In Myanmar, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan visits children affected by human trafficking
YANGON, Myanmar, 11 July 2012 – 12-year-old Zaw* is a boy trying to build a future. Life has not always been kind to Zaw, who was trafficked as a young child to Malaysia and then forced to beg in the streets.
UNICEF releases a workbook to help businesses respect and support children’s rights
GENEVA, Switzerland, 21 June 2012 –UNICEF has announced the release of a new pilot workbook that will help businesses protect and promote children’s rights.
In Brazil, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake discusses social media and children’s rights in the lead-up to Rio+20
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, 20 June 2012 – This week, the eyes of the world are focused on Rio de Janeiro as Brazil hosts the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20. The conference is capturing headlines worldwide and is prominent across social media.
In DR Congo, soccer star and UNICEF National Ambassador Tresor Lualua promotes polio vaccination
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 15 June 2012 – Congolese soccer star and UNICEF National Ambassador Tresor Lualua recently accompanied a mobile team of polio vaccinators in Kinshasa during the second round of the 2012 National Immunization Days.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo calls for help in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 11 June 2012 – As conditions in the Sahel region of Africa continue to worsen, international recording artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo has added her voice to the movement to save the lives of more than 1 million children under age 5 who are at risk of deadly severe acute malnutrition.
Executive Board opens with focus on sustainable development for children
NEW YORK, USA, 5 June 2012 – Sustainable development took centre stage as the UNICEF Executive Board opened its 2012 Annual Session at UN headquarters in New York today.
Ewan McGregor issues appeal for the children of the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 21 May 2012 – As aid agencies warn of a major funding shortage for the crisis in the Sahel, actor and UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor has added his voice to those calling for more help for the region.
Podcast #58: Mia Farrow on visiting the crisis-afflicted Sahel region
NEW YORK, USA, 3 May 2012 – Poor harvests, drought and high food prices, combined with increasing insecurity, have pushed the Sahel region into a malnutrition crisis. Some 15 million people in the region are directly affected, including over one million children under age 5 who are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition, a life-threatening condition, this year.
Mia Farrow appeals for aid on behalf of children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 1 May 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow has issued an urgent appeal on behalf of a million children in the Sahel whose lives are threatened by severe acute malnutrition
Podcast #57: Pau Gasol on making early childhood a priority
NEW YORK, USA, 27 April 2012 – Sixty-four years ago, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, education was declared a basic human right for everyone, no matter their circumstances, gender, location, religion, language, ethnicity or socio-economic background. Yet, according to UNESCO, 67 million children of primary school age are out of school and being denied the opportunity to fully reach their potential.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo supports World Immunization Week
NEW YORK, USA, 23 April 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo is supporting the first-ever World Immunization Week, an international effort to highlight the importance of immunization.
Selena Gomez calls for life-saving action on behalf of children in the Sahel
NEW YORK, USA, 19 April 2012 – Actress, recording artist, designer and UNICEF Ambassador Selena Gomez is lending her star power to UNICEF’s campaign to save lives in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa.
Experts discuss issues raised in UNICEF's flagship report at panel discussion in New York
NEW YORK, US, 8 March 2012 – For 15-year-old Shakora Townsend, growing up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in New York City has made living with poverty, violence and discrimination a part of her daily life.
Millennium Development Goal target on drinking water met
NEW YORK, USA, 6 March 2012 – The world has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well ahead of the MDG 2015 deadline.
MUMBAI, India, 24 February 2012 – One of the more promising developments in the effort to reduce urban poverty is the emergence of networks of grassroots groups in which women play a prominent role as agents of positive change in their communities and around the world.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Syria following the report of the independent international commission of inquiry
NEW YORK, USA, 23 February 2012 – “UNICEF is appalled by the impact on children of the escalating violence in Syria.
Out of sight, out of reach
AMMAN, Jordan, 23 February 2012 – Half the world’s population now lives in cities. Throughout history, urban life, so concentrated with humanity, has been a catalyst for trade, ideas and opportunities, making cities engines of economic growth. Today, living in a city is widely regarded as the best way to find prosperity and escape poverty. Yet hidden inside cities, wrapped in a cloak of statistics, are millions of children struggling to survive.
Speaking for Ourselves
NEW YORK, USA, 22 February 2012 – People all over the world hear stories, watch movies and see postcards of New York City. They recognize our skyline – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty or the Brooklyn Bridge – on sight. But New York City is not just about the big lights, the big buildings. There are the streets, and then there are the people who walk them, and when you live here you learn that New York is just like any city, filled with people who struggle to make ends meet.
UNICEF makes headway toward an AIDS-free generation despite the waning of resources
NEW YORK, USA, 8 February 2012 – The world is now closer than ever to the promise of an AIDS-free generation.
UNICEF Executive Board opens with highlight on innovation
NEW YORK, USA, 7 February 2012 – The UNICEF Executive Board opened its first regular session of the year at United Nations Headquarters in New York, with an emphasis on the role of innovation in strengthening UNICEF’s ability to carry out its work under tight financial constraints.
Youth Filmmakers win 2011 OneMinutesJr. Awards
NEW YORK, USA, and Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1 February 2012 – UNICEF and the One Minutes Foundation announced today the winners of the 2011 OneMinutesJr. Awards.
'Full of Grace' photography exhibition celebrates children
WEST PALM BEACH, USA, 30 January 2012 – ‘Full of Grace’, a graceful, eclectic and evocative exhibition of more than 200 photographs, accompanied by sculptures and literary quotations, opened on 26 January at the Palm Beach Photographic Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is an exuberant celebration of the representation of children in photography over the past 150 years.
UNICEF's Executive Board elects a new President for 2012
NEW YORK, USA, 19 January 2012 – Marking the beginning of the new year with new leadership, UNICEF’s Executive Board elected His Excellency Mr. John W. Ashe, Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations, as its President for 2012. Mr. Ashe was nominated from among the Latin American and Caribbean states that are members of the Executive Board.
UNICEF education staff look back at a year of challenges and inspiration
NEW YORK, USA, 5 January 2012 – UNICEF education staff around the globe share the most inspiring moments they experienced in 2011, events that that reminded them why they chose their professions. Below is a selection of their stories. More stories can be found here.
UNICEF plans major expansion of global vaccine programme
NEW YORK, USA, 3 January 2012 – UNICEF is preparing ambitious plans to update, strengthen and vastly expand its global vaccination programme.
UNICEF in 2011: The year in review
NEW YORK, 30 December 2011 – From famine in the Horn of Africa to flooding in Pakistan and uprisings across the Middle East, 2011 was a challenging year for families in the developing world.
In Germany, UNICEF awards Photo of the Year to an image of stark contrasts
NEW YORK, USA, 21 December 2011 – Kai Löffelbein’s photograph of a boy scavenging electronics scraps at a dump in Ghana was named the ‘UNICEF Photo of the Year 2011’ at an awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany, yesterday.
UNICEF Botswana launches new website
GABORONE , Botswana, 16 December 2011 – The UNICEF Botswana office has launched a website, a platform for highlighting the organization’s programmes and for announcing news and events related to UNICEF’s projects and partners in Botswana.
UNICEF at 65: Looking back, thinking ahead
NEW YORK, USA, 9 December 2011 - On 11 December, UNICEF celebrates its 65th anniversary. Created in 1946 from the residual resources of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration to secure the fate of Europe’s children, few then imagined that it would still be in existence today. In the six and a half decades since it was formed, UNICEF continues to assist children affected by war and crisis, but has also taken on a much broader and ever-evolving role in international development, working across political, national and social divides to provide integrated services to children and advocate for the full spectrum of their rights.
Inaugural ‘State of the World’s Volunteerism Report’ recognizes contributions of volunteers worldwide
NEW YORK, USA, 5 December 2011 – The United Nations General Assembly paid tribute to the work of its ‘unsung heroes’ today, launching the first-ever State of the World’s Volunteerism Report during a special General Assembly session.
UNICEF celebrates the work of its global volunteers
NEW YORK, USA, 2 December 2011 - United Nations Volunteers come from all over the world with different skills and backgrounds, but they have one thing in common; an abiding passion to improve the lives of others.
New UNICEF Photography iPhone app showcases global efforts to advance child rights
NEW YORK, USA, 11 July 2011 – Users of the iPhone now have one more way to see the work that UNICEF is doing around the world to advance children’s rights.
Executive Board looks to greater results for children despite challenges
NEW YORK, USA, 20 June 2011 – The UNICEF Executive Board kicked off its 2011 Annual Session at UN headquarters in New York this morning with an eye towards achieving greater results for children despite the international economic downturn and other global challenges.
The road to equity: UNICEF uses every mode of transport to reach the most vulnerable
NEW YORK, 26 May 2011 – With programmes in more than 150 developing countries, how does UNICEF get resources and services to those who most desperately need them? By any means available.
Regional and global UNICEF meetings in Bern focus on innovation and equity
BERN, Switzerland, 4 May 2011 – Equity and innovation are at the centre of two events taking place here in the Swiss capital: the 56th Annual Meeting of UNICEF National Committees, which concludes today; and the UNICEF Regional Management Team meeting for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS), which winds up tomorrow.
UNICEF honoured as a top innovative development organization
NEW YORK, USA, 18 April 2011 – UNICEF has been named as a leading innovative international development organization by Devex, a global hub for international development professionals and aid workers.
UNICEF in 2010: The year in review
NEW YORK, USA, 30 December 2010 – For UNICEF and the world’s children, the past 12 months have been marked by unprecedented difficulties and extraordinary opportunities. As 2010 draws to a close, it’s worth highlighting some of the moments that made this a year like no other.
UNICEF Executive Director addresses milestone meeting of National Committees
SEOUL, Republic of Korea, 10 May 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today joined South Korea’s Prime Minister, Un-Chan Chung, the heads of UNICEF National Committees and other dignitaries to formally open the 55th Annual Meeting of National Committees for UNICEF.
Anthony Lake, sworn in as Executive Director, brings a wealth of experience to UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 3 May 2010 – As Anthony Lake assumes his new role as UNICEF's sixth Executive Director, he builds upon a solid foundation formed by the organization's 60-plus years of child-rights advocacy, as well as his own wealth of international experience.
Webby Awards honour UNICEF’s online celebration of child rights
NEW YORK, 15 April 2010 – The UNICEF micro site ‘20 Years of Child Rights’ – commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) – has been named an Official Honouree of the 14th Annual Webby Awards.
UNICEF and Japan celebrate a 60-year partnership
TOKYO, Japan, 7 October 2009 – UNICEF and the Government of Japan are celebrating a partnership that began 60 years ago this month, when a ship laden with powdered milk and other relief supplies from UNICEF arrived in post-war Japan.
UNICEF launches its global website in Chinese
NEW YORK, USA, 15 January 2007 – UNICEF has launched a new edition of its global website in Chinese.
UN and UNICEF staff bid farewell to Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York
NEW YORK, USA, 20 December 2006 – At United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday, outgoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan was feted by staff members from various UN agencies to mark the end of his 10-year term.
UNICEF e-greetings: New, improved and great for last-minute holiday wishes
NEW YORK, USA, 20 December 2006 - After a successful first year, UNICEF’s electronic greetings service, available online at www.unicef-shop.com, has undergone several improvements for this holiday season.
Empire State Building lights up in blue to honour UNICEF 60th anniversary
NEW YORK, USA, 12 December 2006 – Last night, the lights of the world-famous Empire State Building were cyan blue in honour of UNICEF 's 60th anniversary.
New York Stock Exchange rings in UNICEF’s 60th anniversary
NEW YORK, USA, 7 December 2006 – A group of children and UNICEF representatives visited the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, ringing the opening bell to celebrate the agency’s 60th anniversary.
Rock-and-roll benefit concerts: Music to UNICEF’s ears
NEW YORK, USA, 7 December 2006 – UNICEF has started many trends over the years. One of the most influential – the rock-and-roll benefit concert – began in 1971, when George Harrison and Ravi Shankar teamed up with UNICEF to raise money for children and families fleeing the war in what was then East Pakistan.
UNICEF at 60: A brief look back, and ahead
NEW YORK, USA, 7 December 2006 – UNICEF was never meant to be here today, in the first decade of the 21st century. Yet today, a world without UNICEF is unimaginable.
Former UNICEF Executive Director receives humanitarian award in Japan
TOKYO, Japan, 6 November 2006 – Former UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy has been awarded Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Government of Japan.
New UNICEF Executive Director embraces Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, 2 May 2005 – On her first day as UNICEF’s new Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman pledged to play a key role in helping the world meet the Millennium Development Goals.
Carol Bellamy: “I have no intention of giving up the fight. I will continue.”
NEW YORK 28 April 2005 – “I have no intention of giving up the fight. I will continue,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said at her farewell party at United Nations Headquarters in New York Thursday night.
Carol Bellamy: Important progress for children seen in the last ten years.
NEW YORK, 27 April 2005 – UNICEF has made important progress for children in the last decade but much more work needs to be done, according to outgoing Executive Director Carol Bellamy.
How UNICEF has evolved through emergency work
NEW YORK, 14 January 2005 - UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautam has been with the organization for 32 years. During this long tenure, he has acquired a unique perspective on how UNICEF’s work in emergencies has informed its ongoing work in programmes, and vice-versa, through the decades.
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