To Echoworld Homepage

To Echo Germanica Homepage
August, 2006 - Nr. 8


The Editor
Sound of Music
KW & Beyond
Dick announces...
Tie the Knot at CNE
Betraying Our Children
Herwig Wandschneider
Dick reports...
Sybille reports
Ham Se det jehört?
Métis Arts Festival
TSO & Detroit Symphony
COC's Complete Ring Cycle
RBC Seniors' Jubilee
Darstellung Deutschlands
Claudia Schiffer Promotes
German Historical Museum
International AIDS Conference
Werner Herzog Welcomed
Praise after World Cup
Close - but no cigar
Magic of Soccer
German-built Space Lab
Biofuels Show Promise
Easy Border Crossing

Harness the magic of soccer,
urges Annan

  TWIG - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged people around the world to harness the magic of soccer for the greater good, saying the World Cup being hosted by Germany has the potential to bring people and nations together.

"Over the next few weeks, as billions of people worldwide focus on the World Cup," said Annan, "let us harness the magic of football to our quest for development and peace."

"Football is a global language," Annan wrote in the joint message with Sepp Blatter, the Swiss president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, whose 205 members outnumber the United Nations’ 191.

"It can bridge social, cultural and religious divides. It enhances personal development and growth, teaches us teamwork and fair play, builds self-esteem and opens doors to new opportunities," he added.

"This, in turn, can contribute to the well-being of whole communities and countries."

The statement also pointed to efforts made by FIFA to use soccer "to heal the emotional wounds of war among young people in refugee camps, and in countries recovering from armed conflict."

Indeed, the tournament has special meaning for countries recovering from the turmoil of war, Annan wrote in a separate message published as a guest editorial in the weekly Bild am Sonntag.

"For a country like Angola, which knew years of misery, the World Cup will bring a sense of renewal." Annan wrote. "And for a nation like Ivory Coast, which has been torn apart by conflict, it is a symbol of national unity and the hope for a new start."
Republished with permission from "The Week in Germany"


United Nations


To Top of Page

Send mail to  with questions or comments about this web site.
For information about Echoworld Communications and its services send mail to .

Copyright ©2010 Echoworld Communications