Drawing on their worldwide fame as football stars,
Brazil's Ronaldo and France's Zinedine Zidane are to play in a match next month
to highlight an anti-poverty campaign, the United Nations Development Programme
said Thursday. Both will captain two international teams of renowned football
players in a friendly match on November 17 in Fes, Morocco. This will be the
sixth annual Match Against Poverty organized by UNDP to mobilize global action
"The primary objective of the event is to mobilize the public in the fight
against poverty and to promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which
seek to halve world poverty by 2015," UNDP said.
There will be eight more games between 2008 and 2015, the proceeds of which will
go toward the campaign.
Ronaldo and Zidane are both UNDP goodwill ambassadors and help to promote the
MDGs, which include halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, ending poverty and hunger,
ensuring universal primary education for all children and ending maternal and
"We need to team up against poverty to help fulfill the MDG commitments by
2015," Ronaldo said.
"It is extremely motivating to see that the Match Against Poverty is reaching
wider and wider audiences. This is the match that we all need to win."
UNDP said proceeds from previous games supported anti-poverty programmes in more
than a dozen countries such as Vietnam, Namibia, Niger, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan.