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Impact workshop on sport and sustainable development

Copyrights: UN Association of Finland (Opening remarks of UN Youth Delegate of Finland at the event on the role of sports in achieving peace and development)

Impact workshop on sport and sustainable development

The main aim of the day is to scale up voices of young athletes about the themes and provide concrete tools for them to participate in their surrounding societies.

How will you be celebrating on the day?

UN Youth Delegate of Finland together with several civil society organisations will organise impact workshop on the societal role of sports in achieving peace and sustainable development at Mäkelänrinne Sports High School. The three hour day will consist of 14 parallel workshops organised by UN Association of Finland, UN Youth of Finland, UN Youth of Helsinki, LiiKe Sports and development, Finnish Olympic Committee, Red card to racism campaign, Peace United campaign, Finnish National Youth Council Allianssi and one by UN Youth Delegate herself.

Each student will participate to two workshops. In the end of the day, there will small scale competition on the themes discussed earlier. The workshops tacke issues such as gender inequality in sports, human rights, intercultural dialogue and role of international sporting events and their power to raise up issues such sexual minories. The workshops elaborate the role of sports as global citizenship education, the role of media in shaping our realities in the context of sports and how does that gender our realities?

Youth, peace and security will have its own workshop. So will Agenda2030 goals. Red card to racism and peace United will promote intercultural dialogue trough soccer and raise awarness about racism, discrimation and the need for communication. LiiKe Sports and Development will organise Forum Theatre to tackle inequality and marginalisation. The main aim of the day is to scale up voices of young athletes about the themes and provide concrete tools for them to participate in their surrounding societies. The aim is also to inspire young athletes to engage and use the power of sports to fight against inequality, or climate change or to promote global justice, which ever fight they choose. Finnish NBA player Lauri Markkanen, former Mäkelänrinne Sports High School Alumni himself, will also sent a video greetings telling his own choise to fight against climate change.

What does 6 April mean to you?

In a world which is more interconneted than ever, racism, xenophobia and nationalism are gaining ground, sports can be the only common denominator. In a country like Finland, it is easy exclude issues such as child labour, human rights violations and refugee crisis, and to put them into a box happening somewhere there, sports can break the practice of exclusion and show the world that we care about sexual minorities. We care about human rights. And we care about refugees by creating a separate olympic to people who don't have a state to represent. Yet, in a country, women athletes don't receive the appreciation they need. Matches of women hockey players can be rescheduled and step down for the sake of male junior games. News doesn't cover the achievements of women nor disabled athletes as much as they cover the achievemts of male athletes. Also the sporting world needs align with Agenda 2030 sustainable development goals, if we aim to maximise the full potential of sports for development and peace.

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Jenni Sundqvist

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 16:26

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