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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thanks Idol Gives Back and the UN Foundation

The Secretary General thanks AMERICAN IDOL and the UN Foundation for supporting the work of the United Nations. "You're helping to build a better world, bringing relief to Haiti, keeping peace worldwide, fighting climate change." The UN Foundation was one of five beneficiaries of IDOL GIVES BACK, American Idol charity special. The program has raised over $140 million to benefit charities around the world. One of the charities highlighted on April 21, 2010 show was the Biruh Tesfa (Bright Future) Project, a joint UN Foundation, UNFPA and Population Council initiative to create safe spaces for over 600 out-of-school girls in Ethiopia. Idol Season 7 Winner David Cook visited the project a few weeks ago with the UN Foundation.