10 June 2013 – New York: Generations For Peace Founder and Chairman, HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein, and Generations For Peace Co-Founder and President, HRH Princess Sarah Al-Feisal, joined more than 400 participants at the UN headquarters for the “Creating a Common Vision” seminar. The two-day session aimed to assess the successes and challenges of past initiatives and projects, and to define the way forward for the field of sport for peace and development.
Jointly organised by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with the support of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the Forum featured UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and IOC President Dr Jacques Rogge as keynote speakers, and other high-level speakers from the Olympic Movement, the UN, governments, NGOs and industry.
The Forum debated the integration and mainstreaming of sport in development and peace, the culture of peace through sport, sport and social inclusion, sport and social development strategies, and how to capitalise on partnerships and networking, all relating to the contribution that sport makes to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
HRH Prince Feisal said: “By providing unique training and continuous support and mentoring to more than 8,100 volunteer leaders of youth, Generations For Peace is using sport-based approaches in communities to make strong contributions towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and advance with the mainstreaming of sport in development policies and strategies. Our Institute is conducting leading research in the field of sport for peace and development, evidenced by the high standard of Generations For Peace programme delivery and the organisation’s focus on continuous learning and development.”
HRH Princess Sarah reinforced the message of the Forum: “The Generations For Peace Institute is leading and supporting collaborative interdisciplinary research, and sharing knowledge and best practices across the peace-building community. By conducting, investing and disseminating the research produced in collaboration with some of the best universities in the world, our organisation is continuing to support the use of sport as a tool for social change and progressing towards ‘Creating a Common Vision’.”