World Youth Forum on Sport, Culture and Peace
The World Youth Forum on Sport, Culture and Peace, jointly organized by the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee (NYOGOC) and UNESCO, will be held on 26 August 2014 in Nanjing (China) on the occasion of the Youth Olympic Games.
Its objective will be to contribute to peace through youth development and civic engagement, sport and culture, while also promoting Nanjing as a city of peace, culture and world heritage. Intended as a biennial event, it aims to position young women and men as key actors of the integration of culture and sport in the process of human development and lasting peace.
The Forum will gather young athletes, young leaders, experts, sport champions, civil society representatives, members of relevant youth organizations, and youth with a close interest in sport.
The participants will discuss three main topics:
- Youth, violence prevention and peace
The objective will be to discuss the means to reinforce the participation of young women and men at local level, particularly in urban settings, so as to engage them as meaningful actors of peace and community development and prevent violence affecting them. A special focus will be placed on young women and the engagement of vulnerable youth.
- Sport for social inclusion
Sport, including traditional sport and martial arts, will be approached as a socially integrative force and the conveyor of values of peace, particularly among youth. Particular emphasis will be put on the use and role of sport in urban areas.
- Heritage and creativity for sustainable development
Special attention will be paid to the contribution of culture to community development and dialogue, through the promotion and protection of world heritage, including intangible and city heritage, and actions in favour of creativity and innovation.
The panels on each of these topics will be dynamic interactions between panelists and participants, and include the sharing of good practices by young leaders.
By convening this Forum during the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, UNESCO advocates the importance of working with and for youth, and recognizes the manifold contributions that sport and culture can make in promoting peace and development.