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For the first time, European Professional Football Leagues will be together fully involved in the fight against hunger and poverty. This will happen at an official launching ceremony during a global press conference to take place on 15 October 2008 at 15:00 hrs at FAO Headquarters in Rome.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Association of the European Football Leagues (EPFL) have engaged in a Cooperation Agreement signed on 14 April 2008 in Lisbon to join forces, using their respective comparative advantages and the power of football, to boost the fight against hunger, especially at a crucial time when world food security is facing new challenges such as soaring food prices, climate change and bioenergy.
Through a joint letter FAO and EPFL have invited European Ministers for Sports, Presidents of the European Professional Football Leagues, Presidents of UEFA and FIFA, Presidents of the Regional Confederations of Football, FAO Goodwill Ambassadors Roberto Baggio, Italian football star, and Raúl Gonzalez, Captain of Real de Madrid, as well as the Permanent Representatives of FAO Member countries to FAO in Rome and the international press and media to attend the ceremony.
Important decisions will be announced during the event to showcase the commitment of the 28 European Professional Football Leagues representing more than 960 professional football clubs to the global fight against hunger.