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|Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Ann M. Veneman and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira at the celebration of the 50th Anniversary UNICEF the Netherlands.|
By Dale Rutstein
THE HAGUE, the Netherlands, 20 June, 2005 – The Dutch National Committee for UNICEF celebrated its 50th year helping children with a gala tribute to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Hague. To help mark the occasion an array of dignitaries and celebrities shared thoughts on the protection of child rights with an audience of hundreds.
On hand for the gala event at the Royal Theatre were Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF and Henk Franken, Executive Director of UNICEF the Netherlands. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Sir Roger Moore, Angélique Kidjo and Shakira were also in attendance. Ms. Kidjo and Shakira performed musical selections for the guests.
Ms. Veneman travelled to the Netherlands for the Jubilee celebration following her first visit with children in tsunami-affected areas of Sri Lanka last week. Her visit marked the six month point in efforts to re-establish basic services for children in disaster affected areas. UNICEF-supported relief assistance in Sri Lanka has focused on rehabilitating schools and offering support to programmes on maternal health and psycho-social recovery.
The Dutch National Committee is one of the major contributors to UNICEF projects around the world. 'UNICEF Nederland' contributes millions to the organization’s projects for children each year.
Earlier in the day, Sir Roger Moore joined Wim Deetman, the Mayor of the Hague, and other Dutch officials in a partnership to raise funds for UNICEF education projects called “To colour the Hague blue.” Sir Roger helped to inaugurate the first special UNICEF tram car, which is painted in UNICEF colours.
20 June 2005:
Highlights from the gala celebrating UNICEF Netherlands’ 50th anniversary.