Pretoria, South Africa – The Zimbabwean team won this year’s United Nations All Africa Games which ended over the weekend at Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.
Zimbabwe, which was led by the UN Resident Coordinator in Zimbabwe, Bishow Parajuli, was the overall winner of the tournament, having won several in competitions including athletics and soccer. This is the country’s third consecutive year as winners. The host country, South Africa—which was led by the UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa, Nardos Bekele-Thomas—was the runner-up in the contest and Kenya finished third.
The UN All Africa Games are held each year in any of the African countries. Mozambique will host the 2019 games. This year three UN resident coordinators attended the games, including the Resident Coordinator for Angola, Pier Paolo Balladelli.
The games brought together hundreds of UN staff from across Africa who competed in 12 sports disciplines ranging from, among others, soccer and netball to golf, swimming, tennis, darts, snooker and chess and other fun games such as sack races and tugs-of-war.
The purpose of the UN Games is to promote a culture of peace and tolerance, mutual respect among staff and to emphasize the importance of UN’s ‘Delivering as One approach’. The UN recognizes the value of sports towards public health and as a tool for raising awareness on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The theme for the UN Games 2018 is derived from the SDG 3, “Promoting Good Health and Wellbeing in the UN”. Overall, the games are designed to raise awareness on the role of sports in achieving the SDGs by ensuring that all people live healthy lives, using sports as a tool for learning, promoting gender equality by encouraging female participation to challenge stereotyping, promote key values of teamwork, fair play, respect, discipline and tolerance, and to promote peaceful coexistence and strengthening partnerships for sustainable development.
For further information please contact:
Siphelele Chingono, South Africa UN Games Chairperson
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