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19 Feb 2008
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World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture back in Asia

This year, the entire world will look towards Asia with the celebration of the first ever Olympic Games in the People’s Republic of China. The Beijing Games will be a unique opportunity to bring Olympic education and values to the youth of China and the Asian continent. This link between sport, culture and education will be more than ever on the Olympic Movement’s agenda in 2008. Thus, one month after the Beijing Games, the 6th World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture will be held in Busan (Korea) from 25 to 27 September. The organisation of the Forum was the main topic discussed this morning at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne by the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, and a delegation from Busan led by its Mayor, Nam-Sik Hur.
This is the second time in a row that the Forum is being organised in Asia, the previous edition being held in October 2006 in Beijing in partnership with the Beijing Organising Committee for the Games (BOCOG) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Five objectives for the 2008 Forum
The objectives of the 6th Forum will include:
1. Communicating and reviewing the culture and education work undertaken by the Olympic Movement;
2. Evaluating the implementation of the recommendations of the 5th World Forum and charting the way forward, setting out orientations for sport, culture and education for the next two years;
3. Consolidating existing relationships and building new partnerships between the sports community and culture and education experts and institutions;
4. Examining and proposing contributions that culture and education through sport can make to the 2009 Olympic Congress, the Youth Olympic Games and more generally to the international community’s culture and education efforts.
5. Reviewing long-term plans for the IOC’s Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP).

Bringing together various stakeholders
The Forum will bring together representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions dealing with sport, education and culture, the United Nations system, universities and the Olympic family, in particular National Olympic Committees, International Sports Federations, Olympic Games Organising Committees, recognised sports organisations and Olympic sponsors. Culture, education and youth organisations as well as media groups are also invited.

In parallel with the TAFISA World Sport for All Games
This Forum will overlap with the 4th Busan TAFISA World Sport For All Games, which will bring together from 26 September to 2 October more than 10,000 participants from 100 countries. In this connection, a Memorandum of Understanding between the IOC, the Korean Olympic Committee (KOC) and the Games Organising Committee (T-GOC) was signed in October 2007 by IOC President Jacques Rogge, the KOC President, Jung-Kil Kim and the Chairman of the T-GOC, also Mayor of Busan, Nam-Sik Hur. The Forum participants will thus have the chance to visit and enjoy the World Sport For All Games.

How to participate
Further details on the Forum and registration forms will be published on in April 2008.
 Learn more about the promotion of culture and Olympic education
 Official website of the 4th Busan TAFISA World Sport for All Games
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