H.E. Ban Ki-moon, the 8th Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) and the Chair of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Ethics Commission, will address the fully virtual International Federation (IF) Forum on 25 May, SportAccord has announced.

H.E. Ban Ki-moon will deliver a Member Keynote Address focusing on ‘Lessons We Are Learning from a Global Crisis and How Sport and Society Can Emerge Stronger’ – the theme of the IF Forum.

The former South Korean Foreign Minister championed the world’s vulnerable by putting sustainable development, climate change and gender equality at the top of the UN agenda. He was appointed to his role at the IOC Ethics Commission in 2017, the year after his 10-year term at the helm of the UN concluded.

H.E. Ban Ki-moon provided the SportAccord Summit’s Opening Welcome Address and also participated in the United Through Sports Youth Conference at the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit 2019 in Gold Coast, Australia.

At the IF Forum 2021, H.E. Ban Ki-moon’s address will follow welcome remarks by IOC President Thomas Bach, an opening address by Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, President of SportAccord and GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations), and a Keynote Address by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“H.E. Ban Ki-moon leadership, vision and accomplishments over the years have had a significant impact on the lives of people across the globe,” Dr. Raffaele Chiulli said. “As the global sports movement continues to learn essential lessons from the challenges of the pandemic, we look forward with anticipation to hear what His Excellency has to say about how sport can play a part in recovery efforts worldwide in the coming months and years.”

The 15th edition of the invitation-only IF Forum will adopt a fully virtual format with expert speakers from across the global sports movement, including representatives of the IOC, umbrella sports associations and individual IFs, as well as sports industry executives.

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Presentations, updates, case studies and panel sessions will be provided on several topics, including ‘Moving Forward, Pivoting and the Lessons We Are Learning’, ‘A Return to Competition and Lessons from the Bubble’, ‘Athlete Mental Health’, ‘Commercial Approaches for IFs in the New Normal’ and ‘The Virtual Experience and its Home within IFs’.

The invitation-only IF Forum 2021, which will be staged virtually via the Olympic Capital of Lausanne in the Canton of Vaud in Switzerland, will bring together more than 300 leaders from over 125 IFs, plus other virtual delegates and speakers. For further information, click here or download the brochure here.

IF Forum 2021 Host City partners are: City of Lausanne and Canton de Vaud and the Official Partners are: City of London, Marsh, One Plan and Sport Event Denmark.

Immediately after the closing remarks of the IF Forum, a #SA2021 Virtual Launch Celebration will take place via the same platform for the SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit 2021, less than six months before the event in Ekaterinburg, Russia, from 7-12 November.

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