02 September 2016

Secretary-General's video message to 2016 Cheongju World Martial Arts Masterships

I am pleased to send warm greetings to the 2016 World Martial Arts Masterships!

At this time of war, poverty and discrimination, there are reasons for hope.

Last year, leaders of the world adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – our plan for a life of dignity for all.

They also adopted the historic Paris Agreement to address climate change.

These pacts can open a new future. 

We need all partners to succeed.

The United Nations has been promoting peace, harmony and prosperity through sports. 

Martial arts are based on a healthy mind and body, and respect for one’s opponent. 

This is an important element of peace, prosperity and the rule of law, which we can learn and practice through sports. 

As you train and compete, I count on you to spread this message of respect for our planet and for all people, everywhere.

Thank you.