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Spotlighting the ‘Abilities’ in ‘Disabilities’

Close up of disabled athlete woman with prosthetic leg

United Nations: The power of sport can help make global sustainable development a reality, and such power transcends cultural, linguistic and even physical barriers.

In recent years, athletes with disabilities have gained greater visibility—an essential step in recognizing their talent, abilities, and importance.

In December, the United Nations General Assembly formally recognized the power of sport as an “enabler” of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the “invaluable contribution” of the Paralympic Movement in promoting peace, development, and greater inclusion.

“[The Resolution] reaffirms the universality of sport and its unifying power to foster peace, education, gender equality and sustainable development at large,” International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) President Thomas Bach said.

“Thanks to the UN, we now have a strong tool that encourages states and sports organizations to work together and develop concrete best practices,” he added.

“Sport can help promote tolerance and respect, contribute to the empowerment of women and young people, and advance health, education and social inclusion,” she said on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.