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28.11.2013 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

International Seminar on the Role of Sport for Human Development organized in Rio de Janeiro

On 25 November 2013 the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) hosted the UNESCO seminar Sport and Human Development. The event was organised by UNESCO with support of the Vale Foundation, the British Consulate in Rio, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Ernst&Young, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Globo TV and SportTV.

During that day, sport personalities, policy-makers and NGOs involved in sport-educational programmes discussed the major trends related to the growing importance of sport for human development initatives. The event was divided into three major panels:

  • Mega events: sport, sustainability and legacy;
  • Sport for Peace, Values and Fair Play;
  • Sport as a Human Right, Social Inclusion and Development.

Important sport personalities, such as former Brazilian Olympic Medallists Flávio Canto (judo), Lars Grael (Sailing), Ana Moser (volleyball) and the first Brazilian F1 champion and Laureus Academy Member, Emerson Fittipaldi, participated in these discussions. Jacqueline Silva, UNESCO Champion for Sport, was also one the speakers of the event and provided her views on sport as a fundamental human right.

Besides discussing the importance of sport for peace, social development and cooperation, the seminar also brought national and international specialists on sport mega events. Judith Sykes, former sustainability manager of the London Olympic Games 2012, was the keynote speaker of the panel which discussed the opportunities and challenges for Brazil in hosting the most important world sport events of the decade, e.g. the FIFA World Cup (2014) and the Rio Olympic Games (2016). The Brazilian entities involved in organizing the Olympic Games, particularly the Organizing Committee of Rio 2016 (COB) and the Rio Olympic Company (EOM), also stated their first impressions about what remains to be done regarding the forthcoming events and the development opportunities arising from these major sport milestones in the recent Brazilian history.

Phillip Muller-Wirth, from UNESCO’s Anti-doping and Sport team, shared the state-of-the art regarding current trends in intergovernmental sport policy-making, particularly with regards to the outcomes of the recent International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS V) held in Berlin in May 2013.

The UNESCO-Vale Foundation publication series “Sport” was also launched at the seminar. These short publications will help and orient the pedagogical practice of physical education professionals involved in Vale`s nationwide sport programme called “Brasil Vale Ouro”. More than 50 Brazilian sport specialists and academics were consulted and provided their expertise in writing, revising and compiling these 12 booklets.

The following books are part of the collection: 1) Human physiology; 2) Exercise physiology; 3) Growing, development and maturation; 4) Sports Training; 5) Motor Learning; 6) Sport Psychology; 7) Sport as a possibility for development; 8) Nutrition in Sport; 9) Biomechanics of Human Movement; 10) Values in Sport; 11) Physical Evaluation; and 12) Pedagogy of Cooperation.




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