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ONE Championship teams up with Global Citizen to fight extreme poverty

Asian MMA organization ONE Championship announced on Jan. 22 that the company has partnered with international advocacy organization Global Citizen.

By using ONE’s digital media platform and MMA events, fans will have the opportunity to participate and encourage the goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Key areas targeted include education, food security, hunger and nutrition, global health, gender equality, and empowerment.

“It is with great excitement that I announce ONE Championship’s partnership with Global Citizen, an NGO with the goal of ending extreme poverty across the world by the year 2030,” Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and CEO of ONE Championship said in a press release. “Just like Global Citizen, ONE Championship aims to inspire the people of the world to come together to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Our ONE Championship athletes embody the spirit of perseverance and many have risen through poverty through martial arts, inspiring millions of people around the world with their journey. Through our collaboration across all 24 of our live events scheduled in 2018, ONE Championship and Global Citizen aim to affect positive movement in our society.”

The campaign began with ONE’s recent Global Superheroes card, with took place Jan. 26 in Manilla in The Philippines.

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with ONE Championship to bring Global Citizen to Asia,” Wei Soo, co-founder of Global Citizen added. “ONE Championship reaches millions of young people around the region and together we will engage them on issues that impact the entire world. Since we launched Global Citizen in 2012, over 13 million actions have been taken, and we are excited to drive more actions and increase our impact for the world’s most marginalized people through this partnership.”

According to the release, “The first action ONE fans can take will be centred on global education. Fans will be able to call on donor countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and India, to attend the Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE) replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on 2 February 2018, and make a commitment to GPE to support better education for all. Currently, 264 million children around the world are missing out on an education. Over half are girls, and over 75 million have had their schooling disrupted by conflict or natural disasters. At the replenishment conference, the GPE will raise much needed funds that will allow it to continue to support quality, inclusive education to hundreds of millions of children around the world.”

Global Citizen was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in New York. The organization claims its efforts with its various partners have resulted in 130 commitments and policy announcements, including financial aid estimated at $35 billion USD and affecting over 1.3 billion people.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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