Tokyo, Japan: The United Nations and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) have signed a two-year agreement in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals, as well as to further harness the power of volleyball to bring about positive social change worldwide. The partnership was signed at the Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo on the sidelines of the FIVB Women's World Cup 2011 by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, and the FIVB President, Wei Jizhong.
The eight UN Millennium Development Goals – which include eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and combating HIV/AIDS – form the thematic focus for the agreement.
“The United Nations has long recognized the crucial role that sports federations can play in promoting sustainable development and peace-building,” Mr. Lemke declared.
“The 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals is coming closer every day and, through this partnership with the FIVB, we will be able to reach out to many more and to use volleyball as a vehicle for delivering our messages and programmes,” he added.
Mr Wei, Honorary Life Vice President of the OCA, commented: “We consider carrying out social responsibility work together with the United Nations to be both an opportunity and a duty.
“Volleyball is actively enjoyed by over half a billion people worldwide, which makes it potentially a strong medium for contributing to the work and mission of the UN in the years to come.”
A large part of the partnership consists in raising awareness of UN actions, themes, values and campaigns at FIVB tournaments and in the framework of the “FIVB Heroes” campaign. For more information: www.fivb.org.