This discussion paper focuses on the response of the sport sector during the COVID-19 pandemic and the policy options for increasing sport investment and achieve sustainable growth.
A questionnaire was distributed to sport stakeholders from around the Commonwealth and the results are presented in various sections of this paper. These results are accompanied by an analysis of what were previously new developments in online sport (delivery, eSports and gambling), social issues and human rights, and finally proposals for financing sport in the context of sustainable development. It is underlined that sport is a sector that can help effectively generate employment and promote economic convergence among countries or regions.
With days to go before the seventh Commonwealth Youth Games, Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, praised Trinidad and Tobago for the work that has been done in preparation for the Games.
The Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with UNESCO, has previewed a global report containing new data on the contribution of sport to sustainable development, with key metrics on worldwide activity levels, provision of physical activity in schools, gender and investment in sporting provision.
The Global Sport and SDG Impact Report will be the first global baseline report on the global data available to evidence the contribution that physical education, physical activity and sport make to sustainable development. This policy brief offers a preview of that report, explaining its methodology and indicators, and highlighting areas in which measurable progress has been made and where gaps in the evidence have been found.
A spirited debate, delivered by passionate sports and health experts, inspired powerful conversations among the audience gathered at Marlborough House, the headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and those gathered online.
This year is a particularly important year for the Commonwealth, following the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, where Heads of Government declared 2023 to be the Year of Youth and Year of Peace for the Commonwealth.
Members of the Commonwealth Secretariat's Sport for the Development and Peace team, together with the appointed consultants Thuso Group, have met with the Hon Samal Mojah Duggins, Minister with Responsibility for Sport and Culture (Creative Economy), the Permanent Secretary Valencia Syder and the members of the National Sports Council (NSC) in St Kitts and Nevis to help support the implementation of the nation's National Sport Policy.
Two inspiring young Sports Ministers, who were previously Commonwealth Youth Network (CYC) representatives, met with Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC while at the Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting (10CSMM) last month.
As the 2022 Commonwealth Games opens in Birmingham today and the Commonwealth Decade of Sport commences, the Commonwealth Secretariat is working to leverage the vital role that access to sport can play in promoting peace, better health, equal rights and sustainable development across the Commonwealth’s 56 member countries.
Kigali, Rwanda - The upcoming Commonwealth Games will inspire and empower all Commonwealth citizens, in turn helping to boost development and health outcomes following the COVID-19 pandemic, Ministers and sport sector representatives have heard.
Commonwealth governments will convene in Birmingham, UK, for the 10th Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting (10CSMM) on 27th July 2022. The meeting, convened by the Commonwealth Secretariat and hosted by the host nation’s government, is held every two years alongside the Commonwealth Games or Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Commonwealth Secretariat has marked this year’s International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by bringing together a host of experts for a lively debate on the role of human rights in sport.