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Myung-Whun Chung, appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

© Philippe Rigault- UNICEF France
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Myung Whun Chung is warmly welcomed by over 800 children, at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France in Paris.
PARIS, 7 April 2008 – Myung-Whun Chung, director of Radio-France’s Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the world’s most renowned conductors, was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador today.

The announcement was made during a ceremony that brought together 800 children in the premises of Radio France’s headquarters in Paris, where Radio France’s Philharmonic Orchestra played the Concerto for Orchestra by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.

Myung-Whun Chung, who along with Radio-France’s Philharmonic Orchestra, has been UNICEF France ambassador since September 2007, declared that he was honoured and delighted by this new distinction.

“We musicians have the same goals as UNICEF,” he said. “UNICEF works to provide children with education and care and to ensure that their rights are respected. For us musicians, music is not just a right, it can help improve a child’s development and education as well as allowing them to dream.”

Myung-Whun Chung’s appointment as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador is an acknowledgment of his commitment to children’s issues.

“The right to play and the right of each child to develop to their full potential are part of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Music and art are part of these rights,” said Hans Olsen, deputy director of UNICEF Geneva’s Regional Office in charge of National Committees. “UNICEF is happy to have such a prestigious Ambassador and Orchestra committed to children’s welfare.”

“Myung-Whun Chung makes music reachable to everyone. A message of hope and future for all children is delivered through the core of this project mastered by a prestigious conductor and orchestra”, said Jacques Hintzy, President of UNICEF French National Committee.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 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:

Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1-212-362-7162, nmekki@unicef.org
Veronique Taveau, UNICEF Genève, + 41 22 909 57 16, vtaveau@unicef.org




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