APC President Majid Rashed appointed as UNICEF’s National Ambassador from UAE

APC President Majid Rashed appointed as UNICEF’s National Ambassador from UAE

25 January 2021

In a major fillip to the Asian Paralympic family and to the Paralympic Movement in the region, APC President Majid Rashed has been appointed as a United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) first National Ambassador from the United Arab Emirates.

The appointment has come months after the Asian Paralympic Committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNICEF to promote the rights of children and youth with disabilities, and to work together for their greater inclusion into society.

In his new role on behalf of UNICEF, Rashed will help give children a voice and bring their needs to the attention of decision-makers. He will contribute to UNICEF’s advocacy and work to achieve all child rights.

Happy and honoured to accept the appointment, Rashed said: “As a National Ambassador for the UAE, I hope I can contribute to my full potential and work towards the goals of UNICEF, not only in UAE, but also in Asia and around the world.

“The appointment has come at the right time as we are set to implement the APC’s new Strategic Plan for the next four years; in addition, our mission also aligns with UNICEF’s to use sport to empower youth with disabilities and promote social inclusion.”

Said Eltayeb Adam, UNICEF Representative for Gulf Area office, on the appointment: “The appointment of Majid Rashed as a national ambassador for UNICEF in the United Arab Emirates is a step in his long path to support children’s rights, especially the most vulnerable children.

“We have many opportunities and events this year - including Ramadan campaign for children, Dubai Expo 2020, among many others and others - to spread awareness about children’s rights, reimagine and build a better world after COVID-19 pandemic, and to place the children at the centre of all programs and policies.”

The appointment starts on 25 January 2021 and runs for two years.
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