Internationally acclaimed singer dedicates song to volunteers worldwide

01 Dec 2011

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Internationally acclaimed singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo, joined forces with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, ahead of a 5 December UN General Assembly Session on volunteerism.

New Horizons - UNV’s message to Member States is clear - millions of volunteers are changing lives for the better every day and with better recognition and support much more can be done.

When the internationally acclaimed singer, Angélique Kidjo, is not wowing audiences with her music she is often volunteering to help UNICEF advocate for children.

As a Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Kidjo travels to refugee camps and far-flung villages in some of the world’s poorest countries.

On a recent trip she met a child soldier and a victim of rape and shared her music with them.

“The moment I saw them smile I had won the battle against the solitary confinement they had put themselves in because of their trauma,” she said.

“Volunteering matters to me because there are many things all of us can do every day to help others.”

Ms. Kidjo is among the millions who volunteer worldwide every year.

A recent study of 36 countries estimated that 140 million people engage in volunteer work annually, which taken together, would comprise the 9th largest country in the world.

This week Ms. Kidjo dedicated her song ‘Agolo’ to volunteers everywhere ahead of a landmark UN General Assembly session, which will be the culmination of the tenth-anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.

Hopes are high that the 5 December Session will result in better recognition and support for volunteering.