Tbilisi, 26 September 2019. UNICEF Georgia re-appoints famous Georgian composer, a conductor and artistic director of the National Philharmonic Orchestra Nikoloz Rachveli as UNICEF’s National Ambassador in Georgia, with a special focus on advocating for the rights of children with disabilities, ending violence against children and promoting child rights. Nikoloz Rachveli will hold a status of the National Ambassador for the following two years. The National Philharmonic Orchestra will also become UNICEF’s supporter. The special concert will be organized on 1 October by Nikoloz Rachveli and the National Philharmonic Orchestra dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
"Since its adoption 30 years ago, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has been helping in changing positively children's lives”, said Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “However, the Convention is not fully implemented or widely understood. The 30th anniversary we are commemorating this year provides a unique opportunity for countries to reaffirm their commitment to fully implement the Convention for the 21st century child. In realizing every right for every child, partnerships are essential. We are delighted to continue working with Nikoloz Rachveli in his role as UNICEF National Ambassador in Georgia. He has actively been supporting UNICEF through amplifying our messages that all children should be protected from violence, enjoy equal rights and live in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. Thanks to Nikoloz and the National Philarmonic Orchestra for their efforts in promoting child rights”.
“I am extremely happy to continue acting as UNICEF National Ambassador in Georgia”, said Nikoloz Rachveli. “It is first of all a huge responsibility and it is my honor to advocate for the children in Georgia hand-in-hand with UNICEF.”
To commemorate the partnership, as well as the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Nikoloz Rachveli and the National Philharmonic Orchestra will dedicate their new season and the concert of 1st October at the State Opera Theatre to child rights. A 10-year-old prodigy pianist Tsotne Zedginidze will also perform during the concert – for the first time in his life he will play on a large stage, with the orchestra.
UNICEF has carried out a number of activities to commemorate 30-year anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child since June. Lectures in various Universities on child rights, seminars for religious workers, public events, hackathon for young people and policy dialogues have been conducted and the final event will be organized on 20 November.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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