Yaya Toure named UN ambassador
Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was unveiled in the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Tuesday as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep).
The 30-year-old, who is the only African footballer on a 23-man list of candidates for the 2013 Fifa / Ballon d’Or, will join the campaign against Elephants poaching.
“Poaching threatens the very existence of the African elephant and if we do not act now, we could be looking at a future in which this iconic species is wiped out,” Toure said.
“Cote D’Ivoire’s national team is named ‘The Elephants’ after these magnificent creatures that are so full of power and grace, yet in my country alone there may be as few as 800 individuals left,” he added.
Unep Executive Director Achim Steiner praised the reigning African footballer of the year as a particularly powerful African voice who would inspire action in efforts to tackle environmental challenges.