The declaration of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals states that "Sport is…an important enabler of sustainable development". This panel seeks to understand how sport came to be included in the SDGs and to critically explore whether it can live up to these heady expectations.
The declaration accompanying the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals includes the statement: "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". This panel seeks to critically examine the rise of the Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) sector over the past two decades, with the aim of understanding how sport came to feature in the SDGs in this way and whether it is able to live up to the expectations placed on it by this statement. Papers that examine the role of SDP organisations and international sports governing bodies in lobbying for the inclusion of sport in the SDGs are particularly welcome, as are those as those that seek to historicise this inclusion. Papers might also include critical examinations of the contribution of sport to development and peace objectives, although preference will be given to those papers that go beyond analysis of single case studies and instead provide a broader comparative view that is likely to be of value when assessing the claims made for sport in the SDG declaration.