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Organization: CONGO NGO Committee on the UN and Sports
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

Yes, the issue of sports, development and peace has received attention through the Olympic Games and initiatives such as the Goodwill Games.

The Olympic Truce has worked at times, but would be more effective if it were made known in other ways, such as by bringing it to issues like domestic violence.

One indicator is the presence of sports focal points within the UN system are now flourishing, with UNEP, UNICEF and UNESCO having established them.

The Office of the Secial Representative on Sports, Development and Peace now has a UN representative, Djabril Diallo, and we look forward to working with him.


The establishment of a CONGO NGO Committee also serves as an organizational indicator.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

Obstacles can be the preservation of one's own organizational or personal turf.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

The NGO Committee held a consultation on the Peacebuilding Commission during the recently concluded CSD13 and will hold further consultations in the near future.

Other work is being planned with Permanent Missions of the UN system on the International Year of Sports and Physical Education.

The Committee is also investigating ways of linking the Culture of Peace with post-conflict restorative justice and looking at ways in which to involve the World Olympians Association in partnership activities at the United Nations.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Establish a Peacebuilding Commission after encouraging NGOs and networks such as the NGO Committee on the UN and Sports, together with the New York representative of Adolf Ogi (Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sports, Development and Peace), to offer input.

Include athletes and representatives of National Olympic Committees, especially in Africa, to serve in the Support Secretariat of such a Commission.

Encourage the Olympic Truce Foundation to include at least one representative from NGOs at UN Headquarters to serve in an advisory capacity as an observer on the Board of Directors of the Olympic Truce Foundation.

Include representatives of NGOs working on post-conflict peacebuilding in any future Informal Interactive consultations held by the Deptuy Secretary-General on UN Reform.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

CSD/NGO Steering Committee (Commission on Sustainable Development)

Northern Caucus of the Steering Committee

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Work with Host Cities of the upcoming Olympic Games in promoting a Culture of Peace

Working with athletes on the Decade of Water for Life

Working with athletes on the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

Postal address of organization

211 East 43 St. - #1602
NY NY 10017 USA

E-mail address of organization

richardjordan@mailcity.com

Website address of organization


Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable Development

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Highest priority country of action (or international)

International

Second priority country of action (or international)

USA
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