Official program

Official program


The debates held during the Peace and Sport International Forum 2010 highlighted the growing importance to strike a balance between discussions of high-level decision makers and issues faced by local actors operating on the ground, to cover the whole range of areas in which sport can play an effective role to foster peace.


Therefore, the format of the 2011 edition has been designed to meet these expectations by focusing on training local operators, increasing high-level exchanges between political decision-makers and opinion-leaders and encouraging interaction among delegates. To achieve these objectives, three approaches are proposed:




Stakeholders in the field can express their specific problems concerning the proposed themes and will benefit from learning practical methodologies through the intervention of experts.


    The realization of this objective will be achieved through 3 main phases of the workshop;

    1. problems posed by participants,
    2. solutions devised by experts, and then
    3. presented to the workshop for their approval and means of implementation.

    phoca_thumb_m_DSC_9370Plenary sessions:

    Panelists' exchange of experiences and possible conflicting points of view with the audience will contribute to defining innovative and novel approaches in which sport can prove a useful tool to support peace-building processes and social cohesion.


    The format of the plenary session encourages interactive discussions and enables synergies to emerge between the various institutions represented. This allows us to identify modes of cooperation between participants in order to increase the involvement of new stakeholders, optimize coordination and reinforce efficiency of actions in progress.




    This session gives participants the opportunity to benefit from the unique diversity of stakeholders present at the International Forum by initiating meetings according to predetermined criteria.


      The Peace and Sport International Forum 2011 includes a full session uniquely dedicated to networking and face-to-face meetings to encourage direct contact between all delegates with various profiles and backgrounds to increase cooperation and knowledge transfer.


      Wednesday 26 October


      08:00 – 12:00 ACCREDITATION
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Galerie Cristal



      12:00 – 13:30 LUNCH
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Café de la Mer



      13:30 – 17:00 WORKSHOP A
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Salon Philip Noel Baker


      Sport as an effective tool in overcoming trauma following natural disaster
      Over the past decade it has been observed that many different actions have taken place in the field using sport as a response to natural disaster. As a result, practitioners who work in post-disaster intervention have gained an extensive amount of experience and knowledge in using sport to assist affected communities in overcoming subsequent trauma. Therefore, this workshop provides the opportunity to recognize best practices from previous interventions and discuss how they can be duplicated, depending on resources available, in regions struck by natural disaster.

      13:30 – 17:00 WORKSHOP B
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Salon Paul d’Estournelles de Constant


      How can collaboration between relevant stakeholders become a reality in the field?
      The relationship between National Federations and local Non-Governmental Organizations can be very complex at times given that they may hold different perspectives and the varied internal procedures of both organizations. However, partnerships offer opportunities for mutual benefit: NFs are aided in their objective of increasing the practice of their sport in developing regions, whilst NGO programs will have a greater social impact. Furthermore, this workshop will also touch on the important role played by International Federations, National Olympic Committees and local government in supporting country-wide or regionally-based peace and development projects.

      13:30 – 17:00 WORKSHOP C
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Salon Jesse Owens


      How can disability sport contribute to the peace-building process?
      Sport is widely considered as a unique tool for the inclusion of people within their communities; this is especially the case for persons with disabilities as they can become more integrated within society through their participation in sport. However, achieving this situation is slightly more complicated in developing countries given the absence of appropriate structures and the lack of skills. Therefore, this workshop seeks to provide options in establishing a structure for disability sport, whilst also building the capacities of people with disabilities so they can take ownership of their local sport initiatives.

      • Moderator:
        Mr. Robert Balk, Chairman of Athletes Council – IPC (International Paralympic Committee)
      • Experts:
        Mr. Juan Pablo Salazar, President and Founder – Arcángeles Foundation, Colombia
        Mr. Mads Andreassen, Advisor Sport for Disabled – NIF (Norweigen Olympic & Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports)

        Mr. Leandro Olvech, Deputy Executive Director-Development, ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation)

      Opéra Garnier - Atrium



      19:00 – 20:00 OPENING CEREMONY
      Opéra Garnier


      Under the Presidency of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

      H.M. King Letsie III of Lesotho
      H.E. Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza, President – Republic of Burundi
      H.E. Dr. Gjorge Ivanov, President – Former Yugoslavia Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

      H.E. Dr. Pál Schmitt, President – Republic of Hungary, IOC Member
      Mr. Joël Bouzou, President and Founder – Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport, Modern Pentathlon World Champion


      20:30 – 22:30 WELCOME DINER
      Monte Carlo Beach


      Thursday 27 October


      09:00 – 10:30 PLENARY SESSION 1
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Salle Nelson Mandela

      Sport – Governments’ secret diplomatic weapon
      A real political and diplomatic tool at the service of States, sport has become indispensable for countries wishing to articulate a foreign policy of "soft power". The efforts employed by some countries to host major international sports events are an integral part of diplomatic influence. Sport is a tool for outreach and social cohesion in the fragile context of national or regional reconstruction. It undoubtedly calls attention to the resources of countries and nations and thus constitutes a strategic factor, which shall be evident from the discussions in this session.

      11:00 – 12:30 PLENARY SESSION 2
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Salle Nelson Mandela


      Champions on and off the field of play
      The involvement of sports champions in peace through sport is wide-ranging, however if we are to optimize their participation then we must realize the extent to which they can dedicate their time and efforts. This session will enable high-level athletes to express their wishes and needs regarding the scope of activities in which they can become involved and their perception of how organizations can facilitate this undertaking. Following this, it is up to the audience to discuss how they can accommodate the wishes of the Champions into their ongoing initiatives with the hope that a genuine cooperation can be devised with a commitment for the future.

      12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH
      Café de Paris – Salon Bellevue



      14:00 – 16:00 NETWORKING SESSION
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Networking Area


      Networking Session: Identify and meet future partners!
      Are you a field operator? A project finder? An initiator of public policies? An educator? A donor? You may be facing a specific problem or have adapted solutions to offer?
      In any case, take advantage of your presence at the 5th edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum to meet partners with complementary activities that will help you implement your projects for peace through sport effectively and sustainably.
      The Peace and Sport International Forum 2011 offers a full session uniquely dedicated to networking and face-to-face meetings to encourage direct contact between all delegates and increase cooperation.


      14:00 – 16:00 SPECIAL EVENT
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Salle Nelson Mandela


      How the sports movement can pave the way for the future in the Middle East?

      • In the presence of:
        Mr. Alain Le Roy, Former Under-Secretary General - United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)
        H.E. Professor Manuel Hassassian, Ambassador – Palestinian General Delegation to the United Kingdom
        Mr. Avraham Burg, Président – Mifalot (Hapoel Tel Aviv – Education and Social Project), former speaker of the Knesset

      16:00 – 17:30 PLENARY SESSION 3
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Salle Nelson Mandela


      Sport for hope in challenging urban environments
      Migration of people to urban environments is a growing worldwide trend and there is potential for tension to emerge between migrants and the local community who may have different ethnic or religious backgrounds. Therefore, it is envisaged that sport can play a vital role in integrating these migrating populations into their new society and thus reduce the likelihood of violence occurring as people compete for limited resources. This may also be the case for inhabitants who have been continuously overlooked by local authorities due to inequality within modern societies, particularly of developed nations, all will be revealed during this compelling session.

      19:00 – 20:00 COCKTAIL
      Chapiteau de Fontvieille



      20:00 – 23:00 GALA DINNER
      Chapiteau de Fontvieille



      Friday 28 October


      09:00 – 10:30 PLENARY SESSION 4
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Salle Nelson Mandela

      Winning over the Media
      Sport plays an increasingly significant role in helping bring peace, reconciliation and stability to troubled parts of the world. Politicians are alive to its appeal; its credibility as a tool for peace has caught the attention of sports governing bodies. So why does the media show little interest in sporting initiatives? And what would it take to persuade the media to collaborate in sports projects as much as observe them? In this session, leading journalists discuss how best to engage the media in showcasing sporting projects and raising their involvement in bringing peace through sport.

      • Moderator:
        Mr. David Eades, Journalist – BBC World et Directeur – Allday Media Ltd.
      • Panelists:
        Mr. Ed Hula, Editor and Founder – Around the Rings
        Mr. Olivier Laouchez, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer – Trace media group
        Mr. Christian Alliki, Sports Journalist – Genies Group International and Founder – Media and Sport for Peace in Africa, Benin
        Mr. Nick Raistrick, Freelance Journalist, Media Development Director – East Africa Cup
      11:00 – 12:30 PLENARY SESSION 5
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Salle Nelson Mandela

      Empowering youth to become leaders of tomorrow
      The importance of youth empowerment so that they can become leaders of the future is a global reality; however in some circumstances this vision is unrealistic as there is a lack of opportunities for youth due to the present instability and inherent culture of certain countries or regions. In these circumstances, why not utilize sport as an initial step to foster the leadership skills of youth and allow them to grow into future leaders by creating an environment that both challenges and rewards them? Therefore, this session will seek to provide clear guidelines on using sport to empower youth in unstable or restrictive environments with the intent of forging sustainable peace for their future. 

      12:30 – 13:00 CONCLUSIONS
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – Salle Nelson Mandela


      Passing of the Flag Ceremony
      The 6th edition of the Peace and Sport International Forum will be held in Sochi (Russian Federation) from 31 October– 2 November 2012. It will be the first occasion that the Forum takes place outside the Principality of Monaco. To celebrate this important milestone, an official “Passing of the Flag” Ceremony will be held during the conclusions of the 5th Peace and Sport International Forum, in presence of a high-level delegation of Russian representatives, including: H.E. Mr. Dmitry Kozak (Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation), Mr. Anatoly Pakhomov (Mayor of Sochi) and Mr. Dmitry Chernyshenko (President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee).


      13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH
      Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel – L’Horizon




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