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Olympic committee and UN recognize value of volunteerism in sport
11 May 2011

Geneva, Switzerland: The International Olympic Committee and the UN have drawn up a list of recommendations paying attention to the role of volunteerism in sport.

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

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the Forum, which was attended by more than 350 experts from over 100 countries.

The delegates agreed that “volunteerism is a vital component of sport and mobilizes people, including athletes, to serve their communities for development and peace.”

“The recommendations agreed upon today are the latest in a series of steps we have taken with the UN to promote peace and development through sport in proactive, concrete ways,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said Wednesday. “It is not a question of whether sport contributes to the betterment of society; we are all in agreement that it does. The real question is how to make it contribute in more impactful, tangible ways.”

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

Click here to read the recommendations