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Yves Daccord 1 (EN)

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We have a partnership, the ICRC together with UEFA, since now I think more than 15 years, right..? It seems a long time, but it's nothing for us, you know. We are a very old organization… dealing with issues which go on for years. And I think what is striking for us, as an organization who deal with people, you know, in a dire situation, is how much people love football. And what is even more amazing is: you go to Yemen, you go to Somalia, you go to Washington, you go to Geneva... or Kosovo or wherever, and what you find is that people have in common the same passion about football. That's one element which I really like. And I think it connects with people around the world. But for me the education part of football, this is something we have discovered over the last 15 years, is that people understand that to be able to play football you need rules. You need common understanding of the rules. So if you do not respect the referee, if you don't accept in fact the same rule: "this is a goal, this is a penalty", then no game, no football, no play. And it's interesting because we can connect that with a much more complex issue, like the law of war. I mean, in war, you have to have some rules, you have to respect the dignity of people. And connecting that with football has been a very… and is still today a very powerful education tool. So that's the core, if you want, of our partnership with UEFA. And last but not least, what I like with UEFA is that they are also a very solid organization. It's an organization also which is looking… is interested about the people, care about the people, and is interested also about long-term. And for us a long-term partnership, this is what makes a difference. Because in fact UEFA is with us and has accompanied us, and continue to accompany us in a journey which is fundamental when we have to deal with humanitarian aid, humanitarian problems, when you want to help people. And I really hope this journey will continue for the next 50 years.
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We have a partnership, the ICRC together with UEFA, since now I think more than 15 years, right..? It seems a long time, but it's nothing for us, you know. We are a very old organization… dealing with issues which go on for years. And I think what is striking for us, as an organization who deal with people, you know, in a dire situation, is how much people love football. And what is even more amazing is: you go to Yemen, you go to Somalia, you go to Washington, you go to Geneva... or Kosovo or wherever, and what you find is that people have in common the same passion about football. That's one element which I really like. And I think it connects with people around the world. But for me the education part of football, this is something we have discovered over the last 15 years, is that people understand that to be able to play football you need rules. You need common understanding of the rules. So if you do not respect the referee, if you don't accept in fact the same rule: "this is a goal, this is a penalty", then no game, no football, no play. And it's interesting because we can connect that with a much more complex issue, like the law of war. I mean, in war, you have to have some rules, you have to respect the dignity of people. And connecting that with football has been a very… and is still today a very powerful education tool. So that's the core, if you want, of our partnership with UEFA. And last but not least, what I like with UEFA is that they are also a very solid organization. It's an organization also which is looking… is interested about the people, care about the people, and is interested also about long-term. And for us a long-term partnership, this is what makes a difference. Because in fact UEFA is with us and has accompanied us, and continue to accompany us in a journey which is fundamental when we have to deal with humanitarian aid, humanitarian problems, when you want to help people. And I really hope this journey will continue for the next 50 years.
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