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|Italian National Committee President Giovanni Micali (left) and UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy (right) officially open the new office of the Italian National Committee.|
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ROME, 13 November 2004 – The Italian National Committee for UNICEF today celebrated its 30th anniversary. Founded in 1974, UNICEF Italy has become the third largest source of financial support for UNICEF among all of the National Committees.
At a ceremony held to observe the occasion, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said: “The bond between Italy and UNICEF goes back to the aftermath of World War II, when UNICEF’s largest programme was providing over a million Italian school children with a daily ration of milk.”
“The special blend of advocacy and fundraising is typical of our Committee,” said the Italian National Committee President, Giovanni Micali. “We have created a vast network of alliances for children in Italy, with more than 100 local committees, 500 Mayors, 2,300 volunteers, and 300,000 donors.”
UNICEF Italy is one of the 37 National Committees based in industrialized countries, which raise funds for UNICEF and advocate on behalf of children.
“Today, it is the Italian people who have risen to the challenge of ensuring the rights of children globally, particularly in the least developed countries,” added Ms. Bellamy. “I am also grateful to the Italian Government for their support to UNICEF. It’s a partnership that I truly cherish.”
Present at the anniversary event were members of the Italian Parliament, government officials, NGOs, donors, representatives of volunteers and children from all over Italy. Participants had the opportunity to view a photo exhibit depicting the 30-year history and growth of the Italian National Committee.
As part of the ceremony, Ms. Bellamy and Mr. Micali officially opened the new office of the Italian National Committee.