David Beckham wants world leaders to do more to protect children

David Beckham has issued a call out to world leaders to do more to improve the lives of vulnerable children.

As part of his role as goodwill ambassador for Unicef, Beckham gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations in New York a day before world leaders will gather at the UN General Assembly.

The father of four said it broke his heart to see children and young people struggling around the world.


“I’ve met children and mothers in South Africa living with HIV, I’ve met children living in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and I’ve met children who have experienced violence in Cambodia,” he said.

“Whatever challenges they face, they all share the same hope for a better future – and we have an opportunity this year… to make that hope real for millions of children.

“I want a world where children can grow up safe from war, violence, poverty and preventable disease – a world where every child has a fair chance.”

Prior to his speech, David also unveiled a digital installation that displays messages from children around the globe directly to world leaders.