BANGKOK, 3 December 2018 – As part of its 70 years anniversary celebrations in Thailand, UNICEF organized a public event at Central World today. Former Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr. Anand Panyarachun, who is also UNICEF Thailand’s Goodwill Ambassador, was the chief guest of this event. The event was also attended by Deputy Permanent Secretary from Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government dignitaries, corporate partners, civil society organizations, youth leaders, media and Thai public.
“UNICEF is celebrating 70 years of progress and achievements made for children and their rights in Thailand,” said Anand Panyarachun, UNICEF Thailand’s Goodwill Ambassador. “Looking back, what an incredible road full of critical gains for children this has proven to be! I urge everyone to see this moment as an opportunity to reflect on your role in supporting children in whichever way possible- as an individual, as a teacher, as a corporate leader, youth community leader, social influencer, and as a media partner. Let us make a promise that we will all work together to ensure that ‘no child is left behind’.”, Anand said.
This event also marked the culmination of the ‘Art for the Future campaign’ which was launched earlier this year in October. Sixteen young and talented artists joined UNICEF for this campaign and used street arts to highlight the issues and challenges that children in Thailand face even today. The artists were felicitated by UNICEF on this occasion for their contribution to the campaign. The art pieces created by these artists as part of the campaign are put up for exhibition, while Central Group supports the location for the event. The exhibition will be open to all till 5 December 2018 at the Central World.
On its 70th anniversary celebration, UNICEF made a clarion call to the Thai public to join in the movement for child rights in Thailand. UNICEF also invited a panel of key partners and influencers which included Embassy of Portugal, CSO partners, celebrities such as Peach -Pachara Chirathivat, and Noodi - Vanessa Race, youth leader and an artist to reflect on how they can work together and make a difference for children.
“UNICEF is so proud to have been a part of these amazing milestones for children over the last 70 years. We want to also thank the Thai public for their generosity, which helps us make a difference for children.”, said Thomas Davin, Representative for UNICEF Thailand.
“While we are celebrating 70 years of progress and achievements made for children and their rights in Thailand, we are also reflecting on the unfinished agendas. Yet the fight is not over, and too many children still do not get a fair chance for a bright future and to realize their full potential. There is still a long way to go. But UNICEF cannot do this alone. We need support from all of you to ensure that every child gets equal opportunities to grow up to his/her fullest potential. Please join us in the journey of change and be part of the solution going forward.”, said Davin.
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.