Cape Town Peace Conference and Expo

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The Cape Town Peace Conference and Expo will be brought to you by Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and the Foundation for Sport, Development and Peace. The event has been arranged in partnership with the Department for Cultural Affairs and Sport, the City of Cape Town, Tsogo, Endurocad, Peace and Sport, Monaco, International Centre for Sport, Research and Development and its Olympism4 Humanity Programme Greece, Western Province Athletics, and the Western Cape Network for Community Peace and Development. We also enjoy the support of the Department for Sport and Recreation South Africa, ICESSD, UWC and the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

The aim of the Conference and Expo is to create a forum for exchange and to bring representatives from civil society, business, education, and policy makers together to share experiences promote communication and the exchange of information to strengthen the vision of using sport, recreation, Olympic values and arts and culture as vehicles to build peaceful communities and a better society.

The Conference will in addition to presentations and panel discussion have commissions/workshops for peace and sport education and training, socio-economic impact research and community engagement and will give an opportunity to meet, exchange and and share experiences in the field.

The envisaged outcome is the start of active networking and collaboration on the topic, sharing and debating of topics related to the focus areas from regional, national and international viewpoints as well as building collaboration and an improved understanding of the above issues through offering the Cape Town Peace Conference and Expo as an annual event.

The conference also has a strong focus on the youth and local communities and will specifically be working with schools, NGOs and federations to include youth in sport and peace initiatives. It encourages collaboration, stimulate discussions and exchange and make theoretical and practical experiences available to interested participants or organisations in Cape Town, South Africa, Africa and globally.


The conference is endorsed by  Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke.

Download the full letter:
UN Support 2014-07-30_Message of Supprt_Cape Town Marathon (Draft)

Download the Conference Newsletter:
Peace Conference 2014 Newsletter

Preliminary Conference Programme   Friday 19 September 2014


Welcome and setting the scene

Marion Keim, Elana Meyer and Sanlam Representative


UN Working Group Chair on Sport and Peace, Deputy Minister, Gert Oosthuizen
Topic: South Africa’s Role on Sport and Peace


Minister for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Western Cape, Prof. Nomafrench Mbombo
Topic: Sport as a tool for peaceful cohesive communities in the Western Cape

Keynotes Addresses

Dimitris Kyriakides, Goodwill Ambassador, City of Marathon, Greece
Wilson Kipketer, Olympian and Peace and Sport Board Member and Champion for Peace, Monaco
Message from Mr. Wilfried Lemke, United Nations’ Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace, Geneva



Status quo for Sport and Development and Peace
The Case for Sport
Chairs: Dr. D. Maralack (UCT) and I. Groenewald (SUN)

Guest speaker

Marion Keim, Olympic Values, Sport & Peace

Guest speaker

Thabo Tutu, The Case for Sport in the Western Cape

Guest speaker

Christo De Coning, Socio Economic Benefits of Sport

Panel and Plenary Discussion

Marlene Coetzee-George (Laureus SA Trustee), Nariman Laattoe ( WCNCPD) , Francois Pienaar, and Wilson Kipketer, (Peace and Sport).



Commission Chairs: 1. Bennett Bailey (DCAS), Thabo Tutu, Nariman Laattoe (WCNCPD)

Commission 1:

Breakaway Room 1: Olympic Values, Education & Peace

Commission 2:

Breakaway Room 2: Socio- Economic Benefits of Sport

Commission 3:

Breakaway Room 3: Communities, Youth and Peace


Chair: Prof. Simeon Davids (CPUT)

Feedback to Plenary

Closure and Way Forward  

Conference Dinner

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