Sport has historically played an important role in all societies, in the form of competitive sport or physical activity. It is a tool for training, progress and peace and it supports unity, patience, understanding, and health, both mental and physical, at all levels of society. The power of sport is to enhance life skills of young people for a better world and to advance gender equality.
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace promotes healthy lifestyles and focuses on giving as many people as possible access to sport. It is a day when some of the world’s leading sports’ people work together with communities to bring sporting opportunities to enrich lives, particularly youth. The United Nations (UN) has proclaimed the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace which takes place on April 06, in 2017.
Sport as a fundamental right, it gives right of access to, and participation in, sport has long been recognised in a number of international conventions. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a "fundamental right for all." But until today, the right to play and sport has too often been ignored or disrespected.
Sport as a powerful tool, it is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice.
Sport and peace, it is an universal language that can be a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.
Sport and Sustainable Development, it has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives. Since the inception of the MDGs in 2000, sport has played a vital role in enhancing each of the eight goals, a fact which has been recognized in numerous Resolutions of the General Assembly. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sport’s role for social progress is further acknowledged.
We, at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), recognise the growing contribution of sport to the realisation of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.
On this day, we celebrate the power of sport in uniting young people coming from different cultures and backgrounds standing with one common value of promoting peace and sustainable development.