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  • Writer's pictureDavid Thibodeau

Sports for the Sustainable Development Goals

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

How can sports help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? This is a question that I have really been interested in over the past few months and one of the reasons why I wanted to start Sports for Social Impact. I wanted to have a better understanding of how sports can have an impact on things like ending poverty, and taking climate action. Sport as a facilitator for the SDGs are a huge way that sports have a social impact.

The SDGs are:

SDG #1 No Poverty

SDG #2 Zero Hunger

SDG #3 Good Health and Well-Being

SDG #4 Quality Education

SDG #5 Gender Equality

SDG #6 Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG #7 Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG #8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities

SDG #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG #12 Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG #13 Climate Action

SDG #14 Life Below Water

SDG #15 Life on Land

SDG #16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG #17 Partnerships for the Goals

Sport can have a huge impact helping solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Sport may be one of the most versatile policy tools that we have. It can also be a very cheap policy tool and one that can be transported any where in the world, sometimes all you need is a soccer ball or basketball to have an impact. Sport can be used in so many different ways to achieve desired outcomes and goals. This is what I am hoping to discover more of. #Sports4SDGs #SocialImpact

Each of these goals have specific targets that help track the progress and help us determine if we are going to achieve the goal. In some articles, I will be talking about how sport can help achieve the overall goal, and in some I will explore how sport can help facilitate specific targets.

Stay tuned for the coming articles!


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