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Generations For Peace applauds UN initiative

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Generations For Peace applauds UN initiative

The United Nations' historic decision to establish an International Day of Sport for Development and Peace has been hailed as a "milestone" by Generations For Peace.

The founders of Generations For Peace, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein and HRH Princess Sarah Al-Feisal, welcomed the United Nations' historic decision to create an International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, hailing it as another “milestone” in the global fight for social equality and peace. On Friday, in the presence of Dr Jacques Rogge, president of International Olympic Committee (IOC), the UN General Assembly established the day that will be celebrated each year on 6 April, the date of the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. As one of only two peace-through-sport organisations officially-recognised by the IOC, Generations For Peace promotes the values of Olympism and sport as a tool for peace building.

Founded in 2007, Generations For Peace has worked closely with the IOC, Olympic movement and UN, using sport as a powerful entry point for engaging youth in communities, and a vehicle for behaviour change to address local issues of conflict and violence. As well as sport, Generations For Peace uses arts, advocacy, dialogue and empowerment activities for conflict transformation in different communities and diverse contexts around the world.

Generations For Peace founder and chairman, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, said: “This news marks a key milestone for the many NGOs that use sport as a vehicle to effect positive change in some of the most socially deprived and conflict-torn communities in the world. The annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will help the world focus on the incredible work that is carried out by our truly inspirational volunteers and other organisations.

Co-founder and president of Generations For Peace, HRH Princess Sarah Al-Feisal said: “The special UN day will help NGOs in this field with fundraising and recruiting volunteers; it will also create a closer network of cooperation among NGOs. The Generations For Peace Institute welcomes the opportunity to work closely with the UN to analyse the impact of the annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace and how the day can be used for maximum effect in the future.


[This article has been edited by the Operating Team.]

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Monday, August 26, 2013 - 23:00