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100-day countdown to the 2012 London Games celebrated at the UN

18 April 2012
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New York (UNOSDP) — To mark the 100 days until the opening of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the UN in New York hosted an event today at the UN Headquarters in New York. In addition to host Sir Mark Lyall Grant, United Kingdom Ambassador and Permanent Representative, UN Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro also attended and delivered remarks.

The event, which promoted the shared values between the UN and the Olympic families, featured three children’s 100-metre races and a fencing presentation. Kindergarten and first grade children from the UN International School representing over 20 countries – and all regions reflected by the Olympic rings – participated. US foil fencing athletes who will participate in the upcoming Olympics gave an interactive foil fencing lesson.

After having presented medals to all participating children, the Deputy Secretary-General, in her speech, thanked the UK for the inclusive approach the organizers, the host city and country have taken, by focusing, inter alia, on the Paralympic Games and a strong local and international social legacy component. For example London 2012’s International Inspiration programme delivers Sport for Development projects in 19 countries around the world in cooperation with UNICEF.

“Let me also take this opportunity to thank the United Kingdom for the generous support it provides to the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, in particular the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General. I hope that many other countries will follow your example and engage and invest in this innovative field,” Dr. Migiro added.

Setting a new record in terms of universal UN Member State support, last October all 193 UN Member States unanimously adopted and co-sponsored the General Assembly resolution on the Olympic Truce for London — proof of the UN’s steadfast recognition of the value of sport.

Building on the power of sport, over the past years, including for this year’s Games, many UN agencies and offices have cooperated closely and successfully with the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, Local Organizing Committees and national authorities to promote sustainable development and peace around the Olympics and Paralympics.

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Watch the video of the event here.


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