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Sports for Peace, Sustainable and Inclusive Development


Save the Dream hosted special session during 7th United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum to promote role of sport in enhancing peace, sustainable development, inclusivity and integration in society on April 27, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Save the Dream Ambassadors and sporting champions called for more organisations to use sport as a tool for social integration and inclusion and to highlight the importance of promoting the positive values of sport to young people.

With countries continuing to face many social challenges, the call to action was made during a breakout session hosted by Save the Dream - a global programme which works to promote and protect the purity of sport for young people.

The Save the Dream session at the UNAOC Global Forum included a line-up of several influential figures including football superstar Christian Karembeu, the first-ever Palestinian female football captain Honey Thaljieh, Secretary General of Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) Elkan Mammadov, Syrian refugee and football coach Osama Abdul Mohsen and peace activist Nelsa Curbelo.

Taking place under the umbrella theme of Sports for Peace, Sustainable and Inclusive Development, panellists shared their experiences about of how sport has transformed their lives and played an important role in enhancing society across a number of areas including:

• Promoting peace, sustainable development, inclusivity and integration into society

• The role of sport in breaking down social barriers and promoting inter-cultural dialogue

• Encouraging social inclusion and cohesion and uniting people and communities

Following the Save the Dream session the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Save the Dream have signed Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of encouraging more organisations to empower young people and intercultural dialogue through the values of sport. The agreement will see the two organisations work together to develop joint projects - including education workshops, youth seminars and sport programmes - to help empower young people through the values of sport, promote inter-cultural dialogue and encourage better social inclusion and cohesion within society.