A woman rides her bike across the United States southwest.

The bicycle is an instrument of sustainable transportation, conveying a positive message to foster sustainable consumption and production and has a positive impact on climate. It contributes to cleaner air and less congestion. It also makes education, health care and other social services more accessible to the most vulnerable populations. This World Bicycle Day ride a bike for your health and the health of our planet!

UNHCR gives young Venezuelans a second chance at their baseball dreams of one day going professional through providing uniforms, equipment and other needed support. 

Tania Braga, IOC’s Legacy Director

Future Olympic events are poised to drive sustainability in sport and fight climate change, led by a set of game-changing measures adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and supported by the UN. Speaking to UN News ahead of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, observed on 6 April, IOC’s Legacy Director, Tania Braga, explains how the 2024 Paris Games will be the first time that new sustainability guidelines will be fully implemented, aligning sport with development and climate action. Eileen Travers asked Ms. Braga how compatible the Olympics are with sustainable development.

Children swim in a local recreation centre, El Salvador.

Sport can play a key role in bringing people together while promoting solidarity and respect for all. In recognition of the positive influence that sport can also have on the advancement of human rights, and sustainable development, the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April. A number of Davos-style conversations, highlighting the power of football and other sports in advancing the SDGs and human rights will take place at UN Headquarters in New York. Watch the virtual event live on UN Web TV and on the UN's YouTube channel.

Didier Drogba on screen at World Cup

On the eve of the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup, WHO teams up with Didier Drogba and other international football icons to urge action by governments and people across the world to achieve health for all. 

An adult surrounded by kids in uniform clapping.

Historically, sport brings communities together. Sport helps spread positive messages and contributes to social inclusion and cohesion, strengthening understanding and respect for diversity and reducing stereotypes. This year’s International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime (9 December), focuses on the role of sports in promoting peace and inclusion and highlighting ways in which it can champion prevention of atrocity crimes through its work and outreach. Watch live the hybrid-event on 9 December at 11:00 a.m.

Eating healthy helps us all score for health.

soccer player high-fiving with child

FIFA and WHO launched the #BringTheMoves challenge, encouraging players at the FIFA World Cup 2022™ to meet the celebration challenges presented to them on social media by fans across the globe and encourage youngsters to #BeActive.

femal soccer player kicking ball

Fatema is one of 80 players who took part in the recent inaugural UNITY EURO Cup, an eight-team tournament organised by UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, at the Colovray Stadium in Nyon, Switzerland. As a former striker for the Afghan national women’s team, she played 15 games and scored five goals for her country before fleeing in the aftermath of the Taliban’s takeover in 2021. Each team consisted of a mix of refugee and national amateur players, both female and male. 

Champion footballer Didier Drogba, the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Sport and Health, joined senior leaders of WHO, the State of Qatar and FIFA in supporting the Healthy FIFA 2022 World Cup Qatar 2022™: Creating Legacy for Sport and Health. This unique global partnership protects and encourages health; and will take lessons learned from the first tournament in the Middle East and Arab world to share with future mega sporting events.

Five footballs with designs

UNHCR announces the winners of the second annual Youth with Refugees Art Contest – the online sale of footballs featuring the designs will raise funds for sport programmes for refugees.

A woman in cycling gear with her bike smiles at the camera.

UNHCR celebrates the 29 refugee athletes heading to Tokyo. They will compete in 12 Olympic sports, bringing further awareness to the plight of over 80 million displaced people worldwide.

‘The Journey’ is a calling for global support of the Refugee Teams competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Refugee Olympic and Paralympic athletes have a story like no other. Their stories highlight the power of sport to rebuild lives and bring hope to those forced to flee.

Children playing on swings at a playground.

Sport can help promote fairness, teambuilding, equality, inclusion, and perseverance. Sport can also cross boundaries and defy stereotypes, inspire hope across nations, and help us get through times of crisis, like COVID19. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April) presents an opportunity to recognize the role that sport and physical activity plays in communities and in people’s lives. Let’s help end the pandemic by ensuring everyone is protected from COVID-19. Let’s level the playing field and recover better. #OnlyTogether will we play or cheer again. #SportDay

Portrait of a man signing a letter.

UNHCR today announced the appointment of Alphonso Davies, FC Bayern Munich’s left-back and player for Canada Men’s National Football Team, as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador.