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“Let’s Build Peace Through Sport Together”, Heads of State Declare

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“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. 

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 yesterday 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."

"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.

"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".

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." "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. 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.”

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 23:00

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