The UN General Assembly declared the 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace in late August 2013. The adoption of this day signifies the increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.
In the words of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, sport “has the capacity to empower individuals and bring one’s moral values to the forefront” and “can play a strategic role in transferring life skills and communicating useful and encouraging messages on important issues, thus driving social change.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commemorates the first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
See how people are celebrating and learn more about how sport can be used for development and peace:
- Sportanddev.org offers a space for individuals and organisations to learn more about the history behind the day, get advice on organizing an IDSDP campaign, and share with the community their plans for the day. Click here to find out more from Sportanddev.org.
- Peace and Sport launched an online platform to map all actions globally taking place regarding the IDSDP. Everyone can access the platform and register their events. Click here to find out more about Peace and Sport.
- In acknowledgement of the upcoming IDSDP, the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) has published a Special News Edition on the topic. This Special Edition features a Foreword by the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke, and twenty contributions from organizations around the world participating in the SDP movement, as well as celebrations of IDSDP. Click here for the ICSSPE Special News on the IDSDP.
Learn more about the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace as well as the United Nations Sport for Development and Peace efforts: http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/sport/home/unplayers/unoffice/idsdp