Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, an ardent and outspoken advocate for the world's children, was appointed UNICEF's first Eminent Advocate for Children in January 2007.
Queen Rania has long been an active supporter of UNICEF and its programmes in Jordan and around the world. She has travelled with UNICEF to earthquake zones in Pakistan, learning centres in India and schools in Argentina, Brazil and Morocco, to emphasize the importance of providing all children – especially girls – with quality education.
When international crises threaten the safety of children, Queen Rania is known for speaking out publicly and passionately. Soon after the Gaza conflict broke out in late 2008, for example, she warned that "our humanity is incomplete when children, irrespective of nationality, are victims of military operations."