Football for Peace Digital Symposium ‘Unlocking the Power of Football’ at the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, 2020 – Football For Peace

Football for Peace Digital Symposium ‘Unlocking the Power of Football’ at the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, 2020

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.

First Section: Introduction to the event:

  • Keynote Speaker 1:  Under Secretary General for Counter-Terrorism, Mr. Vladimir Voronkov
  • Keynote Speaker 2: Permanent Representative of Qatar H.E. Ambassador Alya bint Ahmed Al Thani 
  • Keynote Speaker 3: Deputy Coordinator for Countering Violent Extremism, Christopher K. Harnisch 

Second Section:

FfP ‘ Youth Panel‘   

Third Section:

First Panel on ”The Challenges We Face” discussing what are the current challenges we are faced with countering and preventing violence in all its forms.   Participants:   Dr.Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff (Moderator), Consultant and Historian   Dwight Yorke, former professional footballer, Manchester United, and Aston Villa FC   Ali Soufan, founder of The Soufan Centre   Shamila Kohestani, professional footballer, Afghanistan national team   Jim Hake, CEO of Spirit of America   Mike Summers, CE of the Palace for Life Foundation  

Fourth Section:

Second Panel on ‘Unlocking The Power of Football’ discussing what innovative and pragmatic approaches can we take to prevent and counter-violence in all its forms.   

Participants: Zahara Malik (Moderator), CEO and Co-Founder of Grosvenor Capital   Adrian San Miguel, Professional Footballer for Liverpool FC,

Laila Bokhari, Former Deputy Minister/State Secretary of Norway,

Jeremy Gilley, Founder of Peace One Day, John Deblasio, Chairman of DT Institute Sandeep Chattoo, Chairman of Real Kashmir, Danny Gray, Founder of Warpaint

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