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NATIONAL COMMITTEES FOR UNICEF

Andorra National Committee for UNICEF Australian Committee for UNICEF Austrian Committee for UNICEF Belgian Committee for UNICEF Canadian UNICEF Committee Czech Committee for UNICEF Danish Committee for UNICEF Dutch Committee for UNICEF Estonian National Committee for UNICEF Finnish Committee for UNICEF French Committee for UNICEF German Committee for UNICEF Hellenic National Committee for UNICEF (Greece) Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF Hungarian National Committee for UNICEF Iceland National Committee for UNICEF Irish National Committee for UNICEF Israel Committee for UNICEF Italian National Committee for UNICEF Japan Committee for UNICEF Korean Committee for UNICEF Republic of Latvia National Committee for UNICEF Lithuanian National Committee for UNICEF Luxembourg Committee for UNICEF New Zealand Committee for UNICEF Norwegian Committee for UNICEF Polish Committee for UNICEF Portuguese Committee for UNICEF National Committee for UNICEF of San Marino Slovak Committee for UNICEF UNICEF Slovenia Spanish Committee for UNICEF Swedish Committee for UNICEF Swiss Committee for UNICEF Turkish National Committee for UNICEF United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF United States Fund for UNICEF

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UNICEF ANNUAL REPORT 2006

NATIONAL COMMITTEES

UNICEF is funded exclusively by voluntary contributions. The 37 National Committees are the lifeblood of the organization, collectively raising about one third of UNICEF’s annual income.The Iceland National Committee for UNICE , the newest committee, was acknowledged for enrolling more than 2 per cent of Iceland’s population as regular contributors.

Raising money is just one of the vital activities of the National Committees. During 2006, the United States Fund for UNICEF arranged for CNN to visit Chad, Darfur (Sudan) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.The station broadcast Killing Fields: Africa’s miser , the world’s shame, in which journalist Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent for CNN, visited UNICEF programmes on the border of Chad and Sudan, as well as programmes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Swiss Committee for UNICEF conducted a massive awareness-raising campaign about female genital mutilation/ cutting in February and March 2006.They rallied the public with mailings, advertisements and media coverage to stop this harmful practice. Mobilization activities led up to a reading by Somali-born author Faduma Korn and a concert by singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo from Benin.

The National Committees have been the driving force behind Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS. Right from the start, they have been involved in every stage of the campaign. They participated in the core group and its steering committee and met with UN agencies, non-governmental organizations and donor governments. While the global campaign began in 2005, National Committees have since helped keep the momentum rolling. In 2006, the Danish Committee for UNICEF held a highly publicized Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS event, where H. H. Princess Alexandra of Denmark lent her voice to the chorus calling for action to end the epidemic.The Danish Committee enlisted the support of corporate sponsors, donors, goodwill ambassadors, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others in the battle against AIDS.

In June, representatives of 18 National Committees met in Rabat (Morocco) to jump-start an education for development movement. The seeds for education initiatives were planted by participants and were to be followed up in their home countries. Delegates pledged to focus on children’s accessing the right to education in both industrialized and developing countries.

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