The UN is made up of 193 Member States who play a crucial role moving forward, contributing to and supporting the Sport for Development and Peace movement globally. UN Member States are Members of inter-governmental bodies that address the issue of Sport for Development and Peace such as the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS).
To fully harness the potential of Sport for Development and Peace, UN Member States must ensure appropriate national government policies, investment and capacity are provided to support programmes, and where appropriate, to scale-up these programmes on a nationwide basis. As sport is a cross-cutting issue, a broad range of government actors are potentially involved including sport, youth, health, education, finance, persons with disabilities, gender, foreign affairs, economic development and labour Ministries and departments. National governments can play a key role in convening international, national and sub-national stakeholders to encourage knowledge exchange, networking, collaboration, partnerships and coordinated participation in national Sport for Development and Peace policy and programme development and implementation.
During the International Year of Sport and Physical Education (IYSPE 2005), governmental focal points for IYSPE 2005 were established in 70 countries . Beyond those countries that established national focal points, many other countries were particularly active in forwarding the objectives of the International Year.