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New York, USA. The SDP IWG convened an Executive Board Meeting on 7 June, 2013.

·       Agenda


Geneva, Switzerland. The SDP IWG held its third Plenary Session in Geneva on 2 October, 2012. The session was preceded by a Thematic Meeting focusing on “Protection and Safeguarding in Sport” on 1 October, 2012.

·         Agenda

·         Minutes, including outcome document of the Thematic Meeting


Geneva, Switzerland. The SDP IWG convened an Executive Board Meeting on 3 October, 2012.

·         Agenda



Geneva, Switzerland. On 12 May 2011, the second Plenary Session of the SDP IWG took place at the UN Office in Geneva.

·         Minutes

·         Agenda

·         Press release



Brussels, Belgium. On 8 December 2010, the European Members and Observers of the SDP IWG met at the European Parliament in Brussels.

·         Agenda

·         Minutes of the meeting

·         SDP IWG overview

·         UK based Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) presentation

·         Azerbaijan presentation

·         International Life Saving Federation (ILSF) presentation

·         European Non-Geovernmental Sports Organization (ENGSO) presentation

·         "Children's Rights in Sport: provisions on children's sport" Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Conferderation of Sports (NIF)

·         UN General Assembly Resolution 63/135 11 December 2008


Geneva, Switzerland. On 5 May 2010, the inaugural Plenary Session of the newly constituted SDP IWG took place at the UN Office at Geneva.  

·         Provisional Agenda

·         Draft Rules of Procedure

·         Draft Strategic Plan for the TWG on "Sport and Child & Youth Development" 

·         Minutes of the meeting
Azerbaijan case study

·         Brazil case study

·         Nigeria case study



Beijing, China. The SDP IWG held the fourth and final meeting of the Executive Committee on 7 August 2008 in Beijing, one day prior to the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games. The meeting succeeded in bringing together 38 governments to endorse and approve ”Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace: Recommendations to Governments”, the final report of the SDP IWG’s four-year initiative.


Outcome document: Beijing Declaration on Sport for Development and Peace.



Accra, Ghana. The SDP IWG held its third Ministerial Meeting on 4 December 2007 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Government of Ghana. The meeting, which brought together 42 Governments and more than 20 Ministers from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas, concluded with the recommendation for a second SDP IWG mandate following the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.

Outcome document: The Accra Call to Action on Sport for Development and Peace.



Torino, Italy. On 10 March 2006, the SDP IWG Executive Committee met in Torino, Italy, to present and review the draft Preliminary Report Sport for Development: From Practice to Policy and to outline challenges and opportunities for Sport for Development and Peace at the national level, from donor and recipient country perspectives. The meeting included high-level representatives from 16 countries, UNDP, UNESCO and the UNOSDP as well as several international non-governmental organizations and sport federations. The meeting was co-hosted by the International Paralympic Committee and chaired by UNDP.

Outcome document (see page 4): From Practice to Policy.



New York, USA. Conceived at the 2004 Athens Roundtable Forum “Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace”, the official launch and first meeting of the SDP IWG took place on 24 May 2005 in New York. Ministers of Sport, Development and Youth from 15 countries, heads of key UN agencies, together with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) met to discuss the international mobilization of sport to achieve development and peace, with a particular focus on realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). As a result of the meeting, the interim Executive Committee and interim Bureau were established, the structure of the SDP IWG (2004-2008) was confirmed, and the SDP IWG was officially launched.



Athens, Greece. On 14 August 2004, during the XXVIII Olympic Games, a Roundtable Forum entitled “Harnessing the Power of Sport for Development and Peace” was held. The Roundtable Forum brought together political leaders and experts in development to showcase the potential of sport in achieving social, economic, health and development goals, thereby initiating the first steps toward the creation of a new policy framework for the use of sport for development and peace by governments around the world.

The main outcome of the Athens Roundtable Forum was the establishment of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG), as a four-year policy initiative to help mainstream sport as a low-cost effective tool for development in national and international programmes and policies. Right To Play assumed the role of the Secretariat for the initiative.

·        Outcome document: Athens Roudtable Forum


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