Physical literacy: answering the call for quality education and sustainable development

Dean Dudley*, John Cairney

*Corresponding author for this work

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This introductory article explores the concept of physical literacy. It begins by discussing the current defining aspects of physical literacy and provides a pragmatic solution for moving beyond definitions to actions. The article also articulates how this special issue on physical literacy is addressing a range of United Nations agenda initiatives, including the UNESCO Quality Physical Education Guidelines for Policymakers, the World Health Organization’s Global Action Plan for Physical Activity, and the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5–11
Number of pages7
Issue number1-2
Early online date12 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • quality
  • physical education
  • physical activity
  • inclusion
  • assessment


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