The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) will announce today that Jeffrey Webb, president of the North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), has been awarded the prestigious 2013 UNAIDS ‘Protect the Goal’ Special Award for the Diaspora.
The announcement will be made at the 2013 CONCACAF Sports Summit by Dr. Djibril Diallo, senior adviser to the executive director of UNAIDS at the summit’s opening gala hosted by Webb, alongside prominent guests including FIFA President Joseph Blatter.
Webb has been honoured with the recognition award for his exceptional work in utilising sports to advocate for social development.
The ‘Protect the Goal’ campaign aims to raise awareness of HIV and mobilise young people to commit to HIV prevention. The special award, which is being bestowed upon for the first time to an individual, highlights the value of football as a tool for social change and emphasises the importance of social responsibility for featuring those individuals and organisations who play an important role in promoting the culture of social good and advocacy for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention through sport.
The award is presented to individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to social good through the UN agency’s ‘Protect the Goal’ campaign.
“We are pleased to have been awarded the first UNAIDS Protect the Goal Award, recognising CONCACAF’s commitment to social development through football,” said Webb.
“CONCACAF is committed to working with the popularity of football to effect positive change in society. Advocacy for HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in the community both in our region and the world is a vital part of that mission. We are proud that our commitment in this area has been recognised.”
The ‘Protect the Goal’ award ceremony will take place on January 15, 2014 in Dakar, Senegal, at a star-studded gala event during the fourth Pan-African Youth Leadership Summit.
The theme of the youth summit, which will be held under the chairmanship of President Mack Sall of Senegal, is ‘Youth unemployment in the post-2015 development agenda of the United Nations’.
A youth delegation from the Americas is expected to attend the Dakar summit, which falls within the framework of efforts to support the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s 1000 Days of Action campaign to accelerate the advancement of the Millennium Development Goals.