The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, will deliver the opening address at an event in Geneva, highlighting the 2013 International Day theme, Racism and Sport, on Thursday 21 March from 13:15 p.m. to 14:45 p.m. in Room XIX in Palais des Nations.
Several renowned professional footballers, sports administrators and experts from different backgrounds will share their experiences and views on racism in football. FIFA and UEFA, the governing bodies of football will be represented at senior levels.
Members of the diplomatic and UN communities, civil society, the media, and the general public have been invited to attend. There will be a press conference and interviews with the panellists afterwards.Please note that only holders of a valid UN badge will be allowed into the room.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay
Ms. Mona Rishmawi, Chief of the Rule of Law, Equality and Non-Discrimination Branch, UN Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – moderator.
Mr. Kevin-Prince Boateng, Professional footballer for AC Milan Football Club and played for Ghana in the World Cup.
Mr. Patrick Vieira, Former captain of the French national football team and current Football Development Executive at Manchester City Football Club.
Mr. William Gaillard, Senior Adviser, UEFA.
Mr. Federico Addiechi, Head of Corporate Responsibility, FIFA.
H.E. Mohamed Siad Douale, Chairperson, Inter-Governmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action.
Mr. Piara Powar, FARE network, a coalition of organizations dedicated to combatting discrimination in football and using it as a means of overcoming social exclusion.
Kevin-Prince Boateng of Ghanaian/German parentage plays professional football for AC Milan. Mr. Boateng made history on 3 January 2013 during a mid-season friendly between AC Milan and second division, Pro Patria. When he and other AC Milan players became targets of racist chanting from a section of the Pro Patria crowd, Mr. Boateng kicked the ball into the stands and led his teammates out of the pitch. This was the first time a game was abandoned due to such an incident.
Patrick Vieira is a retired French footballer of Senegalese descent who won three Premier League titles with Arsenal, eventually becoming club captain. After leaving Arsenal in 2005, Mr. Vieira spent one season at Juventus before joining Internazionale in 2006. He retired in 2011. Mr. Vieira is currently Football Development Executive at Manchester City Football Club overseeing youth development, commercial partners, and the club's social responsibility programme.
William Gaillard is Senior Adviser to the UEFA President. Prior to joining UEFA, Mr. Gaillard had an international career in both the public and private sector. He has held a number of senior communications posts including as Director of Communication and Public Affairs, UEFA; Director of Corporate Communication, International Air Transport Association; Director of Communication and Chief of Public Relations, Multinational Force and Observers, Sinai Peninsula; and Head of Media, Delegation of the European Commission, Washington.
Federico Addiechi is head of Corporate Social Responsibility at FIFA. He began his career at FIFA in 2003 in charge of humanitarian activities and the relationship with the United Nations system and NGOs. His team is responsible for the sustainability strategies of FIFA and the FIFA World Cups, including the implementation of various programmes to address social and environmental issues.
H.E. Ambassador Mohamed-Siad Doualeh is currently the Permanent Representative of Djibouti to the Office of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and other specialized agencies in Geneva. He has been Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the effective implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action since October 2009. Ambassador Doualeh has also served as Ambassador and Special Envoy to the Somali peace process, and Special Advisor to the Minister and Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Piara Powar is the Executive Director of the FARE network, an anti- discrimination and social inclusion body working in football. The network is active in 41 countries working with NGO’s, fan groups, player unions, federations and others. A social responsibility partner of UEFA for ten years, FARE has also worked with FIFA, the European Commission and other European and International bodies. Mr. Piara has over 15 years’ experience of working within football as a campaigner and communications specialist.