#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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
“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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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….> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
“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…> Read more
“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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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,…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
The term “Sports diplomacy”, describes the use of sport as a means to influence diplomatic, social, and political relations. Sports in this context may transcend cultural differences and bring people…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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….> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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…> Read more
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,…> Read more
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…> Read more
Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country….
© Jack GUEZ / AFP An Israeli Olympic bronze medallist has put her Rio Games identification badge up for sale on eBay to raise money for a children’s cancer hospital,…
© KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP The Olympic flag arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday as Japan’s capital gears up to host the 2020 Games, with officials promising smooth sailing after Rio’s…
© Adrian DENNIS / AFP Ethiopia’s government vowed that Olympic marathon silver medallist Feyisa Lilesa had nothing to fear upon returning home after staging a dramatic protest against the country’s politics,…
© Ben STANSALL / AFP From the dizzying gymnastics heights of African-American Simone Biles to Indian wrestler Sakshi Malik and Brazilian golden girl Rafaela Silva in judo — Rio proved…
Part bikini, part all-covering burqa, the burkini swimsuit has sparked huge controversy in France, but in Australia where beach culture is a national obsession, it’s seen as a symbol of…
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 again a great way to challeng the status quo.
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.
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.
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 athlètes.
Los Angles, United States Summer Olympics suffer a Soviet boycott 4 years after boycotting the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Four years on and the negative impact of the boycott live on. AFP PHOTO / ANDREY SMIRNOV
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
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
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
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.
South Africa’s hosting and winning of the Rugby World Cup was a powerful tool to send a post-apartheid message that racial barriers could be overcome.
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.
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
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
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 was ambassador for the International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005. AFP PHOTO JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT
Founded under the High Patronage of Prince Albert II, Peace and Sport L’Organisation pour la paix par le sport was founded with the aim to use sport as a tool for peace worldwide.
The International Forum 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.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Wilfried Lemke, of Germany, as Adolf Ogi’s 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
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 IOC’s recently obtained UN observer status and strengthen cooperation in the field of development through sport.
A two 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 gathering over 180 young people aged 9-15 from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda in one place to exchange through sport.
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
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 efforts between Peace and Sport, ITTF and the athletes.
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 or by taking part in a social media campaign, holding a #WhiteCard for peace through sport.