Sport for Development and Peace

Sport for Development and Peace
Sport for Development and Peace
Report of the Secretary-General to the 73rd Session of the General Assembly

Inputs from Member States and United Nations System

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), through its Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD), is leading the preparation of the report of the Secretary-General on sport for development and peace to be submitted the General Assembly at its 73rd session, as requested by General Assembly Resolution 71/60 on “Sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace “.

As part of the preparation, Member States of the United Nations were invited to provide information on the following:

  • Existing national policies and government-led/supported programmes on the promotion of sport and physical activity.
  • Government-led/supported initiatives that use sport as an entry point for promoting or achieving established development targets, reduction or prevention of conflict or violence and/or leverage sport as a tool for post-conflict reconciliation or reintegration.
  • Government-led/supported initiatives that leverage sport as a tool for social or economic development.

Responses from Member States showcased a wide range of activities, creative partnerships and a deepening appreciation for the role of sport as an enabler of sustainable development.

The full input of Member States is provided below:

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Hungary
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Palau
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

Further to this, United Nations organizations and offices were also invited to provide input to the report, and provided information on the following:

  1. Initiatives undertaken since January 2016, that use sport as an entry point for promoting or achieving established development targets reduction or prevention of conflict or violence and/or leverage sport as a tool for post-conflict reconciliation or reintegration.
  2. Initiatives undertaken since January 2016 that leverage sport as a tool for social or economic development.


Twelve United Nations entities reported relevant initiatives. The full inputs from United Nations System entities is available below:

  • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
  • International Labour Organization
  • United Nations Children’s Fund
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • United Nations Office at Geneva
  • United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • United Nations Volunteers
  • World Bank Group
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