POSTED: Thursday October 27th 2011

"Let's Build Peace Through Sport Together", Heads of State Declare

The appeal to use sport as a tool for peace has been thrown open to leaders throughout the world

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Monaco, 26 October 2011 - Heads of State are becoming increasingly determined to work for peace through sport. 500 leaders who were gathered today in Monaco for 5th Peace and Sport International Forum demonstrated this common wish when four Heads of State called for the consolidation of peace through sport.

"Since I have been elected President, my commitment to sport has remained unchanged", H.E. Pál Schmitt, President of the Republic of Hungary confided. “One of my undertakings as President is to promote “sport for all” instead of elite sport. I managed to bring the Olympic Spirit into politics. It means that every day we have to do something for peace: something that reinforces democracy, something that enables dialogue, helps tolerance and understanding. We can also say that peace is not only the absence of war, but a well-balanced state with ourselves, with our community, with neighbouring nations and wherever reigns a culture of tolerance and dialogue”.

"Through its power to attract, mobilize and inspire individuals, communities and nations, sport helps us promote the ideas of peace, tolerance, justice, non-violence and solidarity" declared the President of the Republic of Macedonia, H.E. Gjorge Ivanov. "Sport promotes reconciliation, especially in multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual societies. Sustainable peace and development implies a world with responsible individuals as part of responsible societies that encourage pro-active behaviour.”

"In recent years, sport has become a truly unifying element in my country, Burundi," affirmed H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi. "We have made initiatives to make sport a tool to strengthen social cohesion and peace in Burundi and we are convinced that through sports, young people can contribute to their own development as well as to the social, economic and family society across the nation of Burundi.”

For the King of Lesotho H.R.H LETSIE III "This is the time when we, as leaders to realize that the world will be greatly imperilled unless we create conducive environment for peace and development. One way of creating such conditions is to use sport in all its facets, as a platform for promoting peace and understanding. This is why, three months ago, we did not hesitate to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Kingdom of Lesotho and Peace and Sport, which heralds the beginning of a partnership for development through peace and sport.”

"The community of peace through sport has never been stronger, more united and capable of making a difference!” Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport emphasized. “We know the international figures of today, the diplomats, the political leaders, can draw so much from the sporting world. They need a space to meet those whose life is in sport, to see what a difference they can make. One thing that sport taught me: if you don’t dream about victory, you never reach victory! So I tell you: let’s dream together of the victory of peace through sport…  and we’ll turn it into a reality.”

Also present at the event, Nathalie, a young Ivorian UNESCO representative responsible for presenting the conclusions of the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum, held last week in Paris. After presenting the challenges that youth face in post-conflict zones, particularly in Africa , she called on world leaders to encourage them to develop their use of sport for peace. "We young people want to embody internationally what sport can do if it serves the cause of peace. One of you will understand and use the immense power of sport to build something bigger and better with young people, this one will be our hero.”

“Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” is a neutral and apolitical international initiative based in the Principality of Monaco and placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco .
Peace and Sport puts sport and its values at the heart of local development projects conducted within communities in crisis around the world. Exercising its missions in post-conflict zones, areas of 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 private companies and international sports champions, Peace and Sport creates synergies between different stakeholders based on four different activities:
- The annual Peace and Sport International Forum (5th edition being held in Monaco from 26-28 October 2011)
- A co-operation platform for peace and sport,
- 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, Democratic Republic of Congo, Israel-Palestine, Timor Leste, Colombia and in Haiti.
Peace and Sport was founded by Joel Bouzou, current President of the organisation. Joel 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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Keywords · Peace and sport · Joel Bouzou · Prince Albert of Monaco · Pal Schmitt · Gjorge Ivanov · Pierre Nkurunziza · King of Lesotho

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