“The Paralympic Games inspire millions around the world."
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised the role of the International Paralympic Committee at an event in New York, USA.
Speaking at “Celebrating Sport for Development and Peace” on Monday (28 April), the UN Secretary General said: “I commend the International Paralympic Committee for its work on behalf of persons with disabilities.
“The Paralympic Games inspire millions around the world.
“The International Paralympic Committee has done a tremendous job over the years to break down negative stereotypes, fight discrimination, and build positive attitudes.”
During his address at Ban Ki-moon, also spoke about the ability of sport to help change society, and of the success of the first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace which was held on 6 April.
“Sport is at work for peace and development around the clock and around the world. Physical education and special sport programmes in schools motivate children to enrol and can help to improve academic achievement.
“Sport empowers girls and women by providing opportunities for leadership and accomplishments. The immense popularity of sport helps reach many groups and communities with important messages on HIV/AIDS, non-communicable diseases, drug abuse and environmental protection. Sport helps to reduce stigma and increase the social and economic integration of marginalized people, minorities and persons with disabilities.
“Sport can be used to bridge cultural, religious, ethnic and social divides.
“And its values, such as teamwork, fairness and respect for one’s opponent and the rules of the game, are understood all around the world and are useful well beyond the playing field, in our personal and professional lives. In short, sport is a low-cost, high-impact tool.”