around 400 participants from almost
70 countries, the 2nd Magglingen Conference
is now fully booked. It will be the
most important event worldwide yet
on the subject of sport and development.
From 4th to 6th December, high-ranking
representatives from the areas of
sport and politics, international
organisations, industry and the scientific
community will meet to discuss the
ways and means of using sport to contribute
to global development. The conference
will be opened on Sunday by the Swiss
Federal President Samuel Schmid. Musical
accompaniment to the opening ceremony
will be provided by an internationally
renowned Swiss duo “stimmhorn”.
The 2nd Magglingen Conference on Sport and Development marks the culmination and end of the International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005. It illustrates how the great social power of sport can be used positively for peace and development. The aim of the conference is to take stock of experiences to date, present examples of pioneering projects and to establish an action-orientated agenda for the future. The event should contribute to ensuring that the enormous momentum in the area of sport and development continues and grows beyond 2005.
One of the special features of the conference is that it will bring together players from all relevant social areas. For example, there will be representatives from the area of sport as well as from politics, multilateral organisations, development agencies, industry, the scientific arena and the media. "We all must pool our efforts if sport is to fully unfold its colossal potential to do good" said Adolf Ogi, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace. The international conference will be hosted by the former Swiss Federal President, Adolf Ogi, together with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss Federal Office of Sport (FOSPO).
The conference will be attended by an array of prominent persons. Alongside sports stars such as the tennis champion Boris Becker, the Kenyan long distance runner Tegla Loroupe, the four-time Olympic gold medallist in speed skating Johann Olav Koss, and the hurdler and first African Olympic medallist Nawal El-Moutawakel, an array of ministers will be taking part, including the Russian Minister for Sport and former ice hockey star Vyacheslav Fetisov. High-ranking representatives from important international sporting organisations, the European Union and the UN will also be present. There will also be representatives from the scientific community and the media as well numerous representatives from non-governmental organisations active in the field of sport and development.
with leading experts and concrete
In addition to the keynote speeches
and plenary discussions, workshops
will also be held during the conference
on central themes, such as on 'sport
and peace', 'sport and trauma management',
'sport and social integration' and
'sport and gender equality'. The workshops
will be staged by selected experts
and practitioners from the field.
Throughout the conference, around
40 organisations will present concrete
projects from around the world in
which sport is successfully being
used for development. The initiatives
range from the reintegration of street
children and child soldiers and psychosocial
care for disaster victims, to the
promotion of the intercultural dialogue
following conflicts as well as projects
in which sport makes an important
contribution to the promotion of health
and the prevention of HIV/Aids.
With the ‘Magglingen Call to
Action 2005’ and the ‘Roadmap
2006+’, two future-oriented
documents will be elaborated during
the conference. Among other things,
the intention is to incorporate these
into the report on the International
Year of Sport and Physical Education
2005. Special Adviser Adolf Ogi will
submit this to the UN General Assembly
in Spring 2006.
Media representatives may still register
for the conference via the internet.
At the end of the 2nd Magglingen
Conference a media event will also
be taking place. The
sponsors of the conference –
UN Special Adviser Adolf Ogi, SDC
Director-General Walter Fust and
FOSPO Director Matthias Remund –
will personally be providing information
about the results of the conference.
You are cordially invited to attend
the media conference:
6 December 2005, 13:00–13:45
Federal Office of Sports
Registrations and media contact
Tel +41 (43) 444 48 20,
Fax +41 (43) 444 48 29,