Adopting Resolution, General Assembly Reaffirms Role of Sport as a Means to Promote Education, Health, Development and Peace

16 December 2016
Peter Thomson (left), President of the seventy-first Session of the General Assembly, chairs the Assembly’s meeting on sport for development and peace. UN Photos/Manuel Elias

UNOSDP (New York) - Recognizing the potential of sport as a valuable tool in the promotion of education, health, development and peace, the General Assembly today adopted a resolution by consensus, reaffirming sport’s use to bring about positive social change, build a peaceful and better world.

The draft resolution A/71/L.38 entitled “Sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace” was coordinated by the Co-Chairs of the Group of Friends of Sport for Development and Peace, Monaco and Tunisia, and co-sponsored by 67 countries. With the text, the General Assembly acknowledges the importance of sport and physical activity in combating non-communicable diseases and building the confidence and strengthening of young people, persons with disabilities and minority groups, and empowering young women and girls.

During the 52nd plenary meeting held on 6 December 2016, General Assembly President Peter Thomson said that across the world, sport had been used to advance peace and reconciliation and had the power to transcend borders and inspire all. He also recalled that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the importance of sport as an enabler of sustainable development, and that it could be used as a key tool for driving the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through the promotion of tolerance and social inclusion.

At the General Assembly, delegates of Monaco, the Russian Federation, Cuba, Australia, Israel, Qatar, Singapore, India, Cambodia, Brazil and the United States of America, as well as the International Olympic Committee delivered statements on the important role of sport to support the achievement of both national and global goals.

In particular, the Resolution invites Member States, UN entities and Sport for Development and Peace partners, to collaborate with the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace to promote greater awareness and action to foster development and peace and contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through sport-based initiatives and to work along the principles adapted from the United Nations Action Plan on Sport for Development and Peace, contained in the report of the Secretary-General.

 “I am pleased that the latest resolution shows that Member States, alongside other relevant stakeholders remain strongly committed to fully realize the values of sport and leveraging its great potential to achieve objectives in a number of important areas, in particular with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals,” said the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke.

Finally, the General Assembly requests the Secretary-General to report at its 73rd session in 2 years’ time on the implementation of the Resolution, including on specific initiatives aimed at ensuring more effective implementation of the Olympic Truce and progress made by Member States and the United Nations system, to provide a review of the contribution of sport to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and to present an updated action plan on sport for development and peace.

Watch the General Assembly meetings on agenda item 11, "Sport for Development and Peace”:

6 December 2016

16 December 2016