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The 5th Peace and Sport International Forum takes off

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The 5th Peace and Sport International Forum takes off

An influential community of sporting, political and economic leaders meet in Monaco today for the 5th edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum to discuss sport’s contribution to establishing and maintaining peace in sensitive areas of the world.

Placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, in a neutral and apolitical environment this unique summit will bring together more than 500 experts and prominent figures from 100 countries.

Impressive line up

Notably, there will be more than 50 official government delegations, famous sports champions, major international organizations, 30 Olympic and non-Olympic International Sports Federations, 20-members of the International Olympic Committee, 40 Presidents of National Olympic Committees, private sector companies and numerous field operators (NGOs and associations).

Heads of State
Five Heads of State will also speak: H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco; the King of Lesotho H.R.H. Letsie III; the President of the Republic of Burundi H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza; the President of the Republic of Hungary H.E. Pál Schmitt, and the President of the Republic of Macedonia H.E. Gjorge Ivanov.

Many highlights will enrich the Peace and Sport International Forum 2011, thee include:

  • A debate on international sports diplomacy (moderated by the geopolitical expert Pascal Boniface)
  • A discussion on the Arab Spring and the role that sport can play in the democratic transition process
  • A roundtable on the role of the sports movement in the future of the Middle East, in the presence of Avraham Burg (former Speaker of the Knesset, President of Mifalot), H.E. Professor Manuel Hassassian (Ambassador of the General Delegation of Palestine in Great Britain) and Alain Leroy (Former Deputy Secretary General of UN Peacekeeping Operations)
  • A plenary session entirely run by sports champions (including Sergey Bubka, Tegla Loroupe, Venuste Nyiongabo and John Amaechi), which will explain how they can serve the cause of peace
  • Speeches from representatives of world youth, eager to help build a peaceful future 
  • An award presentation from the UCI for the Best International Cyclist of the Year 

Sport for society

Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, explains: “Advancing the cause of world peace is of course a major concern of inter-governmental institutions, but also of citizens and all responsible entities in our international community. Today, sport is increasingly proving itself as a legitimate and efficient tool to achieve this objective."

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Valérie Amant

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 23:00

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