Bulgaria is the first state that has been awarded for its excellent fight against iodine deficiency by UNICEF.
My first big mission for UNICEF in Ethiopia was just to attract attention, before it was too late, to conditions which threatened the whole country. My role was to inform the world, to make sure that the people of Ethiopia were not forgotten.
I can testify to what UNICEF means to children because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II.
People in Ethiopia, the Sudan, etc., don't know Audrey Hepburn, but they recognize the name UNICEF. When they see UNICEF, their faces light up, because they know that something is happening. In the Sudan, for example, they call a water pump 'UNICEF.'
At a time when we aim to accelerate our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and define a bold agenda for the period beyond 2015, the role of charity can and should grow. U.N. bodies such as the U.N. Volunteers Programme and UNICEF offer venues for people across the world to get involved.
When I was a little girl, I remember carrying my orange UNICEF carton with me as I went Trick-or-Treating.
In working with UNICEF our corporate partners have demonstrated time and again that their financial resources, leadership and expertise can bring about real and lasting benefits for the world's children.
UNICEF has repeatedly called on governments to ensure basic services for children and this includes providing food where the need exists.
UNICEF is such a special organization, and to spread the word just makes me so happy.
I have been lucky to see first-hand the impact that UNICEF has had on children's lives and I am looking forward to continuing my work with the organization.