The award, presented to UNICEF by the Prince of Asturias Foundation, commended UNICEF’s work in Africa and its contribution to “improving the health and living conditions of millions of children worldwide.”
“The Prince of Asturias Foundation has bestowed a great honour on UNICEF with the Concord award,” Veneman said. “UNICEF is grateful to the Prince of Asturias Foundation for this global recognition and hopes that it will inspire others to work to make the world a better place for children.”
The award was presented by HRH the Prince of Asturias, D. Felipe de Borbón y Grecia, in a grand ceremony in Oviedo, capital of the principality of Asturias. The Queen of Spain, an outstanding advocate for children, and honorary president of the Spanish National Committee, attended the ceremony with HRH the Princess of Asturias, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano.
The Prince of Asturias Foundation has organized the Prince of Asturias Awards since 1981. The award’s name was taken from the noble title “Prince of Asturias,” which has passed down through history to the Heir to the Spanish throne. The awards are handed out in eight categories, each of which has its own jury.
UNICEF and Spain have enjoyed a remarkable year of collaboration in 2006. The Spanish government increased its donation to UNICEF six fold, to 34 million euros toward UNICEF programmes in Latin America and Africa. The Barcelona Football Club placed UNICEF’s name on the front of its jersey, and also made a generous pledge of 6.5 million Euros. In June, the government of Spain hosted a major conference on reducing child poverty in Palencia. And the World Champion Spanish National Basketball Team is donating its prize winnings to UNICEF.
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The Spanish National Committee for UNICEF was founded in 1954, and has 170,000 members, and an extensive network of volunteers.
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
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