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05 Jul 2004
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Forum on Sport and Peace


"How can sport contribute to peace-making, national cohesion and development?" What is the relevance of sport to the peace message? What could be the role of a National Olympic Committee in peace and sports activities? These and other question will be discussed at the Forum on Sport and Peace, which takes place in Nicosia, Cyprus, from 5 to 7 July 2004.




Eleven NOCs will share their experiences
Eleven National Olympic Committees, who have developed specific programmes in this field, will share their experiences and present their activities. They will exchange know-how and identify action plans for the implementation of key activities for peace and sport.

Identify potential projects





The Forum strives to achieve the following objectives:

- To advise NOCs on the role they can play in consolidating peace in their regions.
- To advocate the Olympic Truce’s message of peace.
- To advocate the importance of partnerships and shared values of peace, education and development through sport.
- To identify potential projects related to the promotion of peace through sport in the participating countries.





Sport and conflict resolution





The Forum I Nicosia is split up into four different sessions. An information session will include, among other things, presentations on “The Olympic Truce Resolution and Realities” (“Sport and conflict resolution” and “Children in Conflict- Sport as a Therapy”.

Highlighting some success stories





The second session includes presentations from Albania, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovenia and Turkey. These presentations include the actions undertaken by NOCs, local communities and partners, and highlight some success stories.





Conclusions
During the third session of the Forum, the participants will discuss themes like: “How important is the use of media and the sport community in spreading the message of sport and peace?” and “What sort of partnerships could NOCs develop with UN, governmental and non-governmental institutions in supporting peace through sport programmes?” The fourth session is dedicated to the presentation of the results and conclusions. .

Opening speeches





The Forum will be opened on 5 July by HE Mr Pefkios Georgiades, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, and HE Mr George Iacovouan, Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus.




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