Why Evra addressed the United Nations in New York
Manchester United legend Patrice Evra was proud to speak at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, requesting further help for children who are affected by violence.
The 77th session of the UNGA is currently taking place in New York City and it is the first in-person format since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heads of states and governments from 193 member states are exchanging statements on the theme ‘A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges’.
Evra represented the World Health Organisation and the former Reds defender spoke powerfully at an event entitled ‘A Disruptive Dialogue: Ending Violence Against Children’.
“I won many trophies but to be here in front of you is more important than any trophy I won in my entire career,” he said. “The 13-year-old Patrice could only have dreamed of this, speaking to you as a champion for children and as a champion for education, something that was taken from me.”
1⃣in2⃣ children are affected by violence.— End Violence (@GPtoEndViolence) September 19, 2022
"That’s half of every classroom, half of every football team, half of every school bus. This undermines their capacity to learn today and to live happy lives in the future." 📢 @Evra at #TransformingEducation Summit #UNGA pic.twitter.com/Fqyqkq5C9R
Listeners of our UTD Podcast may remember how Evra opened up about his difficult childhood and, in his recent autobiography with journalist Andy Mitten, the Frenchman bravely revealed he was sexually abused at school.
Now 41 and able to reflect on the challenges he overcame, Evra is determined to use his platform to affect positive change and the fans' favourite is urging those in power to help future generations of children.
“Every child on this earth deserves the chance to live and learn and thrive in a safe space. I survived, I succeeded, but I am not a statistic,” said Evra in New York.
“I have built a life that I love but I know I am an exception. Now my focus is on ending the violence against children, fighting for the opportunity of a billion children. What could be a greater opportunity, what could be a greater privilege?
“I ask you today to share that mission.”
You can watch Patrice’s full speech at the United Nations via his tweet below…
13 year old Patrice could only have dreamed of this…— Patrice Evra (@Evra) September 19, 2022
Today I spoke on the most famous podium in the world and demanded action on the billion children affected by violence. We can and we must change that.
Mama, I made it… 😁 pic.twitter.com/sFfUrSFevs