On 6 April 2014, the IOC will be celebrating the United Nations (UN) first ever International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. Creating a historical link to the first modern Olympic Games on 6 April 1896, this new annual event is an occasion to celebrate and promote sport as an innovative and effective tool for positive societal and individual change across the world.
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Building on the work that is already being carried out across the globe by the Olympic Movement, sports clubs, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and all other community groups, centres and volunteers who believe in the power of sport, the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace seeks to draw the world’s attention to the contribution of sport and physical activity to human, economic and national development; to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; to education and cultural understanding. It also provides a notable platform to call for action, and advocate greater investment in sport, recreational and sports infrastructures, as well as quality physical education.
Learn how organisations across the world plan to celebrate, reflect and engage on the first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, and gain insights and unique perspectives from key players by consulting the Special News section of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE) Online Magazine.
Discover the IOC’s numerous initiatives and programmes for development and peace through sport by visiting our dedicated page
Learn more about the IOC’s long-standing partnership with the UN here
Learn more about the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace