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UNICEF media opportunities for the 2016 United Nations General Assembly

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UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor in Erbil, Iraq, July 2016

NEW YORK/UNITED NATIONS, 16 September 2016 – During the course of the opening session of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, UNICEF will host a number of events open to members of the media:

Sunday 18 September, 2016

• Children First, public vigil with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor
UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor will speak at a candlelit vigil to urge world leaders to put children first ahead of the UN Refugees Summit.
Where: Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (On E. 47th Street b/t 1st Ave and 2nd Ave) New York, NY.  Press Check-In on 1st Avenue at 47th Street
When: Vigil will take place from 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM (media call time is 6:30 PM)

Monday 19 September, 2016

• A Moment of Solidarity – Photo Opportunity
Twenty children holding pictures of refugee and migrant children will greet world leaders entering the General Assembly Hall to remind them to prioritize the rights of children during the high level plenary on refugees and migrants.
Where: Entrance of General Assembly Hall.
When: 8:00AM

• VIP Social Media Space
A space where world leaders can share their commitments to refugee and migrant children on @UNICEF’s Twitter account through the use of a Twitter Mirror, a device Twitter provides at high profile events. Visitors can also use Snapchat, Facebook Live and Instagram to connect with social media users around the world.  
Where: Behind the ceremonial stairs in the visitors lobby, UN Secretariat Building
When: Monday 19 September – Wednesday 21 September, 2016. 9AM – 5PM.
Follow UNICEF on Twitter, on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, using the hashtag #ChildrenFirst

• Private Sector ForumUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor Speech
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ewan McGregor will speak about his recent trip to Iraq and the needs of refugee and migrant children. Hosted by the UN Secretary General, this year’s Forum is focused on the role of business in advancing sustainable development to prevent global instability.
When: Event runs from 12:00PM – 2:45PM, Ewan McGregor’s speech will take place at 2:35PM.
Where: Live webcast here: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/take-action/events/691-united-nations-private-sector-forum-2016

Tuesday, 20 September, 2016

• Announcement of inaugural Global Goal Award winners.
UNICEF, as the inaugural partner of the Global Goal Awards, will announce the three winners, who have all helped advance the rights of girls and women globally. 
Where: A press release and photos package will be available.
When: Tuesday 20 September, 2016 (evening).

Wednesday, 21 September, 2016

• Global nutrition leaders convene to outline path forward and launch new 4 year strategy
Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator Gerda Verburg and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake will discuss the past, present and future of the SUN Movement, followed by new commitments from Lead Group members.
Where: UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza, New York, 11th Floor. Livestream available here: http://scalingupnutrition.org/sunlaunch2016
When: 12:30 – 1:30PM, Please register here: http://scalingupnutrition.voxevent.com/launch?locale=en

Thursday, 22 September, 2016

• Event: Maintaining the momentum for the SDGs
The Guardian and UNICEF’s annual leadership event will focus on the global community’s
momentum to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Full list of speakers and details here: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/jul/15/event-maintaining-the-momentum-for-the-sdgs
Where: UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza, New York
When: 8.30am-2pm

Throughout the session UNICEF will have experts available for commentary on:

  • The current situation for refugee and migrant children, the risks young people who are forcibly displaced face and action the international community should take to protect migrant and refugee children and their families. 
  • The urgent needs of the 246 million boys and girls caught in conflict including in Burundi, Central African Republic, Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, South Sudan and Yemen.
  • Turning the Sustainable Development Goals into action for children and adolescents by prioritizing the most vulnerable boys and girls. 

Learn more here: https://www.unicef.org/media/media_92751.html


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For further information and interview requests, please contact:

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Harriet Dwyer, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 244 2215, hdwyer@unicef.org




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