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Catalonia, Leader in UNESCO in Promoting Global Development and Peace through Sport and Physical Activity

Catalonia, Leader in UNESCO in Promoting Global Development and Peace through Sport and Physical Activity

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Catalonia, Leader in UNESCO in Promoting Global Development and Peace through Sport and Physical Activity

  • Catalonia, leader of Action 5 of the UNESCO Kazan Action Plan
  • Creation of a platform to exchange information and knowledge management on public policies regarding sport and physical activity and international good practices
  • Cross-cutting project promoted by the Department of Foreign Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency and the Department of the Presidency

The Government has taken the lead in an action of UNESCO’s Kazan Plan of Action, which aims to promote sport as a driver of sustainable development and peace.

It is a cross-cutting project of the Government promoted by the Department of Foreign Action, Institutional Relations and Transparency, through the General Directorate of Development Cooperation, and the Department of the Presidency, through the General Secretariat of Sports and Physical Activity, with the collaboration of the Government Delegation in France, to promote sport as a strategic tool for individual and collective development, for conflict resolution, coexistence and culture of peace.

Project objective

Action 5, led by Catalonia, aims to build a mechanism for the exchange of international information on public policies regarding sports and physical activity. In this way, it will promote and strengthen public policies regarding sports and physical activity around the world by supporting the training of competent public administrations in sports and promoting new tools and good international practices.

What is UNESCO's Kazan Action Plan?

Sports have proven to have an enormous potential as a driver of sustainable development, and it strengthens the Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, it proves to be a strategic tool to improve health, fight social exclusion and gender inequality, increase inclusion, reduce conflicts and situations of violence, and foster a culture of peace. Once being aware of this quality of sports, in 2017 the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport -organized by UNESCO in the Russian city of Kazan- approved the so-called Kazan Action Plan, prepared by UNESCO Member States, multilateral organizations and experts in sports, physical activity and sport policy.

The five actions that make up the Kazan Plan are related to the generation, compilation and visualization of information on public policies regarding sports and physical activity, with the aim of measuring how these have contributed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.