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:
Further to this, United Nations organizations and offices were also invited to provide input to the report, and provided information on the following:
- 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.
- 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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The meeting was held in New York from 13 – 14 June 2018, as part of the preparations for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace.
To raise awareness of this potential, 6 April was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly. The adoption of this Day signifies the increasing recognition by the UN of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.
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.”
The UN General Assembly also recognizes the role that the International Paralympic Committee plays in showcasing the achievements of athletes with an impairment to a global audience and in acting as a primary vehicle to change societal perceptions of disability sport.
- Individual development
- Health promotion and disease prevention
- The promotion of gender equality
- Social integration and the development of social capital
- Peacebuilding and conflict prevention/resolution
- Post-disaster/trauma relief and normalisation of life
- Economic development
- Communication and social mobilisation