UNICEF Strategic Working Group on Sports

©UNICEF/HQ02-0234/Susan Markisz - Watched by other players and participants, a boy wearing a blue 'Team UN' T-shirt kicks the ball as a girl goalkeeper defends the net during a penalty shoot-out between UN diplomats and UN Goodwill Ambassadors during the 19 June 'Say Yes for Children' World Football Day event on the North Lawn at UNHQ. Children from various Little League soccer teams in the town of Port Washington in the state of New York also played on both teams. Credit must be given: UNICEF/HQ02-0234/Susan Markisz


Following the Experts consultation held on 30-31 May at UNICEF IRC, the UNICEF Strategic Working Group on Sports meets this week to:

  • Get detailed feedback on draft background paper UNICEF and Sport: The Mixed Blessing of Success with a view to finalizing the paper by end-June.
  • Finalize recommendations on the key elements of a UNICEF global strategy on sport including structure of a sport office and ensuring that global partnerships are truly global.
  • Determine the global implications of key upcoming opportunities (2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, 2007 Special Olympics, Cricket, 2010 FIFA World Cup, CAN 2008, Olympics (2008, 2010, 2012)) and how the new strategy on sport can inform planning.

    Engaging with the world of sport is a key component of UNICEF's commitment to work in partnership with civil society organizations and the private sector to improve the lives of children. Partnering with sport is based on recognition of the undeniable power of sport to connect with children and adults throughout the world.