The United Nations (UN) has announced that it will re-issue Bob Marley’s evergreen song, ‘One Love’, to support children whose lives have been altered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a report published on its website, the global agency said the new version of the song is a fundraising initiative with the consent of the late Jamaican musician’s family.
“One Love speaks directly to one key truth about this pandemic: our best hope to defeat COVID-19 and to reimagine a more equal, less discriminatory world for children is through global solidarity and co-operation. We are delighted that the Marley family along with Pandora have lent their generous support, creativity and love to help the most vulnerable children,” said UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore.
The fundraising initiative is a response to the United Nations Children’s Educational Fund’s (UNICEF) warning that an additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes in the next six months.
“Almost all of them live in developing countries, where the coronavirus pandemic has placed additional strain on already fragile health systems and basic services,” UNICEF had warned.
According to the report, members of the Marley family, world-renowned musicians, artists from conflict zones and children from vulnerable communities will feature on the new version of the song.
Proceeds raised from ‘One Love’ will support, UNICEF’s global campaign, Reimagine, to prevent the COVID-19 emergency from becoming a lasting crisis for children.