The event is brought to you by a unique partnership of the Foundation for Sport, Development, and Peace in collaboration with Western Cape Department for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Nedbank, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Robben Island Museum, the International Pierre de Coubertin Foundation, the Western Cape Network for Community, Peace and Development, Amy Foundation, Save the Dream Foundation, Sportanddev, the International Peace Research Association, the Africa Peace Education and Research Association, the Association for International Sport for All, the Cape Town Sport Council and their partners.
The overall aim of the conference and the work of its commissions is to look at how we can take Madiba’s vision for youth, sport and peace forward in 2019 and beyond. How can Madiba’s view on peace and the role of sport in uniting people and eradicating all types of discrimination and racial barriers and as an effective communication mechanism with the youth be translated into specific actions?
The 2019 International Cape Town Sport and Peace Conference as in the years before, also recognizes the International Peace Day of 21 September by convoking representatives from government, non-profit, educational, corporate and media organizations. The groups will challenge each other to break new grounds and discuss if and how the values of Madiba as reflected also in the Olympic and universal values such as respect, fair play, excellence, friendship are applicable to broader global themes of peace and community development and how best to forge partnerships among diverse organisations to build on those characteristics in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. Conference delegates will consider how to more closely integrate sports and recreation with peace, educational and civil-discourse initiatives.
With the upcoming Conference, we would like to invite you to join us in honouring Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the role he played for Youth, Sport, and Peace in the world. He believed in the power of sport, the important role of women and the youth as leaders of tomorrow. “Sometimes it falls upon a Generation to be great, he said, you can be that great Generation. Let your Greatness blossom.“ In keeping with Madiba’s unswerving internationalism, this year’s conference is also being held in conjunction with the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), and its continental affiliate, the Africa Peace Education and Research Association (AFPREA).