Monaco Ambassador speaks of Olympics role in peace

PHOTO: HE Isabelle Picco, Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Valerie Ackerman, first President of the Women's National Basketball Association; Sarah Fitz-Gerald, five-time world squash champion; Ashley Bernard, Founder of the Tournament of Champions Women's Squash. Photo: DR
PHOTO: HE Isabelle Picco, Permanent Representative to the United Nations; Valerie Ackerman, first President of the Women’s National Basketball Association; Sarah Fitz-Gerald, five-time world squash champion; Ashley Bernard, Founder of the Tournament of Champions Women’s Squash. Photo: DR

Ambassador Isabelle Picco, Permanent Representative to the UN, was invited to present the topic of the Role of Sport for Development and Peace in the UN Agenda, during the Fifth Tournament of Champions Women’s Leadership Award Programme on January 23. Many top athletes were present.

In her speech, the Ambassador recalled that the first General Assembly resolution in the field of sport was adopted almost 25 years ago. She added that the Assembly adopts a resolution every two years on the importance of the Olympic ideal, which this year at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, takes on its full significance.

She highlighted the work of the Member States, UN Agencies and Programmes, as well as that of the International Olympic Committee, promoting the development of important cooperation activities with the United Nations system.

The benefits of this event were donated to the Women’s Sports Foundation, created in 1974 by Billie Jean King, a true visionary, whose unwavering commitment is now paying off. The Tournament of Champions” was established in 1993 and is now held every January in the heart of Grand Central Station.


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