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Leveraging global commitments for refugee support through sport


Leveraging global commitments for refugee support through sport
Leveraging global commitments for refugee support through sport

The Sport for Refugees Coalition (SfRC) commenced its new four-year cycle following the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) in december 2023, where 140 entities pledged their support for refugees through sport. The recent meeting in march outlined a roadmap leading to the High-Level Officials Meeting (HLOM) 2025, emphasizing pivotal moments for integrating sport into discussions on refugees. The coalition aims to assist members in fulfilling their pledges by fostering partnerships and sharing expertise, especially in countries where these commitments will be executed.


Martin Dururu from Tambai Zimbabwe, a member of the coalition, noted how engaging with other members and participating in the GRF expanded their network and aided pledge implementation in Zimbabwe. The SfRC's objectives include facilitating networking and collaboration among members, sharing best practices, ensuring the fulfillment of pledges, and serving as a central advocate for displacement issues and sport's role.


Established in 2019, the SfRC brings together stakeholders from diverse sectors dedicated to harnessing sport for displaced individuals. At the second GRF in 2023, the Multistakeholder Pledge on Sport for Protection and Inclusion was renewed, with substantial commitments made to execute activities in multiple countries, benefiting millions of displaced individuals and members of host communities.


The Sport for Refugees Coalition's efforts align with UN Global Goal 10 - Reduced Inequalities by promoting inclusive practices in sports for displaced individuals. Through partnerships and advocacy, they work to bridge gaps and reduce disparities, contributing to a more equitable society.



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