Harness the power of sports
UN Secretary General's message to mark International Day of Sport for
Development and Peace:
Sport is a unique and powerful tool to promote dignity and the equal
and inalienable rights of every member of the human family. It is a
driving force for positive social change. That is why some of the
world's greatest sportsmen and women have been, and remain, engaged in
helping the United Nations to raise awareness on important issues such
as hunger, HIV-AIDS, gender equality and environmental stewardship.
This year the world is embarking on a major new challenge -
implementing the visionary 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
United Nations Member States have adopted 17 universal Sustainable
Development Goals to build a future of peace, justice, dignity and
opportunity for all. Together, they provide a set of integrated and
indivisible priorities for people, planet, prosperity, partnership and
To reach these global goals, we must engage all sectors of society,
everywhere. Sport has an essential role to play. Sport promotes health
It fosters tolerance, mutual understanding and peace. It contributes
to social inclusion and equality.
It empowers women and girls and persons with disabilities. It is a
vital part of quality education in schools. It empowers, inspires and
Value of sport
On this third International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, I
urge Governments, organisations, businesses, and all actors in society
to harness the values and power of sport to support the achievement of
the Sustainable Development Goals. By working - and playing - together,
we can create the future we want.