement is willing and ready to make its contribution to the most laudable efforts of the United Nations to maintain and build peace and to bring along social change.”

(L-R) Meb Keflezighi, IOC President Bach, UN Secretary-General Ban, 
Ole Einar Bjørndalen and IOC Honorary President Rogge

Accompanying President Bach were IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge, IOC member in Norway and Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjørndalen, United States Olympic Committee Secretary General Scott Blackmun and US Olympic marathon runner Meb Keflezighi.

(L-R) Fabio Pigozzi, President Bach and Mario Pescante

On 15 April, President Bach met a delegation from the Board of the International Sports Medicine Federation (FIMS), led by Secretary General Fabio Pigozzi. IOC member Mario Pescante also attended the meeting.

President Bach also hosted the President of the World Karate Federation (WKF), Antonio Espinos.

On the same day in Cologny (Switzerland), President Bach took part in a working lunch with Klaus Schwab, Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF); Philipp Rösler, Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board for the World Economic Forum and former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; and David Aikman, Managing Director, Head of “New Champions” within the WEF.

Cooperation between the IOC and the World Economic Forum was discussed. The aim is to facilitate a top-level dialogue, not only with political and economic leaders, but also with the media and leaders from civil society, both at the Annual Meeting in Davos and throughout the year.

On 28 April, it was announced that IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge has been appointed as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Youth Refugees and Sport. His overall objective of the role will be to support the United Nations Secretary-General in advancing peace, development and an inclusive society through sport. On substantive issues, the Special Envoy will work closely with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Nawal El Moutawakel (pictured centre) has been decorated by the President of the Republic of Senegal, Macky Sall (right of photo) with the rank of Commander of the National Order of the Lion. She received this distinction at the annual gala dinner organised by the NOC of Senegal.

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With the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships held in Sofia, IOC EB member and AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu (right of photo) met the Prime Minister of Bulgaria Plamen Oresharski (left) on 14 April.

C.-K. Wu expressed his admiration for the excellent venue used for the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships. Plamen Oresharski commented on the importance of this event, as this is the only qualifying event for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, which take place in August.

On 23 April, C.-K. Wu was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the Bulgarian National Sports Academy, “Vassil Levski” (NSA), in Sofia for his decades-long dedication and contribution to the Olympic Movement and the development of boxing. 

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