Sports and security

Picture of UNICEF and NGO Sport for Peace Organize Football Tournament in South Sudan

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) organized a football tournament in Protection of Civilians site 3 in Juba, in partnership with Sport for Peace, an initiative of the non-governmental organization Generations for Peace. Photo: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

"Sport is a fundamental and true human value. A strong vaccine against any kind of criminal disease. We have a moral obligation to protect and promote sports."

-- Under-Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov in his remarks at the launch of the UN’s Global Programme on Sports and Security.

Sports, development and peace

UNOCT's sports and security programme, the Global Programme on Security of Major Sporting Events, and Promotion of Sport and Its Values as a Tool to Prevent Violent Extremism, benefits law enforcement, police, public and private companies involved in organizing any sport events.

This programme seeks to:

  • Increase Member States awareness of terrorism-related threats against vulnerable targets in the context of major sporting events
  • Use sport and its values as a tool to build resilience especially among youth
  • Prevent violent extremism
  • Increase the ability of Member States to prevent and counter threats against major sporting events.
     

Promoting sports and its values

Youth resilience is recognized as an enabler of sustainable development in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in Security Council resolution 2419 (2018) on Youth, Peace and Security, as well as in General Assembly resolution 73/24 on Sport.

A significant component of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism and its partners’ work will be devoted to promoting sports and its value as an important tool to prevent radicalization and violent extremism conducive to terrorism.

The project is generously funded by the Government of the State of Qatar, and will be implemented in close consultation with other relevant organizations, including INTERPOL and in coordination with other organizations including UNODC, GCTF, Council of Europe, European Union, academia and key public and private sector partners.
 

Programme launch

Watch the launch of the 'Global Programme on Security of Major Sporting Events, and Promotion of Sport and Its Values as a Tool to Prevent Violent Extremism' at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Programme details

Details of the Sports Programme:

  • Project title: Global Programme on Security of Major Sporting Events, and Promotion of Sport and Its Values as a Tool to Prevent Violent Extremism

  • Project start date: October 2019

  • Implementation partners: UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, in partnership with UN Interregional Criminal Justice Research Institute, UN Allianz of Civilizations and the International Centre for Sport and Security, and in consultation with relevant United Nations entities, including the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate

  • Beneficiaries: law enforcement, police, public and private companies involved in organizing any sport events

  • Donors: the project is supported by the State of Qatar, the United Nations Peace and Development Fund (People’s Republic of China) and the Republic of Korea.

UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy

The UN General Assembly adopted by consensus the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy on 8 September 2006. The strategy is a unique global instrument to enhance national, regional and international efforts to counter terrorism. The General Assembly reviews the Strategy every two years, making it a living document attuned to Member States’ counter-terrorism priorities.