UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham unveiled a wonderful installation that brings together the voices of young people to those with the power to change our future at the United Nations General Assembly.
There, also to assist Beckham on the launch were United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and two young people from UNICEF Voices of Youth initiative.
Google were responsible for creating a digital installation that harnesses mobile technology and social media to deliver personal messages from children and young people across the globe directly to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly. The UN are currently preparing to implement Sustainable Development Goals.
The messages highlight challenges they face in their homes and communities. These include extreme poverty, violence, inequality, deadly disease and conflict.
It also offers anyone and everyone the opportunity to have their voices heard over the future of children across the globe by sharing your views here.
Speaking at the unveiling, Beckham said: “It breaks my heart to see the struggles that children and young people across the world face every day.
“I’ve met children and mothers in South Africa living with HIV, I’ve met children living in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and I’ve met children who have experienced violence in Cambodia.
“Whatever challenges they face, they all share the same hope for a better future and we have an opportunity this year with the world focused on the new global goals to make that hope real for millions of children.
“I want a world where children can grow up safe from war, violence, poverty and preventable disease – a world where every child has a fair chance. I hope everyone will join me in asking world leaders to put children, especially the most disadvantaged, at the heart of the new global goals.”