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July 2005

Gordon Brown delivers Annual Lecture

On 29 June, Gordon Brown delivered UNICEF UK’s Annual Lecture to an audience of guests from government, development charities, the media and business, members of the UK Committee for UNICEF, as well as participants in UNICEF’s C8 Children’s Forum. The Chancellor spoke about his commitment to debt relief, increased aid and trade justice. Mr Brown was challenged at the Lecture by 11-year-old C8 participant Aminata Palmer to do still more for the children of Africa.

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UNICEF in Zimbabwe

UNICEF in Zimbabwe issued an urgent appeal on 24 June for funds to continue supporting tens of thousands of children, affected by the evictions which form part of the Government’s “Operation Murambatsvina”. UNICEF is currently distributing more than 25,000 litres of water each day to the displaced and will continue providing assistance in the areas of health care, shelter, sanitation and psychosocial support in coming weeks.

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The tsunami - six months on

Six months after the tsunami, tough challenges lie ahead for affected communities, such as where to re-establish housing and how to restore livelihoods. Thanks to the generous response from donors, UNICEF was able to provide assistance in the immediate aftermath, ensuring the immunisation of nearly 1,200,000 children against measles and the provision of safe drinking water to a million people per day. UNICEF has now established plans for work over the next 2–5 years to improve education, health care, water and sanitation and child protection systems in tsunami-affected countries.

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ordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivering the UNICEF UK Annual Lecture.

    Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, delivering the UNICEF UK Annual Lecture.
Credit: UNICEF UK/2005/Robert Leslie


Quinton Fortune visits Johannesburg

On June 16, Quinton Fortune, a UNICEF Ambassador and Manchester United player, travelled to Johannesburg with UNICEF to celebrate Youth Day and visit HIV/AIDS projects. In the diary he kept of his trip, Quinton describes a moving meeting with a peer education coordinator in Soweto called Muzi. Regarding HIV/AIDS, Muzi told Quinton, “We are dealing with this because we have to. My grandmother had four daughters who between them have twelve children. All four of her children died of AIDS.”

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UNICEF UK publishes Annual Review

In 2004 UNICEF UK contributed £24.4 million to UNICEF programmes in 49 countries. Around 70 per cent of UNICEF’s total income in 2004 was received from fundraising activities, including supporter donations and legacy gifts, a further £2.4 million was raised from the sale of cards and gifts and £632,000 from advocacy activities and Baby Friendly sales. UNICEF UK continues to spend only 2p on administration for every £1 raised.

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