UNESCO, the United Nations specialized agency that focuses on promoting world peace and security through education and culture, hosted a ministerial conference on “Sports and Sustainable Development Goals in Childhood: Societal issues regarding appropriate physical activities” on Feb. 7-8. The conference, held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, was organized by the French Ministry of Sport as part of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The speakers included French former footballer and world champion Youri Djorkaeff, who is currently the CEO of the FIFA Foundation, as well as Sarah Ourahmoune, vice-president of the French Olympic Committee (CNOSF), the former professional tennis player and world No. 1 Justine Hénin and Pierre Valutier, a former French snowboarder and two-time Olympic gold champion, who is also the co-founder of the environmental organization Tree2Forest. Experts, decision-makers and other stakeholders discussed the role of sports in child development in terms of physical integrity, health and sustainable development education.