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Since the inception of the mandate of the Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace in 2001 and the publication of a UN inter-agency report in 2003, showing how sport can assist in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), important progress has been made in the policy area.

Gathered in the General Assembly, the UN Member States have repeatedly, since 2003, demonstrated their commitment and support to the use of sport as a vehicle for human development and peace-building by adopting a series of resolutions. In the resolutions entitled “Sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace”, the UN Secretary-General is traditionally requested to report to the General Assembly on the implementation of the recommendations they contain.

Sport has also been acknowledged as a vehicle for peace and human development in several key UN documents and declarations, in particular, the 2000 United Nations Millennium Declaration (General Assembly Resolution 55/2) which urges Member States “to observe the Olympic Truce, individually and collectively, now and in the future, and to support the International Olympic Committee in its efforts to promote peace and human understanding through sport and the Olympic Ideal.”

The ability of sport to foster peace and development was also recognized in the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document and the 2010 MDG High-level Meeting Outcome Document, whereby Heads of State and Government “recognize that sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and health at the local, national and international levels.”

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