Tuesday, August 15, 2006
It’s great when your teammate is the UN!
Make Goals Not War and the United Nations will work together in order to take football to the next level, to tap its positive potential to make the world a more peaceful and better place.
I met with Kofi Annan's Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Adolf Ogi to discuss how we could work together to spread the message that sports is an incredibly powerful tool for peace.
As Mr. Ogi put it, “sports is the best school of life. If you want to make the world a better place, you have to give children a ball.” He told me that to date, our political, economic, scientific, and religious leaders had not yet achieved that elusive task of creating peace. And football in particular, he noted, can do that and has so many times.
So I explained to Mr. Ogi my work and about the Make Goals Not War campaign. Mr. Ogi thought it was a great idea and concluded by giving me his full support. I really look forward to working with the United Nations and Mr. Ogi and forge ahead with our common mission.