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The 9th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting 2018

Global framework and policy coherence

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. Many SDGs have contributing factors found within the sport, physical education and physical activity ecosystem. This contribution has the potential to support the achievement of identified SDG targets. UN Secretary-General, 2018

For sport, physical education, and physical activity to maximise its contribution to achievement of the SDGs, a broad range of stakeholders must be mobilised. Sport policy must also be integrated within the SDG implementation mechanisms. Development of improved systems for measuring the contribution of sport, physical education and physical activity to sustainable development is an essential foundation step toward realising the full potential of the sector for development and peace. Indicator Toolkit, 2019

A key mechanism for advancing sport development and the SDGs is The Kazan Action Plan (KAP) - a global strategic framework, signed and agreed by government ministers at MINEPS VI - Kazan (2017). The framework acts as a voluntary, overarching reference point for policy-makers in the fields of physical education, physical activity and sport.

KAP is a tool for aligning international and national policy in the fields of physical education, physical activity and sport with the United Nations 2030 Agenda, symbolising a direct contribution of sport-based approaches as an enabler of achieving the SDGs.

Strengthening the global framework for leveraging sport

MINEPS VI (2017) marked a shift from declarations of policy intent to measurable action, adoption of an action plan, the Kazan Action Plan, which revolves around three main themes:

  • Developing a comprehensive vision of inclusive access for all
  • Maximising the contributions of sport to sustainable development and peace
  • Protecting the integrity of sport

The Strengthening the Global Framework for Leveraging Sport for Development and Peace agenda (2018) acknowledged engagement with the UN 2030 Agenda and SDGs is strengthened through international and multi-stakeholder policy convergence and concrete initiatives. The UN Secretary-General Report (2018) presented a review of sport’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda and SDGs, and an updated action plan on sport and development (page 14).

In 2019, the Commonwealth launched a SDG Indicator Toolkit which includes model indicators to assess the benefits of sport-based delivery on the SDGs and deliver action of the KAP. The toolkit brings together alignment of the SDGs, 2030 Agenda, Kazan Action Plan, UN Action Plan, MINEPS, and the Global Action Plan indicators in one central reference.

What is your experience with these tools and frameworks? Have you found them valuable? Are there other resources you have found useful when developing sport-based policy alignment?

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