Cambodia field visit
June 2015: David travelled to Cambodia to focus global attention on the issue of violence against children. During his visit David spent time with children who had endured violence and abuse, and saw how UNICEF and its partners are working to protect vulnerable children. With David’s support, UNICEF was able to reach millions of people around the world with urgent messages about the need to end violence against children.
United Nations General Assembly
September 2015: David joined United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake to unveil a unique digital installation that brought the voices of young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly. At the unveiling, David called on world leaders to listen to these messages and take action to transform children’s lives by putting the most disadvantaged children at the centre of the Sustainable Development Goals.
For the Love of the Game
November 2015: David travelled to every continent on earth for the documentary David Beckham: For the Love of the Game. The programme explored how grassroots football brings communities together and shone a light on some of the challenges children are facing around the world. It was broadcast to global audiences through BBC One, BBC Worldwide and British Airways flights, enabling UNICEF to communicate critical messages about our work for children. David’s journey culminated with the ‘Match for Children’ at Old Trafford, which raised over £1 million to help UNICEF protect children in danger.
Swaziland field visit
June 2016: David visited Swaziland to see how the 7 Fund is helping UNICEF support and protect HIV-positive children. David saw how one of the worst droughts in decades was having a devastating impact on children already made vulnerable by HIV. News of David’s visit reached over 296 million people and helped UNICEF communicate the need for the global community to take urgent action to help children affected by the drought.
End Violence campaign
December 2016: David worked with UNICEF to create a powerful film highlighting how violence and abuse can mark children forever. Within 48 hours, the film had received over 14 million views on social media, raising awareness of a silent crisis that is affecting children in every corner of the world.
UNICEF’s 70th anniversary
December 2016: David celebrated UNICEF’s 70th anniversary at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Whilst in New York, he lit the Empire State Building blue to commemorate UNICEF’s work for children since 1946.
World Children's Day
November 2017 UNICEF celebrated World Children’s Day, a day for children, by children, all over the world to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential. David supported World Children’s Day in his capacity as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and visited Kentish Town C of E Primary School in London. The School is a recognised Rights Respecting School, an initiative run by Unicef UK which supports schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of their ethos.
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