Maggie Cheung Appointed as UNICEF Ambassador in China

 

Maggie Cheung Appointed as UNICEF Ambassador in China

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Highly acclaimed international film star Ms Maggie Cheung was appointed as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ambassador in China. With this appointment Ms Maggie Cheung will dedicate her fame and prestige to the cause of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in China.

“I have long respected the work of UNICEF in different parts of the world,” Ms Maggie Cheung remarked at the announcement event at agency’s Beijing office compound. “I am greatly honoured by this new role as a spokesperson and advocate for the most vulnerable children in China, and looking forward to helping to improve public awareness on critical issues facing children.”

    On 29 April 2010, (left-right) UNICEF Representative in China Yin Yin Nwe and newly appointed UNICEF Goodwill (China) Ambassador Maggie Cheung hold a certificate formalizing Ms. Cheungs appointment, at a ceremony in Beijing, the capital. I have long respected the work of UNICEF in different parts of the world, said Ms. Cheung. I am greatly honoured by this new role as a spokesperson and advocate for the most vulnerable children in China, and looking forward to helping to improve public awareness on critical issues facing children.  In April 2010 in China, acclaimed international actress and newly appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (China) Maggie Cheung visited children and women affected by HIV/AIDS in Ruili City, in the south-western province of Yunnan. Although China has relatively low rates of HIV infection, the risk of transmission is significantly higher in parts of Yunnan Province, which borders major opium producing regions in neighbouring countries. HIV prevalence is 0.1 per cent nationally, but rises to 20 per cent among intravenous drug users in Yunnan. The disease remains highly stigmatized and poorly understood by much of the population, factors that could accelerate the spread of the epidemic, particularly among the rural poor, migrants, sex workers and injecting drug users. On 29 April, Ms. Cheung was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to advocate on behalf of vulnerable children, including those affected by HIV/AIDS and disability. Her visit to Yunnan aimed to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to mitigate stigma associated with the disease. By the end of 2007, an estimated 700,000 Chinese were HIV-positive.    UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maggie Cheung gives a teddy bear and notebook to a girl who is HIV-positive, in Ruili City, Yunnan Province. The teddy bear and notebook display the UNICEF logo.  In April 2010 in China, acclaimed international actress and newly appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (China) Maggie Cheung visited children and women affected by HIV/AIDS in Ruili City, in the south-western province of Yunnan. Although China has relatively low rates of HIV infection, the risk of transmission is significantly higher in parts of Yunnan Province, which borders major opium producing regions in neighbouring countries. HIV prevalence is 0.1 per cent nationally, but rises to 20 per cent among intravenous drug users in Yunnan. The disease remains highly stigmatized and poorly understood by much of the population, factors that could accelerate the spread of the epidemic, particularly among the rural poor, migrants, sex workers and injecting drug users. On 29 April, Ms. Cheung was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to advocate on behalf of vulnerable children, including those affected by HIV/AIDS and disability. Her visit to Yunnan aimed to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to mitigate stigma associated with the disease. By the end of 2007, an estimated 700,000 Chinese were HIV-positive.

Ms Maggie Cheung recently travelled with UNICEF Representative Dr Yin Yin Nwe to Yunnan to visit communities and children that have been hit hard by HIV-AIDS. The new UNICEF Ambassador had a first-hand look at how children are affected by HIV-AIDS and how successful efforts to scale up HIV prevention and care are helping these communities.

UNICEF Ambassadors are prominent individuals from the worlds of art, entertainment, sport or other fields of public life who raise awareness of the priorities for children and extend the public outreach of programmes for children.

          UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maggie Cheung gives a teddy bear and notebook to a girl who is HIV-positive, in Ruili City, Yunnan Province. The teddy bear and notebook display the UNICEF logo.  In April 2010 in China, acclaimed international actress and newly appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (China) Maggie Cheung visited children and women affected by HIV/AIDS in Ruili City, in the south-western province of Yunnan. Although China has relatively low rates of HIV infection, the risk of transmission is significantly higher in parts of Yunnan Province, which borders major opium producing regions in neighbouring countries. HIV prevalence is 0.1 per cent nationally, but rises to 20 per cent among intravenous drug users in Yunnan. The disease remains highly stigmatized and poorly understood by much of the population, factors that could accelerate the spread of the epidemic, particularly among the rural poor, migrants, sex workers and injecting drug users. On 29 April, Ms. Cheung was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to advocate on behalf of vulnerable children, including those affected by HIV/AIDS and disability. Her visit to Yunnan aimed to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to mitigate stigma associated with the disease. By the end of 2007, an estimated 700,000 Chinese were HIV-positive.      UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maggie Cheung drips water onto adolescents during a ceremony in Ruili City, Yunnan Province. The adolescents are ambassadors for UNICEFs Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign; they share information about HIV/AIDS in their communities and support children affected by the disease. The spraying of water is a local custom that expresses good wishes.  In April 2010 in China, acclaimed international actress and newly appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (China) Maggie Cheung visited children and women affected by HIV/AIDS in Ruili City, in the south-western province of Yunnan. Although China has relatively low rates of HIV infection, the risk of transmission is significantly higher in parts of Yunnan Province, which borders major opium producing regions in neighbouring countries. HIV prevalence is 0.1 per cent nationally, but rises to 20 per cent among intravenous drug users in Yunnan. The disease remains highly stigmatized and poorly understood by much of the population, factors that could accelerate the spread of the epidemic, particularly among the rural poor, migrants, sex workers and injecting drug users. On 29 April, Ms. Cheung was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to advocate on behalf of vulnerable children, including those affected by HIV/AIDS and disability. Her visit to Yunnan aimed to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to mitigate stigma associated with the disease. By the end of 2007, an estimated 700,000 Chinese were HIV-positive.

We are delighted to welcome Ms Maggie Cheung as UNICEF Ambassador in China,” said Dr. Yin Yin Nwe, UNICEF China Representative. “As one of the world’s best known Chinese cinema artists, she will help us to continue raising the profile of children’s issues. We are thoroughly delighted that such a respected and acclaimed artist will lend her voice to the cause of children.”

UNICEF China aims to enlist Ms Maggie Cheung’s support for public advocacy on key child rights issues, such as support for children affected by HIV/AIDS, migrant and left-behind children and children with disabilities.

UNICEF will begin a new five year programme of cooperation with the government of China in 2011, focusing on the most vulnerable children and women in China.