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Nana Mouskouri: 10 years as Goodwill Ambassador

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(Left-right) Ms. Mouskouri listens to a tribute being given by UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautum. Beside him are Ms. Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and Andre Chapelle, husband of Ms. Mouskouri.

NEW YORK, 27 October 2003 – UNICEF today marks 10 years of one of its hardest working and best-loved global Goodwill Ambassadors, Greek singer and songwriter Nana Mouskouri.

“Nana’s tireless work, the hundreds of acts of kindness and generosity she has made on behalf of children everywhere over the last ten years is proof that one person can make a difference,” said Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director.  “We are profoundly grateful to Nana for her remarkable achievements and contributions.”

As Nana moves into her 10th year as Goodwill Ambassador, her ceaseless activities continue.  She will be present as UNICEF celebrates the 50th anniversary of the appointment of the first Goodwill Ambassador, Comedian Danny Kaye, in a star-studded gala dinner in Los Angeles on 3 December 2003.

Since becoming a UNICEF Special Representative for the Performing Arts, Mouskouri has helped promote UNICEF fundraising and greeting card campaigns in Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.  She appeals to her audiences in concerts, television and press interviews to support UNICEF’s programmes for children.  She has also made generous financial contributions to projects in Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda and Viet Nam.

Other highlights of Mouskouri’s career include:

  •  1994 – In Mexico visited several health and education projects.
  •  1995 – Visited UNICEF-supported projects in Chile.
  •  1996 – Mouskouri celebrated UNICEF’s 50th anniversary commemoration at the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations.
  •  1998 – Spoke out on behalf of children in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Denmark, Geneva, Greece and Canada.
  •  2000 – Actively supported National Committees in advocacy and fundraising work; participated in Child Forum II in Tallin, Estonia. 
  • 2001 – Fundraising and advocacy work in Australia, Greece Hong Kong, Morocco, Switzerland and the United States.
  •  2002 – Participated in the second Gathering of Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors, along with 43 other celebrities.

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For further information and b-roll, please contact:
Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media,
tel: 212 326 7452, e-mail: kdonovan@unicef.org

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