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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

With memories still fresh regarding the racist chanting directed towards England football players Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi at the recent UEFA European Championship match between Montenegro and England at the Podgorica City Stadium, it is perhaps more important than ever to recognise the International Day of Sport for Development of Peace on 6 April.

Sport and peace

Sport has a unique position in society to be able to promote a message of peace.  It is a universal language, which is able to transcend traditional boundaries of identity: citizenship; culture; religion.

Sport shares many values, which are synonymous with those required for peace.  Respect; teamwork; discipline; adherence to a code of conduct.  These principles and similar ideals can be extended to provide a larger framework for social cohesion and peaceful coexistence both within and between nations.

Sport and development

The role of sport has been acknowledged as having played an important part in highlighting many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include eradicating poverty and hunger; increasing access to education; promoting gender equality; improving global health; and working towards environmental sustainability.

Grassroots sports projects are widely recognised as low-cost, high-impact tools in development, peace-building and humanitarian aid initiatives.

Find out more:

The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS University of London offers the module Sport and Diplomacy: More than a Game on its postgraduate programmes MA/PGDip International Studies and Diplomacy, MSc Global Corporations and Policy, and MSc Global Energy and Climate Policy.

Understanding sport’s capacity in the field of diplomacy challenges conventional state-based approaches and sheds light upon a plethora of related issues, including international governance, international business, cultural diplomacy and public diplomacy.

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions:

SOAS has been ranked third in the world by the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings for supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goal: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

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