Game of Thrones Actor to Referee World Cup Tourney in Nairobi
Game of Thrones actor and UNDP Goodwill Ambassdor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, will referee the tournament of Global Goals World Cup (GGWCup) in Nairobi’s Impala grounds on 5th March 2017.
The women’s football tournament will assemble 24 teams in a partnership between Royal Danish Embassy, Safaricom, Save the Children, UNDP and Eir-Soccer.
Safaricom C.E.O Bob Collymore has urged the Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the world governments to unify in sustaining development for the current generation.
“The 17 UN global goals for sustainable development are a must win battle for our generation. Winning this battle requires an extraordinary and unified effort from governments, NGOs, private companies and civil societies, but the real key to success is that we get engage and take action,” says Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore.
The regional tournament for women supports the United States 17 Global Goals in women empowerment and providing reproductive education.
The winning team gets a spot in the global final to be held in New York City in September 2017. This will see passionate women experience the sheer joy of playing soccer and the meaningfulness of taking a stand for the world they want.
Danish government is reportedly supporting the tournament with an agenda of empowering women and putting an emphasis on reproductive health.
“The Danish government is proudly supporting Global Goals World Cup. The 17 global goals, including their recognition of gender equality, are fundamentals for our international engagement.
It is indeed worth playing for. In Kenya, the Danish government for many years has supported women empowerment, women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and it is still a very important focus,” says Ulla Tørnæs, Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation.
The tournament uses the power of sport to unite and inspire individuals all over the world to take positive actions.
Football matches are played by a different set of rules, awarding points for both scoring goals as well as working for the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Save the Children’s Kenya Country Director,Duncan Harvey raises concern on the need for the world to value human dignity and respect for children’s rights as well.
“Children represent more than half the population, and the future. Efforts towards achieving the SDGs must serve the needs of the most disadvantaged children, and explicitly link the different areas of children’s well-being,” said Save the Children’s Kenya Country Director, Duncan Harvey.
The GGWCup in Copenhagen back in 2016, as a tribute to the power of sport to change the world. The GGWCup tournaments raise awareness of the most pressing challenges across the different continents while showcasing the power of regular people to take action and address the issues.