UN Chronicle

A news reference publication published by the United Nations. Reports on UN actions and events as it addresses world issues.

Articles from Vol. 53, No. 2, September

Changing the Game for Young People in Health and Development
This summer, hundreds of millions of people around the world followed the twists and turns of two major football tournaments: the 2016 Copa America Centenario in the United States of America and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European...
Foreword
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, identifies sport as "an important enabler" of development and peace, and recognizes the growing contribution of sport to these two objectives. As the...
Georgian Rugby Unites to End Violence against Women and Girls
In 2010, unusual billboards appeared in the streets of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. From the billboards, stars of the most popular sport in the country--rugby--called on society to engage in efforts to end violence against women and girls. Since...
It's Never Too Late to Start Running
As a child growing up in Ramallah, I never enjoyed running or ran much, other than short distances in games with other children, in physical education classes at school or fleeing soldiers during demonstrations. In 1986, I went running in Jerusalem...
Pedaling a Revolution
Eight years ago I began working in Afghanistan, which is repeatedly ranked the worst place in the world to be a woman, let alone one fighting for women's rights. I came to the country on my own with questions centred around gender violence and equality....
Sport as a Means of Advancing International Development
SPORT AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which contained a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Paragraph 37 of the Agenda states: We recognize...
Sport Can Transform Children's Lives and the World
As a figure skater, athlete and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, I have seen first-hand how sport can transform lives. It has certainly transformed my life. I began figure skating when I was 5 years old. From the time...
Sport Promoting Human Development and Well-Being: Psychological Components of Sustainability
In the summer of 2016, much of the world's attention will be focused on the athletes representing their countries at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As citizens of the world, we will marvel at the transcendent achievements...
The Barca Foundation: Sport in the Service of Social Development
"There is no cause which merits a higher priority than the protection and development of children, on whom the survival, stability and advancement of all nations--and, indeed, of human civilization--depends." (1) World Summit for Children, UNICEF,...
The Olympic Movement the United Nations and the Pursuit of Common Ideals
When the people of the world cheer on their national teams entering the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games on 5 August 2016, viewers will notice something new. For the first time, a team of athletes...
The Paralympic Games and the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Are the Paralympic Games the world's number one sporting event driving social inclusion? What first took place in Rome in 1960, with 400 athletes from 23 countries, has grown into a global phenomenon that brings together the world's best Para athletes...
The Role of Sport in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
After 15 years of progress towards the unprecedented Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world has turned its attention to the successor Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a period of transition to the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable...
The Untapped Potential of Sport to Accelerate Global Progress towards Gender Equity
We are at a point in history where it is possible to find gender-equitable spaces in the world. The Parliament of Rwanda. A classroom in Iceland. Perhaps your local coffee shop. Sport, however, is not one of those spaces. It is, arguably, one of the...
Using Sport to End Hunger and Achieve Food Security
Sport can serve as a catalyst for achieving all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It is poised, however, to make a unique impact on Goal 2, which aims to "end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable...
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