Belo Horizonte will host the Football for Hope Forum 2013 between 26 and 29 June, it was announced today during the FIFA Secretary General's visit to the city. The event, which forms part of the official preparations for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, will see 130 invited practitioners and stakeholders from around the world come together to explore the commitment of football to social development and determine the way forward for Football for Hope.

The gathering will be made up of representatives from grassroots organisations, sports governing bodies, global corporations and development institutions, all of whom will be working to find solutions to challenges, develop innovations and to drive forward development through football. Among the many topics up for discussion will be tackling youth unemployment, empowering girls, preventing violence, integration and resource mobilisation.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke was there at the Belo Horizonte City Hall to hear the Forum announced, and he outlined its expected benefits. He said: “The upcoming Football for Hope Forum in Belo Horizonte is unique in that it brings together leaders and founders of community-based organisations that use football in their daily social work. For four days, they will discuss and help shape football’s contribution to social development. We would like to thank in particular Mayor Marcio Larcerda and his team for their support in staging this important official event from 26 to 29 June as part of the FIFA Confederations Cup jointly with FIFA and the LOC at the Belo Horizonte City Fall”.

Central to the discussions and workshops taking place will be the targets of maximising of football’s contribution to social development and the legacy of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The event is being organised by FIFA and the Brazil 2014 Local Organising Committee, with a Football for Hope Festival to follow in 2014.

In Brazil alone, Football for Hope is currently supporting five programmes in as many cities: Maranhao, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Salvador and Sao Paulo. This support of local organisations throughout the country will be further expanded in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup Brazil, in line with the goals of FIFA’s sustainability strategy.