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Global alliance with UNICEF for the next 5 years

UNICEF Alliance

The Fundació and FC Barcelona, as a consequence of their new position on a worldwide scale, have signed a global alliance with Unicef in order to make a contribution over five years to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), and to support the United Nations Organisation’s humanitarian aid projects around the world. 

The Millennium Development Goals are a major challenge established by all of the most important governments and development institutions around the world, and the aim is to achieve them by 2015

There are eight MDG in total, while six are specifically aimed at children and these are the ones that these two institutions will be working especially towards:

1) Reduce extreme hunger and poverty by half.
2) Achieve universal primary education.
3) Promote gender equality.
4) Reduce the mortality rate among children under five by two thirds.
5) Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio.
6) Halt the incidence of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases.
7) Ensure environmental sustainability.
8) Develop a global partnership for development, with targets for care, trade and enhanced debt relief. 


FC Barcelona will be supporting Unicef’s work by making an annual payment from its Foundation of one million five hundred thousand euros (1.5 M. euros).

Unicef has agreed to spend a proportion of the money donated annually by the Fundació del FC Barcelona on supporting the programmes and projects agreed in the plan of activities that they will draw up in conjunction each year. These programmes will benefit the most vulnerable children on the planet, mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America with a special focus on children affected by HIV/AIDS and other children in situations of exploitation or at risk of social exclusion.

Each annual contribution will be accepted and administered by Unicef by providing technical and financial reports about the activities they have carried out using funds received from the Fundació del FC Barcelona.
Barça will also support Unicef’s work by allowing them to use the club as a source of publicity, which includes in particularly emblematic form, the charity organisation’s logo appearing on the football team’s shirt, when in 107 years of history, no name has ever before appeared on the Barça football jersey.


Unicef has thus conceded FC Barcelona the right to use its name, logo and emblem on their football shirt, printed in yellow on the regular shirt, and in blue on the change strip. They are also committed to actively participating in the promotion and diffusion of the global alliance between the two institutions for the next five years. 


Unicef, FC Barcelona and the Foundation are at the developmental stage of a plan of activities for the first year of the agreement. The first beneficiaries will be the children affected by the HIV/aids epidemic in Swaziland, a country in the south of Africa, where the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in pregnant women is often as high as 45%, in other words, almost half of the pregnant women have the virus, with there being a huge risk of it being passed on to their children.


The HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the most important crisis situations in the history of the human race, comparable to the Great Plague of the Middle Ages. Its impact is not just one on public health, but also has major socio-economic, demographic, political and security effects. AIDS is affecting the lives of many families that are suffering enough as it is in situations of extreme poverty and social exclusion. The epidemic has not only made this situation worse, but is also causing setbacks for the many development and cooperation projects set up over the last 30 years.

Children have until now been the “hidden face” of the epidemic, as has been the case with so many things in the past, yet they are the most vulnerable group of all and are even less protected than ever in terms of their rights against abuse and exploitation in all areas.


• There are 40 million people suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world.
• Some 95% of these people live in developing countries, mainly in the southern part of Africa.
• More than half of these people are women and children.
• More than 14 million children have lost one or both children to AIDS.

Every day:

• More than 5,000 children from 15-24 years are infected by the AIDS virus.
• More than 2,000 children are infected by their mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.
• More than 1,000 children under 15 years get an AIDS-related disease.

After 25 years of combating the HIV/AIDS disease:

• Less than 7% of people affected by HIV/AIDS are getting the antiretroviral treatment they need to control the disease.
• Less than 10% of HIV positive pregnant women are getting the right treatment to avoid transmitting the virus to their children.
• Less than 3% of children orphaned as a result of AIDS are getting any kind of support to ensure they have a dignified future.
• The infant mortality rate for children under 5 has doubled in many countries as a result of AIDS.

Only the solid commitment of international organisations, governments and civilian society can help stop this worldwide epidemic, and achieve dignified lives for more than 40 million infected people and their families.
The Foundation and FC Barcelona wish to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by the year 2015, and will be concentrating specifically on the fight against HIV/AIDS, universal education and a reduction in infant mortality.

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