UNICEF, the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Glasgow 2014 Commonweath Games have today announced a partnership for children that seeks to touch the lives of children in Scotland and in Commonwealth countries across the world.
The partnership aims to raise funds for UNICEF work in Commonwealth countries across the world, and hopes to make next summer's sporting event a big moment for children, aiming to inspire and enable children to be the best they can be.
The news was unveiled this morning by Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams at Swinton Primary School in the east end of Glasgow, one of our Rights Respecting Schools. Nicola shared her own story with pupils, and listened to their hopes for the future.
"I am absolutely delighted to support this partnership and be part of the event this morning," said Nicola. "It was great to meet the children and hear about their aspirations and what they need to be the best they can be. This is a fantastic collaboration which will reach out to every child in Scotland and much further afield."
UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor sent a message of support to the event:
"I couldn’t be more pleased that Glasgow has been selected to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games and partner with UNICEF."
"This partnership opens the door to helping transform children's lives, both in my own country of Scotland, and in every Commonwealth nation. That’s a hugely exciting prospect."
Fellow UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham also 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 everywhere."