Paris 2024 leads this celebration and decided to use the #WhiteCard symbol to highlight the IDSDP among the toolbox activations shared with the French schools. The Organizing Committee proposed that schools mobilize the pupils around the #WhiteCard symbol, joining the international community to promote sport as a values-driven tool and leverage to build peace in the minds.
This annual weeklong event supports participation in sport among young people to rally the educational community around the values of citizenship and sport. Olympic and Paralympic Week is a joint initiative between the French Ministry of National Education and Youth, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the Ministry of Sport and the sporting movement (CNOSF, CPSF), as well as school and university sports federations (UNSS, USEP, UGSEL, FFSU), and the Olympic and Paralympic Federations.
On April 3, in the Ariane district of Nice, children from the Jean Piaget elementary school displayed a giant #WhiteCard in the schoolyard. The event was attended by high-level delegation including Mr. Christophe Mirmand, Prefect of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, Mr. Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, and high-level athletes.
On the other hand, the city of Beausoleil, labeled ‘Terre de Jeux 2024’, also mobilized for the launch of the #WhiteCard campaign and the launch of the Olympic and Paralympic Week. The label ‘Terre de Jeux’, created by Paris 2024, supports local authorities who wish to commit themselves to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Marlene Harnois, Champion for Peace and Taekwondo Olympic Medalist, join the event and inspired the students with her experience and sporting career.
Under the leadership of the Office of the Ombudsman, the Colombian institution responsible for promoting human rights, and the partner organization of the Peacemakers Project Cop Colombia, the Colombian departments of Cauca and Guajira, as well as the district of Usme in Bogotá, will take part in the global mobilization around April6. Each territory will organize its own activities and all of them will deploy a giant WhiteCard for the event, symbol of peace through sport.
In Usme, the mobilization promises to be large-scale. The territory is counting on the participation of thirty schools and sports clubs, with nearly 800 beneficiaries. Through sports activities, participants will be made aware of peace through sport and the Peace and Sport Methodology. The deployment of a giant WhiteCard will reaffirm Usme’s commitment to the peace-through-sport movement.
This is not the first time that Colombia takes an active role in the celebration of April6. Back in 2018, the #WhiteCard campaign was launched in Colombia in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of the Republic Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar, Peace and Sport’s President and Founder Joël Bouzou, and Peace and Sport’s Vice-President Didier Drogba.
Already awarded last year for an April6 initiative that raised awareness of sport as a tool for development and peace in Mexico, the Alfredo Harp Foundation is getting mobilized again this year with an ambitious program promoting sport for development and peace.
The program of the celebration extends over a week. During the six days preceding April6, sports tournaments will be organized in schools and communities to promote physical activity and sports as a tool for social development. Commemorative medals from the many sports partners as well as WhiteCards and Peace and Sport’s logo masks and t-shirts will be distributed. Volunteers will raise their WhiteCards in emblematic places in the country, and will capture the moment in photos that they will post on their social networks, thus actively participating in the #WhiteCard campaign.
For this April6 commemoration, the Alfredo Harp Helu Foundation has partnered with the Mexican government to implement its “Together for Peace” strategy, highlighting the positive power of sports. By the end of April6, the goal is to have raised awareness of the benefits of sport to reduce physical inactivity, foster social recognition and sense of belonging, and provide access to medical care for the Olympic and Paralympic sport community.
Tibu Africa and Peace and Sport will bring the voice of field actors to the United Nations headquarters on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
They will join the “Scoring for People and the Planet” conference organized by the United Nations Department of Global Communications and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, with the support of the Permanent Missions of the Principality of Monaco and the State of Qatar to the United Nations.
Tibu Africa’s President, Amine Zariat, as a partner of the Peacemakers Project deployed by Peace and Sport on three continents, will speak about the program’s progress but also about the obstacles that hinder the use of sport as a means of empowerment for girls and women. This intervention, which will be grounded in the realities of the field, will provide a detailed perspective and recommendations to inform diplomats and stakeholders.
The event will take place at UN Headquarters on April 6, 2023 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. New York time.
On the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the National Directorate of Education, the Princess Charlene Foundation, the Monegasque Anti-Doping Committee and the Parents’ Association are joining forces with Peace and Sport to celebrate the 2023 Princess Charlene Rally.
This rally will provide an opportunity to raise awareness among more than 400 ninth grade students through sports workshops, drawing competitions and conferences, while introducing them to the values of sport such as solidarity, team spirit and listening.
Held at the Charles III College in Monaco on Thursday 6 April from 8am to 12pm, the day will end with a collective award ceremony and a #WhiteCard photo.