POSTED: September 28th 2015
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Olympics: IOC President Bach emphasizes the value of sport at the UN

IOC President Thomas Bach speaking at the UN Assembly / IOC Ian Jones
IOC President Thomas Bach speaking at the UN Assembly / IOC Ian Jones

(L to R) South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Member of the Advocacy Group for the Millennium Development Goals, and IOC President Thomas Bach / IOC Ian Jones
(L to R) South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Member of the Advocacy Group for the Millennium Development Goals, and IOC President Thomas Bach / IOC Ian Jones

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Speaking at the United Nations in New York on Saturday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach reiterated the intrinsic value of sport towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

He lauded the inclusion of sport in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), calling it "a historic moment that recognizes the important role that sport plays in promoting healthy lifestyles, education, peace and social inclusion."

President Bach said, "Sport is natural partner when it comes to realizing the ambitious agenda that will guide global development over the next 15 years.

"United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it best when he said: 'Olympic Principles are United Nations Principles,'" the IOC President continued. "The IOC shares the ambitious goals of peaceful development of humanity - and based on our shared values of tolerance, solidarity and peace, we are committed to continued cooperation with the United Nations and its Member States to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality.

"Let us continue to strengthen our partnership so that we can work together for a better world."

Around 160 heads of state, including Pope Francis, are attending the meetings at the UN in New York starting this past week and will go on through tomorrow.

As a permanent observer to the UN, the IOC supports the post-2015 Development Agenda, which is a comprehensive set of universal and transformative goals and targets that build on the Millennium Development Goals.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.


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