POSTED: Friday September 25th 2009

Ban Ki-moon to make keynote address at the opening of the Olympic Congress

Mr Ban Ki-moon will open the IOC Congress with a keynote address to the Olympic family.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) is very pleased to announce the
presence of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon,
at the XIII Olympic Congress, which will open on 3 October 2009 in
Copenhagen, Denmark. Mr Ban Ki-moon will open the IOC Congress with a
keynote address to the Olympic family.
IOC President Jacques Rogge, the presence of Mr Ban in Copenhagen
strengthens the partnership between the two organisations. “It’s a
strong commitment to the recognition of the increasingly important role
of sport in the implementation of internationally agreed development
goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals. In the global
community of the 21st century, the Olympic Movement is more accountable
to the whole of society than ever before, and it must be sure of its
place in all regions of the world. This is why the participation of the
United Nations in its Congress, placed under the main theme of ‘the
Olympic Movement in Society’, is invaluable.”


Congress will be held under the theme of “the Olympic Movement in
Society”. Participants will discuss the current status of the Olympic
Movement and projections into the future around five main themes: Theme
1 “The Athletes”, Theme 2 “The Olympic Games”, Theme 3 “The Structure
of the Olympic Movement”, Theme 4 “Olympism and Youth” and Theme 5 “The
Digital Revolution”.

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Keywords · IOC · UN · Ban Ki-moon · Olympic Congress · Jacques Rogge

Name: Sandrine Tonge
Organization: IOC International Olympic Committee
Phone: +41 21 621 60 00

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