Stars sign on to support UNICEF World Children's Day - FOX Carolina 21

Stars sign on to support UNICEF World Children's Day

Posted: Updated:
(AP Photo/File). This combination photo shows, from left, Hugh Jackman during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on  Jan. 26, 2016, actress Millie Bobby Brown in New York on Oct. 31, 2017 and soccer legend David Beckham at the amfAR charity ... (AP Photo/File). This combination photo shows, from left, Hugh Jackman during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 26, 2016, actress Millie Bobby Brown in New York on Oct. 31, 2017 and soccer legend David Beckham at the amfAR charity ...
(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP). FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Halle Bailey, left, and Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halle attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York. The group will perform a new track written for the UNICEF... (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP). FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Halle Bailey, left, and Chloe Bailey of Chloe x Halle attend the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York. The group will perform a new track written for the UNICEF...

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - David Beckham, Millie Bobby Brown and Hugh Jackman are among celebrities and world leaders announced Tuesday as participants and official supporters of the UNICEF initiative World Children's Day.

The organization said events around the globe will focus on child takeovers to mark the day Monday, including a gathering at the United Nations in New York. That's where UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres will welcome children and singer-songwriters Chloe x Halle will perform a new track written for the occasion.

Young people in Geneva, meanwhile, will take over the Palais des Nations to perform a special cover of Pink's hit "What About Us."

In Spain, children will join Leo Messi and others on the powerhouse soccer team FC Barcelona for a practice session, while in India, cricket will be the game for 22 child athletes who will play with legendary cricketer and UNICEF goodwill ambassador Sachin Tendulkar.

Brown, who appears on the Netflix series "Stranger Things," will kick off the day in Australia. Jackman is lending his voice via video to a fundraiser focused on providing clean water to those in need, to take place in gyms around the world on Saturday.

"I am so excited for the first-ever global celebration of World Children's Day on November 20th with UNICEF," Brown said in a statement. "It's our day, everyone! A day for us to raise our voices and unite. So let's do it - in our schools, with our friends, with our families!"

Beckham, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, will appear in a short film with children. Other events are planned for Copenhagen and Accra, where 10 children from eight African countries will tell the world about the continent in a series of Ted Talk-style appearances called Africa Dialogues.

More than 50 companies and organizations around the world will turn over key roles to children, including LEGO, Qantas and H&M Foundation. In schools, children will also take over classrooms and assemblies to raise their voices and fundraise in solidarity with the world's most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.

"It's a fun day with a serious point. A day for children by children to help save children's lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potential." said Justin Forsyth, UNICEF deputy executive director.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.