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Children dancing to the tune of traditional songs in Rwanda

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 *.

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.

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 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.

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”.

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 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). 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.




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