POSTED: Friday November 26th 2010


Over 500 decision-makers from 90 countries unite to put sport at the service of peace

Monaco - 25 November 2010. An influential community of decision-makers from sport, politics and the private sector will gather together next week in the Principality of Monaco for the 4th Peace and Sport International Forum to put sport at the service of sustainable peace in the world.

Under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, in a neutral and apolitical environment, this unique summit will bring together more than 500 experts and leading figures from 90 countries in order to achieve a major goal: fortify the role of sport in international and local policies for peace-building, peace-keeping and peace-promotion in countries in crisis.

Participants who will be present include representatives from 45 governments, major international organizations, 30 Olympic and non-Olympic International Sports Federations, 20 members of the International Olympic Committee, 30 Presidents of National Olympic Committees, plus companies from the private sector and numerous actors in the field (NGOs and associations).

Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, explains: "Advancing the cause of peace in the world is a major concern of inter-governmental institutions as well as citizens and all responsible entities in our international community. Today, sport is increasingly proving itself as a legitimate and efficient instrument to achieve this objective. The community of stakeholders who want to commit to, or increase their involvement in this initiative is growing all the time, as the growing success of the International Forum demonstrates. In this context, our platform aims to bring together initiatives and people who want to deploy sport for peace and use it as a catalyst for their projects."

An impressive line-up of high-profile figures and committed stakeholders will enrich the 3 days of debates:

  * Living legends of sport, such as Paula RADCLIFFE (marathon), Sergey BUBKA (pole-vault), Christian KAREMBEU (football), Sébastien CHABAL (rugby), Frankie FREDERICKS (100 and 200m), Tatiana GOLOVIN (tennis), Wilson KIPKETER (800m)... each of whom is a Champion for Peace.

  * Key actors for peace through sport living in the main areas of tension in the world: Claude BAZIBUE NYAMUGABO (Minister of Youth and Sport in the Democratic Republic of Congo), Joseph HABINEZA (Minister of Youth and Sport in Rwanda), Jean-Jacques NYENIMIGABO (Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture in Burundi), Mohammad Zaher AGHBAR (President of the National Olympic Committee in Afghanistan), Raad AL-DULAIMI (President of the National Olympic Committee in Iraq), Jean-Edouard BAKER (President of the National Olympic Committee in Haiti) ...

  * Leading figures from world sport governance: H.R.H. Prince Nawaf Faisal Fahd ABDULAZIZ (President of the National Olympic Committee of Saudi Arabia and member of the International Olympic Committee) Hein VERBRUGGEN (President of SportAccord) Sir Philip CRAVEN MBE (President of the International Paralympic Committee)...

The 3rd Peace and Sport Awards Ceremony will take place during the Gala Evening on 2 December in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II de Monaco.

Complete program and list of participants attached.

The Peace and Sport International Forum is open to press.

Journalists wishing to attend must have an accreditation. To obtain an accreditation, please contact:

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About Peace and Sport

Peace and Sport, L'Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport is a neutral and apolitical international initiative.

Peace and Sport puts sport and its structuring values at the heart of development projects led within communities in crisis around the world. With interventions in areas of post-conflict, extreme poverty or lacking social cohesion, Peace and Sport makes sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect, sharing and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.

Supported by governments, world sport governing bodies, international organizations, major international companies in the private sector and international sports champions, Peace and Sport creates synergies between various different stakeholders to carry out four types of action:

-      Organizing an annual International Forum (next edition in Monaco, 1 - 3 December 2010)

-      a Resource Centre for sport and peace,

-      the Peace and Sport Awards, to reward individuals and initiatives contributing to peace,

-      Locally-Based Projects; concrete actions in different regions of crisis in the world.

Today, Peace and Sport has operations in Cote d'Ivoire, Burundi, Israel-Palestine, Timor Leste, Colombia and Haiti.

Peace and Sport was founded by Joel Bouzou, current President of the organisation. Mr. Bouzou is an Olympic medallist, world champion of Modern Pentathlon and current Secretary General for the International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM). He is also Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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