UNICEF appoints Mr Majid Al-Usaimi as First National Ambassador from the United Arab Emirates
Dubai, 25 January 2021 - UNICEF announced in a press conference and ceremony held here today the appointment of Mr Majid Al-Usaimi as its first National Ambassador from the United Arab Emirates.
Mr Majid Al-Usaimi’s appointment as UNICEF National Ambassador follows decades of work for children in the UAE and in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia regions through his leadership positions and commitment to child rights.
He is currently President of the Asian Paralympic Committee, Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Club for People of Determination, Member of the SOMENA (Special Olympics in the Middle East & North Africa) Advisory Council, and Board Member of UAE Supreme Committee for the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In his new role on behalf of UNICEF, Mr Al-Usaimi will help give children a voice and bring their needs to the attention of decision-makers. He will contribute to UNICEF’s advocacy and work to achieve all child rights.
“I’m happy and honoured with this appointment. As a National Ambassador for the UAE, I hope I can contribute to my full potential and work towards the goals of UNICEF, not only in UAE but also in Asia and around the world,” said Mr Al-Usaimi. “The appointment has come at the right time as we are set to implement the APC’s new Strategic Plan for the next four years; in addition, our mission also aligns with UNICEF’s to use sport to empower children and youth with disabilities and promote social inclusion.”
“The appointment of Mr Majid Al-Usaimi as a national ambassador for UNICEF in the United Arab Emirates is a step in his long path to support children’s rights, especially the most vulnerable children,” said Eltayeb Adam, UNICEF Representative for Gulf Area office. “We have many opportunities and events this year - including Ramadan campaign for children, Dubai Expo 2020, among many others and others - to spread awareness about children’s rights, reimagine and build a better world after COVID-19 pandemic, and to place the children at the centre of all programs and policies.”
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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