Tirana, 3 December 2013 – A Child Rights Section should be established at the Ombudsman office in Albania, specifically to relate to children rights and their views and take active steps to respond to their needs. The CRC Committee also urges Albania to take all the necessary measures to conduct awareness-raising programs, particularly for children, including children living in remote areas on the possibility of submitting complaints to the Child Rights Section.
Tirana, 2 December 2013 – Although significant reforms have been undertaken in support of children with disabilities and many positive changes are occurring, millions of children with disabilities are still left out, forgotten and invisible, says, UNICEF’s flagship publication “The State of the World`s Children 2013” which focuses on children with disabilities.
Tirana, 26 November 2013 – Teachers and school children found that by adopting disciplinary measures that are not based on fear, threats, humiliation or physical force can help to reduce violence incidence at the school environment – says the communication for behaviour change survey released today from Ministry of Education and Sports.
Tirana, 20 November 2013 – The Child Rights Observatory is marking the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights on the Child with the publishing of the Child Poverty Card. The Child Poverty Card is a report on child wellbeing in Albania. This report is designed to compare the performance of the Albanian regions in securing the rights of children.
Tirana/Geneva/Brussels, 12 November 2013 – A joint EU and UNICEF initiative aimed at protecting children against violence in four countries in South Eastern Europe has wrapped up with a plea to make the issue a Europe wide priority.
Tirana, 30 April 2013 – Trebeshina LTD Hari Lena Group and UNICEF Office launched a joint communication initiative for Children in Albania. Trebeshina LTD Hari Lena Group water bottles will carry important messages for parents and the public at large. The messages will be displayed on an estimated 25 million bottles of water that Trebeshina LTD Hari Lena is expecting to sell during the next 12 months. The campaign focuses on the wellbeing of young children. The messages will help parents, families, caregivers and even grandparents to pay attention to the importance of the first three years of a child. The first message to be printed on each bottle is: Talk, play and read to your child!
Tirana, 17 April 2013 – A child early nutrition will affect his/her life later growth and mental development and under nutrition contributes to one-third of child deaths. Poverty, household food insecurity and poor infant and child feeding practices all contribute to malnutrition. New UNICEF Global Report “Improving Child Nutrition: The achievable imperative for global progress” is launched on 15 April 2013 in Dublin to reflect countries progress and needs for children.
Tirana, 12 December 2012 – Students from more than 2800 compulsory schools across the country hand over to the teachers and the Ministry of Education petitions signed by almost 500,000 parents. The petitions show the support of the public and parents for a “New Way of Discipline” in schools, to reduce the violence against children. The 500,000 signatures on the petitions show that the parents agree that Albania needs a better approach to discipline, and that they support the adoption of a new way of discipline at home and in school.
Government of Albania hosted a Scientific Conference on Violence against Children in Albania in collaboration with UNICEF supported by EU to assess how does social protection system and social services prevent violence against children in Albania
Tirana, 21 November 2012 – A Scientific National Conference on Violence against Children was organized by the Government of Albania, UNICEF, EC, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, Austrian Development Cooperation and CRCA, BKTF, Children Today, Albanian Children Alliance and Terre des Homes. The Conference's recommendations will serve policy makers to better address and initiate new policies for the prevention of children from violence.
Tirana, 4 October 2012 – The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities continues its reform of social care services. The reform is supported by a USD 3.3 million grant from the Swiss Development Cooperation provided through UNICEF.
Sarajevo, 18 September 2012 - Government, Ombudspersons and civil society representatives from Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Turkey are meeting in Sarajevo as part of a two-year joint initiative of the European Union and UNICEF to help protect children from violence in South East Europe.
Tirana, August 2012 – On the 20th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF says strong national policies supporting breastfeeding could prevent the deaths of around 1 million children under five in the developing world each year.
Tirana, 10 May 2012 – A new survey on the effect of social assistance on children aims to contribute to the ongoing reform of the current social protection scheme. The survey has been carried out by the Urban Research Institute & National Center for Social studies, supported by UNICEF.
Tirana, 8 May 2012 – Cleaned schools, trained and motivated teachers on environmental education and active in raising children awareness to preserve the nature, supporters of any local government initiatives, savers of the energy and water consumption - these are some of the criteria that qualifies a school to become part of the green school project.
Tirana, 17 April 2012 – Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, with the support of UNICEF, organizes the launching of the study "Mapping of services for Roma Children in Albania" with representatives from the Albanian government at central and local level, Roma community, donors, representatives from the civil society, etc., aiming at informing all the interested actors on the current distribution of Roma communities in Albania.
Making cities fit for children
Tirana, 14 October 2011 - The distinguished and highly-respected human rights advocate, criminal lawyer, university professor and former Minister of Justice in France Robert BADINTER visited Albania from 12-14 October 2011, upon the invitation of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Mr Robert Badinter came to assist authorities to advance the reform of the juvenile justice system.
Tirana, 29 September 2011 - A new survey on the effect of social assistance on children aims to contribute to the ongoing reform of the current social protection scheme. The survey has been carried out by the Urban Research Institute & National Center for Social studies, supported by UNICEF.
Tirana, 16 September 2011 - According to a report released today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization worldwide under-five mortality has fallen, from 12 million children prematurely dying in 1990 to 7.6 million dying in in 2010. The child mortality estimates presented in this report classify Albania among developed countries where the under-five mortality rate has dropped from 41 in 1990 to 18 per 1000 live births in 2010.
Brussels, 30 June 2011 - The European Union and UNICEF today announced a new €1.65 million joint initiative to strengthen public services aimed at identifying, monitoring and addressing violence against children in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Turkey, through reinforced partnership between civil society and state decision makers. Regional activities planned under the new two-year initiative will foster knowledge and experience-sharing among key intergovernmental organisations, networks of independent monitoring networks and civil society platforms.
Tirana, 23 June 2011 - Alternative care measures for children need to observe the best interest of the child. A two day National Conference was organized by the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities to introduce the UN guidelines on Alternative Care for Children.
Youth Parliamentarians meeting with President of Albania for the improvement of the political dialogue in the country. (link outside UNICEF Albania website)
Youth Parliament sent out a clear message about youth engagements in the country development highlighting that some of the local issues can be solved by casting their vote. A special appeal was addressed to the first-time-voters, aiming at raising awareness for not missing the opportunit to be part of the decision making and to remind to the local authorities that tomorrow they might employ a mayor.
Shkoder, 25 February 2011 - Many young people, especially from marginalized communities, do not enjoy full access to quality education, sexual and reproductive health care, support for mental health issues, or protection from violence, abuse and exploitation. Many adolescents do not have the opportunity to participate in decisions that affect their life. Unless their rights are met, we risk that adolescents get caught up in a vicious cycle of poverty and exclusion that robs them of their opportunities – says Detlef Palm, UNICEF representative.
Tirana, 25 November 2010 - 200 young parliamentarians decorated members of the Albanian Parliament with violet ribbons - mainly to the men - and asked them to increase action against gender-based violence. Public events to promote gender equality will last 16 days. They will promote the campaign: Say No to Violence Against Women.
Tirana, 19 November 2010 - The 20 November is the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On this occasion, the “Bajram Curri” school in Tirana, the Ministry of Education and Sciences and UNICEF are also celebrating the adoption by Parliament of the law on the “Protection of the Rights of the Child”, early in November. The event highlighted the importance of education among vulnerable communities. Forty per cent of the children in this school are from the Roma community, and many children have abandoned the school.
Tirana, 4 Thursday 2010 - Today the Albania Parliament approved the "Law on the protection of the Rights of the Child", with 131 votes in favor. There were no objections or abstentions. It translates the CRC into domestic law and defines mechanisms for its monitoring. Chairpersons of the various involved parliamentary committees, the Minister of Social Affairs and the Minister of Education, as well as delegates from across the political spectrum took the floor in support.
From 18 to 24 October 2010, the Ministry of Health of Albania, with UNICEF and WHO support, will celebrate the National Breastfeeding Week. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding: Just 10 steps. The Baby Friendly Way”.
Tirana, 9 October 2010 - For the last one year, the Child Helpline has helped about 120.000 children who called for advice, and support. For more than a year, Albanian children are able to exercise a very important right: the right to be heard. From its inception, the helpline has developed into a fully professional institution, providing services in Albania that also the European Commission demands from all members of the European Union.
Tirana, 2 July 2010 - UNICEF joined forces with a series of donors to support the Government in bringing books to 1,436 compulsory schools and 900 kindergartens. This commitment, known as "Albania Reads" is an effort of the Ministry of Education and Science supported by UNICEF to ensure that all children from urban and rural areas will be exposed to good quality books.
Tirana, 1 July 2010 - First of its nature, an institute for reintegration of juveniles is open in Albania - build by EU - in support of Juvenile Justice System Reform. The institute has a capacity of 40 children and its purpose is to provide education and development programmes for juveniles in detention.
Tirana, 1 June 2010 - To mark the International Children’s Day, the Albanian Government hosted the Child Rights conference to discuss how social policies can better contribute to the promotion and to the realization of the rights of children.
Tirana, 22 May 2010 - Young people in Albania face many challenges as their country undergoes a long and difficult transition towards eventual EU integration. Economic progress has not benefitted all families while social services are not yet adequate to form reliable social safety nets. Children in conflict with the law find their situation improving but much more needs to be done. A visit by well known Albanian footballer, Lorik Cana, highlighted the important of providing hope for boys in conflict with the law.
Tirana, 11 May 2010 - Representatives of the Albanian Government, United Nations, academic institutions, civil society and media came together to discuss and build a national consensus on actions needed to reduce malnutrition among children and women - which represents an Albanian national priority.
Tirana, 29 April 2010 - European immunization week brought together Health institutions and health providers in Tirana to raise vaccination rates especially in low coverage areas, and among marginalized groups. Major findings of public health department for 2008 indicate that coverage for Roma children for OPV3, DPT3 is 70 % compared to more than 95% that is the average.
Tirana, 15 March 2010 - The Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Statistics (INSTAT) release the results of the first ever 2008-09 Albanian Demographic and Health Survey (ADHS).
Tirana, 9 March 2010 - Since it began operations, the Albanian telephone helpline for children has received up to 400 phone calls per day, or 16 to 17 calls per hour. The number of the helpline “ALO 116” is accessible from any phone and is free of charge. The number 116-111 can also be called from other European countries to receive a similar service.
UNICEF starts off an awareness campaign about Child Helpline in Albania
Tirana, 21 November 2009 - Twenty years ago, the world came together to say YES to children. While children have the same human rights as adults, leaders recognized that children need special protection and consideration.
Tirana, 5 October 2009 - Today, the Albanian Ministry of Health released the preliminary report of Albania’s first Demographic Health Survey. Findings from the report provides up-to-date information on characteristics of households and population, migration, education, fertility, family planning, infant and child mortality, reproductive health, child health, sexual behavior, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), breastfeeding practices, gender and violence in Albania.
Tirana, 29 September 2009 - As part of a school program on environmental awareness and responsibility, endorsed by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment, in 250 Albanian schools, children are learning new approaches on how to protect and make the environment cleaner, healthier and more pleasant to live in. The more children know about and appreciate the environment, the more likely they are to protect it.
Tirana, 12 May 2009 - Italian football legend, AC Milan, teamed up in an exhibition game with the Albania National Team at “Qemal Stafa” Stadium, in support of Albania Reads. The Albania Reads Initiative helps to establish libraries in public schools, and is part of a movement to promote the culture of reading among school children.
Tirana, 6 May 2009 - Observatories for Child Rights established in six regions of Albania (Kukes, Peshkopi, Shkoder, Durres, Elbasan, Korca) set up the bases for a scientific research mechanism on collecting data from Health, Education and Social Protection departments at regional and local level.
Tirana, 26 March 2009 - A child Help line for all Albanian Children will be offered for the first time. It will be available to answer the children's needs, and to voice their concerns. The child helpline will be accessible to children and young people around the clock, free of cost and enable them to get competent assistance in any emergency situation.
Tirana, 20 February 2009 - The second national youth opinion poll, titled "Albania Young Voices" which reflects the views of Albanian children from 9 to 17 years, provides an unusual look into the thoughts and feelings of Albanian young people, their perception about the present and future of the country.
Tirana, 31 October 2008 - Data collection for the Albanian Demographic Health Survey (DHS) will begin on 3 November 2008. This is the first time that the Demographic and Health Survey will be implemented in Albania, and it is expected that it will improve the knowledge base on children and women and provide decision makers with data for informed policy action.
AC Milan raises aid for UNICEF in Albania with football friends
Tirana, 1 May 2008 - UNICEF in Albania announced today its support to expand capacities of the public health system to immunize thousands of children and women from preventable diseases.
New law on salt iodisation drafted in Albania
Tirana, 18 January 2008 - Eliminating gender discrimination and empowering women will have a profound and positive impact on the survival and well-being of children, according to a new presidential report issued today in Tirana. The report was conducted in the context of a UNICEF’s global report State of the World’s Children 2007: "Women and Children, the Double Dividend of Gender Equality". This publication focuses this year on critical gender issues, highlighting in particular the impact of gender on poverty, discrimination and inequality against women, with concomitant consequences on Albanian families and children.
Tirana, 11 December 2007 - The Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Management, the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands and UNICEF are joining forces to implement the “Child-Led Environmental Education Initiative” (CLEEN) project which will focus on equipping primary school children with knowledge and skills to take action to preserve, conserve and protect the environment.
Tirana, 20 November 2007 - A book published by a group of young people called “The city we want” was launched today on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Tirana, 9 July 2007 - "Straight Talk", the television programme that gives Albanian youngsters a platform for their stories and opinions, has been specially commended in a prestigious international media awards ceremony.
Tirana, 2 July 2007 - Several reports released by WHO/UNICEF have shown that a child who is breastfed is almost three times more likely to survive infancy than a child who is not breastfed. In support of this, a sub-regional training course on the “Implementation of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes” will take place in Tirana from 2 to 6 July, 2007 at Hotel Tirana.
Tirana, 19 December 2006 - Enhancing the reading skils of children in Albania and promoting the culture of reading is the aim of the Albania Reads initiative launched today at Bajram Curri School in Tirana.
Tirana, 25 October 2006 - The Speaker of the Albanian Parliament Mrs. Josefina Topalli and UNICEF launched two recently published and translated handbooks: Combating Child Trafficking and Child Protection.
Tirana, 12 October 2006 - For the first time Albania attempts to document the reality of violence against children and to map out what is being done to stop it. The report, "Violence against Children in Albania" has been conducted in the context of a global study on violence against children under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary General.
Tirana, 25 May 2006 - Children suffering from social exclusion and discrimination and have become virtually invisible in Albania, UNICEF said today in a report that explores the root causes of exclusion in Albania.
Tirana, 24 March 2006 - Today, the Government of Albania and UNICEF signed the AGreement of Country Programme of Cooperation for the period 2006-2010. The event was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and included the International Organizations Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affair and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.
Empowerment of Community Responses to Child Trafficking
Tirana, 1 July 2005 - Two new centers offering services specially tailored for young people have opened in Elbasan and Korça, increasing to four the number of youth-friendly service centers opened in Albania since May 2003. The centers opened today which are an integrated part of the primary health care, offer a wide range of health and counseling services, providing a convenient place where young people can go for confidential services without facing embarrassment or stigma.
UNICEF, Government of Albania sign agreement for purchase of AIDS drugs
Inadequate prevention hinders fight against human trafficking
Tirana, 10 January 2005 - On 12 January Albania will make its first presentation to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva. The presentation follows submission of the country's first report to the Committee, which is responsible for making sure that nations fulfil their obligations after ratifying the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Albania ratified the Convention in 1992.
Tirana, 9 December 2004 - Childhood is being undermined throughout the region and around the world by poverty, conflict and HIV/AIDS, according to The State of the World's Children 2005, UNICEF's annual report on global child conditions. Across the world and the Balkan region, there is a gulf between our ideal of what childhood should be - a time of safety - and the reality.
Youth-friendly services open at Tirana Student City