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22 May 2007
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Concrete recommendations by the Forum on Sport for Peace


A list of concrete recommendations was concluded by the International Forum on Sport for Peace and the Olympic Truce, which took place in Olympia from 19-21 May and gathered representatives from sports organisations, ministries, United Nations (UN) bodies, diplomats and universities. The 12 points address different stakeholders and efforts to promote peace through sport and encourage further action. The document serves as an action plan and ensures that the fruitful discussions of the three-day meeting will be followed up. The Forum also supported the IOC’s idea to organise Youth Olympic Games as a new platform to promote the Olympic Truce and Olympic values to the world’s youth.

The role of National Olympic Committees
The National Olympic Committees (NOCs) played a major role in this multi-stakeholder event. In his opening speech, IOC President Jacques Rogge encouraged them: “You play an important role in promoting education, good governance and peace by inculcating the youth of your respective regions. We have already seen examples in war-torn regions - it is possible to engage dialogue between divided communities through sports activities.  We, the IOC and the NOCs, must always hold true to what we believe in – values of excellence, respect and friendship.” 
NOCs from different continents, such as Asia and Africa, presented what challenges and opportunities they were facing when implementing “Sport for Peace” projects in their home countries. The Secretary General of the Korean Olympic Committee, Sang Woo Kim, described how North and South Korea are working on strengthening their ties in order to compete one day as a unified team.

Olympic Truce at Games time
The NOCs are also requested to urge their governments to co-sponsor the Olympic Truce resolution at the upcoming 62nd Session of the UN General Assembly in December 2007.   
Since 1993, the UN General Assembly has repeatedly expressed its support for the IOC by unanimously adopting, one year before each edition of the Olympic Games, a Resolution entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”. Through this symbolic Resolution, the UN invites its Member States to observe the Olympic Truce and to seek the settling of all international conflicts through peaceful and diplomatic means. The Organising Committees of the Olympic Games also play an important part in this and presented their initiatives during the Forum.

Click here to read the full text of the recommendations

Learn more about the Olympic Truce:     
http://www.olympic.org/uk/organisation/missions/truce/index_uk.asp

View more pictures of the event in the photo gallery of the International Olympic Truce Center:
http://www.olympictruce.org/v2/forum/photos.html#06
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