Young people around the world are highly impacted by crime and violence, both as perpetrators and victims, and they are also at a key stage of life for learning and growing. For these reasons, and as asserted in the Doha Declaration, effective crime prevention requires the active engagement of youth.
The Youth Crime Prevention through Sport (YCP) initiative, developed to meet this goal, aims to promote sport and sport-based learning as a tool to prevent crime, violence and drug use among youth. Using sport to strengthen key personal and social skills and empower youth, engage communities and provide safe public spaces for positive youth development, , the initiative seeks to build youth and community resilience.
The role of sport as a tool for peace is also underlined by Member States with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, highlighting the contributions that sport can make to the empowerment of communities, to individuals – particularly women and young people – as well as to health, education and social inclusion. Similarly, the United Nations Action Plan on Sport for Development and Peace highlights sport as an important enabler of sustainable development and provides a framework of reference for Governments, civil society and the private sector to identify and promote the best ways sport can deliver towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Closely linked to SDG 16 and the achievement of peaceful and just societies, in 2019 the General Assembly adopted resolution 74/170 on Integrating sport into youth crime prevention and criminal justice strategies, which encouraged Member States to advance the integration of sports into cross-cutting crime prevention and criminal justice strategies, and called on UNODC to collect and disseminate good practices in this area.
The key areas of work of the Youth Crime Prevention through Sport initiative are:
The work of the Youth Crime Prevention through Sport initiative extends over a multitude of countries and engages partners from government, academia, civil society and the sport sector, both at national and local level.