UNICEF Iran and the Celebrities Club sign an agreement
UNICEF Iran has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Iranian Celebrities Club (ICC) in Tehran. The agreement states that the two sides will work to promote and protect the rights of children of Iran in all fields including survival, development and protection.
“The role of artists and sport personalities in influencing society cannot be denied,” said Christian Salazar Volkmann, UNICEF Representative in Iran.“That’s why we are joining together with the Celebrities Club to promote our objectives for Iranian youth.”
The two sides also discussed the crisis in Lebanon and possible avenues of cooperation including holding football matches and other special events to help raise funds for women and children in Lebanon.
“We realized that we had common objectives with UNICEF,” said Hossein Yaryar, head of the Iranian Celebrities Club. “Therefore we decided to team up with UNICEF and support their humanitarian goals.”
Salazar also said raising awareness on HIV/AIDS is quite important in Iran which has a huge young population.
“Over the past few years the transmission methods of HIV in Iran has shifted from injecting drugs to sexual relations,” said Mr Salazar. “Prevention through information for adolescents and young people is very important.”
The Iranian Celebrities Club first supported UNICEF during the launch of the Global Campaign on Children and AIDS in December last year. A football match was held between the celebrities team and Ararat football club. More than one thousand people, including boys and girls, NGOs and officials watched the game, which was accompanied by live music, a laser show and speeches on the dangers of HIV/AIDS. Celebrities such as Ali Daee, Hadi Saie and renowned actress Mahtab Keramati took part.