Peace and Sport
Peace and Sport logo
|Fields||Peace, Sport, Development|
Founder and President
|H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Champions for Peace|
Peace and Sport works in areas across the world where communities have become estranged from one another and where traditional policies have failed to establish dialogue, with the goal of restoring peaceful relations. Its objective is to bring the structuring values of sport to the heart of communities and individuals in crisis throughout the world.
The organization puts sport and its values at the heart of local development projects conducted within communities in crisis around the world. Exercising its missions in post-conflict zones, areas of extreme poverty or lacking social cohesion, Peace and Sport makes sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect, sharing and citizenship.
After retiring from professional football in late 2018, Ivorian footballing legend Didier Drogba, became Vice President of the organization.
Since its creation, Peace and Sport has developed 12 field programs in 13 countries. The organisation works with local project leaders (governments, NGOs, National Olympic Committees and sports federations) in areas affected by extreme poverty, the consequences of conflicts and an absence of social cohesion. This partnership enables the development of programs that use sport and its educational and structural values to tackle various social issues within communities.
|Active programs actifs||Completed programs|
|Name of the program||Country||Date of creation||End date||Name of the program||Country||Date of creation||End date|
|Live Together||Jordan||2017||-||Sport, an educational and integration tool for the Malagasy youth||Madagascar||2017||2017|
|Sports workshops||France||2016||-||Living together through sport||France||2014||2015|
|Friendship Games||RD Congo, Burundi, Rwanda||2007||-||Sport, a key tool for strengthening national unity in Mali||Mali||2014||2015|
|African Great Lakes||DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda||2007||-||Peace on the street!||France||2014||2014|
|Using sport as a medium for conveying values in lawless areas||Israel, Palestine||2011||2013|
|Sport, a key tool for integration and socialization
among Colombian youth
|Sport, a key tool for integration and socializationamong Ivorian youth||Ivory Coast||2008||2015|
|Sport for peace and development||Haiti||2008||2014|
|Sport, a key tool for integration and socialization
among East Timorese youth
- The Friendship Games is an annual multisport event with peacebuilding activities that gathers youngsters from Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.
- The “Live Together” program takes place in Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. It aims at creating social cohesion through sport among refugees of different ages and gender.
- The "Sports Workshops" uses sport as a social link creator to make it a vector for integration and professional integration on the French territory.
- The "African Great Lakes" program supports with the involvement of National Olympic Committees, international sport federations, local authorities and Champions for Peace, 6 training centers through sport and peacebuilding activities.
The "Act For What Matters" programsEdit
In 2016, Peace and Sport launched a global program called “Act for What Matters”. It is a call for project to partner with 8 NGOs active on every continent in the field of peace building through Sport. Its goal is to develop bonds between International Federations, NGOs, NOCs and local authorities, building capacity of the educators on the ground, helping them to maintain and develop sustainable Sport for Peace programs.
"Sport Simple" solutionsEdit
Peace and Sport created an "Sport simple" manual. Sport Simple activities are sporting activity whose practice area, equipment and rules are adapted to the environment in which it is carried out. This makes the sport easier to play and facilitates its use as a tool to promote and strengthen sustainable peace.
For example, World Rugby recognizes and promotes “touch rugby”, an adapted version of “traditional” rugby. Touch rugby is based on adapted rules and principles that allow participants to play rugby without having to partake in contact.
The Champions for PeaceEdit
The Champions for Peace are high-level international athletes who want to support the most disadvantaged communities through sport. These athletes are gathered in the club of Champions for Peace. It allows the champions to have a structure of action and common expression in favor of sports projects in the service of peace and social and human development.
These athletes use their notoriety, their skills and their means in the service of projects for the development of peace through sport. The latest athlete becoming Champion for Peace was Juventus player Blaise Matuidi in 2018.
List of the Champions for Peace:
- Didier Drogba
- Yohan Blake
- Novak Djokovic
- Christian Karembeu
- Philippe Gilbert
- Paula Radcliffe
- Ronald Agenor
- Jean-Baptiste Alaize
- Isaac Angbo
- Serge Betsen
- Surya Bonaly
- Hugo Bonneval
- Rohan Bopanna
- Benjamin Boukpeti
- Vittorio Brumotti
- Sergey Bubka
- Loris Capirossi
- Sébastien Chabal
- Guo Chuan
- Charmaine Crooks
- Randy De Puniet
- Donna De Varona
- Stéphane Diagana
- Momo Dridi
- Hicham El Guerrouj
- Daniel Elena
- Rania Elwani
- Fedor Emelianenko
- Maro Engel
- Tony Estanguet
- Elias Figueroa
- Laura Flessel
- Jean-Philippe Fleurian
- Dick Fosbury
- Laure Fournier
- Fredericks Frankie
- Pierre Frolla
- Christopher Froome
- Diana Gandega
- Pascal Gentil
- Habiba Ghribi
- Hugo Giraldo Lopez
- Tatiana Golovin
- Bertrand Grospellier
- Imanol Harinordoquy
- Marlene Harnois
- Muriel Hurtis
- Yelena Isinbaeva
- Olivier Jacque
- Peter Karlsson
- Robert Karlsson
- Keita Daba Modibo
- Wilson Kipketer
- Johann Koss
- Alexandra Kosteniuk
- Willy Kouyaté
- Fareed Lafta
- Sabri Lamouchi
- Tahl Leibovitz
- Sébastien Loeb
- Jonah Lomu
- Tegla Loroupe
- Dan Luger
- Adrien Mare
- Florence Masnada
- Felipe Massa
- Bradley McGee
- Aya Medany
- Kaveh Mehrabi
- Nouria Merah-Benida
- Steve Mesler
- Elana Meyer
- Jérôme Meyer
- Zsolt Moradi
- Venuste Niyongabo
- Stuart O’Grady
- Sarah Ourahmoune
- Marie-José Pérec
- Florent Pietrus
- Sylvia Poll
- Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi
- Marc Raquil
- Edgar Renteria
- Angel Rodriguez
- Kashif Siddiqi
- Sidiki Sidibé
- Marco Simone
- Sébastien Squillaci
- Bruno Sroka
- Helena Sukova
- Julio Teheran
- Honey Thaljieh
- Maria Toorpakai
- Jean-François Tordo
- Gabriela Traña
- Gregory Vallarino
- Alexandre Vinokourov
- Patrick Viriamu
- Blanka Vlasic
- Chris Waddell
- Pernilla Wiberg
- Isabelle Yacoubou
- Pedro Alejandro Yang
- Samir Aït Saïd
- Mutaz Barshim
- Marie Bochet
- Balla Dièye
- Ladji Doucouré
- Laurence Fischer
- Stefany Hernandez
- Samantha Murray
- Fodé Ndao
- Mélissa Plaza
- Ryu Seung-min
Peace and Sport ForumEdit
Peace and Sport International Forum is an annual event taking place in Monaco. It brings together people key-decision makers including Heads of State and Ministers, sport governing bodies, high-level athletes, international organizations, NGOs and Academia, and Champions for Peace. It aims at identifying new solutions to solve international issue through sport. Muhammad Yunus, Didier Drogba or Christian Karembeu were one the well-known speakers during this event.
Since 2017, Peace and Sport has organized a biennial regional forum to highlight local peace-through-sport initiatives. The first edition took place in Rhodes, Greece on October 18th 2018 co-organized with the South Aegean region.
Launched in 2008, the Peace and Sport Awards put the spotlight on initiatives and individuals who have particularly contributed to peace and social stability in the world.
The Awards reward the expertise of various stakeholders working for sustainable peace through sport, through initiatives promoting the best practices in the field.
Among the previous laureates, we find Blaise Matuidi, Pau Gasol, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), FIFA or International Judo Federation.
International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceEdit
April6 web platformEdit
At the UN headquarters in New York, on 23 August 2013, the UN General Assembly declared 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) – a decision that represented 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.
Peace and Sport has developed a web platform for expression and promotion aimed at highlighting the initiatives led to celebrate 6 April.
In 3 editions, Peace and Sport and its platform has promoted 840 projects in over 170 countries.
#WhiteCard operation highlights the actors of the peace-through-sport movement, and to provide an opportunity for all those who believe in the power of sport to change the world, to rally their support around a symbolic gesture.
Everyone can get involved easily: participants just have to take a 'selfie' or a group photo holding up a white card, just like a referee on a playing field. They then post the #WhiteCard photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Rapprochement between North Korea and South KoreaEdit
In 2017, Peace and Sport in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the 2018 PyeongChang Organizing Committee unified players from the two countries for a photo during the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group A in Gangneung. Athletes posed on the ice, holding up a #WhiteCard, the symbol of the sport-for-development-and-peace movement.
In 2018, a new step forward is achieved: Peace and Sport and the IIHF united the joint North-South Korea women‘s hockey team for a symbolic photo during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
UNFP / Peace and Sport TrophyEdit
In 2015, the first UNFP / Peace and Sport trophy (French National Union of Professional Soccer) was awarded to the campaign "Soyons fiers de nos différences" (Be proud of our differences) led in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 on the initiative of the Ligue de football professionnel and the Panamboyz United.
Peace and Sport Documentary Prize at Sportel Awards CeremonyEdit
During the Sportel Awards Ceremony, Peace and Sport rewards a filmmaker who, through a video clip or a movie, emphasizes the positive role of sport in peace promotion with the Peace and Sport Documentary Prize.
In 2018, the prize was awarded to Jamillah Van der Hulst for her movie "Fighting for Life".
Monte-Carlo Fighting TrophyEdit
In 2016, the Monaco organisation partnered with the Monte-Carlo Fighting Trophy to raise funds for Peace and Sport field actions. In 2018, the experience is renewed for the 5th Edition of the Trophy.
"I Move For Peace" fundraisingEdit
I Move for Peace is a program that enables every active and would-be sportsperson (amateurs, professionals, teams, companies etc.) to put their sporting challenge at the service of fundraising for Peace and Sport’s field programs..
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