ICC and UNAIDS celebrate partnership and look to future

At the meeting, UNAIDS Youth Intern Korey Chisholm spoke of how sport can be a force for change through breaking down age barriers and building self-esteem. He thanked the ICC for replacing stigma with support. UNAIDS Intern Shashank Mane, from India, also shared his thoughts on the partnership:
(from left): International Cricket Council President David Morgan, UNAIDS Intern Shashank Mane, UNAIDS Youth Intern Korey Chisholm and UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Michel Sidibé. Geneva, 17 November 2008.
Korey said; for young person living with HIV, it's a challenge but now we see Hope for me and peer who might be endanger by this epidemic that needs that Icon from the West Indians to South Africa and Australia to India where the culture of cricket is key and very respected. Cricket is a culture will great flavor is not just a game but for positive change where young people can achieve positive and healthy lifestyles.

Today with this partnership is a way to make a great impact on the lives of young people more so boys, Sport is a force for change that can break generation gaps, build self-esteem and teach life skills and social behaviour in young men, being able to see their top cricket players –who are role model reaching out to them on AIDS issues, taking the Spirit of Cricket a special part of the game and is a concept that stretches beyond the boundaries of the outfield.

with these words on behave of I thank ICC, UNICEF and UNAIDS for making such a commitment, to promote the Spirit of Cricket and its positive impact on young people in society, to give information on the stigma and discrimination around HIV and on how to protect themselves against the virus. I see this partnership as a key agent to create the right balance for change in the lives of young people.

Thanks for replacing stigma with support for every young person who has a bat feel like they are in the game


The President of the International Cricket Council (ICC), David Morgan, today visited the UNAIDS Secretariat in Geneva where he was welcomed by UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Michel Sidibé.

In a meeting with UNAIDS and UNICEF staff the ICC President reaffirmed the Cricket Council’s commitment to the partnership which began in September 2003 when UNAIDS and ICC first teamed up to bring messages of HIV prevention to young people across cricket playing nations. In 2006 UNICEF also joined the partnership which now also supports the “Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS” campaign.

Michel Sidibé reviewed the global successes in the short history of this partnership where through high-profile international events as well as local initiatives, players as well as coaches have spread messages to dispel stigma and misplaced fear and misunderstanding about HIV. He also spoke about the importance of HIV prevention and support services reaching young people.

“We must focus on supporting and working alongside a new generation of young leaders in the AIDS response, including those living with HIV. The work of this partnership can be instrumental in this,” noted Mr Sidibé.

“I would especially like to congratulate the ICC leadership on its commitment to this work and personally thank you for your visit to UNAIDS today.”

A series of Public Service Announcements on HIV have been recorded by leading stars such as Graeme Smith, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahendra Singh Dhoni for use in stadia at ICC Events and by broadcasters. Activities have taken place at international events including the ICC Cricket World Cup and the ICC World Twenty20 2007. This has included leading players visiting local community projects and wearing red ribbons to show their support for people living with HIV.

A “Cricket HIV and AIDS curriculum” has been developed by the ICC and UNAIDS for players and coaches to help inform young people about HIV and how they can use their influence to make a positive change in their communities. Under the programme “The Captain’s Pledge,” Captains of all Test Cricket playing nations took part in a series of initiatives to help young people understand how HIV is transmitted.

Spirit of Cricket

An interactive discussion on strategic planning for the coming years was led by UNICEF Partnerships Manager, Andres Guerrero.

At the meeting, UNAIDS Youth Intern Korey Chisholm spoke of how sport can be a force for change through breaking down age barriers and building self-esteem. He thanked the ICC for replacing stigma with support. UNAIDS Intern Shashank Mane, from India, also shared his thoughts on the partnership:

“Looking at the influence of cricket in my life, I feel that UNAIDS and the ICC have a lot to offer each other, as well as the world, when it comes to connecting young people through sports with AIDS awareness.”

“The influence of cricket is growing around the world; unfortunately, AIDS continues to be transmitted as well. I could not think of a better way to spread HIV prevention messages and to eradicate HIV-related stigma and discrimination than through a partnership such as this one.”

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Comment by Korey Anthony Chisholm on March 11, 2011 at 5:47am
well do smile
Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on March 11, 2011 at 5:36am
Would you like to share a story on how you used sport as a means of peace building in Guyana? Thanks Korey.
Comment by Korey Anthony Chisholm on March 10, 2011 at 10:17pm
Yes i know that what we have been doing  for  Peace with  the young people in Guyana  Using Sports  for Peace  Building
Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on March 10, 2011 at 12:29pm

Hi Korey,

 

This is great! Congratulations. Brings to mind how Salvation Army team in UP, India used the sport of cricket to bring two communities but also put across the message of HIV awareness. A happy reminder of application of CLCP in peace.

 

Rituu

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