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Lausanne hosts Sport & Sustainable Development Goals seminar

Experts from United Nations agencies, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and international sports federations will gather for a full-day seminar in Lausanne on October 5 to discuss the topic of ‘Achieving the SDGs through sport: partnerships and institutional responses for greater coherence and effectiveness’.

The ‘SDGs’ are the Sustainable Development Goals which are driving the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda until 2030 and are supported by governments, businesses and civil society, including the sport sector.

The goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015 and sport is included in the final outcome document as an “important enabler” of sustainable development.

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Since then, the UN with its various agencies, the IOC and the federations have worked together and developed policies to use sport as a tool to contribute to the achievement of the 17 SDGs which address pressing challenges such as poverty, good health, well-being, quality education, gender equality, economic growth and sustainable cities and communities, to name just a few.

The objectives of this seminar are to:

     – increase the coherence, convergence and effectiveness of various actions based on the new existing strategic frameworks;

     – strengthen the knowledge of key partners about the relation of ‘SDGs and sport’ within the UN system, the IOC, the federations and other relevant stakeholders for their related activities;

     – provide resources, practical tools and information to enable new partnerships; and facilitate networking between the UN system, the federations and other relevant stakeholders.

For more information contact Cosima Deluermoz, Delegate of International Sport, Canton de Vaud – email cosima.deluermoz@vd.ch +41 21 316 39 37

This article has been published with the kind permission of thinksport.org. View the original version here.

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