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2030 DFS | Sports, Technology and Innovation

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Online Event

We invite you to join us for the 4th discussion in the 2030 Digital Fasttrack Studios (DFS) series. This studio will celebrate the International Day for Sport Development and Peace and focus on “Sports, Technology and Innovation”.

This event will take place on 15 April 2021 at 15:00 -16:00 CET.

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The upcoming session will address the following questions: 

  1. How can sport contribute to, and foster, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals?
  2. Does the increased use of technology in sport have a beneficial effect on health, on education, on living together, on sustainable development? 
  3. Can innovation in sport provide new opportunities to those who are left behind?

The coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted the value of good health and resilience (physical, mental, social and economic). Physical inactivity can now be considered as a parallel pandemic, contributing to 5 million premature deaths annually.

Digital solutions and innovations for physical activity and sport such as online courses and health monitoring devices and ‘digital pedagogies’ have proven to be effective for the provision and delivery of quality physical education providing a high impact/low cost gateway to lifelong participation in physical activity across the lifespan. 

This 2030 Digital Fasttrack Studio will discuss the usefulness and appropriateness of technologies in daily practice to foster skill acquisition or to facilitate assessment as well the limits of these ´digital pedagogies´. 

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (6 April) focuses on the aspects of sports that have a positive influence on the healthy development of the individual. Sport is an important enabler of sustainable development as it promotes tolerance and respect and contributes to the empowerment of women and of young people, individuals and communities as well as to health, education and social inclusion objectives.



  • Marlène Harnois | French-Canadian Athlete, Taekwondo Olympic Medalist (London 2012) and Champion for Peace
  • Arnaud Art | Belgian Elite Pole-Vaulter, Youth Olympian and Data Scientist, Volodalen
  • Emilie Michel | Business Developer at Vice Presidency for Innovation, EPFL 


  • Vincent Defourny | Director and Representative of Geneva Liaison Office, UNESCO 


The Studios bring together representatives from the United Nations agencies, permanent missions, academia, civil society, and the private sector. With a focus on four global goals: SDG4 (Education), SDG8 (Decent Jobs and Economic Growth), SDG13 (Climate Change), and SDG16 (Peace, Justice & Institutions), the studios series provide a policy engagement forum for stakeholders to identify pragmatic opportunities for digital transformations and policies to fast track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

2030 DFS | Sports, Technology and Innovation, 15 April 2021