Congress on Sport and International Cooperation. October 2019.
INEFC - Barcelona.
Promoted by the General Directorate of Development Cooperation and the General Secretariat of Sport and Physical Activity of the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Congress was one of the proposals framed within the report “Sport as an instrument for to the development of refugees and displaced persons ”carried out as a start for the positioning of Catalan cooperation in the area of sport for development and peace.
The Congress was held with the aim of identifying and agreeing on the basic principles that make it up projects and actions on sport and physical activity for development and peace at the international level. To this end, ADiC selected local, national and international organizations (NGOs, international institutions, public administration, universities, sports organizations, etc.) to jointly build the content of the congress and subsequently participate in it.
The aim was to discuss different topics in order to reach an agreement that the different actors, institutions or participating entities would sign. It was a starting point, a space in which to agree on the bases of Sport and International Cooperation, which would promote an international collaboration network in which Catalonia would play a strategic role.
During the months prior to the Congress, ADiC technicians were in constant contact with the entities implementing sports development projects to define the needs and concerns to which to respond, and specifically to define the issues in which would focus the event. The topics selected to provide content on the basic principles of sport for development were: Project Design, Methodology, Training, Gender and International Networks.
ACCeDE, AMPJF, Anantapur Sports Academy, Asd Margherita Sport e Vita, ASIPLANCHABA, Associació Ciutat Vella, Associació Esportiva Ramassà, Association for Development of Creative Movement “Arabeska”, Association des jeunes sportifs de Kigali 'Esperance', Bola Pra Frente, Camaquito, Catalonia with UNHCR, Coaches Across Continents, Dream a Dream, Empodera, Football Association of Norway, FUCODEP, Fundació Barça, Fundació per l'Esport i l'Educació de Barcelona, Fundación Defensores del Chaco, Fundación FuDe, Fundación Juventud Líder, Fundación Pere Tarrés, Fundación Selección Colombia, Fundación Vicente Ferrer, FUTBOLMAS, Gea Cooperativa Sociale, GOALS Haiti, International Sociological Sport Observatory, Luta Pela Paz, Polisportiva Sanprecario, Quadrato Meticcio, Red Gol y Paz, Right to play international, Seprojoven, Slum Soccer, Skateistan, Solidaritat Olímpica, Sportanddev, Sport for Life, UNESCO, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti, Women Win
Source: Fight for Peace
During the two days of the Congress, plenary sessions, working groups and various complementary activities were combined. While the plenary sessions were open to the general public, the working groups operated by prior invitation, in order to ensure that they were made up of experts and entities with experience in each of the subjects covered. The initial papers aimed to establish a theoretical framework on the key elements that sport projects for development and peace must take into account to promote transformation processes. Later, different entities explained how they landed this theory on their own projects; Right to Play, Fude, Coaches Across Continents, Sportanddev and Women Win laid the groundwork for the basic principles of the themes through which Congress revolved. UNESCO, UNHCR, and the Barça Foundation were also able to present their projects in plenary.
The conclusions of the working groups were shared at the closing ceremony of the Congress. ADIC also presented to the DGCD a final document of conclusions and recommendations for Catalonia to become a strategic player in this field. The most outstanding recommendation was to lead Action 5 of the Kazan Plan, an action that the Generalitat de Catalunya is carrying out
The congress in data.
More than 100 attendees
More than 40 participating entities
Representation of more than 20 countries
5 working groups