After fifteen years of progress in the unprecedented Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world turned its attention to the successor Sustainable Development Goals in a period of transition to the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives. In the Declaration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sport’s role for social progress is further acknowledged:
“Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.”
For these reasons, 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 sports organizations, civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, and all other relevant stakeholders are invited to cooperate, observe and raise awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
On 23 August 2013, the Sixty-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Previously, the Fifty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2005 as the International Year for Sport and Physical Education to promote education, health, development and peace.
Many organizations of the United Nations system, including the International Forum on Sport, Peace and Development, organized jointly with the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, have already established partnerships with the International Olympic Committee. The mission and role of the Committee, as set out in the Olympic Charter, are placing sport at the service of humankind and promoting a peaceful society and healthy lifestyles by associating sport with culture and education and safeguarding human dignity without any discrimination whatsoever.
The 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.
- Resolution by the General Assembly to proclaim 6 April the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace [A/RES/67/296]
- Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases[A/RES/66/2]
- Keeping the promise: united to achieve the Millennium Development Goals[A/RES/65/1]
- 2005 World Summit Outcome[A/RES/60/1]
- Sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace
- Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal
- The Olympic Ideal
- Observance of the Olympic Truce [A/RES/48/11]
- International Year of Sport and the Olympic Ideal [A/RES/48/10]
- Proclamation of international years[A/RES/61/185]
- Sport for Development and Peace: Governments in Action
- From the Field Sport for Development and Peace in Action