The long-standing partnership between UEFA and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) continues at UEFA EURO 2008™ this summer.
Supporting landmine victims
The core enterprise for the final tournament, to be played at eight venues in Austria and Switzerland between 7 and 29 June, is a fundraising campaign - Score for the Red Cross - that will enable football fans to buy virtual goals for their teams online. The ICRC will use the money raised to support landmine victims in Afghanistan.
The Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines (known as the Ottawa Convention) marked its tenth anniversary last month. While considerable progress has been made in the past decade towards eradicating these weapons worldwide, major challenges remain - not least addressing the lifelong needs of hundreds of thousands of mine victims. Moreover, landmines are not the only type of weapon that go on killing after conflicts, as Philip Spoerri, the ICRC's director of international law, explains in this article on the ICRC website:
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