UN hails power of sport to bring communities, peoples together

UNAIDS Protect the Goal campaign. (Photo - UNAIDS)

13 June 2014 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is currently in São Paulo, Brazil. Yesterday, he attended the opening game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as United Nations agencies carry out a number of projects and activities related to one of the greatest sporting events on the planet.

The Secretary-General is confident that the host nation, Brazil, will do everything to stage a successful and peaceful event, harnessing the power of sport to bring together and unite people across the world.

The Organization is carrying out a number of projects and activities related to the World Cup, including a campaign by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) against trafficking and exploitation of children; a campaign against violence against women ‘O valente não é violento’ (The brave is not violent) coordinated by UN Women; and an awareness-raising campaign, ‘Protect the Goal,’ by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Also, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is awarding environmental-friendly hotels in Brazil with the ‘Green Passport’ seal, while the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting the Brazilian Government in compensating the carbon footprint of the whole World Cup.  

Source: UN News Centre (prepared by: Mateja Robnik)