On 28 April 2014, United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed at the U.N. event ”Celebrating Sport for Development for Peace”, former International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge as his special envoy for youth refugees and sport.
The Belgian, who is also honorary president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has a mandate to use sports as an empowerment tool for youth from displaced and refugee communities, towards peace, reconciliation, security, health, education, gender equality, and a more inclusive society.
According to South Korea-born Ban Ki-moon, sport can be used to bridge cultural, ethnic, religious and social divides and the Secretary-General also thinks sport can amotivate kids to enroll and do well in school, empower girls and women, and reach groups with important messages on drugs, green initiatives, and sexual diseases.
Career of Jacques Rogge
Jacques Rogge was born on 2nd May 1942 in the Belgian city of Ghent, was educated at the local university, is orthopedic surgeon by profession and participated for the Belgian national yachting team at three Olympics between 1968 and 1976.
After his sports career, Jacques Rogge was active in the Belgian Olympic Committee and served this sports organization from 1989 to 1992. He became member of the IOC in 1991 and joined the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee in 1998.
In 2001, Rogge was the successor to Juan Antonio Samaranch, the former President of the IOC. In 2009, the Belgian sports administrator was re-elected, but in 2013, he was not eligible anymore for a new term as Olympic President and in September 2013, Jacques Rogge was succeeded by Thomas Bach from Germany.
Historic agreement United Nations and International Olympic Committee
At the ”Celebrating Sport for Development for Peace”-event, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IOC President Thomas Bach also signed a historic agreement at the U.N. Headquarters in New York (United States), aimed at strengthening collaboration between the two organizations at the highest level. The agreement underlined that the IOC and the United Nations “share the same values of contributing to a better and peaceful world through sport.
(Sources: United Nations, Sports Illustrated)