UNICEF, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games today announce a new partnership for children

Today UNICEF, 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, the world’s leading organisation for children, 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.

About UNICEF

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org 

About Glasgow 2014

Glasgow 2014 Ltd. is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.

About the CGF

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is the organization which is responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games. Underlying every decision made by the CGF are three core values – Humanity, Equality, Destiny. These values help to inspire and unite millions of people and symbolise the broad mandate of the CGF within the Commonwealth.

For more information in the UK, or to attend the launch, please contact:

Kate McCheyne, at Glasgow 2014, 030 2014 0176 / 07557 565 423

Sarah Vincent, at UNICEF UK, 07814 447 935, sarahv@unicef.org.uk 

For more information about the partnership internationally, please contact:

Jeremy Hartley, UNICEF, Geneva: +41 22 909 5406, mobile +41 79 559 7172, jhartley@unicef.org

Please note that neither Ewan McGregor or David Beckham are available for interview or comment, although pictures of both Ambassadors visiting UNICEF supported projects in the field are available.

Notes to Editors

Glasgow 2014 

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4,500 athletes and sell 1 million tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd. is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.

Glasgow 2014 family of official sponsors is Longines, SSE, Emirates, Harper Macleod, Search Consultancy, Ernst & Young, Atos, Dell, Toshiba TEC, A.G. Barr, NVT Group, RGS, Trespass and Riedel.