International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6 April 2018

SportsThe 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A/RES/70/1, para. 37) describes sport as an important enabler of sustainable development. It recognizes the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives. Limited comparable data exists on the impact of sport in social and economic settings, but the many existing positive anecdotes are driving continued research on the leveraging the role of sport for development gains.

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Each year, on 6 April, the world commemorates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). On this day, citizens of the world are encouraged to learn, innovate and promote the ways that sport can help countries, communities and individuals to live, peaceful, prosperous lives.

In its Resolution (A/RES/67/296) establishing the Day, the General Assembly “invites States, the United Nations system and, in particular, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, relevant international organizations, and international, regional and national sport organisations, civil society including, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, and all other relevant stakeholders to cooperate, observe and raise awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.”

Video Message of the Permanent Mission of Monaco to the UN for IDSDP18

Online Campaign #PlayforGlobalGoals

SDG 10 - Reduced InequalitiesOn the occasion of the 2018 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April, the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) launched an online campaign #PlayforGlobalGoals to celebrate the growing contribution of sport to development and peace through the promotion of tolerance, respect, empowerment of women and youth, health, education and social inclusion.

The objective of the #PlayforGlobalGoals campaign is to encourage individuals and organizations who support or carry out sport for development and peace activities to participate in the commemoration of the International Day. Specifically, it invites individuals and organizations to share a picture on social media that represents for them the “power of sport to promote peace, unity and social inclusion”. The campaign contributes to building unity among nations and peoples, following the UN Secretary-General’s call to make 2018 “a year for unity.”

The campaign also focused especially on sport’s contribution to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 10 on reducing inequalities by promoting initiatives that include vulnerable groups, such as older persons and persons with disabilities.

UNDESA DSPD selected the best photos of the #PlayforGlobalGoals campaign. The photos are available here:


International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, 6 April 2018

In commemoration of the Day, a High-Level Event will take place in the ECOSOC Chamber at UN Headquarters in NY on 9 April from 10am to 2pm on “Crime Prevention and Sustainable Development through Sports”. The event will focus on the contribution of sport to Sustainable Development Goals 3, 4, 5, 10 and 16, and the importance of global crime prevention using the power of sport to, inter alia, build resilience in young people by enhancing their life skills, including resisting social pressures to engage in delinquency, coping with anxiety and communicating effectively with peers, through interactive experiences, and in line with the Thirteenth UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice’s Doha Declaration (A/RES/70/174) and UNODC and the Government of Qatar’s crime prevention through sport initiative.

The opening session will feature remarks by H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Dikembe Mutombo, President of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation and former NBA All Star basketball player, Mr. Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General Envoy on Youth, H.E. Mr. Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary-General Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar, and Ms. Anita DeFrantz, Member of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board.

The opening will be followed by three interactive multi-stakeholder panel discussions, including distinguished athletes and sports personalities, representatives of Member States, civil society and international organizations. High-level speakers will focus on the role of sport in promoting development and crime prevention strategies and programmes for youth and children as well as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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