|A member of Team UNICEF photographed on 5 July at the 2006 FIFA World Cup arena in Munich, Germany. Some 4,000 football fans signed the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE FOR PEACE pledge and had their photos taken in webcam booths at the stadiums in Munich, Berlin and Cologne.|
By Dan Thomas
NEW YORK, USA, 10 July 2006 – Children around the world joined Italy in celebrating victory at the 2006 FIFA World Cup on Sunday.
Under the banner of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE FOR PEACE campaign, UNICEF and FIFA harnessed the power of the world’s greatest football tournament to highlight sport’s ability to promote peace.
“FIFA selected UNICEF to be the official goodwill cause of the 2006 FIFA World Cup based on the longstanding alliance of our two organizations and our common goals of fighting for the rights of children,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. “FIFA is pleased to be working with UNICEF to carry the message that sport – and particularly football – is a peace-building exercise and the core of childhood, and one that can contribute to making the world a better place.”
|Webcam photo of a Team UNICEF member taken on 30 June at the stadium in Berlin.|
|Another Team UNICEF member captured on film at the Cologne arena on 20 June.|
|A young fan photographed in Berlin on 30 June in front of a poster of German football star and fellow Team UNICEF member Christoph Metzelder.|
Making the pledge
During the FIFA World Cup tournament, thousands of football fans in Germany were encouraged to visit special UNICEF information booths at the stadiums in Berlin, Munich and Cologne to sign up for Team UNICEF and have their photographs published on the site’s World Cup webcam pages. In the end, some 4,000 fans had their photos snapped.
To join Team UNICEF, visitors at the webcam booths and online were asked to sign the following pledge: “By joining Team UNICEF, I pledge to do everything in my power to ensure that all children grow up in a world at peace.”
Through their ongoing partnership, UNICEF and FIFA will continue to garner support for that pledge and spread the message of peace and unity through football until the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa – and beyond.