8 August 2017
4th International Cape Town and Peace Conference,12-15 September 2017
In the midst of local political challenges and international leadership changes in South Africa and globally, the focus on the importance of universal values and global governance has become paramount. We believe that sport, development and peace as well as Olympism, which is “To place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity” should be supported, also as it contains a vision from which we all can learn and to which we shall all aspire to.
It is for this reason that the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Nedbank, TAFISA, SRSA, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Grassrootsoccer, Metro Police, tertiary institutions, and others will be hosting the 4th International Sport and Peace Conference. The Conference will take place 12-15 September at the Nedbank Building, Cape Town Waterfront on the occasion of International Peace Day, (21 September) and includes an Expo, the Cape Town Youth Peace Heritage Games, a TAFISA accredited international Training course and the main conference with 5 Commissions.
The theme for the 4th International Cape Town Sport and Peace Conference is Breaking new Ground: Values and Leadership for Recreation, Sport and Peace and the event seeks to promote sport, wellbeing, tolerance and peace worldwide.
The event brings together international and local experts, practitioners as well as academics in the field of sport, development and peace and addresses a variety of stakeholders from civil society, sport, recreation and peace organisations, government departments, corporates, the media as well as interested parties from tertiary institutions, sports organisations, clubs and sport federations, athletes and coaches as well as delegates from faith based organisations, defence force, police and schools.
Although the Conference has a distinctly local and South African focus, each year the Conference has seen increased interest, participation and recognition by government departments, civil society, corporates and academia alike. There has been also an increasing international interest from role players such as IOC, Olympic Truce Centre, TAFISA, and enjoyed participation from delegates from Africa such as Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Zimbabwe and this year Botswana, German, US and Greece.
The Conference will facilitate discussions, workshops, presentations and community experiences in the field of value education, sport, & recreation, community wellbeing and youth in the development and peace context. It will also offer the Cape Town Youth Peace Heritage Games for youth participants, an Expo for organisations to showcase their work in the field of sport and development and in its second year, a unique capacity building initiative through an accredited Training Course by The Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA) on Leadership and Event Management, recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
After hosting Peace Conferences and Sport and Peace Roundtables in Cape Town, Boston and New York since 2014, the Foundation’s dream is to bring together key stakeholders to jointly promote value education, development and peace through sport and to make a difference by leading the world toward greater unity and harmony says Dr. Marion Keim Chairperson of the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace and member of the IOC Olympic Education Commission.
We are excited about the upcoming Conference which will address local issues but also highlight South Africa’s position as the Chair of Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) and as Chair of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS) under UNESCO. International participants include delegates from TAFISA, the International Olympic Truce Centre, International Working Group for Women and Sport, New York Toad Runners, UNICEF, the International Scientific Network for Sport and Development and others.