UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, science and culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. 

UNESCO is the United Nations’ lead agency for physical education and sport.  The organization primarily focuses on sustainable development, quality education and youth empowerment through evidence-based interventions. It provides assistance, advisory services and guidance to the Member States wishing to elaborate or strengthen their sports policies.  

UNESCO is home for the new sport-based flagship, Fit for Life

Fit for Life promotes smart investments in sport to tackle global challenges in physical inactivity, mental health and inequalities. Activities have been designed to engage international,  national and local stakeholders to accelerate COVID-19 recovery and enhance the wellbeing of all people, beginning with youth. Evidence-based interventions at policy and practice levels aim at integrating thinking, knowledge and action across sport, education, health and equality sectors to amplify impact and progress the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The Fit for Life Flagship also aligns with global agendas including, UNESCO Kazan Action Plan, Education 2030, WHO’s Global Action Plan on Physical Activity and UN Women’s Generation Equality Framework.