This report analyses the potential contribution that sport can make towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It takes into account a number of concrete steps in recent years whereby sport has been used in support of development and peace and which has proved the increasing awareness within the United Nations, the world of sport and development of the broader potential of sport.
The report is the outcome of analysis undertaken by the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Sport for Development and Peace which was was convened in 2002 by the Secretary-General to review activities involving sport within the United Nations system. The Task Force was asked to establish an inventory of sport for development programmes, identify instructive examples and encourage the United Nations system to incorporate sport into its activities and work towards the achievement of the MDGs.
The report found that well-designed sport-based initiatives are practical and cost-effective tools to achieve objectives in development and peace and that sport is a powerful vehicle that should be increasingly considered by the United Nations as complementary to existing activities.
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