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Statement relating to David Beckham and 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund

February 3, 2017

UNICEF has become aware of media reports relating to 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund. Some reports relate to alleged private correspondence between our ambassador and other parties, which we have not seen and cannot comment upon.

David Beckham has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2005, and as well as generously giving his time, energy and support to help raise awareness and funds for UNICEF's work for children, David has given significant funds personally. The 7 Fund supports programmes for children, tackling issues such as malnutrition, violence, AIDS and emergencies. For example, in June 2016 David visited Swaziland to raise awareness of the devastating drought affecting Eastern and Southern Africa, helping UNICEF reach people around the world with important messages about the need for urgent action.

UNICEF works closely with high profile personalities in good faith to fundraise, advocate and make long-term change for children in danger around the world. Our Ambassadors support UNICEF in a voluntary capacity, receiving no fee for their time and commitment. They contribute greatly to UNICEF’s work for children.

We are extremely proud of the 7 Fund and all it has achieved for children. Since it launched in February 2015 it has raised millions of pounds for UNICEF programmes and reached millions of people around the world with crucial messages about our work for very vulnerable children.

Further examples of how 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is helping to save and change children’s lives around the world:

  • In Burkina Faso the Fund is helping UNICEF to provide improved water and sanitation to children and their families. Tens of thousands of people in isolated rural villages now have toilets for the first time thanks to the support of the Fund.
  • In Swaziland -- the country with the highest rates of HIV infection in the world -- the Fund is helping UNICEF provide vital support and protection to HIV-positive mothers and children; for example thousands of teenagers living with HIV can now access support and care at local Teen Clubs.
  • In Papua New Guinea where almost a third of children under-five are underweight, the Fund is helping to provide life-saving food to ensure children grow up healthy and strong. With the support of the Fund 350 health workers have been trained on recognizing the early signs of malnutrition, so that children can be treated • before it’s too late.
  • In Cambodia where half of children experience severe beating and many are trafficked and forced to work, the Fund is helping UNICEF provide a range of child protection services to help keep children safe. For example supporting a dedicated phone-line where children can report violence, talk to a counsellor and be referred to appropriate follow up services.

 

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Unicef is the world’s leading organisation for children, promoting 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. Unicef UK raises funds to protect children in danger, transform their lives and build a safer world for tomorrow’s children. As a registered charity we raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign to keep children safe. Unicef UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and with local authorities in the UK. For more information please visit unicef.org.uk