International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
6 April, 2015
Today marks the second annual International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, a UN-sponsored awareness day to celebrate the role and contribution of sport and physical activity to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world. With the 2015 target for reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), it is a crucial year. In June, in partnership with International Inspiration, we will host Sport for development: a catalyst for change, an opportunity to assess where the sector is, highlight successes and drive it forward.
Sport for development: a catalyst for change
Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 June 2015 (WP1227)
Due to its vast range of audiences and popularity, sport, in all its forms, is ideally positioned as an international catalyst for social, economic and political development. Sport has the unique ability to foster peace, empower individuals, tackle inequality and bridge divides on local, national and international levels. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, discipline, respect for the opponent and rules of the game overcome linguistic and cultural barriers and can be harnessed as a communicative and educational mechanism, addressing a range of social challenges.
In British history sport has played a vital role in bridging divides and fostering peace. Historical accounts of Christmas Day 1914 detail a temporary ceasefire characterised by carols and a football game between the British and German forces in no-man’s land. Today, and especially in the wake of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games, sport has played a significant role in improving and increasing life chances and uniting communities.
As part of our sustainable development programme, in association with International Inspiration, we will be holding a meeting on Sport for development: a catalyst for change from 22 – 24 June 2015. The meeting will focus on sport as a tool for international development, highlighting the existing trends and challenges in the sector. It will be an opportunity to share lessons in how to best measure, communicate and ensure sustainable impact of sport for development initiatives as well as identifying what a successful collaboration between different sectors looks like. This interactive meeting will convene stakeholders from all over the world to strengthen the position of sport within global development efforts, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focusing on sport as a tool for education, prosperity, empowerment, and including an opportunity for participants to celebrate Olympic Day 2015 on 23 June.