Agnes Chan named UNICEF Regional Ambassador for East Asia and Pacific Region

 

Agnes Chan named UNICEF Regional Ambassador for East Asia and Pacific Region

On 7 July, UNICEF National Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan speaks at a press conference held by J8 youth delegates prior to their meeting with G8 leaders, in the city of Chitose on Hokkaido Island. A poster of the 2007 J8 Summit (held in Wismar, Germany) is behind her.

From 2 to 9 July 2008 in Japan, 39 young people from around the world gathered in the city of Chitose on Hokkaido Island for the Junior 8 (J8) Summit, hosted by the Government of Japan and UNICEF. The meeting parallels the annual summit of Heads of State/Government from Group of 8 (G8) countries, also hosted on Hokkaido Island this year. G8 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The J8 Summit provides a platform for young people to discuss global issues, advocate for solutions and actions from world leaders and foster a global youth movement around international issues. Participants, aged 13 to 17, are from all of the G8 countries. Young people from seven developing countries, Barbados, Côte d’Ivoire, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal and South Africa, also participated. The meeting focused on three principal G8 topics: climate change and global warming; poverty and development; and global health, particularly child survival and infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS. On 7 July, J8 delegates, selected by their peers, presented their recommendations to G8 leaders at their meeting venue in the nearby town of Toyako. The recommendations asked that world leaders listen to young people and outlined specific proposals to reduce global warming (including the creation of ‘Green Indexes’ to evaluate the climate-impact of products produced globally); reduce global poverty (including by supporting child rights and conflict resolution); and increase positive health initiatives worldwide (including education on disease prevention and G8 matching funds for developing country health sectors).

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BANGKOK/TOKYO/ HONG KONG, 7 March 2016 – UNICEF today announced the appointment of Agnes Chan Miling as its newest Regional Ambassador for East Asia and the Pacific Region.

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A much respected entertainer and television personality, Ms. Chan has worked as a national advocate for the rights of children since her debut as a singer in Japan in 1972. She has served as a UNICEF National Ambassador for Japan for over 17 years.

“We are very glad that Agnes Chan has accepted a regional role as a UNICEF Ambassador for children,” said Daniel Toole, UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific. “In her role as a UNICEF National Ambassador for Japan, she has been a strong advocate for children’s rights. As a regional Ambassador she will continue to use her voice to help UNICEF in Japan and beyond, to improve the lives of children.”

Ms. Chan first teamed up with UNICEF in 1998 when she was appointed as the first UNICEF National Ambassador for Japan. Since then, she has undertaken media interviews, field visits and public outreach activities, with a special focus on children impacted by violence, conflict and emergencies.

“I am honoured to become a Regional Ambassador, and to continue to help defend and uphold children’s rights,” said Chan. “Having visited children in 18 countries for UNICEF over the years, I have seen first-hand how children around the world are suffering from circumstances beyond their control. Children in The East Asia and Pacific region have huge potential but they need our support to develop and blossom. My dedication to reach out to the most vulnerable children in the region and beyond will only grow with this new appointment. Let’s speak up for the rights of all children. Let’s treat every child as our own.”

Ms. Chan, who is a native of Hong Kong, China, has a long history of employing her celebrity and her energy to support children’s causes. In 2009, Ms. Chan helped launch UNICEF’s global Progress for Children report. She also travelled with the UNICEF Executive Director to areas affected by the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, promoting child-centered disaster risk reduction; an issue that was the focus of her address to the Third session of the Global Platform for disaster risk reduction in Geneva that same year. In 2014, Ms. Chan chaired an experts’ and children’s discussion at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.