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UNICEF youngest ambassador pledges to speak out for children’s rights

UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- British actress Millie Bobby Brown on Tuesday pledged to “speak out” for children’s rights in her new role as the youngest goodwill ambassador of the UN children’s agency.

British actress Millie Bobby Brown (left) receives a UNICEF T-shirt at a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York.

At a press briefing at UN Headquarters, 14-year-old Brown was appointed to the position and was given a UNICEF T-shirt by the agency’s director of communication Paloma Escudero on the occasion of World Children’s Day.
The Emmy-nominated actress said the appointment is “more than an honor” but “a powerful privilege,” vowing to “speak out for the millions of children and young people whose voices have been silenced for far too long.”
Moreover, she said she will “make sure children and young people know their rights,” and that “every child, no matter where they live or the circumstances they were born into, have the chance to be heard.” Brown called upon her fans to join her in her “journey” with UNICEF and to learn with her and to raise their voices with her.
According to Escudero, currently, some 5.4 million children younger than five years old are dying every year because of preventable diseases; about 260 million children and young people cannot go to school; and some 650 million girls and women were married before the age of 18. Both Brown and Escudero were dressed in blue on Tuesday, as the United Nations celebrates World Children’s Day with this theme color.
“Today we are all going blue for children’s rights,” said Escudero, noting children are given a voice to say “the things that are important to them” and “to advocate for the issues they care about.”
As part of the celebration, UNICEF asks supporters to raise their voices in solidarity with the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children by helping “turn the world blue” -- by doing or wearing something blue at school, on the streets, on social media, in boardrooms and on sports fields on November 20.

(Latest Update November 22, 2018)


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