to promote education, health, development and peace
“Sport is a universal language.
At its best it can bring people together, no matter what their origin, background, religious beliefs or economic status.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Why a year of sport? The United Nations has been collaborating with non-governmental organizations, the private sector, universities, parliaments and a range of religious and spiritual communities for a long time. What was missing, however, was a systematic approach to an important sector in civil society: Sport. Consequently, the year 2005 has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Sport and Physical Education. The universal language of sport plays a very important role in our world. It teaches tolerance, fair play, and tackles drug abuse. Last but not least, it brings people together. That is why the United Nations is turning to the world of sport for help in the work for peace and the efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The International Year of Sport and Physical Education 2005 seeks to encourage the use of sport to promote education, health, development and peace.
Sport brings people together Sport is not only about
performance, competition, World Cups and star athletes. It is also about developing a sense of community and common purpose.
Sport is about humanity!
“The true spirit of sport means
respecting yourself, the sport, your coaches and your competitors. That means working hard, being fair, honest and free from drugs.” Austrian Swimmer Markus Rogan
“Sport can play a role in improving the lives of whole communities”, said the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the launch of the International Year. “I am convinced that the time is right to build on that understanding, to encourage governments, development agencies and communities to think how sport can be included more systematically in the plans to...