SDG 17 calls for strengthening the means of implementation of  the Agenda 2030. In particular, it is a call for investing in the global partnership to achieve sustainable development all over the world. It is absolutely essential for successful advancement of the entire SDG agenda and critical to put into practise so many goals and targets. In order to implement the 2030 agenda successfully, the importance of partnerships has to be recognized by individuals who wants to achieve more effective and sustainable development.


As communication technologies are becoming more accessible, people in different countries are becoming more interconnected than ever. The unifying nature of sport has driven the sports movement to become one of the ultimate global platforms to create an influential network promoting the Sustainable Development Goals.

Establishing new partnerships of interrelated stakeholders is essential for the achievement of sport for development goals. A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector, civil society and universities. Partnerships may also include different stakeholder groups such as sports federations and national Olympic and Paralympic committees, sports clubs, academies, donors and media. Quality frameworks have to involve all stakeholders into the processes. At this point, countries’ leadership and effective policy-making would have a great impact to enhance the contribution of sport to sustainable development. The use of dynamic nature and strong effects of sport in partnership needs to be considered on a country-specific basis. Accordingly, it will be very crucial to understand the models of successful frameworks which are implemented by some governments and promote the transfer of knowledge on partnership building of sport to the SDGs.

In this context, Commonwealth Secretariat’s works could be a very important example to create policy solutions that can be implemented by governments to enhance the contribution of sport to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Commonwealth works with United Nations’ bodies, intergovernmental agencies and leading sporting organisations in order to develop international sport policy frameworks. These initiatives improve the Commonwealth’s member countries ability to engage multi-sector partnerships on sport and sustainable development and increase their capacity to target future policies and programmes to maximise benefits of sports across communities. The sport-based approach of governments, non-governmental organisations and sports bodies within the Commonwealth contributes to education, employment, health, gender equity and safety of children and youth.


Pacific Sport Partnership Program (Australia, Pacific Region)

Today, we could see strong governance frameworks at the regional levels that use sport, physical activity and play to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. The “Pacific Sport Partnership Program” is built on partnership between the Australian government and sporting organisations and federations and supports sixteen sports across nine countries that deliver activities to address primary risk factors associated with non-communicable diseases, particularly physical activity, and address inequalities experienced by women, girls and people  with disabilities. See more at: https://www.dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/sport/sport-for-development/pacific/Pages/sport-for-development-pacific


Olympics Refugee Foundation

There are many successful examples of ways in which sport stakeholders can work together to achieve collective and specific goals. The leadership of the international organizations play a vital role in managing the actions and building effective partnerships. The Olympic Refugee Foundation has been created by the International Olympic Committee in cooperation with the United Nations, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and other foundations to support the protection, development and empowerment of children and youth in vulnerable situations through sport. This partnership has provided great opportunity to refugees’ and displaced individuals’ participation in sport within safe environments. See more at: https://www.olympic.org/olympic-refuge-foundation


Green Sports Alliance

Sport can be a great tool to enhance the contribution to sustainable development in order to achieve specific goals and targets. The sport- based partnerships are effective to strengthen implementation of SDG goals. As an example of this, Green Sports Alliance leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy and sustainable communities. In order to embrace renewable energy, healthy food, recycling, water efficiency, species preservation, safer chemicals and other environmentally preferable practices, the alliance convenes stakeholders (teams, leagues, conferences, venues, corporate partners, governmental agencies, athletes, and fans) from around the world. See more at: https://greensportsalliance.org


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