Sport is a universal language that brings people together and breaks down barriers to encourage teamwork, communication and equality, we would like you to use its power to unify and raise awareness of Peace Day 21 September.
"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. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers."
If you love sport then harness its power to transcend boundaries on Peace Day. We invite you to bring the world together in sporting arenas of any scale, from grassroots fields to large stadia, to unite not only players and fans, but communities and even nations.
It’s simple, all you need to do is organise a sports event or get on board with one of our sports initiatives, and remember to let us know what you plan to do by email.
Peace One Day Education brings peace into the classroom with free education resources.
Here are two lesson plans asking young people to explore the power of sport in bringing people together, including the football match played in no-man's land at Christmas in World War I and the Rugby World Cup 1995 in South Africa.
Sporting events in every continent across the globe have taken place on Peace Day. Here is a small snapshot of how people have used every kind of sport to bring people together on the day.
For several years Tijuana Propone have been organising some amazing events to raise awareness of Peace Day, and in 2015 they organised a 6km cycle ride with 500 participants from 10 different cycling clubs in addition to a 10km drive with 400 cars from 30 different automobile clubs. The culmination of their activities was a 3km night walk to the Mexico border with 8,000 people holding battery candles and neon sticks concluding in speeches about peace at the finish line.
Football to Develop Destitute (FODEDE) organised the inaugural netball match in Monrovia where the young girls had a wonderful time trying to score the first ever netball goal in Liberia! The U17 & U12 girls and boys also played three football matches for the One Day One Goal initiative.
The Iraqi Kurdistan NGO Network (IKNN) organised a fabulous 6km Run For Peace with over 1,000 participants through the streets of Erbil and a One Day One Goal football tournament with 10 teams.
Since 2008 the Laikipia Highland Games have taken place annually using the fundamental values of sport to foster good will, build relations, bridge divisions and harness the talent of natural Kenyan athletes to engage in peaceful competition on Peace Day, and 2015 was no different. The games are an unusual and exciting combination of modern athletics and colourful traditional tribal games with over 3000 participants from 5 different tribes (Turkana, Kalenjin, Maasai, Kikuyu and Samburu)