FC Barcelona’s President to meet with UNICEF, the Gates Foundation and the IDB in New York
Barça President, Sandro Rosell, will meet with representatives from three institutions and organisations that are currently working with the FC Barcelona Foundation: Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These projects take the Foundation’s work to countries like Brazil, Ghana, China and South Africa.
Barcelona (FCB).- During the institutional trip to New York City, Barça\u2019s President, Sandro Rosell, will meet with representatives from three institutions and organisations that are currently working with the FC Barcelona Foundation. The three organisations are the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These alliances allow the Catalan club and these organisations to help the world\u2019s most vulnerable members of society through sports.
\u2018FutbolNet\u2019 in Brazil
Rosell\u2019s first meeting will be with Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Interamerican Development Bank (BID). The results of the agreement signed between the two entities have already reached parts of Brazil, specifically Río de Janeiro. The Foundation\u2019s \u2018FutbolNet\u2019 project is working in the Favelas of Complexo do Alemão. The project, which fosters football\u2019s positive values, has directly impacted 250 children between the ages of 8 and 16.
Three different continents with UNICEF
FC Barcelona\u2019s President will then meet with Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF. The agreement between the two entities, which was signed in 2006, focuses its efforts in four countries: Brazil, China, Ghana and South Africa. FC Barcelona\u2019s donates an annual amount of \u20AC1.5 million to support UNICEF\u2019s social projects. Last year\u2019s work focused on providing sports equipment and improving infrastructure for schools in these four countries. In total, the projects benefited more than 16,000 children and 5,000 teachers.
Fighting polio with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Finally, Rosell will meet with Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Catalan club is working with the Gates Foundation to eradicate polio worldwide. The disease is on the verge of being eradicated (99%).
Last season, FC Barcelona collaborated in various multimedia campaigns that help raise awareness for the fight against the disease. Thanks to the agreement signed last year, FC Barcelona will be invited to the United Nations General Assembly to discuss the fight against polio, where Sandro Rosell will be given time to explain Barça\u2019s commitment to the cause.