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Children to ‘take over’ United Nations Headquarters on World Children’s Day

High-profile children, UN Secretary-General, UNICEF Executive Director and other special guests will speak up for children's rights at November 20 event

WHO: High-profile supporters including:
• Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General
• Mr. Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
 Isabela Moner, 16-year-old star of Transformers: The Last Knight and Nickelodeon
• Chloe x Halle, singers, songwriters and musicians
• Dafne Keen, 12-year-old star of Logan
• Zari, star of the local Afghan version of Sesame Street, and Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Global Impact, Sesame Workshop
• Jaden Michael, 14-year-old African-American star of Wonderstruck and activist
• Basel Al Rashdan and Nanse Mohand Ghanan, 12 and 11-year-old Syrian refugee children living in Canada and USA, respectively
• Emmanuel Elisha Ford, 16-year-old Guyanese-American disabilities activist
• Fatoumata Cisse, 13-year-old NYC Junior Ambassador and climate activist
• Lathitha Beyile, 13-year-old South African activist

WHAT: World Children’s Day event at the United Nations. UNICEF will bring together high-profile supporters, influencers and special guests alongside children who represent some of the world’s most vulnerable to speak out to the international community on issues that matter to them the most.

WHEN/WHERE: Monday 20 November 2017
Blue carpet photo call from 09.00am – 09:45am ET in the United Nations' East Foyer. Media should arrive at 08:30am.

The ‘takeover’ event from 10:00am – 11.30am at the United Nations’ ECOSOC Chamber, 2nd floor, Conference Building, United Nations, NY. 

Limited space available for media. Please confirm your interest in attending as soon as possible. Only press accredited by UNICEF and the UN will be able to attend. Please contact Yemi Lufadeju, UNICEF, + 1 917 213 4034, glufadeju@unicef.org

WHY: Despite tremendous progress over the past decades, according to the latest data: 385 million children live in extreme poverty; 264 million children and youth are out of school; 5.6 million children under the age of five died last year from preventable causes. On November 20 – the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – children around the world will raise their voices in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.  


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For more information, please contact: Helen Wylie, UNICEF New York, +1 917 265 4516 / +1 917 244 2215, hwylie@unicef.org





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