20 January 2015 – “Unicef congratulates singer-songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo for receiving the Crystal Award – a prize recognising artists not only for their body of work but also their commitment to improving the state of the world.

“Kidjo received the award at a ceremony in Davos today, marking the opening of the World Economic Forum.

“The World Economic Forum’s decision to honour Ms. Kidjo during the 21st anniversary edition of the Crystal Awards is a testament not only to her exceptional artistic talent but also to her tireless humanitarian endeavours.”

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Angélique Kidjo, a Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter from Benin, was appointed a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador in 2002, with a focus on girls’ education. She is a passionate advocate for children and young people, and through her partnership with Unicef and the Batonga Foundation she co-founded, Ms. Kidjo has used her powerful voice to speak out on issues affecting vulnerable children.

About Unicef

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