World Conference on Sport/Education/Culture

Lausanne – Switzerland, Sept 19, 2012: World Conference, The 8th edition of the IOC World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education will take place from 25 to 27 November 2012 in the city of Amsterdam (Netherlands). The event is being organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and in collaboration with the National Olympic Committee of the Netherlands (NOC*NSF).

The two-day programme will be structured around plenary and dialogue sessions, during which the delegates will review policies, exchange views on best practices and identify future action in the fields of sport, education and culture. The Conference will heavily involve young people, who are at the heart of many related initiatives set up by the Olympic Movement. Many side events will be targeted at a young audience, and participants of the first Winter Youth Olympic Games (Innsbruck 2012) as well as Olympians and the European Athletics-UNESCO Young Leaders Forum 2012 (Helsinki, Finland) will also join in the discussions.

IOC President Jacques Rogge will attend the event and will participate in a press conference. A detailed programme will follow in due course and will be available

More about the IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education

The IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education was created in 2000 to advise the IOC on the best policies and programmes to help promote culture and Olympic education.

Working with the Commission, the IOC developed an Olympic education policy that seeks to provide greater resources to help promote culture and education through sport at a national, regional and international level. Activities related to the education of young people through sport play a key role within the Conference programme.

The IOC’s World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education, which takes place every two years, is an important interactive platform to take stock of the progress made and to develop a significant impetus for the way forward. The previous Conference, held in Durban, South Africa, attracted more than 500 participants and concluded with a strong action plan within the relevant domains of activity.

For more information, please contact the IOC Media Relations Team:

Tel: +41 21 621 6000 e-mail:, or visit our web site at —- IOC

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