Millie Bobby leading youth to ‘go blue’ as new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
This is Benjamin Gorisek-Gazze, with UN News.
On this World Children’s Day, recognized on 20 November, Emmy-Nominated actress, Millie Bobby Brown has been named the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) newest Goodwill Ambassador.
At 14 years old, this makes Ms. Brown UNICEF’s youngest-ever to take on the role.
The British star of the Netflix series, Stranger Things will use her global platform to help spotlight children’s rights, and issues affecting youth, including lack of education, safe learning spaces, and the impacts of violence, bullying and poverty.
World Children’s Day is commemorated annually as a day of action for children, by children, to raise awareness and funds for millions of children lacking basic resources and services.
To show solidarity for the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable youth, UNICEF is asking supporters to ‘turn the world blue,’ by doing or wearing something blue at school, on the streets, or on social media.
Ms. Brown kick-started the action in a short video last week, encouraging supporters to #GoBlue in support of children’s rights.
Around the world, notable leaders in entertainment, government, sports and business are having children ‘take over’ their roles to highlight issues important to them.
Children are taking over parliaments in Montenegro, Peru, Tonga, Suriname, Zambia and others. In Brussels, youth will take over European Parliament, and five more UNICEF Youth Ambassadors are being appointed across the globe.
UNICEF is calling on activists and supporters to sign the petition to urge world leaders to commit to fulfilling the rights of every child and acknowledge these rights as non-negotiable.
Benjamin Gorisek-Gazze, UN News.