Telenor group partners UNICEF

Telenor group and UNICEF have signed a global partnership agreement to promote children’s development.

The five-year agreement includes both financial support and access to a range of mobile technology solutions that will help advance children’s rights.

The parties will focus on UNICEF programmes to advance child survival, development and protection, using mobile technology. The new agreement includes an annual contribution from Telenor Group to UNICEF of NOK 3.6 million (approximately $580,000) for the next five years.

This partnership will support UNICEF’s work for children, with a focus on countries in Asia where Telenor is present.

“Telenor has a large presence in Asia and we are looking forward to be working together with UNICEF in support of children’s rights and development in the region. The mobile industry has proven to have positive effects on economic and social welfare, it is our ambition to extend the benefits of telecommunications into all markets where we operate,” said Telenor group president and CEO, Jon Fredrik Baksaas.

“Innovation has driven tremendous progress for children, not only by helping us reach the most remote and disadvantaged communities with critical services, but also by giving those communities and children new ways to improve their own lives and make their voices heard,” said Lake, UNICEF’s executive director.

“UNICEF is very glad to deepen our partnership with an industry leader like Telenor. By developing new products and solutions to global challenges, Telenor helps drive further progress for the most vulnerable children, ultimately strengthening the societies in which it does business,” added Lake.

Prior to signing the new global agreement, Telenor Group and UNICEF collaborated locally for several years, with a focus on education against child labour in Bangladesh, the provision of health services for Roma people in Serbia, and health information services in Thailand.

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