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David Morley

President and CEO / Président et chef de la direction, UNICEF Canada

David Morley is President and Chief Executive Officer of UNICEF Canada.

David volunteered with street children in Central America in 1978 and a planned three-month stint turned into a life-long career in international co-operation – a career that has taken him to humanitarian projects in Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Brazil, Iraq and countless others countries.

From 1980 to 1998 David was Executive Director of Pueblito, a Canadian NGO which promotes the rights of children. In 1998 he was appointed Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada. While he was there, Médecins Sans Frontières, won the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2006, he was named President and CEO of Save the Children Canada, a post he held until he took up his current duties with UNICEF Canada.

David served as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, and the Brazilian-based Abrinq Foundation for the Rights of Children. He is a mentor emeritus with the Trudeau Foundation and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Dignitas International, and the Advisory Board of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.

His writing on international issues has appeared in newspapers across Canada and around the world, and he is a frequent commentator on radio and television. Author of two Canadian best-selling books, Under the Tree (co-written with his wife Elizabeth Morley) and Healing Our World: Inside Doctors Without Borders, David has won a number of awards in the United States for his writing.

In recognition of his dedication and work in international development, David Morley has been awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, Carleton University’s Humanitarian Alumni Award.
A Nation's Well-Being Is More Than Just How Rich It UNICEF Canada

A Nation's Well-Being Is More Than Just How Rich It Is

With rising inequality and the well-being of children in even the most affluent countries at serious risk, we can no longer confuse the health of a country's economy with the health of its people. The failure of GDP to capture the well-being of people - including children - necessitates a new way of thinking.
11/28/2016 11:08 EST
World Refugee Day: Protecting Children Whose Only Home Is UNICEF

World Refugee Day: Protecting Children Whose Only Home Is Hope

As I flew home from Jordan earlier this year, I tried to digest all of the stories I had just heard: Families of Syrian refugees telling me of their ornate houses back home, now destroyed; of their extended families all living together, many of those family members now dead; of being forced to flee everything that they knew within a matter of minutes, even seconds.
06/20/2016 03:37 EDT
Why Ending Child Marriage Matters To Us Unicef

Why Ending Child Marriage Matters To Us All

750 million women alive today were married as children; more than one in three before they were 15 years old. Over the next 30 years, it's estimated that at least 280 million more girls under 18 will be married. The numbers are staggering. But behind each statistic is a child robbed of the right to make their own critical choices in life, to determine their own destiny, and to realize their full potential.
06/13/2016 10:10 EDT
Breaking The Cycle Of Crisis For UNICEF

Breaking The Cycle Of Crisis For Children

The Syrian conflict, now in its sixth year, has contributed to the highest level of human suffering the world has seen since World War II. In Za'atari, I met just a few of the 37 million children of primary and lower-secondary age who are out of school in crisis-affected countries. The impact of those numbers is far-reaching and leaves children in a cycle of crisis.
05/27/2016 03:52 EDT
When Diseases Spread Faster Than Vaccines, Children Pay The Unicef

When Diseases Spread Faster Than Vaccines, Children Pay The Price

We know how to protect against measles and we have the tools to do it. In fact, at less than $2 each in low-income countries, the measles vaccine is one of the cheapest to deliver. Investments in the measles vaccine are considered one of the best buys in global health. Yet we are still coming up short and failing the world's most vulnerable children.
04/29/2016 03:02 EDT
One Day In Jordan's Za'atari Refugee UNICEF Canada

One Day In Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp

Za'atari is a refugee camp -- 80,000 people live here now -- but it is in the process of becoming a city. New people are not arriving, another camp is taking those people now. And it is hard to know how many more people Jordan can take -- this country of a little more than six million people is also home to nearly three million refugees.
04/27/2016 12:36 EDT
Put Children First In The Fight Against Climate UNICEF Canada

Put Children First In The Fight Against Climate Change

any of the countries that are the most susceptible to the effects of climate change are also the ones that have the highest number of children as a share of their overall population. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions therefore isn't just about improving the air we breathe. It's about so much more.
04/22/2016 11:37 EDT
World Health Day: Recommit To Improving The Lives Of UNICEF

World Health Day: Recommit To Improving The Lives Of Children

Few things matter more to a community, to a country, to a global society, than a child's health. Healthy children grow up to become healthy adults -- people who can create and contribute to the public good. Indeed, improving the health of a child is one of the greatest investments any society can make towards bettering its future.
04/07/2016 01:01 EDT
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An Investment Today Could Save a Generation of Syrian Children

UNICEF, Save the Children and World Vision are urging the global community to commit US$1 billion to provide the education, protection, and support Syrian children need to fulfill their potential, and to develop the skills their societies need to create a more sustainable future. This investment could well save a generation.
01/15/2014 08:15 EST