World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Sports Sets a Guiding Light for International Relations - UN

Sports Sets a Guiding Light for International Relations to Follow, Ban Tells Winter Olympics

New York, Feb 7 2014 - The Olympic spirit of fair play, mutual respect and friendly competition “melts away barriers” and sets an example for international relations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told tens of thousands of spectators and tens of millions of others watching on television around the world at the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, today.

“The Olympics and Paralympics bring out the best in athletic achievement,” he said in a video message broadcast at the ceremony. “The Olympic Flame also illuminates hope for our common humanity. Even in the cold winter weather, barriers between people melt away.”

“The Olympic spirit prevails: Fair play, mutual respect, friendly competition. Let us take that spirit and spread it around the world.

“For peace – and a truce between warring parties around the world. For human rights and an end to discrimination. For a life of dignity for all. Together, let us celebrate sports and solidarity.”

Mr. Ban, who is in Sochi for the Games, is holding meetings with other world leaders attending the opening ceremonies, as well as leading sports officials.

In talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two stressed the importance of sports for peace and development, and noted that the UN and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are natural partners with shared goals.

They also discussed sustainable development and climate change, and Mr. Ban invited Mr. Xi to attend his climate summit at UN Headquarters on 23 September.

On Syria, Mr. Ban voiced appreciation for China’s constructive role in supporting the political process, its contributions to humanitarian aid its efforts to destroy chemical weapons in Syria, including through providing a naval escort.

He thanked China for its contributions to UN peacekeeping and for its leadership role towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and reducing tensions there, urging Mr. Xi to encourage the parties to take positive confidence-building steps such as the recently agreed family reunions and to follow through on them.

Mr. Ban also met Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for disabled athletes, highlighting its key importance in promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has embraced sports as a way to create societies that value diversity and inclusion.

For more details go to UN News Centre at http://www.un.org/news

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Yemen: Killing Or Maiming An Average Of Eight Children A Day

Killing or maiming an average of eight children a day, ‘brutal’ Yemen conflict must end – UNICEF More>>

Changing Habits/behaviours Key To Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy

Vaccine hesitancy can be caused by factors such as negative beliefs based on myths, misinformation. Fear of needles can be a factor for refusal. Photo: PAHO/WHO More>>

Burundi: Ban Condemns Assassination Of Senior Army Officer

Refugees from Burundi in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: OCHA/Naomi Frerotte United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the assassination Burundi’s former Army Chief of Staff, Colonel Jean Bikomagu, who ... More>>

Deadly Industrial Explosions In Northern China

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the injuries to scores of people as a result of deadly explosions in Tianjin, China. More>>

UN Urges Action To Tackle Deepening Refugee Crisis In Greece

A group of Syrian refugees arrive on the island of Lesbos after travelling in an inflatable raft from Turkey, near Skala Sykaminias, Greece. Photo: UNHCR/A. McConnell More>>

Probe Into Those Responsible For Chemical Weapons In Syria

The US Vessel Cape Ray, on which all 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas were removed from Syria and safely destroyed as the ship sailed in international waters in 2014. Photo: US Dept. of Transportation More>>

Myanmar Election: UNICEF Urges Prioritisation Of Children

With 99 days to go before Myanmar elections, UNICEF urges candidates make children the clear winner More>>

Liberia Thousands Of Unregistered Children Born During Ebola Crisis

Thousands of unregistered children born in Liberia during Ebola crisis at risk of exploitation – UNICEF More>>

UN Refugee Agency Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Myanmar

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt (left) in Myitkyina township, Kachin State, Myanmar, meeting with some of the 100,000 displaced people who currently live there. Photo: UNHCR/T.Stoddart More>>

As Health Needs Rise In Somalia, Funding Hits New Low

As health needs rise in Somalia, funding hits new low, cutting off 1.5 million from care – UN More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news