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The Paralympic Games and the United Nations Article

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United Nations, Sports and the Paralympic Games:
Promoting Human Rights, Development and the Ideals of Humanity
The Paralympic Games and the United Nations
Paralympic athletes embody the highest ideals of humanity - they challenge the boundaries set
by society and aim to develop and maximize their potential as world-class athletes.
The goals of the United Nations and the Paralympic Games share the same ideals to serve humanity:
the UN strives for the peaceful settlement of disputes, social progress and better standards of life, and
harmonious relations among peoples and nations, while the goal of the Paralympics is to place sport at
the service of humanity, by harnessing its great potential to contribute to the global struggle for peace,
prosperity and the preservation of human dignity.
More than 130 nations participate in the Paralympic Games, which is the second largest and one of the
most prestigious sporting events in the world. Communities across the globe are motivated by the
Paralympics Games and celebrate their fellow citizens who compete in the Games. Indeed, sports
serve to inspire communities around the world to aim higher and highest, beyond any boundaries.
For many years the United Nations system has acknowledged the importance of sports in society.
United Nations bodies have enlisted star athletes and major sporting events in campaigns to promote
immunization against childhood diseases and other public health measures, to support the fight against
racism and apartheid, and to promote human rights. An increasing number of non-governmental
organizations at the local, national and international levels are joining forces with the United Nations
to promote development, health, human rights and peace through sporting events - the Paralympic
Games in Beijing this year is a prime example of this international trend.
Persons with disabilities have the right to participate in sporting and recreational activities at all levels;
organizing and participating in sports; receiving the necessary instruction, training and resources; and
accessing sporting, recreational and leisure venues. In addition, children and youth with disabilities
have the right to play and the right to equal access in sporting, recreational and leisure activities,
including those within the educational system.
Recent Achievements at the United Nations: Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities: sports and persons with disabilities
The right to play and to participate in sports has been enshrined in the newly adopted Convention on
the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as other instruments such as the Convention on the
Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
Women. All human rights are universal, indivisible, interrelated, interdependent and mutually
reinforcing. Therefore, the right to enjoy and participate in sport is directly linked to other human
rights, such as the rights to personal mobility and to participate in cultural life.

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United Nations, Sports and the Paralympic Games: Promoting Human Rights, Development and the Ideals of Humanity The Paralympic Games and the United Nations Paralympic athletes embody the highest ideals of humanity - they challenge the boundaries set by society and aim to develop and maximize their potential as world-class athletes. The goals of the United Nations and the Paralympic Games share the same ideals to serve humanity: the UN strives for the peaceful settlement of disputes, social progress and better standards of life, and harmonious relations among peoples and nations, while the goal ...
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