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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2021 – April 6

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International Day of Sport for Development andThe United Nations(UN)’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace(IDSDP) is annually observed across the globe on 6th April to recognise the role of sports in communities and in individuals towards building resilience.

2021 marks the celebration of the 8th edition of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace(IDSDP).

The theme of 2021 IDSDP is focused on – recovery from the pandemic and the importance of equity in the recovery and the need to build back better for a resilient and equitable world.

Aim of 2021 IDSDP:

  • To reaffirm the place of Sports in the Recovery from the pandemic and beyond.
  • To support equity, solidarity, community and team spirit in response to the pandemic.
  • To Encourage healthy habits through physical activity and building emotional wellbeing.
  • To inspire hope through sporting analogies.


i.The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/67/296 on 23rd August 2013 and proclaimed the 6th April of every year as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace starting from 2014.

ii.Thefirst IDSDP was observed on 6th April 2014.

Event 2021:

The Department of Global Communications, in collaboration with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs(DESA), WHO and the co-chairs of the Group of Friends of Sport for Sustainable Development in New York, Qatar and Monaco has organised social media and online messages around the theme of 2021 IDSDP.

#WhiteCard Campaign:

i.The sports communities across the globe celebrate the IDSDP through the #WhiteCard. 

ii.The #WhiteCard was created by the Peace and Sport, an independent organisation, as a symbol in 2014 to represent the positive power of sport for peace and social inclusion.

iii.The core message of the campaign is “Behind each #WhiteCard there is a Story”.

Sustainable Development and Sports:

i.The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognises sports as an important enabler of sustainable development.

ii.Sports contribute to the realization of development and peace through the promotion of tolerance and respect.