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The Paris 2024 Olympic Torch Relay will visit approximately 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites, concluding its journey in Paris on July 26 with an opening ceremony at a UNESCO site for the first time in Olympic history.

Women's sports are rapidly growing in popularity and influence, with record-breaking achievements and increasing gender parity, yet significant gaps in coverage, leadership, and pay still need to be addressed.

smiling woman makes a chess move in dark library room

Chess is one of the most ancient, intellectual and cultural games, with a combination of sport, scientific thinking and elements of art. Chess is a global gamethat promotes fairness, inclusion and mutual respect. It can contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding among peoples and nations. Chess also offers important opportunities in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, including strengthening education, and advancing the empowerment of women and girls. On this World Chess Day (20 July), lets celebrate chess for its important contributions to these values. 

New data show that nearly one third (31%) of adults worldwide, approximately 1.8 billion people, did not meet the recommended levels of physical activity in 2022. The findings point to a worrying trend of physical inactivity among adults, which has increased by about 5 percentage points between 2010 and 2022. If the trend continues, levels of inactivity are projected to further rise to 35% by 2030. In light of these findings, is calling on countries to strengthen their policy implementation to promote and enable physical activity through grassroots and community sport and active recreation and transport.

A big crowd gathering outdoors for the International Day of Yoga at UN Headquarters.

Physical activity is linked to better mental health, improved quality of life, and overall well-being. Yoga, a 5000-year-old tradition, is a valuable practice for individuals of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their lives and achieve the level necessary to support good health. In 2024, the UN commemorates the 10th International Day of Yoga (21 June) under the theme Yoga for Self and Society. The global celebration aims to foster unity and harmony, transcending borders and cultures, and guiding us toward a peaceful and healthy world.

Children playing football (soccer) in Timor-Leste.

25 May is the inaugural World Football Day. It coincides with the 100th anniversary of the first international football tournament, held during the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. Today, let's rejoice in the universal appeal and accessibility of football, and use it as a catalyst to promote health and wellbeing, gender equality, and fostering mutual understanding, tolerance, respect, and solidarity.

roundtable unites leaders in sport and government to combat gender-based violence, emphasize survivor voices, advocate for data-driven policies, and promote inclusive narratives for a safer and more equitable sports culture worldwide.

Solange Memadji, displaced by conflict in Chad, finds solace and community in Baltram, where integration initiatives empower displaced individuals to rebuild their lives and foster unity within their host community.

A group of kids running in a cross country race in Bonoua, C繫te d'Ivoire.

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April), presents an opportunity to recognize the positive role sport and physical activity play in communities and peoples lives across the globe. The global theme for 2024 is Sport for the Promotion of Peaceful and Inclusive Societies. The UN has long recognized the power and universality of sport and has used it to unite individuals and groups through the promotion of sports for development.

 

Didier Drogba cautions young African footballers on the perils of exploitation and human trafficking as part of a campaign by the , FIFPRO, and the Didier Drogba Foundation, aiming to raise awareness and protect aspiring players.

Kids playing football.

Mary Harvey, Chief Executive of the Centre for Sports and Human Rights, highlights the intrinsic connection between sports and human rights values when sport is healthy and vibrant. With her extensive background as a former athlete on the USA womens football team and her involvement in bringing the FIFA World Cup to North America in 2026, Harvey brings a unique perspective to the discussion.

If we are trying to make human rights something that is more every day, sport provides that, that connection to people in an everyday way, she said.

In an of the , Harvey delves into the significance of sports in making human rights more accessible to people on a daily basis.

She emphasizes the power of sports as a platform for educating individuals about human rights in a relatable and everyday manner.

It is a wonderful way to educate people about human rights and that makes it very relevant for everyone. she concludes.

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large group of children throwing basketballs into the air

For the inaugural celebration of World Basketball Day on 21 December 2023, the global impact of basketball takes centre stage. Like other sports, basketball transcends borders, cultures, and languages. It serves as a unifying force through which people from different backgrounds can come together, bond and communicate with each other, creating connections and breaking down barriers, and thereby contributing to peace. Together, let us champion the transformative power of sports in shaping a more harmonious and interconnected global community. Happy World Basketball Day!

Exiled Afghan womens football teams scores goals in Australia in hopes of making a future in their new country, facilitated by .

UN Women is partnering with FIFA on two calls to action: the first to Unite for Gender Equality and the second to Unite for Ending Violence against Women, critical for a peaceful and sustainable world.

Father and son playing chess in the park.

Chess is one of the most ancient, intellectual and cultural games, with a combination of sport, scientific thinking and elements of art. Chess also offers important opportunities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, including strengthening education, realizing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and fostering inclusion, tolerance, mutual understanding and respect. On World Chess Day (20 July), lets celebrate chess for sustainable development!