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  • Published on: 25 Jan 2012
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Italian Swimming Federation says a resounding YES to ?The Future We Want: Drop by Drop? campaign
In the run up to Rio+20, the Italian Swimming Federation enthusiastically accepted to partner with UNRIC in its Europe-wide campaign ?Drop by Drop?, an effort to raise awareness of water preservation. ?We are proud for having been chosen by the United Nations to represent this awareness campaign on water preservation?, said Lorenzo Ravina, Head of the Italian delegation who added that the Italian Swimming Federation, in particular through its rescue section, has always encouraged the culture of water conservation but not only through sports.

Following the acceptance, an UNRIC delegation met with the Azzurri - the Italian Waterpolo team and current holder of the world title - in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, where the 2012 Waterpolo European Championships are currently taking place. As a sign of support, the champions took time off their grueling and demanding training session to pose for a picture under ?The Future We Want: Drop by Drop? banner, which invites people from forty-eight European countries to create a slogan that inspires others to preserve water. Sandro Campagna, former Olympic champion and coach of Italy?s team, bolstered up the concept of partnership for a cause. ?We embraced the cooperation with UNRIC with enthusiasm. Water is our natural element. It is our duty to contribute to highlight the principles disciplining its preservation. We therefore want to thank the UN for this unique opportunity it gave us?, he commented.

The UNRIC delegation spent the whole day with the team and its management, expanding on its campaigns and activity with two key national media outlets that covered the event. In a live TV interview with RAI, the state-owned broadcasting network, and with Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy?s most read newspaper, UNRIC seized the opportunity to explain how it has increasingly drawn from the wide array of its interlocutors in the civil society to promote UN key messages and increase public awareness of today?s global crucial themes.

?The world of sport in particular is a powerful catalyst for achieving its objectives, in particular the Millennium Development Goals, and developing a culture of peace and development. The United Nations can make full use of this cost-efficient tool to help us create a better world?, UNRIC stressed quoting the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon?s words. They were echoed by the Italian Waterpolo representative when he stated, ?through our humble contribution, the UN is set to win its challenge: spread awareness about the value and importance of water throughout the world.?
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