At a glance: Mexico

Julieta Venegas appointed as UNICEF Mexico’s newest National Ambassador

UNICEF Image: Mexico, Goodwill Ambassador Julieta Venegas
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Left to right: UNICEF Mexico National Ambassador Mexico Cesar Costa, Mexican-American performer and UNICEF Mexico National Ambassador Julieta Venegas and UNICEF Representative in Mexico Susana Sottoli, as Ms. Venegas receives her letter of appointment.

By Mónica Sayrols

MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 27 October 2009 – In an event that launched the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child here, award-winning singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas has been appointed as a UNICEF Mexico National Ambassador.

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She thus joins the ranks of UNICEF ambassadors from all over the world, who for more than half a century have used their own public recognition to attract attention to the needs of children.

Working to protect children

Ms. Venegas began studying music when she was eight years old. She has won several Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards. Her appointment as a UNICEF National Ambassador reflects the commitment she has shown by participating in a number of UNICEF initiatives in Mexico.

UNICEF Image: Mexico, Goodwill Ambassador Julieta Venegas
© UNICEF Mexico/2009/ Beláustegui
Julieta Venegas (second from right) during a field visit to the southern border of Mexico, where she raised awareness about the situation of non-accompanied migrant children and the programmes supported by UNICEF to protect their rights.

In 2007, Ms. Venegas, together with other celebrities, supported the ‘Gifts from the Heart’ campaign to mobilize public opinion in support of child rights. In 2008 and 2009, she visited the northern and southern border regions of Mexico to speak out about the situation of unaccompanied migrant children and the work being done to protect them.

UNICEF Representative in Mexico Susana Sottoli described Ms. Venegas as “a person who on numerous occasions has demonstrated her commitment to the causes of justice and human rights, as well as her genuine interest in children's and adolescents' rights in particular, supporting several initiatives being conducted by UNICEF.”

‘A great honour’

“It is a great honour for me to have been appointed a UNICEF ambassador and to be able to take part in such a worthy undertaking. I believe that what UNICEF achieves is very important, and I am very excited to be part of this effort, even if it is a modest contribution,” said Ms. Venegas.

In 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child became the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children. It has been signed by most of the countries in the world.

Mexico ratified the Convention in 1990 and, since then, has made significant inroads into improving child rights. Primary education is now almost universal, for example, and infant mortality has been reduced significantly, as has malnutrition.


 

 

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