Sport for Peace

Sport as a universal language can be a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a unique opportunity to inspire global action for development worldwide, including the field of Sport for development and peace.

Peace Mission, has used and continue to use sport programmes to achieve its objectives; peace, progress and prosperity.

Sport for Peace - “Let’s play for Sustainable Development Goals”,

Sport for Peace is a recognized instrument for promoting peace, as it disregards both geographical borders and social classes. It also plays a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts and it is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice in societies.

Sport for Peace is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize, support and promote 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.

 

Based on the past success of Sport for development and peace activities and programmes across multiple sectors, Sport for Peace will continue to advance global development assisting in the work towards, and the realization of, the Sustainable Development Goals.  

 

Sports and Sustainable Development Goals 

 

Sport can be used as a means to teach and practice transferable social, employment and life skills that can lead to well-being, economic participation, productivity and resilience.

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Sport programmes associated to nutrition and agriculture can be a suitable complement for food programmes tackling hunger and education on this subject. Beneficiaries can be taught about and encouraged to engage in sustainable food production and balanced diets.

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Physical activity and sport are key components of active lifestyles and mental well-being; they can contribute to prevent risks such as non-communicable diseases, as well as serve as a tool for education on sexual, reproductive and other health issues.

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Physical education and sport activities can enhance enrolment in formal education systems, school attendance and academic performance among school-aged population. Sport-based programmes can also offer a platform for learning opportunities beyond primary and secondary schooling, and for the acquisition of skills transferable to the workplace and to social life.

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Gender equality and changes in norms and attitudes towards it can be promoted in sport contexts, where sport-based initiatives and programmes have the potential to equip women and girls with knowledge and skills that allow them to progress in society.

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Sport can be an effective educational platform for disseminating messages on water sanitation requirements and management. Sport-based programmes can target improvements in water availability by associating its activities and intended outcomes with this subject.

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Sport programmes and activities can support initiatives aiming at the development of energy provision systems and access to them, being used as forums for discussion and promotion of energy efficiency.

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Production, labour market and vocational training in the sport industry and business offer opportunities for employability enhancement and employment, including those for vulnerable groups such as women and people with disabilities. In this framework, sport motivates mobilisation of the wider community and growth of economic activities associated with sports.

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Resilience and industrialisation needs can benefit from sport-based initiatives that aim at development goals in this context, such as post-disaster reconstruction of facilities for sport and leisure. Sport has been recognised and effectively used as an innovative means to promote development and peace complementing other conventional tools in development efforts.

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Development of and through sport in developing countries can contribute to reduce the gap between them and more developed countries. The popularity and positive attitude towards sport make it a suitable tool for tackling inequality in areas and population that are difficult to reach.  

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Inclusion in and through sport is one of the main targets of Sport for Development and Peace. Accessible sport facilities and services contribute to the advancement of this goal and can provide examples of good practice for other kinds of settlements to adopt inclusive and resilient approaches.

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The incorporation of sustainable standards in the production and provision of sport products can contribute to the wider sustainable approach of consumption and production patterns in other industries. Messages and campaigns with this purpose can be disseminated through sport products, services and events.

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Sport activities, programmes and events, in particular mega sport events that entail tourism, can incorporate elements aiming at raising awareness and knowledge of environmental sustainability as well as promote and implement positive responses to climate challenges. It can also facilitate the post-disaster recovery process by instilling a sense of identity and belonging among victims.

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The connection of certain sporting activities to oceans and seas, such as water sports, can be utilised to advocate for the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources within sports and beyond.

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Sport offers a platform for educating and advocating for the preservation of terrestrial ecosystems. Outdoor sport can incorporate safeguards, activities and messages promoting the sustainable and environmentally respectful use of terrestrial resources.

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Sport can help to rebuild post-conflict societies, reunite divided communities, and recover from war-related trauma. In such processes, sport programmes and sporting events can reach out socially excluded groups providing them with scenarios for interaction and serving as a communication platform for the promotion of mutual understanding, reconciliation, unity, and a culture of peace.

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Sport serves as an effective vehicle for translating targeted development objectives into reality and achieving tangible progress towards them. During such action implementation and beyond, the world of sport, from the grassroots to the professional level, from the private to the public sector, can provide powerful networks of partners and stakeholders of a diverse nature with a common commitment to the use of sport for sustainable development.

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