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At a glance: Spain


Pau Gasol visits Syrian refugee children in Iraq
DOMIZ CAMP, Iraq, 30 July 2013 – Two-time NBA champion Lakers player and UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003 Pau Gasol has returned today from visiting Domiz, a refugee camp in Iraq that provides shelter to more than 45,000 Syrian refugees who have fled their country seeking safety from the deadly conflict. Upon arriving in Barcelona, he offered a press conference to share his experience in what was his fifth visit to the field as a UNICEF Spain Ambassador.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football star Leo Messi campaigns for an end to preventable child deaths
NEW YORK, United States of America, 14 December 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and football star Leo Messi makes an urgent plea to strengthen efforts in child survival to save the lives of thousands of children dying every year from preventable causes.

FC Barcelona and UNICEF strengthen their shared commitment to children's sports and education
BARCELONA, Spain, 11 May 2012 – In an event held yesterday at Camp Nou, the stadium of legendary football team FC Barcelona (FCB), the FC Barcelona Foundation and UNICEF reaffirmed their promise to work together to improve the lives of millions of children through sports and education.

On Texas visit, FC Barcelona stars celebrate renewed partnership with UNICEF
DALLAS, Texas, USA, 8 August 2011 – Appearing before an audience of pint-sized fans, soccer stars David Villa and Thiago Alcántara of Football Club Barcelona came prepared to be questioned.

Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi, star footballer, in new video spot on child rights
NEW YORK, USA, 29 June 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel ‘Leo’ Messi, one of the biggest stars in football, has recorded a new public service announcement to raise awareness about children’s rights and promote equity.

FC Barcelona star Leo Messi is newest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
BARCELONA, Spain, 11 March 2010 – Lionel ‘Leo’ Messi, one of FC Barcelona’s bright young stars – and a member of the Argentine national football team – joined the ranks of celebrated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors today.

Spain’s ‘El País Semanal’ issues special photo edition on child rights
MADRID, SPAIN, 19 November 2009 – For the past six months, Spanish photographer Isabel Muñoz has been traveling around the world, taking photos of children.

UNICEF and FC Barcelona champion vulnerable children in new photo exhibit
NEW YORK, USA, 11 June 2009 – Fresh from their 2009 Champions League victory, Futbol Club Barcelona yesterday launched a photography exhibition to raise awareness about the team's other passion – the lives of young people living with HIV.

Manchester United and FC Barcelona: Football rivals unite against AIDS
ROME, Italy, 27 May 2009 – The eyes of the world will be on Rome as our two clubs, Manchester United and FC Barcelona meet in the UEFA Champions League Final for the first time in our histories.

Manchester United and FC Barcelona join forces for UNICEF and the fight against AIDS
BARCELONA, Spain, 23 April 2008 – They are fierce competitors on the football pitch, playing in front of millions of fans and television viewers. But just before the match that took place at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, both Manchester United and Football Club Barcelona put aside their rivalries to join UNICEF and the Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign.

In partnership with UNICEF, delegates from Fútbol Club Barcelona visit Swaziland
NKAMBENI, Swaziland, 13 December 2007 – A ball made from plastic bags is not among the usual equipment used by professional footballers. However, that didn’t stop members of the renowned Fútbol Club Barcelona from joining in a pickup game with children at a 'Neighbourhood Care Point' for orphans and vulnerable children during a two-day visit to Swaziland earlier this month.

In Japan, FC Barcelona raises AIDS awareness and support for children at risk
YOKOHAMA, Japan, 9 August 2007 – Thousands of FC Barcelona fans walked into Nissan Stadium earlier this week dressed in their team jerseys, eager to see football stars such as Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o and the squad’s latest addition, Thierry Henry, in action.

In South Africa, FC Barcelona and friendly rivals score new goals for children
PRETORIA, South Africa , 22 June 2007 – There was Spanish flamenco dancing, African drumming and the unique trumpeting of the South African ‘vuvuzela’ or air horn – called football’s beautiful noise here.

FC Barcelona wins prestigious sports award for UNICEF partnership
BARCELONA, Spain, 3 April 2007 – Sports stars and legends took centre stage last night at the Laureus Sports Awards held in Barcelona. Among the honourees was the president of football club FC Barcelona, Joan Laporta, who was presented with the Spirit of Sport Award in recognition of the partnership with UNICEF to benefit children across the developing world affected by HIV/AIDS.

Uganda Kids League in exhibition match with FC Barcelona cadet team
BARCELONA, Spain, 2 February 2007 – Amongst the TV cameras and photographers, 16 boys from Uganda shivered in the cold and rain but waited patiently. When the moment arrived, they walked out onto the pitch in Camp Nou – the stadium of Football Club Barcelona – and the crowd roared in appreciation.

UNICEF e-greetings: New, improved and great for last-minute holiday wishes
NEW YORK, USA, 20 December 2006 - After a successful first year, UNICEF’s electronic greetings service, available online at www.unicef-shop.com, has undergone several improvements for this holiday season.

Spanish footballers ‘keep the promise’ to children for World AIDS Day
BARCELONA, Spain, 5 December 2006 – More than 20 football teams, including FC Barcelona and FC Real Madrid, took part in a massive display of solidarity for children affected by HIV and AIDS this past weekend.

Executive Director accepts Asturias humanitarian award on UNICEF’s behalf
NEW YORK, USA, 20 October 2006 – In a moving ceremony in northern Spain today, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman accepted the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord.

UNICEF wins Asturias humanitarian award for work on behalf of children
NEW YORK, USA, 14 September 2006 – UNICEF has been awarded the ‘Nobel Prize’ of the Latin world for its 60 years of working to save and improve children’s lives. The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord is one of the most prestigious recognitions of humanitarian achievement.

FC Barcelona-UNICEF alliance kicks off with help for children affected by HIV
NEW YORK, USA, 7 September 2006 – Futbol Club Barcelona kicked off a new global alliance with UNICEF today at a press conference in New York. The partnership, benefiting children across the developing world, will focus on those affected by HIV/AIDS in Swaziland during its first year.

MADRID, Spain, 23 June 2006 – UNICEF’s Spanish National Committee launched its UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign yesterday with the help of international superstar and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira.




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