This week, the UN General Assembly met at the Unite Nations in New York City to discuss, in part, nuclear developments and the ongoing war in Syria. As part of the talks and to raise awareness to the refugee crisis, specifically the plight of children refugees, UNICEF asked artists to create specialized works around the subject.The campaign was launched on Instagram and managed to coax out the (small but substantial) warmth of the internet.
Illustrators contributed watercolors, pencil drawings, and short cartoon animations, tagging each with the hashtag, #illustrators4children. Jean Julian, the French artist behind the iconic Eiffel Tower inside a peace sign, created the image of a small child nestled in a bed is surrounded by the cozy structure of a home, all contained inside the warmth of human hands. The illustration is finished with the serene blue of the United Nations Children’s Fund logo.
A more recent Instagram post shows a young girl tracing her hands through ocean sand, creating a mosaic of tiny flowers. And what the charming illustration may not bring across in seriousness, a caption brings across the ultimate purpose: “The message to world leaders currently meeting at the United Nations General Assembly is clear: Not refugee children. Not migrant children. They’re #childrenfirst.”
Inevitably, the illustrations harness the a highly accessible platform to draw in a younger, connected audience for child welfare.
The UN General Assembly met for their 71st session beginning September 19, 2016. Find more information about the issues discussed at the GA meeting on the United Nations website, here, and visit UNICEF’s Instagram here.
Via It’s Nice That