Happy Holidays and all the best wishes for the New Year 2010!
UNICEF ambassadors Ewan McGregor, Claudia Schiffer and Her Majesty Queen Rania are fronting a new marketing drive to mark the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In a new series of ads they highlight the problems facing children today and appeal for aid.
On November 20, 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child became the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children.
“The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) represents a major milestone in the historic effort to achieve a world fit for children.,” said Chief of the Gender and Rights Unit of UNICEF’s Policy and Practice Division, Dan Seymour.
“As a binding treaty of international law, it codifies principles that Member States of the United Nations agreed to be universal – for all children, in all countries and cultures, at all times and without exception, simply through the fact of their being born into the human family.”
He added, “The treaty has inspired changes in laws to better protect children, altered the way international organizations see their work for children, and supported an agenda to better protect children in situations of armed conflict.”
“This 20th anniversary of the CRC reminds us, most of all, of what we have left to do.”
The Convention is demanding a revolution that places children at the heart of human development.
He can sing, he can dance, he can climb in and out of toilets, he’s travelled the length and breadth of the globe on a bike, he’s Obi-wan, he’s shot a dog in the arse… Ewan McGregor has done it all. What’s more, he’s not afraid of getting little Ewan out when the need arises (or doesn’t), clocking up five onscreen appearances to date.
Most alluring as… Did we mention the full frontal nudity? See Trainspotting (1996), The Pillow Book (1996), Velvet Goldmine (1998), Nightwatch (1997) and Young Adam (2003).
Interests include… Riding motorbikes, motorbike riding and motorbiking, amongst other things.
McGregor and Mackenzie last worked together on Young Adam, which screened in official selection in Cannes.
The Last Word, written by prolific Danish writer Kim Fupz Aakeson, was sold in Cannes by TrustNordisk. It is being billed as “a story about two people who fall in love just as the world starts falling apart”.
It is a co-production between Sigma Films (Scotland), Zentropa (Denmark) and Amusementpark Films (Germany. It will be produced by Gillian Berrie, Sisse Graum Jorgensen and Malte Grunert. It is supported by Scottish Screen.
This is director Mackenzie’s sixth feature film, following Spread, one of the highest selling films at Sundance thisyear; Hallam Foe, the Berlinale Silver Bear winning film with Jamie Bell in the eponymous role; the erotic thriller Asylum for which its star, Natasha Richardson, won the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress; Young Adam, starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Mortimer which won a host of awards including four Scottish BAFTAs; and thriller The Last Great Wilderness.
Ewan attended the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday – first the press conference for ‘Angels & Demons’, followed by the Closing Ceremony.