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    14 September 2020


    The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and FIFA invite media to a photo opportunity on the occasion of a new partnership to jointly tackle corruption and crime in football

    Monday 14 September 2020, 13:55-15:00, CR4, Vienna International Centre

    Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with

    • Ghada Waly, Executive Director, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
    • Gianni Infantino, President, International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)

    In the presence of

    • Mattias Grafström, Deputy Secretary General (Football), FIFA

    Followed by a High-level event on "Tackling Corruption and Crime in and through Sport"

    When: Monday, 14 September 2020 from 13:55 - 15:00 Vienna time (CEST)

    Where: In person at the  Vienna International Centre, Conference Room 4, C-Building,


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    Short summary: The event is to raise awareness about efforts to address threats to football, and its value as a vehicle to prevent youth crime and drug use, through skills development, empowerment and promotion of inclusion.


    • Moderator: John Brandolino, Director, Division for Treaty Affairs, UNODC
    • Ghada Waly, Executive Director, UNODC
    • Gianni Infantino, President, FIFA
    • Nicole Roberton, Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations in Vienna (co- host of 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup)
    • Mikhail Ulyanov, Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations in Vienna (host of 2018 FIFA Men's World Cup)
    • Sultan Salmeen Almansouri, Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations in Vienna (host of 2022 FIFA Men's World Cup)
    • Emil Stojanovski, Deputy Permanent Representative of Australia to the United Nations in Vienna (co-host of 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup)

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    For further information, please contact:

    Brian Hansford
    Advocacy Section Chief, UNODC
    Telephone: (+43 1) 26060-83225
    Email: brian.hansford[at]