GIS – June 4, 2013: Mauritius will participate in the third edition of the International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development from 5 to 6 June 2013 at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, USA.
The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Satyaprakash Ritoo left for New York yesterday to attend the biennial event which aims at assessing the successes and challenges of using sport as a tool for human development and peace promotion. The objective is also to identify how to pave the way for future concerted action in these fields.
High-level stakeholders from governments, the sporting community, the UN system, the academic and business worlds, civil society groups and the media will debate the impact of sport on achieving the Millennium Development Goals as well as how to move forward with the mainstreaming of sport in development policies and strategies. Participants will also look at other issues which increasingly affect sport and its organisation, such as the protection of youth, gender equality and the integrity of sport.
The forum, under the theme Creating a Common Vision, is jointly organised by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with the support of the United States Olympic Committee.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IOC President Jacques Rogge will be keynote speakers at the International Forum.
Other confirmed high-profile speakers include Hugh Robertson, Minister of Sport and Tourism of the UK and Northern Ireland; Aldo Rebelo, Minister for Sport of Brazil; Mario Pescante, IOC member and Chairman of the IOC International Relations Commission; Sir Philip Craven, IOC member and President of the International Paralympic Committee and, Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace.
Presentations and discussions will focus on five themes:
• Integrating and Mainstreaming Sport in Development and Peace - Moving from Communication to Organisational Objectives
• The Culture of Peace through Sport - Concrete Actions and Challenges
• Sport and Social Integration
• Sport and Social Development Legacies
• Capitalising on Partnerships and Networking.
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