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20 May 2009
Olympism in action

International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development

Sport for development, peace and cohesion

The first-ever International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development was held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne on 7-8 May 2009.

The Forum centred on how sport can contribute to development, peace and national cohesion, spanning six main themes:
• The potential of sport in the search for peace and development
• Promoting a culture of peace among young people
• Sport for community and youth development
• Promoting education and healthy lifestyles through sport
• The Olympic Games: a legacy for education, development and peace
• Capitalising on partnerships and networking

Sport: creating dialogue, understanding and peace

President Rogge emphasised at the Forum that although “sport cannot enforce or maintain peace, it does have a vital role to play in building a better and more peaceful world. Sport can facilitate dialogue between different communities and be a catalyst for mutual understanding in our society”. 

“And that tool is sport”

Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace, added: “There is one tool that is simple to use, that is inexpensive, and that is powerful. And that tool is sport. We have proof of the power of sport for development and peace. Sport can and does help the UN achieve its objectives. All together, we can create a more peaceful world.” 

Making sport a reality in everyday life

The IOC has worked tirelessly for over a century to place sport at the centre of the harmonious development of mankind. This fundamental principle is central to the Olympic Charter, which states that every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination and in an Olympic spirit of mutual understanding, friendship and fair play.

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