This toolkit reflects the experiences of various UN entities, development organisations and sports companies, which have used sport and recognised its value as a far-reaching tool for development and peace.
Since the adoption of the first General Assembly resolution on sport, in 1993, and the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations has been using sports as a tool for development and peace for decades. Through a significant record of General Assembly resolutions, Secretary-Generals’ reports and High-level Political Documents, the United Nations has recognised the key contribution of sport to the realisation of development and peace, particularly in its promotion of tolerance and respect, the empowerment of women and young people and other individuals and communities as well as its contribution to health, education, social inclusion and the reduction of inequalities.
It can create a compelling framework for partnerships, advocacy and public awareness raising.
For all these reasons, sport is an important enabler of sustainable development and we believe that its potential can be even further enhanced to promote effective partnerships for the implementation of the SDGs. The Principality of Monaco and the SDG Fund recognise the key role that sports can play, hence the creation of this toolkit on mainstreaming SDGs in sports, with a special focus on pilot initiatives already implemented by major sports actors and on the “SDGs Youth World Cup”, developed and implemented with a wide range of co-sponsors and partners.