Photo of the #WhiteCard Campaign hosted in 2019 by Ju Jitsu Shinsen
With the declaration of the United Nations (UN), the sporting world has been celebrating 6th of April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) since 2014. IDSDP is celebrated annually, through diverse events, festivals, and campaigns.
One of the biggest initiatives for IDSDP, is Peace and Sport’s annual #WhiteCard digital campaign which encourages people to take photos while holding a white card in symbolization of their commitment for peace through sports, and to share them online using the hashtag ‘WhiteCard’.
Peace and Sport also keeps record of all activities hosted by other organizations and individuals in celebration of IDSDP through an online platform april6.org According to the 2019 final report by Peace and Sport, 1,150 projects were registered from 136 countries in 2019.
Ju Jitsu Shinsen based in Italy, for instance, hosted a Jujitsu seminar on inclusion with an event of seminar participants tying white cards on balloons, and flying them up into the sky, spreading messages of peace. The person who receives the message has to participate in the #WhiteCard campaign. Committed to development
and peace through sports, specifically martial arts, Ju Jitsu Shinsen plans to
host similar events again this year.
To help encourage and support actions aimed at promoting IDSDP, Peace and Sport, provides toolkits including event planning guides, checklists, and brochures about peace through sport which are available on april6.org Additionally, since 2016, Peace and Sport delivers the April6 Initiative of the Year Award. This Award represents an important means of acknowledging the contributions of individuals and organizations promoting IDSDP.
Actions toward promoting IDSDP and the power of sports in achieving world peace and development are increasing as sports are recognized as ‘an important enabler of sustainable development,’ at the UN General Assembly in 2015. What are your plans for 6th of April? How do you think martial arts and martial artists can be part of the IDSDP? Share your #WhiteCard on social media, your plans, or your thoughts and ideas about IDSDP with us!