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Director-General signs an Agreement of Cooperation between UNESCO and the Sports Information Agency of the Olympic Committee of Russia

On 31 January, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Mr Alexey Tveritin, Director-General of the Sports Information Agency of the Olympic Committee of Russia, signed an Agreement of Cooperation between their organizations.

The Agreement establishes the cooperation by both parties in the implementation of a joint initiative, the International Programme: ““Olympic friendship” Children’s Forum”. It also determines that the Programme will be carried out under the aegis of UNESCO, and use opportunities of cooperation with the international Olympic, Paralympics, and Delphic movements organizations.

This agreement rose great interest and support by the international community. Mr Hyeong Joo Kim, member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, accompanied by Mr Sung Jun Yoon, member of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Korea, Mr Vladimir Pruglo, Chairman of the Paralympic Committee of Russia, as well as Mr Anicet Gabriel Kotchofa, advisor to the President of Benin and Secretary-General of the International Federation of the Interuniversity Sport, also attended and addressed the ceremony expressing their authorities’ full support of the Olympic Friendship Children’s Forum Programe. Ambassador Anastassopoulos, President of UNESCO’s 34th General Conference and Permanent Delegate of the Hellenic Republic to UNESCO, Ambassador Shi, Permanent Delegate of the People’s Republic of China to UNESCO, and Ambassador Kalamanov, Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, were also present at the signing ceremony.

During his address the Director-General expressed his satisfaction with the signature of this paramount agreement and the active support that the Permanent Delegation of the Russian Federation to UNESCO has dedicated to it. He noted: “this initiative offers the chance to associate young people with the Olympics, mobilizing the powerful attraction of these Games to bring the world’s youth together in a spirit of solidarity, tolerance and peace. It seeks to promote, through special cultural and social events, the values of fair play, mutual respect and understanding and to help young people foster new friendships and ties around the world”, he added.

Mr Matsuura underscored that “young people are key actors in the building of a sustainable peaceful world for today and for tomorrow. I hope this initiative shall incentive them to live in that peace.” […] The Director-General went on to state that “UNESCO is very pleased to be part of this initiative, and through it, transmitting a sense of solidarity and mutual understanding to future generations, which is a major pillar of UNESCO’s work.”

Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 012-2008 -  Publication Date: 01-02-2008

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