7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund
In 2015, his tenth year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to help protect children in danger.
David has committed to using his powerful global voice, influence and connections to raise vital funds and encourage world leaders to create lasting positive change for children. He's working with Unicef to ensure that world leaders put children first and agree new development goals that will help end violence, preventable death and poverty for every child.
On 24 September 2015, as the UN prepared to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, David joined United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and two young people from UNICEF Voices of Youth initiative to unveil a unique digital installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the of the United Nations General Assembly.
The installation, Assembly of Youth, harnesses mobile technology and social media to deliver personal messages from children and young people across the globe directly to world leaders. The messages highlight the challenges they face in their homes and communities - and express their hopes for the future.
David urged world leaders to listen to these messages - and to take action - to transform the lives of millions of children by putting the most disadvantaged children and young people at the centre of all decisions and investments in the new 15-year development agenda. On a visit to Cambodia in June, David met with victims of child violence and abuse, and learnt about how Unicef and its partners are helping to protect Cambodian children.
See photos and a film with David at the UN General Assembly and his recent trip to Cambodia.
David's 10 years with Unicef
David Beckham has supported Unicef since 2005, when he became a Goodwill Ambassador with a special focus on our sport for development work for children.
David has travelled extensively around the world to see Unicef’s work in action. He’s visited Sierra Leone to help focus global attention on child survival - raising awareness of the high death rate of under-fives, and how these deaths could be prevented. He’s travelled to South Africa to see Unicef's work with children and families living with HIV and AIDS. In 2011 he visited a Unicef-supported children's centre in Manila in the Philippines, and supported our East African Children's Crisis appeal to help children affected by the food crisis across the region.
He also met the UK Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street to call for more action to help children affected by malnutrition around the world.
In February 2014 he made a second visit to the Philippines to meet children affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and see how Unicef continues to support them with health care, counselling and safe spaces to play and learn. David's Philippines visit was part of the Soccer Aid 5 appeal, in which he saw how donations can make a difference to emergency responses. David helped launch our Philippines Typhoon children’s appeal, which raised £5.4 million in the UK alone.
David collaborated with Robbie Williams in 2014 for the launch of Unicef’s Children in Danger campaign which aims to protect children from violence, disease, hunger and the chaos of war and disaster.