The role of sport in achieving the Sustainable Development GoalsAfter 15 years of unprecedented progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world has turned its attention to the successor Sustainable Development Goals in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which has just been adopted. After reviewing the achievements and outstanding issues related to the eight MDGs, the international community, led by the United Nations, carried out in-depth consultation with stakeholders from all spheres of society and set 17 goals. sustainable development to be achieved over the next 15 years. Designed primarily to bring people and the planet closer together and to leave no one behind, the 2030 Agenda is a unique opportunity to spark global action for development in the world, including in the field of sport for development and Peace.

Sport has proven to be an economical and flexible tool to promote the goals of peace and development. Since the adoption of the MDGs in 2000, it has played a pivotal role in advancing each of the eight goals, a fact that has been recognized in numerous General Assembly resolutions. In resolution 70/1, entitled “Transforming the world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, adopted in 2015, its role in social progress is further recognized.

Sport is also an important element of sustainable development. We appreciate his growing contribution to development and peace through the tolerance and respect he advocates; empowerment of women and youth, of the individual and of the community; and the achievement of health, education and social inclusion goals. Read more


source: United Nations
Photo: Children play football at the ACAKORO Football Academy in the Korogocho district of Nairobi, Kenya in September 2015 © UNOSDP