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The week of Sport for Peace and Development consisted of events  2006-07-29  

The week of Sport for Peace and Development consisted of events The week of Sport for Peace and Development consisted of events, which were aimed to raise awareness to the educational, ethical and social dimensions of physical education and sport. Three themes were in the s


The week of Sport for Peace and Development consisted of events, which were aimed to raise awareness to the educational, ethical and social dimensions of physical education and sport. Three themes were in the spotlight: Physical Education, Traditional Sports and Games, and Women and Sports. The festivities started with an Opening Ceremony on Monday, 17 July included the inauguration of two art exhibitions, a performance of traditional African music and a demonstration of traditional wrestling from Tatarstan. The 150 guests at the ceremony included renowned world athletes and numerous personalities from the world of sport. The debate 60 Minutes to Convince, on Tuesday, 18 July, focused on the theme Sport for Peace and Development. The panel consisted of Mr Fekrou Kidane, former Director of International Cooperation and Development of the International Olympic Committee, Dr Joe Marshall, Lecturer at the University of Worcester, Mrs Rosi Mittermaier-Neureuther, who serves as an Ambassador for Sport for Germany, and Mr Charles Assamba, Deputy Permanent Delegate of Cameroon to UNESCO. Panelists gave short presentations, followed by a session of questions and answers. The Intergovernmental Committee on Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) also convened during the week. The meetings were aimed mainly at exploring means of improving the functioning methods of the Committee, so that it can better guide and support UNESCOs activities in Physical Education and Sport. The members of the Permanent Consultative Council (represented by M. Sithol from the International Olympic Committee) recommended a series of initiatives aimed at improving the work collaboration between both entities. The week ended with a football tournament on 22 July, held at Emile Antoine Stadium for UNESCO staff, friends and families. An estimated 100 people took part in the tournament. The success of this event resounded several requests to make the tournament an annual event to celebrate friendship and sport at UNESCO. Both men and women took part in the game equally and with equity. The week of Sport for Peace and Development presented a unique opportunity to highlight the need to reinforce the values associated with sport, within the framework of UNESCOs programmes and policies. The week of PES-related events had excellent attendance and resounded unanimous praise amongst participants. It contributed to the advancement of the PES agenda, particularly in terms of international cooperation, as: * A number of high-level attendees promised their support for upcoming PES projects. * Several successful contacts were made with the objective of finding new partnerships with NGOs and sponsors for future PES projects.
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