I have the honour of delivering this statement on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.
The EU and its MS welcome the establishment of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6, which commemorates the revival of the Modern Olympic Games and would like to reaffirm their commitment to multilateral actions to promote sports and their importance for development and peace. Sport is an important means to promote inclusiveness for people independently of their age, race, religion or belief, social status, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity and can bring people together, help to overcome cultural, linguistic and other barriers, and contribute to the fight against all forms of discrimination. The EU and its MS also acknowledge the important role of the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and its work in this regard.
The EU and its MS would also like to reiterate their position concerning the proclamation of international days years and decades, which must be consistent with the international guidelines we have collectively agreed in ECOSOC resolution E/1980/67, and reaffirmed twice in General Assembly resolutions A/RES/53/199 and A/RES/61/185. While joining consensus on A/67/L.77, we will continue to actively defend the respect for the ECOSOC guidelines on future proclamations and give priority to efficiency and cost effectiveness of the work of the General Assembly, in support of its revitalization.