Commonwealth to measure sport's contribution to the SDGs

More than 50 international organisations and Commonwealth member states attended the inaugural meeting of an open-ended working group on model indicators for sport and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in London.

Leading intergovernmental, civil society and sport organisations have agreed to work with the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop “practical solutions to quantify and enhance the role sport can play in global efforts to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path”.

The working group has been created to support the Secretariat’s work to deliver the Kazan Action Plan, which links sport policy development to the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

Nabeel Goheer, Assistant Secretary-General for the Secretariat, said: “We need to mobilise all possible development assets and tools at our disposal to achieve the SDGs. Sport, physical education and physical activity sit firmly among the assets.

“Aligning our collective measurement and evaluation efforts in these sectors will ensure we can better evidence their contribution to the SDGs and produce enhanced data and statistics to guide policy priorities and associated investment.”

Organisations represented in the working group included UNESCO, the World Health Organisation, UNDESA, International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Federation.