8th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture

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The 8th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture is co-organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and UNESCO. The event, to be opened by the President of the IOC and a high-level UNESCO representative, will bring together around 500 people from governments, UN agencies and NGOs to highlight the power of sport as a mediator for social and economic development.

Key discussion topics include the value of sport to civil society, education and culture, most notably with respect to reinforcing family structures and building community. With this in mind, the Conference will be held under the banner of the UN International Year of Cooperatives, which aims to raise public awareness of the invaluable contributions of cooperative enterprises to poverty reduction, employment generation and social inclusion.

Building on the success of the 2010 edition of the Conference, the engagement of young people will be a key outcome. In order to ensure the broad-based participation of youth leaders in the event, targeted working group sessions will be organized for young people to debate practical ways of using sport, education and cultural activities to aid local and national development.


Type of Event Meeting by Member States or Institutions
Start 25.11.2012 09:00 local time
End 27.11.2012 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Mclennan, Nancy
Organizer UNESCO; International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Contact n.mclennan@unesco.org
Country Netherlands
City Amsterdam
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 600
Official Website
Link 1 Announcement of the holding of the 8th World Conference on Sport, Education and Culture
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