Montenegro, September 2010 – For the first time in Montenegro, through the support of the United Nations System in Montenegro, Montenegrin Olympic Committee, and the Game, Set, Peace (GSP) Programme, the International Peace Day (IPD) is being marked through a coordinated set of activities implemented throughout the year and focused on three key areas: a) education of youth, especially those from marginalized backgrounds, through sports; b) promotion of gender equality through sports; and c) environmental protection and sports.
Marko Begovic, the GSP Programme Coordinator helped creating a unique partnership among the world’s largest international organizations – the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee. Major results and planned activities within the three strategic areas are:
1. In partnership with UN System in Montenegro, Women’s Sport Foundation, researchers from Purdue University, California State University, D’Youville College and Office for Gender Equality, GSP and Montenegrin National Olympic Committee/International Olympic Committee has undertaken a research on participation of women in sports in Montenegro at all levels.
2. Considering that the environmental protection is the 3rd Pillar of Olympic Games, GSP and Montenegrin Olympic Committee in 2010 will demonstrate how athletic events in Montenegro can and should be organized while safeguarding the environment. The first event was Northern Challenge Adventure Series that included an adventure race and the fishing competition.
3. Within the third strategic goal (education of youth, especially those from marginalized backgrounds, through sports), Game Set Peace program and Montenegrin Olympic Committee organized sport and educational camp, where gender equality and enviornmental protection were promoted. The athletic events that will be organized until the end of the year are: (i) Eco-marathon- an event that will promote a reduction of CO2 and that will have a raising funds character for the only Orphanage in the country, and (ii) Exhibition mixed doubles tennis tournament and a free tennis clinic for children from marginalized backgrounds.
Major partners: Montenegrin Olympic Committee, International Olympic Committee, United Nations, NGO Inovativnost, Office for Gender Equality within the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights, Parliamentary Board on Gender Equality, Local Tourism Organization Mojkovac, USA-based research team (Women’s Sports Foundation, researchers from Purdue University, California State University, D’Youville College), Delta Montenegro.