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50th Anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh 

2021 marks fifty years since the iconic Concert for Bangladesh. The first "concert for good" that has inspired world renowned events such as Live Aid and most equally, began the legacy of the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF is a joint undertaking between the Harrison family and UNICEF USA to support UNICEF programs that provide lifesaving assistance to children, including health, education, nutrition and emergency relief.

While forever linked with Bangladesh, the Fund today supports UNICEF programs around the world. Over nearly half a century, the fund has helped children in countries like Angola, Romania, India, Haiti and Brazil. Most recently, in 2021 the Fund has supported relief for Bangladesh after the devastating fires in Cox's Bazar and education for children on the US/Mexico border.

The Concerts for Bangladesh

In 1971 Ravi Shankar asked his friend George Harrison to help his country, which was suffering from the effects of floods, famine and civil war. The resulting Concert for Bangladesh was the first major music benefit concert for a humanitarian cause, raising much needed funding and awareness for UNICEF in Bangladesh.

Learn more about The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.


UNICEF USA hosted its premier streaming event, UNICEF WON’T STOP, on May 9, 2020. UNICEF WON’T STOP featured musical performances and special appearances, and highlighted UNICEF’s COVID-19 response, frontline workers, health experts and the children UNICEF serves.


UNICEF’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is focused on providing critical supplies to health facilities, preventing the spread of new infection, ensuring the continuity of education and analyzing data to inform where and how to best deploy resources. UNICEF is a key partner in the COVAX Facility, a multiagency initiative to ensure the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide.  

Learn more about UNICEF's response to COVID-19.

UNICEF George Harrison Fund (GHFU) Campus Challenge

Every year, UNICEF Campus Clubs (high school and college) host fundraisers and events in support of UNICEF USA as part of the Clubs Challenge. The top three fundraising UNICEF clubs receive an award and a special opportunity on behalf of UNICEF USA. Funds raised and submitted by student members of a UNICEF Club will be matched up to $100,000 by the George Harrison Fund.