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Nominees sought for children’s Advocate Awards

NEW YORK, 1 March 2007 - UNICEF is calling for nominations on behalf of the 2007 World of Children Awards, which honor people throughout the world who take extraordinary steps to advance the rights and well-being of children.

Given by the U.S.-based organization World of Children, Inc., the awards aim to bring international acclaim and attention to people and organizations making a difference for children.  
Created in 1998, the World of Children Awards now include three categories:

1. World of Children Health Award - recognizes an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to children in the fields of health, medicine or the sciences. This person will have created, managed or otherwise supported a sustainable program(s) which has significantly contributed to the health and well-being of children.  [$50,000 award]

2. World of Children Humanitarian Award - recognizes an individual who has made a significant lifetime contribution to children in the areas of social services, education or humanitarian services. This person will have contributed to children's opportunities to learn and to grow.  [$50,000 award]

3. World of Children Founder's Award - recognizes a young person under the age of 21, who is making extraordinary contributions to the lives of other children.   In 2007, WOC will recognize two youths.   [$15,000 to each youth awardees]

For more information about the awards, past awardees and/or to submit an individual for nomination (which can be completed on-line or mailed in), please visit the World of Children web site: www.WorldofChildren.org 

Please note that the deadline for nominations is FRIDAY, May 4, 2007


UNICEF is 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.

For further information, please contact:

Kate Donovan, Communications Officer, UNICEF NY: Tel + 1 212 326 7452; Email kdonovan@unicef.org

World of Children Office - 614/328-7008; fax 614/328-7009.  suzan@WorldofChildren.org




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