An international advocate, expert and leader in social development, human rights and democracy, Sport for Life is excited to announce Ms. Daniela Bas, Director for Inclusive Social Development of the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs, as a keynote speaker at this year’s Summit.
Ms. Bas, a political scientist specializing in International Politics, has held her current roles with the United Nations (UN) since May 2011. Previously, she has held managerial roles from 1996 until 2011 in the private sector in Italy, as an advisor for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, as well as a special advisor to the Vice President of the European Commission on human rights, democracy, and social affairs. She has also held previous roles in other areas of the United Nations from 1986 to 1995. She is also a certified journalist and multicultural/life coach.
In her keynote on February 4, 2021, Ms. Bas will speak about the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Goals (SDGs), highlighting the interlinkages between sport and the SDGs. She will also share how both Member States and the United Nations system are utilizing sport as an enabler of development and peace. She will also highlight the importance of sport as an effective tool to accelerate implementation of the 17 Goals, including by enhancing inclusion and participation of all, in line with the 2030 Agenda’s central promise to “leave no one behind”.
“The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a pivotal guide to the advancement of sport’s contribution to healthy society, and are key areas Sport for Life hope to amplify. We are incredibly fortunate to have Daniela as a keynote for our Summit, to be a direct voice from the UN in sharing the importance and pertinence of these goals for all of the Summit attendees,” said Sport for Life CEO Richard Way.
Ms. Bas’s presentation will have a specific focus on the role of technology, and recently digital technology, in facilitating the use of sport to advance development and peace, setting out actions that could be taken to enhance this relationship and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
The Summit will be held virtually from Jan. 26 to 29 and Feb. 2 to 4, 2021. This year’s theme is Pathway to Policy.