The United Nations has been using sport in their development programmes for years now and in the report ‘UN INTER-AGENCY TASK FORCE on sport for development and peace’ it is explained why sport is so effective for development and therefore why the United Nations use it as a tool for development and peace towards achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
Wilfried Lemke, who is the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, stated that sport plays a big role in the efforts of the United Nations to improve the lives of people around the world, with the believe that sport builds bridges between individuals and across communities and provides a fertile ground for sowing the seeds of development and peace.
The United Nations strongly believes that sport is a perfect way to connect since it has been used in both development cooperation and humanitarian aid efforts. In order to achieve their objectives, several UN programmes have utilized the power of sport, especially the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) which were adopted in the year of 2000.
The full United Nations report can be found by clicking on the link below: