Sixth annual Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development

Event date: 31 March 2022, 18:00 - 20:00 BST
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The Commonwealth Secretariat will host its 6th annual Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development on 31 March.

The debate – a seminal event marking the 2022 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6th April - will offer a platform for Commonwealth government officials, sports personalities, academics, youth leaders, development experts and members of the public to take part in an important conversation examining the key issues impacting sport across the Commonwealth’s 54 countries.

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This year there will be a particular focus on human rights and equality and how these should be prioritised within the physical activity sector and social policy development as nations build back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The debate will feature two teams of experts who will argue for and against the motion: “To ensure inclusive, equitable and safe access to sport for all, investment should only be made to organisations demonstrating complete adherence to international human rights laws and principles.” 

Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Patricia Scotland QC will open the debate, and President of the Commonwealth Games Federation Dame Louise Martin will act as lead judge on the adjudication panel.

The debate will be held virtually for the second time due to COVID-19, which will allow people from across the Commonwealth to join and contribute to the online discussion.  

Download the debate programme


Arguing for the motion:

  • Hon. Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju, Minister of Sports, Government of Rwanda
  • Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor, University of West Indies
  • Dr Payoshni Mitra, CEO, Global Observatory for Women, Sport, Physical Education and Physical Activity
  • Professor Jack Anderson, Professor of Law, University of Melbourne 

Arguing against the motion:

  • Hartwell Mhundru, Human Rights and Inclusion Lead, The Commonwealth Games Federation
  • Fahmida Faiza, Head of Social Responsibility and Safeguarding, South Asian Football Federation
  • Paula Tesoriero MNZM, Disability Rights Commissioner, New Zealand Human Rights Commission
  • Theresa Goh, Para Athlete representing Singapore

For further details, please contact the Commonwealth’s Sport for Development and Peace team at [email protected].

Find out more about last year’s debate

Commonwealth documentation



Media contact

  • Amy Coles  Communications Officer, Communications Division, Commonwealth Secretariat
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