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UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Website Wins Webby Award

Website wins People’s Voice Award in non-profit category

NEW YORK, 10 May 2006 - The Webby Awards, the leading international honour for Web sites, Tuesday named UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2006 website the People’s Voice Award winner for non-profit web sites of 2006.  Winners will be honoured at The Tenth Annual Webby Awards in New York City on 12 June.

Tiffany Shlain, founder and ambassador of The Webby Awards, said the winning UNICEF website “is a testament to the skill, ingenuity and vision of its creators.”

The Webby Awards present two honours in each category: The Webby Award and The People's Voice Award.  While members of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences select the nominees for both awards, the online community determines the winners of The People's Voice Awards by voting for the sites thought to be best in each category. People's Voice Awards garnered over 200,000 unique votes from all over the world.

“This Webby Award reflects the commitment and dedication of the men and women of UNICEF who work on behalf of the world's children,” said Stephen Cassidy, Chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section.  “We’d like to thank everyone at UNICEF who contributed to this fantastic effort, and all of our online supporters worldwide.”

The website can be seen at www.unicef.org/sowc06/index.php.

The Tenth Annual Webby Awards received a record number of entries from over 40 countries and all 50 states.

Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous five-words-or-less acceptance speeches.

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About SOWC 2006: The 2006 State of the World's Children report focuses on excluded and invisible children who have no access to essential services, protection and participation.  The State of the World’s Children is UNICEF’s annual flagship publication.  It is the most comprehensive survey of global trends affecting children.  In addition to analysis of major issues, it provides a complete almanac of up-to-date statistical data on children.

About UNICEF: For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

About The Webby Awards: Called the ‘Oscars of the Internet’ by the New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honouring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. Established in 1996, the 10th Annual Webby Awards received over 5,500 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide.  The Webby Awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.  Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: AOL; The Creative Group; Verizon; Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines; Fortune; OnRequest Images; IDG; iStockphoto; American Marketing Association; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced Studios; MX Interactive and Museum of the Moving Image. For more information visit www.webbyawards.com.

Key dates:  Webby Award and People's Voice Award Winners will be announced on 9 May 9 2006.  Winners will be honoured at The 10th Annual Webby Awards on 12 June 2006 in New York City at Cipriani Wall Street.

Key facts: Webby Awards are handed out in 63 categories including Activism, Best Practices, Blog, Employment, Fashion, Film, Finance, Health, Humor, Politics, Retail, Spirituality, Travel, TV and Weird. The 10th Annual Webby Awards received over 5,500 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide.

For more information, please contact:

Tanya Turkovich, +212-326-7745, tturkovich@unicef.org


 

 

 

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