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Photo: Youth playing in the Philippines, Shutter Stock ID: 186924467

Infrastructure and space for sport, physical education and physical activity in urban and rural planning can help support, develop and maintain active and healthy lifestyles for their citizens and build inclusive and sustainable communities. UN Habitat guidance indicates that a minimum of 15 percent of urban areas should be allocated for open and green spaces and public facilities.


Integrating opportunities for sport, physical education and physical activity throughout such spaces and across urban environments can have widespread and long-term impacts (SDG 11.3 and 11.7). They are most effective when these spaces are neutral and public and their design, implementation and management take into account the needs and safety of all citizens, including those with disabilities, as well as other vulnerable groups such as children and women.



Transforming Cities Through Sport (UNESCO)

Transforming Cities Through Sport is a UNESCO initiative to target the most vulnerable and marginalized groups living in slums and informal settlements. The programme is guided by the principle that sport and access to good green spaces are key drivers of community development and provide opportunities for interaction across different segments of society.

Sport Is Your Gang - International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA)

Winner of the 2014 SportAccord "Spirit Award", Sport Is Your Gang is a global campaign for youth development and urban resilience through sport. In 2017, IFMA are working to up-scale the project globally and are collaborating with various organizations and NGOs, including UNESCO. The first SIYG supported by UNESCO is currently running in Bangkok.

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