The Conference will take place from 25 to 27 November 2012 in the city of Amsterdam (Netherlands). The programme will highlight the importance of sport as a mediator for social and economic development within the context of a sporting, educational and cultural framework.
Conference participants and high-level speakers will be comprised of representatives from the sporting community, the United Nations system, civil society organisations, special interest groups, academia, governments, non-governmental organizations, the corporate sector and the media.
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The two-day Conference programme will be structured around plenary and dialogue sessions, during which the delegates will review policies, exchange views on best practices and identify future action in the fields of sport, education and culture. The Conference will heavily involve young people who are at the heart of many related initiatives set up by the Olympic Movement
Items on the agenda will include:
• innovative approaches for sustainable education;
• the value of sport in civil society and, specifically, in terms of family structures;
• the cultural exchange and identity angle;
• the impact of the Youth Olympic Games and Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad;
• the socio-economic benefits of sport and quality physical education; and
• the follow-up of the Durban Conference “Giving a Voice to Youth” and contribution to the upcoming UNESCO MINEPS V (International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Sport and Physical Education) discussions in 2013.
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Entrenched in Olympic history, the 1928 Olympic city of Amsterdam combines its characteristic and cultural heritage of canals, bridges and monumental buildings with sport as a key driver to create enthusiasm within the communities, increase social cohesion and develop local talent to make the city a better place to visit, live and work.
The Maritime Museum is the a monumental backdrop for the Opening Ceremony, which will also see the presentation of the 2012 IOC OlympiArt Award and the Presentation Ceremony to the medal winners of the IOC 2012 Sport and Art Contest. The Conference venue will be the NH Hotel Krasnapolsky.
The IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education was created in 2000 to advise the IOC on the best policies and programmes to help the promotion of culture and Olympic education.
Working with the Commission, the IOC developed an Olympic education policy that seeks to provide greater resources to help promote culture and education through sport, national, regional and international level. Activities related to the education of youth through sport play a key role within the conference programme.
The IOC’s World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education which takes place every two years is an important interactive platform to take stock of the progress made and to develop a significant impetus for the way forward. The previous Conference held in Durban, South Africa attracted more than 500 participants and concluded with a strong action plan within the relevant domain of activities.
UNESCO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for education. Since its creation in 1945, the Organization has worked to improve education worldwide. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has enabled a long-standing partnership between the two leading organizations.
In light of advocacy and continuum to link Conference outcomes to the forthcoming UNESCO International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Sport and Physical Education (MINEPS) V themes thereby feeding into the preparatory Commission discussions in 2013 and ensuring a sustainable link and legacy via the two leading organizations.