The UIM “Race for Peace”

The UIM “Race for Peace” at the Peace and Sport Awards

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The UIM “Race for Peace” at the Peace and Sport Awards with H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

The UIM President Raffaele Chiulli and Secretary General Régine Vandekerckhove attended in the Principality of Monaco the Prize-giving Ceremony of the Peace and Sport Awards 2009 which reward initiatives in sport who made a particular contribution to social stability and reconciliation in the world. In front of an audience of over 400 high-profile personalities and decision makers of 80 Countries from sport, politics, business and civil life assembled for the International Peace and Sport Forum, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco presented the final list of awardees and the awards for projects that demonstrate how sport is capable of helping to rebuild bridges between divided or opposed communities.

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The UIM Race for Peace was in the final list of awardees for the best peace project from an International Sports Federation where it is recognized the excellence from an International Federation which has put its sport at the service of social action.

The UIM President Dr. Raffaele Chiulli said “We are proud that our initiative Race for Peace brought sportily friendship in an area of post-conflict (Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and the United Kingdom) and our sport at the service of sustainable peace in the world. We are also very happy that the UIM is in the final list of awardees for the Best Peace Project from an International Sports Federation at the HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Sport and Peace. I would like to thank the three key partners who were involved in this project: the UIM, the ISA (newly appointed governing body for powerboat racing in Ireland) and the Royal Yachting Association. Our Race for Peace project was placed in May on the UIM Strategic plan and, delivering on our promises, the event took place on September 2009. We are honored that the Race for Peace, for the first time, promoted and encouraged powerboat racing between countries and competitors that had held deep rooted feelings of mistrust and resentment and did bring racing competitors and officials together in a region recovering from political turmoil and united them in the common goal of promoting the sport. It was a great achievement the fact that competitors who had been bitter enemies in the past raced together on the water and socialized as part of this historic event”.

The International Peace and Sport Forum and Prize-giving Ceremony was attended by 45 governments (Heads of State, Prime Ministers, Ministers of Sport and Ambassadors), major international organizations (including the UN, the World Bank, the Council of Europe, the International Peace Bureau), members of the International Olympic Committee, 30 National Olympic Committees, 25 International Sports Federations, organizing committees of major sports events (Sochi 2014, Rio 2016, Youth Olympic Games), 50 leading Non- Governmental Organizations, prestigious universities and key Companies from the private sector.