Sports for Development Conference | Vietnam

Updated 27 May: Highlights from the Sports For Development Conference in Ho Chi Minh

 In conjunction with the Asian Football Confederation Women's Asian Cup 2014 Final, the AFC and ONE have organised the Sports for Development Conference.

The Sports for Development Conference by ONE GOAL aims to:

  • Present the current landscape of nutrition, women in development, and grassroots football for girls in Asia
  • Showcase international best practices and effective programme models for nutrition, gender, and grassroots football for girls
  • Engage with stakeholders in Vietnam with the goal of nutrition for every child

WHAT: Sports for Development Conference

WHERE: Grand Hotel Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

WHEN: 23-24 May 2014


  • High profile, international speakers and panelists
  • Themed sessions on nutrition, women in development, and girls participation in grassroots football
  • Best practice sharing from the Asian Football Confederation Women's Asian Cup 2014 qualifying countries and high burden countries


  • NGOs
  • Sports for Development organisations and community based organisations
  • AFC Member Associations
  •  Corporates
  • Government agencies
  • Sporting bodies

EVENT SCHEDULE (to be updated as the event draws nearer)

Day 1

  • Morning: Opening plenary and plans for U17 World Cups and FIFIA Women's World Cup 2015
  • Early afternoon: Themed break-out sessions - 1) Girls participation in grassroots football; 2) Women, nutrition, and maternal health; 3) CSR and sports, and Sports as CSR; 4) ONE GOAL campaign and a focus on nutrition
  • Afternoon: Interaction sessions (nutrition corners, life skills sessions, exhibition areas, football demonstrations)

Day two

  • Morning: Plenary
  • Late morning: Break-out sessions - 1) Way forward: Girls participation in grassroots football; 2) Women's health and HIV/AIDS; 3) CSR in sports, and Sports as CSR case study: ASEAN and East Asia; 4) Government and other responses to the nutrition challenge: Way forward in Vietnam
  • Afternoon:Closing session and AFC Dream Asia Award
  • Late afternoon: Football festival


The ONE GOAL campaign's vision is to unite a diverse range of audiences under the banner of football and serve them messages about good nutrition, especially for children, thereby igniting a social movement that will transform child nutrition in the region and help more children survive and thrive. The One Goal campaign is part of AFC’s long term social responsibility strategy, for which it has tied up with partners World Vision, DSM, Global Alliance for Improving Nutrition (GAIN), and the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP). The campaign will seek to transform child nutrition in the Asian region by engaging players, fans and football lovers to become ambassadors for good nutritional practices and engage and encourage governments to invest more in helping children to access nutritious foods so they can grow up strong and reach their fullest potential.

The ONE GOAL campaign aims to:

  • Improve nutrition in children 0-5 in Asia
  • Increase the number of children 6-18 years of age who adopt a healthy lifestyle
  • Increase grassroots and youth football activities in Asia

Malnutrition in Asia:

  • Asia is home to 578 million of the nearly 1 billion malnourished people in the world
  • One quarter of Asia’s 350 million children under the age of 5 are underweight
  • 100 million of the 165 million children under-5 suffer from stunting – the outcome of chronic inadequate nutrition during the critical first 1,000 days of a child’s life. This number is expected to rise to 23.1 million by 2025. 
  • There are nearly 349 million children under-5 in the AFC countries, of which: More than 86 million are underweight, and more than 110 million are stunted.
  • Almost 200 million children in AFC countries are malnourished
  • In Vietnam alone: 26.7% of 3.2 million children under-5 suffer from malnutrition, 29.3% suffer from stunting

Football in Asia:

  • Passionate and global fan base of 1.4 billion
  • The most watched sport on Asian TV
  • One of the fastest growing sports for girls
  • A catalyst to improve the nutrition of children across Asia


May 23, 2014 at 9am - May 24, 2014 at 6pm


Grand Hotel Saigon
Ho Chi Minh City
Viet Nam

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