International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) Awareness Program

International Theme Song for the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, coming from Jaffna

International Olympic Committee and United Nations proclaimed together to celebrate the “International Day of Sport for Development and Peace” on the April 6 every year since 2014, which is with the anniversary of the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, in 1896. Since Sport is an important enabler of sustainable development, it’s been recognized to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of Olympic values and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives. Moreover, it is vital to our nation to create peace and development through the Sport.

The 2nd IDSDP was organised in the University of Jaffna for the first time in Sri Lanka and the awareness on the IDSDP is gradually growing; but it is yet to be highlighted to create a better world through Sport with the help of Sport administrators, athletes, practitioners, policymakers, researchers and all stakeholders by organizing events such as competitions, walks, talks, photo/video/poster campaigns, new reports, social media campaigns and many other creative and innovative approaches.

The UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) is promoting five key messages for this occasion, and encourages that these messages will be spread around the world:

  • The power of sport to respect and promote dialogue
  • The power of sport to enhance life skills of children and youth
  • The power of sport to include everyone regardless of abilities
  • The power of sport to advance gender equality
  • The power of sport to improve physical and mental health

On the occasion of the IDSDP2017 on April6, UNOSDP has launched the digital campaign under the theme of #WePlayTogether to highlight global involvement. To mark the day activities can be big or small, ranging from organizing an advocacy campaign or sports tournament to participating in Peace and Sport’s #WhiteCard campaign. However you plan to celebrate, we would love to hear from you. You may organize peace poster competition, IDSDP2017 walk, talks, organizing events, friendly matches, debate/art competitions and writing articles to the media to create the awareness of the program.

As IDSDP is a unique opportunity to celebrate, engage and reflect on the power of sport in policy, research and practice, we are calling on all actors from the sports sectors, the development and peace sectors, journalists, the media, schools and universities in our country to engage with and celebrate IDSDP2017.

You have an opportunity to build and grow the sport for development and peace movement, reach new stakeholders, include more young people and make to the empowerment of women through the power of sport. The IDSDP2017 will be a great opportunity to all of us to celebrate together for the 17 universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to build a future of peace, justice, and dignity.

In addition to the above two hashtags, do not forget to use #IDSDP and #IDSDP2017 too. We encourage all of you to take part in the IDSDP, and to share your experiences in the sport and development community.

Let’s celebrate IDSDP2017 in a very successful way!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact:

For more info you may visit: IDSDP IDSDP International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Mr. Sameera Wijayagunaratne Member - IDSDP Global Network P: +94 (0) 77 384 7203 E: Mr. S. Gobinaath Member - IDSDP Global Network P: +94 (0) 77 347 8748 E:

Paul Bright

33rd batch. MSU President - 2014

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