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Georgian composer and conductor becomes UNICEF’s ambassador

By Tea Mariamidze
Wednesday, June 28
Nikoloz Rachveli, a famous Georgian composer, conductor and Director of Georgian National Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed as UNICEF’s National Ambassador in Georgia, with a special focus on advocating for the rights of children with disabilities and ending violence against children.

Laila Omar Gad, UNICEF's Representative in Georgia, stated at a special event that Rachveli has been supporting UNICEF for a number of years through amplifying the message that all children should enjoy equal rights and realize their potential in an environment free from stigma and violence.

“We do hope that Nikoloz Rachveli’s efforts will further contribute to our advocacy and public education work to protect the rights of the most vulnerable children in Georgia,” she stated.

The Georgian composer said that the new position is a huge responsibility for him.

“I will do my best to continue advocating for the most disadvantaged children in Georgia,” he said.

UNICEF reports that in his role as National Ambassador, Nikoloz Rachveli will support UNICEF’s efforts to protect the rights of children with disabilities and address negative social norms contributing to violence against children.

“Nikoloz Rachveli has used his concerts and appearances to advocate for children with disabilities and to educate public about children rights. Earlier this year Nikoloz actively participated in UNICEF-led communication for social change campaign to address stigma against disability - See Every Color,” the statement of the organization reads.

UNICEF says that its celebrities have a wide range of talents and achievements, but they all share a commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors are world renowned artists and talents such as Katy Perry, Serena Williams, Liam Neeson, Novak Djokovic, David Beckham, Harry Belafonte, Orlando Bloom, Whoopi Goldberg, Leo Messi, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Vanessa Redgrave, Susan Sarandon, Mia Farrow, Sergio Ramos, Francesco Totti, Claudia Schiffer, Ewan McGregor, Robbie Williams, Sarah Jessica Parker and others.