International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is celebrated today across the world. Sport is a passion shared by women and men across the world. It is a force for physical well-being and social empowerment. It is an engine for equality, especially gender equality, for including everyone, especially the most disadvantaged. There is no more powerful platform than sport to nurture the values we all share – solidarity, responsibility, respect, honesty, teamwork, equality motivation and self-esteem.
Sport is a way to include everyone, including refugees and migrants, to fight against stereotypes, to strengthen the foundations for peace in healthy societies.
Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace. 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.”
ootball’s world governing body, FIFA commemorates this day and the power of football to contribute to human development and peace. In the past year, FIFA has supported campaigns and recognised organisations that have contributed to these causes by using football as a tool for positive change around the world.
The Dubai Sports Council (DSC) has urged the public and private sectors to join hands and ensure the success of International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6.
Many Organisations and individuals are supporting the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by speaking about it both online and offline.
— Sterling Bank Plc (@Sterling_Bankng) April 6, 2017
— Peace and Sport (@peaceandsport) April 6, 2017
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) April 6, 2017
— Phumzile Mlambo (@phumzileunwomen) April 6, 2017
— UNESCO (@UNESCO) April 6, 2017