The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) uses sport for drug abuse prevention and for raising awareness about the importance of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Mr. Carl Marsh
UN ignites the flame of social change through the London 2012 Olympics 13 August 2012
Geneva (UNOSDP) – The London 2012 Olympic Games came to an end yesterday and are already widely lauded as an overall success, with plenty of historic moments that will stay fresh in the minds of many for years to come. But beyond the stadiums, courts and fields where sporting excellence prevailed, the event offered the opportunity to help advance the human development agenda.
Campaign against human trafficking held against Olympic backdrop 27 July 2012
Geneva (ILO) – Visitors thronging London for the Olympics might come across huge, brightly coloured gift boxes that promise passers-by a better life, only to reveal the harsh realities of human trafficking on the inside. The art installations are part of the Gift Box campaign that aims to raise awareness about human trafficking, a crime which affects every country in the world in one way or another.
Secretary-General to take part in London Olympics torch run 24 July 2012
New York/Geneva (UN News Center, edited by UNOSDP) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will head later this week to London, where he will take part in the torch run for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games on Thursday and attend the opening ceremony on Friday, his spokesperson announced today.
UNODC Executive Director commends UNODC terrorism survivor who will carry Olympic torch 6 July 2012
Vienna (UNODC) – Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, today met Bianca Kopp, a UNODC staff member, who will bear the London Olympic torch on 15 July as it makes its way through the coastal town of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. Kopp, an Austrian national, survived a terrorist attack on the United Nations House in Abuja, Nigeria, on 26 August 201.
Afridi to Hit Hard Against Drugs in New Role as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador 18 January 2012
Vienna (UNODC) – Pakistan cricket star Shahid Afridi has been appointed UNODC National Goodwill Ambassador in recognition of his outstanding sporting record. Both batsman and bowler, Afridi is a talented all-rounder who from 2009 to 2011 was captain of the Pakistan national cricket team in various formats of the modern game.
Fair play in sports: UNODC and International Olympic Committee give cheats a red card 20 May 2011
Lausanne (UNODC) -- Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, and Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the IOC's Lausanne Headquarters to fight corruption in sports. The initiative comes amid betting and doping scandals that have rocked the sporting world and disgraced star athletes. However, both institutions recognize the positive impact of sports, particularly on young people - sport promotes health and h...
Speaking the language of sport 1 September 2009
More than 100 girls and boys aged 14-17 came together in late July at the Olympic Training Centre in Spała, Poland, for a one-week camp to play sports and learn social skills. While coming from various linguistic backgrounds, the participants spoke one language: the language of sports.