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Message from the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace highlights the role sport can play in achieving sustainable progress and change.

Sport has the power to help develop the potential of individuals, communities and nations. It encourages personal growth, is a major force in eliminating gender barriers and can build bridges across lines that might otherwise divide.

Sport nurtures society by creating a culture in which fundamental values such as equality, the acceptance of rules, mutual respect and fairness are appreciated. 
It helps the more vulnerable groups in society, especially young people and persons with disabilities, to enjoy their human rights, including safe opportunities to engage in physical education programmes and sporting activities. This contributes to their inclusion in society and increases their motivation to attend school.
The sporting industry, for its part, has a significant role to play in promoting environmental awareness and sustainable practices. 
I commend athletes across the world for supporting the United Nations in our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.  There have been many remarkable gains, but there remains much to do.
As we prepare a new development agenda for the period beyond the year 2015, including a set of Sustainable Development Goals, I will continue to look to sportsmen and women to be advocates for building a better world for all.
On this International Day, let us pledge to strengthen the role that sport plays in communities around the world. We need to have everyone on the team: governments, international organizations, NGOs and many others.

Let us use sport to help create a healthier, happier and more prosperous world for all.

Video Message by the UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Mr. Wilfried Lemke

 2015 IDSDP Video Contest 

In an effort to raise awareness and celebrate sport’s role in driving social change, in the lead-up to the 2015 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace UNOSDP launched a video contest calling on all organisations and projects active in the sport for development field to share their stories on how they are using sport to make an impact in their communities.

Participants were required to submit a short video clip showcasing such efforts. Throughout the process, UNOSDP was responsible for running the contest, evaluating the submissions and making the final selection. After an in-depth review of all entries, a total of 10 best videos were chosen which will now be featured on various UNOSDP media platforms and at selected events throughout the year. We congratulate the following organisations (represented in alphabetical order):

ACAKORO Football

Football Beyond Borders

Football Club Social Alliance

Grupo Internacional de Paz


Netball Victoria

SALT Academy

Shooting Touch

Terre des Hommes

Women Win

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