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UNICEF Ambassadors Agnes Chan, Jackie Chan in duet for children

NEW YORK, 7 March 2006 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan Monday evening launched her debut United States album, Forget Yourself, (Bungalo/UMVD) at a live performance hosted by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman.

Ms. Chan is dedicating the proceeds from the song "It’s a Wonder", recorded with another UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and film superstar Jackie Chan, to UNICEF in honour of the 60th anniversary of UNICEF. She is also dedicating a portion of the album’s earnings toward UNICEF’s work for children.

Ms. Chan performed "It’s a Wonder" onstage at UNICEF headquarters, crooning to a Jackie Chan stand-in. Mr. Chan was unable to attend, but he sent a video message of solidarity. The songs on the album were inspired by the children Agnes met during numerous missions on behalf of UNICEF, from Sudan to the Philippines to Ethiopia.

“Those who have been familiar with Agnes Chan’s work on behalf of UNICEF know that she has been a tireless and dedicated advocate for children, particularly children whose lives have been turned upside-down by conflict” said Ms. Veneman. She has traveled the world and seen the ravages of war firsthand and helped comfort its most innocent victims.”

In 1998, Ms. Chan was appointed ambassador for the Japan National Committee for UNICEF. Since then she has traveled to Sudan, Timor Leste, Cambodia, Iraq, the Philippines, and the Republic of Moldova helping to raise visibility and millions of dollars for children. She also lobbies for legislation protecting children, participates in workshops and teach-ins and promotes peace building in all of her work.

As an author of many books for children, Agnes had hoped for many years to tell about children and their rights through music. In 1999, she met Robbie Seidman and a musical collaboration began that culminated in the 10 songs of the album.

“Every one of the children that I had met needed to be heard and had a story that begged to be told,” Ms. Chan said. “Awareness is the most important thing that I can contribute to the fight for children’s rights.”

Both Agnes Chan and Jackie Chan (no relation) are major pop stars in Asia. Ms. Chan’s first single was the number one single in Hong Kong’s pop music history and Mr. Chan has released 20 albums since 1984. She has been a television personality, author of more than 70 books and an academic, with a Ph.D from Stanford University in education. She is married and has three boys.


For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 155 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.

Attention broadcasters: B-roll of the event will be available on www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef

For further information, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, tel: 212 326 7452, e-mail: kdonovan@unicef.org

Paula Witt, Shore Fire Media, tel: 718-522-7171 x 26, e-mail: pwitt@shorefire.com





7 March 2006:
UNICEF correspondent Rachel Bonham Carter reports on the launch of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan’s new album at UNICEF HQ.

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7 March 2006:
UNICEF correspondent Blue Chevigny reports on UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan’s performance at UNICEF HQ in New York for the launch of her new album ‘Forget Yourself’.
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