International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
In August 2013, the UN General Assembly made the decision to proclaim 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
UNESCO is the United Nations’ lead agency for Physical Education and Sport (PES). UNESCO believes that sport is a powerful vehicle for social inclusion, gender equality and youth empowerment, with benefits that are felt far beyond the stadiums. Indeed, the values acquired in and through sport – such as fair play and a team spirit – are invaluable to the whole of society.
Sport can no longer be considered a luxury within any society but is rather an important investment in the present and future, particularly in developing countries.
What UNESCO does for the Sport
UNESCO, as the United Nations’ lead agency for physical education and sport, promotes the educational, cultural and social dimensions of sport and physical education.
Using sport to drive health, education and equality outcomes
QPE represents active, inclusive, peer-led learning. A tailored QPE programme supports students to develop the physical, social and emotional skills which define self-confident and socially responsible citizens.
Sport can teach values such as fairness, teambuilding, equality, discipline, inclusion, perseverance and respect.
The plan marks the commitment to link sport policy development to the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations.
The International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport is a rights-based reference that orients and supports policy- and decision-making in sport.
Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO, discusses how UNESCO is using sport to tackle three intersecting global challenges worsened by COVID-19: physical inactivity, mental health issues and inequality. UNESCO’s new sport initiative Fit for Life is framed as a solution to driving outcomes in health, education and equality. Offering stakeholders a joined-up implementation framework with concrete pathways to deliver smart investments in sport that create impact across sectors, Fit for Life aims at triggering systems-based and behaviourial change to “build back better”.