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Six Special Olympics athletes attended the 12th Session of the UN Conference of States Parties to the CRPD and had various speaking opportunities to promote more inclusive policies and programming.
Video to celebrate Special Olympics volunteers during International Volunteer Day 2021.
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Special Olympics partnered with Global Youth Mobilization at their first-ever Global Youth Summit where Youth Leaders from Special Olympics Latin America hosted a session on education for children with intellectual disabilities.
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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, occurring on 6 April, was created by the U.N. in 2013 to recognize the impact that sport can have on human rights issues. For 2021, the theme is resiliency—building back stronger and better.
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In 2020, the United Nations marks 75 years of working toward “peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet.” On United Nations Day, we celebrate the UN’s work with a look at some of the Special Olympics athlete leaders, from around the world, who have spoken before UN audiences throughout the years.
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On the United Nation’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Special Olympics celebrates its partnership with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (Laureus).
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In August 2013, the United Nations proclaimed 6 April to be the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. It is a global day to recognize “the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.”
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Every day of the year, fathers support, encourage and comfort us both on and off the pitch. That’s why Special Olympics and UNICEF Bulgaria joined forces recently to celebrate and reflect on the special role that fathers play.
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Special Olympics United Arab Emirates athlete Chaica Al Qassimi speaks on a panel at the UN titled, “1 Billion Voices: Making the Invisible Visible: The Power of Sports and Expressive Arts,” about her story of the power of inclusion in sport.
For the very first time, Special Olympics hosted a Unified Bocce experience at the United Nations.
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During the 12th Session of the UN Conference of States Parties to the CRPD, Special Olympics Zimbabwe athlete Nyasha Derera shared his personal story of exclusion. #choosetoinclude
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