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12 Oct 2006
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World Forum on Education and Culture:“Sport and a World of Harmony”

Culture and Education are the bases of the Olympic Movement. Experts from around the World will gather from 22 to 24 October in Beijing in order to analyse the current situation in this field and develop proposals for the wider integration of education and culture through all age groups and in all societies with the aim to contribute to a “World of Harmony”. On this occasion  the most recent edition of the IOC’s Olympic Review Magazine focuses on  China and the preparation of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Outstanding athletes as speakers
In plenary sessions and parallel sessions, the Forum will elaborate on the cultural and educational perspective of the Olympic Games by defining opportunities and tools to implement these ideas. Various themes affect the athletes directly, such as their social responsibility, the way to combine education and high-level sport, as well as the training of athletes for their life after the Games. Among the speakers are IOC members with broad experience in these fields, such as Sergey Bubka, Frank Fredericks and Robert Ctvrtlik .
Great attention to the young generation
Other themes put forward concern particularly the young generation, considered as the future of the Olympic Movement. The Forum also pays great attention to the roles of Universities and Olympic Academies, and how to network in Olympic studies.
IOC President will open the Forum
The Forum is organised by the IOC, in collaboration with the Beijing 2008 Organising Committee, and in partnership with UNESCO. IOC President Jacques Rogge will deliver a keynote speech at the opening ceremony.
Olympic Review Highlights China
The cover story of the most recent edition of the IOC’s Olympic Review Magazine looks closely at China and the preparation of the 2008 Games in under two years’ time. Based on the Beijing 2008 slogan “One World One Dream”, the various elements of the cover story feature the news and views in the lead-up to the next summer Games, and look at the unique opportunity the Games will provide for China to showcase its art and cultural talents to the world.
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