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David Beckham is a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador and has supported Unicef since 2005. In 2015, his tenth year with Unicef, he launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to help protect children in danger.

David’s support for our End Violence campaign

On 5 December 2016, David and Unicef released a powerful new film to shine a light on the issue of violence against children, highlighting how physical and psychological abuse marks children forever.

David’s own tattoos were marks chosen to represent happy or important memories, but millions of children worldwide bear marks of violence that they have not chosen.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to speak out against violence and act now. Watch the film, share and help #ENDviolence for good.

David Beckham calls to end violence against children for good

7: The David Beckham UNICEF fund

With the launch of 7: The David Beckham UNICEF FundDavid 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.

David Beckham talks about 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund.

David’s 11 years with Unicef

Since David became a Unicef supporter in 2005, he has travelled extensively around the world to see Unicef’s work in action.

David 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 also travelled to South Africa to see Unicef’s work with children and families living with HIV and AIDS and 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 fifth Soccer Aid 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.

Most recently, David’s visit to Swaziland, a country supported by his 7 fund, brought global attention to the East and Southern Africa drought that is wreaking havoc on the lives of children and families already made vulnerable by HIV.

David Beckham meets children in Cambodia with Unicef

David met children in Cambodia to hear their stories and find out how Unicef and its partners are working to protect vulnerable children from danger.