Thursday, January 25, 2007

UN appoints more football 'Goodwill Ambassadors'

Didier Drogba, currently top scorer in the English Premier League and the European Champions League, has become the latest football great to shoot for the United Nations, where he will seek to score a different kind of goal in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals. The UN Development Programme has appointed Drogba, who plays for Chelsea FC, a Goodwill Ambassador, joining football legends Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane in the fight against poverty, one of the eight MDGs adopted by the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 that seek to slash a host of social ills by 2015

"We’re very pleased to have Didier on our side, working to help countries reach the MDGs,” UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis said. “Greater recognition of the wide range of serious challenges we face in Africa and around the world is an important part of meeting those challenges, and Didier will offer tremendous help in raising awareness."

Separately, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has appointed Spain’s national football team captain Raúl Gónzales as a Goodwill Ambassador to combat hunger .

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