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UNICEF mourns the loss of Eunice Kennedy Shriver

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UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman speaks with Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics in 1968.

By Ann M. Veneman

UNICEF joins with millions of people around the world in mourning the loss of a truly remarkable woman, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who dedicated her life to bring new hope and opportunity to children around the world who live with disabilities.  While the world has lost a great visionary and leader, Mrs. Shriver's legacy lives on through her strength, determination and the organization she founded, Special Olympics.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Shriver was a tireless advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, a determined champion of children and a true friend and partner to UNICEF. She believed that everyone, irrespective of their circumstances, deserves the chance to reach their full potential and her passion has helped millions around the world live their dreams of inclusion and acceptance. UNICEF expresses its deep condolences to Mrs. Shriver's family and friends and honors her long-lasting contribution as a true global ambassador of change in helping end discrimination one child, one community, one country at a time.



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