"Sport promotes health and well-being. It fosters tolerance, mutual understanding and peace. ... It empowers, inspires and unites."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Kids prepare prepare to take off in a cross country race in
Bonoua, Côte d'Ivoire, organized by the UN mission, UNOCI, as part of
its “sports and peace” activities with local communities.
UN Photo/Patricia Esteve
After fifteen years of progress in the unprecedented Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world turned its attention to the successor Sustainable Development Goals in a period of transition to the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives. In the Declaration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sport’s role for social progress is further acknowledged:
"Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives."
For these reasons, states, the United Nations system and, in particular, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, relevant international organizations, and international, regional and national sports organizations, civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, and all other relevant stakeholders are invited to cooperate, observe and raise awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.