Sport provides a forum to learn skills such as discipline,confidence and leadership and it teaches core principles such as tolerance, co-operation and respect. Sport teaches the value of effort and how to manage victory, as well as defeat. When these positive aspects of sport are emphasized, sport becomes a powerful vehicle through which the United Nations can work towards achieving its goals.
This report views sport in a broad sense. Incorporated into the definition of ‘sport’ are all forms of physical activity that contribute to physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction. These include play,recreation, organized casual or competitive sport, and indigenous sports or games.
The fundamental elements of sport make it a viable and practical tool to support the achievement of the MDGs. Sport has an impact on health and reduces the likelihood of many diseases. Sports programmes serve as an effective tool for social mobilization, supporting health activities such as HIV/AIDS education and immunisation campaigns. Sport can be a significant economic force, providing employment and contributing to local development. It is also a key site and natural draw for volunteer involvement. Furthermore, participation in sport supports the preservation of a clean and healthy environment.
The practice of sport is vital to the holistic development of young people, fostering their physical and emotional health and building valuable social connections. It offers opportunities for play and self-expression, beneficial especially for those young people with few other opportunities in their lives. Sport also provides healthy alternatives to harmful actions, such as drug abuse and involvement in crime. Within schools, physical education is an essential component of quality education. Physical education programmes not only promote physical activity, there is evidence that such programmes correlate to improved academic performance.
Sport can cut across barriers that divide societies, making it a powerful tool to support conflict prevention and peace-building efforts, both symbolically on the global level and very practically within communities.When applied effectively, sport programmes promote social integration and foster tolerance, helping to reduce tension and generate dialogue. The convening power of sport make it additionally compelling as a tool for advocacy and communications.
1.Sport should be better integrated into the development agenda.
2.Sport should be incorporated as a useful tool in programmes for development and peace.
3.Sport-based initiatives should be included in the country programmes, where appropriate and according to locally assessed needs.
4.Sport for development and peace programmes need greater attention and resources by governments.
5.Communications-based activities using sport should focus on well-targeted advocacy and social mobilization, particularly at national and local levels.
6.The most effective way to implement programmes that use sport for development.