17 мая 2010

Vice Chair of the State Duma Committee on education of the Russian Federation Irina Rodnina meets with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova

On 14 May 2010, a Russian delegation headed by Vice Chairman of the State Duma Committee on education of the Russian Federation Irina Rodnina met with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Russian delegation also comprised Olympic and World champion speed skater Nikolai Guliaev, and members of administration board of Sports news agency of the Russian Olympic committee.

The parties discussed preparation to the World Conference on Early childhood that will be held on the 27-29 of September 2010 in Moscow. Director-General Bokova emphasized the importance of the forum that will address the problems of the juvenile sports.

In the framework of the International Year of the Rapprochement of Cultures 2010 championed by UNESCO, Irina Rodnina proposed to include an international non-profit organization “Association of initiators of children’s leisure time” and a voluntary association “Sports Russia” that are headed by her into UNESCO International Forum of children and youth “Olympic Friendship”.

The “Olympic Friendship” is the program elaborated in order to ensure continuity of the Olympic values. It is implemented in accordance with the Agreement on cooperation between UNESCO and Sports news agency of the Russian Olympic committee. The program with the motto “Light an Olympic fire in yourself” proposes a new concept of consolidation of the younger generation with an active involvement of world spiritual leaders.

UNESCO support of the associations represented by Irina Rodnina will contribute to organization of international competitions, for instance, the Youth Games of Asian-Pacific region and the International school chess, volleyball, basketball and speed skating competitions.

One of the key projects of the “Olympic Friendship” is the Children’s and Youth Festival in Singapore that will be held this year as well as the First Youth Olympic Games. Russia makes a significant contribution to implementation of the projects.

Three times Olympic champion , ten times world champion figure skater, Irina Rodnina made a note of the fact that Russian incentive to develop international programs for childhood drew more and more attention of UNESCO administration to the problems of children’s sports. In addition to that, the incentive corresponds to the objectives of UNESCO. Ms. Rodnina expressed the hope for a tight cooperation with the Organization to put them into practice.