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International framework on measuring sport’s contribution gains traction

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International framework on measuring sport’s contribution gains traction

Positive feedback from the annual meeting of the open-ended working group on developing indicators on sport and the SDGs.

Global experts have commended an international framework which helps countries and sports bodies measure the contribution sport makes to the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

In Geneva, 90 experts from governments, international organisations and sports bodies welcomed the framework during the annual meeting of an open-ended working group on developing indicators on sports and the SDGs, hosted by the International Labour Organization.

The Commonwealth developed the framework, which includes model indicators and a toolkit that can be used to assess the potential benefits of delivery of sport and recreation programmes on the SDGs.

Officials from the countries and organisations that have adopted the framework attended the meeting. They reported that the framework has improved their ability to forge multi-sector partnerships on sport and sustainable development, and enhanced their capacity to target future policy and programme to maximise sport’s benefits across communities.

Speaking at the meeting, Suzzette Ison from Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports said: “This framework has made it much easier for us to show how sport can deliver on the priorities of stakeholders across sectors and areas of government.

Etsuko Yamada from Japan Sports Council echoed this, saying: “The practical implementation of the model indicators framework will lead to a strong evidence-based policy-making process.”

The framework is the first international initiative to support data collection on sport’s impact on the SDGs – particularly on good health, equality education, good governance and gender equality – areas to which sport does not directly relate but can contribute.

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Friday, November 29, 2019 - 21:06