“There is great power in this (South Africa’s hosting of Africa’s first FIFA World Cup). It is a time to present a different story of the African continent, a story of peace, democracy and investment,” the UN Secretary General told South Africa’s 2010 chief executive, Dr Danny Jordaan, in a meeting at Mr Ban’s UN offices in New York this week.
UN Secretary General fondly remembered his native Korea Republic
co-hosting Asia’s first FIFA World Cup with Japan in 2002 and said the
tournament was about far more than the 90 minutes on the pitch and was
an event which touched every corner of the globe.
the past conflicts in his own country, he said the game of football in
particular, above all other sports, unified people and built solidarity
and consensus – which he believed would be the case when South Africa
hosted the FIFA World Cup in June and July next year.
World Cup is a dream that began in 1994, the first year of our
democracy, and is part of our ongoing efforts as a nation to build
unity in our country,” Jordaan told the Secretary General.
an important week for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee
South Africa, all members of the United Nations General Assembly this
week passed a resolution to endorse next year’s event in South Africa
as a platform for social development and peace across the African
Dr Jordaan thanked the UN Secretary General for his assistance in helping South Africa take the message of hope to the world.
is not just the absence of war. Peace is creating circumstances that
create hope. The legacy of this World Cup embarks on changing the
circumstances of many people through its social legacy projects, job
creation and advancements in telecommunications and infrastructure,” Dr
Jordaan said to Mr Ban during the meeting.
Jordaan invited Mr Ban to attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup next year and
later said at a media function at the South African Consulate in New
York it was important that the UN Secretary General attended the
UN Secretary General must not only come to the continent when there is
war, when he wants to talk about Darfur. He must come to Africa when
Africa celebrates, when Africa excels. When there is good news, he must
always be there,” said Dr Jordaan.
Africa’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr Baso Sangqu, said he was
very pleased with the support received for the country’s 2010 FIFA
World Cup efforts from the United Nations General Assembly.
resolution is the first of its kind and underpins the global support to
the commitment of South Africa to not just make this another sporting
event, but to ensure that it is based on the agenda for peace,
development and stability for Africa – in the hope that these benefits
will trickle through far beyond the final whistle. This resolution will
continue to energise and engage the United Nations to walk this path
with South Africa and Africa,” said Mr Sangqu.
than ever, we are beginning to see the legacy of this event take shape
and it is given more impact and impetus to have the endorsement of all
the 192 member states of the General Assembly,” said Dr Jordaan, who
made a 2010 update presentation to the UN’s General Assembly, with
emphasis on the legacy benefits of the tournament for the African