Carton Blanc photo event and short peace run/cycle in Basel
Followed by an informal talk on peace and sport – peace bike rides
International Day of Sport for Peace and Development
Sunday April 6
Peace pole at the Three Countries Corner
3pm: Run/cycle along the Rhine
4pm: Carton Blanc photo event at Three Countries Corner, Dreiländereck
5pm: Light meal and talk at Restaurant Schiff
Event in English
April 6, 2014 is the first International Day of Sport for Peace and Development, established by the United Nations at its General Assembly in August 2013. This day will be celebrated each year by UN Member States and other partner organizations to honour the role that sport plays in society, whether by encouraging healthier lifestyles, making sport more widely accessible or using sport as a vehicle for peace, nonviolence, conflict resolution and development in areas made vulnerable by conflict, poverty and inequality.
Sport can be a powerful handmaiden for peace and reconciliation. It can bring us closer through shared celebration of achievements of universal appeal and attraction. Ethnic, religious and economic divisions fall by the wayside, along with prejudice, fear and misunderstanding.
United Nation General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic and Novak Djokovic tennis player on the occasion of the UN establishing the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development
UN General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic
I hope that the International Day will motivate people to do more to cultivate intrinsic sporting values such as fair play, teamwork and respect for opponents. These ideals are universal. Every successful society is built on them, and the more we instil respect for these ideals in ourselves, the better the world will be that we leave to our successors.
Bike and peace plaque at the 3 countries corner, Port Rhine, Dreiländereck, Basel
Novak Djokovic, World number two tennis player, Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Children’s Fund and promoter of the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development
You are invited to join the Basel Peace Office, international students and others for a commemoration of the International Day of Sport for Peace and Development:
- 3pm: Short Run/cycle along the Rhine River from Wettstein bridge to the three countries corner to then join the Carton blanc photo event (see below). Meet at the Rhine River on Oberer Rheinweg just under the Wettstein bridge on the Kleinbasel side.
- 4pm Carton Blanc - a photo event at the three countries corner symbol of peace between the three countries Switzerland, France and Germany, Rhine Port, Dreiländereck, Basel. If you don’t join the run or cycle to the three countries corner, then take the number 8 tram to Kleinhüningen (last stop) and walk from there to the river.
- 5pm. Light meal and informal discussion on Sports and Peace at Restaurant Schiff, Hochbergerstrasse 134 (close to the three countries corner and includes participants of Student Bike Rides for nuclear abolition – 2012 in Japan and 2014 in Kazakhstan
Runners/cyclists look for Alyn (pictured above) underneath the Wettstein bridge at 3pm on Sunday April 6
Cover photo: World record hoding sprinter Wilson Kipteker, who spoke at the 2013 Basel Peace Office Peace and Sport event, holding a Carton Blanc card.