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NOC of Ukraine and UNICEF will join the efforts to help children

20 June 2013, Kyiv – today UNICEF Representative to Ukraine Yukie Mokuo and the President of NOC of Ukraine Sergey Bubka have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. UNICEF in Ukraine and National Olympic Committee of Ukraine join the efforts in the area of child rights promotion and raising public awareness on children and Olympic movement in Ukraine.

«I am very pleased that UNICEF Ukraine joins efforts with National Olympic Committee of Ukraine to raise public awareness of the importance of protecting children's rights, their physical education and cultural development. This partnership will focus on the promotion of the Olympic values along with the importance of protection of children's rights, especially those who are most socially vulnerable. Sport is an important platform for children's physical and spiritual education as well as building a society without discrimination and violence. We look forward to future joint sports activities to better the lives of children in Ukraine»- said Ms. Yukie Mokuo.

« I am pleased to sign this document, which certifies that NOC of Ukraine has found a reliable partner with a worldwide reputation and who shares our activities and goals. I am confident that through our close cooperation we will successfully resolve common problems, for together we can more effectively provide children with a happy, active, athletic, and most importantly - healthy life» - said Sergey Bubka, the President of NOC of Ukraine.

The ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding signing was organized of the eve of the celebration of the 119th anniversary of International Olympic Committee which was founded on June, 23 1894.
On a global level UNICEF's partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dates back to 1993. 20 years ago these two organisations committed themselves to work together to promote and protect the rights of all children and young people to healthy recreation and quality primary education through sports and the Olympic ideal. IOC and UNICEF have actively continued to pursue joint programmes that use sports for child and youth development, as well as to develop advocacy and communication campaigns in accordance with this global commitment. 

The MOU will be valid until December 31, 2016 and will include interaction and participation of both parties in various activities and projects for the benefits of children.

On December 22, 1990 the General Assembly of the founders decided to establish the. This date is an official date of its establishment.
 
About the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine (NOC): In September 1993, the NOC of Ukraine was recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The main objectives of the NOC of Ukraine are the country's participation in the Olympic Games, the expansion of international cooperation, popularization of sports and a healthy lifestyle, physical and spiritual enrichment of people. NOC of Ukraine has 27 branches in all regions, and also in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and the cities of Kyiv and Sevastopol. For more information visit . www.noc-ukr.org.  Join us on Facebook and ВКонтакте.

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world leader in protection of children’s rights and interests. The Fund works in more than 190 countries for protection and support of children from early childhood through adolescence. Programs of UNICEF are entirely financed by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. Office of the Fund was opened in Ukraine in 1997. For more information visit www.unicef.org.ua. Join us on Twitter, Facebook and ВКонтакте.

 

 
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