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Press Centre (1/2015)

UNICEF-Turkey wants not best wishes but PROMISE to children for the New Year

While celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, UNICEF Turkey calls on all to make a PROMISE for the realization of the rights of the child. 

By using #UNICEFpromise you can make your promise for what you can do for children.  This campaign to run from 31 December 2014 to 15 January 2015 was launched by Turkey’s Good Will Ambassadors Tuba Büyüküstün, Gülsin Onay, Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and Ferhat Göçer. You can see their promises on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram.

For the participant who receive the highest number of likes upon his/her promise in Facebook,Twitter, Instagramwith the hashtag  #UNICEFpromise, UNICEF Turkey is planning to give a very special present and, if the person concerned accepts, to conduct a special interview to be shared through social media accounts of UNICEF Turkey and its website.

What we want through #UNICEFpromise is actually not so big and apparently unattainable promises… What we expect from each participant is making simple promises for children and keeping them.  To give few examples:

For parents
#UNICEFpromise I’ll let my child spend more time with other children with disabilities
#UNICEFpromise I’ll create opportunities for my child to play more

For teachers
#UNICEFpromise I’ll make sure that there are students with disabilities in my class
#UNICEFpromise I’ll ensure that my students participate more this year

Join us and let’s work together to translate the rights of children into life this year.

About the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child explicitly recognizes the universal rights of all children. As the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history, it led to substantial changes in legislation and practices and significant improvements are achieved in the lives of millions of children all around the world as a result.

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) is a United States agency specialized in supporting the implementation of child rights. It is the lead child rights advocate at global level. At local level, UNICEF works with various partners to promote the well-being of children and offer opportunities to all male and female children to reach their full potential. Most of UNICEF’s work is in the most impoverished regions of the world and for responding to children’s needs in emergency situations. The UNICEF has its strong presence in more than 190 countries with 156 country offices and 36 national committees. UNICEFis funded exclusivelyby voluntarycontributions.
For further information:Sema Hosta, UNICEF Turkey Chief of Communication, 0533 622 8346
UNICEF Turkey Country Office, Yukarı Dikmen Mah. Alexsander Dubçek Cd. 7/106, 06450 Çankaya/Ankara. Telephone: +90 312 454 1000 Fax: +90 312 496 1461 E-mail: ankara@unicef.org