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UN and partners promote sport as a tool to prevent violent extremism

Ambassadors, senior UN officials, representatives of global sports organizations, and managers of some of the world’s top athletes met virtually on Friday to underline the role that sport can play in combating violent extremism and radicalization. 

First-ever World Chess Day, helps calm nerves during COVID-19 pandemic

With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to a pause for most sport worldwide, the UN has been celebrating a highly-competitive game that you can play safely indoors or online – with the added bonus of helping reduce anxiety, and improving mental health: Monday marks the first ever World Chess Day.

Global initiative launched to keep top sports events safe from terrorism

Representatives from international sporting federations and the private sector joined with ambassadors at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to launch a global programme aimed at safeguarding major sporting events from terrorism-related threats. 

Legendary Harlem Globetrotters slam-dunk at the UN, with message that brings families, nations together

You don’t have to be from New York or even the United States to be a Harlem Globetrotter. Yet in the team's 93-year history, less than two dozen players have been born overseas, UN News learned, during an impromptu visit by the legendary basketball role models to UN Headquarters this week.

Football is ‘refuge for those who have left everything’; UN initiative aims to bolster well-being of refugee, migrant children in Peru

Sport brings people together “regardless of conditions or flags”, a senior United Nations official in Perú said on Tuesday referring to a new initiative launched over this past weekend to promote the well-being of children and youth in Lima’s refugee and migrant communities through football. 

COP24: World sports join team UN in race against climate change

Major organizations from the world of sport are joining an increasing number of private sector businesses in the race to beat global warming. At the United Nations’ COP24 conference in Poland on Wednesday, 17 major players representing sporting bodies, athletes and fans, added their names to the collective scoreboard, with the launch of the Sports Climate Action Framework.

‘Time for all of us to wake up’ and save the planet: goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc at COP24

The UNICEF Ambassador and former Olympian, who played in five World Cups, is committed to doing her bit to save the planet, as she told UN News’s Yasmina Guerda at the COP24 climate change conference in Poland, on Tuesday, where the UN launched the Sports for Climate Action Framework, to involve more athletes in the fight. 

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Weeding corruption out of sport an investment in development: UN crime-fighting agency

Sports scandals, including allegations of endemic corruption and the involvement of organized crime, threaten to undermine the sector’s potential to contribute to peace and global development, a senior United Nations official said on Tuesday

‘Team spirit’ is the perfect springboard to peace: UNODC chief

Fair play and team spirit are just two of the elements that make sport an ideal vehicle for achieving both a more peaceful world and the Sustainable Development Goals, according to Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of UNODC.

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With fair play, tolerance and team spirit, sport can score for peace and development, say UN officials

The United Nations can make its voice heard on the power of sport in promoting both peace and development, a senior UN official said Monday, urging participants at a special Headquarters event to “bring out our inner sports fans,” and harness sport as a force for positive change.