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Save the date: the 3rd International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development

16 November 2012
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IOC President Jacques Rogge at the 2nd International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development in Geneva, Switerzland. © IOC/Richard Juilliart

The third edition of the International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development will take place from 5 to 6 June 2013 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, USA. Jointly organised by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with the support of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for this edition, the biennial event aims to assess the successes and challenges of using sport as a tool for human development and peace promotion and looks at how to pave the way for future concerted action in these fields.

Creating a Common Vision

Whilst there is no doubt about the positive role sport can play in society, it remains work in progress to make sporting initiatives more powerful, sustainable and integrated into nations’ development agendas. Under the theme of “Creating a Common Vision”, high-level stakeholders from governments, the sporting community, the UN system, the academic and business worlds, civil society groups and the media will debate the impact of sport on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as how to move forward with the mainstreaming of sport in development policies and strategies. The participants will also look at other issues which increasingly affect sport and its organisation, such as the protection of youth, gender equality and integrity of sport.

Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on Sport for Development and Peace, said: “The collaboration between the United Nations and Olympic family has never been better. The 2013 Forum in New York can contribute to further developing our collaboration, in particular in defining concrete intervention, and to engaging other important stakeholders such as governments, civil society, academia and the business sector. It is important that the meeting will focus on concrete outcomes for the benefit of those most in need, as action speaks louder than words”.

Mario Pescante, Permanent Observer for the IOC to the UN and Chairman of the IOC International Relations Commission, said: “The past forums have featured excellent keynote speakers and provided high-level discussions which resulted in concrete recommendations for follow-up action embraced by all participants. I expect nothing less for New York. Once again it will be about translating the huge potential in the meeting room into concrete action on the ground, especially in relation to the developing countries. There is always more to be done.”

Follow us on www.olympic.org/IOC-UNForum2013 for updates on the Forum and the upcoming registration launch.

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