Thomas Bach (born 29 December 1953 in Würzburg, Germany) is a German lawyer and former Olympic Champion fencer. Bach is the ninth and current President of the International Olympic Committee, and a former member of the Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund Executive Board.
“Sport is natural partner when it comes to realising the ambitious agenda that will guide global development over the next 15 years,” President Bach said of the post-2015 Development Agenda that was adopted by the UN Member States on 25 September. “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it best when he said: ‘Olympic Principles are United Nations Principles,’” the IOC President continued. “The IOC shares the ambitious goals of peaceful development of humanity – and based on our shared values of tolerance, solidarity and peace, we are committed to continued cooperation with the United Nations and its Member States to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. Let us continue to strengthen our partnership so that we can work together for a better world.”
Bach's message to the world homed in on the importance of living peacefully together in a "world of crisis, mistrust, and uncertainty." Using the example of the 10,000 athletes from around the world who came together in one shared community, Bach expressed that, "In this Olympic world, we see that the values of our shared humanity are stronger than the forces which want to divide us." [...] He said, "We welcome the refugee Olympic team. Dear refugee athletes, you are sharing a message of hope to all of the … refugees around the world. You had to flee from your homes because of violence, hunger, or just because you were different. ... In this Olympic world … we welcome you as an enrichment to our unity and diversity."
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