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UNICEF's corporate partnerships

International partnerships: IZA

In January 2010, UNICEF and the International Zinc Association (IZA) announced the launch of the ‘Zinc Saves Kids’ initiative, in which IZA has committed to raise a minimum of US$3 million over a 3-year period from the global zinc community. The campaign will involve IZA member companies, zinc industry customer groups, suppliers and employees.

The funds will be used to support zinc supplementation programs in Nepal, Peru and other countries for children under the age of five who are most impacted by micronutrient deficiencies. The provision of zinc supplements for children suffering from diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria can aid a quick recovery, prevent future episodes and save the lives of children.

By partnering with the organization dedicated to the interests of zinc and its users at a global level, UNICEF is also able to access a powerful platform to engage in a dialogue, raise awareness and facilitate the adoption of enhanced business practices around child-rights issues across the whole industry rather than through individual companies.

Read more about the initiative on www.zincsaveskids.org

© Davos / 2010 / IZA

Launch in Davos, Switzerland
On 27 January 2010, Don Lindsay, Chairman of the IZA and President and CEO of Teck Resources, presented UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman with a check on behalf of IZA for US $1.66 million at the 2010 World Economic Forum.

“Scaling up the use of therapeutic zinc could prevent an estimated 300,000 diarrhea-associated child deaths annually,” said Ann Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director. “This initiative will expand delivery of zinc supplementation to children in the world’s poorest and most remote communities.”

“Children are our greatest resource, and our industry is committed to working with UNICEF to raise the awareness of zinc deficiency in children worldwide and to raise funds to help solve the problem,” said Mr. Lindsay.

In recognition of the importance of this cause, the Clinton Global Initiative recently endorsed IZA’s Zinc and Nutrition initiatives. The Clinton Global Initiative is a group started by President Clinton that includes world leaders and executives and has raised billions for social causes.

This first donation marked the launch of the ‘Zinc Saves Kids’ initiative. Funds have already been allocated to Nepal and Peru.

About IZA
The International Zinc Association (IZA) – www.zinc.org - is a non profit organization representing the global zinc industry by promoting zinc’s essentiality in present and potential product applications, human health and crop nutrition and by highlighting zinc’s contribution to sustainable development. IZA conducts programs in Technology & Market Development, Environment & Sustainable Development and Communications.  IZA has been active in Zinc and Nutrition efforts by supporting scientific research, publishing information materials and holding conferences. IZA also supports the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group.

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