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November 12. Sports and Peace

Nelson Mandela once said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”

Conflicts, wars, and division have been unfortunate features of human history. And while the big decisions seem, at times, to escape people’s control, we all can contribute to make the world a more tolerant and peaceful place.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the growing contribution of sports for peace. Sport is a compelling tool to promote tolerance, and understanding, bringing people together across boundaries, cultures, and religions. Its values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, and respect are understood all over the world and can be utilized in the advancement of solidarity and social cohesion. Sports can serve as a conflict prevention measure, helping to forestall the process that leads to aggression, hatred and fear which are the key ingredients of conflicts.

  • Current trends and future directions in sport & peacebuilding 
  • Strategies and tactics using sports for conflict resolution
  • Designing effective sport programs to mitigate international conflicts or internal divisions
  • Measuring the impact and effectiveness of sport for peace-building initiatives

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  • Dr. Soolmaz Abooali | Professor, George Mason University| USA
  • Tamar Hay-Sagiv | Director, Education for Peace and Innovation Department, The Peres Center for Peace | Israel
  • Mahmoud Hebi | Founder and Program Director, Hoops for Peace | Israel

This webinar is part of World Learning’s International Sports Programming Initiative (ISPI) —Virtual Together program, a series of virtual events, launched in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. ISPI is a program of U.S. Department of State's Sports Diplomacy division. The series aims to engage the sports community globally, to creatively problem solve, share digital tools and work together, follow health guidance, and continue to promote active, healthy lifestyles both physically and mentally throughout this crisis. Additional modules related to these objectives are being developed and will be announced.

The webinar is produced by Digital Communication Network, a diverse professional coalition in the digital space.