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The second edition of the International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development will take place at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland) from 10 to 11 May 2011. Co-organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Office of the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace, the event will offer the opportunity to review policies and practices in this field, strengthen the cooperation between the various entities, and agree on future action.
The recommendations given during last year’s forum will also be followed up. Strong focus will be placed on how sport is contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - which address the world’s most pressing issues and require the support of everyone.
The registration process for the Forum will be launched on www.olympic.org in January 2011.
As the leader of the Olympic Movement, the IOC strives to act as a catalyst for collaboration with the ultimate objective of making the world a better and more peaceful place through sport.
By using sport as a tool, the IOC and its partners implement various activities across the globe in fields such as humanitarian assistance, peace-building, education, gender equality, the environment and the fight against HIV/AIDS, hence contributing to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals . Last year’s decision to grant the IOC UN observer status pays tribute to these efforts and is a sign of the strong bonds between the IOC and the UN, which share the same philosophy and values.
Learn more about the IOC’s activities in this field
Learn more about the Office of the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace
Learn more about the Millennium Development Goals
The United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), assists the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General in his mandate as an advocate, facilitator and representative for the use of sport for social change. The Office provides the entry point to the United Nations system with regard to sport for development and peace and strives to better connect the worlds of sport and development. In particular, the UNOSDP coordinates the efforts of the UN system to promote further understanding and support amongst UN Member States and other actors – including international sports organizations, civil society, the private sector and the media – for sport as a tool to attain the Millennium Development Goals. A special focus in these efforts is on sport's contribution to poverty reduction, universal education, gender equality, prevention of HIV / AIDS and other diseases, environmental sustainability, peace building and conflict resolution as well as partnership building.
Learn more about the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace and the activities of other UN entities in this field