POSTED: Friday October 28th 2011
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Round-Up of 5th Peace and Sport International Forum'Sport Must go Everywhere it's Needed for Peace'

A complete collection of photos, videos and reports of the Peace and Sport International Forum are available on http://www.peace-sport.org

Monaco, 28 October 2011 - After 3 days of debates and discussions, the 5th edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum finished today with a commitment from all delegates present to bring a message of peace through sport to every region in the world which expresses the need.


In front of 500 decision-makers from sport, politics and the private sector gathered together for this important annual event in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Joel Bouzou, President and Founder of the organization, emphasized the exceptional collective determination that drives members of the Peace and Sport community:

"As with previous editions, the 2011 edition of the Forum was straight-talking and did not have a fixed agenda. Discussions were harsh at times with divided opinions, but we all felt that everyone wanted to lay on the table what they had in their hearts, to try to bring solutions to use sport for peace in the best possible way".


The key moment of the Forum was the joint proposal by H.E. Professor Manuel HASSASSIAN, Ambassador to the General Delegation of Palestine in Great Britain, Avraham BURG, former Speaker in the Knesset and Alain LEROY, former Under Secretary-General responsible for UN peace-keeping operations (DPKO). In an exceptional meeting, these 3 participants called on Peace and Sport to play the role of 'Third Party' and be a neutral mediator to organize a Regional Forum for peace through sport between Jerusalem and Ramallah.


In reply to this appeal, Joel Bouzou announced: "Yes, we will organize a Forum between Jerusalem and Ramallah, with the support of all of you, with the help of the Olympic movement, with the involvement of our Champions, plus the support of the UN which was offered to us yesterday. I am fully aware of the great responsibility this implies and I am assessing the risks for our organization which is still very young. But Peace and Sport will be present at this historic event, here and elsewhere that we are needed."

Joel Bouzou concluded by expressing his wish that the voice of peace through sport resounds everywhere across the world: "Year after year our communication and networking platform has proved its effectiveness. For this reason in future we will organize Regional Forums where there is a requirement; where people ask us to do so, and where we consider that Peace and Sport's presence can help to find a solution for sustainable peace through sport with complete freedom of expression."
In an extension of this vibrant call to widen the field of action of peace through sport and increase its sphere of influence, Anatoly Pakhomov, Mayor of Sochi in the Russian Federation, had Peace and Sport's flag officially passed to him from the hands of H.S.H. Prince Albert II as Sochi will host the 6th edition of the Peace and Sport Forum in 2012.


"Russia is a country which plays - and will increasingly play - a pivotal role in international relations during the 21st century. A country with a deep and admired passion for sport and for its values," explained Joel Bouzou.  "The Peace and Sport International Forum 2012 in Sochi will help build greater understanding, friendship and respect across borders."

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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 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 (next edition in Sochi, Russian Federation, 31 October - 2 November 2012)
- 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, Republic Democratic 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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