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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jyrki Linnankivi to visit Nicaragua

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Goodwill Ambassador Jyrki Linnankivi will be visiting Nicaragua on January 14-18, 2013. Known as Jyrki 69, Mr. Linnankivi is the vocalist of Finnish rock band The 69 Eyes.

He will visit the projects implemented by UNICEF Nicaragua and its counterparts in the framework of the programme to protect and respond to victims of commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

MANAGUA, January 11, 2013 - United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador Jyrki Linnankivi will be visiting Nicaragua on January 14-18, 2013. Known as Jyrki 69, Mr. Linnankivi is the vocalist of Finnish rock band "The 69 Eyes."

Jyrki Linnankivi will be accompanied by members of the Finnish Committee for UNICEF with the aim of learning about UNICEF’s work supporting the Government of Nicaragua in preventing commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking. This will take him to the cities of Managua, Granada, Bluefields and Pearl Lagoon.

This will be the first time that Nicaragua has been visited by a Goodwill Ambassador. According to the UNICEF Representative in Nicaragua, Philippe Barragne-Bigot, “Goodwill Ambassadors give a voice to those who don’t have one. The objective of Jyrki’s visit is for him to return and transmit a message to the people of Finland and the Nordic countries of Europe on the advances in compliance with child and adolescent rights, the challenges still pending, and the possibility of collaborating to reduce the existing gaps.”

As part of the visit, the Goodwill Ambassador will hold a meeting with adolescents and young people who have been victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. It is also planned to hold informative sessions with the National Coalition for the Fight against Human Trafficking, local and regional authorities, and nongovernmental organizations.

In 2013, UNICEF Nicaragua is initiating a new Cooperation Programme that will last until 2017, including actions linked to the prevention of violence and the protection of children and adolescents. Employing an equity-based approach, UNICEF has identified 24 municipalities with higher rates of poverty and inequality located in the country’s northern regions and North and South Atlantic Autonomous Regions.


Born in Helsinki in 1968, Jyrki Linnankivi (also known as Jyrki 69) has been the lead singer of Finnish rock band The 69 Eyes for over two decades.

The 69 Eyes has a loyal following and has produced ten albums—the latest, titled “X”, released in September 2012. Their albums have gone gold and platinum and the band has been on an extensive world tour.

In 2010, the band received an Emma award from the Finnish Music Industry for its contribution to the exportation of Finnish music. Its international sales total over a million discs.

Jyrki Linnankivi has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Finland since 2005, focusing on the fight against the trafficking of children and against HIV/AIDS. Prior to coming to Nicaragua, he has made two visits to Kenya.

In 2006, Mr. Linnankivi received an Outstanding Young Person of the World award from the Junior Chamber International (JCI) in Seoul, South Korea.

For more information:
Olga Moraga, omoraga@unicef.org, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Nicaragua, Tel. 2268-0687 y 88 Ext.302, Cel. 8851-7782
Giselle Alemán, gvalemanayala@unicef.org, Communication Officer, UNICEF Nicaragua, Tel. 2268-0687 Ext. 372

The 69 Eyes: “Red” – music video, 2012
Jyrki 69 on Fox New’s Red Eye TV show – USA, 2009:

The 69 Eyes fan pages

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org/lac.





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