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Paula Taylor, Nichkhun Horvejkul named “Friends of UNICEF” for Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 April 2013 – UNICEF Thailand today announced two new celebrity supporters, Paula  Taylor and Nichkhun Horvejkul, who have been named as the first two “Friends of UNICEF” for Thailand. 

As Friends of UNICEF, Paula and Nichkhun will help UNICEF promote the rights and well being of children and bring greater public attention to the challenges still facing them in Thailand. They will also assist UNICEF in mobilizing additional resources to meet these challenges.


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Paula Taylor is a well-known model and film and television actress, while Nichkun Horvejkul is a member of the Korean pop band 2 PM.

“Paula and Nichkhun are extremely popular, have legions of supporters in all age groups and have great influence on both their hearts and minds,” said Anand Panyarachun, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand, at a UNICEF press conference at Dusit Thani Hotel in Bangkok. “They can help UNICEF bring the many critical issues affecting children to their attention and ask them to support popular campaigns aimed at positive change for children.”

On her first mission as a Friend of UNICEF, Paula recently visited projects promoting exclusive breastfeeding and better parenting in Chiang Mai. She met new mothers who have received extensive support from health personnel and community members in exclusively breastfeeding their infants.

“I have learned that Thailand has the lowest exclusive breastfeeding rate in Asia and one of the lowest rates in the world,” Paula said. “Exclusive breastfeeding is crucial to child survival and development as no infant formula can ever replace breast milk, which is truly the “gold standard” when it comes to what is best for babies. Exclusive breastfeeding is almost always possible as long as mothers get enough support from the people around them.”

In mid-March, Nichkhun visited an economically disadvantaged community in Bangkok that is home to many children who have to work on the streets to help bring in income for their families. While talking to and playing with the children, Nichkhun also learned the many problems they face in daily life.  

“The children in this community spend a lot of time working on the streets, and because of this they miss many days of school, which hurts their opportunity to get a good education,” Nichkhun said. “By being on the streets, these children are also at great risk of abuse and exploitation.”

Paula and Nichkhun said the field visits had opened their eyes to some of the many problems that still pose a threat to the development of children in Thailand. They said they would do their best to bring these issues to the attention of the public.


For 65 years, UNICEF has been working to help children in Thailand survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information about UNICEF and its work in Thailand, please visit:

More information, please contact:

Nattha Keenapan, UNICEF Thailand, +662 356 9478, +66 86 616 7555,

Heamakarn Sricharatchanya, UNICEF Thailand, +662 356 9230, +66 81 431 3323,

Delilah Panich, M.Y. Entertainment, +66 85 060 0203,



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