Sports for Peace Gala 2010


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Sports for Peace Gala 2010
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On June 8 2010 Sports for Peace hosted a Gala dinner on the occasion of the FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa – the world’s biggest single sporting event and the first ever FIFA World Cup™ to take place in Africa – bringing together the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, South African President Jacob Zuma, Madame Graça Machel, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, 1GOAL Ambassadors and many other dignitaries from across the globe in order to address this serious issue - the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG): Achieve Universal Primary Education by 2015.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made aware “that 70 million children have never entered a classroom. In much of this part of the world, one out of every four children do not go to primary school. So let us commit, here and now, to score the goals. As we cheer the teams on the football pitch, let us remember: Achieving the MDGs is not a spectator sport. We can ensure every man and woman, every girl and boy has an opportunity on the playing field of life. Together, we will score the goals for Africa's future and our world.”

South African President Jacob Zuma highlighted the importance of sports and the FIFA World Cup™ for South Africa when he stated in his welcome speech:” In the dark days of our country's history we found that sport had the power to change the world in a manner that little else can. Sport transcends racial, cultural and ethnic barriers in a manner that defies all reason.”

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has endorsed this gala and will make the Millennium Development Goal No. 2 a key milestone of the 2010 Nelson Mandela International Day campaign along with Mr Mandela’s birthday on 18 July. On behalf of the Foundation Madame Graça Machel reminded the audience with her words “we must work together – governments, the UN family, philanthrophic foundations, business, civil society, FIFA, organizations and individuals – we must all work together to raise the necessary resources, train the necessary teachers, implement the education plans and change children’s lives now!

A selected handful of some of Africa’s greatest music stars incl. Angélique Kidjo and Jimmy Dludlu celebrated this event by putting on a spontaneous show when performing the new Millennium Development Goal song, “8 Goals for Africa” together with the Cornerstone College choir.