Greta Thunberg and NGO Human Act launch a child rights driven coronavirus campaign for UNICEF

30 April 2020
Greta Thunberg and NGO Human Act launch a child rights driven coronavirus campaign for UNICEF
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Climate activist calls on young people, other supporters, to encourage everyone to support UNICEF’s vital work to save children’s lives

NEW YORK, 30 April 2020 – Climate activist Greta Thunberg today launched a child rights driven campaign with Danish NGO Human Act to support UNICEF’s efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic and protect children from its direct and knock-on consequences. These include food shortages, strained healthcare systems, violence and lost education. 

“Like the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is a child-rights crisis,” said Thunberg. “It will affect all children, now and in the long-term, but vulnerable groups will be impacted the most. I’m asking everyone to step up and join me in support of UNICEF’s vital work to save children's lives, to protect health and continue education.”

The campaign is being launched with an initial donation on behalf of Human Act and the Greta Thunberg Foundation to UNICEF of $200,000. Greta Thunberg was recently awarded for her global activism by Human Act who granted her foundation the prize money of $100,000. This sum will now go to UNICEF along with an additional $100,000 from Human Act.  

Proceeds from the campaign will go directly towards UNICEF’s emergency programmes to fight COVID-19, including through the provision of soap, masks, gloves, hygiene kits, protective equipment, life-saving information and other support to healthcare systems.

A report issued this month by the United Nations warned that children risk being among the biggest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. While children have been largely spared from the direct health effects of the disease up to this point, the crisis is having a profound effect on their overall wellbeing. All children, of all ages and in all countries, are being affected, in particular by the socio-economic impacts and, in some cases, by the mitigation measures implemented to stem the spread of the disease.

UNICEF’s global COVID-19 response focuses on working with partners to help reduce the transmission of the virus and mitigate its impact on children while ensuring that essential services for children continue. This includes:
● Ensuring access and availability of key supplies and services for children, women and vulnerable populations. 
● Scaling up messages about handwashing with soap. 
● Supporting governments with the procurement of personal protective equipment for health care workers, including gowns, gloves and masks as well as oxygen concentrators and medicines. 
● Supporting distance learning opportunities for children who can’t access school.
● Providing mental health and psychosocial support to children and families affected.
● Helping maintain essential immunization and other services for children. 

“The coronavirus pandemic is the greatest struggle the world has seen in generations,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Children and young people are among the most severely impacted by the knock-on effects of COVID-19, so it is only natural that they would want to do something about it. Through her activism, Greta Thunberg has proven that young people are ready to take a stand and lead change in the world. UNICEF is very pleased that Greta and her supporters have not only chosen to take a stand against this pandemic, but to do so in partnership with UNICEF.” 

About the campaign:
Access the campaign landing page here:

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit

About Human Act Foundation:
Human Act is a Danish NGO working internationally to fight extreme poverty and to promote freedom, peace and justice for all.

For more information please contact:
Ingeborg Ekblom, UNICEF Sweden +46709955916 / 
Kurtis Cooper UNICEF, New York +917 476 1435 / 
Dailo Alonso UNICEF, Geneva + 41 79 601 9917 /



Greta Thunberg no NGO Human Act lansa kampaña virus corona orienta ba direitu labarik ba UNICEF

Ativista klimátika apela ba foinsa’e, apoiante sira seluk, atu enkoraja ema hotu hodi apoia UNICEF-nia servisu vital hodi salva labarik sira-nia moris 

Nova Yorke, 30 Abril 2020 – Ativista klimátika Greta Thunberg lansa ona ohin kampaña orientadu ba direitu labarik ho Danish NGO Human Act hodi apoia UNICEF-nia esforsu hodi hatan ba pandemia COVID-19 no proteje labarik sira husi konsekuensia direta no mós indireta sira. Ne’e inklui kuran aihan, tensaun sistema saúde sira, violensia no lakon edukasaun.

“Hanesan krize klimátika, pandemia koronavirus ne’e krize direitu labarik,” dehan Thunberg. “Ne’e sei afeta labarik sira hotu, agora no prazu naruk, maibe grupu vulneravel sira mak hetan impaktu makas liu. Hau husu ema hotu atu hamrik no hamutuk ho hau apoia UNICEF-nia servisu vital hodi salva labarik sira-nia moris, hodi proteje saúde no kontinua ho edukasaun.” 

Kampaña ne’e lansa daudaun ona ho doasaun inisial ida hodi Human Act no Fundasaun Greta Thunberg ba UNICEF ho $200.000. Greta Thunberg resentemente premiadu ba nia ativismu global husi Human Act ne’ebe fó premiu ba nia fundasaun ho osan $100.000. Montante osan ne’e sei haruka ba UNICEF ho nia adisional tan $100.000 husi Human Act.    

Rekursu sira kampaña ne’e nian sei diresionadu ba UNICEF-nia programa emerjensia sira hodi funu hasoru COVID-19, inklui liu husi provizaun sabonete, maskara, luvas, instrumentu ijiene, ekipamentu protetivu, informasaun salva vida no apoiu sira seluk ba sistems kuidadu saúde sira. 

Relatoriu ida fó sai iha fulan ne’e husi Nasoins Unidas alerta katak labarik iha risku entre vitima sira barak liu husi pandemia COVID-19. Embora labarik barak mak hases-an ona husi efeitu direta sira ba saúde husi moras sira too pontu ne’e, krize ne’e haklean efeitu ba sira-nia moris tomak. Labarik sira hotu, husi idade hotu iha país hotu, afetadu ona, partikularmente husi impaktu soisu-ekonomiku no iha kazu balun, husi medida mitigasaun sira implementa ona atu satan propagasaun moras ne’e.  

UNICEF-nia hatan COVID-19 global foku ba servisu ho parseiru sira hodi ajuda reduz transmisaun husi virus ne’e no mitiga nia impaktu ba labarik sira wainhira garante servisu esensial sira ba labarik sira kontinua. Ne’e inklui:
● Ganrante asesu sira no desponibilidade husi suprimentu xafe sira no servisu ba labarik sira, feto no populasaun vulneravel sira.  
● Habelar mensajen sira kona-ba fase liman ho sabaun.
● Apaoi nafatin governu sira hodi hola ekipamentu protesaun pesoal ba prestador servisu saúde sira, inklui roupa sira, luvas no maskara nune’e mós kontentor oxijeniu no medikamentu sira. 
● Apoia manorin ho distansia ba labarik sira ne’ebe mak la bele asesu ba eskola. 
● Provizaun apoiu saúde mental no psikolojiku ba labarik sira no familia afetadu sira.
● Ajuda mantein imunizasaun esensial no servisu sira seluk ba labarik sira. 

“Pandemia koronavirus mak luta boot liu mundu ba jerasaun sira,” dehan Diretora Exekutiva UNICEF Henrietta Fore. “Labarik no foinsa’e sira mak infetadu liu husi efeitu kolateral COVID-19 nian, tamba ne’e natural liu katak sira sei hakarak atu halo buat ruma kona-ba ne’e. Liu husi nia ativismu Greta Thunberg prova ona katak foinsa’e prontu atu hola pozisaun hodi lidera mudansa ba mundu. UNICEF kontente katak Greta ho nia apoiador sira laos iha eskolla atu pozisiona hasoru pandemia ne’e deit, maibe halo buat-ruma ho UNICEF-nia parseria.”   

Kona-ba kampaña ne’e:
Asesu ba pájina kampaña liu husi ne’e:

Kona-ba UNICEF:
UNICEF servisu iha fatin balu mak difisil tebes, atu hakbesik ba labarik desfavoresida-liu sira. Iha país no territoriu liu 190, ami servisu ba labarik hotu, iha ne’ebe deit, atu hari’i mundu ida di’ak-liu ba ema hotu. Ba informasaun detallu kona-ba UNICEF no nia servisu ba labarik sira vizita

Kona-ba Fundasaun Human Act:
Human Act mak NGO Denish servisu internasionalmente luta ba prbreza extrema no promove Liberdade, paz no justisa ba ema hotu.

Ba informasaun detallu favor kontaktu:
Ingeborg Ekblom, UNICEF Sweden +46709955916 / 
Kurtis Cooper UNICEF, New York +917 476 1435 / 
Dailo Alonso UNICEF, Geneva + 41 79 601 9917 /

Media contacts

Tapuwa Loreen Mutseyekwa
Advocacy and Communication Specialist
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1297, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821


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