'Voices of Children in Emergencies’, a joint campaign of the EU and UNICEF for children in emergencies, was presented to EU member states in Rome today during an informal meeting of the working group on humanitarian assistance of the EU Council. The ceremony was hosted by the Italian EU Presidency, taking place at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation.
"The EU and UNICEF have become strategic global partners in providing humanitarian aid. Yet, in order to maintain this life-saving collaboration, we must invest in keeping the strong support we currently enjoy from the EU public. That is why I am thrilled by the outstanding success of this campaign" said Claus Sørensen, Director General of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO).
Commenting on the campaign's results, UNICEF Brussels EU Office Director Philippe Cori elaborated at the ceremony: “To date, 8 million European citizens have shared the voices of these children through their own digital networks. The campaign has already reached over 143 million people, which exceeds all our expectations”.
The 'Voices of Children' campaign captures the stories of children who have lived through or are still living in crisis. These stories are shared through social and media networks of participating UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors as they 'lend' their voices to the children by telling their stories. The campaign has a special focus on children in Jordan, Chad and the Philippines, where joint efforts through the EU-UNICEF partnership helped to bring relief in emergency situations.