The International Day of Sports for Development and Peace focuses on climate change

by Chiara Aruffo

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) take place on 6th April, promoted by the UN General Assembly.

The International Day of Sports for Development and Peace is celebrated worldwide on 6th April, as an initiative of the UN General Assembly. This day was established in 2013, thus recognizing the importance of sport in the advancement of human rights, and economic and social development. For the UN, “sport has the power to change the world; it is a fundamental right and a powerful tool for strengthening social ties and promoting sustainable development and peace, as well as solidarity and respect for all“.

The theme chosen this year is ‘Securing a sustainable and peaceful future for all: the contribution of sport’. In particular, the United Nations will focus on the role of sport in combating climate change and the concrete actions to be taken to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Sport is recognized as having a role of responsibility but also the capacity to promote actions beyond the sporting sector, thanks to its transversal and international dimension which makes it easy to reach a wide audience.

#Sport4Climate: the role of sport in the fight against climate change

To celebrate the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace, the UN has organized the virtual event #Sport4Climate. The online event is scheduled for Wednesday 6th April at 3.30 p.m. (9.30 a.m. in New York) and will be broadcast on the UN YouTube Channel and UN Web TV. The event is hosted by UN Under-Secretary for Global Communications Melissa Fleming. To register, please visit the event page here.

Activities organised in 2018 by the Peace and Sport association in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan (credits peace-sport.org)

Cover picture: logo of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) (un.org)

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