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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.

Special Olympics España Spearheads ‘Unified with Refugees’ initiative in Europe Eurasia

Inclusivity takes center stage as football players from Special Olympics Andalucia participate in an exhibition match with refugees from the Seville Refugee Reception Center.
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UNITAR appoints David Evangelista to Advisory Board of the Division for Multilateral Diplomacy

UNITAR has appointed the President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia David S. Evangelista to the Advisory Board of its Division for Multilateral Diplomacy.
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International Volunteer Day 2021

Video to celebrate Special Olympics volunteers during International Volunteer Day 2021.
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Educating the Whole Child

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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Staying Fit and Staying Connected on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

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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Celebrating United Nations Day

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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Special Olympics & Laureus Sport for Good Demonstrate Sport for Development & Peace

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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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace During a Time of Social Distancing

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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Special Olympics and UNICEF Celebrate Fathers in Bulgaria!

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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Chaica Al Qassimi at the United Nations

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.
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