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Sport is unique in its ability to unify and galvanize people all over the world. Sportsmen and women are recognized as role models and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is creating partnerships with individuals and organizations to build on this – to raise awareness on AIDS issues and to help inform people about how to protect themselves against HIV infection. Sport is an exceptional platform to create greater public awareness in order to help countries meet their targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010.

International Olympic Committe and Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (2005), Together for HIV and AIDS Prevention: A Toolkit for the Sports Community, Lausanne, Geneva, Switzerland.

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (2005), The Cricket HIV and AIDS Curriculum, Geneva, switzerland. 

International Olympic Committee and Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (2004), Memorandum of Understanding between UNAIDS and the International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Michael Ballack
Date of birth: 26 September 1976
Nationality: Germany
Sport: Football
Date of appointment: June 2006
Personal website:
Quote: "AIDS is still around and I think that we should all work together to help others, I am proud to be a part of this campaign and to unite with such a star like Emmanuel to help raise awareness on this important issue".

Myung-Bo Hong
Date of birth: 12 February, 1969
Nationality: Korean
Sport: Football
Date of appointment: November 2011
Quote: “People living with HIV are people like you and me,” said Myung-Bo Hong during the appointment ceremony. “They have rights and should not be discriminated against. I am delighted to be working with UNAIDS to use sport to help bring an end to AIDS.”

Emmanuel Adebayor
Date of birth: 26 February 1984
Nationality: Togolese
Sport: Football
Date of appointment: March 2009
Personal website: adebayor-sharethejourney.com
Quote: "I have seen it with my own eyes – AIDS is not about rivalry – we must work together and help – I will, in my role as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador, speak to head of states and governments to make welfare and not warfare."

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Programmatic Focal Points:

Mr. Richard Leonard
E-mail: Leonardr(at)unaids.org

Communications Focal Point:

Ms. Cheryl Bauerle
E-mail: Bauerlec(at)unaids.org

Ms. Barton-Knott Sophie
E-mail: Bartonknotts(at)unaids.org



UNAIDS and Italian football team up against AIDS 30 November 2012
(UNAIDS) – To mark World AIDS Day, the Italian football league ‘Serie A’ will dedicate 2 days to UNAIDS. As part of the Together We Will End AIDS initiative, ten football matches on the 2nd and 3rd of December will call attention to and promote action toward the UNAIDS goal of zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths.
Goodwill Ambassador Hong Myung-bo praises Thailand’s HIV efforts 29 October 2012
(UNAIDS) – South Korean football star Hong Myung-bo—a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador—described his HIV fact-finding visit to Thailand this week as an “eye-opening experience” and a great learning opportunity.
Cricket players go out to bat for HIV awareness at ICC WT20 28 September 2012
(Source: UNAIDS) – World cricket players have united in a call to young fans to ‘get the facts’ about HIV prevention and to help eliminate AIDS-related stigma and discrimination. The call is part of a United Nations and International Cricket Council (ICC) HIV awareness-raising campaign taking place alongside the ICC World Twenty20 (WT20) tournament in Sri Lanka, which runs until 7 October.
Cricket and HIV campaign hits the road aboard the “Let’s talk” bus in Sri Lanka 21 September 2012
(UNICEF/UNAIDS) – A bus embossed with HIV messages, red ribbons and the faces of world cricketing stars is making a whistle stop tour through more than a hundred sites in Sri Lanka. Carrying young volunteers, the bus is part of the HIV awareness-raising campaign “Let’s Talk” taking place around the world Twenty20 cricket tournament that runs from 18 September to 7 October in Sri Lanka.
UN ignites the flame of social change through the London 2012 Olympics 13 August 2012
Geneva (UNOSDP) – The London 2012 Olympic Games came to an end yesterday and are already widely lauded as an overall success, with plenty of historic moments that will stay fresh in the minds of many for years to come. But beyond the stadiums, courts and fields where sporting excellence prevailed, the event offered the opportunity to help advance the human development agenda.
Secretary-General takes part in torch relay ahead of Olympic Games in London 26 July 2012
London/New York (UN News Centre) – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took part in the traditional torch run ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games which start on Saturday in London, in the United Kingdom.

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