The UN Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We are an advocate for the UN and a platform for connecting people, ideas and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems.
To kick-off the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors, Didier Drogba and Zinedine Zidane, launched an anti-poverty TV spot appealing for the world to live up to the challenge and join the team that will kick out poverty. The multilingual public service announcement will be broadcast during the tournament in South Africa and aims to bolster efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter and gender inequality by 2015. Find out more about the campaign here: www.kickoutpoverty.org. Other key partners include Major League Soccer USA, Seattle Sounders Football Club and the UN Foundation.
The Secretary General thanks AMERICAN IDOL and the UN Foundation for supporting the work of the United Nations. "You're helping to build a better world, bringing relief to Haiti, keeping peace worldwide, fighting climate change." The UN Foundation was one of five beneficiaries of IDOL GIVES BACK, American Idol charity special.