FIFA and UN kick off healthy living campaign, to harness global game’s ‘huge potential’

At a ceremony held in Geneva on Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) and football’s world governing body, FIFA, announced that they are teaming up to raise awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Football is ‘refuge for those who have left everything’; UN initiative aims to bolster well-being of refugee, migrant children in Peru

Sport brings people together “regardless of conditions or flags”, a senior United Nations official in Perú said on Tuesday referring to a new initiative launched over this past weekend to promote the well-being of children and youth in Lima’s refugee and migrant communities through football. 

FROM THE FIELD: Finding refuge in the ‘beautiful game’

Teenage refugees from East Africa have discovered that participating in the ‘beautiful game’ as football is often referred to, can level the playing field and help them to integrate into new homes and new cultures.

Football scores 2030 development goals through “peace and justice”

The “values of sport” – particularly football - are a powerful force for helping promote the UN-led Sustainable Development Goals (

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Sport as “catalyst” for building consensus

Sport can act as a “catalyst” for change and can help to build consensus where disharmony exists; that’s according to the Foreign Minister of The Netherlands.

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Football “common denominator” for peace in Africa

One of the most celebrated African footballers of all time says that football can be the “common denominator” for peace on the continent and further afield.

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Football brings “joy” and relieves “sorrows”

Football brings “joy” to people and relieves their “sorrows” and ultimately promotes a more peaceful world; that’s according to the world renowned former Arsenal and Nigerian national team player, Nwankwo Kanu.

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UN sports envoy deplores attack against Togolese football team

The deadly attack against Togo’s national football team has sparked the condemnation of a senior United Nations official, who today stressed that the assault strikes at the heart of the values of tolerance and understanding espoused by sport.

UN teams up with Barcelona football club to help refugee children through sport

The United Nations refugee agency has partnered with Spanish football giant FC Barcelona to use sport to help provide refugee children with education and life skills.

Football clubs Real Madrid, Roma square off in benefit match for UN fight against AIDS

European football clubs Real Madrid and Roma squared off tonight in a benefit match for United Nations efforts to fight HIV/AIDS.