Peace Panels convene high-level sports diplomacy discussions with football club owners, players, politicians at the local and national level, statesmen, diplomats, and influencers from across the world. FfP connects decision makers, brings our football fraternity into a peace building discussions, where politics and policy may have failed or lacked sticking power. Bringing opposing parties on the pitch and scoring common goals of peace can be a game changing impact. Through these conversations, we aim to leverage the full potential of football and diplomacy to generate awareness of sports' ability to create positive change and impact the world. A key focal point of these discussions is exploring the use of football as a tool to empower young people and prepare them to become future leaders.
We host Peace Panel Symposiums across the world, including at G20 Summits, FIFA gatherings, the Commonwealth meeting, the African Union, UN Summits, and other key global events. These events aim to open up a dialogue with youth, communities, their leaders, clubs, and players on how football can effectively tackle some of the world's most pressing issues.
We believe that by harnessing the power of football, we can create a positive impact on the world and inspire the next generation of leaders.
At the Qatar 2022 World Cup, FfP under the leadership and support of Hamad Albalawi (General Manager of Investment at Ministry of Sports of Saudi Arabia), MOS, and SAFF, delivered ‘Unlocking the Power of Football’ panels at the Saudi House Fanzone’ with special guests.
An online event, co-hosted by the United States of America, the State of Qatar, and the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, brought together governments, civil society organisations, private sector representatives, community voices, and the football world, including two Premier League and Champions League winners, to discuss how we can unlock the power of football to address social harms and prevent and counter violence in all its forms.
Football for Peace held a high-level event at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, promoting the power of football to address social harms and prevent violence.
Football for Peace supported the opening panel with co-founder Kash Siddiqi speaking on how to leverage the power of faith and sport as a platform for good. The historic event, led by Pope Francis, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and IOC President Thomas Bach, was attended by over 400 key leaders and influencers from the world of faith, sport, business, government, NGOs, and other sectors.
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