08.02.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Jakarta Office promotes the role of sport as an enabler of achieving SDGs


New York: On 30-31 January 2018, UNESCO Jakarta Office contributed to the ECOSOC Youth Forum, the largest gathering of young people at the United Nations, by showcasing the power of sport and physical education as enablers of SDG achievement.

The 7th ECOSOC Youth Forum was dedicated to “the role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities.” The Forum brought together more than 500 youth advocates from around the world, youth ministers and civil society leaders, to advance the role of young people, as agents of change, in implementing of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Two Youth Delegates from Cambodia and Indonesia represented Asia-Pacific Youth and Sport Task Force, recently established by UNESCO as a platform for promoting youth-led, sports-based initiatives for development and peace. They contributed to the discussions during the Forum and the related side-events based on their work with vulnerable communities in their countries.

Irakli Khodeli, Programme Specialist of Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO Jakarta Office moderated discussions on youth migration and peacebuilding during the session on SDG 11 – make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

UNESCO and its sport-based projects in Southeast Asia also featured at various side-events of the 56th session of the Commission for Social development:

UNESCO is the United Nations’ lead agency for Physical Education and Sport (PES). Its Sport Charter, adopted in 1978 and revised in 2015, has recognized sport as a fundamental human right. In July 2017, the 6th International Conference of Ministers Responsible for Sport and Physical Education (MINEPS VI) of UNESCO adopted the Kazan Action Plan that links sport policy development to the 2030 Agenda, maximizing the economic, social and environmental development returns for countries that invest in sport and physical education.

To translate these declarations and commitments into action, UNESCO will continue to work with the national partners around the world to design sport-based projects tailored to address the specific needs of the countries and communities.

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