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UNICEF celebrates goodwill partners to mark its 70th anniversary

 Accra, 14 December 2016 – UNICEF commemorated 70 years of tireless work for children on Sunday, the 11th of December. To mark this anniversary, UNICEF Ghana brought together influential goodwill partners it has been working with to advocate for children.

 

As it launched the Child Poverty and Equity Campaign this year, UNICEF partnered personalities such as Noella Wiyaala, Rebecca Acheampong, Ameyaw Debrah, Francisca Forson and Gary Al-Smith. These personalities are influential particularly on social media and have taken a step to advocate for Ghana’s most vulnerable to help spark conversation and drive change through their various platforms.

 

The celebration brought together the above named personalities, as well as media personalities like Jamila Okertchiri of Daily Guide, Winifred Affum of Ghana Television and Gabriel Ashong of Metro Television who through their platforms have contributed to making the issue of sanitation in Ghana a principal part of the country’s agenda.

 

"It’s been great working with UNICEF so far but there’s more work to be done though. I say thank you to UNICEF for the experience.”,” said UNICEF Goodwill Partner, Gary Al-Smith.”

 

“It’s amazing how further we can get when we collaborate. We have been able to reach a wide range of people through our goodwill partners as well as inspire young people particularly to talk about the issues that affect them and drive change in their communities.”, said Susan Namondo Ngongi, UNICEF Ghana Representative.

 

The meeting with the goodwill partners is also aimed at sharing ideas on future collaboration to continue to raise awareness and advocate for the protection of children’s rights to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

 

“UNICEF was established to bring help and hope to children whose lives and futures were at risk.  Our mission is no less urgent today,” said Mr. Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, to mark the 70th Anniversary. “As UNICEF gives children hope, children are the world’s hope for a better future -- for all of us.”

 

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Notes to Editors:

 

UNICEF was established in 1946 by the United Nations to safeguard the lives of children struggling to survive in the aftermath of World War II, and in doing so, help rebuild destroyed societies and restore hope for a better future.

Today, the organization continues to work tirelessly in the world’s toughest places to bring life-saving aid and long-term support to children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crises, poverty, inequality and discrimination. 

 

Immense progress for children has been achieved in recent decades. Since 1990, the number of children dying before their fifth birthday halved and hundreds of millions of children have been lifted out of poverty. Out-of-school rates among primary-school-aged children have reduced by more than 40 per cent between 1990 and 2014.

 

Despite significant progress, too many children are being left behind because of their gender, race, religion, ethnic group or disability; because they live in poverty or in hard-to-reach communities; or simply because they are children.

 

UNICEF’s commemoration of its 70th anniversary includes:

 

· The publication of a new book, For Every Child, Hope: UNICEF@70 1946-2016, which captures 70 years of the organization’s work for the most vulnerable children;

· The launch of a new global institutional identity under the umbrella concept, UNICEF for every child, that underscores the universality of UNICEF’s mandate and the urgent need to reach the most vulnerable and excluded children; and

· The relaunch of UNICEF’s global and local website, www.unicef.org,


About UNICEF

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. 

 

For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

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For further information, please contact:

Innocent Kafembe,Communication Officer, UNICEF Ghana, Tel: +233 261 701 779, ikafembe@unicef.org

 

 
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