FIVB celebrates International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 6, 2017 – The FIVB joins the Olympic movement in celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), which is a United Nations (UN) initiative that puts sports at the forefront of driving social change, community development, and fostering peace and understanding.
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In 2013, the UN General Assembly decided the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace would take place on April 6. It has been celebrated annually since 2014.
The FIVB and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have been supportive of the initiatives of the UN. This year, the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) launches the digital campaign #WePlayTogether to encourage organisations and individuals to partake in the IDSDP by showing or representing the power of sport in promoting peace, unity and inclusion.
The FIVB plays its part in this campaign through the #VolleyballYourWay for Peace movement, which encapsulates the objectives of the IDSDP initiative.
Volleyball aims to be the number one family sport in the world. Its vast reach and popularity provide a strong foundation of positive values, which contribute towards the objective of the UN for development and peace.
Volleyball is a sport that requires solidarity and teamwork, and it inspires communication between team members. With its simple set of rules, anyone can play volleyball. Volleyball can also be played almost anywhere, in water, on snow, in cities or on the beach - helping to reinforce bonds that create harmony and peace.