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Canada will host the 8th World Conference on Sport and the Environment ( WCSE) from 29 to 31 March 2009 in Vancouver. Organised jointly by the IOC and VANOC, in close partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme ( UNEP), the conference will bring together representatives of governmental and non- governmental institutions, the IOC's Sport and Environment Commission, chaired by Pál Schmitt, as well as the Olympic Family. " The Conference brings together the worlds of sport and environment to share knowledge and advance practices related to sport and its relationship with the environment and com-munities," said IOC President Jacques Rogge. The conference will also be the perfect platform to hand over the first ever IOC Awards for Sport and the Environment. These new, biennial awards, which will be given to a nominee from each of the five continents, recognise outstanding activities by the Olympic Family. To register go to www. wcse2009. com The IOC has launched the registration process for the first ever International Forum on Sport for Peace and Development, which will take place at The Olympic Museum in Lausanne from 7 to 8 May 2009. As a socially responsible organisation, the IOC is engaged in sports development at grass- roots level, aiming to increase access to physical activity worldwide as well as to improve social and human wellbeing at large. Moreover, many other international participants within and outside the sports family are working in this area, thereby recognising the value of sport as a tool for development and peace- building across the globe. Under the patronage the International Olympic Truce Foundation ( IOTF) and the IOC's International Relations Commission, chaired by Mario Pescante, the Forum discussions will centre on themes such as the value of sport in supporting the community's search for peace and in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals; how to maximise the impact of sport through partnerships with UN bodies; how to enhance youth empowerment through sport for development and peace programmes; and how to better measure the impact of physical activity on the development of deprived populations. For more information please go to www. olympic. org/ lausanneforum BelowThe IOC is engaged in sports development at grass- roots level around the world to improve social well- being 2009ACADEMIC RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPSNEWIOCFORUM The IOC Olympic Studies Centre ( OSC) has chosen seven research projects for their academic excellence and for their potential for developing the Olympic Movement. The authors of these projects will benefit from a scholarship, which will allow them to consult the OSC's collections ( unique collections of more than one million archived documents, publications, official reports, photos and films). The results of their research should be published at the end of the year. The seven candidates selected and their chosen projects are: ? Ana Adi( University of the West of Scotland, UK/ Romania): New Media, Human Rights and the Olympic Movement – a literature review. ? Pascal Charitas( University of Paris- Sud XI Orsay, France): Les conditions d'émergence du développement sportif olympique en Afrique: analyse comparée entre le Royaume Uni et la France. ? Kathryn Henne( University of California ( Irvine), USA): A historiographic investigation of anti- doping regulation and enforcement in international sport. ? Jialing Luo( University of Cambridge, UK/ China): Olympism and nation- building: Impacts of the Beijing Olympics on traditional courtyard neighbourhood. ? Lynn Minnaert( University of Westminster, UK / Belgium): Database and analysis of recent Olympic non- infrastructural programmes that specifically target socially excluded groups. ? Nancy Stevenson( University of Westminster, UK): London 2012: The impacts of cultural legacy programmes on local communities. ? Jason Charles Vuic( Bridgewater College, USA): Multiculturalism through Olympism: the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. OLYMPIC REVIEW13 GOING GREEN

Candidature Files On 12 February, the IOC announced that it had received the Candidature Files from the four Candidate Cities for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016. Chicago ( USA), Tokyo ( Japan), Rio de Janeiro ( Brazil) and Madrid ( Spain) ( in order of drawing of lots) all submitted their files by the deadline of midnight on 12 February. The IOC Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC Executive Board member Nawal El Moutawakel, will now analyse the Files and visit each of the cities. The IOC's Giving is Winningcampaign was lifted to new heights with more than double the results of the first edition organised during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Some 75,000 items of casual and sports clothing, which corresponds to 16 containers, were collected from the Olympic Family in the run- up to and during the Olympic Games in Beijing. In the Olympic Village alone, athletes, team members and officials donated more than 21,000 items. The project was jointly implemented by the IOC and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ( UNHCR) with the aim of facilitating sports activities in refugee camps. The UNHCR has distributed the collected clothes to various camps in Europe, Asia and Africa. For refugees, sport can provide a semblance of normality, hope and structure to lives that have been disrupted by conflict. Feedback from the ground has shown that, especially for young refugees, the gift of sportswear associated with famous athletes is a tremendous morale- booster and a sign that the outside world does still care. Mr António Guterres, UNHCR, expressed his gratitude to the Olympic Family. " On behalf of the UNHCR and the nearly 32 million people of concern to this office, I would like to express my appreciation and commend those Olympic athletes and National Olympic Committees from around the world who took the time to help those less fortunate. Contributions, in the form of sports clothing, have been distributed to refugees around the world, providing them with the opportunity to play." Above and belowPresident Rogge and IOC member HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein donate items to the campaign 2008GIVINGIS WINNINGSUCCESS 10THANNIVERSARY OFOLYMPIC STUDIESCENTRE PROGRAMME 2009 is a special year for the Olympic Studies Centre ( OSC) as it will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of the launch of its postgraduate research grant programme. Over the past decade, 337 young postgraduate students from 60 countries around the world have submitted research projects to the OSC Selection Committee on topics relating to Olympism, the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games. Of those 337 candidates, 49 were awarded grants to develop their projects using the OSC collections, which comprise the historical archives ( over a kilometre of files), the library ( 23,000 titles) and the image collection ( 40,000 hours of film, 7,000 hours of audio recordings and over 650,000 photographs). The resulting studies explore the Olympic phenomenon from a range of socio- cultural perspectives ( history, philosophy, media, economics, urban planning, sociology, religious and cultural studies, law, etc.), and are readily accessible to members of the Olympic Movement along with anyone else interested in Olympism. A substantial number of grant recipients have subsequently taken up university professorships and have continued to foster interest in Olympic studies among young students through classes, conferences, new research and publications. Since 2008 the OSC has identified priority fields of research for the programme in order to encourage young researchers to focus on subjects relating to OSC projects. The programme is thus helping to fulfil three of the OSC's key objectives: to add to the IOC's collection of cultural resources, to promote Olympic studies among postgraduate students and to address the specific research requirements of the OSC. To discover more information and further details about the OSC and the grant programme please follow the link http:// www. olympic. org/ studies 2016 GAMES 14OLYMPIC REVIEW