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Angélique Kidjo Activity Highlights

2017 • July • UNICEF international Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo and UNICEF Benin national Goodwill Ambassador Zeynab Abib, along with seven of Benin’s greatest artists joined forces to create a song calling on the population to say NO to child marriage, as part of the national Zero Tolerance Campaign against child marriage.

2016 • December • UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo joined other high level Goodwill Ambassadors at the UNICEF’s 70th anniversary event in New York and called for a fair chance for every child. (Press Release)

2016 • September • UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo presents one of the three awards at the first annual Global Goals Awards to a Syrian teen and Olympic swimmer who saved fellow refugees from drowning. (Press Release)

2015 • September • Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo celebrated the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals with powerful a performance before an audience that included over 130 heads of state and government, at the UN General Assembly in New York. (Press Release)

2015 • January • UNICEF congratulates singer-songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo for receiving the Crystal Award – a prize recognising artists not only for their body of work but also their commitment to improving the state of the world. Kidjo received the award at a ceremony in Davos, marking the opening of the World Economic Forum. (Press Release)

2014   December • At a high-level event on Sunday, 7 December at the United Nations organized by the International Criminal Court, Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo highlighted the importance of addressing sexual and gender based violence in conflict situations not only through legislation but also through education and empowerment of girls. Ms. Kidjo noted that 'Justice is not a game. It is real. Silence is a bullet' which was widely tweeted by the ICC, UNICEF and retweeted by Ms. Kidjo reaching over 4 million followers.

2014  • August • Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo spent a day at a health clinic in Moamba, Mozambique on 28 August, meeting mothers and children and learning about the challenges they face in their everyday lives. (Newsline)

2013 • November • On a visit to the Kansanchis health center in Addis Ababa, Angélique Kidjo called on Africans to come together and invest more in children's health and well-being. (News story

2013 • July • Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo speaks out about female genital mutilation/cutting in this video, which was shown at the launch of the FGM/C report in Washington D.C. on 22 July.

2013 • July • Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo joined in the 16th birthday celebration of Malala Yousafzai at the United Nations in New York to honour the young Pakistani girl’s courageous fight for education. Ms. Kidjo performed to a room filled with young people from all around the world who had gathered at the United Nations for a Youth Assembly to discuss the role that youth can play in enabling all children get an education.  

United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown named 12 July 2013 Malala Day to honour her commitment to education. Ms. Yousafzai spoke publicly for the first time since she was shot by the Taliban. Watch Malala’s speech (UN Web TV)

2012 • August • In Samburu, northern Kenya, Angelique Kidjo helped to raise awareness of the silent emergency of child stunting and expressed concerns about the profound effects it has on child development. The visit was part of a partnership between UNICEF and CNN to bring the problem to light, showing mothers and children who are suffering from undernutrition. (Newsline)

2012 • September • Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo joined UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake at the Social Good Summit, a social media event that took place in New York, to discuss child survival and how social media is one of the ways UNICEF is highlighting A Promise Renewed, a pledge for governments and others to do all they can to accelerate progress on reducing child mortality rates. Ms. Kidjo thanked everyone for their efforts to push for social change.

2012 • February • Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo along with members of her band, performed a concert in the UN General Assembly Hall to raise awareness and advocate against the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). The concert was presented by the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations in cooperation with the Department of Public Information, UNFPA and UNICEF.  It was broadcast globally on UN webcast.

2011 • October • Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo recently toured the Iztapalapa Paediatric Hospital in Mexico City.  She delighted patients and parents alike as she swept through a ward specializing in the treatment of child victims of violence and sexual abuse. (Newsline)

2011  August • Angélique Kidjo joined UNICEF colleagues, who are experts on emergencies, in a live chat on Livestream, Facebook, and Twitter (#askUnicef) about the situation in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, where UNICEF Facebook friends and Twitter followers joined in and asked UNICEF questions in real time. (Media Advisory) 

2011 • May • Angélique Kidjo was conferred the insignia of Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France’s top cultural honours, at a ceremony at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York City.  The award recognizes her efforts to make the world a better place for children and families. (Newsline)

Earlier, Ms. Kidjo was named one of the five winners of UNEP’s 2011 Champions of the Earth at an award ceremony in New York City for her inspiration and advocacy work on social equity and women empowerment in support of sustainable development.

2010 • December • During a visit to Senegal, Angélique Kidjo urged students at a Dakar elementary school to speak up about what is often a silent crime: violence in schools. (Newsline)

2010 • June • Prior to performing at the concert kicking off the FIFA World Cup 2010 festivities in South Africa, Angélique Kidjo made time to undertake a field visit in Soweto to highlight the immense needs of South African children made vulnerable by poverty, violence, and HIV and AIDS.  (Newsline)

2009 • December • Angélique Kidjo made a two-day visit to Benin to witness first-hand the UNICEF supported programmes that are helping vulnerable children there.  (Newsline)

2009 • December • At the UNICEF Children's Climate Forum in Copenhagen, Angélique Kidjo participated in the Breaking Barriers and Building Bridges: Towards Global Climate Action event.  (Newsline)

2009 • December • In South Africa, Ms. Kidjo visited a UNICEF-supported programme near Cape Town on the Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) with specific focus on male involvement in PMTCT.  She also participated in the ‘Kicking AIDS Out’ sports festival.  (Media Advisory)

2009 • November • In Tanzania, Angélique Kidjo undertook a one-day field trip to visit UNICEF-supported programmes on girls’ education. (Newsline)

2009 • September/October • Angélique Kidjo united with Pampers and UNICEF to help achieve the goal of eliminating maternal neonatal tetanus (MNT) by 2012.  She travelled to Paris, Geneva, Cologne, and London on a media tour to promote the cause.   (NewsNote)  

2009 • May • Ms. Kidjo, travelled to Haiti to witness UNICEF maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) programmes.  (Newsline)  

2009 • June • In New York, Angélique Kidjo recorded a PSA for the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

2008 • July • In the Syrian Arab Republic, Ms. Kidjo performed at the 2008 World Music Festival, met with the First Lady and visited a child-friendly center for Iraqi refugees established by UNICEF and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).  (Newsline)

2007 • September • In Cotonou, Benin, Ms. Kidjo launched the “All Girls to School” campaign led by the government and supported by UNICEF and 15 other developmental partners.  She also visited centres that cared for children who had been rescued from trafficking.  (News note)

2006 • November • In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ms. Kidjo attended the African Development Forum.  (Newsline)

2006 • November • In Uganda, Ms. Kidjo observed the situation of children and women affected by armed conflict and spoke about the importance of HIV prevention.  (Newsline)

2006 • May • In Dakar, Senegal to promote girls’ education during Senegal’s National Week of Basic Education, Ms. Kidjo visited UNICEF-supported girl’s education programmes.  (Newsline)

2006 • April • In Harare, Zimbabwe, Ms. Kidjo visited an HIV/AIDS project for the United for Children Unite Against AIDS campaign.  (News note)

2006 • April • In Nairobi, Kenya, Ms. Kidjo took part in a joint UNICEF/Oxfam mission to see the drought-ridden region of Wajir.  She also visited a pediatric AIDS clinic.  (Newsline)

2005 • May • In Rome, Ms. Kidjo participated in Italia-Africa roundtable discussions on Africa and later performed at the concert.

2005 • March • In Senegal, Ms. Kidjo performed at the Africa Live: The Roll Back Malaria Concert in Dakar to raise awareness about the fight against malaria, which kills more children in Africa than any other disease.  (Newsline)

2005 • February • In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ms. Kidjo participated in a three-day symposium on issues affecting the future of young people in Africa. The singer later performed at the Africa Unite concert, helping to raise US$40,000 for the construction of the Bob Marley Youth Development Centre in Addis Ababa. She also visited UNICEF-supported HIV/AIDS, water and environmental sanitation projects.  (Newsline)

2003 • October • In South Africa, Ms. Kidjo participated in the Global Meeting for Sustainable Measles Mortality Reduction and Immunization System Strengthening. While in Cape Town, she served as master of ceremonies for the Global Measles Forum.  (Global Measles Forum)

Angélique Kidjo profile

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Ms. Kidjo (left) and a girl sign a passport in Cotonou, Benin to symbolize the girl's access to higher education. (September 2007)




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