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Celebrities raise awareness of violence against children and paediatric AIDS 29 November 2006

UNICEF’s celebrity supporters are busy using their high profile to help the world’s children – notably, by raising awareness about the impact of both AIDS and violence on young people.

In the run-up to the 25th annual celebration of World AIDS Day this Friday, 10 star players from the US-based National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s NBA have made UNICEF public service announcements to heighten HIV awareness. Building on a partnership launched in May between UNICEF and the NBA, the multilingual TV spots support the UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS global campaign.

Even Kami the Muppet – a UNICEF ‘Champion for Children’ from ‘Takalani Sesame’, the South African co-production of ‘Sesame Street’ – has got into the act. The HIV-positive Muppet joins former US President Bill Clinton in a newly released video message encouraging open communication about HIV/AIDS and young people.

Meanwhile, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and singer-songwriter Shakira greeted thousands of students in El Salvador earlier this month as part of a drive to protect the world’s children from another urgent peril – the scourge of violence.

The rally in the Salvadoran capital took place in the wake of the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children, which was released internationally in October. Shakira, a Latin Grammy Award winner who grew up in Colombia, told the students she had a unique understanding of the plight of young people in poor nations.

“I know what it’s like to grow up in a country where many believe there is no better future and choose unlawfulness and violence, feeling it is the only way,” she said.

The anti-violence effort in El Salvador is being organized under the theme, ‘Make the Difference by Not Being Indifferent’ – coincidentally, an apt description of the heartfelt commitment that Shakira and other UNICEF stars bring to advancing the cause of child rights.

Thank You.

For every child
Health, Education, Equality, Protection

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Top NBA player Yao Ming appears in a new UNICEF public service announcement to heighten HIV awareness.

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NBA and UNICEF team up for World AIDS Day

Clinton and Kami share AIDS message

Shakira rallies El Salvador against violence 


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Kidjo and Williams in the field
Two other world-famous friends of UNICEF – singer and Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo and tennis ace Serena Williams – recently visited programmes protecting African children from HIV, malaria and other health threats.

Learn more about Ms. Kidjo’s trip to northern Uganda.
Learn more about Ms. Williams’s visit to Ghana.

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