Peace and Sport announces busy 2013 schedule
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
February 7 – Now in its seventh year of operation, Peace and Sport announced its plans to build off of the successes of 2012 and bring new initiatives and advancement to building lasting peace through sport, globally.
Peace and Sport had its first International Forum in 2012 outside the Principality of Monaco. The Forum allows Peace and Sport to deliver its message around the world. The organisation plans to strengthen the movement’s internationalisation in 2013 and allow peace through sport to reach new ground at all levels.
Along with the International Forum in Monaco, Peace and Sport will also launch the Regional Forum in Dubai and a workshop, whose intentions are to mobilise local and global stakeholders and policymakers in both peace and sport, in Costa Rica. Peace and Sport will also continue its efforts to grow pilot projects in partnership with local authorities and international federations.
“With the establishment of Peace and Sport in 2007, great ideas and innovative concepts have taken shape in many countries in the field but also on an institutional level,” President and Founder of Peace and Sport Joel Bouzou said. “The world has realised that with sport, it is possible to bring significant progress in bridging communities together and promoting peace.
“For six years, Peace and Sport has seen a consistent growth, progressively mobilising more actors and multiplying projects. We believe that this is a renewed commitment to support this fantastic growth. By creating the opportunity to go out and meet the men and women, by creating links between them, by encouraging an open dialogue and expression of ideas, ad by supporting their projects, Peace and Sport fulfils its mission: to create an international movement of peace and sport.”
Peace and Sport’s workshop in Costa Rica on 2 March will answer the country’s call by gathering the NOCs of Central America to investigate the ways sport can resolve tension between gangs and organised banditry.
The Regional Forum in Dubai will be held from 22-24 April and will bring more than 200 policymakers and sports and economic decision-makers together to make its voice heard, promote its ideas, and mobilise stakeholders.
Peace and Sport will attend the SportAccord Convention from 26-31 May. Leader Bouzou will emphasise the organisation’s vision and its ambition to grow further.
The fourth edition of Peace and Sport’s Friendship Games will be held in the Great Lakes region of south Kivu in Africa in September. Youth from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda will participate in sporting events to promote peace and unite around the values of friendship and the brotherhood of sport.
Peace and Sport will introduce a ground-breaking manual on adapted practices and equipment for sports practices in November. The Seventh Peace and Sport International Forum will be held in Monaco from 6-8 November. The Forum is built on freedom of tone and opinion, political neutrality, creativity, and continuous innovation.
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