Experts gather at inaugural Football for Hope Forum
Gathering of experts from all over the world to share advice
FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 has not only brought together some of the
world’s top football talents in South Africa, it has also gathered some
of the key players who are using the power of the football to change
the world off the pitch. Over
100 experts in the field of social development through football from
around the world will meet between 23 and 25 June at the inaugural
Football for Hope Forum in Vanderbijlpark/South Africa to interact and
share best practice. The forum was officially opened by FIFA President
Joseph S. Blatter alongside Irvin Khoza, Chairman
of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee, Willi Lemke, Special
Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on Sports for
Development and Peace, and former South African national team captain
“Through the Football for Hope Movement, FIFA supports organisations that consciously use the appeal and attraction of football to promote social development, education, health and integration. It is the key element to develop projects on the ground, in which football is the common denominator”, said Blatter.
The forum aims to find new solutions to social issues using the power of football. It brings together organisations using the world’s favourite sport to address issues such as landmines in Cambodia, homelessness in England, ethnic conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina and HIV and Aids education in South Africa, working alongside global corporations and development institutions.
“I very much welcome the inclusive concept of the ‘Football for Hope’ movement, using the positive values of sports to contribute to the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa and beyond,” said Lemke whose mandate as UN-Special Adviser on Sports for Development and Peace is to promote sports as an instrument for development and peace both within the United Nations system and externally, and to encourage the establishment of partnerships in this area.
“I am proud to join such a distinguished group of international experts at the Football for Hope Forum. Football is much more than just a game here in Africa; when it is combined with health and education it can make the difference in a child’s future. What we learn at the forum will help organisations that work every day to improve social issues here in Africa and around the world, ” said Lucas Rabebe
The intensive three-day programme will feature a diverse range of workshops and seminars and is a milestone in the Football for Hope movement led by FIFA and streetfootballworld, connecting a global network of like-minded organisations
For more information on the Football for Hope Movement visit www.FIFA.com.
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