The Football as accelerator of change event will feature keynote speeches from UEFA and from the city of Copenhagen, highlighting how Football and hosting UEFA events can support cities in reaching their smart and sustainable goals. 

The event will kick-off with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNECE and UEFA, and an opening address from Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary. 

At the end, participants will have the opportunity to take photos with the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Women’s EURO trophies, which will be on display during the event. 

The event will include keynote addresses from: 

  • Michele Uva, UEFA Football & Social Responsibility Director: Strength through Unity UEFA’s Football Sustainability Strategy 2030 to unlock Football’s unique power to tackle sustainability issues 

  • Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Lord Mayor of Copenhagen: Copenhagen’s Sustainability Strategy for UEFA EURO 2020 (online) 

  • Nadine Kessler, UEFA Chief of Women Football: From pitch to Women’s football governance 

  • Guillaume Poisson, UEFA Head of Host Relations & Event Experience will host the event, presenting the partnership between UNECE and UEFA, as well as highlighting how UEFA and Host Cities cooperate to deliver European tournaments and championships. 


Mezzanine, E-Building, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

To attend UNECE meetings at the Palais des Nations, you must register in advance online on the relevant conference/meeting’s webpage. For Long Duration badges, please contact the secretariat of the meeting.

Delegates enter the Palais through the Pregny Gate (Portail Pregny - see map) entrance, which faces the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquarters on the Route de Pregny. In order to obtain your identity badge from the Security Services, you will be< asked to present a valid passport or a national identity card. Your badge is strictly for your own personal use. Please note that delays here are common and lengthy and delegates are unfortunately required to wait in the open air.

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United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Palais des Nations

8-14 Avenue de la Paix

CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland