IOC and UN-Habitat Join Hands to Promote Sports in Cities

The International Olympic Committee partners with UN-Habitat to boost physical activity in urban areas, fostering sustainability and inclusivity.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has teamed up with UN-Habitat in a fresh collaboration aimed at encouraging physical activity in urban settings, according to an announcement by the IOC.

In line with the goals set out in Olympic Agenda 2020 and Olympic Agenda 2020+5, the IOC is placing a strong emphasis on enhancing the role of sports in sustainable development by actively engaging with UN-Habitat’s vast network of city leaders and officials, as reported by Xinhua.

IOC President Thomas Bach, speaking at the UN-Habitat-Local 2030 Coalition event, stressed the importance of leveraging their extensive experience in utilizing sports for the betterment of society. He emphasized the necessity of bringing the advantages of sports to the places where people are most concentrated, which primarily includes cities and urban areas worldwide.


The newly formed partnership involves investments from both the IOC and UN-Habitat. It will kick off with initiatives in several countries, with the aim of fostering urban environments that promote active lifestyles and broaden access to the benefits of sports for diverse communities.

The implementation of this collaboration is scheduled to commence in November 2023, starting with five cities located in Africa, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region. The initial phase is set to span three years, as stated by the IOC.


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