2011 Peace and Sport International Forum

6 October 2011 | Posted in Features - Insights | By Michael Long | Contact the author

2011 Peace and Sport International Forum

From 26th to 28th October, 500 delegates and several heads of state from 95 countries will gather in the Principality of Monaco for the fifth edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum.

Under the High Patronage and in presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the annual event brings together key opinion leaders and leading international figures from politics, sport, the private sector and civil society to discuss possible initiatives and partnerships to make sport a vehicle for dialogue, stability and reconciliation throughout the world.

This year the forum welcomes some particularly distinguished speakers. Among them, four heads of state that are committed to making sport a driving force for social cohesion and national reconstruction. They include: The King of Lesotho, H.R.H. Letsie III, the President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, the President of the Republic of Hungary H.E. Pál Schmitt, and the President of the Republic of Macedonia H.E. Gjorge Ivanov.

Since its launch in 2007, the Peace and Sport International Forum has been increasingly successful and established itself as an essential event in the diplomatic sports calendar for peace and sport. The three-days of this year’s forum will feature more than 40 speakers who will share their expertise and lead debates and discussions.

As Joël Bouzou, president and founder of “Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport”, explains, “the Peace and Sport International Forum began in Monaco for good reasons.”

“The Principality’s neutrality and long tradition of defending great humanitarian causes make it a perfect setting for this conference that is totally apolitical. Where else can we invite heads of state and Ministers from countries in conflict to discuss joint initiatives for peace?”

“Every year we manage to bring together people from a wide range of political and religious persuasions and ethnic backgrounds, from grassroots level to heads of state, to debate the necessary contribution of sport in peace-building and peace-keeping in the world. This is the kind of accomplishment that is Peace and Sport’s ‘raison d’être’, and we hope to go even further this year.”

"The idea for this gathering was born from the observation that although there are a great number of initiatives which put sport at the service of peace in the world, there is little sharing and cooperation between all the different stakeholders."

"This forum is a unique meeting place, a platform for exchanges at the highest level, allowing political, economic and sports authorities to talk around a common theme: how sport can promote reconciliation between communities by helping them to accept their differences. Our aim is to promote diplomacy through sport, to generate real synergies between players and above all to produce concrete proposals to help communities in need.”

The November issue of SportsPro will include a special focus on the continuing work of Peace and Sport ahead of its annual forum in Monaco. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.

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