Message from Jeffrey Webb, Chairman FIFA Anti-Racism and Discrimination Task Force, showcased during the United Nation’s high-level event on the effective implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action held in Geneva from 7-18 October, 2013.
The gathering commemorates the International Day on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21. This year's theme, ‘Racism and Sport’, was chosen by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to highlight the issue of racism in sports with a special focus in football. Likewise, it will raise awareness of the role sports can play in combating racism and discrimination.
According to the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, well-designed sport activities that incorporate the best values of sport – self-discipline, respect for one's opponent, fair play, and teamwork – can help integrate marginalized groups and teach individuals the values necessary to prevent and resolve social tensions and conflicts.
The Durban Declaration was adopted during the World Conference against Racism, held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.
"We must join forces to end racism, and sport can help reach this goal. On this International Day, let us recommit to ending racial discrimination and realizing our vision of justice, equality and freedom from fear for all."
—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Please click here to view the President's message showcased during the UN meeting on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action held in Geneva from 7-18 October, 2013.