“Without peace there can be no end to hunger, and without ending hunger, there cannot be peace”
In a bid to slash world hunger and malnutrition, the Vatican’s Scholas Occurrentes initiative and Italy’s Fundazione, headed up by renowned ex-footballer Javier Zanetti, Inter vice-president in partnership with the Food and Agricultural Organization is organizing a “match for peace” taking place on 1st of September, 2014 at Rome’s storied Olympic Stadium.
FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva while making the announcement said “The prevention and resolution of conflict is central to the goal of eradicating hunger and malnutrition. Indeed, without peace there can be no end to hunger, and without ending hunger, there cannot be peace.” Its goal: to unite fans and players from all world regions and faiths, through their shared love of football, in a moment of unity and solidarity in support of world peace. “FAO is pleased to be a partner in this historic event. The world’s shared passion for football reminds us that we are all one global family,” added Graziano da Silva.
Included in the star-studded line-up for the September 1 match are FAO Goodwill Ambassador Roberto Baggio, Gianluigi Buffon, Samuel Eto’o, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Mesut Özil, Andrea Pirlo, Ronaldinho,Andriy Shevchenko and David Trezeguet.
During the match — which will be viewed by millions of people worldwide — FAO will be drawing attention to how eliminating hunger and promoting good nutrition can build a more stable and peaceful planet.