FIFA has been invited to join the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and will announce three Commitments to Action at that group's annual meeting this week in New York. The CGI is a collaboration between the private sector, non-governmental organisations and other global leaders to effectively confront the world's most pressing problems. FIFA is delighted and proud to receive the invitation to this meeting, which is recognition of its achievements in the area of social development through football.
"Our mission as world football's governing body is to develop the game all around the world and to use the power of football for positive social change. We are honoured to join the Clinton Global Initiative, and the commitments we will announce this week will further contribute to advancing that mission," said Jérôme Valcke, FIFA's Secretary General, who will be on stage at 13.00 local time on Thursday, 24 September to announce one of the commitments together with former US President Clinton and Queen Rania of Jordan.
While FIFA has supported humanitarian activities and made charitable donations for over a decade, since 2005 it has moved away from a passive philanthropic role and established itself as a committed, responsible and involved actor. This is a new approach in the world of sports and Federico Addiechi, Head of FIFA's Corporate Social Responsibility Department, will discuss FIFA's commitments during a panel discussion at 10.30 local time on Thursday, 24 September.
FIFA will announce the following three Commitments to Action at the CGI meeting:
20 centres for 2010 is the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and part of the Football for Hope movement that FIFA established in 2005 in strategic alliance with streetfootballworld. It aims to build 20 Football for Hope Centres throughout Africa as part of the legacy of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The centres will provide public health and educational facilities as well as football-based development programmes in some of the most disadvantaged communities.
The Clinton Global Initiative was founded in 2005 by former US President Bill Clinton. It holds annual meetings in New York City which coincide with the annual UN General Assembly meetings. CGI aims to bring together political and business leaders with NGOs in order to develop poverty-relief solutions and raise money for education, environmental assistance and healthcare.