UNESCO joins development banks in Sport for Development Coalition
The goal of the Coalition will be to mobilize resources for sports projects, leveraging its impact and capacity to foster development and inclusion. UNESCO’s joining reflects its leading role in the UN system in the sports field, with their hosting of the World Conference of Ministers of Sport; the Kazan Action Plan, and the Antidoping Convention. UNESCO will provide advice and expertise on sport for development standards, policies and tools, and will also develop concrete programs. Coordinated by the AFD, the members of the Coalition will establish a task force to determine a common vision, objectives and an action plan.
This is a major initiative in the sports world especially during the current challenging context worldwide. The Coalition’s first deliverable is the sportencommun platform, an interface that brings together the demand and supply side of sport for development initiatives with measurable impact, especially for vulnerable communities.
The Sport for Development Coalition was launched on the occasion of the Finance in Common Summit that gathered for the first time some 450 national, regional and international public development banks. Organized from 11 to 12 November 2020 by the Agence française de développement (AFD) in the context of the 2020 Paris Peace Forum, the Summit dedicated a specific side event to the power of sport to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. It included several high-level panelists: Mr Rémy Rioux, Director General of the AFD; Mr Tony Estanguet, President of Paris 2024; Ms Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); Mr Serge Ekué, President of the Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD); Ms Marie Sallois-Dembreville, Director Corporate and Sustainable Development of the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Mr Amadou Gallo Fall, Vice President and Managing Director Africa of the Basket Africa League; Mr Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC); and Ms Gabriela Ramos for UNESCO.