Power of Sport and the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
Mary HumsUniversity of Louisville
2013 IDSDP Resolution
The UN General Assembly declared the 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace in late August 2013. The adoption of this day signifies the
increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement
of human rights, and social and economic development.
2007 Concept Note
• (1) An International Day of Sport is essential to preserve and sustain the legacy of the United Nations’ International Year of Sport and Physical Education to ensure that the communities worldwide continue to consider sport’s vital role in social, political and cultural development.
• (2) Although sport currently crosses international boundaries on a daily basis, an International Day uniquely devoted to the celebration of sport would provide a distinct forum for the international community to acknowledge and reflect on its role in civil society.
• (3) An International Day of Sport would encourage the infusion of sport into other International Days, including: International Women’s Day, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Health Day, International Youth Day, International Day of Disabled Persons, and Human Rights Day.
2007 Concept Note(4) An International Day of Sport would provide an opportunity to build upon the model of the Olympic Truce resolution that has been developed by the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
(5) Given the recent momentum of sport throughout the world in a local, national, and international capacity, an International Day of Sport would provide many non- governmental organizations a unified opportunity to raise awareness for their causes.
(6) It is hoped that an International Day of Sport will be observed through education, celebration, and public awareness to acknowledge the many ways in which sport promotes social and cultural development.
ICSSPE Special Issue
Stakeholder Group• Beyond Sport• BlazeSports• Carribean Sport Development Agency• IAPESGW• ICSSPE• ICSSPE• International Olympic Committee• International Paralympic Committee• IWG Women & Sport • Laureus Sports for Good Foundation• Magic Bus• National Consortium for Academics
and Sports• Peace and Sport
• PeacePlayers International• Right to Play• Special Olympics International• Sport Matters• SportAccord• SportAccord• SportandDev Platform• Streetfootballworld• TAFISA• UNDP• UNESCO• UNOSDP• WomenWin
Peace & Sport -- April6.org
april6.org, created by Peace and Sport, is a platform for expression and promotion aimed at highlighting the initiatives being led for april6 – International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. This day is a unique opportunity to mobilize, unite, encourage and bring to light projects for peace and development through sport.
UNOSDP 5 Messages
Power of Sport to• Promote Respect and Dialogue
• Enhance Life Skills of Children and Youth • Include Everyone, Regardless of Abilities
• Improve Physical and Mental Health • Advance Gender Equality
IDSDP Poster Contest
Call to action for Schools & Students Around the World & Anyone Can Participate!!
Create a poster and a message for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6th
Power of Sport Promote Respect and Dialogue • Enhance Life Skills of Children and Youth • Include Everyone, Regardless
of Abilities • Improve Physical and Mental Health •Advance Gender Equality
10 Posters selected for recognition by global panel of Sport for Development and Peace Stakeholders
Deadline April 30, 2014
IDSDP Impact Assessment
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• Number of people involved
• Number of countries
• Policy development • Media coverage
“This new commemoration on the international calendar will further promote the value of sport as a catalyst for development and peace.”
– Wilfried LemkeSpecial Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace