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Human Rights Council side events prove to be great success in Geneva

14 June 2013
Left to Right: Mr. Andreas Schneider & Hendrik Flügge , Producers of Gold movie, H.E Mr. Hanns Heinrich Schumacher, German Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Wilfried Lemke, UN Special Adviser, H.E. Mr. Dengo Manuel, Costa Rican Ambassador

Geneva (UNOSDP)- The Human Rights Council side event was organized by the Permanent Missions of the Russian Federation, Brazil, Greece and the Republic of Korea. The event was aimed at promoting awareness, understanding and application of human rights principles through sport and Olympic Ideals.


The main goal was to discuss the ways of using the potential of the Olympic Games to generate a wider understanding of human rights ideals, such as equality, non-discrimination and dignity which are enshrined in Olympic Charter as well as Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The event was moderated by H. E. Mr. Alexandros Alexandris and Mr. Wilfried Lemke, the Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sport for Development and Peace, who was also joined on the panel by representatives from Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Korea and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mr. Lemke spoke about the need for all sporting events to work to be inclusive of all people around the world. He highlighted one of the lines in the Olympic Charter that states ‘sport is a human right’. Mr. Lemke stressed that we need to work to be inclusive of people with disabilities, we must work hard to promote equality of gender through sport, and also we must work to promote the safety of children through sport. Other panelists agreed with these points and provided examples of how, as future Olympic hosts they were working towards promoting sport as a human right for all. 

Joint statement promotion of Human Rights through Sport can be found here.


GOLD – You can do more then you think, premiered at the United Nations Geneva.

The screening of the GOLD Movie, 11th June, was a side event of the ongoing Human Rights Council in Geneva. It was jointly organized by the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace and the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. The screening was also supported by the Geneva Group of Friends, an informal intergovernmental platform among Permanent Representatives to the United Nations. The Group aims to promote dialogue and encourage UN Member States and the UN system to integrate sport actively into their policies and strategies.

Since the start of the project in 2010, the Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace has been involved and the stories of the three exceptional athletes have touched him deeply. He is confident that this film will help to elevate the profile of the Paralympic movement and spirit; and that it is an excellent tool to raise awareness for the importance of the UN Convention on the rights of person with disability.


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