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Sport for Peace and Development
The practice of sport is a recognized instrument for promoting peace, as it disregards both geographical borders and social classes. It also plays a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts.

soccer-africa-beach-WEB.jpg Sport is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice. Tackling problems in post conflict situations can be eased as sport has the ability to bring people together. In its efforts to use sport as a catalyst for peace and social development, UNESCO has supported several initiatives in the past years, namely:

Photo: © Phil H., 2006


NewsMovie Premiere: Clint Eastwood’s Invictus 2010-01-11 10:00 am UNESCO
The French Premiere of Invictus was hosted by UNESCO in Paris on 11 January 2010. The objective was to highlight the power of “sport for reconciliation”, and the importance of the fight against racism to the cause of peace and conflict resolution.

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