Geneva – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and its National Association in Spain, Spain for UNHCR, are proud to announce today a new partnership with FC Barcelona and the FC Barcelona Foundation.
The partnership will span the next four years. From next season, the UNHCR/ACNUR logo will appear on the back of the iconic FC Barcelona shirts worn by the men’s and women’s first team and the Barça Genuine Foundation team, under each player’s number, with the aim of raising awareness plight of refugees and forcibly displaced persons around the world.
In addition, the Foundation will make a cash contribution of €400,000 per football season to four UNHCR projects on four continents (€100,000 per project), plus a separate donation (valued by the club at €100,000 per season) FC Barcelona sports equipment. , as well as the technical expertise of the sports specialists of the FC Barcelona Foundation.
As of mid-2021, there were around 84 million forcibly displaced people worldwide – a figure that has only increased with subsequent displacements in Afghanistan, Ukraine and other crises. FC Barcelona and the FC Barcelona Foundation focus on people forced to flee, including children and young people displaced by conflict or persecution. FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta has underlined the club’s willingness to respond to the growing number and complexity of refugee crises.
UNHCR is placing greater emphasis on the power of sport to help forcibly displaced people – and the local communities hosting them – rebuild their lives.
FC Barcelona, through its Foundation, has been collaborating with UNHCR since 2009 in various initiatives and programs for people forced to flee. The Foundation has developed several of its own programs in refugee camps in Greece and Lebanon, and for unaccompanied children in Italy and Spain. In 2019, the FC Barcelona Foundation joined the Sport for Refugees Coalition, which was created during the UNHCR Global Refugee Forum, where it committed to increasing the availability and access to organized sports and sports. sport-based initiatives for refugees and host communities.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for people forced to flee their homes by conflict and poverty. persecution. We provide lifesaving assistance such as shelter, food and water, help protect basic human rights and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home. We work in over 130 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions of people.
SPAIN FOR UNHCR
Spain for UNHCR is a non-governmental organization, created in 1993, declared of public utility, proud to have more than 500,000 regular members and donors. Spain for UNHCR raises funds to meet the needs of the most vulnerable refugees and displaced people, supporting UNHCR’s humanitarian aid programs around the world.
THE FC BARCELONA FOUNDATION
The Barça Foundation was launched in 1994 to support children and young people from the most vulnerable social groups through sport and values education, with the aim of contributing to a more just and inclusive society. The Barça Foundation frames its activities within the framework of the United Nations programs on Sport for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The main lines of action are access to and support for education, the prevention of violence and the resolution of conflicts in children and young people and the fight against social exclusion and discrimination. Today, the Foundation reaches more than 1.5 million beneficiaries around the world.
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