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Published on Jan 24, 2011

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today appointed the World Cup-winning Spanish football goalkeeper Iker Casillas as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In this role, he will focus on issues affecting young people in developing countries, promoting poverty reduction, education and health.

"While my job on the pitch is to prevent goals, my job at UNDP will be to help score them," said Casillas. "Bringing attention to the poor conditions people are enduring around the world is essential to motivate action on the world's pledges to improve their lives."

The MDGs are a set of eight globally agreed targets that seek to halve world poverty by 2015 by combating hunger, disease, illiteracy, environment degradation and discrimination against women. UNDP works in 166 countries around the world to create, realize and monitor each one's own MDG-based national development plans.

Casillas plays for the Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid and serves as captain for both the Spanish national team and Real Madrid. As captain of the national side, he led a young Spanish team to their first European Championship in 44 years, his first senior international honour. In 2010, he led Spain to their first ever FIFA World Cup and won the Golden Glove for the tournament's best goalkeeper.

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