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Sport enables sustainable development by promoting health, education and social inclusion objectives: UN
International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is being observed across the globe on April 6 to promote the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with focus on sport's role for social progress.

According to the UN, "Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives."

Linking sport and Sustainable Development, UN deems that the sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives. Since the inception of the MDGs in 2000; and it has played a vital role in enhancing each of the eight goals. Also, in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, sport's role for social progress has been further acknowledged.

Sport has historically played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity or play. But one may wonder: what does sport have to do with the United Nations? In fact, sport presents a natural partnership for the United Nations (UN) system.

One may recall that earlier UNESCO had described sport and physical education as a "fundamental right for all", however, it has often been ignored or disrespected. Its 'intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.'

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