GENEVA – FC Barcelona and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, kicked off their partnership today with the launch of a new football shirt and a commitment to support sporting initiatives for four-in-four refugee children continents.
The UNHCR logo appears for the first time on the new FC Barcelona men’s and women’s first team shirts. The shirt, which is part of FC Barcelona’s new kit for the 2022-23 season, serves as a message of solidarity with the more than 100 million people who have been forced to flee their homes.
The partnership will span the next four football seasons and is a collaboration between UNHCR, its national association in Spain – ACNUR Comité español, FC Barcelona and the FC Barcelona Foundation.
The aim of the partnership is to bring the cause of refugees to football fans around the world, while the projects that the FC Barcelona Foundation will support aim to give refugee children the opportunity to develop the essential skills necessary to enable them to live. reach their full potential.
At the launch event at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, FC Barcelona, FC Barcelona Foundation, UNHCR and ACNUR Comité español said they hoped their global partnership would act as a catalyst for change, and that other members of the football community and the wider sports industry would feel compelled to do more to help improve the lives of those forced to flee.
FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta said at the unveiling of the shirt in Geneva: “The agreement is part of the priorities that FC Barcelona and its Foundation have set for this new phase of the Club which I have the privilege of chairing. , to focus on the problem of refugees around the world. In our organization, we understand that our commitment is to make the dreams of the most vulnerable a reality, based on the belief that all children and young people are entitled to the same opportunities” .
Marta Segu, Director of the FC Barcelona Foundation, said: “At FC Barcelona we have a social conscience, because we understand that football and sport, with their values of effort, discipline, sacrifice and work team, are ideal tools to educate our societies.
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said: “Football brings joy to billions of fans around the world. It also provides a transformational outlet for millions of refugee children every day, as it promotes positive mental and physical well-being, builds confidence and skills, helps keep children in school, and empowers women and children. girls.
Football also has the power to bring together all those who love the beautiful game, regardless of their origin or situation, including refugees.
I am therefore delighted that FC Barcelona has decided to partner with UNHCR to send such a strong message of solidarity to refugees around the world. Whichever team you prefer, FC Barcelona and UNHCR support and support the over 100 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes.
The FC Barcelona Foundation contributes €400,000 per season to four UNHCR projects in Colombia, Uganda, Turkey and Malaysia (€100,000 per project). In addition, it will make in-kind donations (worth €100,000 per season) of FC Barcelona sports equipment, while offering the experience and knowledge of the foundation’s sports experts.
The range of projects includes strengthening protective environments for children and youth affected by armed conflict in Colombia; support for a gender-based violence and protection program in Malaysia, a sports for peace and protection project for refugees and host community youth in Nakivale and Oruchinga refugee camps in Uganda.
For more information on this subject, please contact:
The FC Barcelona Foundation
The Barça Foundation was launched in 1994 to support children and young people from the most vulnerable social groups through sport and values education, with the aim of contributing to a more just and inclusive society. The Barça Foundation frames its activities within the framework of the United Nations programs on Sport for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The main lines of action are access to and support for education, the prevention of violence and the resolution of conflicts in children and young people and the fight against social exclusion and discrimination. Today, the Foundation reaches more than 1.5 million beneficiaries around the world.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes by conflict and poverty. persecution. We provide lifesaving assistance such as shelter, food and water, help protect basic human rights and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home. We work in over 130 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions of people.
ACNUR Spanish Committee
ACNUR Comité español is a non-governmental organization, created in 1993, declared of public utility, proud to count more than 500,000 regular members and donors. España con ACNUR raises funds to meet the needs of the most vulnerable refugees and displaced people, supporting UNHCR’s humanitarian aid programs around the world.
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