The European Week of Sport 2021. Every year from 23 to 30 September, the European Week of Sport promotes more active, healthier lifestyles to millions of people in Europe and beyond.

When Sport Breaks Down Walls – Final Declaration

FINAL DECLARATION

On the occasion of the 6th of April, the International Day on Sport for Peace and Development;

In tribute to the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall (1989 -2019);

Taking note that since the demolition of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the number of walls all around the world has reached the number of 77;

Recognizing the power of sport to promote inter-cultural dialogue, peace and reconciliation;

Inspired by the words of leaders such as Pierre de Coubertin and Nelson Mandela who have utilised sport to break down walls and build bridges among nations and people;

Representing over 20 different nationalities,

We, the participants of the International Youth Forum When Sport Breaks Down Walls”, organised by Save the Dream in partnership with the International Olympic Truce Centre (IOTC), with the support of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), and made possible by Qatar Airways,

DECLARE

  1. Our commitment to continue reinforcing the full use of the potential of sport in the attainment of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, while promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms;
  2. Our commitment to never compromise our integrity;
  3. Our determination to use sport to forge partnerships, dialogue, cooperation and alliances within and among local and global communities;
  4. Our conviction that sport experiences for young people encourages solidarity, cooperation, volunteerism, tolerance and mutual respect;
  5. Our pursuit to utilise sport to create open societies which be inclusive and welcoming of all backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, genders and faiths, free from labels;
  6. Our drive to transfer sport values to all aspects of social life and to make full use of technology and innovation to spread such values massively;
  7. Our commitment to:
    • Work towards a comprehensive “It´s OK to AskSmart Code of Funding and tools to increase donors’ trust towards local organisations and ensure funds reach identified beneficiaries in a regime of good governance, transparency and accountability;
    • Contribute to the efforts of IOTC, Save the Dream and UNAOC towards the development of an international doctrine on sport volunteerism particularly to strengthen volunteering opportunities for most disadvantaged youth;
    • Disseminate and promote the outcomes of this Forum within our respective communities, networks and other Youth Leaders;
    • Remain connected in order to share future findings, experiences and good practices, with the aim of building a comprehensive and free available database;
    • Support the vision and mission of Save the Dream as its Agents of Change.

       8. Our unrelenting dedication to tearing down walls in whatever form these might take.