UN and Tokyo 2020, leverage power of Olympic Games in global sustainable development race

TOKYO, 15 NOVEMBER 2018 (UN NEWS CENTRE) – The United Nations and the organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have signed an agreement to highlight the important contribution that sport makes in the race to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by the ambitious deadline of 2030.

Signing a Letter of Intent, on Wednesday, Alison Smale, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, said that the understanding will enable the two bodies to focus not only the accomplishments of the athletes, but also on how the event is managed, in innovative and responsible ways. Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive, Toshiro Muto signed on behalf of the organisers.

“This is a great opportunity to leverage our platforms to begin conversations about the contributions of Tokyo 2020 to the implementation of SDGs and the power of the Olympic Games to promote peace and development worldwide,” she highlighted.

The UN and organisers of Tokyo 2020 will work together to increase public awareness of the mutually beneficial links between the SDGs, sport and sporting events in Japan and in other countries, as well as focus on tangible efforts for specific Goals.

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