The Division of Sport and Youth Affairs joins the rest of the world in celebrating the power of sport in driving social change, community development and fostering peace and understanding. To raise awareness of this potential, 6 April was declared as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) by the UN General Assembly. The adoption of this Day signifies the increasing recognition of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights, and social and economic development.
As a global people few aspects of our lives can inspire and foster unity, like sport. Sport instills a passion regardless of age, sex, race, creed or colour. When athletes find the lows of failures or pinnacle of success, the people around the world empathise with them; celebrate with them; embrace both the good and bad memories that stays with us forever. That is the power of sport.