UN Day 2017 Celebrations - UNODC/UNWOMEN joint team won the cricket tournament

Islamabad, Pakistan 24 October 2017 - In connection with the United Nations Day celebrations in Pakistan, the United Nations country team and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized a sports gala comprised of football and cricket tournaments in October. 

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), a firm believer in the power of sports for peace and crime prevention, invited UN Women to join them. A team of six UNODC and five UN Women players participated in a cricket tournament with six other teams. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), the host organization UNDP and the team of UNODC and UN Women all played to win the tournament.

In their league matches, the UNODC and UN Women team played against UNDP and UNMOGIP and qualified for the semi-finals stage of the tournament. The UNODC and UN Women team defeated UNICEF Pakistan in the semi-finals. The final was played against WFP Pakistan in a thrilling atmosphere. The UNODC and UN Women team held their nerves until the last moment and won the match. The tournament was played in a fraternal atmosphere and a good sporting spirit. On the cricket field, the players proved themselves as great ambassadors of their respective agencies. 

The UNODC and UN Women team was awarded a trophy by the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Pakistan Mr. Neil Buhne in front of the United Nations family in Islamabad on the United Nations Day, 24 October 2017.