Sport Vital in Promoting Development and Social Change

18 July 2014, Harare,The UN promotes the concept of sport for all as a fundamental right.  Everyone has a right to participate in sport with dignity and equality, regardless of race, class, gender, ability, or physical and social restraints,” acting UN Resident Coordinator, Reza Hossaini has said.

Speaking at the official opening of the 3rd national sports convention, Mr. Hossaini sad, “Sport can be used as a low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts, not only by the UN system but also by governments, NGOs, development agencies, sports federations, armed forces and the media.”

Sport has played an important role in all societies, be it in the form of competitive sport, physical activity, or play.  International sporting competition is perceived increasingly as an ideal channel for nations, regions and cities to share their identities and ‘brands’ with the rest of the world and to build their own national identity, solidarity and cohesion.

Whether it be advocating for social inclusion, equality, or developing community role models, sport has demonstrated that it can be a valuable tool in fostering positive social change and a more peaceful world.

The acting UN Resident Coordinator noted, “I encourage Zimbabwe to come together to harness the power of sport to create a better world. I urge all relevant Zimbabwean stakeholders involved, to continue to work to integrate sport into your national programs and policies, specifically in the thematic areas of gender inclusion, persons with disabilities, and social development.”

Read the statement by the Acting UN Resident Coordinator