Senegal national football team manager Aliou Cissé appointed as UNICEF national ambassador
DAKAR (Senegal), April 27, 2023 – The manager of the Senegalese football team, Aliou Cissé, has been appointed as a National Ambassador for UNICEF in Senegal. His appointment is based not only on his notoriety and leadership but also on his commitment to promoting children's rights.
"It is an honor and a great pleasure for me to have been chosen by UNICEF to work for the cause of children. Supporting this noble aim is just as important as winning a football match, winning the Africa Cup of Nations, or qualifying for the World Cup," declared Aliou Cissé during the ceremony.
"As a coach and manager, a former professional footballer, and a former captain of the Senegal national team, my role is to bring more attention to the situation of children in our country. Today, I am even more motivated to support the cause of children," he added.
As a National Ambassador, Aliou Cissé will support UNICEF in its advocacy efforts and communicate its vision and values to a wide audience. He will take an active role in promoting access to inclusive and quality education and ending violence against children. He will use his influence, the power of sport and the passion for football to support UNICEF’s advocacy and place children’s rights at the heart of national priorities.
"We are extremely proud to have Aliou Cissé by our side because he is a true role model in light of his personal journey and professional achievements. He is a model of perseverance, determination, and success, touching the hearts and minds of many children, young people, and adults in Senegal, a country with 17 million football fans," said Silvia Danailov, UNICEF Representative in Senegal.
"He also embodies the values of football - solidarity and inclusion - football being a true unifier, whether for children in school or out of school, girls or boys, everyone loves football," she continued.
Aliou Cissé will join the 200 national ambassadors, 11 regional ambassadors, and 30 international ambassadors of UNICEF around the world to raise awareness of the rights of children and UNICEF's work to protect and promote these rights.
For 65 years, children's rights have been at the heart of the strong partnership between the Government of Senegal and UNICEF. UNICEF's work in Senegal is driven by the ultimate aim of ensuring that every child, especially the most vulnerable, has a fair and equitable start in life. This means that all girls and boys – regardless of where they live, their family income, or their disability – should have equal access to quality services and an equal chance to develop their full potential.
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 for children, visit www.unicef.org/senegal