Main Policy Area II - Maximising the contributions of sport to sustainable development and peace

There is an increasing acknowledgement that sport, as a universal language, can contribute to a culture of peace within and among nations. Sport is recognized as an excellent mean of fostering reconciliation between divided communities and of alleviating the most profund social tensions. 

As recognized by the Berlin Declaration, the major sport events may leave tangible and intangible benefits for the host country's society and economy. For countries to benefit, the entire process starting with the bid has to be managed in a sustainable manner taking into consideration the needs of all stakeholders, including local residents.

Every participant in sport must be empowered through sustainable development to attain a level of achievement which corresponds to their capabilities and interest. 


Sport for Development and Peace and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


The Commonwealth - Enhancing the Contribution of Sport to the Sustainable Development Goals


The Commonwealth Guide to Advancing Development through Sport


Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace Working Group “Sport for Development and Peace Youth Advocacy Toolkit”


The Commonwealth “Strengthening Sport for Development and Peace: National Policies and Strategies”


SDP International Working Group - Governments in Action Report


SDP International Working Group report “Harnessing the Power of Sport and Development for Peace: Recommendations to Governments”



Coalter, F. (2008) “Sport-in-Development: A Monitoring and Evaluation Manual”, UK Sport.


SDP International Working Group (2007) “Literature reviews on Sport for Development and Peace”


The development of this toolkit builds upon a number of collaborative international expert efforts led by the Commonwealth, aimed at existing countries to improve sport-related data and develop national results framework linking sport to the SDGs.
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