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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Statement by Ms Tanisha Hewanpola, First Secretary, Australian Mission to the United Nations

23 August 2013

 

Australia is proud to support today’s resolution proclaiming the International day of Sport for Development and Peace.  As a proud sporting nation, we are committed to the ideals of sport, and its potential to inspire, unite and promote understanding – across language, cultural and geographic divides.

 

The declaration of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace helps to promote the potential of sport – its contribution to education, health and physical fitness, as well as to the development of other important life skills, including confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, cooperation, social interaction, communication, tolerance and peaceful conflict resolution.  Ultimately, sport has the potential to help us reach our development goals, to promote understanding and to achieve sustainable peace.  Today’s resolution also makes clear the important role of the United Nations in furthering these ideals.

 

Mr President, we thank you for this initiative, and we celebrate the power of sport to promote social inclusion and to bring together people of differing ages, genders, races, cultures, faiths and status, including sexual orientation and gender identity.  As they say, sport provides a level playing field where all participants are equal – an ideal that is to be promoted throughout the world.

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