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The Commission for Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport (formerly the International Relations Commission) advises the IOC Session, the IOC Executive Board and the IOC President on strategies to promote the role of sport and Olympism in society and to position the IOC as a thought leader and a strong actor on the international stage around sport for development and peace in and beyond the Games.

The responsibilities of the Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport are to:

  • Devise strategies to advocate for the integration of sport and physical activity in government policies and programmes, as well as international development policies and programmes;
  • Advise on engagement strategies with other key stakeholders and partners in sport for development, such as major organisations and institutions, the private sector (foundations, TOP sponsors, World Bank, etc.), and pressure groups (Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, etc.);
  • Advise on strategies to develop impactful and sustainable grassroots sport for development and peace programmes with key selected and reputable strategic partners (UN, major NGOs, foundations);
  • Advise on the Sport for Hope Programme to ensure strong ongoing operations while developing sustainable operational models for the future;
  • Advise on a global communications strategy around sport for social change, leveraging various platforms and Olympians, as well as the Olympism in Action Congress;
  • Advise on how to further educate the Olympic Movement (NOCs, IFs, OCOGs, athletes) on the benefits of grassroots sport for development and peace, and help build their capacity to advocate, communicate and deliver around it.

The Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Commission is supported by the Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Department. 

Chair

Mario PESCANTE

Members

Beatrice ALLEN
Prince Feisal AL HUSSEIN
Danka BARTEKOVA
Marisol CASADO
Ung CHANG
Kirsty COVENTRY
Guy DRUT
Nawal EL MOUTAWAKEL
Alex GILADY
Patrick Joseph HICKEY*
Willi KALTSCHMITT LUJÁN
Octavian MORARIU
Luis MORENO
Mamadou Diagna NDIAYE
Sam RAMSAMY
Auvita RAPILLA
Austin L. SEALY
Pál SCHMITT
Alexander ZHUKOV
Prince Khalid Bin Bandar Bin Musaid Bin ALSAUD
Mustapha BERRAF
Sebastian COE
Thierno Alassane DIACK
Zhongwen GOU
William HYBL
Timur KULIBAYEV
Aya MAHMOUD MEDANY
Giovanni MALAGO
Niels NYGAARD
Sara ROSARIO
Isabelle PICCO
Josefina SALAS
Jean TODT

Director in charge

Director of Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport

* Temporarily self-suspended

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