33 United Nations Interagency Games

The History of the UN Interagency Games

The United Nations Inter-Agency Games (IAG) was initiated by UNESCO in 1968 with the purpose to enable the staff members of the agencies and organizations of the United Nations family to know each other through sports meetings and thereby to improve mutual understanding and working relations.

For general inquiries, please send an email to IAG2005@who.int.

Responsibility for the Games lies with a Control Commission (composed of two representatives of each participating organization) which establishes the General Rules of the Games and the Competition Rules of the fixed disciplines. Since 1968, there has been an increasing momentum from 5 disciplines and some 350 participants to 11 official disciplines and more than 1200 participants from over 10 UN agencies (UNO, UNESCO, WHO, FAO, UNIDO, UNICEF, WIPO, IAEA, WFP, ILO etc.).

The host Organization for the 2005 games will be the World Health Organization. An Organizing Committee has been set up for this purpose and comprises motivated staff members from WHO and 2 staff from ITU.