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Climbing to Peace

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) took place on April 6, and the sport climbing community continued their support for the Peace and Sport movement.

The IDSDP is the annual UN-recognised celebration of the contribution of sport and physical activity to education, human development, healthy lifestyles and a peaceful world. This year sport leaders, and governmental and non-governmental organizations engaged in an unprecedented number of concrete transformative actions and sport-based initiatives. More than 630 projects in 180 countries from five different continents were registered on the www.april6.org platform.

In addition, the 2017 #WhiteCard campaign successfully portrayed the universality of sport and brought together diverse groups of people. Altogether, more than 43 million people were reached with the campaign and inspired by the values of sport. National Federation members of the IFSC held up white cards at the IFSC Plenary Assembly in Quebec, and IFSC athletes raised their own white cards during the opening ceremony of the first 2017 IFSC World Cup in Meirengen, Switzerland.

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IFSC athletes raise their white cards at IFSC World Cup Meiringen 2017.

Each year, the IFSC highlights participation in the movement on the Climbing Life facebook page as well. The theme this year was "we can't stop the earthquakes, but we can stop the wars." Following the destructive earthquakes in Italy, the IFSC showcased The Sport Science University of Perugia, Italy, which provides lessons with partner universities around the world about the role of sports teachers in integration and peace processes, and which also opened graducation sessions on April 6 with a presentation on Peace and Sport and collaboration projects.

"Climbing Life is a symbolic event that gives people the opportunity to share their experiences, to join new friends, to know that there is a day and forum for Peace and Sport, all without costs," said IFSC Honorary Member Paola Gigliotti. "Moreover, it is real work that involves a lot of sport friends, and every year we await April 6 as a present that we both receive and give."

IFSC staff and the IFSC Executive Board hold up their white cards at the 2017 IFSC Plenary Assembly. 
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