Tuesday, August 23, 2005

[MDGs] FC Barcelona and Juventus join UN in fight against poverty

Press Trust of India
United Nations, August 24, 2005

Two of Europe's most famous football clubs, FC Barcelona and Juventus Turin, have joined forces with the UN Millennium Campaign in the fight against global poverty.

In their first game of the season, to be played in Barcelona, players from both teams would wear white armbands, as a sign of their support for the fight and the achievement of the Millennium Developments Goals (MDG), a set of goals and targets set by the UN Millennium Summit to drastically reduce several social and economic evils by 2015.

"I am convinced that the time is right to encourage governments, development agencies and communities to think how sport can be included more systematically in the plans to help children, particularly those living in the midst of poverty, disease and conflict," Secretary General Kofi Annan said in a message on the occasion.
Before the start of the game, the players will carry a banner reinforcing their commitment to end poverty and encouraging their fans to join them.

The decision by two of Europe's top teams to endorse the Millennium Development Goals recognizes the unique opportunity these Goals provide to once and for all to end extreme poverty and discrimination, the world body said.