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|New York’s Empire State Building lights up for UNICEF.|
By Anwulika Okafor
NEW YORK, USA, 12 December 2006 – Last night, the lights of the world-famous Empire State Building were cyan blue in honour of UNICEF’s 60th anniversary.
Organized by the US Fund for UNICEF and the management of the landmark skyscraper, the lighting was just one part of the celebration of UNICEF’s six decades working to bring attention to the plight of children worldwide.
Earlier in the day, children and staff were present at a birthday for UNICEF hosted by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah and Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo. In addition, a series of commemorative meetings, an art exhibition and a documentary film screening were held in the week leading to the anniversary celebration.
In remarks made yesterday at the United Nations General Assembly – where UNICEF was created by unanimous vote on 11 December 1946 – UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke of the organization’s unique ability to bring people together around the needs of children.
“It is largely thanks to UNICEF that today, we understand better than ever that building a better future begins with children – with ensuring that they are healthy, educated safe and loved,” said Mr. Annan. “When given the best possible start in life, children can grow up to realize their greatest potential. UNICEF is dedicated to providing that gateway to a better future.”
Later, the Secretary-General added: “If UNICEF didn’t exist, the world would have to invent it.”
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