POSTED: September 24th 2015

IOC President Bach to give speech at UN General Assembly on Saturday

IOC President Thomas Bach is set to return to the United Nations this weekend / IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach is set to return to the United Nations this weekend / IOC

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) On Saturday at the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York will adopt the post-2015 Development Agenda in which sport is set to be included. During the Assembly, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach will deliver a speech. Other speakers include world leaders and dozens of Heads of State and Government.

The final document to be adopted will mention sport as, "an important enabler of sustainable development." The declaration displays sport as a way to achieve education, health, and peace. Sport's critical contribution to sustainable development worldwide will be featured in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

President Bach stated, "This is another acknowledgement of the important role of sport in society, one of the major issues of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement."

He added, "It shows that with Olympic Agenda 2020 we are aligned with the United Nations post-2015 Development Agenda. This new agenda specifically acknowledges the important role that sport plays promoting healthy lifestyles, education, and social inclusion. It recognizes the benefits of sport for all and its ability to empower women and young people."

IOC Member and four-time Olympian, Angela Ruggiero will accompany President Bach. Also, it has been confirmed that bilateral meetings will be held between President Bach and over a dozen Heads of State and Government. The role of sport in society and everyday action concerning the autonomy of sport and sustainable development will be discussed during the meetings.

In addition, recognition of sport as a cost-effective means to handle challenges related to peace and social development has increased. Investing in physical activity and sport brings various socio-economic returns to society, along with producing solidarity and pride to nations.

Furthermore, numerous UN resolutions have been passed over the years as the power of sport has grown. It has led to the appointment of a Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace by UN Secretary-General in 2011. IOC Honorary President, Jacques Rogge was appointed as Special Envoy on Youth Refugees and Sport in 2014. Also, in April 2014, the IOC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UN to strengthen collaboration between them.

Moreover, in October 2014, the General Assembly passed a resolution that, "encourages Member States to give sport due consideration in the context of the post-2015 Development Agenda."

"The International Olympic Committee was built on the belief that sport can contribute to peace and to the harmonious development of humankind," expressed President Bach.

President Bach concluded, "As the world sets out on a new era of development, we are truly honoured to continue being a committed partner for development with the United Nations to make the world a better place through sport."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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