IOC president Thomas Bach lobbies for sport to be part of U.N. plan

SUVA, Fiji -- International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach has urged national and regional Olympic bodies to lobby their governments to back his plan to have sport included in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Addressing the Oceania National Olympic Committee meeting Saturday, Bach said, "I would like to ask each and every one of you if you can turn to your governments and ask your governments to support this move."

The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of targets being framed by the U.N. to guide decision-making and public-sector funding after the Millennium Development Goals window closes this year.

Sport is not currently on the list of 17 targets, which cover political, social, cultural, environmental and economic matters.