By Daniels Nwokike, The Sight News
All is set for the 11th United Nations All Africa Games (UNAAG), which will kick off on Friday, August 31, 2018, at Ingwenyama Conference and Sports Resort in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.
The tournament which is hosted by the United Nations in South Africa, seeks to promote a culture of peace and tolerance, mutual respect among staff of the UN and to emphasize the importance of United Nation’s ‘Delivering as One approach’.
The UN in South Africa, Resident Coordinator, Nardos Bekele-Thomas, who will be attending the event, will also be joined by several UN resident coordinators from other African countries and several UN heads of agencies from different countries across Africa together with local VIPs and dignitaries.
The games are expected to bring together about 1,000 UN staff from 23 African countries who will compete in 12 sports disciplines ranging from soccer and netball to golf, swimming, tennis, darts, snooker, chess and other fun games such as sack races and tugs-of-war.
The UN say that it recognizes the value of sports towards public health and as a tool for raising awareness on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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, tolerance, peaceful coexistence and strengthening partnerships for sustainable development.
The theme for this year’s UNAAG is derived from the SDG 3, “Promoting Good Health and Wellbeing in the UN”.