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Dear Reader,                                                                                                                          21 December 2016

Welcome to Issue 180 of the newsletter!

The launch of our new website and continued facilitation of the community has meant a busy year for the Operating Team. As 2017 approaches we offer a brief reflection on the events and milestones covered by over the last 12 months.

As 2015 drew to a close, the big news was the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UNESCO International Charter of Physical Education and Sport. The sport for development sector has spent 2016 adjusting to align with the Sustainable Development Goals. This is particularly evident in the case of funding.

The third International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) was a success. Organisations and individuals across the community continued to show their support. featured a "who's doing what" section showcasing how others were participating in the UN-backed initiative. In 2017 the Operating Team will continue to raise awareness of the IDSDP and encourage participation from the community.

Sports fans were spoiled this summer with the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the Euro 2016 finals in France. Aside from the excitement of competition and athleticism, each event encouraged us to face some challenging and important issues such as child safeguarding and the realities of legacy programmes. These sporting occasions continue to provide the community with a platform for debate. It presents an opportunity to discuss the social, political, economic and environmental issues that surround the staging of mega-events. takes pride in the article contributions that highlight the work of practitioners in the sector. A prominent theme in 2016 was adapted sport. This theme occurred in journal articles, in programmes across the world and it was a key debate at the Beyond Sport Summit 2016. The work being undertaken focuses on how to make physical activity more accessible to disabled people. Additionally, it supports destigmatising and demystifying what it means to be disabled.

We closed the year with a call for articles on the theme of the ‘International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development’. We received many articles from the community on the role of volunteers in organisations and individual experiences.

We want to thank you for all your work and involvement in our community. is a unique place of sharing information and building knowledge within the sport and development sector. We hope that in 2017 you will continue to contribute thoughts and experiences to our thriving community.

We wish a happy holiday season to those who are celebrating, and we will see you in 2017.

Kathleen Woodhouse-Ledermann
Senior Project Officer
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