Sports and security

Boys Play Football Near IDP Camp in Mogadishu. Photo: UN Photo/ Tobin Jones

Illegal under al Shabab, football has made a comeback in Somalia, with Mogadishu's streets literally filling up with children each afternoon as they come out to play the game. Photo: UN Photo/ Tobin Jones

"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

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Security Council resolution 2419 (2018) on Youth, Peace and Security recognizes the “growing contribution of sport and culture to the realization of development and peace in the promotion of tolerance and respect as well as the contributions sport and culture make to the empowerment of youth and women, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives".

Sports programme

UNOCT's Sports and security programme, the Global Programme on Security of Major Sports Events, and Promotion of Sports and its Values as a Tool to Prevent Violent Extremism, benefits law enforcement, police, public and private companies involved in organizing any sport events. The Programme's activities include the collection and dissemination of good practices, provision of technical assistance to Member States, the organization of a campaign with sport champions, and the promotion of international and regional cooperation. There will also be a component focusing on the security of major sporting events.

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 Headquarters of the United Nations in New York.

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.