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International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

April 6 is the United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which recognizes the power of sport in promoting peace and erasing cultural barriers worldwide.

Women of different ethnic backgrounds at the starting block of a running race.
Sport is a positive way of achieving goodwill, healthy competition and cooperation across all cultures.
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Celebrate International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace promotes healthy lifestyles and emphasizes the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) focus on giving as many people as possible access to sport. It is day when some of the world’s leading sportspeople work together with communities to bring sporting opportunities to enrich lives, particularly children.

Public Life

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is a global observance and not a public holiday.

About International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

The IOC and the UN have a long-standing commitment to using sport as a tool for social change and have worked together on many projects over the years. Both organizations have used sporting events, such as the Olympic Games, to bridge cultural understanding and improve education, health, economic and social development.

On August 23, 2013, the UN proclaimed that the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace would be celebrated on April 6 each year. This date also marks the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
SunApr 62014International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
MonApr 62015International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
WedApr 62016International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
ThuApr 62017International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
FriApr 62018International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
SatApr 62019International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
MonApr 62020International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace aims to bring goodwill and positive social outcomes through sporting achievements.

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceEnglish
Día Internacional de Deportes para el Desarrollo de la PazSpanish
יום הספורט בינלאומי לפיתוח ושלוםHebrew
اليوم الدولي للرياضة من أجل التنمية والسلامArabic
개발 및 평화를위한 스포츠의 국제 날Korean
Internationaler Tag des Sports für Entwicklung und FriedenGerman

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on April 6, 2017

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