The Generation Amazing Foundation and Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) took part in a series of events to celebrate International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP).
Throughout the day, several panels were organized with the Permanent Mission of Qatar before the UN in Geneva and various UN agencies, including the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WEFA).
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP), celebrated annually on April 6, recognizes the positive role that sport and physical activity play in communities and in the lives of people around the world. .
The Incredible Generation Foundation held a conference with some of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), among others. Nasser Al KhoriProgram Director of Generation Amazing, spoke about Qatar 2022’s work to use football as an engine for social change:
“At Generation Amazing, we believe in the power of sport as a truly global and transformative tool that promotes sustainable development and provides unique opportunities for young people to improve their lives,” said Al Khori.
He added: “Our sport development initiatives have a global reach through our partners in over 35 countries. These include training workshops run by National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. in Argentina, Iraq, Myanmar and Uganda, which use a hybrid program jointly created by the IFRC and Generation Amazing.”
The WFUNA General Secretary also spoke at the event, Bonyan Golmohammadi“As a civil society movement for the United Nations, sport plays an important role in our work, and we feel fortunate to have the opportunity to co-host this panel with Generation Amazing and the Permanent Mission of Qatar.”
ING. Bodour Al MerDirector of Sustainable Development of the SC, participated in a panel on the role of sport in the fight against climate change, during which the signatories of the United Nations Climate Action Framework. During the event, Al Meer spoke about Qatar 2022’s commitment to hosting an environmentally friendly event.
“The Organizing Committee recognized the issue of climate change from the start, so we have worked hard to ensure that we consider the environmental potential of the tournament in all aspects of our work, including the design of our stadiums. “What we have learned in comprehensive studies, high standards and international best practices have been applied in everything we do. In this way, we have designed our stadiums to be ready for the future”, said Eng. Al Merer.
“By being responsible champions and doing the right thing through our mitigation and offset programs, and working with stakeholders at home and around the world, we have set new benchmarks for organizing sustainable sporting mega-events,” Mr. Al Meer added. Al Merer.
“The increasing visibility of the State of Qatar in sport is part of a strategic vision. We have made sport one of our strategic tools to achieve the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030. We publicly recognize this with a national holiday on the second Tuesday of February each year, National Sports Day, with the main objective of promoting a healthy lifestyle for everyone in Qatar,” he said. Juhara Al SuwaidiDeputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations Office at Geneva.
“As the countdown begins for the opening match of the FIFA World Cup in Doha on 21 November this year, we look forward to a tournament that delivers unforgettable moments for all involved and achieves the goals for which this game was created, as well as going down in history as one of the most successful World Cup finals in history.”
Additionally, we were also able to hear the story of Sayed, an Afghan evacuee who told how sport and football made him flee and “saved his life”:
“I remember being depressed and heartbroken when I arrived in Doha and was evacuated from Afghanistan, especially when I left my family behind enemy lines. After not leaving my room for more than two days, a friend of mine knocked on the door and forced me to play football with them, and do you know what happened while I was playing? I forgot everything and was very focused and happy while playing it; after the game, i felt so refreshed and wonderful that it made me think football is fantastic therapy. Football also taught me to focus on the bigger picture, and that at the end of every darkness there is a light waiting for you to reach it. Moreover, these days taught me that no matter what was happening in life, where you were going or where you were from, sport has always brought people together and brought smiles to billions of people around the world.