The International Judo Federation has pledged its commitment to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations’ (UNAOC) One Humanity campaign, which calls for solidarity, compassion and unity in the face of discrimination and divisiveness. Through all its educational programmes and initiatives, including Judo For Peace, Judo for Children and Gender Equity and thanks to the work of all the members of the judo family, judo stands for #OneHumanity, where every one has equal chances to live a better life.

 

With this step, the International Judo Federation joins the Global Association of International Sports Federations in supporting this initiative, which, more than ever, will help us all to build a better society.

 

The leading United Nations initiative to advance understanding, cooperation and dialogue among nations and peoples across all cultures, the UNAOC, has recognised the ability of sport to further its call for promoting diversity and positive social change. Through the #OneHumanity campaign in particular, judo, together with the Alliance, will promote diversity as an advantage rather than a threat.

 

The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Mr Miguel Ángel Moratinos said, “We strongly believe in sport’s ability to be a global unifier.

 

Since judo was created in 1882, its values and principles have been the cornerstone of developments that benefit millions of people around the world. From the refugee camps to the favelas and difficult suburbs of the big cities and through all the activities of our judo communities, judo has demonstrated that it can play a major role in fostering mutual understanding.

 

We believe that differences are not a threat, but a chance to offer a better and brighter future to the younger generations”, the Judo website says.

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.ijf.org/