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Peace and Sport Forum concludes: ''Peace through sport is within our reach''

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Peace and Sport Forum concludes: ''Peace through sport is within our reach''

At the end of 3 days of intensive debates and discussions, the 3rd edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum finished yesterday with a call for all stakeholders involved in sport and in peace to rally and a build up coordination of actions in place.

The diversity of the speakers’ backgrounds - Heads of State, Government representatives, leading sports bodies and athletes, NGOs, journalists and academics - provoked constructive debates and the exchange of complementary ideas. 

In his closing speech Joel Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, commented on the debates and resulting suggestions as follows: 

“I am acutely aware of the enormous responsibility that Peace and Sport now has to answer to all the expectations expressed during the Forum. They manifest a real need to turn words into actions. We will be dedicated over the next few months to meeting these expectations, with one driving force: coordination.''

''Coordination is needed to optimize resources, to improve efficiency of actions in the field and to make them sustainable”
he added, before urging: “We have to act as a network for communication and information between all Peace and Sport stakeholders using new technologies in order to become a global social community.” 

Another prominent idea surfaced:

“We also need to create a new culture of Smart Philanthropy, involving economic players, with the help of sports champions as role models.” 

Mr. Bouzou finished with an assurance:

“Today we can leave Monaco with our hearts full of the conviction that peace through sport is within our reach.” 

The third Peace and Sport International Forum took place under the High Patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in front of an audience of over 400 decision-makers in sport, politics, the private sector and civil society representing 85 nations.

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Friday, November 27, 2009 - 23:00

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