Beginning April 23, all who matter in football will converge at the Urania, Vienna in Austria for the “Development through football” Conference ahead of the June Mundial in South Africa.
The 2-day Vienna conference April 23-24 will bring together football governing bodies, public authorities, coaches and players with NGO experts, researchers and campaigners in the area of Sport-for-Development.
These stake holders and actors within the realms of Sport for Development will endeavour to exchange good practice and to assess critically the role of sport as a resource for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through football.
According to the organizers of the program, The conference will adopt an Action Plan with recommendations addressed at sport and football governing bodies and organisations, football players (role models and pro actors), development agencies, NGOs, corporate sponsors and the media.
The target audience for the conference include Football governing bodies (FIFA, UEFA, World Cup 2010 OC, football associations and clubs) and other sport and football stakeholders (player unions', football fans, anti-racism activists as well as referees and coaches)
The conference seeks, among other things a stronger usage of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa as a medium for promoting development education and awareness raising
As well as exchange of good practice and knowledge transfer between NGDOs and football stakeholders