The potential for sport to make positive contribution to society is well recognised. This potential has been acknowledged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that recognises sport as an important enabler to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs themselves are high-level goals that all UN Member States adopted in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

Global leader

The Commonwealth is leading global efforts to more effectively measure the contribution that sport policies and programmes make to these agreed global goals.

This work will help countries and sporting bodies to assess if the positive contribution of sport to society is being realised and better target future strategy and investment. It will also help future strategy and investment in sport to be evidence based and data driven.

The need to improve how countries and sporting bodies plan, monitor and evaluate the contribution sport makes to society has been identified as a priority by Commonwealth countries and the wider international community, including through the global Kazan Action Plan, which sets out agreed priorities for national sport policies in response to the SDGs.


Measuring the contribution of sport to SDGs

See how sport contributes to national development in Jamaica and learn about their work building a national monitoring and evaluation system.