UN Member States (Ecuador, Morocco, Botswana) along with the World Youth Group would like to propose April 6th to 9th of every year as ‘INTERNATIONAL SPORTS WEEK’. Combination of the two international days; April 6th: International Day of Sports for peace and development (A/RES/67/296) and April 7th: World Health Day (WHA\A.2\Res/.35), complements each other and collectively contribute to accomplishing the goals of this Week, and the internationals days itself.
This policy requests governments and the UN to invest in sports. There is scientific evidence that sports and physical activities are effective tools to foster good health and well-being, particularly emotional and mental well-being.
In the framework of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) that was adopted in 2015, this proposal highlights the importance of sports to all the SDGs.
Emotional and Mental health has become a severe global health crisis, particularly among the youth. According to the WHO, “globally, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds (WHO 2021). Furthermore, the WHO report of 8 October 2021, shows the lack of progress in leadership, governance, and financing. According to the report, “In 2020, just 51% of WHO’s 194 Member States reported that their mental health policy or plan was in line with international and regional human rights instruments, way short of the 80% target. And only 52% of countries met the target relating to mental health promotion and prevention programs, also well below the 80% target.” (WHO,2021).
International Sports Week is a parameter of the second global policy of the #IAmWithYouCampaign that is developed by the Committee on SDG-3.