President Emmanuel Macron recently signed the first Worldball, designed by Rani Vanouska T. Modely, in support of an initiative to recognize football as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity. This initiative was launched by Forbes magazine with the publication of the Top 100 Football World leaders. The Worldball serves as a symbol of unity, bringing people together through the common language of football.
Rani Vanouska T. Modely is the founder of Football World Heritage (FWH), the official leading NGO dedicated to getting football recognized by UNESCO as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage. As part of its global campaign, FWH aims to unite the 211 FIFA countries, heads of state, royal families, institutions, and the public worldwide in honoring the game, which is beloved by over 4.8 billion people.
The Worldball was created as a piece of art, symbolizing the desire to unite people from all over the world in playing for peace. Football is the most popular and universal sport, serving as a common language and collective memory for all people on the planet.
During a charity match with several dignitaries present, President Macron signed the first Worldball, expressing his support for the idea that football can bring people together, despite any borders or obstacles. “Bringing a football ball is a way of rebuilding connections,” said President Macron. “It allows individuals to find a place in society. It’s a form of social interaction. Sport promotes peace.”
An edition of 100 Worldballs was made for collectors, with the first one signed by President Macron. FWH’s Initiative has received widespread support from various institutions and personalities, including FIFA and UEFA, the Pan-African Parliament, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and the President of the 41st General Conference of UNESCO, among others.
As part of its football world heritage initiative, FWH has launched the #OneChildOneSmile campaign to provide children in developing countries with greater access to football. With the help of modern heroes, FWH distributes balls and sportswear to children in need, making a significant impact on social issues, especially during the current football World Cup in Doha.
While the growth of football may have been slow, it has the power to change lives in a constantly evolving world. FWH and Vanouska T. Modely hope to recognize and celebrate this progress through their initiative and the efforts of the UN. “Football is more than just a sport,” said Vanouska T. Modely. “It is a bond that brings us together as a global community. We are united in our love for the game, engaged in the public discourse surrounding it, and embracing the core values of genuine equality.”
Sports have always been a constant presence in societies as they have evolved over the millennia, and football has played a particularly significant role in that over the past few centuries. The Worldball represents the opportunity for greater unity and togetherness. President Macron was the first to sign this symbol, but he will not be the last.
If the application is accepted, football will join yoga, cross-country surfing, Sumo, mountaineering, Gostra, and Caba Toss on UNESCO’s World Intangible Heritage list.
ABOUT FOOTBALL WORLD HERITAGE
Football World Heritage is the leading NGO founded by Rani Vanouska T. Modely with the goal of getting football recognized by UNESCO as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage. She is working with the support of H.E Altay Cengizer, the présidnt of the 40th General conference of UNESCO and a committee of prestigious partners and personalities. As part of its global campaign, Football World Heritage (FWH) aims to unite the 211 countries, heads of state, royal families, institutions, and the public worldwide in honoring the game, which is beloved by over 4.8 billion people.
In 2022, Football World Heritage (FWH) submitted an application to UNESCO to include football on the World Intangible Heritage list. Football is the most popular and universal sport in the world, with almost 4.8 billion fans. It is played in over 211 countries and territories, making it the most widespread sport on the planet.
To learn more about Football World Heritage and follow the campaign to have football recognized as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage, visit Football World Heritage’s website at www.footballworldheritage.org
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