POSTED: October 20th 2011

Generations For Peace and Sochi 2014 make Olympic history

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kozak, receives a volleyball signed by all 53 delegates from HRH Prince Feisal / Generations For Peace
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kozak, receives a volleyball signed by all 53 delegates from HRH Prince Feisal / Generations For Peace

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The Generations For Peace organization and the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games have inked a memorandum of understanding to work together for sustainable peace building projects. This marks the first time an Olympic organizing committee has partnered with a NGO in support of peace.

The memorandum was signed by the Founder and Chairman of Generations For Peace, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, and President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, commented, “Our Sochi 2014 legacy initiative has already achieved outstanding success, but this new partnership can take our work to the next level. We want to prove that we don’t just believe in the Olympic Truce – we live by its principles and we share its principles with the world.

“Our relationship with Generations For Peace will raise the bar for future Organising Committees and set a new benchmark for the social development the Games can bring.”

The initiative was supported by the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Kozak in the presence of the Mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov, and President of Generations For Peace, HRH Princess Sarah Al-Feisal.

The agreement will be focused on supporting the programs implemented by delegates who have attended a Generations For Peace Sochi Camp. The signing took place at the closing press conference of the Generations For Peace Sochi Camp 2011.

This commitment on behalf of the Sochi 2014 organizers is part of their legacy plan to work with humanitarian efforts to step in and help areas in conflict around the world.

Prince Feisal said, “This is a proud day for Generations For Peace and the beginning of a new and very exciting phase in our relationship with Sochi 2014. This MOU is an unprecedented commitment to concrete sustained action that will have a real impact in so many communities, and it follows on the success of our Generations For Peace Sochi Camps in 2010 and 2011.

“Generations For Peace and Sochi 2014 are two organisations passionately devoted to spreading the values of Olympism and the Olympic Truce through the power of sport. I am convinced that those shared passions will be the driving force of positive sustainable change in conflict communities worldwide.”

Deputy Prime Minister Kozak, added, “Sochi 2014 is catalysing positive changes across Russia. The tangible legacy of world-class infrastructure and economic growth is plain to see. Less plain but equally valuable is the intangible legacy: changing attitudes to disability, enfranchising young people in society, volunteerism and, especially, using sport as a tool for peace building.

"These inspirational delegates now have the skills to implement life-changing initiatives. It is our joint responsibility to give them the platform to deliver.”

The partnership comes just days after the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Olympic Truce to be observed during the London 2012 Games next year.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Generations For Peace · Prince Feisal Al Hussein · Dmitry Chernyshenko · Dmitry Kozak

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