The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges sport as an important enabler of sustainable development, recognizing the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions that it makes to the Sustainable Development Goals.
This toolkit reflects the experiences of various UN entities, development organizations and sports companies, which have used sport and recognized its value as a far-reaching tool for development and peace.
Overall, this toolkit aims at raising the visibility and understanding of the SDGs, showcasing and promoting the contribution of sports and best sports practices in relation to the SDGs by relevant stakeholders including United Nations entities, Member States, sports-related organizations, non-governmental organizations, sports associations, foundations, civil society, academia and the private sector.
As has been established in this toolkit, sports is a valuable tool for the achievement of development targets. Through sports, we can address multiple SDGs using one medium. This approach is what Elizabeth Thompson, former assistant Secretary-General of the UN, and executive coordinator for Rio+20, referred to as the Nexus Approach. According to her, a nexus approach involves looking at the links between different goals, such as the connection between water, energy and food security, and promoting cross-sector and multistakeholder partnerships. As such, a nexus approach with respect to the SDGs seeks opportunities when working on one target to incorporate objectives from other goals.6 Sports embody the nexus approach because while sporting activities are typically aimed at one particular goal or outcome, by design and nature every sport addresses multiple developmental goals. Therefore, when more deliberately designed, it has the potential to address multiple development objectives in a sustainable manner.