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Thursday, 3 April 2014

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2014, April 6

This year we celebrate the first-ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
We at the United Nations know that sport is a universal language, uniting groups and nations across divides.
Sport empowers youth, promotes good health and deepens UN values such as equality, mutual respect and fair play.
Sport helps us in spreading messages of peace, driving social change and meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
This International Day will highlight the potential of sport to advance human rights, eliminate barriers and promote global solidarity.
To reach our goals, we need all players on the field:  governments, international organizations, the sport sector, civil society, and many others.
I urge all global citizens to join this growing movement and become part of our  team to harness the power of sport to build a better world for all.
Ban Ki-moon

Sport for Development and Peace - From Practices to Policy.
 EVENTS : Expert High-level Panel Discussion and Symbolic Run/Walk at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

On 4 April 2014, UNOSDP together with the UN Office at Geneva and the Group of Friends of Sport for Development and Peace is hosting a high-level panel discussion, inviting key stakeholders to share their views about the value and use of sport for social change. The roundtable discussion will be followed by a symbolic run/walk around the Palais des Nations, where all participants are encouraged to join the panellists in raising awareness of this celebratory day.

 Five key messages will be promoted for the occasion of the International Day celebrations at the Palais des Nations.

 Statement by Dr Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee.
Sports and Disciplines


Gymnastics Artistic


Ice Hockey


Rowing, Canoe Slalom, Sailing, Canoe Sprint


 Trampoline, Athletics

Water Polo, Diving

Gymnastics Rhythmic



Swimming, Synchronized swimming

Beach Volleyball


Alpine Ski, Biathlon, Bobsleigh ,Cross Country Skiing ,Curling ,Figure skating ,Freestyle Skiing ,Ice Hockey ,Luge,Nordic Combined ,Short Track Speed Skating , Skeleton ,Ski Jumping ,Snowboard ,Speed skating


Tennis, Badminton

Thiathlon , Cycling BMX, Cycling Mountain Bike, Cycling road, Cycling Track


Judo, Wrestling freestyle, Wrestling Greco-Roman



10 Golden Rules for Building a Sustainable Sporting Event.

Staging a sustainable sporting event means managing social, economic, and environmental factors to minimise impact, and leaving a positive legacy that continues to enrich host cities and countries long after the event. These simple rules can help to create a much more sustainable event and successful legacy

Find ways to minimise energy usage to reduce emissions and costs. Design facilities and infrastructure for low-energy usage, and maximise the use of renewable energy.

Try to avoid using drinking water for irrigation, cooling, and sanitary purposes, and minimise all water use through sustainable design. Provide drinking water from the best local source, and avoid bottled water, which is carbon-intensive and creates waste.

Avoid waste throughout all phases of planning, construction, and staging. Use or upgrade existing infrastructure, if possible. Design for legacy occupancy to avoid costly conversion and waste, using sustainable temporary structures as appropriate. During the event, minimise waste through recyclable packaging,facilitating recycling and reuse, and implementing take-back options.

Use renewable materials that have low environmental impact, are produced locally, have no harmful content, and are from sustainable sources.

Assess site biodiversity to ensure that in legacy, site biodiversity is maintained or improved. Ensure that planting and landscaping are appropriate to the local conditions and heritage.

Minimise noise, dust, and vibration disturbance during construction and the event itself. Minimise long term impacts of materials through sustainable procurement.

Ensure that the event is accessible to all ages, abilities, genders, and cultures without discrimination throughout its life cycle. Foster local community ownership and build pride in the event and its legacy. Provide training and education to enhance inclusion.

Inspire sport, health, and wellbeing in the community. Promote local, sustainable fair trade produce.

Develop the supply chain for sustainability, transparency, and fair and ethical procurement practices. To avoid waste, standardise where possible, and rent or hire rather than buy. Ensure fair and timely payment for suppliers, particularly small and medium enterprises.

Design facilities to minimise the need for transportation of materials (e.g. through prefabricated construction), and to minimise the travel to, from, and between facilities when construction is complete. Focus on public transport, and use low-carbon vehicles with high occupancy. Minimise air travel.

Playing for a Greener Future

Sport has historically played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity or play. But one may wonder: what does sport have to do with the United Nations? In fact, sport presents a natural partnership for the United Nations (UN) system: sport and play are human rights that must be respected and enforced worldwide; sport has been increasingly recognized and used as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts, not only by the UN system but also by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, development agencies, sports federations, armed forces and the media. Sport can no longer be considered a luxury within any society but is rather an important investment in the present and future, particularly in developing countries.
Definition of "Sport"
In a development context the definition of sport usually includes a broad and inclusive spectrum of activities suitable to people of all ages and abilities, with an emphasis on the positive values of sport. In 2003, the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Sport for Development and Peace defined sport, for the purposes of development, as “all forms of physical activity that contribute to physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction, such as play, recreation, organized or competitive sport, and indigenous sports and games.” This definition has since then been accepted by many proponents of Sport for Development and Peace.

Sport as a fundamental right
The right of access to and participation in sport and play has long been recognised in a number of international conventions. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for all”. But until today, the right to play and sport has too often been ignored or disrespected.

Sport as a Powerful Tool
Sport has a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. By its very nature, sport is about participation. It is about inclusion and citizenship. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness, all of which are principles which are also contained in the Charter of the United Nations.
The UN system draws on the unique convening power of sport as a cross-cutting tool for:
  • Fundraising, advocacy, mobilization and raising public awareness: in particular by appointing celebrity athletes as ‘Ambassadors’ or ‘Spokespersons’ and leveraging the potential of sports events as outreach platforms. The mobilizing power of sport is often used as a “door-opener” to convey crucial messages about HIV/AIDS, child’s rights, the environment, education, etc.
  • Development and peace promotion: in grassroots projects  sport is used in an extremely wide range of situations – whether as an integrated tool in short-term emergency humanitarian aid activities, or in long-term development cooperation projects, on a local, regional or global scale.
Sport plays a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts. Sport is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice. According to the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group, sport is seen to have the most benefits in:
  • Individual development
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Promotion of gender equality
  • Social integration and the development of social capital
  • Peace building and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Post-disaster/trauma relief and normalisation of life
  • Economic development
  • Communication and social mobilisation.
From a development perspective, the focus is always on mass sport and not elite sport. Sport is used to reach out to those most in need including refugees, child soldiers, victims of conflict and natural catastrophes, the impoverished, persons with disabilities, victims of racism, stigmatization and discrimination, persons living with HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

Path to Success
Sport is not a cure-all for development problems. As a cultural phenomenon, it is a mirror of society and is just as complex and contradictory.
As such, sport can also have negative side effects such as violence, corruption, discrimination, hooliganism, nationalism, doping and fraud. To enable sport to unleash its full positive potential, emphasis must be placed on effective monitoring and guiding of sports activities.
The positive potential of sport does not develop automatically. It requires a professional and socially responsible intervention which is tailored to the respective social and cultural context. Successful Sport for Development and Peace programmes work to realize the right of all members of society to participate in sport and leisure activities. Effective programmes intentionally give priority to development objectives and are carefully designed to be inclusive.
Effective Sport for Development and Peace programmes combine sport and play with other non-sport components to enhance their effectiveness. Such programmes embody the best values of sport while upholding the quality and integrity of the sport experience. They are delivered in an integrated manner with other local, regional and national development and peace initiatives so that they are mutually reinforcing. Programmes seek to empower participants and communities by engaging them in the design and delivery of activities, building local capacity, adhering to generally accepted principles of transparency and accountability, and pursuing sustainability through collaboration, partnerships and coordinated action.
Peace and Sport

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