UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jyrki Linnankivi says goodbye to Nicaragua

“the loveliest country in the world”

  • He visited projects implemented by UNICEF Nicaragua and its counterparts in the framework of the programme to protect and care for victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.
Jyrki Linnankivi, Embajador de Buena Voluntad de UNICEF junto al Representante de País de UNICEF Nicaragua Philippe Barragne-Bigot durante la conferencia de prensa sobre su visita a Nicaragua para la promoción de la prevención de la trata y explotación sexual comercial (UNICEF/Nicaragua-2013/ M.G. Terán)

Jyrki Linnankivi, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Philippe Barragne-Bigot Representative of UNICEF in Nicaragua at the press conference about his visit to Nicaragua to promote the prevention of traffiking and sexual exploitation (UNICEF/Nicaragua-2013/ M.G. Terán)

Managua, Nicaragua. January 18, 2013. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jyrki Linnankivi, also known as Jyrky 69, is the lead singer with Finnish rock band The 69 Eyes. He concluded his trip to Nicaragua after visiting programmes for the prevention of the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children that UNICEF is executing in conjunction with the Nicaraguan government and local counterparts in the cities of Managua, Granada, Bluefields and Pearl Lagoon.

“Adolescents and young people should have the capacity to help each other,” he stated as his visit came to an end. “If they are organized, the problems could get resolved in a better, faster way. They are the majority in this country; they have the power.”

The Goodwill Ambassador met with adolescent victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Granada, encouraging them to keep on going and trust in the future.

Jyrki 69 also visited the municipality of Pearl Lagoon in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS). He was met there by adolescents from the Club of Promoters organized by the Nicaraguan NGO Christian Medical Action (AMC), which is a UNICEF counterpart. They told him about the changes in their lives since they became involved in that programme.

As one of them put it, “We used to be shy. We were afraid of expressing ourselves, of saying what we were thinking. But now we’ve developed life skills.” These adolescents meet periodically to share information, their interests and concerns, and to learn about their rights and develop group self-protection mechanisms.

“There are a lot of problems in our community related to alcoholism and drug use, risky sexual intercourse and violence. But we are informed and can therefore make better decisions,” explained Kenia Ordoñez.

Jyrki Linnankivi said that he felt very proud to have the opportunity to advocate on behalf of children and adolescents from his role as musician and artist. “Nicaragua has a great power in its children, adolescents and young people, because they form the majority in the country. That gives it a great power. I’ve seen the work that UNICEF is doing alongside the government and local organizations in difficult situations. But I’ve also seen positive things. My image of Nicaragua now is of happy faces and smiling eyes,” said Jyrki 69 during a press conference.

This is the first occasion that a Goodwill Ambassador has been received in Nicaragua. “We’re going to do everything possible to continue supporting the country to improve the situation of children. Let’s hope that in 5 years or so Nicaragua can graduate in comprehensive compliance with children’s rights. Then UNICEF would be here as a National Committee to provide technical assistance,” stated the UNICEF Representative in Nicaragua, Philippe Barragne-Bigot.

Jyrki 69, conversó hoy con los medios nacionales e internacionales sobre sus impresiones de su visita a Nicaragua. El aseguró que esa visita no termina acá, el hablará sobre su experiencia en Nicaragua en su gira mundial que iniciará con su banda a partir de febrero (UNICEF/Nicaragua-2013/ M.G. Terán)  (UNICEF/Nicaragua-2013/ G. Alemán)

Jyrki 69, was interviewed by the international and national media about his think after the visit around Nicaragua. He said the visit does not end here, because he´s talking about his experience in Nicaragua on his world tour with his band from February(UNICEF/Nicaragua-2013/ G. Alemán)

On returning to Finland, Jyrki will transmit a message to the people of Finland and the European countries on Nicaragua’s advances in complying with child and adolescent rights, the challenges still pending, and the possibility of collaborating to reduce the existing gaps.

In 2013, UNICEF Nicaragua is initiating a new Cooperation Programme that will last until 2017, including actions linked to the prevention of violence and the protection of children and adolescents. Employing an equity-based approach, UNICEF has identified 24 municipalities with higher rates of poverty and inequality located in the country’s northern regions and North and South Atlantic Autonomous Regions.

Born in Helsinki in 1968, Jyrki Linnankivi (also known as Jyrki 69) has been the lead singer of Finnish rock band The 69 Eyes for over two decades.

He was named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Finland in 2005 and has focused on the fight against the trafficking of children and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Prior to coming to Nicaragua, he has made two visits to Kenya as Goodwill Ambassador.

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