A former BBC war correspondent and Independent MP, Martin Bell was appointed as a Unicef UK Ambassador in 2001.

In his role as Ambassador Martin continues to cover some of the world’s most difficult and dangerous news stories, highlighting the plight of children affected by conflict and natural disaster from emergency zones such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, DRC, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan.

In 2010, Martin visited a Rights Respecting School in North London and interviewed four children on the importance of child rights. 

A year later, Martin visited South Sudan on the eve of its independence from North, drawing attention to the silent emergency this new country faces and meeting children still suffering from the impact of years of conflict.

Most recently, in 2016, Martin has been supporting our work on education in emergencies, writing a personal account from his 15 years with Unicef for The Guardian.

Martin continues to actively support Unicef UK’s fundraising efforts by attending and hosting key events and talks in order to promote the needs of children. 

 
Martin Bell talks to Abbas at the Al-Mazraq camp in Yemen   © UNICEF UK/Yemen 2010/Brent Stirton
Martin Bell talks to 8-year-old Abbas at the Al-Mazraq IDP camp in Yemen. Abbas was blinded in one eye by a landmine blast.© UNICEF UK/Yemen 2010/Brent Stirton