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David Beckham

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Beckham has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 2005. He first became involved through Manchester United FC and has travelled to Sierra Leone in 2008 and more recently the Philippines, to see how the organisation provides food, clean water, protection, education and healthcare to children and young people.

HIV and Drought Are Having a Devastating Impact on Children's Lives

I met Sebenele, a bright 14 year-old boy with a big smile, this week during a visit to Swaziland to see how my fund is helping UNICEF to support and protect children living with HIV. Swaziland has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world. Twenty-four per cent of children here have lost one or both parents to AIDS and many are themselves now living with HIV. I thought about my own children and how in many ways the things Sebenele enjoys are the same things they do. Yet he told me how he is struggling to continue to take his antiretroviral medicine, which is vital to ensure he stays healthy, because he can't keep the pills down without any food.
10/06/2016 11:51 BST

We Can Help Millions of Children Who Are Living in Danger

Right this second all around the world, millions of children are in danger. Huge numbers of children are caught up in emergencies, like conflicts in Syria and South Sudan and natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In the Philippines 1.7million children were forced from their homes when the Typhoon swept through their communities. I saw myself how children's lives have been destroyed and how they are slowly recovering with the help of UNICEF. As a father, it was a moving experience and the memories of the children I met will stay with me for the rest of my life.
21/02/2014 13:19 GMT

Make Children the Real Winners of London 2012

The eve of the London 2012 Olympics is finally here. For the next two weeks we will all be cheering on Team GB, hoping our athletes will realise the Olympic dreams they have trained so hard for. But I hope they will not be the only winners of these Olympic Games. I hope the 180 million children who are currently suffering from the hidden hunger crisis - known as stunting - will be able to steal some of the limelight too.
26/07/2012 17:35 BST