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16 May 2007
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International Forum on Sport for Peace and the Olympic Truce to take off

How is the Olympic Truce brought alive? How can sport not impose, but inspire, peace? Various experts, representatives from ministries and international organisations, as well as members of the Olympic family will meet to discuss these questions and find concrete solutions at the International Forum on Sport for Peace and the Olympic Truce, which will be held from 19 to 21 May. Jointly organised by the Greek Government, the International Olympic Truce Centre (IOTC), the International Olympic Academy and the Greek National Olympic Committee (NOC) the event will be staged in Olympia, the cradle of Olympism. IOC President Jacques Rogge, who will welcome the participants as the President of the International Olympic Truce Foundation (IOTF), an organisation founded by the IOC in 2000, emphasises: “The IOC was founded on the belief that sport, especially in an Olympic context, can bring benefits beyond those simply related to physical activity. Sport is a global language. It does not matter where you come from – everyone, given the chance, can speak ‘Sport’! Sport fosters understanding between individuals, facilitates dialogue between divergent communities and breeds tolerance between nations.”

Sport for Peace – joining forces
The forum seeks to promote synergies between different stakeholders with one shared objective: promoting peace through sport and the Olympic ideal – on a political as well as a grassroots level. President Jacques Rogge explains: “The world around us has a strong desire for peace. Sport can contribute to this aspiration. Acting alone, it cannot enforce nor maintain peace, but I have no doubt that it can play its role as part of a collaborative effort with organisations and agencies specialised in this field.” When the IOC revived the ancient concept of the Olympic Truce in 1992, it relayed it to the United Nations (UN) in order to achieve a higher impact. 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 individually or collectively, and to seek, in conformity with the goals and principles of the UN Charter, the settling of all international conflicts through peaceful and diplomatic means.

Projects at grassroots level
On a community level, the IOC, together with partners from the UN and national governments, brings Olympic values to life through numerous “Sport for Peace” projects. “Based on our long-term commitment as a socially responsible organisation, the IOC looks to engage in grassroots sport development worldwide to improve social and human well-being”, says Jacques Rogge. Some examples, such as projects in Liberia and Congo and the First Peace Games of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, will be highlighted at the upcoming forum.

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