In a special video message featuring her own powerful photographs, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow urges the world to stay vigilant in reaching the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable children before the 2015 deadline to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The internationally acclaimed actress and humanitarian activist stresses the urgency of reaching neglected children around the world to ensure that their rights are met.
“Many of them have been impacted by conflict or emergencies, often forcing them to flee, with no access to food, clean water, proper health care, education or protection,” she says. “These children must not be forgotten.”
Farrow has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for over a decade. During that time she has visited Angola, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Haiti, Nigeria, the occupied Palestinian territory, Sudan and Uganda to help provide a voice for the most vulnerable children.
In September 2010, UNICEF released a special edition of its flagship ‘Progress for Children’ report, indicating that the global community can save millions of lives by investing first in the most disadvantaged children and communities. The report concludes that reaching the most vulnerable is not only the right thing to do on moral grounds; it will also help accelerate results for children and their families.
Great progress has been made in fighting poverty and hunger, ensuring universal primary education, advancing gender equality, reducing child and maternal mortality, addressing HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and protecting the environment – but much more must be done.
“Just imagine what we can do together,” Ms. Farrow says in her new video message.
Watch Mia’s video here.