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David Beckham, the British soccer star, was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador with a special focus on UNICEF’s Sports for Development program on January 10, 2005. Within days of his appointment, Beckham traveled to Copenhagen to see the work being done to aid children affected by the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. And he helped launch a television fundraising appeal with the recording of a public service announcement.

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Beckham’s support for UNICEF began while he played for the Manchester United Football Club. In November 1999, the club began their ‘United for UNICEF’ partnership to raise awareness and funds for UNICEF. The team participated in campaigns and fundraising activities to establish educational and recreational programmes involving football for children around the globe.

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In his ongoing role as Goodwill Ambassador, Beckham traveled to Sierra Leone in 2008 to bring attention to the country’s dire child survival conditions. Beckham’s support for UNICEF’s emergency work has included a visit to the Philippines in 2013 helping to launch the appeal for Typhoon Haiyan in which 1.7 million children were displaced and many lost their lives. The following year, he backed UNICEF’s fight to beat Ebola in Sierra Leone one of the worst affected countries.

In September of 2015, Beckham joined Ban Ki-moon to unveil a unique digital installation bringing the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly, as the UN got ready to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals.

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