WTF President Chungwon Choue was invited by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to the U.N. headquarters in New York on April 6, 2015 to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
President Choue joined IOC President Thomas Bach and a number of high-level delegates, including IPC President Sir Phillip Craven and IOC member Angela Ruggiero in New York as they discussed the increasingly important role sport has in bringing about positive change around the world. During an event called “United Action Towards Sustainable Development For All Through Sport,” Bach called for sport to be included in U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
Choue attended a private meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban after the event to discuss the Sport Peace Corps concept and how it could help contribute to building a fairer, more equal and peaceful society.
Speaking after the meeting, Choue said:
“I am very grateful to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for giving up some of his valuable time to meet with me today. We had a very productive meeting and we are all in agreement that sport has a unique power to create a more peaceful future.”
“It is my hope that soon, with the support of the U.N., the IOC and all the International Federations, we will be able to launch the Sport Peace Corps to harness this immense power and bring hope and harmony to some of the world’s most deprived countries and communities,” he added.