Former IOC President Jacques Rogge, President of the United Nations General Assembly Vuk Jeremić and Serbian professional tennis player and Peace and Sport Champion for Peace Novak Djokovic, following the UN’s decision to declare 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
At the UN headquarters in New York, on 23 August 2013, the UN General Assembly declared 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) – a decision that represented a historic step in recognizing the transformative power of sport and its great potential in advancing positive social change.
This day is commemorated globally each year by international, regional, national sport and development organizations to honour the role that sport plays in society, whether by encouraging healthier lifestyles, making sport more widely accessible or using it as a vehicle for development in areas made vulnerable by conflict, poverty and inequality.
The two first editions of IDSDP were celebrated all over the world by a diversity of actors involved in using the benefits of sport to connect people to a wide range of development and reconciliation efforts.
Get more information on International Day of Sport for Development and Peace:
- on the IOC website: http://www.olympic.org/idsdp
- on the United Nations website (read Mr. Ban Ki Moon’s message: http://www.un.org/en/events/sportday/2014/sgmessage.shtml)
- on UNOSDP’s website: http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/sport/home/unplayers/unoffice/idsdp