The Commonwealth Secretariat advocates for the use of sport as a vehicle for development and peacebuilding.
Our work focuses on how sport can be used to contribute to national development objectives and the UN Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda - a global agenda and blueprint that aims to end poverty, protect the planet and make sure all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
When used effectively sport can contribute to improving health and education, creating employment, stimulating economic development and realising human rights and gender equality.
We provide expert advice and training to officials, help draft policies and offer support for monitoring and evaluation.
The Commonwealth is recognised as a leader in helping countries to boost the positive role of sport in society.
We lead international efforts to measure the impact of sport and play a key role coordinating with international organisations, governments and the sports movement.
To help member countries' develop policy and strategy, the Commonwealth Secretariat carries out wide ranging consultation and analysis to produce discussion papers, guidelines and toolkits.
Commonwealth Sports Ministers meet every two years before the Commonwealth Games and Summer Olympic Games. Each meeting focuses on priority sport policy issues and progress made on collaboration and joint work.
The Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport (CABOS) is an independent body providing advice on sport policy issues, particularly as it relates to Sport for Development and Peace (SDP), and protecting the integrity of sport.
Established in May 2013, the Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace (CYSDP) working group is composed of 10 youth practitioners working in the field of sport for development and peace. Learn more about the CYSDP
Registrations are now open for the second round of an online course, designed to harness sport for sustainable development.
Ahead of the 2021 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the Secretariat will host its annual Commonwealth Debate on Sport and Sustainable Development on 30 March.
Commonwealth collaboration is vital to the recovery of the sport sector after COVID-19.
A four-dimensional strategy will be unveiled at a major ministerial forum.
A new free online course will help people and organisations harness the potential of sport.
Ministers will meet on 23 July to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the sport sector.
Blog by Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General.
The Commonwealth has launched a sport section on its Commonwealth Coronavirus Response Centre.
This year the coronavirus has redefined International Day for Sport for Development and Peace celebrations.
Blog by Joie Leigh, former International Hockey Player for the United Kingdom.
A new framework is the first international initiative to support data collection on sport’s impact on the SDGs.
Well-designed sport and physical activity strategies can make valuable contributions to achieving the SDGs.
Experts met in Mauritius to draw inspiration from sport reforms the country's undertaken with the Secretariat’s support.