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The United Nations and the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation Sign MOU to support a future partnership

21 June 2013
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UN Secretary General`s Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke (Left), Andrzej Kraƛnicki ,President of Polish Olympic Committee and the FIBT President Mr. Ivo Ferriani (Right)

The United Nations (UN) and the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (FIBT) today signed a partnership agreement seeking to utilize the sports of bobsleigh and skeleton to promote positive social change around the world.

The partnership was signed in Gdansk, Poland by the UN Secretary General`s Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke and the FIBT President Mr. Ivo Ferriani during a welcome dinner hosted by the Polish Olympic Committee. This dinner was attended by FIBT member federations from all over the world.

Speaking from the dinner in Gdansk, the UN Special Adviser is delighted with yet another federation partnership.

“It is extremely important for us to continue extending our network with sport federations. For us and the Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation partnership will help to extend the use of sport as a contributing factor to development and peace. I am extremely happy to sign this agreement as I believe we can create a partnership that transforms knowledge and commitment into visible actions on the ground.”

"It is a privilege for the FIBT to engage in collaboration with the United Nations. The values of our Sports supported by all our athletes find a natural extension in these social programs. We are looking forward to this cooperation to create bridges between populations and to contribute to a better world." states FIBT President Ivo Ferriani.

The partnership will involve specific peace projects where conflicting countries will be encouraged to arrange friendly Bobsleigh and Skeleton exchanges to promote peace and cooperation. The FIBT will also encourage youth from conflicting countries to participate at the Youth Leadership Programs organized by the United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP)

Reciprocally, the UNOSDP will support the FIBT to develop bobsleigh and skeleton around the world. The UNOSDP is delighted and grateful for this partnership which enhances the work being done to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

 


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