Press releases and news notes
Advocacy - Goodwill ambassadors and special representatives
UNICEF Appoints World Renowned Pianist Zade Dirani as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 15 August 2016 – UNICEF today appointed world famous Jordanian pianist and composer, Zade Dirani, as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on advocating for the most marginalised children especially those caught in conflict, violence and poverty.
UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor visits refugee and displaced children on Iraq frontline
LONDON/ERBIL, 2 August 2016 – UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor travelled to northern Iraq last week to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. Tens of thousands of children have been killed, injured, separated from their parents, forced to work, tortured and recruited into fighting.
Award-winning artist Thalía appointed UNICEF Mexico Ambassador
NEW YORK / MEXICO CITY, 8 July 2016 – UNICEF Mexico announced today the appointment of award-winning recording artist Thalía as its newest UNICEF National Ambassador.
Lions Health and UNICEF announce DigitasLBi as the winner of global award for young creatives and marketers
NEW YORK/CANNES, France, 18 June 2016 – Lions Health, the Festival and Awards that celebrate life-changing creativity in healthcare communications, and UNICEF, have announced the winner of the 2016 Young Lions Health Award.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry meets children facing immense challenges in Viet Nam
HANOI/NEW YORK, 1 June 2016 – Following a visit to Viet Nam, internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry is calling for increased focus on children being left behind in one of Asia’s fastest growing economies.
UNICEF steps up response to the migration crisis in Greece
ATHENS/GENEVA, 31 May 2016 – Amid mounting concern over a fresh surge in the number of refugees and migrants bound for Europe, UNICEF is adjusting its strategy in support of the response by the authorities and civil society in Greece, where the humanitarian and longer-term needs of more than 22,000 children are growing.
Lions Health and UNICEF launch global competition aimed at young creatives and marketers
LONDON/NEW YORK, 11 March 2016 – Lions Health, the Festival and Awards that celebrates life-changing creativity in healthcare communications, and UNICEF launch the 2016 Young Lions Health Award.
Agnes Chan named UNICEF Regional Ambassador for East Asia and Pacific Region
BANGKOK/TOKYO, 7 March 2016 – UNICEF today announced the appointment of Agnes Chan Miling as its newest Regional Ambassador for East Asia and the Pacific Region.
Murtaza receives signed soccer jerseys and ball donated by Lionel Messi at UNICEF Afghanistan Office in Kabul
KABUL, 25 February 2016 - Five year old Murtaza Ahmadi, an Afghan boy whose photo went viral after he was pictured wearing an Argentine National Team soccer jersey made from a plastic bag with ‘Messi’ and the number ’10’ penned on the back, today received a special package sent by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel Messi. The package, given to Murtaza at the UNICEF Afghanistan Office in Kabul, contained two of Messi’s teams’ soccer jerseys - the Argentine National Team and FC Barcelona - and a ball, to symbolise a child’s right to play. The items were signed by Messi himself.
In special weather report, Katy Perry calls for action to change the dismal forecast for children
NEW YORK, 7 December 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry reads a unique weather report to draw attention to the devastating effects of climate change on the world’s children.
P!nk announced as newest UNICEF Ambassador
NEW YORK, 30 November 2015 – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the appointment of the newest UNICEF Ambassador, GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist P!nk, who will build on her current role as the UNICEF Kid Power National Spokesperson to raise awareness about UNICEF’s lifesaving health and nutrition programs around the world.
UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah witnesses impact of conflict on children in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 27 November 2015 – Continued violence and the impact of brutal fighting has taken an increasingly heavy toll on the lives of children in South Sudan, Ishmael Beah said today, as the UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War wrapped up a one week visit to the country.
Universal Children’s Day: Why fair matters
NEW YORK, 20 November 2015 – The world remains a deeply unfair place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, according to a UNICEF report released today.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham meets child refugees in Djibouti
DJIBOUTI/LONDON, 9 November 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has spent time at a refugee camp in Djibouti, meeting children and families, including those displaced by conflict and violence in neighboring countries.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits children in Nepal six months after earthquake
KATHMANDU, Nepal/LONDON 6 November 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham today met children at a temporary learning centre established with support from UNICEF in Kathmandu after the earthquake hit.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham sees how his Fund is helping children in Papua New Guinea
MOUNT HAGEN, Papua New Guinea/LONDON, 5 November 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham today met children receiving treatment for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported hospital in Papua New Guinea.
All-star line-up announced for Beckham match in aid of UNICEF
LONDON, 23 October 2015 - An all-star line-up of footballing legends has today been announced to play at the David Beckham Match for Children in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford, United Kingdom.
Lack of access to hygiene could endanger new Development Agenda – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 15 October 2015 – Handwashing with soap is dangerously low in many countries, UNICEF reports, despite its proven benefits to child health.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets refugee and migrant children on the move in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia/GENEVA, 30 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has completed his two-day visit to Serbia to meet refugee and migrant children moving into Europe in the hope of finding a place of safety. Most, with their families, are fleeing war and hardship in their home countries.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom calls for greater protection for refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe
GEVGELIJA/ GENEVA, 29 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has called for greater protection for tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children as they continue their journeys to seek safety in Europe.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Shakira and Angélique Kidjo raise their voices in support of a new development era for children
NEW YORK 25 September 2015 – Shakira and Angélique Kidjo celebrated today’s adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals with powerful performances before an audience at the United Nations General Assembly that included over 130 heads of state and government.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham brings voices of children to the United Nations General Assembly
NEW YORK, 24 September 2015 – A unique installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly is unveiled today by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and two young people from UNICEF Voices of Youth initiative.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic visits refugee and migrant children in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia, 23 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic visited a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Belgrade and met some of the refugee and migrant children who are passing through the Republic of Serbia on their way to Western Europe.
Shakira and UNICEF call for leaders to join the early childhood revolution
NEW YORK, 22 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira today urged global leaders to invest heavily in early childhood development in the wake of new science that is creating a revolutionary shift in our understanding of the lasting effects of deprivation and stress on the developing brains of young children.
UNICEF and Shakira: press briefing on early childhood development
NEW YORK, 18 September, 2015 - Upcoming UNICEF and Shakira: press briefing on early childhood development
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham calls on world leaders to #ENDviolence against children
LONDON/NEW YORK, 15 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is championing a letter signed by 18 child survivors of violence that calls on world leaders to end the widespread abuse that affects millions of children around the world. One of the signatories is a 16-year-old boy from Cambodia, where Beckham travelled earlier this year.
UNICEF Ambassador Eddie Izzard meets Yemeni refugees fleeing the horror of war by sea
LONDON, 16 July 2015 – Earlier this week, UNICEF UK Ambassador Eddie Izzard met child refugees in Djibouti who have fled the devastating war in Yemen, the country of his birth.
Young Lions Health Award shortlist of 18 teams announced
CANNES, France, 19 June 2015 – Lions Health, the Festival and Awards for creative excellence in healthcare, has announced the shortlist for the Young Lions Health Award, the new competition launched this year calling on young creatives to devise a marketing campaign on integrated health solutions for developing countries.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Cambodia to focus attention on children in danger
LONDON/SIEM REAP, Cambodia, 15 June 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Cambodia to see how UNICEF and its partners are helping children who have endured physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and protecting vulnerable children from danger.
UN Messenger of Peace Lang Lang wants every child to get the best start in life
BEIJING, 15 June 2015 – United Nations Messenger of Peace and world renowned pianist, Lang Lang, added his voice to ensure every child has the best start in life and make early childhood development a global priority, as he joined UNICEF’s early childhood development campaign.
Katy Perry calls on Viet Nam’s young professionals to help improve children’s lives
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, 15 May 2015 – Katy Perry, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and global pop superstar, made a special stop-over to Ho Chi Minh City where she gave the keynote speech at Forbes Viet Nam first-ever Under 30 Summit
Media Advisory: J7 International Youth Summit
NEW YORK, 6 May 2015 - J7 International Youth Summit organised by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and UNICEF Germany, ahead of the G7 Summit in Germany.
Salma Hayek visits Lebanon with UNICEF to raise funds for Syrian refugees through Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE Campaign
NEW YORK, 27 April 2015 - Hayek visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon on April 25 to draw attention to the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families whose lives have been upended by the brutal conflict in Syria over the last four years. Across the region, UNICEF estimates that 14 million children have been affected and are at risk of becoming a lost generation, including 2.6 million children who are no longer in school, and close to two million who are living as refugees in neighboring countries.
World Baby Shower by Shakira and Gerard Pique big hit, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 9 April 2015 – Life-saving gifts from fans and supporters of the World Baby Shower that singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué threw ahead of the birth of their second child has so far raised almost $150,000 – and climbing, UNICEF said today.
Sir Roger Moore revealed as Young Lions Health Award judge
LONDON/NEW YORK, 25 March 2015 – Lions Health has announced that UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and 007 Actor, Sir Roger Moore, will be joining the dedicated jury of respected industry leaders judging the Young Lions Health Award, an exciting new competition for young creatives and marketers that aims to improve challenges facing health systems in low-income countries
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom concludes four-day visit to Liberia
NEW YORK/MONROVIA, Liberia, 23 March 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom concluded a four-day visit to Liberia where he praised the efforts of Ebola-affected communities in combatting the deadly virus.
David Beckham supports UNICEF’s campaign to end violence against children and adolescents in El Salvador
LONDON, 16 February 2015 – One week on from launching 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund – a new global initiative that will protect children in danger around the world - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has today added his voice to UNICEF’s ‘¿No te indigna?’ campaign to end violence against children and adolescents in El Salvador.
UNICEF and David Beckham launch ‘7’ – a new fund for children in danger across globe
LONDON, 9 February 2015 – David Beckham and UNICEF are today launching a groundbreaking initiative, 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, to protect millions of children around the world from danger.
UNICEF congratulates Angélique Kidjo for Crystal Award
NEW YORK/DAVOS, Switzerland, 20 January 2015 – “UNICEF congratulates singer-songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo for receiving the Crystal Award – a prize recognising artists not only for their body of work but also their commitment to improving the state of the world.
Shakira and Gerard Piqué host World Baby Shower to support UNICEF’s work for children
NEW YORK/BARCELONA, 19 January 2015 – Singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira, and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué, are celebrating the imminent arrival of their second child by expanding upon their original concept of a ‘World Baby Shower’ to benefit UNICEF and vulnerable children around the world.
Raise your voice with UNICEF and Imagine a better world for children
NEW YORK, 20 November, 2014 – During a musical event at the United Nations General Assembly today, UNICEF will unveil the #IMAGINE project as part of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
New UNICEF Ambassador Aamir Khan vows to fight stunting in South Asia
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 9 October 2014 – Film actor, director and producer Aamir Khan became Ambassador for UNICEF in South Asia today. In his new role Mr. Khan will focus on supporting child nutrition to end stunting across the region.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the life of Goodwill Ambassador Lord Richard Attenborough
NEW YORK, 25 August 2014 - "With the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, the world has lost not only a great voice, but a great soul.
Bollywood Actress and International Recording Artist Priyanka Chopra inspires teenage girls to aim high with UNICEF
NEW YORK/LONDON/MUMBAI, India, 11 August 2014 - New Bollywood Actress, International Recording Artist and UNICEF India Ambassador Priyanka Chopra met with young women in Chandrapur, India, to mark International Youth Day and to witness how their lives are being transformed through the Building Young Futures programme, which is run in partnership with Barclays.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow returns to Central African Republic
Media Advisory: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow returns to Central African Republic
UNICEF statement on Tweet by National Ambassador of the Dutch National Committee for UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 June 2014 – The football related tweet issued yesterday in her private capacity by Nicolette Van Dam, who is also a national ambassador for the Dutch National Committee for UNICEF, was inappropriate and highly offensive. UNICEF condemns its content.
UNICEF Spain appoints Sergio Ramos as its newest National Ambassador
CURITIBA, Brazil, 10 June 2014 - Real Madrid and Spanish National Team star football player, Sergio Ramos, was appointed today as UNICEF Spain’s newest ambassador during an event with youth in the Brazilian city of Curitiba where he is participating in a UNICEF program for the promotion of fair play and the right to sport.
UNICEF appoints Parreira as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports
BRASÍLIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, 22 May 2014 - UNICEF today appointed Carlos Alberto Parreira, the technical director of Brazil’s national football team, as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports. As of today, Parreira becomes part of the team of celebrities supporting UNICEF's work in Brazil in defending and promoting the rights of children and adolescents.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets with Syrian children
NEW YORK/AMMAN, Jordan, 12 April 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom wrapped up a visit this week to Jordan where he met with children from Syria and their families whose lives have been devastated by the conflict - now in its fourth year.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham launches appeal for children in crisis
LONDON, 21 February2014 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has filmed a personal appeal urging people to support children caught up in emergencies across the globe.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham applauds public’s response to Typhoon Haiyan
MANILA, Philippines, 14 February 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has made an emotional journey to the Philippines to meet children saved from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan almost 100 days after the super storm landed.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham meets children in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban
TACLOBAN, Philippines, 13 February 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham journeyed to Tacloban in the Philippines today to meet children saved from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.
Katy Perry is UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 3 December 2013 – At a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents.
Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar to Bat for UNICEF
MUMBAI, India, 28 November 2013 – International cricket sensation Sachin Tendulkar has become UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia during a signing ceremony in Mumbai, India. In this capacity Mr. Tendulkar will support UNICEF’s work in promoting hygiene and sanitation in South Asia.
Sir Roger Moore calls for more help for the Philippines
COPENHAGEN/NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore today visited UNICEF’s global humanitarian supply warehouse in Copenhagen and called for continued support for children and their families in the Philippines whose lives have been devastated by super typhoon Haiyan.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to visit Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 1 November 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow will travel to Central African Republic next week to help highlight the plight of children as new fighting is making an already dire humanitarian situation even more precarious.
Leo Messi’s son turns one and celebrates with UNICEF
BUENOS AIRES, 28 October 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi today invited his friends and fans around the world to join in celebrating the birthday of his son Thiago, who will be one year old on Saturday, 2 November.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover joins children in Sarajevo for dodge ball
SARAJEVO, 20 August 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed actor Danny Glover joined children for a friendly game of dodge ball in Sarajevo today in a show of active support of the “It’s About Ability” campaign to promote inclusion for children with disabilities.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and champion figure skater Yuna Kim appeals for the children of Syria
NEW YORK/SEOUL, 15 May 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Olympic Gold Medallist and world champion figure skater Yuna Kim today made a heartfelt appeal for support for the children of conflict-torn Syria.
Singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz teams up with UNICEF to end preventable child deaths
NEW YORK, 6 May 2013 - Lenny Kravitz – GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and actor – is urging people to join UNICEF to bring about an end to preventable child deaths. As many as 1.5 million children die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Katy Perry teams up with UNICEF and visits children in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 7 April 2013 – Internationally acclaimed American singer and songwriter Katy Perry has visited Madagascar to bring attention to the situation of children in the tropical island country, one of the poorest in the world and still recovering from a political crisis that began in 2009.
Shakira, Gerard Piqué and UNICEF thank fans for helping children through World Baby Shower
NEW YORK, 22 February 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué today thanked hundreds of thousands of fans for taking part in their interactive World Baby Shower and buying life-saving items for vulnerable children in support of UNICEF’s work around the world.
UNICEF hosts virtual baby shower in honour of Shakira and Gerard Piqué’s first baby
NEW YORK, 16 January 2013 – World-famous singer–songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué are inviting...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom spends a day with South African Children
CAPE TOWN, 2 December 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom met with children and young people near Cape Town today to learn...
UNICEF Japan Goodwill Ambassador Agnes Chan visits children in the occupied Palestinian territory
JERUSALEM, 9 November 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan, Agnes Chan, has ended a three-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan in Myanmar: “Children are not for sale”
NEW YORK/ YANGON, 3 July 2012 – Celebrated actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan arrives in Myanmar this week on a three-day mission...
Lenny Kravitz supports UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene efforts
NEW YORK 6 March 2012 - Lenny Kravitz – GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and actor - is using his voice and talent to do more...
Mia Farrow calls for better protection of children against polio and violence in the DRC
BUKAVU / NEW YORK - 22 February 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow wrapped up her visit to the Democratic Republic of the...
Mia Farrow launches polio vaccination campaign in Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad 17 February 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow participated today in the launching ceremony of the national polio...
Youssou N’Dour steps down as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 5 January 2012 – UNICEF said today that legendary giant of world music Youssou N’Dour had temporarily stepped down from his role as a...
Actor and producer Aamir Khan appointed UNICEF Ambassador
NEW DELHI, India, 30 November 2011 — UNICEF is delighted to announce the appointment of the Padma Bhushan award-winning actor and producer...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira meets adolescent girls in India
UDAIPUR, India, 15 November 2011 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira met today with a group of adolescent girls from impoverished parts of the country...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo, visits a UNICEF-supported facility that provides medical, psychological and legal assistance to children
Mexico City / New York, 19 October 2011 - During a visit to Mexico in the context of a concert later today, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo...
Tennis ace Serena Williams appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 20 September 2011 – UNICEF today announced tennis champion Serena Williams’s appointment as international Goodwill Ambassador...
World Tennis Champion Novak Djokovic appointed UNICEF Serbia Ambassador
NEW YORK - 29 August 2011 — UNICEF today announced that world-number one ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic will serve as an Ambassador for...
Youssou N’Dour marks 20th anniversary as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 23 June 2011 - Grammy Award-winning musician Youssou N’Dour marked his 20th anniversary as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador today by calling...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira visits school in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM, 21 June 2011 - Global education advocate and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira visited the Max Payne “Hand in Hand” School for Bilingual...
Kadhum Al-Sahir launches song for Iraq’s most deprived children
BAGHDAD, 9 May 2011 - UNICEF announced today the appointment of renowned Iraqi singer, Kadhum Al-Sahir, as its Ambassador to Iraq...
Actor Liam Neeson accepts role of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK/LONDON/DUBLIN, 29 March 2011 - Actor and Humanitarian Liam Neeson was today announced as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, reflecting...
UNICEF Ambassadors Mia Farrow and Martin Bell express concern over the impact of armed conflict on children in Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 16 March 2011 – Mia Farrow and Martin Bell wrapped up an eight day visit to Southern Sudan today where they witnessed firsthand the...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi responds to questions from children in Barcelona
BARCELONA, 9 December 2010 – Leo Messi, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and footballer for Football Club Barcelona and the Argentinean national team...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore’s first visit to Kazakhstan
Pau Gasol cheers attempt by Gaza children to break Guinness basketball record
JERUSALEM, 22 July 2010 - National Basketball Association Superstar and UNICEF Spain Ambassador Pau Gasol delivered a video message...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi visits Haiti to highlight plight of children six months after the earthquake
PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI, 15 July 2010 – Leo Messi, renowned FC Barcelona and Argentina national team soccer player completed his first field visit...
International skating sensation Yuna Kim becomes international UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK/ TORONTO/SEOUL, 12 July 2010 — UNICEF is delighted to announce the appointment of the international skating sensation Yuna Kim as its newest...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to visit Uganda
KAMPALA / UGANDA, 9 July 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow is traveling to Uganda this Wednesday to meet with children impacted...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow completes visit to Guinea
CONAKRY/GUINEA, 10 May 2010 – World renowned actress, humanitarian and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow ended yesterday...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visits Guinea to highlight plight of children
CONAKRY / GUINEA, 4 May 2010 – Internationally acclaimed actress, humanitarian and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow is traveling...
Messi to serve as UNICEF Global Goodwill Ambassador
BARCELONA/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 11 March 2010 – UNICEF today appointed Lionel (Leo) Messi, FC Barcelona and Argentina national team soccer...
UNICEF to announce Lionel Messi as Goodwill Ambassador
Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser appointed as UNICEF Jamaica Goodwill Ambassador
KINGSTON, 22 February 2010 – UNICEF Jamaica today named 23-year-old Shelly-Ann Fraser, one of the nation’s most accomplished female...
On the day of marking 20th anniversary of CRC UNICEF in Kazakhstan nominates artist Batyrkhan Shukenov as first Goodwill Ambassador
ALMATY, 20 November 2009 - UNICEF has nominated well-known Kazakh artist Batyrkhan Shukenov first ever National Goodwill Ambassador in...
UNICEF appoints singer Nancy Ajram as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa
BEIRUT/AMMAN, 22 October 2009 – UNICEF’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa announced today the appointment of Lebanese star...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow concludes visit to Israel and occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
JERUSALEM, 18 October 2009 – World renowned actress Mia Farrow ended today a six-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel...
Orlando Bloom named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, 12 October 2009 - Actor Orlando Bloom was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador today, in recognition of his...
UNICEF: Mia Farrow highlights Cameroon’s forgotten victims of child malnutrition
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON 13 September 2009 - The internationally acclaimed actress and humanitarian activist Mia Farrow, arrived in Cameroon today with a...
HM Queen Rania on the children of Gaza
Statement - 5 January 2009
Mia Farrow calls for humanitarian access and protection to be provided immediately in all areas of Eastern Congo
GENEVA, 15 December 2008: Actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow, who’s just returned from a three day visit to the Democratic...
UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Visits UNICEF-Supported Aprendiz City-School in São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo, 24 October 2008– As part of an official state visit to Brazil, UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan...
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan learns about an innovative educational tool during her visit to a school in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, 22 October 2008 – During a working visit to Argentina, Her Majesty Queen Rania visited the Paula Albarracín de Sarmiento school...
Mia Farrow will meet with disaster stricken children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 18 September 2008 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, actress Mia Farrow, will visit Haiti from 19-23 September to witness the devastation...
Dina Páucar named UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Peru
LIMA, 29 May 2008 - Singer Dina Páucar was named National Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF today. This appointment reflects her commitment...
Visit of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to the Central African Republic
BANGUI, 22 May 2008 – The threat of kidnappings, rape and killings are an everyday part of life for people living in the Central African Republic...
Former Child Soldier and current UNICEF Advocate encourages Jamaican Youth
KINGSTON, 30 April 2008 − Wrapping up his first mission as UNICEF’s Advocate for Children Affected by War, former child soldier Ishmael Beah today...
Myung-Whun Chung, appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
PARIS, 7 April 2008 – Myung-Whun Chung, director of Radio-France’s Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the world’s most renowned conductors...
Federer in public service announcement for an ‘AIDS-free generation’
NEW YORK, 26 November 2007 – Roger Federer, the ATP’s world number one tennis player and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will star in a World AIDS...
Ishmael Beah Appointed UNICEF Advocate, on the Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 20 November 2007 - On the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, author and former...
Berliner Philharmoniker joins ranks of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors
NEW YORK, 12 November 2007 –UNICEF today announced the appointment of the prestigious Berliner Philharmoniker as its latest Goodwill Ambassador.
UNICEF renews its commitment to ending all forms of violence against children
NEW YORK, 19 October 2007 - The one year progress report for the UN Study on Violence against Children finds signs of progress in child trafficking...
On visit to native Benin, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo urges parents to send daughters to school
COTONOU, 13 September 2007 - Full of energy and passion Angélique Kijdo, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has just finished a visit to her native country of...
Queen Rania opens Baby Friendly Hospital
AMMAN, 29 August 2007 – Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah inaugurated Dr. Jamil Tutounji Hospital in Sahab a Baby Friendly Hospital on Wednesday as part of ongoing activities marking World Breastfeeding week.
Ethiopian running legend, Goodwill Ambassador Berhane Adere fundraising in run up to race
ADDIS ABABA, 24 August 2007 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world class runner, Berhane Adere, today launched the Millennium Dream Campaign to raise one...
Basketball star Ginobili appointed UNICEF Ambassador
BUENOS AIRES, 10 August 2007- Manu Ginobili, triple NBA champion, Olympic medalist and passionate defender of children, has been appointed UNICEF’s newest Argentina Ambassador.
UNICEF appoints South African fashion icon Gavin Rajah
CAPE TOWN / SOUTH AFRICA, 11 August 2007 - UNICEF last night announced the appointment of top South African couturier and humanitarian activist Gavin Rajah as a...
UN Secretary General Visits UN Regional Hub in Panama
PANAMA, 3 June 2007 - In his first official trip to Panama and to Latin America and the Caribbean, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon came to visit the future location of the United Nations...
Queen Rania Visits UNICEF Projects in Morocco, Highlights Achievements in Child Welfare
Fez/ Morocco, 1 June 2007 - As part of her mandate as UNICEF's first Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited two UNICEF supported...
UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken draws attention to the critical needs of children in Afganistan
KABUL/NEW YORK, 12 April 12 2007 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Clay Aiken concluded a recent trip to Afghanistan today by heralding the progress being made in children’s education.
Actor Khaled Abol Naga is appointed UNICEF Egypt Ambassador
CAIRO, 10 April 2007 - UNICEF Egypt has announced the appointment of leading actor Khaled Abol Naga as an Ambassador.
UNICEF and Mia Farrow call for security and expanded humanitarian action for Sudanese refugees and displaced Chadians in eastern Chad
N’DJAMENA/CHAD, 23 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow accompanied by UNICEF Chad Representative, Stephen Adkisson, concluded her trip in eastern Chad to camps of Sudanese refugees and...
UNICEF and Mia Farrow draw attention to critical needs of children in looming humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR, 19 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow and UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Esther Guluma, concluded a trip...
Presidential Medal of Honour awarded to Mia Farrow during mission to Central African Republic
BANGUI, 13 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow was today decorated by Central African Republic President, His Excellency Francois Boizize, with...
Ralph Fiennes & Sharmila Tagore join the fight against AIDS
MUMBAI, 31 January 2007 - At the end of a five day mission to rural Mahrastra investigating the impact of HIV and AIDs, Ralph Fiennes, UNICEF UK Ambassador and Sharmila Tagore, UNICEF India Ambassador, called for an...
Queen Rania becomes UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children at the World Economic Forum
DAVOS, 26 January 2007 – UNICEF and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah signed an agreement at the World Economic Forum in Davos today naming the Queen of Jordan as UNICEF’s...
Roger Federer praises progress in tsunami-affected district of India
CUDDALORE/INDIA , 22 December 2006 - On his first official field trip as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, ATP World number one Roger Federer today met with tsunami-affected children...
Roger Federer to visit UNICEF’s tsunami recovery programmes
18 December 2006 - Media Advisory
Visiting his 100th country, UNICEF UK Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies, Martin Bell travels to Afghanistan
LONDON, 6 December 2006 - Former BBC War Correspondent and UNICEF UK Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies, Martin Bell, returned from Afghanistan recently following his first visit to the country.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo returns from northern Uganda
27 November 2006 - Media Advisory
UNICEF appoints South African artist Zola as Regional Goodwill Ambassador
ADDIS ABABA, 17 Nov 2006 - UNICEF today announced the appointment of prominent South African singer and actor Zola as a Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Shakira, UNICEF launch Campaign for Peace in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, 6 November 2006 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira Mebarak joined the “Make the Difference by Not Being Indifferent" campaign, in support of the fight against violence in El Salvador.
Information on Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s ‘Feder-Bear’
NEW YORK, 11 September 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s third consecutive US Open win yesterday was celebrated with the announcement that the ‘Feder-bear’ Beanie Baby® will be available for purchase this holiday season.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow calls for children to be at the centre of peace and recovery of Darfur
KHARTOUM/AMMAN/GENEVA/LONDON/BERLIN, 16 June 2006 – During a recent visit to Darfur, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow appealed to government officials and rebel groups to make sure that children are placed at the center of peace and recovery for Darfur.
Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow return to Darfur
NEW YORK, 9 June, 2006 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and American actress Mia Farrow is returning to Darfur on Sunday, 11 June through Thursday, 15 June. From there she travels to London and Berlin then returns to New York to conduct media interviews about her visit. Accompanying Ms. Farrow is her son, Ronan, a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth. Mia Farrow traveled to Darfur in November, 2004.
Angélique Kidjo calls for rapid scaling up of HIV treatment in Zimbabwe
HARARE 28 April 2006 – While on a recent trip to Africa to tour the drought-affected Horn of Africa, UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo visited Zimbabwe and met with children infected with HIV.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Johann Koss to Visit Sudan
KHARTOUM/AMMAN/NEW YORK, 25 April 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Johann Koss, the four-time Olympic gold medal speed skater from Norway, will visit Sudan from April 30 to May 4. His trip will highlight the situation of the children in difficult conditions in the camps for displaced people near the capital, Khartoum, as well as the progress being made in Southern Sudan as the result of the comprehensive peace agreement signed in January 2005.
UNICEF Appoints Tennis Champion Roger Federer as Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 3 April 2006 – Roger Federer, the No. 1 tennis player on the ATP circuit and a passionate advocate for children, was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador today.
Belgian Princess Mathilde appointed UNICEF and UNAIDS Special Representative for Children and AIDS
ANTWERP, 27 May 2005 - Today on the occasion of the granting of an honorary doctorate to UNICEF at the University of Antwerp, HRH Princess Mathilde announced her acceptance to become a UNICEF and UNAIDS Special Representative for children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
Jackie Chan, UNICEF/UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador says stop discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS
HANOI, 25th April – At the conclusion of his first mission to Viet Nam, UNICEF/ UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan called for an end to discrimination and stigma towards children and families infected or affected with HIV/AIDS.
Jackie Chan, UNICEF/UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador on 6-day mission to Cambodia and Viet Nam to highlight AIDS and landmines
HANOI/PHNOM PENH, 18 April 2005 - Action film superstar Jackie Chan will return to Cambodia and make his first official visit to Viet Nam in his capacity as a UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.
UNICEF signs on Amitabh Bachchan to play role for children
NEW YORK, 14 April 2005 - UNICEF welcomed acclaimed Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan to its ranks of international Goodwill Ambassadors in a formal signing event this evening with Executive Director Carol Bellamy.
UNICEF Ambassador David Beckham launches UNICEF global TV campaign for tsunami emergency appeal
LONDON, 12 January 2005 – Newly appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, will speak out for the Tsunami affected children in a UNICEF TV campaign urging support for the organisation’s work to meet their immediate and long term needs.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore raising funds for children orphaned by AIDS in China
BEIJING, 6 August 2004 - Sir Roger and Lady Kristina Moore touched down safely in Beijing on Wednesday 4th August, and have already begun their mission to raise awareness and funds for children orphaned by AIDS in China.
UNICEF launches public service campaign
NEW YORK, 28 May 2004 – UNICEF today announced the creation of a new series of public service announcements highlighting the fundamental rights of children to health care, education, equality and protection.
Milestone: 50 Years of Goodwill Ambassadors for Children
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, 3 December 2003 – UNICEF today marks 50 years of celebrity goodwill for children, honoring the global stars who for five decades have carried on a trail-blazing tradition of service that brings hope to hundreds of millions of children worldwide.
Singer and songwriter Shakira appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK/GENEVA/MADRID, 24 October 2003 -- Grammy Award-winning musician Shakira has been appointed a global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the world’s leading organization for children, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy announced today.
Memorial service pays tribute to the life of Sir Peter Ustinov
MEDIA ADISORY, 4 June 2004 - UNICEF’s annual executive board meeting will host a tribute recognizing the enormous contribution and exemplary dedication Sir Peter Ustinov made on behalf of children globally.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte to visit Kenya and Senegal
MEDIA ADVISORY, 12 February 2004 - In Kenya, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte will assess progress in education one year after the Kenya government eliminated primary school fees. He will visit a Nairobi primary school and meet with government and business leaders to discuss the achievements since school fees were abolished and highlight the challenges that remain, particularly the schooling and care of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and the need to get more girls enrolled in school. On Friday, February 20, Harry will travel to Senegal for a one-week visit during which he will attend a regional conference on birth registration and stress the importance of this issue for protecting the rights of children.
Jackie Chan signs on for UNICEF and UNAIDS
Bangkok/Geneva, April 26 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN agency charged with coordinating United Nations efforts to combat the HIV/AID pandemic, jointly appointed today action star Jackie Chan as a Goodwill Ambassador.
Launch of new report on children and HIV/AIDS
Children on the Brink 2004 provides the latest and most comprehensive statistics available on historical, current and projected numbers of orphaned children under age 18, focusing on children whose parents die of AIDS. The report stresses the importance of very distinct developmental needs that must be met as vulnerable children progress through early and middle childhood to adolescence.
Jessica Lange tells parliamentarians to ask tough questions
MEXICO CITY, 20 April 2004 – UNICEF Ambassador Jessica Lange today launched a “Handbook for Parliamentarians on Child Protection,” a joint UNICEF/IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union) report. She called on parliamentarians to live up to their responsibilities as legislators and become champions for children.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Kenenisa Bekele wins gold in 10,000 meters
ADDIS ABABA, 23 August 2004 – The UNICEF Ethiopia Country Office congratulates Olympic gold medal winner and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) Kenenisa Bekele upon his victory in the 10,000 meters in Athens.
UNICEF appoints Femi Kuti as Special Representative
New York/Banff, 12 June 2002 -- Calling him one of the most vital figures in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the United Nations Children's Fund today officially introduced internationally renowned musician Femi Anikulapo-Kuti as its newest Special Representative, at the 2002 BANFF Television Festival in Canada.
50 years of Goodwill Ambassadors; Belafonte continues tradition
2004 marks 50 years since UNICEF appointed its first Goodwill Ambassador, US comedian and entertainer Danny Kaye, who began a tradition of service that still brings hope to hundreds of millions of children worldwide.
ESPN award for courage goes to UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
ESPN today honoured UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador George Weah with the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his fearless work on behalf of children caught up in wars worldwide.
Jackie Chan wraps up mission to Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, April 28 – Newly appointed UNICEF/UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan Wednesday wrapped up a busy three-day mission to Cambodia during which he played with HIV-positive children, blew up landmines, met Prime Minister Hun Sen and pledged to do “whatever I can do” to promote the cause of children.
George Weah, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visits Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, 12 April 2004 – Former International soccer star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, George Manneh Weah, will be visiting Sierra Leone under the auspices of Kallboxx Production to participate in a number of social and commercial events. UNICEF Sierra Leone and Ambassador George Weah will seize the opportunity to organise a series of social mobilisation activities that will enhance the dissemination of information on HIV/AIDS to adolescents and youths and to give an added thrust to Sierra Leone’s HIV and AIDS prevention programme. Ambassador Weah will be accompanied by equally renowned former international Dutch soccer star, Ruud Gullit and a team of Dutch journalists.
Chinese piano virtuoso named Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 20 May 2004 - Lang Lang, the 21-year-old Chinese pianist who has dazzled audiences throughout the world with his musical brilliance and youthful exuberance, was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador today.
UNICEF congratulates Goodwill Ambassador George Weah on humanitarian award
NEW YORK, 13 June 2004 – UNICEF applauded the announcement that Liberian soccer star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador George Weah will receive the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN for his work on behalf of children whose lives have been affected by conflict, disease and poverty.
Alyssa Milano passes her first test for UNICEF
LUANDA, 10 May, 2004 – UNICEF National Ambassador Alyssa Milano today called on the developed world to get behind UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS work in Angola. On the first day of her week-long visit to Angola, 31-year-old Milano met with young, HIV positive women, explored a Voluntary, Testing and Counseling (VCT) clinic in Luanda, and visited a Luandan hospital. At the VCT clinic Milano had a HIV test, but said it was an opportunity available to far too few Angolans.
Harry Belafonte urges all countries to end school fees
NAIROBI, 18 February, 2004 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte called on all developing countries today to follow Kenya’s example and permanently abolish primary school fees. Since the first week of tuition-free school in Kenya in January 2003, more than 1.3 million children have entered school for the first time, pushing national enrollment from 5.9 million to 7.2 million.
Nana Mouskouri: 10 years as Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 27 October 2003 – UNICEF today marks 10 years of one of its hardest working and best-loved global Goodwill Ambassadors, Greek singer and songwriter Nana Mouskouri.
UNICEF to celebrate 50 years of celebrity advocacy
LOS ANGELES, 21 November 2003 – On 3 December, at the UNICEF Goodwill Gala, UNICEF will celebrate 50 years of celebrity advocacy and honor the esteemed individuals – stars from stage, screen, sport and music – who have followed in Mr. Kaye’s footsteps. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Whoopi Goldberg tol host the Gala and Halle Berry will serve as honorary event chair.
UNICEF to celebrate 50 years of Celebrity Goodwill
NEW YORK, 23 October 2003 – UNICEF has announced plans for a star-studded “Goodwill Gala” to celebrate UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors and their leading role in advancing UNICEF’s mission for children around the world over the past 50 years.
Jessica Lange urges Parliamentiarians to protect children from exploitation
MEDIA ADVISORY, 15 April 2004 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Lange will address the Plenary Session of the IPU calling on parliamentarians to use their clout to protect children from exploitation, and launch the IPU/UNICEF Handbook for Parliamentarians on Child Protection.
Years of fighting, day of fun
MONROVIA, 23 April 2004 – Less than a week after turning over their weapons to UN peacekeepers, hundreds of boys in a remote Liberian town declared today they would not wage war anymore, then lined up to shake hands and talk with their idol, global football star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador George Weah.
UNICEF mourns death of Goodwill Ambassador Sir Peter Ustinov
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 2 April 2004 - The funeral of actor and writer Sir Peter Ustinov, who died early Monday in Switzerland at the age of 82, will be held on Saturday in Geneva. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will speak at the funeral on behalf of United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
A year later, children still waiting for leaders to deliver
NEW YORK, 8 May 2003 – Goals agreed to at a United Nations summit in May of 2002 have barely begun to be implemented by the nations of the world, UNICEF reported today, saying that only half of the world’s governments had even taken the first step of developing a plan of action for children in their countries. (Press Release)
Belafonte urges West Africa to redouble birth registration efforts
DAKAR, 23 February, 2004 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte today appealed to African countries to redouble their efforts at registering births, calling birth registration a fundamental human right. Fifty million births went unregistered globally in 2000 (out of 130 million). In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of births - 17 million children - went unregistered.
Lang Lang takes on malaria
Lang Lang is going to Tanzania to help raise awareness about the impact of malaria.