EFDN launched dedicated SDGs section on its website

6 April 2018

EFDN launched dedicated SDGs section on its website

EFDN is pleased to announce that in the future, the Network will focus even more on addressing the relationship between sport and in particular football and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

EFDN is convinced that football is a powerful tool with the potential to tackle challenges entailed in each of the 17 SDG’s. The new SDGs section on the EFDN website gives the opportunity to reflect on the contribution of sport to the SDG’s and to welcome input from clubs, foundations and organisations in order to work towards new milestones in CSR in football.

Addressing the SDGs through sport

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development specifies that “Sport is also an important enabler of sustainable development. We recognize the grow­ing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.”

Sport, including football has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development objectives. Our work shows us on a daily basis that football has the power to change lives.

Click on one of the icons below to learn more about each goal and how sport can contribute to achieving that goal.

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