UNICEF, CGF & Glasgow 2014 Announce a New Partnership for Children

April 22, 2013

UNICEF, drugs the CGF and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will announce a unique collaboration for children that seeks to touch the lives of children in Scotland and in Commonwealth countries across the world.

This partnership brings together UNICEF, there the world’s leading organisation for children, for sale  with the biggest sporting and cultural event ever to take place in Scotland, with the aim of inspiring and enabling children to be the best they can be.

UNICEF Ambassadors Ewan McGregor and David Beckham today expressed their delight that a better future for children is being put at the centre of the Glasgow 2014 legacy.

Ewan McGregor (pictured) sent a message of support for the event that takes place today at Rights Respecting School in Glasgow that is supported by the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK). “I couldn’t be more pleased that Glasgow has been selected to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games and partner with UNICEF. There are so many aspects of the Games that I’m in no doubt will leave a significant legacy. The UNICEF partnership will benefit disadvantaged children around the world.

“As a UNICEF Ambassador for almost ten years I have seen how UNICEF is making a significant difference for children every day and enabling them to create brighter futures for themselves. This partnership opens the door to helping transform children’s lives, both in my own country of Scotland, and in other Commonwealth nations across the world. That’s a hugely exciting prospect that everyone should be proud of.”

Fellow UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham added his backing: “I am delighted to hear that UNICEF and Glasgow 2014 are to put children at the heart of the Commonwealth Games legacy. This partnership is an amazing opportunity for children around the world. Through the power of sport you can achieve so much and this great partnership will be no different. UNICEF leads the way in making sure that children have the opportunity to reach their true potential and I’ve seen first-hand how sport can help to change the lives of children everywhere.”

UNICEF reaches children in Commonwealth countries through its global network of country offices and National Committees working to promote the rights of every child to health care, water, nutrition, education and protection with a focus on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. In Scotland, UNICEF UK has child rights education campaigns for children in schools, health settings and local government.

The partnership, with the CGF and Glasgow 2014 aims to raise funds for UNICEF’s work in Commonwealth countries around the world.

The announcement of the partnership will take place at Swinton Primary School in Glasgow this morning, and will be led by children from the school alongside Glasgow 2014 CEO David Grevemberg, CGF Vice-President Bruce Robertson and UNICEF UK Executive Director, David Bull. They will be joined by Olympic athlete Nicola Adams.