Sport and the global UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Sport has enormous potential for many of the SDGs – it speaks a universal language and can promote peace and tolerance, equality or healthy lifestyles, to name just a few of the many possibilities.
This potential can be unlocked either at national or international level, in team or individual sports. Sport has several attributes that are of utmost relevance for achieving the SDGs: it addresses multiple objectives simultaneously, it can build partnerships across sectors and reaches out to different stakeholders.
Implementation of the SDGs can be best supported in sports clubs by resorting to the indicators provided in the self-assessment tool. These goals offer sports clubs a tool to assess their own activities in terms of sustainable development; the resulting wealth of information provides further indicators for possible improvements.
Austria, along with 192 other countries, has committed to implementing Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs (sustainable development goals), both of which were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. These SDGs have become global benchmarks for sustainable development at state level and in all sectors of society. Companies, for example, are increasingly turning to the SDGs to gauge their contribution to sustainable development.
Transport / Energy
Not only is sustainable mobility mindful of the environment and climate, in many cases a more informed transport organisation also offers financial benefits.
Waste / Environment
Nearly every sports club produces waste of different types. Preventing waste is a task that should be part of a club’s everyday running.
Procurement / Business
Procurement is the sustainable purchase of goods required,
with a focus on the most durable and repairable goods.
Social Matters / Health
Every sports club has a responsibility to ensure mutual respect in its own community and cordial relations with its environs.
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Bus, Coin, Park: B. Groeger
Climbers: G. Banko