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“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.

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  • 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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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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