Peace and Sport

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Peace and Sport
  • Monaco
Fields Peace, Sport, Development
Founder and President
Joël Bouzou
Key people
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Champions for Peace

Peace and Sport, "L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” is a neutral and independent organization based in the Principality of Monaco and under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.[1]

Peace and Sport works in areas across the world where communities have become estranged from one another and where traditional policies have failed to establish dialogue, with the goal of restoring peaceful relations. Its objective is to bring the structuring values of sport to the heart of communities and individuals in crisis throughout the world.

The organization puts sport and its values at the heart of local development projects conducted within communities in crisis around the world. Exercising its missions in post-conflict zones, areas of extreme poverty or lacking social cohesion, Peace and Sport makes sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect, sharing and citizenship.

In 2015, the first UNFP / Peace and Sport trophy (French National Union of Professional Soccer) was awarded to the campaign "Soyons fiers de nos différences" (Be proud of our differences) led in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 on the initiative of the Ligue de football professionnel and the Panamboyz Uniited.[2]

Field actions[edit]

Peace and Sport is currently active on five continents, demonstrating day after day the social and unifying impact of sport on society.

It supports local actors in the development of sustainable projects and uses the values of respect and solidarity intrinsic to sport to foster dialogue and strengthen social ties within communities.

Peace and sport works with local project leaders (governments, NGOs, National Olympic Committees and sports federations) in areas affected by extreme poverty, the consequences of conflicts and an absence of social cohesion. This partnership enables the development of programs that use sport and its educational and structural values to tackle various social issues within communities.

For the first time, Peace and Sport has decided to structure its new expertise in a manual[3] that summarizes and assembles the best practices in such a way as to benefit the greatest number of people. The manual is intended to be practical and adapted to realities on the ground rather than scientific. It has not only been created for the development of sport, but also to encourage the use of sport for peace.

Peace and Sport Forum[edit]

The Forum[edit]

Since its inception, the Peace and Sport International Forum has been increasingly successful.

The Forum Peace and Sport[4] has therefore imposed itself as the major international gathering enabling free dialogue with no taboos, focused on a single goal: to cooperate and pool skills in order to devise concrete initiatives to put sport at the service of peace throughout the world.

It brings together the highest authorities from the worlds of politics, sport, the private sector and civil society, committed to actions for peace through sport: Governments, International Organizations, representatives from world sport governance (International Olympic Committee, International Sports Federations and National Olympic Committees), sport champions, strategic and financial partners, experts from the world of sport and Non-Governmental Organizations.

The Awards[edit]

Launched in 2008, the Peace and Sport Awards have become one of the highlights of the Peace and Sport International Forum.

They put the spotlight on initiatives and individuals who have particularly contributed to peace and social stability in the world in 2015.

The Awards reward the expertise of various stakeholders working for sustainable peace through sport, through initiatives promoting the best practices in the field.[5]

Champion for Peace[edit]

Champions for Peace are top-level sports champions who are either still active or have retired from their sports career who wish to help disadvantaged communities through sport. They are role-models, heroes and a source of inspiration for young people throughout the world.

The Champions for Peace initiative was created by Peace and Sport to offer them a structure for communal expression and action to support sports projects at the service of peace and human and social development.

They give some of their, popularity, their sporting experience and skill or resources to help projects for peace-promotion and peace-building through sport.

Among them:[6]

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Peace and Sport Watch[edit]

Peace and Sport Watch The Peace and Sport Watch is an internet news platform which aims to offer accessible, neutral and timely peace through sport news in a digestible way.

• AFP NEWS: A selection of relevant peace through sport and sport diplomacy news written by AFP journalists around the world.

• OPINION: A weekly column aimed at highlighting and analysing hot topics within peace through sport news.

  • Jason Laird
  • Guo Chuan
  • Joël Bouzou
  • Beatriz Mejía
  • Michael Pedersen
  • Nevena Vukašinović
  • Grant Jarvie
  • Jeremy Gilley
  • Maria Bobenrieth
  • Joël Bouzou
  • Dr. Alexander Cárdenas
  • Oliver Dudfield
  • Linda K. Fuller
  • James M. Dorsey
  • Eli A. Wolff
  • Mary A. Hums
  • Tegla Loroupe

• MOVEMENT NEWSFEED: The Peace and Sport Twitter feed providing information on initiatives led by actors of the peace through sport movement.

• EVENT CALENDAR: A practical tool providing information on upcoming events relevant to the peace through sport movement.

• TIMELINE: A dynamic timeline showing the key peace through sport moments in history.

Fundraising program : I Move for Peace[edit]

Peace and Sport partners Fosburit (a crowdfunding website specialized in sports activities) for its new fundraising project: I Move for Peace.

The program enables every active and would-be sportsperson (amateurs, professionals, teams, companies etc.) to put their sporting challenge at the service of fundraising for Peace and Sport’s field programmes.

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace[edit]

April6 web platform[edit]


At the UN headquarters in New York, on 23 August 2013,[12] the UN General Assembly declared 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) – a decision that represented 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.

The two first editions of IDSDP were celebrated all over the world by a diversity of actors involved in using the benefits of sport to connect people to a wide range of development and reconciliation efforts.

Peace and Sport has developed a web platform[13] for expression and promotion aimed at highlighting the initiatives led to celebrate 6 April.

In 3 editions, Peace and Sport and its platform has promoted 840 projects in over 170 countries.

Campaign #WhiteCard[edit]

#WhiteCard[14] operation highlights the actors of the peace through sport movement, and to provide an opportunity for all those who believe in the power of sport to change the world, to rally their support around a symbolic gesture.

Everyone can get involved easily: participants just have to take a 'selfie' or a group photo holding up a white card, just like a referee on a playing field. They then post the #WhiteCard photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For the 3rd International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, #WhiteCard was a huge success :

15 millions persons reached with more than 9,000 participants (gallery)


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  2. ^ "On a gagné le prix UNFP Peace and Sport 2015 ! - Panamboyz United". Panamboyz United (in French). 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
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  5. ^ "Inter Campus: Massimo Moratti ritira il Peace and Sport Awards". Inter-News (in Italian). 2015-11-27. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  6. ^ "MONACO / "Danse avec la Paix" élue Image Peace and Sport de l'année 2014 par les 82 Champions de la Paix de Peace and Sport - La lettre économique et politique de PACA". La lettre économique et politique de PACA (in French). 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  7. ^ a b c "Peace and Sport célèbre la Journée Internationale des Droits de l’Enfant | Francs Jeux". 
  8. ^ "Daniel Elena renforce son engagement avec Peace and Sport sur le Rallye du Var". 
  9. ^ "Elky, champion de la paix et du mental". 
  10. ^ Cite error: The named reference poker-caricatif was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  11. ^ Jaillet, Fred. "Article Les Champions de la Paix Sébastien Loeb et Daniel Elena au Rallye de Monte-Carlo pour Peace and Sport • - Site officiel de Sébastien Loeb". 
  12. ^ "United Nations Sport for Development and Peace - International Day of Sport for Development and Peace". Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  13. ^ "Joël Bouzou: Time for transformative actions as April 6 is approaching". Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  14. ^ "Peace and Sport en force pour la journée du 6 avril | Francs Jeux". Retrieved 2016-05-12. 

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