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Using sport and the aura surrounding athletes to promote peace is the primary mission of Peace and Sport.

This international organisation was founded in Monaco in 2007 by modern pentathlon world champion and Olympic medallist Joël Bouzou. It operates under the high patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II. Ivorian international footballer Didier Drogba has served as Vice President of the organisation since his retirement from sport in 2018.

Peace and Sport develops and brings together synergies and partnerships between a variety of stakeholders working for peace (NGOs, agencies of the United Nations, universities), global sporting institutions (the Olympic family, international federations, national Olympic committees, renowned athletes) and the world of politics.

The aim behind these collaborations is to implement programmes on the ground and ensure that they are sustainable over time. In this way, sport can be used to develop peace and bring about social transformation in some parts of the world which are affected by poverty or conflict.

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The organisation acts locally to illustrate the unifying, educational and social impact of sport through sports diplomacy initiatives and sports programmes run with support from Peace Champions, who are often from the country in question.

Peace and Sport Ambassadors are sporting personalities who are known for their strong commitment to peace and sport throughout the world. They include Sergey Bubka, Sébastien Chabal, Novak Djokovic, Christopher Froome, Blaise Matuidi and Sébastien Loeb.

Peace and Sport’s symbol, the White Card, offers a way to bring as many people as possible together in a commitment to world peace.

The symbol is used at a number of sporting events throughout the year, and is particularly visible on 6 April, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

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