Sport for development

Regional partnerships

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CONMEBOL: On May 7 2004 in Asuncion Paraguay, the Federation of South American Football - CONMEBOL and UNICEF signed a partnership agreement committing both organisations to use football in the promotion of child rights. The 2004 Copa America was dedicated to the children of South America, using the theme "with children, we win!"  Through advocacy and fund-raising, sports partners, the private sector and UNICEF collaborate to support early childhood development programmes in Peru.  The message is that early on children need to develop their phyisical and emotional strengths in order to be strong footballers later in life.  There is readiness to continue and intensify what has been done, and a widespread recognition that UNICEF's participation added value to the Copa America well beyond expectations. Learn more.

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC): In June 2004, UNICEF launched the "Fair Play for Girls" campaign in Dhaka, Bangladesh in paertnership with the ACC.  "Fair Play for Girls" seeks to raise awareness, generate public support and mobilize resources for girls' education in this region where there are 46 million children out of school and many children are excluded from organised games and sports, with girls being the majority in both cases. Learn more.

Other regional partnerships include CONCACAF, CAN, CSF and LEN. More information will be available shorty.




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