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Catherine Houston and Grant Jarvie
University of Edinburgh, Moray House School of Education

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Humanitarianism, sport and the UN: Time for Change

“For as long as we invest in outdated or self-serving models of humanitarian action, we will continue to trade in missed opportunities.” – Dr. Samantha Nutt It is time for…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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20/09/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Joining forces around the World Peace Day

Thirty-five years have passed since the United Nations General Assembly declared in a resolution the International Day of Peace, with a purpose to commemorate and strengthen the “ideals of peace…

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Zahra Ahmadipour and Mahdi Karimi
Tarbiat Modares University and University of Leiden

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Sport: A Substitute or a Motivation for War?

While Sport for Peace is widely seen as an emerging field, its antecedents can be traced back to the Olympic Truce where it was first used to settle temporary peace…

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Simone Galimberti
Co-Founder of ENGAGE, Inclusive Change Through Volunteering

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04/09/2016 par Simone Galimberti

Beyond the Paralympics: Sport as a Tool for Inclusion in Developing Countries

With 4,350 world-class athletes representing 176 nations competing for medals in 23 sport competitions, the upcoming Paralympic Games in Rio, especially after the great successes of the London edition, have…

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Nevena Vukašinović
ENGSO Youth Secretary General, Co-Founder of International Youth Working Group on UN - IOC cooperation, UN Youth Gateway Focal Point for Policy

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28/08/2016 par Nevena Vukašinović

#Roadto2030: Search for Game – Changers

Global changes are challenging the way we mobilize for change. It’s not time to exit, but it is maybe last moment to change the way we play together. Young people…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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21/08/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Rio 2016: moments of humanity in a nutshell

During the two-week of inaction between the Olympic and the Paralympic Games we have a unique opportunity to reflect how both events can improve conditions necessary for sustainable peace. Rio…

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Elana Meyer
Olympic Medalist, Champion for Peace and Endurocad Ambassador

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14/08/2016 par Elana Meyer

Olympics: breeding ground for transformative actions

One of the most important things that I have learned as a sport athlete came from the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. I went there with a vision of…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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07/08/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Rio 2016: a chance for the global community to act

The traditional Olympic Truce, the sacred historical pause when nations around the world observe a period of peace, has begun. From 5th to 21st August the Rio 2016 Olympic Games…

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Lord Michael Bates
Charity Walker and Former British Minister of State at the Home Office

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31/07/2016 par Lord Michael Bates

Last step of a walk. First day of a truce?

The eyes of the world will be focussed on Rio for the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad on Friday 5 August. Few may have noticed that…

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Grant Jarvie
Professor and Director, University of Edinburgh, Academy of Sport

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24/07/2016 par Grant Jarvie

Small sport interventions can make big differences to life chances

“We can tackle Homelessness and football can show the way” were the opening words as the 2016 Homeless World Cup kicked of in Glasgow on the 10th of July. Small…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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17/07/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Remembering, Honoring, and Taking Action for a better future

We are living in society where individuals are becoming incrementally intolerant. The last few weeks have been plagued with intolerant attacks globally. Today, I am writing these words with a…

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Michael J. Rosenkrantz
Programme Manager – Livelihoods Nepal and World Jewish Relief

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10/07/2016 par Michael J. Rosenkrantz

Moving Forward the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Nepal

There are lessons to be learned from disability sports. It is those of us without a physical disability who put up barriers that prevent people with disabilities from playing, e.g….

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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03/07/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Tour de France: a reminder of the power of cycling

The 103rd edition of the Tour the France has begun. For the next 23 days the world’s most prestigious bike race will be a perfect occasion to celebrate the positive…

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Luc Hernu
Director- General U.S.Pont Sainte Maxence Football

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26/06/2016 par Luc Hernu

From field to classroom: teaching good citizenship through football

Football is a dominant force for good in the lives of million youth and children worldwide. It has a universal language and it is used as platform for cooperation and…

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Tegla Chepkite Loroupe
Chef de Mission of the Refugee Olympic Team, Founder of the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, Champion for Peace

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19/06/2016 par Tegla Chepkite Loroupe

Celebrating the World Refugee Day with the Refugee Olympic Team

World Refugee day, marked on June 20, is a moment to reflect about challenges refugees are facing in their everyday lives, as well as about the resilience they demonstrate in…

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Jean-François Tordo
Rugby Player, President of Pachamama and Champion for Peace

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11/06/2016 par Jean-François Tordo

When sport can give children hope

One of the most important things that I have learned as a sport athlete came from outside of the rugby field, when I began to see the power of sport…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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05/06/2016 par Joël Bouzou

The Refugee Olympic squad is more than a dream team

Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be remembered and its message of peace will prevail. Last Friday, the International Olympic Committee announced names of the ten athletes who will act not…

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Alexander Cárdenas and Sibylle Lang
Peace advocate and SDP researcher from Colombia, and Political Scientist and Fellow at Geneva Centre for Security Policy

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The role of sport in peace building and post-conflict

“The Role of Sport in Peace Building and Post-Conflict” was recently discussed in a public debate at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, a think tank and executive education institution…

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Eli A. Wolff, Mary A. Hums, David Legg
Brown University, University of Louisville, Mount Royal University

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The Olympic Movement Belongs to Everyone

 “The Olympic flag is a universal symbol. It belongs to everyone. It belongs to mankind….it is the expression of universality and of brotherhood of the world.”  Jacques Rogge, 2008 In…

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Pernilla Wiberg
Olympic Champion and World Championship medallist in alpine skiing, Champion for Peace

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15/05/2016 par Pernilla Wiberg

Game on for girls in sport

The movement to use sport as a catalyst for improving the lives of girls has been growing globally. Many efforts have been done at the international level to promote girl’s…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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08/05/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Think globally, act locally: confidence in the potential of small sport projects

Peace and global change derive from initiatives or small projects that create a bonfire on a large scale. Leaving aside its size, each sport project has the potential to have…

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James M. Dorsey
Senior fellow S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and co-director of the Institute of Fan Culture, University of Wuerzburg, Germany

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01/05/2016 par James M. Dorsey

Egyptian soccer fans set stage for growing anti-government protests

Militant, street battle-hardened Egyptian soccer fans set the stage for growing protests against the government of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi when they earlier this month forced their way into…

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Guo Chuan
First Chinese offshore sailor, Olympic torch bearer 2008 and 2016, Champion for Peace

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22/04/2016 par Guo Chuan

One with the Flame…Carrying the light for peace

In the modern era, the Olympic Flame has been a powerful symbol of peace, unity and solidarity. Last week, again, the Olympic Flame was lit in Greece spreading the message of…

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Jason Laird
Lead physiotherapist at British Judo- English Institute of Sport

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15/04/2016 par Jason Laird

Rio Reconnaissance as an assurance of success for the British Judo at Olympics and Paralympics

For the athletes we work with day to day, the Olympic and Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of their careers. As such, it is imperative that they are best prepared…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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10/04/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Translating April 6 into real-world impact

In a compendium of achievements around the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on April 6, the international community, activated by Peace and Sport, engaged in a successful global mobilization…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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03/04/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Time for transformative actions as April 6 is approaching

On April 6 people unite by one language and one belief: language of sport and conviction of a possible peace. In 2014 the International Day of Sport for Development and…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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26/03/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Amid the hatred, sport becomes more vital than ever

A week ago, the world woke up with devastating news: a deadly explosion in Belgium left 35 people dead and 270 wounded. Three days later 32 people, among them many…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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21/03/2016 par Joël Bouzou

The White Card – A Symbol for Peace and the Future

Sport likes symbols. They are firmly anchored in its history: the Olympic rings; the Olympic flame; the crystal globe; the golden ball. They are all part of the legend. They carry inherent values and have survived the…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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11/03/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Sport is a Refuge for Arash Arian

Thomas Bach made the announcement at the beginning of March: a team of refugees will participate in the Rio Games in August 2016, made up of between 5 and 10…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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04/03/2016 par Joël Bouzou

Novak Djokovic, the Art of Good Timing

Novak Djokovic is a Champion for Peace. The Serbian tennis player joined Peace and Sport in April 2011 and, with conviction, commitment and humility, became part of a group of ambassadors…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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26/02/2016 par Joël Bouzou

A Legacy for the City and for Peace

The Olympic race has started in earnest for the four bidding cities for the 2024 summer Olympics. Budapest, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome presented their initial candidate files to the…

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Beatriz Mejía
Director of Grupo Internacional de Paz

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18/02/2016 par Beatriz Mejía

Sport and post-conflict reconstruction in Colombia

In Colombia, throughout the territory, the dynamics of armed conflict have affected communities in all their dimensions, destroying social links, trust, integration and respect for others. The cycle of violence…

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Michael Pedersen
Founder, M INC. > change the game

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10/02/2016 par Michael Pedersen

Defining WINNING as a Mix of Outstanding Performance and Outstanding Behavior

During recent months, I have been helping Sandboarding Peru integrate behavioral principles into its coaching framework for underprivileged children and youth doing sandboarding in Huacachina, Peru. The approach and process…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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05/02/2016 par Joël Bouzou

A Rainbow Showcase

Twenty-four goals were scored in French Premier League matches between 29 and 31 January 2016 on the 23rd day of the championship. Nine victories, of which four were away matches,…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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29/01/2016 par Joël Bouzou

It’s Time for Olympians to Get Involved

The sign is strong and the message eloquent. And the sight will be amazing. In April 2016, the Olympic flame will be lit in Olympia in Greece, less than four…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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25/01/2016 par Joël Bouzou

A Footballer Whose Commitment Runs Deep…

On Monday 11 January 2016, the whole world of football was focussed on Zurich, where the official FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala was held. Lionel Messi won the main award, attracting a flurry…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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15/01/2016 par Joël Bouzou

The year of refugees

News topics often influence scheduled events in the calendar year. The Olympic year of 2016 will also be the year of refugees. Not just in Europe, where hundreds of thousands…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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08/01/2016 par Joël Bouzou

2016: an Olympic Truce year

As we’ve just entered 2016, the international sports movement has already set its eyes on Rio for this summer’s Olympic Games. Six months before, it’s in the Norwegian town of…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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18/12/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Let’s continue driving change

Creating dialogue and raising more public awareness: this is the goal that we set ourselves with the launch of the Peace and Sport Watch in April 2015. The peace through…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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04/12/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Time to act

Looking back on the 8th edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum, I now understand why I was convinced that our gathering was the best possible response we could provide…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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20/11/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Learning from yesterday, united in building tomorrow

The world is changing fast, yet conscious of the cost of violence the trap is to invest more in warfare than in structured peace-building actions. Have we not learnt from…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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13/11/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Today the Great Lakes Friendship Games build the ties of tomorrow

Today kicks off the 6th edition of the Friendship Games, an annual sports, cultural and awareness-raising event aimed at promoting fraternity among youth from bordering countries of the Great Lakes…

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Opinion

Nevena Vukašinović
ENGSO Youth Secretary General, Co-Founder of International Youth Working Group on UN - IOC cooperation, UN Youth Gateway Focal Point for Policy

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06/11/2015 par Nevena Vukašinović

No more tomorrows in youth and sport for development and peace

If you were connected to social networks today, you couldn’t have missed the two vibrating topics #iLoveYOG and #youth4SDGs. With less than 100 days to go to the YOG the IOC…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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30/10/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Peace through Sport Engineers on the rise

Only one month after 193 world leaders gathered in New York to commit to the SDG’s 17 Global Goals guiding the agenda of the United Nations for the next 15…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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16/10/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Sport Diplomacy a tool worthy of governments

The term “Sports diplomacy”, describes the use of sport as a means to influence diplomatic, social, and political relations[1]. Sports in this context may transcend cultural differences and bring people…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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09/10/2015 par Joël Bouzou

The Rugby World Cup or a call beyond truce and unity

Today, the Nobel Peace Prize winner was announced, the laureate went out to the National Dialogue Quarteta for their contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in…

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Grant Jarvie
Professor and Director, University of Edinburgh, Academy of Sport

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02/10/2015 par Grant Jarvie

Sport as a resource of hope in making the art of the possible, possible

Last weekend saw IOC President Thomas Bach claim that sport is a “natural partner” when it comes to realizing the ambitious agenda that will guide global development over the next…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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25/09/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Ready, steady, goals: Today sets the Sustainable Development Agenda for the next 15 years

Today, 193 world leaders will gather in New York for the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit to commit to the 17 Global Goals guiding the agenda of the United Nations…

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Jeremy Gilley
Peace One Day Founder

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18/09/2015 par Jeremy Gilley

Building peace one day at a time through sport

This Peace Day, 21 September marks the 14th annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence, which was unanimously adopted by the member states of the United Nations in 2001. The…

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Opinion

Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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11/09/2015 par Joël Bouzou

As the global refugee crisis (finally) reaches the shores of Europe’s agenda, sport explores its contributions

Beyond the recent tragic news, what I struggle with most is the fact that we have known the reality of a growing refugee crisis for years and that Europe could…

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Maria Bobenrieth
Executive Director, Women Win

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04/09/2015 par Maria Bobenrieth

The Equity Call: Why we need authentic, measurable and accountable gender mainstreaming in sport for development

Regardless of where I am in the world, the question I inevitably get asked when advocating for girls to have access to sport and personal development is, ‘But what about…

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Opinion

Tegla Chepkite Loroupe
Chef de Mission of the Refugee Olympic Team, Founder of the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation, Champion for Peace

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28/08/2015 par Tegla Chepkite Loroupe

Peace starts in our own backyard

On July 15th this year, with my fellow marathon runner John Kelai and Wilson Kipsang we started a Walk for Peace in Kenya. Our itinerary took us on a 22…

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Eli A. Wolff and Mary A. Hums
Brown University and University of Louisville

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A Nobel Prize in Sport? – A Worthy Conversation

The Nobel Prize currently recognizes significant international contributions in categories of Peace, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Economics. The time has come to consider adding a new category – a…

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James M. Dorsey
Senior fellow S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and co-director of the Institute of Fan Culture, University of Wuerzburg, Germany

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14/08/2015 par James M. Dorsey

Israel and Palestine play high stakes soccer

Israel and Palestine are playing political soccer with Palestinian football as the ball. The stakes for Israel‎ are far higher than for Palestine. Israel is effectively on probation as it…

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Linda K. Fuller
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Professor of Communications at Worcester State University

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07/08/2015 par Linda K. Fuller

How can we come to terms with gender ambiguity for sportspeople?

According to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), which governs track, female Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was only eligible to compete if her “male hormone” or testosterone level was…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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31/07/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Faith in Sport – opening the road to dialogue and reconciliation

Although I am currently in Kuala Lumpur for the IOC session, I feel the need to bring the attention back to Europe in order to highlight the event that is…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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24/07/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Make every day a Mandela day – The legacy lives on

July 18 has marked Nelson Mandela International Day since the 2009 unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. Taking place every year on his day of birth, the day does…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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17/07/2015 par Joël Bouzou

In search for unity – South Sudan looks to sport

South Sudan’s bid for recognition by the Olympic movement will be considered on 28 July during the IOC executive board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. If approved, the issue will then…

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Oliver Dudfield
Head of Sport for Development and Peace, Commonwealth Secretariat

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09/07/2015 par Oliver Dudfield

Can sport make a valuable contribution to the post-2015 agenda?

The post-2015 development agenda will set out a new plan for global development with the ambition to ‘transform our world by 2030’. Through the post-2015 process the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Sport…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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03/07/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Turning Point for peace: Learning from the past building the future

Peace is not just the absence of war. We are constantly reminded of this, notably by recent tragic events in Egypt, Tunisia and France. Whereas conflict historically occurred more between…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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25/06/2015 par Joël Bouzou

When over half of all refugees are children, sport must reACT

20 June is the UN International Refugee Day. This is not a celebration, of course, but rather a day to raise awareness and drive change to improve the situation. This…

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Opinion

Dr. Alexander Cárdenas
Peace advocate and SDP researcher from Columbia

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Sport, the international community and the peace talks in Colombia

Sport in all its varied forms have played a prominent role in Colombian society for decades. Ranging from improvised pickup games to professional leagues, sport is practiced massively across Colombia….

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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12/06/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Sport taking Europe to new frontiers in Baku

In 2012, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the European Union and stated: “At a time of uncertainty, this day…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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05/06/2015 par Joël Bouzou

A weekend to start tackling stereotypes

Beyond politics, beyond corruption scandals and all the media hype let me invite you to the touching stories of everyday footballers who struggle to just play. These athletes have been…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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29/05/2015 par Joël Bouzou

A new playing field between Washington and the Havana

Back in December, US President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro announced a historic change of course after more than five decades of Cold War strains. Although the 1962 US…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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22/05/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Blatter’s attempt to tackle “the mother of all conflicts”

A publicity stunt a week before the election? Possibly. However, I wish to express an angle that we are discussing a lot less, which ought to be more important to…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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15/05/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Indigenous athletes gaining recognition step by step in the sport world

Indigenous communities around the globe have in recent years been seen to increasingly speak out and defend their rights, traditions and belief systems. Although there is still a lot of…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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08/05/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Global Leaders Bringing A New Dynamic For Peace Through Sport

It didn’t take long for Thomas Bach to find his bearings when stepping into his new shoes as IOC President, and to give the function a personal touch. Since his…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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22/04/2015 par Joël Bouzou

Between Israel and Palestine, the conflict also plays out at football grounds

In the Middle East, the conflict between Israel and Palestine doesn’t stop at the stadium doors. In recent weeks, football has even become, once again, a ground for expression. Quick…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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22/04/2015 par Joël Bouzou

With the Peace Corps, Taekwondo leads by example

World sport owes much to ChoueChung-won and so does the world of peace. The South Korean leader, who’s been president of the International Taekwondo Federation (WTF) for over ten years,…

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Joël Bouzou
Peace and Sport President and Founder

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20/04/2015 par Joël Bouzou

In Iran, sport is pushing the boundaries

Her name could be heard everywhere last year. Her story moved, shocked and saddened all who heard it. Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 26 year-old British-Iranian, was arrested in June 2014 in…

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28/09/2016 - 07:29

Tennis: Serena Williams vows no ‘silence’ on social injustice

Serena Williams vowed she would not be “silent” on issues of social injustice Tuesday as she reflected on the recent deaths of African-American men at the hands of law enforcement….

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28/09/2016 - 07:14

Tibet’s first football club aims at unity, struggles for Chinese players

Green jersey soaked with sweat, midfielder Luosang Sanzhu practises his passing on the manicured pitch of Lhasa FC, Tibet’s first football club — the latest gambit to soothe lingering tensions between…

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26/09/2016 - 08:43

Heroes in Rio, Ukraine’s disabled struggle at home

A group of children stand by a swimming pool in Kiev clutching their goggles and dreaming of emulating the heroes they just watched scoop medals at the Paralympic Games in…

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26/09/2016 - 08:32

FIFA condoning football on ‘stolen’ West Bank land: HRW

FIFA has been condoning football matches played on “stolen” land in the occupied West Bank, Human Rights Watch said Monday, calling for Israeli clubs based in settlements to be forced to…

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26/09/2016 - 08:16

Woman ace takes on men in extreme-sport air racing

For Melanie Astles, the only woman pilot to compete in the Red Bull Air Race, flying low and fast is a childhood dream come true and offers her the chance…

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26/09/2016 - 08:15

Sport: Mayor on song as Japan to host ‘fun’ 2026 Asian Games

Japan’s central Aichi prefecture and its capital city Nagoya were confirmed as co-hosts of the 2026 Asian Games on Sunday, adding another major event to the country’s bulging international sports…

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21/09/2016 - 07:15

Painting the town for peace in South Sudan

On bakery walls, buildings and roadside sheeting in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, street artists fed up with war are painting for peace as young musicians, actors and artists campaign to…

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1st records of Sport Diplomacy: The Olympic Truce

The tradition of the “Truce” or “Ekecheiria” was established in ancient Greece in the 9th century BC by the signature of a treaty between three kings. During the Truce period, the athletes, artists and their families, as well as ordinary pilgrims, could travel in total safety to participate in or attend the Olympic Games and return afterwards to their respective countries. As the opening of the Games approached, the sacred truce was proclaimed and announced by citizens of Elis who travelled throughout Greece to pass on the message.

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Creation of the International Olympic Committee

The International Olympic Committee is established, with the goal of placing sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to encouraging the establishment of a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.

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The 1st Modern Olympic Games

Artist’s rendition of the 100m dash during the first Olympic games. American Thomas Burke (2nd L) won the gold medal with a time of 12 seconds, using a starting technique that was used for many years after until the invention of the starting blocks.

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The match that made history

The Christmas Truce was a onetime soccer event during the 1914 christmas cease-fire which brought together mainly British and German soldiers from opposite camps. The photograph commemorates the event as participants wearing fatigue of WWI British and German soldiers pose on December 11, 2014, in Comines-Warneton during the inauguration of a monument to commemorate WWI soldiers of opposite camps who played a game of soccer together during a Christmas cease-fire in 1914

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A victory lap for the world by Jesse Owens and Carl Lutz

A historic moment during the 1936 Olympic games in Germany. Jesse Owens, an American long-jumper and his biggest rival Carl Ludwig “Lutz” Long, a German long-jumper united through sport in a context that should have pushed them apart. Having already qualified for the finals, Luz Long advised Jesse Owens who was struggling to qualify with one last jump remaining to jump from a spot several inches behind the take-off board so as not to be disqualified for his last jump. Jesse Owens took his advice and qualified. Owens went on and defeated Luz Long in the finals to take the gold. Luz Long and Jesse Owens went on to run a victory lap to the dismay of Hitler.

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Black power salute on the podium

US athletes Tommie Smith (C) and John Carlos (R) raise their gloved fists in the Black Power salute to express their opposition to racism in the USA during the US national anthem, after receiving their medals 17 October 1968 for first and third place in the men’s 200m event at the Mexico Olympic Games. Sporting role models are here againa great way to challeng the status quo.

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Ping Pong Diplomacy

Ping-pong diplomacy was the first time “sport diplomacy” was used and marks the exchange of table tennis (ping-pong) players between the United States and People’s Republic of China (PRC) in the early 1970s during the World Table Tennis Championship. The event marked a thaw in Sino-American relations that paved the way to a visit to Beijing by President Richard Nixon.

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The Summer Olympics that made Truce a priority

The memorial ceremony for the victims of the hostage-taking of Israeli team members by a Palestinian terrorist group of the “Black September” who had stormed the Israeli athletes quarters, killed two and took nine other members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage. After which a freeing action of the German police forces on the Fuerstenfeldbruck airport near Munich had failed overnight 06 September 1972, leaving all hostages, five of the Palestinian kidnappers and a German policeman dead. The “Munich Massacre” a tragic hostage situation that escalated to further suffering on all sides did not taint the future of the games but strengthened it as truce and organisations started to realise and invest in building a space for peace during such events.

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Testing the limits of sport as a diplomatic tool

Led by the United States, 65 countries boycotted the games because of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, though some athletes from some of the boycotting countries participated in the games under the Olympic Flag. This prompted the Soviet-led boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics and not in advancing dialogue. It can be understood from this experience that boycotting may raise an issue and make a statement but those who pay the price, the athletes, are not the ones targeted. We need to create dialogue and sport events are a great place, don’t take it out on the athltes.

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The limited capacity of boycotts to inflict change

Los Angles, United States Summer Olympics suffer a Soviet boycott 4 years after boycottingthe 1980Moscow Olympics. Four years on and the negative impact of the boycott live on. AFP PHOTO / ANDREY SMIRNOV

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The Olympic Truce reaches new heights

The International Olympic Committee launches an appeal for the observance of the Olympic Truce and relayed it to the United Nations (UN) in order to have a greater impact. Since 1993, the UN General Assembly has repeatedly expressed its support for the IOC by unanimously adopting, every two years (one year before each edition of the Olympic Games), a resolution entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal”. It was additionally negotiated with the United Nations to allow athletes of the Former Republic of Yugoslavia to participate in the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in Barcelona. AFP PHOTO JEFF HAYNES

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A year to celebrate and Sport and the Olympic Ideal

The 48th Session of the United Nations General Assembly urges Member States to observe the Olympic Truce for the first time and goes on to declare 1994 as the International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal

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Olympic Aid sees the day

Olympic Aid came to life as an idea in 1992 but was not concretely founded until 1994. In 2000, Olympic Aid turned into Right To Play under the leadership of four-time Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur Johann Olav Koss. Right to play works in using play to teaches children essential life skills that help them overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease so they can create better futures and drive lasting social change in their communities and beyond. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT

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The Truce in practise

The Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer allow the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to participate in the XVII Olympic Winter Games despite ongoing wars after coordinated diplomatic efforts.

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Rugby against apartheid

South Africas hosting and winning of the Rugby World Cup was a powerful tool to send a post-apartheid message that racial barriers could be overcome.

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Beyond an award a speech that made a mark

Nelson Mandela addresses his famous speech “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language that they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair…” 5 years after the Rugby World Cup.

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United we stand

Flag bearers Jang Choo Pak (L) of North Korea and Eun-Soon Chung of South Korea carry a special flag with the image of the Korean peninsula, at the head of their joint delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney 15 September 2000. North and South Korean delegations marched together for the first time at the Sydney games. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES

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A special adviser dedicated to sport for development and peace is appointed

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General appointed Adolf Ogi, former President of the Swiss Confederation as the first Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace in order to more systematically and coherently encourages the use of sport as a means to attain health, education, development and peace objectives. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI

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A year to move forward in Sport and Physical Education

UN General Assembly Resolution 58/5 proclaimed 2005 as the International Year of Sport and Physical Education (IYSPE 2005). IYSPE 2005 strived to achieve a better understanding of the value of sport and physical education for human development and a more systematic use of sport in development programmes. In this framework, the Group of Friends on Sport for Development and Peace was created. This is an informal intergovernmental platform among Permanent Representatives to the UN in New York aiming to encourage UN Member States and the UN system to integrate sport actively into their policies and strategies. In addition, throughout the year various events took place around the world. Swiss top ranked world tennis player Roger Federer wasambassador for the International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005. AFP PHOTO JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT

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Peace and Sport: From myth to reality

Founded under the High Patronage of Prince Albert II, Peace and Sport LOrganisation pour la paix par le sport was founded with the aim to use sport as a tool for peace worldwide.

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1st Peace and Sport International Forum

The InternationalForum gathers the highest authorities from the worlds of politics, sport, the private sector and civil society, committed to actions for peace through sport. An event for changemakers of sport for peace.

The UN creates an organisation dedicated to Sport

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Wilfried Lemke, of Germany, as Adolf Ogis successor. The Special Adviser is assisted by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) in coordinating the efforts of the UN system to promote understanding and support internationally for sport as a powerful vehicle for positive social change. Amir Dossal (L), executive Director of UNOP, Wilfried Lemke (2ndL), special adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Prince Albert II of Monaco and Joel Bouzou (R), president and founder of “Peace and Sport”. AFP PHOTO/STEPHANE DANNA

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The 1st UN-IOC Forum on Sport for Development and Peace

The first joint forum between the IOC and the United Nations took place in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. The event, titled The Importance of Partnership, brought together sporting officials and UN representatives in order to leverage the IOCs recently obtained UN observer status and strengthen cooperation in the field of development through sport.

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The 1st Peace and Sport Friendship Games in the Great Lakes region

Atwo days cross-border sporting events, that brings together youth from the great lakes region in Africa. Aimed at promoting peace to the future generation by gatheringover 180 young people aged 9-15 from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in one place to exchange through sport.

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United teams

Players of Angolan and Malian national football teams take a minute of silence to pay respects to the Togo team casualties at the opening match of African Cup of Nations football championships CAN2010. After a gunman had opened fire on the bus carrying the Togolese national football team to the tournament. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR

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The Table Tennis Cup that Built Bridges

40 years after Ping-Pong Diplomacy helped to restore diplomatic relations between USA and China during the Cold War, Table Tennis is once again making history by uniting North Korea and South Korea, India and Pakistan through sport thanks to the combined effortsbetween Peace and Sport, ITTF and the athletes.

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A day to celebrate

The UN General Assembly declared the 1st International Day on Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on April 6. This decision represents a historic step in recognizing the transformative power of sport and its great potential in advancing positive social change. This day is commemorated globally each year by international, regional, national sport and development organizations to honour the role that sport plays in society, whether by encouraging healthier lifestyles, making sport more widely accessible or using it as a vehicle for development in areas made vulnerable by conflict, poverty and inequality.Everyone can take part by organising or participating in an event orby taking part in asocial media campaign, holding a #WhiteCardfor peace through sport.

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