Gilles Klein, Secretary General of the World Sports Alliance (WSAIGO) will touch upon the renewal of the sector of Sport for Development and Peace, following the closing of the United Nations’ Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), in May 2017, and, in particular,will discuss the question of financing of Youth Sport in Africa.
New York, January 11, 2018.
Gilles Klein, Secretary General of WSAIGO as well as a well-known expert in the field of Sport for Development and Peace, was invited by the Minister of National Education of Morocco whois bringing together the Ministers of the African continent countries responsible for school sports. The Ministers are meeting together within the framework of the first African Sports Forum, co-organized by Morocco with the International School Sports Federation, comprised of 80 countries from five continents. This federation will organize the “Gymnasiades” in Marrakech, in May 2018, which are sometimes referred to as Olympic Games ofSchool Sport.
Gilles Klein will discuss the following question: To transform Africa through Sports: Yes, but How? By developing the following arguments.
According to Nelson Mandela, sport has the power to change the World because it is a means of harmonious interaction with others. To transform the World is also the challenge of the 2030 Program to achieve the United Nations’Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Since 2008, His Majesty Mohammed VI defined for Morocco an ambitious and realistic sport policy. This hypothesisof the contribution of the World transformation through sport calls for solutions adapted to the African continent. The conference presents five challenges for the transformation of Africa through sport which lead to five proposals for the Ministers of the African countries.
Sport 2030. It is a must to know on which field are currently played physical education and school sport, more generally the sport for all. These sectors suffer from a decline in public attention and from budgetary cutbacks. The entire South suffers more than the entire North.
Sport 2030. We will have to better bring the team together. The World and the sports industry are very fragmented. Africa has too few alliances.
Sport 2030. On the field, we will have to commit further. Since 2003, the World and the sports industry has not supported the “Sports for development and Peace” sector enough, particularly in Africa.
Sport 2030. We will need to invest. In Africa, sustainable development necessarily passes through the mobilization of short-term funds to support the funding of economic projects from which sports must be a beneficiary.
Sport 2030. We will need to reinforce the capacities of the competitors. The training of young people and their support systemremain insufficient, particularly in Africa. Human resources imply a long-term investment.
The proposals made to the Ministers of the African countries will be the subject of a workshop for the launching of concrete initiatives. During this workshop, Gilles Klein,asthe Secretary General of the World Sports Alliance, will meet the Ministers of this Organization’s Member States.