In summer 2014, athletes came together from across the Commonwealth for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. At the same time, Team Unicef came together with the organisers of the Games to Put Children First in a way that no other major sports event has done before.
In a ground-breaking partnership with the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Unicef worked across the Games to generate funds and awareness for the children of the Commonwealth. This culminated in the first ever appeal during an Opening Ceremony. More than £3.6m was raised from across the Commonwealth, with an additional £1.4m raised through the partnership before the Games. The final total was over £5m.
In the four years leading up to the next Games in 2018, Unicef will continue working on our partnership promise, using those funds to reach every child in Scotland and in every Commonwealth country. You can read more about our progress on the Team Unicef blog.
In addition, Unicef and the Commonwealth Games Federation are seeking to build on a number of fantastic connections with Commonwealth Games Associations that were enabled by the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay, as well as exploring other new opportunities to build on what we have started, so that we can continue to Put Children First and harness the power of sport to help millions of children in danger.
"The Commonwealth Games partnership with Unicef created one of the Games' most important legacies, embodying the Games' values of humanity, equality and destiny, and leading the sports sector in delivering a brighter future for millions of children across the Commonwealth." - David Grevemberg, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Federation.