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2012 UEFA European Football Championship

Date: 8 June 2012  - 1 July 2012  
Location: Poland/Ukraine

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship will be held in Poland and Ukraine from 8 June to 1 July 2012. It will gather 16 national teams of Europe who have qualified for this tournament.

Just like for previous mega-sports events in the past (like the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2008, and the FIFA World Cup in South Africa in 2010, for instance), the United Nations system entities will use this unique opportunity to advance their objectives in both countries, through a broad range of outreach activities.

Issues addressed include: human rights (gender equality, children’s rights, etc.), health (HIV/AIDS prevention, healthy lifestyles, etc.), environmental protection (waste management, energy efficiency, transport, etc.), child and youth development, human trafficking, etc.

UN agencies involved include: the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Wilfried Lemke, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, will be in attendance at the opening in Warsaw on 8 June.

More information about the UN activities in relation to UEFA EURO 2012 will be posted in this website soon.


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