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Children dancing to the tune of traditional songs in Rwanda

New Video: Star footballers from FC Barcelona and Spain’s 5-a-side blind team celebrate the power of inclusive sport for children
Rio de Janerio, BRAZIL/NEW YORK, 8 September, 2016 - A new video featuring star-football players from FC Barcelona and the Spanish National 5-a-side blind football team was released today to celebrate the importance of inclusive play for children and the beginning of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

Teenage football fan from indigenous community in Brazil carries Olympic Torch
PORTO SEGURO, Brazil, 20 May 2016 – Breno Ferreira, 14, holds the Olympic Torch with pride as he takes part in the three-month torch relay marking the Road to Rio 2016.

“Team Swachh” uses cricket to take on open defecation in India
NEW DELHI, 15 March 2016 – ICC Cricket For Good, UNICEF and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, along with cricketers from 16 teams in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 have joined forces to educate children on sanitation and toilet use, as one essential step towards ending open defecation in India.

All-star line-up announced for Beckham match in aid of UNICEF
LONDON, 23 October 2015 - An all-star line-up of footballing legends has today been announced to play at the David Beckham Match for Children in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford, United Kingdom.

FC Barcelona’s Iniesta and Ter Stegen meet with children in Los Angeles to discuss sports and values
LOS ANEGELES, USA, 22 July, 2015 – At an event hosted by UNICEF and FC Barcelona, a group of students in Los Angeles, California, met with players Andrés Iniesta and Marc-André Ter Stegen to discuss the critical role that sports play in children’s lives and development around the world.

All Blacks rugby stars descend on New York to support #TeamUNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 September, 2014 - Two of the stars of the World Champion All Blacks rugby side are making a flying visit to New York to recognise New Zealand Rugby’s partnership with UNICEF.

Barcelona Football Club President and UNICEF Executive Director Power up the Promise
NEW YORK, 26 September 2012 – Barcelona Football Club (FCB) President Sandro Rosell and Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, met today...

Footballer “Chicharito” named UNICEF National Ambassador for Mexico
MÉXICO CITY, 26 May 2012 - Mr. Javier Hernández, also known as “Chicharito” or “Little Pea”, was named a UNICEF National Ambassador for Mexico...

Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony first to feature a Commonwealth-wide fundraiser for children
LONDON, 22 July 2014 – International singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger and cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy are two of the star-studded names who will appear in a global fundraising first at the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony on 23 July to help UNICEF save and change the lives of millions of children across the Commonwealth.

UNICEF teams up with musician BANKS to empower girls through football
NEW YORK, 11 July 2014 - As the 2014 World Cup winds down in Brazil, UNICEF today released a unique new music video which highlights how football has the power to transform and improve the lives of children. The video is part of the global #TeamUNICEF campaign and features the song ‘Goddess’ by the musician BANKS, focusing on the experiences of adolescent girls on and off the football field.

UNICEF Spain appoints Sergio Ramos as its newest National Ambassador
CURITIBA, Brazil, 10 June 2014 - Real Madrid and Spanish National Team star football player, Sergio Ramos, was appointed today as UNICEF Spain’s newest ambassador during an event with youth in the Brazilian city of Curitiba where he is participating in a UNICEF program for the promotion of fair play and the right to sport.

FC Barcelona players David Villa and Thiago join UNICEF to meet school children in Dallas
DALLAS, 5 August 2011 – Legendary football team and UNICEF supporter FC Barcelona met with young people in Dallas to talk about how sport can improve...

World Tennis Champion Novak Djokovic appointed UNICEF Serbia Ambassador
NEW YORK - 29 August 2011 — UNICEF today announced that world-number one ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic will serve as an Ambassador for...

Joint statement from Sir Alex Ferguson, Manager, Manchester United and Josep Guardiola, Manager, FC Barcelona in advance of the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final, London
LONDON, 27 May 2011 - “At 19.45 on Saturday 28 May, the world will be watching as our two clubs, Manchester United and FC Barcelona, meet for the UEFA...

UNICEF appoints Parreira as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports
BRASÍLIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, 22 May 2014 - UNICEF today appointed Carlos Alberto Parreira, the technical director of Brazil’s national football team, as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports. As of today, Parreira becomes part of the team of celebrities supporting UNICEF's work in Brazil in defending and promoting the rights of children and adolescents.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits more than 150 children participating in a ‘sports for development’ focused project in Brazil
SALVADOR/BRASILIA, Brazil, 16 June 2014 - One hundred and fifty children and adolescents from communities in Salvador and neighboring municipalities welcomed today’s visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Boca do Rio beach-side sports field in Salvador.

Cartoon Network Latin America joins the UNICEF initiative 'Vamos Jogar' to promote the right to safe and inclusive sport and play of children in Latin America and the Caribbean
ATLANTA, United States / PANAMA CITY, 4 June 2014 – The children’s television channel Cartoon Network, through its social responsibility program 'Cartoon Movement', today joined ‘Vamos Jogar’, an initiative of social mobilization and political commitment promoted by UNICEF and the City of Rio de Janeiro to foster the right to safe and inclusive sports, recreation and play for all children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thus, Cartoon Network Latin America becomes the first media partner of this initiative.

Sehwag and Sangakkara star in global Think Wise campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
DUBAI, 25 January 2011 - They may be rivals on the field of play, but India opener Virender Sehwag and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara have joined together to star...

Cricket unites for people living with HIV on World Aids Day
DUBAI, 29 November 2010 - International cricket will show its support for people living with HIV and AIDS this week with leading players wearing red ribbons on...

Pau Gasol cheers attempt by Gaza children to break Guinness basketball record
JERUSALEM, 22 July 2010 - National Basketball Association Superstar and UNICEF Spain Ambassador Pau Gasol delivered a video message...

World Cup in My Village an enormous success
NEW YORK/CAPE TOWN, 12 July - Thousands of young people in the most remote areas in Rwanda and Zambia watched the 2010 FIFA World Cup...

UNICEF Korea and Seoul broadcasting systems team up to leave a legacy for children
INANDA, DURBAN, 23 June 2010 - Amidst the excitement of the Republic of Korea’s progression to the second round of the World Cup, representatives from...

UNICEF and partners join together to help make the World Cup a win for children
PRETORIA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 11 June 2010 - UNICEF cheered the kick off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup today. A series of partnerships and...

UNICEF applauds tourism industry’s commitment to stop child sex tourism
JOHANNESBURG, 9 June 2010 - UNICEF applauded the South African tourism and hospitality industry for its significant commitment to put an end to child sex...

First glimpse of World Cup for rural African youth
NEW YORK, 8 June 2010 - Young Africans are passionate about soccer, and some young people in remote parts of the continent will be able to watch...

UNICEF announces key actions to enhance child protection during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond
PRETORIA, 1 June 2010 - With 10 days to go till the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, UNICEF today launched a comprehensive campaign aimed at...

Campaign by UNICEF and Save the Dream calls on people to report violence against children
BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, 20 June 2014 - The campaign "It's in your hands to protect” invites people to call “Disque 100” and other organizations that specialize in child protection to report incidents of violence against children and adolescents

World Cup 2010: MXit launches free UNICEF Red Card contact to help keep children safe
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 26 May 2010 - UNICEF South Africa today announced that it has teamed up with popular mobile-based social networking...

President Zuma calls for parental vigilance during the World Cup at the launch of Child Protection Week
PRETORIA, 21 May, 2010 - With twenty days before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™ in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma joined Social Development...

Irish golfer Rory McIlroy and UNICEF in global partnership
DUBLIN/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 3 April 2012 - Irish golfer Rory McIlroy and UNICEF today announced a major extension of their global partnership...

ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 to shine spotlight on children and young people affected by HIV
DUBAI/NEW YORK/GENEVA/ KINGSTON/BRIDGETOWN, 6 March, 2007 – The International Cricket Council (ICC) will team up with UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 to highlight the situation of children...

Support sports to promote peace in Somalia, says UN
NAIROBI, 6 August 2004 – In the run up to the return of four Somali youth from a two week summer football camp at Real Madrid F.C. of Spain, the UN Country Team appeals to the international community to support sports initiatives among the youth in Somalia as an effective tool to promote peace-building.

UNICEF says children deserve a sporting chance
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 19 November 2002 – One day after international boxing star Muhammad Ali sent an open letter to the children of Afghanistan, UNICEF today praised the power of sport in children’s lives, saying that it is a key component in their healthy development and an increasingly important tool for reaching out to young people and adolescents.

UNICEF, Special Olympics champion cause of children with intellectual disabilities
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON DC/SHANGHAI, 3 October 2007 – A partnership to advance the rights of children with intellectual disabilities was announced today by...

FIFA and UNICEF launch Goals for Girls! campaign on eve of Women’s 2007 World Cup
SHANGHAI, 7 September 2007 - The fifth Women’s World Cup – which begins in China on Monday – forms the backdrop for a joint campaign between UNICEF and...

Manchester United stars speak out on children and HIV
GUANGZHOU,CHINA, 27 July 2007 - Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Dong Fangzhuo took time out of the club’s Far East Tour for a meeting with three children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS and have suffered from stigma and discrimination as a result.

Manchester United on UN Lawn to support UNICEF’s work to end child exploitation
NEW YORK, 29 July 2003 – Surrounded by aspiring young soccer stars, manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson and four players will lead a soccer clinic today on the UN Lawn. The event celebrates the United for UNICEF partnership, which raised more than £1 million to support UNICEF’s programmes around the globe since 1999.

2004 America Cup dedicated to Peruvian children
ASUNCIÓN-PARAGUAY, 7 May 2004 - The America Cup/Peru 2004 will be dedicated to the children of Peru.  The announcement was made today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the South American Soccer Federation (CONMEBOL). The international soccer tournament -- one of the region's most important biennial sports' events -- will take place in July in six cities of Peru.

Number-one tennis star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer in public service announcement on children and AIDS
Media Advisory - Tennis star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer in public service announcement on children and AIDS.

Information on Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s ‘Feder-Bear’
NEW YORK, 11 September 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s third consecutive US Open win yesterday was celebrated with the announcement that the ‘Feder-bear’ Beanie Baby® will be available for purchase this holiday season.

NBA and UNICEF to launch campaign for Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS
31 May 2006 - Press Conference to announce the NBA and UNICEF support for Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS, a global campaign to limit the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and halt the spread of the disease.

UNICEF warns about trafficking during World Cup
NEW YORK, 15 June, 2006 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern that children and women could be trafficked and subjected to sexual exploitation during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

“NBA Cares” announces support of Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS Campaign
NEW YORK, May 31 May 2006 – The NBA and UNICEF today joined forces in support of Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, a global campaign to limit the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and halt the spread of the virus.

UNICEF South Africa unveils a three year partnership with Soccerex
JOHANNESBURG, 20 September 2007 - UNICEF South Africa and Soccerex, the premier business convention for football worldwide...

Top tennis star Ana Ivanovic named UNICEF National Amabassador for Serbia
BELGRADE, 14 September 2007 – UNICEF today named Ana Ivanovic, the world No. 6 tennis player, UNICEF’s National Ambassador for Serbia at an...

Manchester United announces four year plan to lend sports leadership to UNICEF to deliver development targets for children
BEIJING, 26 July 2005 – Manchester United today announced a four-year pledge to use their leadership in sport to assist UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, in achieving its development targets for children.  Speaking at a press conference in Beijing Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill was joined by Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs and Chinese player Dong Fangzhuo *.

Futbol Club Barcelona, Fundació Futbol Club Barcelona Unveil Photo exhibition at UNICEF House
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Remarks of Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, at the FIFA Press Conference on Racism in Football
BERLIN, 28 June 2006 – Thank you so much for that introduction.  It is a great pleasure to be here at this conference on discrimination and racism, and an important opportunity to highlight our partnership with FIFA.

UNICEF and CONCACAF - unite for children
NEW YORK, 22 July 2005 –  UNICEF and CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) last night signed a pledge to develop a long term partnership to benefit children in Latin America and the Caribbean.

2005 Gold Cup dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean children
PANAMA CITY/MIAMI, 6 July 2005 – UNICEF and CONCACAF announced today that the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup  will be dedicated to UNICEF and the children of Latin America and the Caribbean with a special message to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and violence.

Somali youth selected for Real Madrid football camp: Sports for Peace
NAIROBI, 9 June 2004  - Four young Somalis have been selected to attend a two-week summer football camp at one of the world's most famous football clubs, Real Madrid F.C. of Spain.  The Real Madrid Summer Camp takes place from 18 to 31 July 2004.

UNICEF gets into swing with Olympic games
ATHENS, 13 August 2004 -  UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy is in Athens today to kick off a series of events celebrating the role sports plays in helping children grow to a healthy adulthood.  At the top the line-up is the opening of a camp for 450 young people from 200 countries, plus 50 from Greece who will be trained as “Champions for Children’s Rights”.

Teaming up for Girls' Education at Football Finals
ROTTERDAM/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 June 2003 - Under the banner Go Girls! Education for Every Child, young football competitors today kicked off finals week of the Fox Kids Cup in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, bringing to a climax the first in a series of UNICEF campaigns focusing attention on girls' education though the power of sport.

UNICEF salutes two great games, one great cause
MIAMI, PANAMA CITY, PORT-AU-PRINCE, 12 November 2004 – UNICEF cheered the thousands of soccer fans, two teams and partners as the 1994 Brazil World Cup reunion team and the national team of Haiti faced each other in a friendly show down benefiting the beleaguered children of Haiti.

Press conference with Mexico and practice sessions to preview Brazil 94’ vs. Haiti match
Players from Brazil’s 1994 World Cup Championship reunion team and the Haitian National Team will meet Friday to for a practice session before their historic game on Saturday.

Thanks to FIFA, football is more than just a game
PARIS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 20 May 2004 -  On the 100th anniversary of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, UNICEF congratulated the organization for harnessing the power of soccer to improve the lives of the world’s neediest children.

UNICEF and FIFA join with children to celebrate "Global Girls Football Day"
NEW YORK, 8 October 2003 – As excitement builds to a fever pitch in the last week of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003, children around the world will be celebrating Global Girls Football Day, jointly designated as 11 October by UNICEF and FIFA.

Real Madrid, UNICEF launch parternship
MADRID, 25 February 2004.- Ms. Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund; Mr. Florentino Pérez, Real Madrid President and Francisco González-Bueno, UNICEF-Spain President launched today a new partnership between Real Madrid FC and UNICEF Spain to work for children's rights.

UNICEF calls for ‘Fair Play for Girls’ in South Asia
NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU, 17 December 2003 – The extraordinarily high numbers of children out of school in South Asia, and the disproportionate number of girls, is causing immense damage to the region’s development, UNICEF’s Regional Director, Dr Sadig Rasheed, has told a consultation on education in New Delhi organised by the Baha’I community.

In new videos, World Cup stars cheer on kids
30 May 2002, NEW YORK, LONDON, GENEVA, TOKYO, SEOUL: Numerous current and former World Cup stars will be appearing in an historic video series on behalf of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) that will be officially launched today, the eve of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Seoul, South Korea.

Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, promotes right to play
VENEZUELA, 15 July 2007- UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, will attend this Sunday’s 2007 Copa America- Venezuela final in Maracaibo, the date also coincides with the National Day of the Child in Venezuela.

UNICEF teams up with partners for girls’ education
PARIS/DHAKA-BANGLADESH/NEW YORK, 21 June 2004 - Major sporting bodies and stars lent their skills and muscle to the cause of girl's education at two international events today.  In Dhaka, UNICEF announced a partnership with the Asian Cricket Council and in Paris cheered the finals of the Jetix Kids Cup (formerly Fox Kids Cup). 

FIFA World Cup 2002 memorabilia to be auctioned for UNICEF
NEW YORK, LONDON, GENEVA, TOKYO, SEOUL, 28 May 2002 - An unprecedented online auction of football gear signed by such luminaries as Brazilian legend Pelé and popstar Anastacia has begun, and will run through the entire 2002 FIFA World Cup.

UNICEF and FC Barcelona unite for children in Geneva
GENEVA, 26 September 2007 – UNICEF and Futbol Club Barcelona renewed the second year of their five year partnership with the handing over of...

Football boosts girls’ education
LABE, Guinea, 6 April 2005 – Guinean girls turned out for a national football tournament this week in a bid to beat the boys at their own game and boost girls’ education.

David Beckham joins Team UNICEF
NEW YORK, January 12, 2005 – David Beckham joined the UNICEF team this week to help pack educational and medical supplies for shipment to children affected by the tsunami.

UNICEF Ambassador David Beckham launches UNICEF global TV campaign for tsunami emergency appeal
LONDON, 12 January 2005 – Newly appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, will speak out for the Tsunami affected children in a UNICEF TV campaign urging support for the organisation’s work to meet their immediate and long term needs. 

UNICEF Ambassador, track star attends Jetix Kids Cup to speak out on sports and girls’ education
MEDIA ADVISORY, 18 June 2004 - Ethiopian UNICEF National Ambassador Berhane Adere, Olympic gold-medal hopeful in the 5,000 metre race, has been campaigning on behalf of children’s right to play and receive a quality education.  Last week, she participated in the Child-to-Child Survey in Ethiopia – a global project where schoolchildren ask their out-of-school peers why they have been denied their right to an education.  She is coming to Jetix Kids Cup to hand out the UNICEF Fair Play Award to the victorious girls’ and boys’ squad.

Young torchbearers carry flame for peace
NEW YORK, 18 June 2004 – Two teenage torchbearers chosen by UNICEF will speed the Olympic Torch onto the grounds of the United Nations Saturday evening in a ceremony to mark an appeal for an Olympic Truce --  the cessation of conflict during the period immediately before, during and after the Olympic Games.




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