Celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

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Following three outstanding editions, April 6 – the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) – has become one of the best means to highlight sport as a universal tool for development and peace and an occasion supported by the UIAA.

Ahead of the 2017 edition, UIAA member federations are invited to participate in this special occasion.

There are two ways to participate: one is to celebrate IDSDP by taking action and the second is to spread the word.

The following text comes from Peace and Sport and details the two (2) different ways to participate in the April 6 celebration:

  1. Organising an event: You can either choose an existing event in your calendar or create a new one, between 10 March and 10 April 2017, and name it accordingly (i.e. “Friendship Cup”, “Peace through Sport Trophee”, “Make a friend cup”, “Team Spirit Cup” etc). The event can involve both children and adults and shall include a moment in which the role of sport as tool for peace is considered. You will find some more guidelines and examples of events organized by other sport actors around the world on the April6 platform (april6.org). In three years, more than 840 projects, held across 180 countries on 5 continents were registered on the www.april6.org platform. As for previous editions, Peace and Sport will present to the IOC and the UN a report with all the events that were organised and registered to celebrate April6 around the world. That is why we strongly encourage you to register the events that you and your members will organize, so that the IOC and the UN, as well as the general public, will acknowledge the power of climbing and mountaineering on social development and Peace.
  2. Taking a #whitecard picture: You can support the “Peace through Sport” movement by taking a picture while holding a white card and by posting it on your social media and website. A picture with a white card represents a symbolic action, in reference to the red card, which signifies the most serious offense that a sports player can commit. The colour white symbolizes instead purity and peace, and is therefore used to represent positivity and constructiveness in sport. On the April6 platform (april6.org) you will be able to find guidelines on the correct hashtags to use on social media and a gallery with all the #whitecard pictures taken during the previous editions of International Day for Sport and Development and Peace.

Further information on how to get involved is available in the short guide linked here.

Material can also be found on the www.april6.org platform.