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Creating a Sporting Chance? A Query into the UN Agenda on Sport for Development and Peace

By Kate Henne

Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University

Former IOC President Jacques Rogge with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Image from http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/sport/home/sport/template/news_item.jsp?cid=40805

Former IOC President Jacques Rogge with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Image from http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/sport/home/sport/template/news_item.jsp?cid=40805

Many readers may not know that sport is considered a human right. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for all,” acknowledging that everyone should have access to and the ability to participate in sport, play, and physical activity.

Despite this long-standing recognition, the UN took little action in this space – that is, until fairly recently. Within current UN agendas, sport emerges as a tool for development, one that, according to advocates, can support all of the Millennium Development Goals. Continue Reading →