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was named as Permanent Observer for the IOC to the UN. "At a time when the world is faced with realthreats, and the survival of nations and of mankind islinked to behavioural change, sport is being recognisedas an important element in the search for a solution,"he said.In September 2010, the IOC took part in the UNSummit on the MDGs, when leaders from around theworld gathered to assess progress and to put forwarda strategy to meet the eight MDGs in time for the2015 deadline. IOC Executive Board Member andchair of the Rio 2016 Coordination Commission,Nawal El Moutawakel represented the IOC andpresented a report outlining the direct contribution ofthe Olympic Movement to the success of the MDGs. In response, the Summit acknowledged thecontribution of sport to the goals of the developmentof humankind. In a statement adopted unanimously,the Summit stated:We recognise that sport, as a tool for education,development and peace, can promote cooperation,solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusionand health at local, national and internationallevels.Ten years after the MDGs were announced, theworld continues to suffer from environmentaldisasters. Sub-standard education and healthcareprovision and poverty are still the scourge ofdeveloping communities. And HIV and AIDS still wreakhavoc in some corners of the planet.The fact remains, though, that those past tenyears have seen an improvement of sorts. The MDGproject can be credited with prompting governments,institutions and the vast majority of the world'spopulation to think more seriously about themselves,their communities and the need to "act differently" forthe benefit of society as a whole. The term "think ?OLYMPIC REVIEW35OLYMPISM IN ACTION

36OLYMPIC REVIEWOLYMPISM IN ACTIONglobal, act local" could not be more appropriate.The September summit in New York welcomedthe Olympic Movement's modest contribution to theachievement of the aforementioned goals through itsprogrammes in education, environment, genderequity, conflict prevention, peace, poverty alleviation,health and economic development. The IOC's collaboration with internationalorganisations, sparked by that 1922 MoU with ILO,has since extended to supporting UN agencies,international organisations and NGOs, whose activitiestouch virtually every aspect of human development. IOC support for projects aimed at combining thefeeding and nutrition of school children with sportingactivities have become so successful that in Africa andthe Middle East school attendances of over 90 percent are being recorded.In collaboration with government and internationalsports federations, a unique programme, "Sports forHope" (detailed in the first of our case studies whichfollow) has been taking shape. A multi-million dollarpilot project, the Olympic Youth Development Centre,was launched this year by IOC President, JacquesRogge and the Head of State of Zambia, RupiahBanda. At this facility, the MDGs are delivered throughthe medium of sport. Here, in an economically challenged part of thecapital city Lusaka, which thousands of families callhome, young people are offered opportunities todevelop themselves, be educated, interact, build self-