8 June 2012 - By its very nature, sport is about participation. It is about inclusion and citizenship. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness, all of which are principles which are also contained in the Charter of the United Nations.

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship will be held in Poland and Ukraine from 8 June to 1 July 2012. It will gather 16 national teams of Europe who have qualified for this tournament.

Such a prominent sporting event will have a power to attract, mobilize and inspire many people. By its very nature, sport is about participation. It is about inclusion and citizenship. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness, all of which are principles which are also contained in the Charter of the United Nations.

The United Nations system entities will use this unique opportunity to advance their objectives in both countries, through a broad range of outreach activities and address a number of critical issues: human rights (gender equality, children’s rights, etc.), health (HIV/AIDS prevention, healthy lifestyles, etc.), environmental protection (waste management, energy efficiency, transport, etc.), child and youth development, human trafficking, etc.

UN agencies involved include: the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Please, visit http://eurovillage2012.org/en/ and see the programme of events in the frame of Euro Village in Kiev.

Photo: Famous Ukrainina football player Andriy Shevchenko took part in the information campaign Red Card