2012-08-30

UN supports the 2012 London Paralympic Games to pursue inclusive and peaceful societies

UN supports the 2012 London Paralympic Games to pursue inclusive and peaceful societies
Wilfried Lemke, UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace writes a message on Paralympic Wall. © IPC
August 29, 2012
London/Geneva (UNOSDP) In a few hours, the largest ever Paralympic Games will open in London, with more than 4,200 athletes hailing from 166 countries competing in 21 sports. From a UN perspective, the Games offer a great opportunity to keep advancing the inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities or impairment, both in and through sport. They are also a celebration of peaceful coexistence.
Since their inception in the aftermath of World War II, the Paralympic Games have always been inextricably linked to the advancement of the rights of persons with disabilities, to their inclusion into society, to their well-being and empowerment. This year’s edition is no exception.
“For the United Nations, the efforts of the Paralympic Movement are of great importance with a view of promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, especially the reference to Sport due to the endless possibilities that Sport provides for inclusion and acceptance of diversity.” is the UN Secretary-General’s message for the inauguration of the Paralympic Wall that took place yesterday in the Olympic Village in London, UK. The message has been delivered by UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke.

UN supports the 2012 London Paralympic Games to pursue inclusive and peaceful societies

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