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OLYMPIC REVIEW33OLYMPISM IN ACTION

afflict humankind, is 2015. Indeed, the MDGs placedthe Olympic Movement's own human developmentobjectives into a broader perspective. The promotionof education, human values, gender equality,environment, HIV/AIDS awareness and humandevelopment, among other issues, have long featuredon the IOC agenda. IOC world conferences, which connect sport withculture and education, environment, women,development as well as sport-for-all have beenregularly organised since the 1980s and 1990s. All have been aimed at delivering developmentassistance in key areas of need on the back ofmankind's most popular pastime.The Olympic Congress in Copenhagen last yearsought to reinforce and endorse the OlympicMovement's "development through sport" agendawith Resolution No. 36, which stated:The Olympic Movement should engage in thewidest possible way with international institutionsto support and promote the delivery of the UNMillennium Development Goals and further suchinitiatives. The Olympic Movement is equallycommitted to the protection of the globalenvironment and to forging closer relationship withthe United Nations (UN) and all other institutions torespond to this moral imperative, particularly withregard to the key issue of climate change.If this was in response to UN Secretary GeneralBan Ki-moon's acknowledgement, in his openingspeech at the Olympic Congress, of the crucial rolesport has to play in development and peace, the UNitself was just as quick to endorse the IOC'sparticipation in the work of its General Assembly bygranting it observer status.In March 2010, IOC Vice-President Mario Pescante34OLYMPIC REVIEWOLYMPISM IN ACTIONBelow Somali refugees enjoying somevolleyball RightBringing youngsters togetherat a UNHCR refugee camp Far rightUNSecretary General Ban Ki-moon and IOCPresident Jacques Rogge