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Working together with International Organisations: What, Why and How?

With such close proximity between the world of international sport, centred around Lausanne and the Canton of Vaud, and the world of International Organisations (IOs) mainly based on Geneva, on the surface there appears to be great opportunities for collaboration in order to achieve common goals.

But with varying priorities and agendas, developing this collaboration can be somewhat challenging to achieve. Sports organisations are often – rightly – focused on the development of their sport, with international organisations rightly more focused on their own priorities, notably the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Such differing priorities have historically meant that the short distance between international organisations and international sport hasn’t necessary resulted a close working relationship. So what are the areas of common ground between the IFs and IOs? Why should IFs consider SDGs important in their work? And how can partnering with organisations such as WWF and UNICEF practically develop your sport?

The seminar explored these questions by taking an in-depth look into the opportunities for collaboration between IFs and IOs. The session combined presentations from Geneva-based IOs as well as IFs, presenting their own case studies, opening up new insights in this topic and providing all IFs with practical tips for their future development work.

Speakers at this Seminar:

• Giovani Di Cola, Special Advisor, Office of the Deputy Secretary General, International Labour Organisation (ILO)

• Delphine Schmutz, Office Manager, Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation

• Gloria Scarano, Sustainability Coordinator, International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA)