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UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy cordially invites members of the press to the media launches for the UNICEF report: "Africa’s Orphaned Generations"

Mrs. Graca Machel, renowned child rights activist, and UNAIDS Deputy Executive Kathleen Cravero will be guest speakers.

Africa’s Orphaned Generations provides new, data-driven insight into the daily circumstances of the millions of children who have lost parents to AIDS, and into the households that they turn to for care and support. Africa’s orphan crisis – massive, growing and long-term, will get worse before it gets any better. The report argues for immediate, comprehensive support to the increasingly desperate families at the frontlines of the orphan crisis to ensure that all of Africa’s orphans have a secure and healthy childhood.

JOHANNESBURG

WHO:  Ms. Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director
Ms. Graca Machel, International Advocate for Children 
Ms. Kathleen Cravero, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director
WHEN:  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Lapeng Child & Family Resource Centre, Joubert Park

GENEVA

WHO:   Mr. Philip O’Brien, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe
Sir Peter Ustinov, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Kami, HIV–positive muppet who appears regularly on the South African co-production Takalane Sesame Street. UNICEF has just designated Kami a “Champion for Children” for the gentle, honest and compassionate way she has helped highlight the impact of HIV/AIDS on Africa’s children.
WHEN: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
WHERE: Palais des Nations

BERLIN

WHO: Mr. Stephen Lewis, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General  for HIV/AIDS in Africa
Ms. Heidemarie Wiezcorek-Zeul, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Broadcasters please note:

A 10-minute UNICEF video news release highlighting some of the issues in the report will be fed on Reuters World News Service (all paths) from 0640 to 0650 GMT on November 26, 2003.

The video is loosely edited B-roll with natural sound and tells the story of Twelve-year-old Esther Wamboi.  Six years ago, Esther’s mother died of AIDS, and her father deserted the family. Esther became one of the 890,000 Kenyan children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS.

The script and shotlist is available with the feed from Reuters or at www.unicef.org/videoaudio/video_brolls.html

For further information about the Berlin event and to arrange media interviews, please contact Rudi Tarneden, German National Committee for UNICEF; (49-221) 936-50235

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For more information and to order B-roll, please contact:

Liza Barrie, UNICEF New York,
Senior Communication Adviser, HIV/AIDS
(1-212) 326-7593, (1-646) 207-5178; lbarrie@unicef.org

Marixie Mercado, UNICEF New York, HIV/AIDS
(646) 247 2975; mmercado@unicef.org

Marc Vergara, UNICEF Geneva,
(41-22) 909 5718; mvergara@unicef.org

Wivina Belmonte, UNICEF Geneva,
(41-22) 909 5712; wbelmonte@unicef.org

Madeline Eisner, UNICEF Nairobi,
(254-2) 622-214, (254-722)520-595;
meisner@unicef.org


 

 

 

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