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The Director-General takes part in the 2008 UNESCO Friendship Run

On Saturday, 5 April 2008, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, ran the 5,42 kilometre UNESCO Friendship run, which is held annually on the eve of the Paris Marathon.

Over two thousand participants from all over the world took on the streets of Paris this morning carrying the flags of their native countries and showing support for their NGO’s and humanitarian/social associations.

In setting off the run, the Director-General thanked UNESCO’s partners in the organisation of this event: the Paris Marathon and the Paris City Government. He noted that “for the 7th consecutive year the ‘UNESCO Friendship Run’ has been showcasing how sports are a great instrument of peace and development, […] and have the ability to gather the values of dialogue, tolerance and pluralism.”

Mr Matsuura recalled that this year the ‘Friendship Run’ is organized in the context of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “This is an important symbolism since sports are an essential means for promoting Human Rights as well as Fair-play values, tolerance and dignity,” he stated.

The Director-General completed the run accompanied by a large number of UNESCO Staff Members, friends and families, who carried the flag of the United Nations from the start to the finish line.

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Author(s): Office of the Spokeswoman - Source: Flash Info N° 045-2008 -  Publication Date: 05-04-2008

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