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12 Jul 2004
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Peace and Sport Forum in Nairobi


After the success of the Peace and Sport Forum in Cyprus, the International Olympic Committee is organising a similar Forum in Nairobi, Kenya from 12 to 13 July 2004. The Forum highlights the role sport can play in conflict situations and as a tool of economic development.




Great Lake area in Eastern Africa affected by war
Over the last few decades, the Great Lake area in Eastern Africa has been affected by numerous conflicts. The Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi have been the theatre of long-lasting wars. During the Nairobi Forum, representatives from all these countries will share their experience of sport as a tool contributing to national cohesion and development. Other African countries, such as Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Sudan, which have also not been spared the perils of war, are also represented at the Forum.




Building bridges
The Nairobi Forum aims to provide the participants with first-hand information from experts in different fields. Topics dealt with are “Children in Conflict” (by a UNICEF representative) and “Olympians as role models” (by the President of the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation). A case study on “Building Bridges Across Racial Divide”, presented by a representative from Zimbabwe and South Africa, will complete the information session on the first day of the Forum.




Identify potential projects
Like the Cyprus Forum, the Forum in Nairobi 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.




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