Global Sustainable Development through the Power of Sport
Sport is recognised by the United Nations as a “an important enabler of sustainable development”. As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the inception of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)1 at a United Nations Summit, sport was highlighted as a key contributor to each of the development goals. Here Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace Sport, illustrates sports potential related to a few selected SDGs.
Sport has consistently been proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool for promoting peace and development objectives. Harnessing the unique potential of sport, my Office, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP)2 has long been bringing people and organizations together through sport, and supporting sport for peace initiatives from mega sport events to the grassroots level.