First UN/IOC forum underway

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will hold a forum with the United Nations in Lausanne on Friday and Saturday to discuss ways in which the IOC can improve its leverage throughout the world, now that it is an official observer at the UN.

IOC president Jacques Rogge opened the forum at the Olympic Museum on Friday.

"The aim of this Forum is to generate further action on the ground that contributes to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals," he said. "We cannot change the world but we believe that, through sport, we can make better citizens."

Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace said "the IOC and the Olympic Movement have a social responsibility to bring sport and its values to all fields of society. If sport on its own cannot drive this agenda, it can however exchange and partner with those whose responsibility and expertise is to make peace and drive national development, such as the UN."

Source: Xinhua

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