The impact of sport and sport-based interventions in preventing youth violence, crime and drug use: from research to practice


21 January 2021 | 14:00-16:00 CET

Languages: English with interpretation into Arabic, Russian, Spanish

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Sport can be a powerful tool to engage communities and prevent crime, violence and drug use among youth. As part of the Doha Declaration Global Programme, UNODC’s Youth Crime Prevention through Sport initiative has developed “Line Up Live Up”, an evidence-informed, sport-based life skills training for youth that aims to increase resilience to crime, violence and drug use among young people.

Providing key elements from this approach, a new publication – Youth Crime prevention through Sport: Insights from the UNODC “Line Up Live Up” Pilot Programme – has been developed, offering an analysis of monitoring and evaluation data collected during the pilot phase of the programme (2017-2019), and the two impact assessment studies conducted in South Africa and Brazil, thereby contributing to building the evidence base on the use of sport to reduce violence.

Building on this initiative, and in line with General Assembly resolution 74/170 on Integrating sport into youth crime prevention and criminal justice strategies, this event will:

  • Share the findings of Line Up Live Up, as well as international good practices;
  • Present existing global evidence on how sport-based interventions can effectively reduce youth crime, violence and drug use; and
  • Highlight solid methodologies for measuring the impact of sport.

Representatives from States, academia, civil society and UNODC will join us for this interactive discussion.




  • Candice Welsch, Deputy Director, Division for Operations, UNODC
  • H.E. Mr. Sultan Salmeen Almansouri, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United Nations, Vienna


  • Ben Sanders, International Expert on Sport for Development, UNODC consultant
  • David Ekholm, Senior lecturer, Department of Culture and Society (IKOS), Linköping University, Sweden
  • Hilton Stroud, Information Analysis Officer, Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport, Western Cape Government, South Africa
  • Kellie Magnus, Country Lead, Fight for Peace Jamaica
  • Morten Schmidt, Global Director of Programmes and Grants, Laureus Sport for Good

Panel Discussion:

  1. How can we maximise the impact of sport and sport-sport-based programmes on violence and crime prevention drawing on the evidence and research findings?
  2. How can sport be effectively integrated in crime prevention policy and programming?
  3. What is the most effective methodology to measure the impact of sport programmes on crime prevention?


  • Marco Teixeira, Coordinator of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration


  • Georgia Dimitropoulou, Team Leader, Crime Prevention through Sports, Doha Declaration Global Programme, UNODC

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