Build peaceful, inclusive and equitable societies (SDG 10 & 16)

Well-designed programmes that include people irrespective of ability, ethnicity, gender, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, challenge social divides and can make a valuable contribution to social inclusion and empowerment (SDG 10.2). By drawing on its cross-cultural status and the work of skilled facilitators and role models, participation in physical education, physical activity and sport can contribute to efforts to build peaceful, inclusive and equitable societies. Initiatives can be used to build relationships, encourage positive interaction, and foster respect between groups affected by conflict or marginalisation (16.1), perhaps involving dedicated support structures and programmes (SDG 10.7). All approaches are likely to be most sustainable when they are integrated within wider peace building, violence reduction and social inclusion processes.