Παρασκευή, 2 Νοεμβρίου 2012


Το μήνυμα αυτό έστειλε η UEFA μέσα από το Τσάμπιονς και Γιουρόπα Λιγκ
Αφιερωμένο στη μάχη κατά του ρατσισμού, ήταν το μεσοβδόμαδο αγωνιστικό τριήμερο του Τσάμπιονς Λιγκ και του Γιουρόπα Λιγκ, έπειτα από πρωτοβουλία της UEFA. Μιας πρωτοβουλίας, στην οποία συμμετείχαν πολλοί ευρωπαϊκοί φορείς και εκτός ποδοσφαίρου, δίνοντας τη μάχη κατά της φυλετικής ή οποιασδήποτε άλλης διάκρισης.
Η UEFA, έχει ως βασικό στοιχείο της ατζέντας της τον «σεβασμό στη διαφορετικότητα», λαμβάνοντας υπόψη πως κατά το παρελθόν έχουν σημειωθεί ουκ ολίγα περιστατικά ρατσιστικής συμπεριφοράς, τόσο ανάμεσα σε ποδοσφαιριστές όσο και από φιλάθλους στις κερκίδες. Εδώ και πάρα πολλά χρόνια, η FIFA έχει επιληφθεί του θέματος θεσπίζοντας νόμο σε σχέση με τον ρατσισμό. Συγκεκριμένα, το άρθρο 58 του Πειθαρχικού Κώδικα της FΙFΑ επιτρέπει στις εθνικές ομοσπονδίες να τιμωρούν με αφαίρεση βαθμών τους συλλόγους των οποίων οι οπαδοί πρωταγωνιστούν σε περιστατικά εκδήλωσης ρατσιστικής συμπεριφοράς. Μόνο η Γαλλία και η Ουγγαρία αποφάσισαν να κάνουν χρήση του δικαιώματος που τους δίνει η διεθνής ομοσπονδία, ενώ προς αυτήν την κατεύθυνση είναι και οι προτάσεις που δέχεται η αγγλική ομοσπονδία για την πάταξη του ρατσισμού.
Στην Αγγλία, το θέμα πήρε μεγάλη έκταση την προηγούμενη αγωνιστική περίοδο, όταν ο αρχηγός της Εθνικής ομάδας Τζον Τέρι επιτέθηκε φραστικά με ρατσιστικούς χαρακτηρισμούς στον Αντον Φέρντιναντ. Η κίνηση αυτή, επέσυρε και την τιμωρία του Τέρι (εκτίει την ποινή του αυτές τις ημέρες, με απαγόρευση συμμετοχής σε αγώνες) και του στέρησε το περιβραχιόνιο στους αγώνες του EURO σε Πολωνία και Ουκρανία. Στην Αγγλία, υπάρχει ιδιαίτερη ευαισθητοποίηση στο εν λόγω ζήτημα, καθώς είναι πολλοί οι σύλλογοι που καταγγέλλουν οπαδούς όταν αυτοί προβαίνουν σε τέτοιου είδους ενέργειες είτε φυλετικού, είτε ομοφυλοφιλικού τύπου.
Μεγάλες μορφές της σύγχρονης ποδοσφαιρικής ιστορίας έχουν πέσει θύματα τέτοιων ενεργειών, όπως ο Χένρικ Λάρσον, ο Πατρίκ Βιεϊρά, ο Τιερί Ανρί και ο Σάμουελ Ετό. Εν αντιθέσει με την Αγγλία, η Ισπανία, η Ιταλία και σε κάποιες περιπτώσεις η Ελλάδα δεν έχουν δείξει την ίδια ευαισθησία σε αυτό το ζήτημα, καθώς πολλά περιστατικά τέτοιων επιθέσεων έμειναν ατιμώρητα, παρά το γεγονός πως υπήρξε ξεκάθαρη προσβολή και μείωση προσωπικότητας κάποιων ατόμων.
Χαρακτηριστικό το παράδειγμα των φίλων της Τσέλσι, που απευθυνόμενοι προς τον Βιεϊρά, είχαν φωνάξει «Ερχεται από τη Σενεγάλη, και η μητέρα του είναι κανίβαλος» σε έναν αγώνα το 2004. Ο Κάρλος Καμενί, άλλοτε τερματοφύλακας της Εσπανιόλ είχε δει τους οπαδούς της ίδιας του της ομάδας να του πετούν μπανάνες, ενώ ο Χένρικ Λάρσον όπως έχει ομολογήσει δεχόταν επιθέσεις λόγω της καταγωγής του στη Σουηδία, μιας και είχε Αφρικανό πατέρα. Ο προπονητής της εθνικής Ισπανίας Λουίς Αραγονές, είχε προσπαθήσει να μαζέψει τα λεγόμενά του ανεπιτυχώς για τις προσβολές κατά του Τιερί Ανρί και πλήρωσε ένα μικρό αναλογικά πρόστιμο ύψους 3.000 ευρώ. Ο Εμάνουελ Ολισαντέμπε που αγωνίστηκε και στον Παναθηναϊκό, είχε δηλώσει πως κι εκείνος είχε πέσει θύμα ρατσισμού, στα πρώτα του ποδοσφαιρικά βήματα στην Πολωνία, ενώ πιο πρόσφατα παραδείγματα, είναι αυτά του Λουίς Σουάρες προς τον Πατρίς Εβρά.
Ηδη, την περασμένη Τρίτη, ο αμυντικός της Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ, Ρίο Φέρντιναντ, αρνήθηκε να φορέσει το T-shirt της UEFA με το μήνυμα κατά του ρατσισμού, σε ένδειξη διαμαρτυρίας για τα πολλά κρούσματα στην Αγγλία.
Ο ρατσισμός στην ΕλλάδαΣτην Ελληνική Ποδοσφαιρική Ομοσπονδία, υπάρχει ο συγκεκριμένος νόμος περί ρατσισμού. Συγκεκριμένα, το άρθρο 23 του Πειθαρχικού Κώδικα που αναφέρει πως περιλαμβάνονται αυστηρές ποινές για αξιωματούχους, ποδοσφαιριστές αλλά και οπαδούς που διαταράσσουν την ομαλή διεξαγωγή αγώνων με ρατσιστικά συνθήματα. Μάλιστα, προβλέπεται πως αν αξιωματούχοι ή ποδοσφαιριστές εκδηλώσουν ρατσιστική ή περιφρονητική συμπεριφορά ο αγώνας κατακυρώνεται υπέρ της αντίπαλης ομάδας. Χαρακτηριστική περίπτωση ρατσισμού στην Ελλάδα, ήταν οι κραυγές οπαδών του Ολυμπιακού Βόλου προς τον Τζιμπρίλ Σισέ προ διετίας, αλλά και τα δάκρυα στα μάτια του Κόφι Αμπονσά (αγωνίστηκε σε Ολυμπιακό, ΠΑΟΚ και ΑΕΚ) όταν υβρίστηκε από τους οπαδούς του Αιγάλεω, ομάδας στην οποία έπαιζε, αποτελώντας μέχρι σήμερα το πιο θλιβερό περιστατικό ρατσισμού στον ελληνικό αθλητισμό. Εντύπωση, μάλιστα, είχε προκαλέσει και η δήλωση του πρώην παίκτη των Ιωαννίνων Ζαν Μαρί Σιλά, που είχε αναφέρει πως συγκεκριμένος διαιτητής τον είχε αποκαλέσει «αράπη».
Η υπόθεση Αντόνιο ΣάλαςΠριν από 10 χρόνια, ο τηλεοπτικός ισπανικός σταθμός ΤV5 έδωσε σε Ισπανό δημοσιογράφο ένα θέμα, με στόχο την παρακολούθηση της δράσης ακροδεξιών και ναζιστικών οργανώσεων της Ισπανίας. Το Αντόνιο Σάλας, ήταν το ψευδώνυμο του Ισπανού δημοσιογράφου ο οποίος ασκεί την λεγόμενη βιωματική δημοσιογραφία. Εκπαίδευσε τον εαυτό του, προκειμένου να εισέλθει σε τέτοιες οργανώσεις και στο βιβλίο που εξέδωσε, ανέφερε πως οι οργανωμένοι οπαδοί των μεγάλων ισπανικών ομάδων (Ρεάλ Μαδρίτης, Μπαρτσελόνα, Εσπανιόλ) δραστηριοποιούνταν σε ρατσιστικές επιθέσεις, εκπαιδεύοντας και στρατολογώντας πολλά νέα μέλη, κάτω από τον μανδύα του ποδοσφαίρου. Με πρόσχημα τη Ρεάλ, την Μπαρτσελόνα, ή οποιονδήποτε άλλο σύλλογο, περνούσαν τις πολιτικές αντιλήψεις τους στους οπαδούς και το ποδόσφαιρο πλέον περνούσε σε δεύτερη μοίρα. Και αν για τις τρεις ομάδες της Ισπανίας, αναφερόμαστε μόνον στις ενέργειες μερίδας των οργανωμένων οπαδών, υπάρχουν άλλοι σύλλογοι στους οποίους υπάρχει παραδοσιακή ρατσιστική τάση, όπως στην Λάτσιο, της οποίας ο ποδοσφαιριστής Πάολο Ντι Κάνιο είχε χαιρετίσει ναζιστικά τους φιλάθλους της ομάδας μετά την επίτευξη ενός γκολ.


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Κυριακή, 7 Οκτωβρίου 2012

UNICEF Ambassador in Serbia Novak Djokovic calls for investment in quality early childhood education during his visit to a kindergarten

Novak Djokovic invites people of good will to join “Club of UNICEF Serbia Friends”

BELGRADE, 18 September, 2012 –  Novak Djokovic, UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia and  the  celebrated tennis champion, visited today the “Beneath the Linden Trees” kindergarten in the village of Lesnica, 150 km west of the Belgrade capital,  to raise awareness of the importance of investment in early development and early childhood learning. During the visit, Djokovic spent time with the children, talked to their parents and caregivers, and met with local authorities. 
“I’ve seen today what a unique and special place kindergarten is. It’s a supportive space where children can learn to think creatively and work collaboratively. It’s a space where they have the freedom to be imaginative, creative and practice skills. Quality kindergarten can bring out the best in every child and set them on a good path for life. We have a collective responsibility to ensure every child has this kind of opportunity, so that they can better navigate challenges and risks throughout life and become responsible parents and citizens, “said Djokovic, who joined UNICEF in 2011 to support its work in the area of early childhood development and inclusive preschool education. 
Serbia has one of the the lowest preschool participation rates in Europe (approximately 44%, compared with 85% in EU member states). Participation of children of ethnic minorities, living in poverty or with developmental disabilities is even lower (Roma children 8%, children in the poorest families 22%, children from rural areas 29%) while existing pre-school facilities are in poor physical condition and lack programmes adapted for children of different backgrounds.
“Children from the most vulnerable groups need the most support. It is unacceptable that over half the children in the country are not included in any kind of early preschool programme. Serbia is neither a big nor a rich country, but it is precisely for that reason that it should invest in its most precious potential, the development of human resources. There is much evidence that investment in early childhood development is the most profitable of all investments. Talents are developed at an  early age. That is why we must hurry up. Childhood is now and cannot be postponed. There is no do-over,” said UNICEF Area Representative Judita Reichenberg, and thanked Djoković for his support.
Through play and talk, more than forty kindergarten children showed Djokovic their kindergarten and playground, demonstrated their skills in drawing and various games, and finally played a brief tennis match at the mini-court made of recycled materials. Djokovic also talked with their parents and caregivers, who told him of the benefits their children have from attending the kindergarten.
“This is a place where both parents and grandparents are empowered and happy to see their children enjoy and thrive. I am glad to have contributed to that. I hope that others will join me as well“, concluded  Djokovic.
The “Beneath the Linden Trees” kindergarten in Lesnica village was established within the  cooperation  in the area of early childhood development between UNICEF, Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and CIP – Center for Interactive Pedagogy,
with financial support from  IKEA and a personal donation by Djokovic.  The goal  is to increase coverage and improve the quality of preschool education for children aged 3 to 5 in the Serbian municipalities with the lowest preschool coverage rates.
After the visit to the kindergarten, Djokovic met with UNICEF pledge donors and volunteers at the UNICEF Office and thanked them for their support to UNICEF’s work in Serbia for the benefit of children.
“Your support  helps children in Serbia to have sound foundations for their future life of responsible citizens and parents… and maybe even winning a Grand Slam”,  Djokovic said, addressing pledge donors, members of the “Club of UNICEF Serbia Friends”.
Pledge donors for UNICEF Serbia programmes are people of good will, individuals and companies alike, who with their donations contribute to the protection and realization of child rights, improvement of living conditions and secure assistance to those who need support most.
“To be a member of the ‘Club of UNICEF Serbia Friends’ means to be a friend of children. That is our obligation and great honour”, Djokovic said. 
About UNICEFUNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
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Brazil to host the 10th edition of the Match Against Poverty, featuring Ronaldo, Zidane and other football stars


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  UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane (Photo: Witters)
Annual Match to take place in Porto Alegre on 19 December 2012  

Geneva/New York/Brasilia
— Football legends and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane are inviting some of the world’s top players to join them in an all-star line-up for the 10th “Match Against Poverty,” to take place on 19 December 2012 at the Gremio Arena in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
As Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ronaldo and Zidane will each captain a team for this friendly match aimed at mobilizing the public in the fight against poverty. 
“The struggle against poverty is not a game,” said Ronaldo, who launched the Match Against Poverty with Zinedine Zidane and UNDP ten years ago. “But we use this Match to raise both funds and awareness that the solution is in everyone’s hands. Working together we will all be winners in the Match Against Poverty.”
Zidane, who will play in Brazil for the first time, said that after ten years of playing with Ronaldo he is excited to play against him and his friends at the Match Against Poverty. “Although it will be a friendly match, I very much look forward to playing against my old friend in Porto Alegre,” he said.
The Match in Porto Alegre follows nine successful editions that took place in Basel, Madrid, Dusseldorf, Marseille, Málaga, Fez, Lisboa, Athens and Hamburg. Each year funds raised support specific projects in different countries facing difficult challenges.  “At the tenth match we will use the proceeds to support solutions in my own country, as well as another programme in Africa in which Brazil is actively engaged in” said Ronaldo. 
Italian legend Pierluigi Collina, who refereed eight out of the nine editions to date, will be the referee of the Match this year again: “It is not easy to find a charity initiative that is able to reach its 10th anniversary. The Match against Poverty did it and this is really great! “For me it has been always a privilege to be invited as the referee of these matches and to give my contribution to those who need help” he said.
UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan said the match is one of the highest profile and far-reaching events for UNDP and its partners. “As football is the world’s most popular sport and poverty is a global challenge, the match is a wonderful instrument to mobilize people around the world to support all efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere, can lead healthy, productive and rewarding lives.”
This year’s Match, which will take place at the Gremio Arena at 21:00 local time, is being organized with 9INE Sports & Entertainment of Brazil.  The annual event, which is televised globally, is supported by both football’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
Ronaldo and Zidane are part of an elite group of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, which includes other football stars Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas and Marta Vieira de Silva, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway, Japanese actress Misako Konno,  Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova and Spanish actor Antonio Banderas.

Contact Information

Aziyadé Poltier-Mutal; Mobile: + 41 79 3491610  - Tel: + 41 22 917 83 68; aziyade.poltier@undp.org;

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva invites people to join the global conversation on Rio+20

World renowned Brazilian soccer player Marta Vieira da Silva and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador launched a video message aiming at inviting people to join the global conversation alongside the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio+20”.
2012 is when leaders and citizens come together to put the world on a new path, a path to a sustainable future for our planet to ensure that social inclusion, economic growth and a clean and secure environment go hand in hand. ,” says Marta to illustrate the importance of an event which represents a historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all.
The 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or “Rio+20” is a forum on how to make sustainable development a reality for seven billion people today, and to define the future we want for nine billion by 2050.
“The development challenges we are facing now require us to steep the agenda up to a whole new level,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “That is what the leaders need to focus on. How are we really going to bring together the economic, the social and the environmental strengths of development to produce something truly sustainable that will improve the life chances and possibilities for the people living in the poorest parts of the world?”
More than 120 heads of state and government confirmed participation at the Rio+20 meeting. The Conference will result in a negotiated political document.
It is a unique opportunity to define the future we want added Marta
Marta Vieira da Silva, a Brazilian football striker, is one of the best soccer players in the world. She has won the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year five years in a row from 2006 to 2010. Known to her fans simply as Marta, she was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in October 2010 to promote international efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a special focus on women’s empowerment.
Marta is one of eight UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors: footballers Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Didier Drogba and Iker Casillas; tennis player Maria Sharapova; Japanese actress Misako Konno; actor Antonio Banderas and HRH Haakon Crown Prince of Norway.

Contact Information

New York:
Stanislav Saling, Tel: +1 212 906 5296 stanislav.saling@undp.org

Geneva:
Aziyadé Poltier-Mutal; Tel: +41-22-917-8368 aziyade.poltier@undp.org

For broadcast quality version of the public service announcement: Boaz Paldi: boaz.paldi@undp.org or +1 212 906 6801

Football unites international community in campaign to end violence against women


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UNDP‘s Heraldo Muñoz and Bolivan president Evo Morales joined in a friendly football/soccer match in support of the Secretary General’s campaign UNite to End Violence Against Women. PHOTO: UNDP/Dylan Lowthian
New York - Top officials, staff and ambassadors to the United Nations took time out during the UN General Assembly today to play a friendly football match against a team assembled by the President of Bolivia Evo Morales.

Both teams
united to end violence against women in support of the Secretary General’s campaign—globally and in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has some of the world’s highest rates of gender-based crimes. The match also supported Bolivia’s Year to End all forms of Violence against Women and Girls.

“Sport is a vital tool for building peace and understanding across nations, and can also be a powerful instrument to oppose violence against women, helping promote gender equality and also children’s rights,” said UN Assistant Secretary General and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Heraldo Muñoz.
Held at Roosevelt Island Soccer Field, close to UN headquarters, the match was co-organized byMuñoz, who scored two goals, and President Morales, who scored one goal and whose team clinched the match 10-5.
“Since football is a passion—globally and in Latin America—it is a great way to reach out to men directly and advocate for women’s rights,” Muñoz added.
“In Bolivia we are working to implement laws to protect women and also to give them more political representation, which requires—more than anything—political will,” President Morales said.

UN Under-Secretary General and UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet kicked off the match hoping that the final winner would be all the world’s women, their rights and their causes.
Violence against women takes many forms – physical, sexual, psychological and economic, with patterns often being passed down through generations. Some types of violence, such as trafficking, cross national boundaries.
In 15 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, nearly 50 percent of women said they had been victims of at least one sexual assault during their lifetime, according to a recent World Bank study. And nearly 70 percent of physical abuses were committed by their own partners.
Moreover, Central America has one of the highest rates of female murders (femicide) worldwide: two out of three murdered women lost their lives simply because they were women. Guatemala and El Salvador registered 675 and 580 cases of female murders in 2010 while Honduras recorded 312 in 2008.
Abuse also takes place in the work place. In Latin America and the Caribbean 30 to 50 percent of women have suffered some type of sexual harassment while at work, according to the International Labour Organization. In Brazil a survey in 12 cities revealed that more than half of women have suffered some type of harassment at work, whereas in Mexico the number reaches 70 percent of women.
UNDP works with governments, parliaments and civil society organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to develop laws and public policies that guarantee gender equality and women’s rights.
As part of the UN Secretary-General’s campaign, UNDP also works with governments to create strategies that help eliminate violence against women. In collaboration with UN Women, UNDP is developing region-wide studies and mapping good practices to eradicate violence against women, through plans, policies and recommendations.
In El Salvador, for example, UNDP is working with Women’s Parliamentary Groups to create a specialized unit to address women’s rights in the legislative assembly, helping ensure that the national budget’s expenditure reflects different needs and priorities for women and girls.
In Haiti and Nicaragua, UNDP works with sister UN agencies to improve access to justice, with a special focus on women. The Haiti initiative helped train more than 150 police officers and judges on gender-based violence, and also involved assessing the capacity of police stations to respond to violence against women.
UNDP is also a partner in the annual Match Against Poverty.

Πέμπτη, 13 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

8 Στόχοι της Χιλιετίας στον αθλητισμό..

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 8 Στόχους της Χιλιετίας στον αθλητισμό.
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24,400 fill arena for Match Against Poverty

With a final score of 5-4, UNDP won the 2011 Match Against Poverty against HSV in Hamburg, Germany, on 13 December, 2011 before more than 24,000 spectators.  The match was broadcast live in more than 25 countries.

UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo, Didier Drogba and Zinédine Zidane mobilized superstars past and present to take on the Hamburger Sport-Verein at the Imtech Arena. Proceeds from the match will go to the crisis in the Horn of Africa, where  more than 13 million people have been left in need by famine, drought, conflict and high food prices.

Previous matches

  • 2010: Athens, Greece - Match against Poverty raises $ 540,000 for recovery efforts in Haiti and Pakistan
  • 2010: Lisbon, Portugal - Match Against Poverty raises $ 760 000 for Haiti
  • 2008: Fes, Morocco - $ 180,000 collected to finance projects in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America
  • 2008: Malaga, Spain - Fifth Match against Poverty brings together 30 000 fans
  • 2007: Marseille, France - Zidane and friends prevail in 2007 Match Against Poverty
  • 2005: Dusseldorf, Germany - $ 450,000 are raised for projects in Ethiopia, Maldives, Burkina Faso, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cuba
  • 2004: Madrid, Spain - $ 200,000 for projects in Haiti
  • 2003: Basel, Switzerland - The first match against poverty rose approx. $ 1 million
“It is amazing and encouraging to see so much solidarity and support for Africa from sports fans around the world,” said Ronaldo, who scored a goal in the second period. The UNDP team also included stars Christian Karembeu, Fabio Cannavaro, Rabah Madjer and Dida. 
“The Match Against Poverty is much more than a game: it is part of the global fight against poverty,” said Zidane, current Director of Sport of the Real Madrid football club. 
All of the match proceeds will be used to bolster humanitarian and recovery activities in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The UN is working in these countries to provide emergency food aid, water, shelter and health services, while working on longer term development plans.
Wilfried Lemke, speaking on behalf of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, said the proceeds of today’s game will go to the nearly 13 millions of people in need of assistance across the Horn of Africa. “And I am delighted to see that the athletes, the UN family and the world of sport can work together to build a better world,” he said. “The Match Against Poverty has become a leading event in the global fight against poverty.
Sigrid Kaag, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy said the Match Against Poverty represents the best of sport and the best of humanity. “The players and the audience have shown they are One Team for the Horn of Africa,” she said.
HSV President Carl Jarchow said he and his team would donate all funds to the Horn of Africa crisis.  “We are proud to be able to work with UNDP to organize this Match for such an important cause,” he said. “Hamburg, through its port, has always been connected to the rest of the world. The Match Against Poverty is perfectly in line with our values as a team, and as a community.”
Proceeds from the previous eight Matches Against Poverty have benefited projects in more than 27 developing countries, including recent recovery efforts in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and Pakistan floods.
Other soccer-related campaigns
Comic book "Score the Goals"

The
32-page educational comic book features 10 football Goodwill Ambassadors, namely Emmanuel Adebayor, Roberto Baggio, Michael Ballack, Iker Casillas, Didier Drogba, Luis Figo, Raúl, Ronaldo, Patrick Vieira, and Zinédine Zidane, who become shipwrecked on an island on their way to playing an ‘all-star’ charity football game in support of the United Nations. Whilst on the island, the team has to tackle the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) along their journey towards being rescued.
Kick Out Poverty

A
multi-lingual public service announcement featuring Didier Drogba and Zinédine Zidane, calling on citizens of the world to join the team that will beat poverty. The TV spot was broadcast during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.
Teams to end Poverty

Teams to end Poverty
is a global communication and partnerships initiative that is designed to involve the general public in anti-poverty actions. It has enlisted the support of Ronaldo and Zidane and many celebrities ((including Carla Bruni, Gerard Depardieu, Jamel Debbouze, Patrick Demarchelier, Sergio Garcia, LeBron James, Jeanne Moreau, Rafael Nadal, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve and Wim Wenders), each of whom has contributed significant time, energy and/or resources to causes supported by UNDP.


http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/ourwork/goodwillambassadors/match_against_poverty/


Millennium Development Goals UN Summit and Sport


High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly –
Millennium Development Goals UN Summit,

New York, 20-22 September 2010

Statement by Nawal El Moutawakel, Representative of the
Permanent Observer for the International Olympic Committee
to the United Nations

Mr President, Distinguished Delegates,

It is my great honour to stand before you for the first time as the representative of the
Permanent Observer for the International Olympic Committee. This is an important moment in
the long history of cooperation between the United Nations and the IOC. On behalf of the entire
Olympic Movement, I offer our thanks to the General Assembly and Secretary-General Ban Kimoon
for giving the IOC this opportunity to contribute more effectively through sport, to the
important work of the United Nations. The Observer status marks a new phase in the strong
collaborative relationship between the two organisations. It is a relationship with deep roots. In
1922, the IOC signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Labour
Organisation, an affiliate of the UN’s predecessor, the League of Nations.
Today, the IOC works with several UN agencies, programmes and funds to place sport at the
service of humanity. The IOC and the UN have much in common. Both organisations exist to
serve humankind. Both seek to bridge differences between nations and cultures. Both strive for
a world that is more peaceful, prosperous and environmentally sustainable. The General
Assembly’s decision to grant observer status to the IOC was a resounding acknowledgement of the positive power of sport. Sport cannot solve all of the world’s problems, but it can — and it
does — contribute to the search for solutions. Sport is making a difference in people’s lives all
over the world right now. 
And it can inspire peace.
It was breath-taking when a Russian athlete hugged a Georgian competitor on the podium at
the Beijing Games or to see an American and Cuban pair up as sports buddies during the
Modern Pentathlon Mixed Relay at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, which took place last
month in Singapore. It didn’t matter that the Cuban girl did not speak much English, or that
American boy didn’t speak much Spanish. The found a common language through sport. Sport
indeed is a universal language. It brings people together. It provides joy, hope and a sense of
purpose, even to those who live amid the despair of a refugee camp or extreme poverty. It
teaches self-discipline and the rewards of hard work. It is a magnet for young people that can be used to promote education, healthy living and cross-cultural harmony.
It would be much too bold to say that the Olympic Movement is making a better world, but I do
believe we can contribute to making better citizens of our young generation. There are many
significant milestones along our path toward closer cooperation. In 1993, the 48th Session of the
General Assembly revived the ancient Olympic Truce by calling on member nations to cease
hostilities during the Games. We are grateful that the General Assembly has approved a similar
resolution before every edition of the Games since then. In 2000, the UN Millennium Declaration urged member states to “support the International Olympic Committee in its efforts to promote peace and human understanding through sport and the Olympic ideal.” In 2001, then Secretary-
General Kofi Annan appointed Adolf Ogi, the former President of Switzerland, as the first
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Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace. In 2003, the General Assembly approved
resolution 58/5 in recognition of the importance of sport “as a means to promote education,
health, development and peace.” In 2005, the UN celebrated the International Year of Sport and
Physical Education. In 2008, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Wilfried Lemke to serve as his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace. In 2009, the Secretary-General delivered the keynote address at the XIII Olympic Congress in Copenhagen. He told the
Congress delegates: “Olympic principles are United Nations principles.”
All of those actions acknowledged the role of sport in addressing global problems. And that
brings us to today — another milestone in our relationship. We are now just five years away
from the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals that the UN adopted in 2005.
Time is short; the list of needs is long. I am here because the IOC shares your sense of
urgency. The International Olympic Committee is convinced that sport can contribute to make
the Millennium Development Goals a reality.
Accordingly, the International Olympic Committee’s development goals are largely in line with
the Millennium Development Goals. We are working to eradicate poverty and extreme hunger
by using sport to support school food programmes in Africa and Asia. We are also using sport to promote community development that can help lift families out of poverty. In May, we opened
the first Youth Olympic Development Centre in Zambia, a project of the IOC’s Sports for Hope
initiative. The centre combines sport with education and health care programmes.

We are working to achieve universal primary education by collaborating with UNESCO and
other relevant partners to provide education to refugees and disadvantaged communities. We
are supporting Olympic Values Education Programmes in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the
Caribbean islands and Oceania.

We are working to promote gender equality and empower women using sport. In this regard, th IOC acknowledges and congratulates the United Nations for its decision to establish the entity
of “UN Women”. The goal of gender equality in and through sport is enshrined in the Olympic
Charter, the Olympic Movement’s guiding document. 

 Sport fully accepts its responsibility “to encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels and in all structures” as stated in the Olympic Charter. We have steadily increased the participation of female athletes at the Olympic Games, with the goal of gender parity. With the addition of women’s boxing to the Olympic programme, women will participate in every sport for the first time at the London 2012 Games. 

Sport is a contributor to fighting the HIV & AIDS epidemic and malaria, as well as other noncommunicable diseases, through extensive education programmes in partnership with UNAIDS, WHO, the Red Cross Movement and other partners from civil society.
We are working to ensure environmental sustainability by making sustainability an integral part
of the planning process for the Olympic Games and other sports activities. The IOC adopted the environment as the third pillar of the Olympic Movement, along with sport and culture, in 1994 and created the Sport and Environment Commission to help the Movement meet its
environmental obligations.

 In order to achieve our goals, we work closely with the  UN Environment Programme, the National Olympic Committees and with governments.

And, with regard to the eighth Millennium Development Goal, we are part of a global partnership for development. 
The Olympic Movement — the IOC, the International and National Sport Federations and the 205 National Olympic Committees — are using the power of sport to International Olympic Committee – 

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