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#RhodestoPeace: Peace and Sport goes regional - Engso Youth at 1st ever Peace and Sport Regional Fo

Rhodes, 18 October 2018 – Engso Youth Vice Chair Ms Nevena Vukašinović participated at the Peace and Sport Regional Forum entitled “Societies in Motion: Rising up through Sport”, and invited by the organizers, moderated a high-level panel on “The Pitch Exchange: How is your organization contributing to the Mediterranean region through sport”.


Representing Engso Youth, Ms Vukašinović led a high-level panel, at the ancient Agora, on the topic of “The Pitch Exchange: How is your organization contributing to the Mediterranean region through sport”. The panel included founders and presidents of various International organizations contributing to development and peace, using sport as a tool.

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Also at the ancient angora, the newest sport – teqball, hosted by the President of International Teqball federation, was played at the oldest, still functioning, stadium in the World.

To close the panel, all participants together with Mr Joël Bouzou, the founder and president of Peace and Sport, and all countries’ representatives, honoured the work and vision of the Forum by joining the White Card campaign – a symbolic message for peace through sport.

Peace and Sport Regional Forum, entitled “Societies in Motion: Rising up through Sport” and organized by Peace and Sport and the Region of South Aegean, took place in the island of Rhodes, Greece, on 18 October 2018.

The participants were welcomed by Mr Joël Bouzou, Peace and Sport’s President and Founder, who expressed hope for the forum to pave the way and offer an opportunity for delegates to build strong relationships and partnerships, to promote cooperation and dialogue between countries from the Mediterranean region.

As reported by the organizers, the forum gathered 350 decision-makers from 50 countries, 50 high-level speakers, 22 award nominees and 10 Champions for Peace (sportsmen, role models and heroes, committed to contributing to peace through sport).

The forum began with three plenary sessions with high-profile participants from across the Mediterranean region discussing the challenges and initiatives regarding development of peace through sport in the Mediterranean, and beyond. Among the speakers were Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, sports governing bodies, high-level athletes, international organizations, NGOs, academia and Champions for Peace. It continued with a Decision Making Rountable with nine sport ministries and four high-level sport authorities, and a diplomatic event which took place at the Ancient Stadium of Rhodes. The forum ended with Peace and Sport Awards ceremony where 8 organizations and individuals were awarded for their outstanding contributions to peace and development through sport.

Read full report by Peace and Sport.

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