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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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2014SunApr 6International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
2015MonApr 6International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
2016WedApr 6International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
2017ThuApr 6International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
2018FriApr 6International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
2019SatApr 6International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance
2020MonApr 6International Day of Sport for Development and PeaceUnited Nations observance

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