Why does your sport trip help achieve the UNSD goals?

Because sport is the essence of our trips and can be a path toward education 🎓 .

Here are few reasons why sports 🚴🏼‍♀️ and development are linked , and why sport contributes to education  in a certain way. 

Sport has a crucial role to play in the efforts of the United Nations to improve the lives of people around the world. Sport builds bridges between individuals and across communities, providing a fertile ground for sowing the seeds of development and peace.

Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace

Since the inception of the mandate of the Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace in 2001 and the publication of an inter-agency report in 2003 showing how sport can assist in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), important progress has been made in politics.

On a yearly basis between 2003-2007 and bi-annually since 2008, UN Member States gathered in the General Assembly have unanimously adopted resolutions. Those resolutions demonstrate their commitment and support to sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace, and calling for the Secretary-General to report on their implementation.

2005 was proclaimed the International Year of Sport and Physical Education (IYSPE 2005). This added a strong push to the efforts made to better integrate sport into the development agenda. Sport has also been acknowledged as a vehicle for peace and human development in several key UN documents, whereby Heads of State and Government “recognize that sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and health at the local, national and international levels.”

Achieving the Objectives of the United Nations through Sport

Education

Health

Empowerment and Inclusion

Peace

Sport, as a universal language, can be a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance, understanding and social cohesion by bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions.
Finally, it can lead to actions improving local environments.

How do our partners contribute to the fulfilment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through sport?

Costeño Social is a non-profit organisation that encourages the development of children from communities surrounding Tayrona National Park in Colombia. They run weekly workshops and activities outside of their school environment, encouraging self-confidence, creativity and the development of talents and skills.

Among their activities, their surf school 🏄🏽‍♂️ helps kids from all level to get better at surfing. This sport increases concentration, discipline and self-trust. It also creates a relationship with the ocean, brings awareness of the human impact upon it and contributes to a more sustainable future. Some of the kids can even become instructors themselves, applying the English they learned in Costeño Social’s classes.

Agua de coco’ sports schools

Agua de coco has developed a project in both Madagascar and Cambodia which aims to educate through sport (mainly football ⚽️ and basketball 🏀). It encourages fundamental messages such as the importance of teamwork, solidarity, mutual respect and gender equality. The training follows a particular methodology that promotes cohesion between players, not competitiveness.

This intervention was first implemented in Tuléar in 2014, where it currently has a total of 250 beneficiaries. In Cambodia it is a more recent project (2017) but it is being well received by the target audience, as some 100 boys and girls are participating in this sports project.

Contribute to the accomplishment of the UN goals while making yourself feel good through sport, it is possible in all our travels! From cycling in Madagascar, trekking in Colombia or running in Sierra Leone, there is an adventure for everyone!

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