Sports personalities and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Marta Vieira da Silva, Didier Drogba and Iker Casillas unite to join the celebration
Geneva – On the 6th of April this year, the United Nations and the global sports community celebrate the second International Day of Sport for Development and Peace promoting the role of sport as a tool at the service of society and a universal tool for peace.
UNDP joins the celebration as sport is an important development tool. It builds self-confidence, empowers youth, promotes good health and is a strong unifying factor in the process of conflict transformation and peace building.
The convening power of sport makes it compelling as a tool for advocacy and communication. In this regard, UNDP has appointed sporting personalities as Goodwill Ambassadors with the objective of creating public awareness about development issues, while promoting tolerance and peace. This year football stars and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Marta Vieira da Silva, Didier Drogba and Iker Casillas have joined the United Nations and the global sports community to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, highlighting how sport can contribute to education, health, gender equality, social inclusion, solidarity, tolerance, development and peace and promote a united action towards sustainable development for all through sport.
“The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace spreads awareness about the importance of sport as a tool to build a peaceful and better world, let’s take together this opportunity to continue joining efforts to place sport in projects relating to education, health and peace” said Marta on behalf of the sports Goodwill Ambassadors.
Marta, Didier Drogba and Iker Casillas are reaching out to the public in a series of posters to celebrate this day all together, as a team.
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