Building peace in the minds of men and women

MINEPS VI - Kazan 2017

Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI) - Kazan, Russian Federation - 13-15 July 2017


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Linkages with the SDGs

As UNESCO is committed to align its programmes and activities with the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, MINEPS VI will provide a platform to discuss physical education, physical activity and sport in light of their contribution to achieving the SDGs.

Special attention will be devoted to global and national policies, to advocacy, research, and capacity building since MINEPS V and beyond MINEPS VI.

The following SDGs are particularly relevant:

  • 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages;
  • 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;
  • 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;
  • 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;
  • 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries;
  • 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; as well as
  • 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Prior and during MINEPS VI, Member States and the sport movements will be invited to share examples of good practice.

Sport Ministers of the Commonwealth of Nations have already started to take measures that relate to the Declaration of Berlin, the International Charter, as well as to the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. At the 8th Commonwealth Sports Minister Meeting on 4th August 2016 they “… committed to align sports architecture, and sport-based policy and strategy, to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework and associated targets.”

This intention to link sport activities with the Agenda 2030 recognizes the need for a positive impact of investments in sport on development. It will therefore be important that a framework for policy makers contains measurable indicators and a commitment from all stakeholders to operationalize developmental intentions when planning programmes, projects and events.