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IDSDP 2017: Time to get moving

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IDSDP 2017: Time to get moving begins build up to 6 April global celebration.

Historically, 6 April is one of the most important days in sport. In 1896, the first modern Olympics were held in Athens. Building on the Olympic values of friendship and respect, the United Nations has designated 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP).

The UN is setting out a vision for what sport can achieve. Sport can play a significant role in individual and community development. Sport can engage the hardest to reach populations. Sport can inspire hope in the most desperate of circumstances. The UN recognises sport’s contribution to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). As the International Olympic Committee says:

The decision by the UN General Assembly to formally recognize sport’s role in promoting development and peace should serve as a call to action that encourages governments, sports organisations, local authorities and non-governmental organisations worldwide to put sport to work for those important goals.”

Programmes across the world use sport to improve the lives of participants and their communities. The IDSDP is an opportunity for the sport and development community to come together and praise the work of organisations working for change. It is an opportunity for the community to show its scale and strength. It is an opportunity to influence policymakers in governments and international organisations.

Early planning is important if we are to seize these opportunities and make IDSDP 2017 an even bigger success than last year. If you have not already started, the time is now.

Every year, has supported the community by publishing a section on our website providing commentaries, updates and advice. Other important resources 

We have started to build's IDSDP 2017 section. Parts will be familiar to visitors from last year and we also have some surprises in store.

In the meantime, if you have already planned an event or campaign for IDSDP 2017 then we would love to hear from you. You can write to to let us know what you’ll be doing.


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