For the fifth year in a row, the Principality of Monaco is preparing to host a historic summit on
obtaining peace through sport.
More than 500 leading decision-makers and several Heads of State will meet in Monaco for the
initiative of the international organization, Peace and Sport. The Peace and Sport International
Forum 2011 will take place from Oct. 26-28.
United States Sports Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich has been invited to
join the conference that is under the High Patronage and in presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of
“I am deeply honored to participate in this unique event that seeks to use sport as a vehicle for
dialog, stability and reconciliation throughout the world,” Dr. Rosandich says.
The Peace and Sport International Forum includes participation of key opinion leaders and
international figures from politics, sport, the private sector and civil society from about 95
countries. The conference participants will discuss possible sports initiatives and partnerships to
help spread peace.
The 2011 edition of the conference will feature some particularly distinguished speakers,
including four Heads of State who embody the commitment of policymakers to make sport
a driving force for social cohesion and national reconstruction: The King of Lesotho, H.R.H.
Letsie III; the President of the Republic of Burundi, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza; the President of the
Republic of Hungary, H.E. Pál Schmitt; and the President of the Republic of Macedonia, H.E.
More than 40 presenters will take the floor to share their expertise and lead debates and
discussions during the forum.
Joël Bouzou, the president and founder of the Peace and Sport organization, explains that the
forum began in Monaco for good reasons.
“The principality’s neutrality and long tradition of defending great humanitarian causes make
it a perfect setting for this conference that is totally apolitical,” Bouzou says. “Where else can
we invite Heads of State and Ministers from countries in conflict to discuss joint initiatives
for peace? Every year we manage to bring together people from a wide range of political and
religious persuasions and ethnic backgrounds, from grassroots level to Heads of State, to debate
the necessary contribution of sport in peace-building and peace-keeping in the world. This is the
kind of accomplishment that is Peace and Sport’s ‘raison d’être.’ And we hope to go even further
Since its launch in 2007, the Peace and Sport International Forum has been increasingly
successful and established itself as an essential event on the world’s sports calendar.
The idea for this gathering originated from the observation that although there are a great number
of initiatives which put sport at the service of peace in the world, there is little sharing and
cooperation between all the different stakeholders.
“This Forum is a unique meeting place, a platform for exchanges at the highest level, allowing
political, economic and sports authorities to talk around a common theme: how sport can
promote reconciliation between communities by helping them to accept their differences,”
Bouzou says. “Our aim is to promote diplomacy through sport, to generate real synergies
between players and above all to produce concrete proposals to help communities in need.”
To consult the program and list of participants for the Peace and Sport International Forum 2011, please visit http://www.peace-sport.org/.