This year, Doha Goals will partner with the 2015 Special Olympic World Games, with the Forum overlapping with the week of the Games.
This is the first time that the Doha Goals Forum has been held outside of Qatar in its short four-year history. H.E. Sheikh Faisal bin Mubarak Al Thani, Executive Director of Doha GOALS, said that the partnership between the Doha Goals Forum and the Special Olympics ‘will go beyond a presence at the World Games’. As the Special Olympics focuses on development for those with intellectual disabilities, some of the most marginalised in society, he stated that the partnership is ‘emblematic of how sports can be used as a catalyst to positively transform lives and communities’.
Richard Attias, executive producer of the Doha Goals Forum, added: “After three years, we are very proud to bring Doha GOALS Forum to America. The Forum is truly becoming a platform for dialogue, providing inspiration for years to come.”
The Forum will debate sport-related topics such as women and young people in sport, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility initiatives. There will also be debate about sport’s role for encouraging inclusion in society. The Forum centres around a call to action for all of those involved in sport, including policymakers, NGOs, corporations and athletes, and will conclude by outlining a roadmap of initiatives to address key social issues.
In the past 24 months, Doha Goals has helped to establish a program that built sports fields in Gabon, Palestine and Afghanistan, a prosthetics program supported by Paralympic champions in southern Africa, and the creation of Global Watch, a movement to stamp out racism in sports, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Sexwale Foundation.