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Celebrated Algerian football player Rabah Madjer named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

17 October 2011
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Rabah Madjer, the famous Algerian football player
and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador © UNESCO

Paris (UNESCO - edited by UNOSDP) – Today, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova designated Rabah Madjer, the famous Algerian football player, as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in a ceremony at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters. The two-year appointment is in recognition of Mr. Madjer’s work with young people and for his promotion of sports values.

As one of Africa’s most celebrated football players and as a well-known sports broadcaster, Rabah Madjer will place his fame at the service of UNESCO, building tolerance and mutual understanding through sports.

In her speech held at the appointment the ceremony, Ms. Bokova declared: "Sport is a powerful lever to bring together positive energy, to support social integration and to build common values. With half of the world's population under the age of 25, these are the actors of  today's world; they can transform it.  They want freedom, peace and democracy. We must help them to make this an energy and force for positive change, in keeping with the values of tolerance, non-violence and mutual understanding. "

Born in 1958, Mustapha Rabah Madjer, became a star with F.C. Porto in the 1980s, and played in two World Cups with his national team, including its first World Cup appearance in 1982. He took up coaching immediately after retiring and managed several clubs as well as Algeria’s National team. Madjer has won the Ballon d’or Africain. He is also a television commentator on Al-Jazeera Sports.

UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors are a group of personalities who use their talent and status to focus the world's attention on the objectives and aims of UNESCO, creating visibility for its work in education, culture, science, communication and information.

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