UNESCO Partners with Global Sports Week Paris -- Conferences & Conventions

Also: Change of venue for ISC 2020; Host City 2019 adds Gold Partner; SportsPro OTT Awards shortlist released.

(ATR) UNESCO is joining French President Emmanuel Macron as a patron of Global Sports Week Paris, the new sport business forum that makes its debut at the Louvre in February.

The core agenda of the English-language event, which will be held from February 5-7, will focus on exploring the two-way relationship between sport and society at a time of disruptive change.

Organizers say it will feature well-known figures from the worlds of global entertainment and government as part of a programme of "talk show"-style discussions and interviews in the round.

"Among other powers, sport fosters social inclusion and gender equality. The Global Sports Week is a special opportunity for activating this power collectively," says the Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay.

Arnaud Drijard, CEO and co-founder of Global Sports Week, said, "The support of UNESCO underlines our ambition to make Global Sports Week a key forum for dialogue and innovation, as sport adapts to new commercial and societal opportunities."

UNESCO joins existing supporters of Global Sports Week including Macron, who is High Patron of the event, and Founding Partners BPCE Group and the French Ministry of Sports. The International Paralympic Committee, UEFA and EPCR are also backing the event.

The plans are for Global Sports Week Paris to become an annual event.

Passes are available at an early bird rate through Nov. 15 at the event website.

Change of Venue for ISC 2020

After spending the last 10 years in Geneva and Amsterdam, the International Sports Convention (ISC) is moving to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London for its next edition on July 17-18, 2020.

"The move to this unique entertainment and sporting venue will provide delegates around the world with the best possible sports business event experience,"Nigel Fletcher, CEO of the International Sports Convention, said in a statement.

"Some of the event spaces we will be using will be groundbreaking and we look forward to welcoming the Sports Business Industry from around the world to London. We will be taking the conference, exhibition and networking model to a new level for all participants. Already many high-profile speakers have confirmed with 9 months to go and further important announcements will be available on the ISC website".

Fletcher adds that ISC will have close to 150 confirmed speakers by the end of this year.

Olympic Channel General Manager Mark Parkman has already signed on to speak at the 2020 edition, which will feature nine conferences including Sports Digital, Digital Disruption in Football, OTT Sports, and Sports Sponsorship.

The ISC notes that there will be other networking events in London during the same week, including Sport and Sustainable Development Goals Summit and Women in Sports Business Summit.

Host City 2019 Adds Gold Partner

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) has signed on as a Gold Partner of Host City 2019.

As Gold Partner, TEQ will send a delegation led by CEO Leanne Coddington to Glasgow, Scotland for the event on Nov. 26-27.

"Host City will provide us a great opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and learnings with industry leaders from around the world, while also showcasing what makes Queensland a great destination for successful major events, whether sporting, cultural or business events," Coddington said in a statement.

Two IOC members are among the speakers confirmed for the event.

Marisol Casado, who is also the International Triathlon Union (ITU) president, and Craig Reedie, whose tenure as World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) president ends on December 31,join a roster of speakers that also includesLouise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti, Glasgow Life’s Chief Executive Bridget McConnell and David Lappartient, President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).

Entering its sixth year, Host City has become the largest meeting of cities and sports, business and cultural events.

Agenda topics for this edition include sustainability, disruption, gender equality, creating impact, procurement, readiness, fan engagement, titanic disasters and herculean achievements.

SportsPro OTT Summit

Industry leaders from Sky, YouTube, BT Sport, UEFA and beIN Media Group will join a series of immersive case studies and deep dive sessions during the SportsPro OTT Summit in Madrid in less than three weeks.

Among the sessions lined up is an exploration of the NBA OTT/Digital strategy with NBA Executive VP of Digital Media Melissa Brenner. Frank Arthofer, Global Head of Digital Media & Licencing at Formula 1, will identify how F1 leveraged their OTT platform to attract new global audiences.

More than 800 senior OTT and digital leaders will be attending the third edition of the summit, which begins on Nov. 19.

The inaugural SportsPro OTT Awards will be handed out on Nov. 21 to close out the conference. The shortlist, released on Thursday, features 34 organizations across eight categories.

Organizers say more than 300 senior decision makers will celebrate the nominees and winners live on stage, with each gaining a powerful new authority that boosts credibility and attracts clients.

Judges include executives from DAZN, Sky, UEFA, and the PGA Tour.

Written by Gerard Farek

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