“Be Part of What Matters”. These were the words that united everyone at the three-day Peace and Sport International Forum in Monaco by the end of November. Several delegates, some of which included politicians, athletes, non-profit organisations and foundations were gathered to take part in fruitful and constructive dialogues and debates about future actions to support the shared ambition for sustainable peace throughout the world. First action was already taken at the Forum with the signing of a new partnership between Peace and Sport and ISF.
On Thursday, November 26, during a press conference at the Peace and Sport International Forum, Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, happily announced the establishment of a new partnership between Peace and Sport and ISF with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
With the decision to join forces follows a collaboration based on a shared commitment to promote peace through sport via various continental activities and events organised by ISF, one of these include the launch of The White Card Campaign, held in celebration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6 each year, with students around the world engaging in sports activities at school. ISF will promote this initiative throughout its platform to ensure global mobilisation for peace and development through sport and ISF World Schools Championships taking place on this day will additionally initiate a project, thereby seeking to increase the involvement of young people in the campaign.
Besides The White Card Campaign, other activities and agreed-upon goals form the basis of this new partnership between Peace and Sport and ISF. These ISF President, Laurent Petrynka, elaborated on during a press conference at the Forum in Monaco while also pointing out the potential for developing numerous other actions by coupling sport and schools, “To develop sport in the world, you have to start with schools. Very soon, the word ‘Peace’ will feature in ISF’s statutes, and we are grateful to Peace and Sport for contributing to this process. Between the White Card campaign, the ISF’s School Sport Foundation and executive training programs, as held with Peace and Sport in Ivory Coast, there is a wealth of initiatives we can undertake combining sport and schools”.