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Queen Rania becomes UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children at the World Economic Forum

DAVOS, 26 January 2007 – UNICEF and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah signed an agreement at the World Economic Forum in Davos today naming the Queen of Jordan as UNICEF’s first ever Eminent Advocate for Children.

“Her Majesty Queen Rania has been a tireless champion for children,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, who signed the agreement with Queen Rania.  “This title recognizes her steadfast commitment to creating a better world for children.”

As Eminent Advocate, Queen Rania will work to raise awareness of children’s issues and promote achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, which are directly related to the health, education and well-being of children.

Queen Rania, as Eminent Advocate, will work together with UNICEF and other partners to mobilize resources and develop policy to improve the lives of children.

“For the millions of children whose voices are not being heard, let us commit to take a stand, and take a step, and make real strides for child survival and education," said Queen Rania. "I am convinced that transformational change is just the sum of many small steps – footprints marking a path ahead where none existed before."

Queen Rania is an active supporter of UNICEF and its programmes in Jordan, in the Arab world and globally. Queen Rania has accompanied UNICEF to earthquake zones in Pakistan, where she delivered needed supplies, and to learning centres in India.  A member of the UNICEF Global Leadership Initiative for Children, Queen Rania is a renowned advocate for child protection, supporting several initiatives for children and youth. She has been instrumental in expanding Early Childhood Development in Jordan, promoting access as well as gender parity in schools, and encouraging excellence in education.

UNICEF is on the ground in 156 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, please contact:

Angela Hawke, UNICEF Media NY, 1 212-326-7269, e-mail:  ahawke@unicef.org

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media NY, 1 212 326 7452, e-mail: kdonovan@unicef.org





26 January 2007:
H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan, UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, takes part in the first-ever panel of young people to be held at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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