From 23 to 25 November 2016, Master in Sustainable Peace through Sport students volunteered for the 9th Peace and Sport International Forum.
This event brings together people from politics, sport, the private sector and civil society, committed to actions for peace through sport.
The three days-event started with a symbolic Peace Walk led by H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco together with three members of the Tunisia National Dialogue Quartet, Nobel Peace Prize winners 2015: Abdessatar Ben Moussa, Mohammed Fadhel Mahfoudh and Ouided Bouchamaoui. They were surrounded by many eminent figures from the world of sport and politics and 30 Champions for Peace including athletes such as Yelena Isinbayeva, Paula Radcliffe and Wilson Kipketer, tennis players Tatiana Golovin and Helena Sukova, and rugby players Imanol Harinordoquy, Jean-François Tordo and Dan Luger.
This inspiring opening was further enhanced on Thursday when the first session took place under the theme of Breaking barriers down through Sports Diplomacy.
In the framework of the Forum a diplomatic event took place when Russian and Ukrainian athletes competed in a friendly Taekwondo competition. Additionaly, Marc Attali, Plenipotentiary Minister at the Embassy of Israel, and Dr. Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian Ambassador to London sat side by side during the competition and proclaimed their common belief in the values of sport to provide solutions where weapons have failed.
As a symbol of the IUM involvement in the cause of peace through sport, three students of the Master in Sustainable Pace through Sport program were volunteering during the Forum. Indeed, Lauren Chisholm, Perrine Rident and Loïc Joanno, highlighted the quality of the International University of Monaco program by doing a tremendous work within these three days. They helped the Peace and Sport staff to welcome the 600 participants by managing the accreditation process and offering information to delegates at the welcome desk. Lauren also got the privilege to offer the Peace and Sport Awards to each winner during the Awards Ceremony on November 24. With their smiles they were amazing Peace and Sport ambassadors.
James Louis Charles, Country Director at GOALS Haiti and former IUM student of the Master in Sustainable Peace through Sport, participated as speaker at the dedicated workshop: Enhancing sport-based projects for vulnerable youth. During the workshop, James Louis highlighted specific methods to foster personal, social, professional development of young people in situations of social disadvantages in Haiti. He remarked the importance to foster gender parity in the conception of sport programs “We want to give the girls the same opportunities as the boys. At the end of the program the boys are equally supportive of the girls”. His presentation was very successful and his ideas certainly sparked a lively debate among the more than 30 delegates participating in the workshop who are interested in the peace through sport movement.
All the Peace and Sport staff is grateful with Lauren, Perrine, Loïc and James for their fantastic contribution during this Forum. This edition was a success and they will remain as a part of it.
The 10th Peace and Sport International Forum will take place on from 6 to 8 December 2017 in the Principality of Monaco. Peace and Sport would be honored to have the support of IUM students for this upcoming and special anniversary edition.
Written by Maxime Chouly, Events Project Coordinator at Peace and Sport
Peace and Sport uses sport and its structuring values as tools to work towards sustainable peace in the world. They coordinate peace-building and peace-promotion projects.
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