Ronaldo, and his fellow UN Goodwill Ambassador, Zinédine Zidane, announced today
that the sixth annual Match Against Poverty will take place in Fès, Morocco on
As Goodwill Ambassadors for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
Ronaldo and Zidane will each captain an international team of world renowned
footballers for this friendly game.
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.
Between 2008 and 2015, the target date for accomplishing the MDGs, there will be
eight games, each promoting one of the eight goals, and the proceeds from each
game will go to projects which address the goal highlighted.
In Fès, the theme will be centered on the first Goal, to eradicate extreme
poverty and hunger. The funds will be allocated to UNDP anti poverty projects
around the world, including a national project in Morocco.
The two football champions have been the driving force behind the Match against
Poverty since 2003.
Ronaldo, who is recuperating from an injury that has kept him out of action for
several months, is eager to return for this very special game.
“We need to team up against poverty to help fulfill the MDG commitments by
2015,” said the Brazilian player. “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”, he said.
Zinedine Zidane, who retired from active football in 2006 but who is committed
to continue playing in the Match Against Poverty, echoes Ronaldo’s sentiments.
“Every year I am looking forward to playing this game for such a just cause and
this year’s edition is a very special one for me, not just because it is the
first time that we are playing outside of Europe but also because it will take
place in North Africa”, said the French star.
UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis said this year’s match takes on special
importance as it comes eight years before the MDG deadline.
“We are now more than halfway towards the target date – 2015 – by which the
Millennium Development Goals are to be achieved,” he said.
“Despite many significant achievements, we need to continue our campaign to
reach them. Initiatives like the Match Against Poverty, initiated by our
Goodwill Ambassadors Ronaldo and Zidane, are an important contribution,” he said.
Proceeds from the previous five Matches have benefited anti-poverty projects
ranging from support to female entrepreneurs to the construction of sports
centres for street children and the disadvantaged.
Funds have gone to support projects in Brazil, Burkina Faso, Bhutan, Bosnia &
Herzegovina, Comoros, Cuba, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador,
Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco,
Namibia, Niger, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Uganda, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
As in past years, the Match is supported by the FIFA (Fédération Internationale
de Football Association), football’s governing body, while two leading sporting
goods manufacturers, Adidas and Nike, are providing the equipment used by the
In partnership with UNDP, the Match is supported by the Ministry of Youth and
Sports of Morocco, the Wilaya of the Fès Boulémane region, the Commune Urbaine
de Fès, the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football, and the Association pour le
1200 Anniversaire de la Fondation de Fès.
The Match will take place at the Complexe Sportif de Fès. Ticket prices range
from 5 Euros up to 20 Euros and can already be reserved at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please contact:
In Geneva: Aziyadé Poltier-Mutal, +41 22 917 83 68, +41 79 310 77 46,
In Rabat: Leila Barakat, +212 37633071, +212 61239600, email@example.com
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