Director General Christophe De Kepper of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who is also a Board member of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, welcomed CEO Monika Froehler in Lausanne, Switzerland on November 19th, 2018. During the meeting, further collaboration was discussed while exchanging updates on the work of BKMC and the IOC that includes the IOC Executive Board meeting and the Olympism in Action Forum held in Buenos Aires and the launch of the “Sport for Protection Toolkit.”
The “Sport for Protection Toolkit: Programming with Young People in Forced Displacement Settings” was launched during the Olympism in Action Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 5th, 2018. The toolkit was created by the IOC, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Terre des hommes to be used by the Olympic Refugee Foundation to guide organizations and stakeholders to better understand and implement effective sport for protection programming on site.
The IOC established the Olympic Refugee Foundation in 2017 to “reaffirm the commitment to supporting the protection and empowerment of vulnerable displaced people through sport and through the creation of safe spaces,” said the IOC Preisdent Thomas Bach. He added that the “recent announcement of the Refugee Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020 will again put the spotlight on the continuing global refugee crisis and the role sport can have in protecting vulnerable youth around the world.”
Young people make up the majority of the estimated 68.5 million refugees and internally displaced persons worldwide, often living in precarious conditions. Sport is a powerful driver for social change, uniting people, promoting a culture of peace and fostering youth development, education and social integration.