The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Sport for Development and Peace brings together UN funds, programmes and specialized agencies that use sport in their activities. Regular meetings of the Task Force, chaired by UNOSDP , ensure coordination and sharing of lessons learned within the UN system of Sport for Development and Peace policies, programmes and initiatives.
During the Salt Lake City Olympics in July 2002, the UN Secretary-General convened the first meeting of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force to review activities involving sport within the UN system. Its aim was to promote the more systematic and coherent use of sport in development and peace activities, particularly at the community level, and to generate greater support for such activities among Governments and sport-related organizations. The Task Force was also asked to establish an inventory of existing sport-for-development programmes, identify instructive examples and encourage the United Nations system to incorporate sport into its activities and work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
With these aims in mind, the Inter-Agency Task Force brought together agencies with significant experience using sport in their work, including ILO, UNESCO, WHO, UNDP, UNV, UNEP, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC and UNAIDS. The report of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force “Sport for Development and Peace: Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals” was published in 2003. The report found that well-designed sport-based initiatives are practical and cost-effective tools to achieve development and peace objectives and that sport is a powerful vehicle that should be increasingly considered by the UN as complementary to existing activities.