Sochi, Russia

7 February 2014

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with International Paralympic Committee President

The Secretary-General met today with Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

The Secretary-General said the Paralympic Movement was of key importance in promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has embraced sports as a way to create societies that value diversity and inclusion.

Sir Philip briefed the Secretary-General on developments in the field, noting that despite  positive progression, there are still some people with impairment who face barriers and exclusion.

The Secretary-General praised Sir Philip for his endeavours and vowed to ensure that as many sectors and implementation partners as possible help to adapt for the inclusion and diversity that provide all people with the equality of access they need and deserve.