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UNICEF and Shakira: press briefing on early childhood development

WHO:   Shakira, Singer, songwriter, advocate and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
             Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
             Jack P. Shonkoff, MD, Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University 
WHAT:   Press briefing on the urgent need for increased investment in early childhood development globally. Expert commentary will include: the massive needs of tens of millions of boys and girls who are failing to reach their full potential, the science behind the rapid development of a young child’s brain, the long-lasting effects of early experiences, including toxic stress, and the significant economic returns of investing in early childhood development. 
WHEN:   11:35 am EST; Tuesday 22 September, 2015

WHERE:  Press Briefing Room, United Nations Headquarters*, New York, NY 10017

WHY:  Early childhood is the period from birth to 8 years old when a child’s brain and body grows most rapidly. During the first year of life almost 1000 brain cells connect per second, creating the building blocks of a child’s life and shaping their cognitive, emotional and social development.

Too many children – tens of millions globally – lack the good health, nutrition, protection and education needed in their earliest years.

This briefing preludes next week’s announcement of the new Sustainable Development Goals, which, for the first time, will officially include early childhood development as part of the transformative agenda for 2015 and beyond.
UNICEF early childhood development experts available for interviews.

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.

For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org.

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For further information, please contact:
Melanie Sharpe, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 917 251 7670, msharpe@unicef.org

*Attendees must have UN press credentials. For more information, please see: http://www.un.org/en/media/accreditation/request.shtml




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