“The World Cup is an event in which we actually see goals being reached,” as former Secretary General Kofi Annan rightly wrote in 2006. With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world’s largest sporting event – held for the first time on African soil – represents a historic opportunity for the UN family to raise awareness and harness the potential of the tournament to advance its objectives and ensure that the 2010 edition of the FIFA World Cup is remembered as a positive turning point in the history of African development.
- PRESS RELEASE: “Much More than Victory and Defeat: UN System Prepares for the Kick-Off of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM” (p.3)
- BACKGROUNDER: UN’s Initiatives around the 2010 FIFA World CupTM in South Africa (p.4)
- QUOTABLE QUOTES by the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace (p.5)
- OPINION PIECE: “For the World Cup to Leave a Real Legacy” by Wilfried Lemke, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace (p.6) -- Available in French
- GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S RESOLUTION 64/5 “2010 International Federation of Association Football World Cup in South Africa” — 19 October 2009 (pp.7-8)
- OPINION PIECE: “Racism and the Football World Cup” by Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (p.9) -- Available in French
- HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL’S RESOLUTION 13/27 “A world of sports free of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” — 26 March 2010 (pp.10-13)
- BACKGROUNDER: Contribution of Sport to the Millennium Development Goals (pp.14-15)
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- Blatter thanks UN leader (23 July 2010)
- World Cup Roundup: UNICEF assesses its work, takes a close look at lessons learned during the World Cup (23 July 2010)
- Aid shortfalls could deprive 32 million African children of an education (7 July 2010)
- UN Special Adviser on Sport Joins Football Festival in South Africa (6 July 2010)
- UN-HABITAT and partners sponsor youth to World Cup final (23 June 2010)
- Drogba and Zidane launch “There are no spectators, we are all Players” TV Spot (14 June 2010)
- Prince Albert II of Monaco joins the United Nations in Cape Town to Demonstrate How Sports can Bring Hope to Poor Communities in South Africa (12 June)
- As World Cup opens, UN salutes the power of sport for peace and development (11 June 2010)
- "Sport has changed my life": Panel discussion on “Youth Development through Sport” with UN Special Adviser on Sport and South African Deputy Minister of Sport & Recreation (11 June 2010)
- FIFA.com: Interview with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (10 June 2010)
- UN cheers for goals against child labour as World Cup kick-off nears (9 June 2010)
- Much More than Victory and Defeat: UN System Prepares for the Kick-Off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup (8 June 2010)
- FIFA 2010 Green Goal: Major Initiative to Green the FIFA World Cup Kicks Off (8 June 2010)
- UNDP and Sony bring the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ to Cameroon’s Poor (7 June 2010)
- World Cup teams back UN appeal to keep mothers healthy and babies free of HIV (7 June 2010)
- 'Racism and the Football World Cup' - Opinion piece by Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (4 June 2010)
- 'FIFA World' Magazine: Interview with Wilfried Lemke, UN Special Adviser on Sport (1 June 2010)
- UNICEF issues red card to child exploitation ahead of football World Cup (27 May 2010)
- UN System Ready for the Kick-Off of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa (26 May 2010)
- In light of Football World Cup, UN launches song in war on hunger in Africa (14 May 2010)
- World Cup star urges soccer fans to join UN to blow whistle on hunger (29 April 2010)
- UNEP's Climate Neutral Network Member PUMA to Spearhead Exciting World Cup Initiative (23 April 2010)
- Palestinian Football Association and UNDP/PAPP Launch the Gaza World Cup Tournament (6 April 2010)
- Sony to partner with UNDP and JICA to further anti-AIDS Millennium Goal (24 March 2010)
- No room for racism at this year's soccer World Cup, UN chief says (21 March 2010)
- UN teams up with Puma for biodiversity year ahead of major football tournaments (6 January 2010)
- 'The 3 Fives -- Healthy Choices, Healthy Life' (2.8MB): a brochure prepared by the South African Department of Health in collaboration with WHO's Regional Office for Africa (more information available here).
- The 'Green Passport' (3MB): a 32-page booklet packed with greening tips and information on responsible tourism in each host city – will be distributed to 100,000 World Cup spectators (more at www.greenpassport.co.za ).
- The 'Go for the Goal: End Child Labour' Brochure (263KB) and Poster (89KB): 'Go for the Goal: End Child Labour' is the global campaign launched by the International Labour Organization on the occasion of the World Day against Child Labour, celebrated on 12 June 2010. For more information and resources, click here.
8 Goals for Africa website: http://www.8goalsforafrica.org
To kick-off the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors, Didier Drogba and Zinedine Zidane, launched an anti-poverty TV spot appealing for the world to live up to the challenge and join the team that will kick out poverty. The multilingual public service announcement will be broadcast during the tournament in South Africa and aims to bolster efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Find out more about the campaign here: http://www.kickoutpoverty.org
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