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45 organisations sign the Call to Action on sport and refugees


45 organisations sign the Call to Action on sport and refugees

You still have the chance to sign a call launched at the RESPONSIBALL Forum on 8 November.

On 8 November, RESPONSIBALL held an event in Lausanne to promote the use of sport to support refugees. It resulted in a Call to Action, which has now been signed by 75 people and 45 organisations.

The call recognises the potential of sport to promote the inclusion and integration of refugees, while providing recommendations on how that can be done more effectively. The full Call to Action is published below, followed by details of how to sign it and a description of a call for project submissions launched by sportanddev alongside the Call to Action.

We, the participants of the RESPONSIBALL Forum on Sport and Refugees, meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 08 November 2018, and like-minded organisations and individuals, recognise the contribution and enormous potential of sport for the inclusion and integration of refugees.

To realise this potential, we recommend:

  • establishing a collaboration and coordination mechanism enabling stakeholders to share tools, experiences and create opportunities to exchange.
  • leadership from sport governing bodies to develop a strategy on sport for refugees, as a high priority  within their organisations.
  • capacity building for governments, non-governmental organisations, sports organisations and clubs in implementing appropriate sportactivities with refugees.
  • support from governments, corporates and foundations to local organisations and clubs to integrate refugees into their activities and management structures.
  • evidence from researchers and practitioners to demonstrate the impact of sport programmes focused on the integration of refugees.

In addition, we recommend the organisation of follow-up conferences on sport and refugees with a view to setting the agenda and taking stock of the progress that has been made in the last two years in achieving this Call to Action.

Sport has the potential to be a significant tool in guaranteeing that governments, the private sector, international organisations, NGOs and the public can achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda and ensure that no one is left behind.

sportanddev formed a partnership with the RESPONSIBALL Forum, providing media coverage, presenting on organisations and initiatives in the field of sport and refugees, and facilitating a workshop on project implementation. We have launched a call for organisations using sport to work with refugees to share details of their projects on our website. 


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 15:48

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