When the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, screened a film about the inspiring true story of two sisters who swam for their lives to escape war-torn Syria, one UN official hailed it as “a testament to the strength, courage, and perseverance” of the more than one hundred million people forcibly displaced s around the world.
Secretary-General António Guterres is urging the world to “build a culture of peace” through the power of sport, calling for nations to observe the Olympic Truce, endorsed last week through a resolution of the UN General Assembly.
In today’s show, solutions to child labour in Cambodia where one teenager has a dream; over in Tokyo, UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wishes the Olympic Games well but reminds us COVID-19 is racing ahead, particularly in Africa; also in the news, the High Commissioner for Human Rights issues an alert about the apparently widespread use of spy software.
All Olympic athletes, both able and disabled, deserve recognition and widespread media coverage.
That’s according to Guozhong Zhang, formerly of the Chinese National Paralympic Committee and current officer for the UN Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The Paralympic Games are due to get underway on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, two weeks after the Olympic Games ended, but there has been a significant drop in funding for the event.