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United Nations: Olympics

Volume 710: debated on Monday 11 May 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the collaboration between the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations in their efforts to support peace, development and the achievement of the millennium development goals. [HL3233]

The Government welcome increased collaboration between International Olympic Committee (IOC) and United Nations (UN) agencies in working to support peace, development and the achievement of the millennium development goals. Achieving these goals can only be realised through the co-operation of international and national organisations, including programmes such as the London 2012 international inspiration programme, led by UK Sport and delivered in conjunction with the British Council and UNICEF. International inspiration has been endorsed by the IOC.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they intend to take to promote the 1993 United Nations Resolution to “build a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”. [HL3234]

With UK Sport, the British Council and UNICEF, we have established the London 2012 international inspiration programme to deliver the promise made to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in July 2005 to inspire a generation of children and young people around the world through sport. The programme has been endorsed by the IOC.

The international inspiration programme, which started in October 2007, has already engaged 1 million young people and trained over 48,000 teachers, coaches and community leaders in PE and sport during its first year's work.

We will continue to encourage the IOC to work closely with United Nations agencies to help promote the use of sport in helping to achieve wider development objectives.