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Dear Media Friends,

We take the privilege to share that United Nations has adopted a Resolution titled "Sports as enabler of sustainable development" to signify the importance of sport as a tool for global stability.

The Resolution emphasises to develop sporting facilities and provide the children with adequate and conducive environment to play and to develop a world fit for children. Simultaneously the Resolution stresses upon all the stakeholders to ensure women and girls are provided with sufficient facilities. The excerpt from the Resolution states:

"Acknowledging the importance of holistic approaches to health and well-being through regular physical activity, including sport and recreation, to prevent and control non-communicable diseases and promote healthy lifestyles, including through physical education, as reflected in the political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases,

Recognizing that sports, the arts and physical activity have the power to change perceptions, prejudices and behaviours, as well as to inspire people, break down racial and political barriers, combat discrimination and defuse conflict, as reflected in the political declaration adopted at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in 2018,

Recognizing also the benefits of sport for the health of older persons, as outlined in the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing,

Recalling article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, outlining a child’s right to play and leisure, and the outcome document of the twenty-seventh special session of the General Assembly on children, entitled “A world fit for children”, stressing the promotion of physical, mental and emotional health through play and sports,

Recalling also the political declaration and outcome adopted at the five-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the commitments made therein to ensure equal opportunity for women and girls in recreational and sports activities, as well as in participation in athletics and physical activities at the national, regional and international levels, such as access, training, competition, remuneration and prizes,"

The member states have also extended their support, through this resolution, for the mission of IOC and autonomy and independence of Sports by adopting

"Supports the independence and autonomy of sport as well as the mission of the International Olympic Committee in leading the Olympic movement and of the International Paralympic Committee in leading the Paralympic movement"

The Resolution and statement of International Olympic Committee are attached for ease of perusal please.

Best regards,


Muhammad Khalid Mahmood

Secretary General