In 2019, as we mark 30 years since the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, David looks back on his own childhood and reminds world leaders to keep their promise so children can have a brighter future.
Supporting our #EndViolence campaign
David’s support for our End Violence campaign included the release of a powerful 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.
United Nations General Assembly
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 brought the voices of children and young people to the heart of the of the United Nations General Assembly.
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 that year, he met with victims of child violence and abuse, and learnt about how UNICEF and its partners are helping to protect Cambodian children.