Dear friends of Social Business,
Yesterday a huge YY was created within the 10th Peace and Sport Forum under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
With the Memorandum of Understanding, both parties President and Founder of Peace and Sport Joël Bouzou and Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus undersigned their collaboration to promote social business and peace through sport around the word.
In this long-term partnership sport is taking a leading role to build a betterment of society hand in hand with the development of social business, in line with the philosophy of Peace and Sport. At the same time a communication and fundraising structure linking sport and social business will be shaped.
Peace and Sport Founder Joel Bouzou welcomed Ivory Coast football legend Didier Drogba and German social businessman Hans Reitz during an opening press conference on Wednesday. Bouzou emphasized the goals and objectives of Peace and Sport – using sport and its structuring values as tools to work towards sustainable peace in the world – as it enters its second decade.
“It is time to look for the future, filled with innovation, excitement and development,” Bouzou said at the Sporting Monte-Carlo Hotel.
“How can we innovate – we will tackle future challenges and hope to bring sport to more people and bring the principles of friendship and respect to them.”
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2006 Professor Muhammad Yunus and the four-time Premier League champion Drogba, who created the Didier Drogba Foundation in 2010, are the headline speakers at this year’s event. The guest speakers number 27 along with 40 athletes who are part of the “Champions for Peace” program.
“These three days will bring together all that helped us out through these ten years to discuss and debate practices so this Forum becomes more and more important,” Bouzou said. “I urge everyone to talk with more focus than before and with more urgency than before. With so many global problems facing us, we have a fantastic tool in our hands that is more important than ever.”
Under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Peace and Sport was launched in 2007. Bouzou highlighted some of Peace and Sport’s contributions and accomplishments over its first decade, including the development of the Friendship Games in Africa, orchestrating a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian officials in 2007, uniting athletes from Pakistan and India in 2011, Russia and Ukraine in 2016, and most recently helping to stage a ladies ice hockey game between North Korea and South Korea in PyeongChang in April.
Nominees for the final Peace and Sport Award honoring the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year are: German company GIZ for the “Sport for Development” initiative, ASICS sports apprael with “A bright tomorrow through sport” initiative, and Brussels-based The Skateroom for using skateboarding as a hook into education.
‘Be Part of What Matters’
is the slogan for the ten-year anniversary Peace and Sport Forum.
What a great achievement!