The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), has signed an agreement in Geneva with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) that will make it easier for thousands of refugees across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe to enjoy the Olympic sport and martial art of taekwondo and keep healthy.
The WTF, together with the soon to be created Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, will provide coaches and equipment for pilot taekwondo programmes already launched in two camps for Syrian refugees – Kilis in Turkey, and Jordan’s Za’atari.
New projects will also bring taekwondo to male and female refugees of all ages in Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana and Greece.
UNHCR believes that the opportunity empowers refugees worldwide. The Refugee Agency congratulates the WTF for their humanitarian efforts, and looks forward to a partnership that will improve the livelihoods of refugees worldwide.
Prior to the signing of the agreement with UNHCR, Choue met Jacques Rogge, Honorary President of the IOC and UN Special Envoy for Youth Refugees and Sport to share, the progress of the recent activities of the WTF on refugees and to plan joint activities in refugee camps in the near future.
He also met with Michael Moller, Director General of the UNOG for mutual understanding and cooperation between the two organizations.