Message by Audrey Azoulay for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2021

    International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2021

    Message from Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the Occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace



    6 April 2021



    With many sporting events having been cancelled over the past year, sports halls remaining closed and physical education still suspended in schools, we must not forget the role of sport in our collective and individual well-being.




    In these times of pandemic, it is important to remember the importance of sports for physical and mental health. We know, for example, that regular physical activity has a positive impact on the prevention of chronic cardiovascular diseases, which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), are the leading cause of death in the world.




    The decrease in physical activity is therefore a major health issue. It is all the more worrying because it affects young people in particular, whose physical activity has decreased since the beginning of the pandemic, from 13 hours a week to 7 hours for young people aged 6 to 18.2


    因此,体育活动的减少是对身体健康的重大挑战。这种情况特别影响到青少年,所以就更加令人担忧。据报道,自疫情爆发以来,6到 18岁青少年每周体育活动的时间从13小时减少到7小时。


    In response to these challenges, and to place sport at the heart of the health of our societies, UNESCO has developed a new global programme, Fit for Life. This new framework aims to promote global reflection on sports practices, to accompany national policies for the mainstreaming of sport in education, youth and health policies. By mobilizing all stakeholders in education and governments, Fit for Life will enable the collective development of solutions with a strong local impact that can be replicated.


    正是为了应对这些挑战,也是为了把体育放在我们社会健康的核心位置,教科文组织制定了一项新的全球计划:“健康生活”(Fit for Life)。这一新框架旨在促进对体育实践的全球反思,以支持各国将体育纳入教育、青年和卫生政策的国家政策。“健康生活”将通过动员教育界和政府的所有行动方,共同开发出具有广泛当地影响且可复制的解决方案。


    The role of sport in sustainable development is also based on the values it embodies. In a context of tension and inequalities, sport has a unique capacity to bring our societies together, to unite them in shared emotions and to transmit the values of inclusion, solidarity and mutual respect. At a time when we need to redouble our inventiveness in order to rebuild the future, sport reminds us of our ability to surpass ourselves, to go ever further.




    It is for all these reasons that UNESCO is committed to the promotion of sport in education, for all.




    And it is so that all societies can benefit from the power of sport that we have launched the Sport for Development Coalition with development banks. Through it, we help public authorities to access funding for the development of quality physical education, and to support sport through the crisis and beyond – with a priority on Africa.




    For a year, sport has remained a symbol of solidarity and hope. The father of modern Olympism, Pierre de Coubertin, said that every difficulty encountered should be treated as an opportunity for further progress. With these initiatives, we are ensuring that this crisis will be the source of new progress for the post-COVID-19 world.



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