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24,400 fill arena for Match Against Poverty

With a final score of 5-4, UNDP won the 2011 Match Against Poverty against HSV in Hamburg, Germany, on 13 December, 2011 before more than 24,000 spectators. The match was broadcast live in more than 25 countries.


Ninth edition of the Match Against Poverty

Comic book featuring UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors wins award

The comic book features 10 football stars who act as UN Goodwill Ambassadors who become shipwrecked on an island with a group of ordinary people. The group is finally rescued thanks to their teamwork, their resourcefulness and their faculty to address key challenges.


Score the Goals' award

Football legend Zinédine Zidane ends Mali visit with anti-poverty call

Football superstar and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassador Zinédine Zidane ended a visit to Mali highlighting new anti-poverty tools put into action across the West African nation.


Zidane's visit

Football legend Marta, in Sierra Leone, calls for more women decision-makers

Five-time FIFA player of the year, Marta Vieira Da Silva, in Sierra Leone, threw her support behind efforts to involve more women in decision-making positions.


Marta's visit

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas spotlights Horn of Africa food crisis

Film star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Antonio Banderas launched a global appeal to assist more than 12 million people across the Horn of Africa left in need by famine, drought, conflict and high food prices.


Banderas' global appeal

The 100th International Women's Day

This year, International Women’s Day highlights the participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology. It also focuses our attention on the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.


Marta, Sharapova & Konno's Poster

Iker Casillas appointed new UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

UNDP appointed the World Cup-winning Spanish football goalkeeper Iker Casillas as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals.


Casillas' appointment

UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Marta wins fifth straight FIFA award

Superstar footballer and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Marta Vieira da Silva has again won the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award – the first time anyone has won it five times in a row.


Marta's award

33,000 football fans turn out in support of Haiti and Pakistan

Football fans filled the Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, Greece, to watch top players reach a 2-2 draw in the eighth Match Against Poverty.


Eighth edition of the Match Against Poverty

African football superstar calls for fair elections

Football superstar Didier Drogba kicks off a campaign to call attention to how democratic and transparent elections around the world could be an important tool for lifting some of the world’s poorest countries out of poverty.


Drogba's campaign

UNDP appoints Brazilian football star as Goodwill Ambassador

UNDP appointed the world’s top-ranked women’s football player and Brazilian national, Marta Vieira da Silva as a Goodwill Ambassador, to advocate for women’s empowerment as a means to fight poverty.


Marta's appointment

Antonio Banderas appointed as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

In his new role as an advocate for the poor, Antonio Banderas will set his sights on the Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight globally agreed targets that seek to halve world poverty by 2015 by combating hunger, disease, illiteracy, environment degradation and discrimination against women.


Banderas' appointment

Match Against Poverty raises US$760,000 for Haiti

The Match Against Poverty, organized by Benfica Club, Benfica Foundation and UNDP, was held in Lisbon on 25 January. More than 50,000 spectators were on hand to watch the Friends of Ronaldo and Zidane tie the Benfica All-Stars Team.


Seventh edition of the Match Against Poverty

"Friends of Ronaldo" win sixth Match Against Poverty

About 20,000 spectators were on hand to watch the sixth Match Against Poverty in Fès, Morocco, where the "Friends of Ronaldo" defeated the "Friends of Zinédine Zidane," 6-5.


Sixth edition of the Match Against Poverty

Fifth Match Against Poverty attracts 30,000

Nearly 30,000 football fans came to watch Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo play as part of their work for the United Nations Development Programme.


Fifth edition of the Match Against Poverty

About UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors' elite team

They share a deep concern for the world's poor and a commitment to making the planet a better place for all.


Learn more about UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors

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