Let Olympic Flame ‘shine as a beacon to human solidarity,’ UN says ahead of Pyeongchang Games

This week the world will gather in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, unified in what United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called “the Olympic Spirit: in solidarity; mutual respect; and friendly competition.”

Top UN officials highlight how Paralympic Games show that ability, not disability, defines a person’s accomplishments

Welcoming the start of the 2016 summer Paralympic Games, which got underway in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that the Games not only showcase the extraordinary abilities of athletes living with a disability, they also promote the rights of all persons with disabilities.

UN chief urges all to build on sustainable development effects of 2016 Olympic Games

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated Brazil, the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian people, the Rio 2016 Local Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for having successfully concluded the 2016 Olympic Games.

Young girls of Rio’s favelas attend Olympic Games

Young girls from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro are attending the Olympic Games as part of a programme launched by UN Women.

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Congolese refugees’ participation in Olympics “huge victory” for their community

The participation of Congolese refugees in the Olympics is a “huge victory”, according to members of their community.

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UN chief takes part in Olympic Torch relay as global Games kick off in Rio

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon participated in the Olympic Torch Relay in Rio de Janeiro this morning as the historic torch, after having made its journey from Greece, is just hours away from lighting the Olympic Flame.

Encouraging girls to go ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

When the modern Olympics were first held more than a century ago, 997 athletes competed, only 22 of them women.

Fast forward to this year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where nearly half of those vying for medals are women.

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UN Assembly calls on all States to observe Olympic Truce throughout Sochi Winter Games

The General Assembly today urged United Nations Member States to observe the Olympic Truce – the ancient Greek tradition calling for the cessation of hostilities before, during and after the Games – in the context of the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

London Olympic Games leave lasting legacy of positive social change – UN envoy

The United Nations envoy on sport for peace today praised the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for their contribution to improve societies and effect positive social changes.

Secretary-General calls on countries to follow through with Olympic Truce

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to follow through with the Olympic Truce, and highlighted the role of sport in promoting peace, dialogue and development.