On the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, celebrated on April 6, Peace and Sport invites you to join a global community which is taking action to drive positive social change through sport. April6.org is the largest platform dedicated to celebrating and sharing sport-for-development initiatives on April6.
During these tough times it’s time to for everyone to mobilise digitally by using one’s creativity!
There are two different ways to participate in the April6 celebration:
- Organising an initiative/project/event: Choose an existing event in your calendar and make it digital or plan a new one, between March and April 2020. The initiative can involve both children and adults and shall include a moment in which the role of sport as tool for peace is considered (examples: webinars, writing and photo contest, online sports tournament, social media mobilisation).
- Participating in the #WhiteCard campaign: The #WhiteCard is recognised as the symbol of the peace-through-sport movement. Holding up a #WhiteCard, just like a referee, is an action that symbolises the positive power of sport and a gesture of inclusion, equity and peace. Participating in the digital campaign means you share and spread the vision that sport can help to change the world. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WhiteCard! As every whitecard photo has its “own” story we encourage you to send us your story, your experience!
The IFF can also promote your initiative through the IFF channels (please share it with email@example.com).
This year, Peace and Sport invites you to highlight your project’s contribution to global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Register your project by area of impact:
IFF Support Project to be launched on April6
The IFF will also launch a social inclusion project directed towards youth on April 6th 2020. More information about this project will be published on the IFF website on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.
The IFF also encourages everyone to participate in the #WhiteCard campaign 2020! The campaign will be launched on March 30th!
- Snap yourself with a #WhiteCard (or with your friends) Hold up a white card, just like a referee on a playing field The more creative your photo, the better! You can make a #WhiteCard with a white sheet of paper
- Post your photo on your social media with the hashtag #WhiteCard. Don’t forget to use the hashtag.
- Spread the word to all your friends. Join the global conversation and invite your friends and network to participate.
IFF President Tomask Eriksson participated in the #WhiteCard campaign in 2019:
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Origin of April6
At the UN headquarters in New York, on 23 August 2013, the UN General Assembly declared 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) – a decision that represented a historic step in recognising the transformative power of sport and its great potential in advancing positive social change.
This day is commemorated globally each year by international, regional, national sport and development organisations to honour the role that sport plays in society, whether by encouraging healthier lifestyles, making sport more widely accessible or using it as a vehicle for development in areas made vulnerable by conflict, poverty and inequality.
The two first editions of IDSDP were celebrated all over the world by a diversity of actors involved in using the benefits of sport to connect people to a wide range of development and reconciliation efforts.
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