Trauma facility established by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi in South Sudan is lifeline for young victims
JUBA, South Sudan, 1 April 2013 – It is a shelter of hope and survival she helped build 17 years ago. Since then, it has saved the lives of thousands of children in South Sudan and neighbouring countries.
New UNICEF National Ambassadors for Malaysia Upin and Ipin call on boys to respect, love and care for girls and women
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 8 March 2013 – UNICEF Malaysia welcomed Malaysia’s most famous animated cartoon characters, Upin and Ipin, as its new National Ambassadors at a press conference on the eve of International Women’s Day.
Finnish rock star and UNICEF National Ambassador Jyrki Linnankivi visits Nicaragua to meet victims of trafficking
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, 29 January 2013 – Finnish rock star and UNICEF National Ambassador Jyrki Linnankivi recently concluded a trip to Nicaragua during which he had visited programmes for prevention of the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.
Remembering Danny Kaye – UNICEF’s first ambassador to the world’s children
NEW YORK, United States of America, 17 January 2013 – For over 33 years, entertainer Danny Kaye circled the globe as UNICEF’s first Goodwill Ambassador. Known for his comedic performances in radio, movies, television and theatre, Mr. Kaye also brought his unique brand of zaniness and zeal to his work with UNICEF, harnessing his fame and influence to educate millions and garner support for the organization.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow asks the world to step up for Syrian refugees
Lebanon, 16 January 2013 – Lebanese communities who have taken Syrian refugees into their homes are setting an example of selflessness and community spirit that the world must match, says UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow.
Your invitation to the virtual baby shower for UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and her partner, FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué
NEW YORK, United States of America, 16 January 2013 – Shakira, the world-famous singer/songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has long been a passionate advocate for children and children’s issues. This month marks an especially joyous occasion for the 35-year-old Colombian singer and her partner FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué: the imminent arrival of their own first child.
Syrian refugees share their stories with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow during her visit to Lebanon
Wadi Khaled, Lebanon – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow today visited some of the over 200,000 Syrian refugees who have been registered or are awaiting registration in Lebanon.
Syrian refugee children are dying, they are hurt and they need healing, says UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore
NEW YORK, United States of America, 19 December 2012 – The number of Syrian refugees has risen to over half a million. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore has made an urgent plea for additional humanitarian assistance for women and children who have had to flee their homes – especially as winter has presented even more challenges.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football star Leo Messi campaigns for an end to preventable child deaths
NEW YORK, United States of America, 14 December 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football star Leo Messi makes an urgent plea to strengthen efforts in child survival to save the lives of thousands of children dying every year from preventable causes.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visits South African children
WESTERN CAPE, South Africa, 5 December 2012 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom met up with children and young people near Cape Town to learn more about their lives and to help the world hear what they have to say.
In Azerbaijan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira meets with girl footballers to promote girls’ development through education and sport
BAKU, Azerbaijan, 15 October, 2012 – World-famous singer–songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador Shakira recently met with teenage footballers from a UNICEF-supported national girls’ football league. She encouraged the athletes to inspire their peers to grasp their future, including through continuing to seek an education.
Goodwill Ambassador Serena Williams wins U.S. Open championship
New York, United States of America, 10 September 2012 – Tennis superstar and International Goodwill Ambassador Serena Williams has captured her fourth United States Open championship and fifteenth Grand Slam title. In the final match, held 9 September in New York, Ms. Williams rallied from behind in the third set to overpower top-seeded Victoria Azarenka.
Tennis champion Novak Djokovic visits kindergarten in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia, 20 September 2012 – Tennis champion and UNICEF Ambassador Novak Djokovic visited the Beneath the Linden Trees kindergarten in the village of Lesnica to raise awareness of the importance of investment in early childhood learning.
Children associated with armed groups in the Central African Republic win back their lives
N’DELE, Central African Republic, 17–24 August 2012 - Mustafa* wipes his tears with the green camouflage headscarf he has worn for the past year and a half spent associated with an armed group in the Central African Republic known as Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP). His brother, who is 18 and remains a member of the group, stands in a crowd that has gathered to see Mustafa and two other boys leave. He is visibly emotional about Mustafa’s departure, but he tries to hide it.
Basketball champion Pau Gasol says it’s possible to end malnutrition in the Sahel
Mao and N´Djamena, Chad, 27 August 2012 - Silver medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics, two-time (United States) National Basketball Association champion and UNICEF Spain Ambassador Pau Gasol is in Chad to visit with children and families affected by the food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel.
Live streaming video from space to aid relief and development efforts
GENEVA, Switzerland, 23 July 2012 – High-definition streaming video of the Earth will been used to support humanitarian relief in emergencies, environmental monitoring and development programmes benefiting vulnerable communities around the world.
In Myanmar, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan visits children affected by human trafficking
YANGON, Myanmar, 11 July 2012 – 12-year-old Zaw* is a boy trying to build a future. Life has not always been kind to Zaw, who was trafficked as a young child to Malaysia and then forced to beg in the streets.
In Yemen, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake calls for efforts to improve child nutrition and well-being
SANA'A, Yemen, 10 July 2012 – “Wouldn't you instinctively want to invest in hope more than horror?” These were the words of UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake during his three-day visit to Yemen this week.
Singer and UNICEF Regional Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi visits Tanzania to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and violence against children
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 26 June 2012 – Renowned Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi recently made his first visit to Tanzania as a UNICEF Regional Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa. During his visit, he helped raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and child protection.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo calls for help in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 11 June 2012 – As conditions in the Sahel region of Africa continue to worsen, international recording artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo has added her voice to the movement to save the lives of more than 1 million children under age 5 who are at risk of deadly severe acute malnutrition.
In New York, UN Commission convenes to increase access to life-saving health products for children and women
NEW YORK, USA, 24 May 2012 – The United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children convened in New York this week to finalize recommendations for urgent action to help women and children around the world.
Ewan McGregor issues appeal for the children of the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 21 May 2012 – As aid agencies warn of a major funding shortage for the crisis in the Sahel, actor and UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor has added his voice to those calling for more help for the region.
Podcast #58: Mia Farrow on visiting the crisis-afflicted Sahel region
NEW YORK, USA, 3 May 2012 – Poor harvests, drought and high food prices, combined with increasing insecurity, have pushed the Sahel region into a malnutrition crisis. Some 15 million people in the region are directly affected, including over one million children under age 5 who are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition, a life-threatening condition, this year.
Mia Farrow appeals for aid on behalf of children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 1 May 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has issued an urgent appeal on behalf of a million children in the Sahel whose lives are threatened by severe acute malnutrition
Podcast #57: Pau Gasol on making early childhood a priority
NEW YORK, USA, 27 April 2012 – Sixty-four years ago, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, education was declared a basic human right for everyone, no matter their circumstances, gender, location, religion, language, ethnicity or socio-economic background. Yet, according to UNESCO, 67 million children of primary school age are out of school and being denied the opportunity to fully reach their potential.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo supports World Immunization Week
NEW YORK, USA, 23 April 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo is supporting the first-ever World Immunization Week, an international effort to highlight the importance of immunization.
Selena Gomez calls for life-saving action on behalf of children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 19 April 2012 – Actress, recording artist, designer and UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez is lending her star power to UNICEF’s campaign to save lives in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa.
In DR Congo, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow encourages polio vaccination in reluctant communities
KASAMBONDO VILLAGE/NYUNZU/MUKAWA VILLAGE, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 27 February 2012 – Peddling by hand, Mulasi Huesseini forces her wheelchair through the sand and into the eastern village of Kasambondo. Her friends walk alongside, carrying their babies. One of them also carries Ms. Husseini's 4-month-old son, Lubumba.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Berliner Philharmoniker gives the gift of music to Haitian schools
PORT-AU-PRINCE/JACMEL, Haiti, 23 February 2012 – While the UNICEF truck was being unloaded, dozens of heads peered through the narrow windows of the classrooms. The students from Vision Nouvelle School – which was reconstructed by UNICEF after the 2010 earthquake – were curious about the musical instruments slowly emerging from the truck.
Out of sight, out of reach
AMMAN, Jordan, 23 February 2012 – Half the world’s population now lives in cities. Throughout history, urban life, so concentrated with humanity, has been a catalyst for trade, ideas and opportunities, making cities engines of economic growth. Today, living in a city is widely regarded as the best way to find prosperity and escape poverty. Yet hidden inside cities, wrapped in a cloak of statistics, are millions of children struggling to survive.
In Benin, Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo promotes birth registration to protect children’s rights
COTONOU, Benin, 24 January 2012 – A legal identity is a critical right, one many children in Benin are denied. During a visit to her home country, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo, an internationally renowned singer, advocated for improvements in the birth registration system to guarantee this right for all children.
UNICEF Ambassador Novak Djokovic marks holiday season by supporting children
NEW YORK, USA, 21 December 2011 – World number-one ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic continues to serve up aces for children. The UNICEF National Ambassador to Serbia marked the holiday season by lending his voice and financial support for vulnerable children both in his native Serbia and around the world.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri promotes breastfeeding in Romanian Maternity Hospital
BUCHAREST, Romania, 6 December 2011 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri met with mothers and their newborns at St. Pantelimon Maternity Hospital during a visit to promote the importance of breastfeeding.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow receives Inspiration Award for her humanitarian work
NEW YORK, USA, 3 November 2011 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and internationally acclaimed actress, Mia Farrow, was honoured at the United Nations yesterday where she received the Inspiration Award by the Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists for her humanitarian work, especially in support of children impacted by conflict.
UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, Novak Djokovic, visits an inclusive kindergarten in Smederevo
SMEDEREVO, Serbia, 27 September 2011- UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, Novak Djokovic, recently paid a visit to a unique kindergarten or “Pcelica” in Smederevo, some 50 kilometres south east of the Serbian capital of Belgrade. An excellent example of an inclusive pre-school institution, the kindergarten is attended by the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in the Republic of Serbia, including children with developmental disorders and disabilities and those living in Roma settlements.
In Azerbaijan, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker advocate for the rights of children with disabilities
BAKU, Azerbaijan, 23 September 2011 - On their first ever field trip, four musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visited the shores of the Caspian Sea in Baku, Azerbaijan, to advocate for the rights of children with disabilities.
Tennis star Serena Williams becomes UNICEF's latest Goodwill Ambassador - with a focus on education
NEW YORK, 20 September 2011 - Tennis champion Serena Williams has picked a new partner—the world’s most vulnerable children.
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow issues urgent appeal after visiting Somali refugees
NEW YORK, USA, 30 August 2011 – “Something huge is happening, and it’s terrible,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow after visiting the world’s largest refugee settlement in Dadaab, north-eastern Kenya.
Retiring Chief of HIV/AIDS Jimmy Kolker keeps his eye on the prize: an AIDS-free generation
NEW YORK, USA, 29 August 2011 – Jimmy Kolker, who has headed the HIV and AIDS programme at UNICEF for the past four years, is retiring this week after decades of international public service.
UNICEF celebrates Sir Roger Moore's 20 devoted years as a Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, USA, 8 August 2011 – Tomorrow, 9 August, marks the 20th anniversary of Sir Roger Moore’s service as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and the popular British actor and humanitarian is going strong in his starring role as an advocate for the world’s most vulnerable children.
In new campaign, Goodwill Ambassador Lang Lang urges stronger fight against HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 7 July 2011 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world renowned pianist Lang Lang is using his star power to help raise awareness of the urgency to do more in addressing the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS – especially on the world’s most vulnerable children.
Oliver Mtukudzi unveiled as UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa
HARARE, Zimbabwe, 23 June 2011 – Through his powerful lyrics, renowned Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi has spoken out against stigma, discrimination and abuse of children.
Goodwill Ambassador Shakira inspires Israeli and Palestinian children during school visit
JERUSALEM, 22 June 2011 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and global education advocate Shakira visited the Max Rayne ‘Hand-in-Hand’ School for Bilingual Education in Jerusalem yesterday, meeting with students to talk about the power of education.
Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover visits Cuba to support people of African descent
HAVANA, Cuba, 20 June 2011 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and internationally acclaimed actor Danny Glover visited Havana last week to attend the opening session of the regional workshop entitled ‘Cuba and the Afro-Descendant Peoples of the Americas’.
New UNICEF Ireland Ambassador Rory McIlroy makes Haiti his first humanitarian destination
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 7 June, 2011 – Champion golfer Rory McIlroy made his first official humanitarian trip as a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador this week, visiting newly built schools, a maternal centre, and camps for displaced people in Haiti.
In Algeria, UNICEF Ambassador and football star Madjid Bougherra inspires young people
ALGIERS, Algeria, 7 June 2011 – UNICEF Algeria Ambassador Madjid Bougherra recently visited the country’s second largest city, Oran, where he met with adolescents, youths and representatives of civil society and local authorities.
Goodwill Ambassadors Angélique Kidjo and Mia Farrow honoured for humanitarian work
NEW YORK, USA, 11 May 2011 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Mia Farrow and Angélique Kidjo have been separately honoured for their humanitarian work and commitment to the cause of children with three prestigious awards this week.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yuna Kim donates prize money to Japan quake survivors
SEOUL, Republic of Korea, 4 May 2011 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yuna Kim says she will donate her silver prize money of $27,000 from the World Figure Skating Championships to children affected by the Japanese earthquake.
Liam Neeson becomes UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, USA, 29 March 2011 – Acclaimed actor Liam Neeson has emphasized his commitment to vulnerable children by becoming UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador.
UNICEF Hong Kong Ambassadors' visit raises funds for programmes in remote Liangshan
LIANGSHAN, China, 25 March 2011 – In an ongoing effort to reach the most vulnerable communities, ambassadors Karen Mok and Daniel Chan from the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (HKCU) – along with actress Astrid Chan and UNICEF staff members – visited children and families in Liangshan prefecture late last year.
Olivia Harrison keeps George Harrison's legacy alive on visit to Bangladesh
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 15 March 2011 – Olivia Harrison, founder of the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF and wife of the late musician George Harrison, visited Bangladesh recently with a delegation that included US Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl M. Stern and Apple Corps executive Jonathan Clyde.
Korean Committee for UNICEF mourns death of Goodwill Ambassador Park Wan-suh
SEOUL, Republic of Korea, 28 January 2011 – In the early morning hours of 22 January, the Korean Committee for UNICEF (KCU) sadly lost its beloved Goodwill Ambassador Park Wan-suh to gall bladder cancer. She was 80.
UNICEF and 'Viet Nam’s Next Top Model' form a unique partnership for children
HO CHI MINH CITY, Viet Nam, 21 January 2011 – Finalists of the popular television show ‘Viet Nam’s Next Top Model’ recently paid a visit to a very special pagoda where children affected by HIV and their families are receiving support and counselling from Buddhist monks and nuns. It was their first stop on a tour of UNICEF-supported projects in Viet Nam.
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow urges more help for the world's most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, USA, 11 January 2011 – In a special video message featuring her own powerful photographs, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow urges the world to stay vigilant in reaching the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable children before the 2015 deadline to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.
Musician Habib Koité inaugurated as first-ever UNICEF Mali Ambassador
BAMAKO, Mali, 13 October 2010 – As the remains of a dreary, water-logged afternoon drew to a close last month, a large crowd congregated at the National Museum of Mali for a decidedly sunny purpose: to celebrate musician Habib Koité and his inauguration as the first-ever National Ambassador for UNICEF in Mali.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yuna Kim takes a stand for peace and development
NEW YORK, USA, 17 September 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and international figure skating star Yuna Kim brought a message of hope and commitment to the United Nations in New York today, joining in celebrations of the International Day of Peace and appearing in a new video spot on meeting the needs of the world’s most vulnerable children.
For new UNICEF ambassador in Viet Nam, appointment is a 'life-long dream'
HA NOI, Viet Nam, 23 August 2010 – Internationally renowned model Vu Nguyen Ha Anh has joined the ranks of over 270 national UNICEF ambassadors, increasing public awareness of the rights of children and women.
UNICEF Spain Ambassador and NBA star Pau Gasol visits children in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 26 July 2010 – Los Angeles Lakers basketball star and UNICEF Spain Ambassador Pau Gasol has just spent a week visiting UNICEF-supported education, nutrition and child protection programmes in Ethiopia – and sharing his time with children who live under very difficult conditions here.
UNICEF statistics expert honoured for research on the needs of children affected by AIDS
VIENNA, Austria, 22 July 2010 – When UNICEF statistics expert Dr. Priscilla Akwara looked at the usual ways of assessing a child’s vulnerability in the face of HIV and AIDS, what she saw wasn’t true to her own experience. And so, collaborating with nine co-authors, she became a detective, combing through data to find out which factors can reliably be seen to make a child vulnerable.
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visits Ugandan children affected by conflict
GULU and KOTIDO, Uganda, 16 July 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has made a round of visits to Uganda communities this week, in advance of her participation in the first-ever African Youth Forum, which begins tomorrow in Entebbe.
Olympic Gold Medallist Yuna Kim, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, thanks Haiti donors
NEW YORK, USA, 9 July 2010 – UNICEF is delighted to announce the appointment of international figure-skating star Yuna Kim as its newest Goodwill Ambassador. In a special video message marking her appointment. Ms. Kim thanks donors who have supported a cause she herself holds dear: UNICEF's earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti.
On the ground in Haiti, after the quake
NEW YORK, USA, 9 July 2010 – Kent Page left New York for Port-au-Prince on 20 January, just over a week after the earthquake that shattered Haiti’s most densely populated areas – and the lives of its most vulnerable children. He had been asked to leave his UNICEF headquarters post for a month-long assignment as the agency’s chief media spokesperson in the Haitian capital.
Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi, star footballer, in new video spot on child rights
NEW YORK, USA, 29 June 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel ‘Leo’ Messi, one of the biggest stars in football, has recorded a new public service announcement to raise awareness about children’s rights and promote equity.
Mia Farrow highlights plight of vulnerable children
CONAKRY, Guinea, 11 May 21010—Internationally acclaimed actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has completed a five-day mission to Guinea ahead of next month’s presidential elections.
Maggie Cheung appointed UNICEF Ambassador in China
BEIJING, China, 10 May 2010 – Acclaimed international film star Maggie Cheung has been appointed a UNICEF Ambassador in China.
Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan reflects on her travels on behalf of UNICEF
TOKYO, JAPAN, 22 March 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan – a renowned Asian pop singer, doctor of education and television personality – has made more than a dozen trips to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East since she began working with Japan Committee for UNICEF in1998. Alongside her work with UNICEF, Dr. Chan also promotes peace and lobbies on behalf of women and children’s rights.
Jamaican Olympic gold medallist looks forward to working as a UNICEF Ambassador
KINGSTON, Jamaica, 15 March 2010 – Shelly-Ann Fraser, 23, is the first Jamaican woman to win Olympic gold in the 100 meter dash. Now, she has also achieved a significant first for the children of her country.
New Director of Human Resources helps to build the UNICEF of the future
NEW YORK, USA, 4 February 2010 – UNICEF’s newly appointed Director of Human Resources, Christine Lloyd, majored in geology at university and became fascinated with the dynamic cycles of water flow. When she earned her degree and moved into the workforce, however, Ms. Lloyd’s attention was gradually drawn to the dynamic flow of human talent.
UNICEF rolls out new online recruitment tool
NEW YORK, USA, 21 December 2009 – UNICEF is pleased to announce the launch of UNICEF Employment, a new online recruiting system. Positions will be advertised on the Job Seeker pages at UNICEF.org.
Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addresses Copenhagen panel
NEW YORK, USA, 15 December 2009 – All eyes were on Copenhagen this week as the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 entered its crucial second week. UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addressed – via video message - a distinguished group of UN climate experts at a panel discussion on Monday.
Empowering Climate Ambassadors at the Children's Climate Forum as agents of change
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, 3 December 2009 – At the Children's Climate Forum in Denmark, young people are taking the lead in combining technology and grassroots interaction to find solutions in their work on climate change.
Kazakhstan appoints its first UNICEF Ambassador, artist Batyrkhan Shukenov
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 23 November 2009 – Well known Kazakh artist Batyrkhan Shukenov was named the country's first-ever UNICEF Ambassador during the commemoration last week of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors featured in video spots for child rights
NEW YORK, USA, 9 November 2009 – UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors have joined in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by appearing in public service announcements meant to draw attention to the groundbreaking international human rights covenant. The CRC turns 20 on 20 November.
IKEA Soft Toys embrace children’s right to education
NEW YORK, USA, 6 November 2009 – This holiday season it will once again be possible to give the gift that gives back. IKEA soft toys are now on sale, and proceeds will continue to help support global UNICEF and Save the Children education programmes.
Vanessa Redgrave gives benefit performance to support children in Gaza and southern Israel
NEW YORK, USA, 29 October 2009 – Legendary thespian, tireless advocate for human rights and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Redgrave gave a special benefit performance of ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ this week in New York.
Singer Nancy Ajram appointed UNICEF MENA Regional Goodwill Ambassador
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 23 October 2009 – UNICEF’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) announced today the appointment of Lebanese star Nancy Ajram as the newest Regional Goodwill Ambassador.
Two UNICEF advocates, Queen Rania and Mia Farrow, meet in Jordan
AMMAN, Jordan, 14 October 2009 – Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, UNICEF’s Eminent Advocate for Children, met today with internationally acclaimed actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow.
Angélique Kidjo launches new campaign with Pampers to help eliminate tetanus
PARIS, France, 28 September 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Grammy-winning world music artist Angélique Kidjo has launched ‘Give the Gift of Life’, a new campaign with Pampers to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) by 2012.
H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan joins UNICEF in congratulating young women of Harlem
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2009 – The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem serves students from minority and low-income families. It is a pioneer in all-girl public education, and a model of success.
New UNICEF Chief of Health, Dr. Mickey Chopra, outlines challenges
NEW YORK, USA, 1 September 2009 – One month into his new post as UNICEF Chief of Health and Associate Director of Programmes, Dr. Mickey Chopra has identified relations with regional and international partners as a top priority for his tenure.
UNICEF mourns the loss of Eunice Kennedy Shriver
UNICEF joins with millions of people around the world in mourning the loss of a truly remarkable woman, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who dedicated her life to bring new hope and opportunity to children around the world who live with disabilities.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi celebrates 25 years of service
TOKYO, Japan, 20 May 2009 – With tributes, accolades and video messages from UNICEF’s leadership and a host of dignitaries, Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi recently celebrated a quarter-century of dedicated service to UNICEF and the world’s children.
UNICEF and IKEA Social Initiative support schooling for ethnic minorities in Viet Nam
LAO CAI PROVINCE, Viet Nam, 15 April 2009 – As part of her morning routine, Thao Thi Mao dropped off her young son at the Ban Pho Pre-school, set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern hills of Viet Nam's Lao Cai Province. On this day, she also brought with her a heavy bundle of firewood, to cook the children's lunch.
Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil lends support to hospital serving Gaza
GAZA STRIP, Occupied Palestinian Territory, 17 February 2009 – Egyptian actor and UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa Mahmoud Kabil paid a special visit last week to El-Arish hospital in Egypt, near the Rafah border crossing to Gaza.
A voice for children: Opera star Maria Guleghina joins forces with UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 12 February 2009 – One of opera's most celebrated stars has joined forces with UNICEF to advocate for children's rights.
Orlando Bloom visits Krasnoselky rehabilitation centre in Moscow
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 24 November 2008 – The children at the Krasnoselsky social shelter in Moscow could not believe their eyes when Orlando Bloom, an enthusiastic supporter of UNICEF programmes, stopped in for a visit recently. This was his first visit to Russia.
UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Queen Rania of Jordan, speaks out on abuse
AMMAN, Jordan, 19 November 2008 – Abuse against children takes many forms – violence inflicted upon them or around them; exploitation in factories and fields; trafficking for labour, prostitution, and war; forced marriage and childbearing for little girls who are still just children themselves.
Desmond Tutu makes PSA for 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 20 November 2008 – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu – one of the world's foremost and best known defenders of human rights – has spoken out about the importance of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of its adoption.
On visit to Argentina, Queen Rania of Jordan promotes quality education
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, 23 October 2008 - Children at a UNICEF-supported school in Argentina received a royal visitor this week, when Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan dropped by.
Hayley Westenra, youngest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visits projects in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana, 29 September 2008 - UNICEF Ambassador Hayley Westenra visited Ghana last week to see for herself the critical need for safe water and education for some of the world’s poorest children.
Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow urges tsunami-like response in Haiti’s disaster zones
GONAÏVES, Haiti, 22 September 2008 – Looking down from helicopter at the devastation wrought by a month of hurricanes and catastrophic flooding, actress Mia Farrow made an immediate comparison.
Former child soldier Emmanuel Jal is now a hip hop star with a message of peace
NEW YORK, USA, 25 August 2008 – Over a decade has passed since Sudanese hip hop star Emmanuel Jal was a child soldier. He survived to tell his story and is now an acclaimed international musician with a message of peace.
Jackie Chan and other celebrities attend ‘Champions for Children’ event in Beijing
BEIJING, China, 15 August 2008 – One day after the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, UNICEF China hosted ‘Champions for Children’ – an evening of advocacy for the most vulnerable children in China.
UNICEF Hong Kong Ambassadors show support for children in quake-affected Sichuan
BEIJING, China, 31 July 2008 – Three top celebrities who are also Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF Ambassadors visited earthquake-affected Southwest China’s Sichuan province recently.
Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo brings a message of peace to Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syria, 30 July 2008 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo performed for the 2008 Damascus World Music Festival last week, delivering a message of peace, hope and protection for all children.
UNICEF USA Ambassador Clay Aiken visits Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya, 2 July 2008 – During a five-day visit to the self-declared republic of Somaliland in north-west Somalia, UNICEF USA Ambassador Clay Aiken was moved by the work that UNICEF is doing under challenging circumstances.
Jackie Chan brings a message of peace and harmony to young people of Timor-Leste
DILI, Timor-Leste, 26 June 2008 – On a visit here this week, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan inspired young people in Timor-Leste with a special message about using martial arts as a peaceful, unifying force.
Mia Farrow urges support for ‘abandoned’ families in Central African Republic
NEW YORK, USA, 10 June 2008 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow today described the people of Central African Republic as “without question, the most abandoned people on earth.” She called on the full support of the international community to restore peace in the violence-ravaged country.
Football star and UNICEF Ambassador Ole Gunnar Solskjær visits schools in Angola
LUANDA, Angola, 29 April 2008 – Superstar footballer and UNICEF Norway Goodwill Ambassador Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently visited Angola to witness the educational reconstruction still required in a country devastated by a civil war that ended nearly six years ago.
Reporter’s notebook: David Beckham surprises local footballers in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone 18 January 2008 – A group of Sierra Leonean football players received the surprise of their lives recently, when football star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham joined their informal game at a roadside pitch.
Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits child survival programmes in Sierra Leone
BOMBALI DISTRICT, Sierra Leone, 22 January 2008 – Football star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham recently completed a visit to Sierra Leone, where he travelled with UNICEF representatives to focus attention on the issue of child survival.
Orlando Bloom visits UNICEF programmes for children in Nepal
KASKI AND CHITWAN DISTRICTS, Nepal, 10 January 2008 – Another Hollywood movie star might have felt strange in a remote and impoverished area of Nepal, but actor Orlando Bloom seemed perfectly at ease.
UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children visits AIDS projects in São Paulo
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 10 December 2007 – “I have learned so much from all of the young people that I met and spoke with today. You have inspired me with your optimism, your courage, your determination and your warmth,” said Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Maria Teresa, during the first official field visit in her new capacity as a UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children.
New UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, the Berliner Philharmoniker, performs children's concert
NEW YORK, USA, 5 December 2007 – One of the world’s most renowned orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker, has joined the ranks of UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors. The announcement came during the orchestra’s Rite of Spring project involving more than 100 schoolchildren from New York City public schools this past fall.
South African designer Gavin Rajah creates one-of-a-kind doll to benefit UNICEF
PRETORIA, South Africa, 30 November 2007 – South African couturier and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gavin Rajah has created a high-fashion doll to raise funds in support of UNICEF’s ongoing work.
Roger Federer to speak out on World AIDS Day
NEW YORK, USA, 26 November 2007 – Roger Federer, the Association of Tennis Professionals world number-one tennis player and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, took a break from his whirlwind schedule of tournaments, grand slams and public appearances to record a video message raising awareness about HIV and AIDS.
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman host 'Long Way Down' benefit
LONDON, United Kingdom, 13 November 2007 – After spending three months travelling the 'Long Way Down' through Europe and Africa, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman concluded their 15,000 mile adventure in Cape Town, South Africa in August this year.
Beloved cartoon character Mônica is the newest National Ambassador for UNICEF Brazil
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 8 November 2007 – UNICEF Brazil named a unique new National Ambassador in São Paulo this week – Mônica, the beloved cartoon character who has been capturing the hearts and imagination of children since 1963.
Sir Roger Moore receives Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award for his work with UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 25 October 2007 – “I’ve been an exceedingly lucky actor, and the luck of it all was that I was able to come and work for UNICEF,” said Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore as he received the Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award at a ceremony in New York today.
Sir Roger Moore to receive Hammarskjöld Award for his work with UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 23 October 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore is to receive a prestigious humanitarian award later this week honouring his work to promote the rights of the world’s children.
Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover inspires, and is inspired by, youths in São Paulo
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, 9 October 2007 – “Every day I see children and adolescents holding in their hands an immense potential for transformation,” said Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover during his recent visit to two UNICEF-supported projects in São Paulo, Brazil.
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman praise UNICEF’s work and talk about ‘Long Way Down’
LONDON, United Kingdom, 5 October 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor and his friend and colleague Charley Boorman recently spoke about their pan-African motorbike adventure known as the ‘Long Way Down’.
Nelson Mandela and Executive Director Ann M. Veneman unite for children
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 5 October 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman met with Nelson Mandela today to discuss the importance of partnerships to address children's issues, particularly HIV and AIDS.
In Benin, Angélique Kidjo visits centres for trafficked and abused children
COTONOU, Benin, 4 October 2007 – At the Laura Vicuna Centre for child rehabilitation here in Cotonou, UNICEF Goodwill Angélique Kidjo held in her arms a sobbing Rosine, 13, who had just bravely told her story of abuse.
Jenna Bush celebrates ‘Ana’s Story’ at UNICEF House book launch
NEW YORK, USA, 1 October 2007 – Jenna Bush, who interned with UNICEF in Latin America from September 2006 through May 2007, has drawn from that experience to write ‘Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope’ – a personal account of a girl who struggles to break free from a vicious cycle of abuse, poverty and illness.
UNICEF ambassadors help out during Madagascar’s Mother and Child Health Week
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 7 November 2007 – Late last month, Madagascar held its third national Mother and Child Health Week with the goal of providing more than 4 million mothers and children with life-saving health care.
Footballer Marcel Desailly teaches girls in Ghana about success on and off the field
TAMALE CITY, Ghana, 26 September 2007 – Accomplished football player and Goodwill Ambassador Marcel Desailly recently visited the Northern Region of Ghana with UNICEF to encourage children, especially young girls, to play football and go to school.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Gian Marco Zignago visits shelters in earthquake-ravaged areas of Peru
LIMA, Peru, 14 September 2007 – UNICEF Peru Goodwill Ambassador Gian Marco Zignago recently visited with victims of last month’s devastating earthquake in Pisco, Peru. Mr. Zignago, a popular Peruvian entertainer, listened intently as many children told him of their experiences and their ongoing fears. The singer also shared his own childhood memories of an earthquake.
Angélique Kidjo raises awareness on child rights in her native Benin
SÔ-AVA, Benin, 13 September 2007 – World renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo is in her home country of Benin this week to raise awareness about child rights. As part of her tour, she will visit communities across the nation, talking to leaders and parents about the benefits of education for all – especially girls.
Goodwill Ambassador Marcel Desailly encourages children in Ghana to go to school
SAVELUGU/NANTON DISTRICT, Ghana, 5 September 2007 – UNICEF Ghana recently designated their very first Goodwill Ambassador: accomplished football player Marcel Desailly.
Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman take the ‘Long Way Down’ to support landmine education
NEW YORK, USA, 24 July 2007 – Riding a motorcycle from Northern Scotland all the way to South Africa may not be the most expedient form of travel. But for Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor and UNICEF supporter Charley Boorman, it is the trip of a lifetime – an adventure which is helping to raise funds and awareness for children.
NBA star and Goodwill Ambassador Pau Gasol visits HIV-affected children in Angola
MADRID/LUANDA, Angola, 18 July 2007 — US National Basketball Association superstar and UNICEF Spain Goodwill Ambassador Pau Gasol recently visited Angola to see firsthand the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS and UNICEF’s programmes to support children and families affected by the disease.
Madagascar rap star Name Six appointed first-ever Junior Goodwill Ambassador
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 21 June 2007 – UNICEF has appointed its first-ever Junior Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa in the person of Malagasy rap star Narcisse Randrianarivony, popularly known as Name Six.
First-ever synchronized polio campaign between Namibia, Angola and DR Congo
ONDANGWA, Namibia, 28 June 2007 – When the gates at the border crossing on the Angola-Namibia border open, it's more than trade that can go rushing through. Polio and other diseases need no passports.
UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu visits families displaced by violence in DR Congo
NORTH KIVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 18 June 2007 – UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu has just returned from a trip to war-torn eastern DR Congo, where she witnessed the dire situation of displaced women and children.
In two new films, Vanessa Redgrave shows her passion for human rights
NEW YORK, USA, 6 June 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Vanessa Redgrave took time out from her busy Broadway performance schedule this week to dedicate herself to two causes close to her heart: advocating for a better world for children, and human rights for all.
Queen Rania, Eminent Advocate for Children, visits child health centre in Morocco
FEZ, Morocco, 2 June, 2007 – On the second day of her official trip to the Kingdom of Morocco, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, UNICEF’s Eminent Advocate for Children, took time out to visit the Doukara Health Centre in the heart of one of the country’s most underprivileged neighbourhoods.
Queen Rania, Eminent Advocate for Children, shares Morocco’s successes
FEZ, Morocco, 1 June 2007 – Morocco is committed to the achievement of quality education, protection and a decent life for its children. During an official visit to the Kingdom, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan today witnessed examples of innovative projects being implemented here.
Alla Levonyan appointed UNICEF Armenia Goodwill Ambassador
YEREVAN, Armenia, 26 April 2007 – Renowned Armenian singer, Alla Levonyan, recently joined the ranks of 200 celebrities around the world who have partnered with UNICEF to advocate for children’s rights.
Steinway’s first ‘Lang Lang’ branded piano to benefit AIDS programmes in China
BEIJING, China, 25 April 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and renowned pianist Lang Lang took time out from his busy concert schedule last week to launch his own branded line of pianos at Beijing’s main Steinway & Sons showroom.
UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken visits Afghanistan
NEW YORK, USA, 18 April 2007 – UNICEF National Ambassador Clay Aiken has visited central Afghanistan to see for himself how UNICEF is trying to improve life for children in the region.
Sexual violence afflicts the lives of children at a school in central Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, 13 March 2007 – UNICEF’s recently appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa, the hip-hop star Zola, thought he had seen it all. Born as Bonginkonsi Dlamini in Zola, a crime-ridden neighbourhood in Soweto, South Africa, he grew up surrounded by hunger, poverty, violence and guns.
Mia Farrow visits conflict-afflicted Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 13 February, 2007 – In a rapidly arranged ceremony, President François Bozizé awarded UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow a presidential Medal of Honour in recognition of her services to his nation.
UNICEF mourns the loss of Iraq staff member Janan Jabero, 1954-2007
AMMAN, Jordan, 10 January 2007 – On the last day of 2006, UNICEF staff engineer Janan Jabero, 52, left his house in Baghdad to go see a friend. He never made it. Several days later, his family and colleagues learned that he had been found shot to death in his car.
Danish photographer Jan Grarup wins top prize in UNICEF Photo of the Year competition
BERLIN, Germany, 19 December 2006 – Danish photographer Jan Grarup is the winner of the UNICEF Photo of the Year international competition held by the German National Committee for UNICEF.
Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer sees tsunami recovery progress in Tamil Nadu
CUDDALORE, India, 22 December 2006 – Just days before the second anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, tennis great and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer visited Tamil Nadu, India, witnessing firsthand the progress made to help tsunami-affected communities ‘build back better’.
‘Wake Up World’: Vanessa Redgrave documentary traces UNICEF’s history
NEW YORK, USA, 7 December 2006 – Vanessa Redgrave is widely considered one of the finest actors of her generation. She is equally well known as a passionate activist in the cause of children and an advocate of peace, tolerance and reconciliation. In June 1995, she was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Rock-and-roll benefit concerts: Music to UNICEF’s ears
NEW YORK, USA, 7 December 2006 – UNICEF has started many trends over the years. One of the most influential – the rock-and-roll benefit concert – began in 1971, when George Harrison and Ravi Shankar teamed up with UNICEF to raise money for children and families fleeing the war in what was then East Pakistan.
Tennis ace Serena Williams supports Ghana’s biggest health campaign
NUNGUA-ZONGO, Ghana, 6 November 2006 – For families across Ghana, yesterday was the day to get their young children immunized against deadly childhood diseases, boost their immunity against illness and receive free mosquito nets to help prevent malaria. It was the conclusion of the country’s week-long national integrated child health campaign, the largest such effort in Ghana to date.
UNICEF mourns loss of Rainer Gross, a tireless advocate for child nutrition
NEW YORK, USA, 3 October 2006 – UNICEF is mourning the untimely loss of its Chief of Nutrition, Dr. Rainer Gross, 61, who died on 30 September.
Miss Ghana joins hands with UNICEF to advance child health and nutrition
GHANA, 2 October 2006 – I was elected Ghana’s beauty queen last year, but long before that moment, I knew that being Miss Ghana would be far more than just a title for me. The honour and privilege of winning the contest put me in a unique position to spend my time in service to others.
Shakira launches UNICEF regional campaign to protect children from violence
NEW YORK, USA, 7 November 2006 – At San Salvador’s Sports Palace, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and singer-songwriter Shakira greeted thousands of Salvadoran students who took part in a march against violence on Sunday.
Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s ‘Feder-bear’ makes its debut
NEW YORK, USA, 8 September 2006 – With his bid for a third consecutive U.S. Open championship in full swing, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer has served up an ace for children everywhere. ATP, governing body of professional tennis, has announced that the ‘Feder-bear’ Beanie Baby® will be available for purchase this holiday season.
Tennis ace Roger Federer stars in video spot for HIV/AIDS campaign
NEW YORK, USA, 29 August 2006 – His bid for glory at the U.S. Open begins tomorrow, but Roger Federer has already served up an ace in the fight against AIDS with the release of a new public service announcement for UNICEF.
Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi visits children affected by conflict in Côte d’Ivoire
NEW YORK, USA, 22 June 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi has concluded a visit to Côte d’Ivoire, where she experienced firsthand the situation facing Ivorian children afflicted by civil conflict, including former child soldiers.