Due to its vast reach, unparalleled popularity and foundation of positive values, sport is ideally positioned to contribute towards the United Nations’ objectives for development and peace. To raise awareness of this potential, 6 April was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly.
The adoption of this Day signifies the increasing recognition by the United Nations of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.
Sport for Development and Peace is an opportunity to recognize the potential of sport to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. At the same time, the Day underlines that sports can foster peace and can contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding.
Sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and health at the local, national and international levels. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline, respect for the opponent and the rules of the game are understood all over the world and can be harnessed in the advancement of solidarity, social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.
For these reasons, states, the United Nations system and, in particular, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace, relevant international organizations, and international, regional and national sports organizations, civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, and all other relevant stakeholders are invited to cooperate, observe and raise awareness of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
The World Taekwondo Federation invites you to be involved in this unique day to celebrate sport as a powerful weapon to tackle contemporary worldwide issues, as well as to promote development and peace through sport.
Please join the WTF in #WhiteCard campaign to show your support to peace through sport by doing the following two simple steps!
Step 1: Take a picture of yourself, your athlete or the whole team holding white papers (A5 size)
The pictures will be published on our World Taekwondo Federation and WTF Para-Taekwondo Facebook Page on April 6.
We are looking forward to receiving and publishing your photos! Be creative!
Link to album with photos: open...