UNODC and CBF Social promote Seminar in Rio to prevent violence through sport

Brasilia, 30 October, 2017 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF Social), the "Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF Social) will hold a Seminar on Tuesday (31) to promote a debate on sport as a tool for building peace, especially in vulnerable communities, with representatives from the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, international organizations and the third sector on initiatives relevant to the theme. The event takes place in the CBF Auditorium of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Present at the event are authorities, former players, government representatives and the third sector. Among the confirmed participants are the Director of Football and Defense of Rights of the Fan of the Ministry of Sports, André Argolo; the world champion Jairzinho Furacão, who maintains social projects related to football; the judge Siro Darlan, with long experience in protecting children and young people; the social workers Fernando Fernandes (Santos) and Maristela Eleutério (Botafogo); the representative of UNICEF, Augusto Souza; the member of the Association of Former Counselors and Counselors of Childhood, Carlos Nicodemos; among others.

The activity is part of the "Vamos Nessa" Programme, a global initiative of the UNODC for the prevention of violence and crime among young people through sports practice.

"Vamos Nessa" works with adolescents at risk, ages 11 to 17, to reinforce resilience by stimulating the development of life skills. In this process, the training of physical education coaches and teachers is the crucial point to address vulnerabilities to violence, crime and drug abuse.

The activity aims at the discussion of practical and theoretical aspects of programmes focused on sports to promote the prevention of violent behaviors and acts of delinquency, in addition to predicting drug abuse. Another central element of the debate is the protection of children, adolescents and young people in sporting contexts, especially in football clubs.

In addition to the presentations with the participation of activists and experts, the dynamics of the event will engage young people from vulnerable communities in Rio de Janeiro in dialogues on the role of sports in social change. The talk wheels will be moderated by a mediator, responsible for the progress of the debate on issues related to the promotion of dignity through sport.


Seminar on Social Responsibility, Crime Prevention and Protection of Youth in the Context of Sport

Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Auditorium of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF)

Avenida Luis Carlos Prestes, 130 - Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro (RJ)

Registration (availability of 180 vacancies and certificate issuance):

09h - 10h: Opening

10h - 10h30: Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.: Introduction to Soccer, Futsal and Beach Soccer

Jairzinho Hurricane (1970 World Cup Champion)

Jorginho (8 times Beach Soccer World Champion)

Gabriel Dias (Two-time Futsal Champion)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Life Skills in the context of Sport

Diogo Netto (Gol do Brasil Socio-educational Project - CBF Social)

Nivio Nascimento (Vamos Nessa Programme - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)

André Argolo (Director of Football and Defense of Rights of the Fan of the Ministry of Sport - Seleções do Futuro Programme)

12h30-14h00: Lunch

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Challenges and opportunities for life skills programmes in youth sports context (roundtable)

Diogo Netto - CBF Social

Jorginho (Bola pra Frente)

Cypa (implementer of Vamos Nessa in the Olympic Village)

Nivio Nascimento (Vamos Nessa Programme)

3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Comprehensive protection of the rights of children and adolescents in sport

Appellate Judge Siro Darlan

Augusto Souza (UNICEF)

Thais Toledo (ACESSOSS)

Fernando Fernandes (Social Assistant of Santos)

Maristela Eleutério (Social Worker of Botafogo)

Carlos Nicodemos (Association of Former Counselors and Counselors of Childhood)

17h30 - 18h: Final considerations and conclusion

Contact for more information:

Nivio Nascimento (+55 61) 98159-8988 or

Rodrigo Araújo (+55 61) 99847-1005 or

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