Abu Dhabi, UAE: The United Nations (UN) and the International Judo Federation (IJF) have signed an initial two-year partnership agreement seeking to further harness the power of judo to bring about positive social change worldwide. The partnership was signed in Abu Dhabi on the sidelines of the recent Judo Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi 2012, by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, and the IJF President, Marius L. Vizer.
"Judo teaches many of the fundamental values for succeeding in life such as respect for your counterpart and respect of the rules. These are all essential lessons of life, in particular for societies that have been or are in conflict,” Mr. Lemke said.
"Judo is much more than a sport; it is a philosophy, an art of life and an outstanding education tool," stressed the IJF President Marius Vizer. The cooperation between the UN and IJF will mainly be carried out through the work of the IJF’s Judo for Peace Commission as well as through the IJF’s involvement in UNOSDP’s Youth Leadership Camps.
So far, the IJF has contributed to all three of the camps organised in 2012 by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) in Doha (Qatar), Hennef (Germany) and Macolin (Switzerland).Source: www.ijf.org