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Press Release – 56th Comm. Social Development: Sport and Business together for Development. Experiences and best practices from Italy.

“Sport, with its values and rules, is an important driver of reconciliation, social inclusion and development, especially in the most fragile social and economic environments. For young people, sport is a chance to grow, nurture healthy competitiveness and solidarity, as well as an opportunity for enterprise. The all-Italian examples of Inter Campus and Ferrero show that the partnership between sport and business can offer youths one more tool to build a better future.”

New York, 30 January: The Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations, Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, participated today in the event, “Sport as a Catalyst for Building Resilient and Prosperous Societies”, organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in cooperation with the Permanent Missions of Italy, the Principality of Monaco and South Korea, at the sidelines of the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development.

The event was hosted by the Director of the UNDESA Division for Social Policy and Development, Daniela Bas, with presentations by Inter Campus representative, Stefano Capellini, and Ferrero Head of Global Procurement Raw Materials and Sustainability, Aldo Cristiano. Inter Campus, that since 1997, in partnership with NGOs and businesses, has put sport at the service of development, organizes soccer programs for youths in 29 different countries around the world. Presented at the United Nations in 2012, the FC Internazionale Milano social project comes back to the UN Headquarters for the fourth time this year. Ferrero is an Italian company that has distinguished itself for its socially responsible initiatives and attention to environmental sustainability.

“With today’s event, we continue our work at the United Nations in support of the SDGs, with a specific focus on the protection of human rights and the fight against poverty. – commented Ambassador Cardi – Implementing the 2030 Agenda requires a collective effort and, therefore, a strengthened cooperation between institutions, the private sector and civil society, in its many forms. By bringing Inter Campus to the UN already in 2012 and recently in 2016, Italy has proved to be looking in the right direction.”