The UN system has been using sport in development cooperation for years. As early as 1922, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the UN International Labour Organisation (ILO) established institutional cooperation which was later reinforced through further partnerships with other UN system partners.

Much of the support for Sport for Development and Peace policy and programmes is undertaken at the country level by UN agencies in partnership with local implementing partners. Such national level policies and programmes are supported by networking and coordination undertaken at UN Headquarters level through various mechanisms including the <a href="/sport/content/un-players/un-coordination-mechanisms/un-inter-agency-task-force-sport-development-and-peace" style="color: rgb(33, 103, 209)">UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Sport for Development and Peace and the <a href="/sport/content/un-players/un-coordination-mechanisms/un-communication-group%E2%80%99s-working-group-sport-development-and-peace" style="color: rgb(33, 103, 209)">UNCG Working Group on Sport for Development and Peace.