01 June 2022

MADRID – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, signed a Memorandum of Knowledge with the Olympic Refuge Basis (ORF) currently aiming to deepen its do the job with the Olympic Movement in providing possibilities for refugees and other forcibly displaced persons to acquire part in sport at all concentrations.

The United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi signed the MoU throughout a conference of the ORF board in Madrid, at the headquarters of the Spanish Olympic Committee. President Thomas Bach of the Worldwide Olympic Committee signed on behalf of the ORF.

The signing will come days right after the ORF and the IOC Refugee Olympic Staff were awarded the prestigious 2022 Princess of Asturias Award for Sports activities.

UNHCR and the IOC have a very long-standing partnership and collaborated in developing the Olympic Refuge Foundation in 2017. The ORF is committed to supporting the protection, sporting and own progress of forcibly displaced persons, beyond a aim on Olympic activities, with the objective of reaching one million youthful persons by 2024.

Organized, developmental sport routines can help to normalize younger life disrupted by conflict and pressured displacement. They give alternatives for superior inclusion and safety to assist youthful folks heal, produce and grow. Activity can also empower refugee communities and assist forge nearer ties with the communities that host them.

UNHCR’s ‘Sport for Protection’ technique builds on this knowledge, and the exclusive potential of activity to actively and meaningfully have interaction younger folks. ‘Sport for Protection’ programmes aim to accomplish, at a least, favourable outcomes in a few regions: social inclusion, social cohesion and psychosocial properly-being.

Given that 2014, with the IOC and the ORF, UNHCR has carried out significant activity things to do in Jordan, Ethiopia, Colombia, Rwanda, Mexico, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kakuma in Kenya.

UNHCR also collaborated with the IOC to carry refugee athletes to the Rio 2016 Summer season Olympics as the 1st-at any time Refugee Olympic Workforce and repeated this in Tokyo in 2021. Since September 2021, the ORF has taken general duty for the IOC Refugee Athlete programme and will deal with the Refugee Olympic Group at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.

Today’s signing displays UNHCR’s elevated concentration on the position that activity and sport companies can engage in in refugee responses, and it is a single in a growing selection of partnerships with sporting activities organizations operating to accomplish improved results for men and women forced to flee. Other partnerships involve UEFA, Particular Olympics and the Intercontinental Judo Federation.

For far more details on this matter, you should get hold of:
In Geneva, Stephen Pattison [email protected] +41 79 500 87 74
In Madrid, María Jesús Vega, E-mail: [email protected] + 34 670661263