Good News Agency – Year II, n° 19



Weekly - Year II, number 19 –  7 December 2001

Managing Editor: Sergio Tripi, Ph. D.

Rome Law-court registration no. 265 dated 20 June 2000.           

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Culture and education







International legislation



West Africa: UNHCR and ECOWAS sign Memorandum of Understanding

24 November - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on refugee issues, a statement from UNHCR said on Tuesday. Both parties pledged to tackle refugee-related issues more "vigorously" by undertaking joint activities. ECOWAS was represented by its Executive Secretary, Lansana Kouyate, and UNHCR by the High Commissioner, Ruud Lubbers. The MOU, signed in New York, aims to consolidate refugee protection and address the needs of vulnerable groups such as women and children in West African countries, the statement said. The agreement also covers issues such as mitigating the negative impact of large refugee populations on the environment of hosting countries and promoting refugee law among governments and civil society.

The signing of the MOU has come at a time when international efforts are focusing on solving the instability in some countries in West Africa, particularly member-states in the Mano River Union which comprises Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, UNHCR noted.



Human rights



Action Against Terrorism Must Not Undermine Human Rights, Say High Commissioner For Human Rights, Council Of Europe And Osce

Geneva/Strasbourg/Warsaw, 29 November - In an unprecedented move, the heads of three leading inter-governmental human rights bodies today jointly cautioned governments that measures to eradicate terrorism must not lead to excessive curbs on human rights and fundamental freedoms.

"While we recognize that the threat of terrorism requires specific measures, we call on all governments to refrain from any excessive steps which would violate fundamental freedoms and undermine legitimate dissent", says a joint statement issued by Mary Robinson, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Walter Schwimmer, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, and Ambassador Gérard Stoudmann, Director of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. "In pursuing the objective of eradicating terrorism, it is essential that States strictly adhere to their international obligations to uphold human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Responding to recent worrying developments in some countries, the three international human rights representatives urged all States to ensure that any measures restricting human rights in response to terrorism strike a fair balance between legitimate national security concerns and fundamental freedoms that is fully consistent with their international law commitments.

They stressed that some rights may not be derogated from under any circumstances. These include the right to life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the principles of precision and non-retroactivity of criminal law except where a later law imposes a lighter penalty. For other rights, any derogation is only permitted in the special circumstances defined in international human rights law. "The purpose of anti-terrorism measures is to protect human rights and democracy, not to undermine these fundamental values of our societies", the statement concludes. 

ILO Governing Body's 282nd session targets fundamental rights

Geneva, 20 November - The International Labour Office (ILO) Governing Body ended its 282nd session with a renewed commitment to eradicating forced labour in Myanmar, a decision to set up a World Commission of 18 eminent persons to examine the social impact of globalization and a call to end grave and serious violations of freedom of association in Belarus and Venezuela.

The ILO Committee on Freedom of Association marked its 50th year in defence of the principal of workers to organize and engage in collective bargaining.

The Governing Body also agreed on the broad outline of a technical cooperation programme for Colombia with the goal of creating mechanisms to safeguard the lives of trade union and business leaders in that country while strengthening compliance with freedom of association, as well as improving social protection, working conditions and freedom of enterprise in Colombia. (…)


Web portal invites to promote International Migrants Day, 18 December

Launched in 1999, the portal provides a multilingual platform for the promotion and protection of the rights of migrants. December 18 also maintains an e-newsletter. All the work is done on a voluntary basis, bringing together a group of people working together from across the world.

“Celebrate international migrant's day!” is the organisation’s invitation to reflect and act in support to the migrants’ rights on the occasion of the International Migrants Day, which takes place every year on the 18th of December.  


Campaign to end violence against women launched in CEE/CIS

UNIFEM launched a Regional Public Awareness Campaign for Womens Rights to a Life Free of Violence in the CEE/CIS region. The 18-month media campaign will take place in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. The goal of the campaign is to highlight violence against women as a crime and as a violation of human rights. The campaign will promote better understanding of the causes and consequences of violence, as well as its social and economic costs. The campaign seeks to reduce the cases of domestic violence as well as sexual harassment in the workplace in each of the countries.

The campaign slogan, "A Life Free of Violence It is Our Right," was adopted from previous successful UNIFEM campaigns in Latin America and Caribbean, South East Asia and Africa. (…) Campaign partners include representatives of governmental agencies, NGOs and crisis centers, journalists, law enforcement agencies, lawyers and donor agencies.

For more information, please contact Zukhra Sultanova, CIS Regional Office, at or visit



Economy and development



Bearing the fruit: FAO study urges countries to develop organic food market, provides caution too

The organic fruit and vegetable market offers significant potential for countries to increase their export earnings and diversify their agricultural base, according to a new FAO report titled World Markets for Organic Fruit and Vegetables.

"Strong and steady growth in the sales of organic foods have provided these products with a viable and value-added market niche," said the 312-page report, jointly published by the FAO, the International Trade Centre and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation. (…)

The report states that, "The economies of many developing countries are dependent on the export of a relatively small number of (mostly agricultural) commodities...Diversification of agricultural production is of utmost importance. Consumption of organic foods is expected to outgrow domestic production in developed countries, which will leave room for significant organic imports." This may provide some opportunities to developing countries. However, the report sounds a note of caution; developing the organic sector can be difficult and risky, especially since producers often face regulatory and psychological obstacles relating to consumer's attitudes about organic food. (…)


Cote d'Ivoire: IMF, EU aid to resume soon

24 November - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to discuss with the Ivorian government a three-year programme to reduce poverty and spur economic growth in Cote d'Ivoire. The decision was based on a recent assessment by an IMF team of a preliminary six-month economic programme implemented by the West African nation. The poverty reduction and economic recovery programme would run from 2002 to 2004. The IMF is willing to contribute about 50 percent of the 600 billion to 700 billion CFA (between US $848 million and US $988 million) needed, the statement said. Meanwhile full economic and financial cooperation between the European Union and Cote d'Ivoire is likely to resume in January 2002, state television reported a visiting EU delegation as saying on Friday. The EU partially resumed aid in June 2001.

Both the IMF and the EU suspended aid following a December 1999 coup d'etat.


Mali: ADF loan for health and social development

24 November - The African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a loan of some US $19 million to finance a health and social development programme in the Sikasso region of southern Mali, it said in a news release on Wednesday. The project aims to improve accessibility, especially for women and children under five years, to quality health care services. It will also support reproductive health programmes, expanded immunisation programmes and training of health and social development staff in priority areas, ADF reported. ADF, which focuses mainly on poverty reduction, is the small-loans branch of the African Development Bank.

Making furniture out of re-cycled wood

20 November - Eric Gellerman is making furniture out of old-growth Douglas fir, 150-year-old white oak, and Indonesian teak -- and getting kudos from environmentalists for doing so.  Gellerman is cofounder of The Wooden Duck, a furniture store in Berkeley, Calif., that salvages wood to craft its wares.  The environmental benefits range from the obvious -- the company doesn't depend on logging for its wood -- to the not-so-obvious:  Much of the wood used by Gellerman and co. would otherwise end up in landfills.  The company has dismantled everything from bleachers to railroad ties to make its furniture, and recently begun buying used South African products made from old-growth Doug fir that was shipped to Africa in the 1800s.  Now the wood is coming home, where The Wooden Duck will pull it apart and turn it into some of the greenest furniture around.


USD 11.5 million to support the National Community Based Rural Development Project in Burkina Faso

Rome, 19 November The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Burkina Faso signed today a loan agreement on highly concessional terms for co-financing the National Community Based Rural Development Project. The Agreement was signed at the Fund's headquarters in Rome by the Vice President of IFAD, Mr. John Westley, and by Her Excellency H.E. Ms. Béatrice Damiba, Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Italy.

This loan agreement, which amounts to the equivalent of USD 11.5 million, represents about 10% of the programme. The remainder will be contributed by the World Bank, the bilateral assistance agencies of Denmark and the Netherlands, as well as by the Government of Burkina Faso and the beneficiaries of the project themselves.

The overall development objective of the project is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development in rural areas of Burkina Faso, thereby breaking the spiral of rural poverty characterized by natural resource degradation, reduced agricultural production and decreased quality of life. IFAD’s contribution will be targeted specifically on village level and inter-village level capacity strengthening and investment activities, support services and actions, and project management and administration. (…)


A USD 25.5 Million IFAD-Initiated Project to Develop Livestock and Rural Finance in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Rome, 14 November  - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina today signed a loan agreement on highly concessional terms for financing the Livestock And Rural Finance Development Project. This IFAD-initiated project will have a total cost of USD 25.5 million. The Agreement was signed at the Fund's headquarters in Rome by the Vice President of IFAD, Mr. John Westley, and by His Excellency Dr Jadranko Prlic, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The IFAD loan is in the amount of USD 12 million. The contribution to be made by the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina will amount to USD 5.6 million and the beneficiaries of the project will provide the equivalent of USD 2.9 million. Co-financing in the amount of USD 5 million is being negotiated with the OPEC Fund. The Livestock and Rural Finance Development Project is IFAD's third operation in the state of Bosnia and Herzegovina. (…)

In line with IFAD's desire to adopt a longer-term approach to poverty alleviation in the remote poor mountainous areas, this third project, over its 6-years implementation period, represents a transition from emergency aid towards sustainable development of the rural economy. The project aims at improving food security and income levels of the rural poor in some 16 of the poorest localities in the country through strategic focus on the livestock sector. (…)


A USD 23 million IFAD-Initiated Poverty Reduction Project in Mauritania

Rome, 16 November - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania signed today a loan agreement on highly concessional terms for co-financing a Poverty Reduction Project in Aftout South and Karakoro regions. This IFAD-initiated project will have a total cost of USD 23 million. The Agreement was signed at the Fund's headquarters in Rome by the Vice President of IFAD, Mr. John Westley, and by His Excellency Mr Hamoud Ould Ely, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

The Poverty Reduction Project in Aftout South and Karakoro is IFADs ninth operation in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, with a total investment of about USD 64 million, in loans - all extended on highly concessional terms - and grants. IFADs cooperation in the country, which has spanned more than 20 years, is now oriented towards support for the decentralization process and the implementation of the national Poverty Reduction Strategy recently adopted by the government in rural areas. (…)






Sierra Leone: UNHCR to relocate IDPs, opens health centres

24 November - The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Sierra Leone plans to relocate over 7,000 internally displaced Sierra Leoneans from Port Loko District to their place of origin in the first week of December, the agency said in its latest information bulletin.

The 7,533 IDPs are slated to leave the temporary camps where they have been living in the town of Lokomasama to return home to Kambia District, north of Port Loko. One of the main concerns of the refugees, UNHCR said, was the education of their children.


WFP airlifts food into Afghanistan

Islamabad, 23 November The United Nations World Food Programme today launched an airbridge into Afghanistan in a bid to bring sufficient quantities of urgently needed food aid to more than 274,000 desperately hungry people living in remote locations across northeastern Afghanistan. This is the first time a humanitarian airlift has been launched from Tajikistan and the first time in this current crisis that WFP has used aircraft to send food into Afghanistan.

The aircraft, carrying approximately 17 tons of wheat flour, left Kolyiab airport in southern Tajikistan today. The Hercules will make the 30-minute flight into Faizabad, the provincial capital of Badakhshan in northeast Afghanistan, and then return to Kolyiab to reload. It is envisaged that there will be four flights per day, weather permitting, for the next few weeks until a total of 2,000 tons has been dispatched to Faizabad. The food will then be put on trucks and taken to remote areas across northeastern Afghanistan. (…)


Ghana: WFP launches us $15.3-million development programme

22 November - The World Food Programme (WFP) is to provide 482,000 Ghanaians with food aid through 2005 to support efforts to reduce poverty in Ghana, the UN agency announced on Wednesday.

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Rotary clubs of Pakistan help immunize more than 30 million children against polio

Islamabad, Pakistan, 21 November - Nearly one thousand Rotary volunteers from 84 clubs helped vaccinate more than 30 million children under five years of age against polio during the recent national immunization day (NID) in Pakistan.

"Much progress has been made in the fight against this crippling disease over the last year," said Abdul Haiy Khan, Rotary's national PolioPlus chairman for Pakistan. "Polio cases have decreased by nearly 65 percent in Pakistan." The Pakistan NID, launched on 7 November, was synchronized with Afghanistan to ensure that children among the displaced Afghan population on both sides of the border are protected from the crippling disease. During the three-day immunization campaign, Rotary volunteers set up vaccination posts in Afghan refugee camps and brought the oral polio vaccine door-to-door to ensure that no child was missed. (…)

According to the World Health Organization, nine polio cases have been found in Afghanistan in 2001, all in the Kandahar region, and 69 cases have been found in Pakistan. Of the 442 global polio cases confirmed this year, Pakistan and Afghanistan combined constitute nearly 20 percent.

Rotary's PolioPlus program has contributed more than US$4 million to the fight against polio in Afghanistan, and more than $13 million toward Pakistan's polio eradication efforts.


With $7.8 Million Donation, Japan Provides Major Boost to UNICEF Relief Efforts for Afghan Children

New York, 16 November  - The Government of Japan has donated $7.84 million to UNICEF's relief efforts for the children of Afghanistan, the agency announced today, the largest emergency contribution UNICEF has ever received from Japan and the largest it has received from any source for its $36 million appeal for Afghan relief.

The Japanese contribution, approved Friday 16 November, constitutes 22% of UNICEF's emergency appeal. As winter arrives, the contribution will provide urgently needed relief supplies to the most vulnerable children and women inside Afghanistan, as well as to Afghan refugees in neighbouring countries. Among other things, the gift will provide for the delivery of warm winter clothing for children and pregnant women, blankets, supplementary food for malnourished children, essential medicines, shelter materials, and safe water. To date UNICEF has nearly 50 relief convoys into Afghanistan. (…)






Nigeria: Boost to education and health sectors

24 November - Girls' education and primary health care in Nigeria are to receive a boost of funds from federal government and UN coffers.

The government is in the process of establishing 200 health centres, one in each electoral ward, with up to 8000 planned, ThisDay newspaper reported Minister of Information, Jerry Gana as saying on Thursday. The federal health care project was established following recent recommendations by the national primary health care authority, the Lagos newspaper reported.

On the education front, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has drawn up a five-year programme to boost girls' education in six Nigerian states starting next year, Maman Sidikou, head of UNICEF's education unit in the country told IRIN on Tuesday. (…)


Chad: ADF loan to improve health care

24 November - The African Development Fund has approved funds of some US $7 million to strengthen the health system and to support the control of HIV/AIDS and epidemic diseases in Chad, a news release said on Wednesday.

The project aims to improve the health status of the population in general and targets in particular the central administrative regions of Batha and Biltine and the southern region of Salamat. It will help in the construction and equipping of health clinics and in the prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS by providing safe blood transfusions and contributing to the prevention of mother-child transmission. It will also provide training for health employees in the management of patients and epidemics, ADF said.


Doha: green light to put public health first at WTO ministerial conference

22 November - The one hundred and forty two countries meeting at the 4th World Trade Organization ministerial conference in Doha (Qatar) clearly affirmed that governments are free to take all necessary measures to protect public health. Now, if drug companies price drugs beyond the reach of people who need them, governments can override patents without the threat of retribution.


HIV/AIDS network launches search engine

22 November - This is a tool for searching the internet for updated news on medications, treatments and vaccines. Sites are listed in categories and further broken down into subcategories. Once a search is performed, you have the choice to further your search instantly on the world's major search engines or NEWS headlines sites. (…) Its online services will be particularly valuable in rural locations where no local organizations exist. People can log in privately from home and have a counsellor to chat with or get answers to questions from the online forum.


Rwanda: DFID allocates 2.95 million pounds for HIV/AIDS work

22 November - Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) has allocated ActionAid, a British development charity, 2.95 million pounds sterling (US $4.29 million) for HIV/AIDS work in Rwanda, DFID reported on Tuesday.


Reducing HIV infection among youth: What Can Schools Do?

22 November - Although many program planners see schools as a convenient location for HIV prevention programs, there is controversy about whether school programs can ever be strong enough to go beyond improving knowledge and attitudes to increasing the adoption of safe sexual behaviors. Evaluations of school programs in Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand focus on this question: Can school HIV programs change behavior? In each country, local organizations have worked with educators on teacher training and course design to ensure high-quality school interventions.


Life-saving TB drugs arrive in DPR Korea during WHO Director-General's visit

Beijing, 15 November The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed the first shipment of life-saving tuberculosis (TB) medicines to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea this week. The drugs will make it possible to treat nearly 33,000 people suffering from TB in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Until now, less than a third of those suffering from the disease had access to adequate treatment.

The supply of TB drugs is made available through the Global TB Drug Facility (GDF), part of the Stop TB partnership in WHO. In addition to DPR Korea, 11 other countries will receive support through the GDF. Launched in March this year, GDF is a global purchasing and distribution mechanism to expand access to high-quality TB drugs.

DPR Korea is one of 22 "high burden" countries that account for 80% of the global TB burden. (…)



Energy and safety



Ecuador: World Bank loan supports project to bring electricity and telecommunications to poor people

Washington, November 21 - The World Bank's Executive Board yesterday approved a $23 million loan to support the Government of Ecuador's initiative to modernize the country's electricity and telecommunications services, extending coverage to underserved, poor areas, while also increasing efficiency, environmental management and public consultation in decision-making in both sectors.

The Power and Communications Sectors Modernization and Rural Services Project (PROMEC), whose total cost is $43 million, will support reforms of legal and regulatory frameworks in both sectors, while also strengthening regulatory institutions to foster and manage competition, to ensure that electricity, telephone and internet-related services are extended to low-income communities, both in rural and peri-urban areas. It will also support the government's strategy to promote energy efficiency, and to consult more extensively with the public on sector regulations and the services they need. (…)


Clean energy industry expected to triple in US Northwest region 

19 November - The global economy may be sagging, but residents of the Pacific Northwest should take heart:  A study released late last week suggests that the region will benefit from a boom in the next 20 years in the clean energy industry.  In Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, clean energy is currently a $1.4 billion business; the report predicts that in two decades it could nearly triple, to $4 billion, and employ 12,000 more people.  Next year, construction may be completed on the largest wind-energy source in the world, at the Columbia River Gorge, on the border between Washington and Oregon.


Ukraine destroyed its last nuclear missile silo

On 1 November, the Ukraine destroyed its last nuclear missile silo, fulfilling its pledge to give up the nuclear arsenal it inherited after the dissolution of the USSR.  Under the US-Ukrainian Cooperative Threat Reduction, the silo was blown up at a military range in the southern Mykolaiv region near Pervomaisk.  The land underneath the silo will now be cleaned up and converted to agricultural use.

In 1991, the Ukraine inherited the word's third largest nuclear stockpile, including 130 SS-19 missiles, 46 SS-24 missiles and dozens of strategic bombers.  After renouncing nuclear weapons, the Ukraine transferred all its nuclear missiles and warheads to Russia by 1996. Nuclear materials from the warheads were reprocessed and sent back to the Ukraine for use as fuel in nuclear power plants.

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Culture and education



World Aids Day to be observed at UN Headquarters on 30 November

Role of volunteerism to be highlighted

New York, 26 November - The United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) are organizing an observance of World AIDS Day, to take place on 30 November 2001. The programme, a town-hall meeting, will follow the theme designated by UNAIDS  for this year’s World AIDS Campaign, “I Care… Do You?”, and will also highlight 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers . (…) Key themes will be leadership, outreach to and by young people, volunteerism, and the involvement and power of celebrities as well as the media.

In conjunction with the observance, the Department of Public Information has arranged a screening of “Together We Can:  Youth against AIDS in South Africa”, a documentary film by Jacqueline Fox.  The film is an independent production supported in part by DPI; it commemorates the life and death of Nkosi Johnson, a young South African boy who became a national symbol of hope, and examines ways in which schoolchildren, the Government, non-governmental organizations and the rural community are fighting to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. (…)

World AIDS Day was established on 1 December 1988 by the World Health Organization, and its annual observance was mandated by General Assembly resolution A/43/15.  Since its establishment in 1996, UNAIDS has expanded the single day’s observance into a year-long World AIDS Campaign, with World AIDS Day as a focal point.


Thai students back good governance in TV broadcast

Friday, 23 November 2001: On "Voice for the Future", a live broadcast on Thai television this month, high school students from Bangkok aired their views on the roles of students and administrators in promoting good governance in schools.

The broadcast gave the students, who are elected members of their schools' student committee councils, the opportunity to discuss how schools are run. The students recommended a participatory approach, with accountability, and transparency in both school administration and student activities. (…)


UNESCO welcomes proclamation of 2002 as United Nations Year For Cultural Heritage

Paris, November 22 - UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura has welcomed yesterdays proclamation of the year 2002 as United Nations Year for Cultural Heritage by the United Nations General Assembly and the decision to designate UNESCO as the lead agency for the Year.

Speaking in his capacity as the head of the UN organization in charge of protecting, safeguarding and enhancing the worlds heritage, Mr. Matsuura declared: The proclamation should help UNESCO gain recognition for the importance of cultural heritage preservation. I hope it will stimulate Member States to undertake significant activities and measures to safeguard their heritage. People all over the world need to be made aware of the importance of cherishing our varied heritage, both the treasures of our physical cultural heritage and the intangible heritage of traditions and cultural practices. In learning to appreciate and value our own heritage, we can learn to appreciate the heritage of other cultures. This is an essential step towards ensuring peaceful dialogue and mutual understanding. Furthermore, heritage preservation is essential if we are to retain the wealth of our cultural diversity and ensure that the world is enriched rather than impoverished by globalization. (…)


University of Kinshasa conference builds partnership against poverty

21November - More than 1,000 students and faculty gathered at a recent conference at the University of Kinshasa on governance, poverty eradication and access to new technologies -- focus areas for UNDP in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Progress on these priorities is vital as the country emerges from conflict that ravaged the entire region since 1998.

The conference brought together researchers and scientists to discuss key human development issues and "stimulate interaction between the university community and the UN system for a partnership in the fight against poverty," said Bouri Sanhouidi, UNDP Resident Representative.

Mr. Sanhouidi discussed ways that new technologies can work for human development, the theme of the global UNDP Human Development Report 2001. (…)


Kenya and Colombia win International Television Awards for Promoting Children's Rights

New York, 20 November - Broadcasters in Kenya and Colombia left the stage at the 29th International Emmy Awards on Monday with special Emmys for their promotion of children's rights and children's participation in broadcasting.

ACE Communications (Kenya) and Canal Capital - Imaginario (Colombia) won the awards for their outstanding contributions to the 2001 "Say Yes for Children Campaign" and the 2000 International Children's Day of Broadcasting, respectively. The awards were presented by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Moore and UNICEF Advocate Kristina Tholstrup at the 29th International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City Monday night. (…)


Football and UNICEF Unite to 'Say Yes' for Children

New York, 20 November - In a ceremony today at the United Nations, UNICEF and FIFA (the world governing body of football), announced a global alliance for children. FIFA will dedicate the 2002 World Cup to children under the banner of "Say Yes for Children." This is the first time a World Cup has ever been dedicated to a humanitarian cause. The alliance will call for: Changing the world with children. A major focus of this alliance will be to put children at the forefront of people's minds and get people involved in changing the world with children. (…)

"I am very much looking forward to this cooperation with UNICEF," FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said. "It is FIFA's obligation as a global sports organization to help children all over the world, because football offers fun and hope based on tolerance, respect and fair play."

"We are very excited about this partnership with FIFA," said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. "It is not the first time that UNICEF and football have joined forces. The game has been helping us to 'Kick Polio out of Africa,' and several of our Goodwill Ambassadors are current or former football stars who are working tirelessly to build a world fit for children."




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