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2009

Press releases published by the UNICEF Regional Office CEE/CIS and the respective country offices in 2009:

UNICEF and Government of Tajikistan sign new six-year Country Programme Action Plan
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

Giving a boost to baby-friendly hospitals
Bucharest, 17 December 2009 – UNICEF Romania and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 23 maternity facilities have been awarded the baby-friendly hospital designation.

Ukrainian pop stars sing about child rights
KIEV, Ukraine, 16 December 2009 – For the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF along with a leading Ukrainian television channel (M1 TV) and other pop celebrities debuted a song about children’s rights titled ‘The Fire of

EU-UNICEF project to provide medical equipment for the children of Chernobyl
MINSK, Belarus - December 15, 2009 - Launch of the two-year project “Holistic and Sustainable mother and child survival and development in the Chernobyl affected areas (Belarus)”

Tajikistan receives US$13.5 million to implement its National Strategy for Education Development Programme
DUSHANBE, 14 December 2009 – On 5 November 2009, the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (EFA FTI) Catalytic Fund has allocated a grant of US$13.5 million for Tajikistan to support the National Strategy for Education Development (NSED) over an 18-mont

The history of a village that reanimated the kindergarten
In the early 1990s there were two kindergartens in Ialpujeni. Eleven years ago, in 1998, the pre-schools were closed down. The local administration did not have the funds to pay for heat, electricity, food for the children, and salaries for the staff.

National Adolescents and Youth Forum held in Kazakhstan
Over 2,500 young people, government officials, representatives from civil society, media gathered for UNICEF's Adolescents and Youth Forum in Kazakhstan.

Over 150 young delegates from all over Kazakhstan discuss burning issues of youth at UNICEF Pre-Forum in country’s capital
Astana, Kazakhstan 6 December 2009 - Over 150 young people meet in the Kazakh capital to conclude a regional consultation on children's issues in the Central Asian country.

Public opinion in Serbia on social inclusion of children with disability
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

UNICEF Cards and Children’s Drawings Mark 60th Anniversary
Belgrade, 2 December 2009 – A “Cards Full of Life” exhibition opened today at the Cervantes Institute in Belgrade.

UN Ministerial Conference meets to review social policy options for a region, hard hit by the global economic crisis
ALMATY (ILO News) – “The global economic and financial crisis has affected all countries, and Kazakhstan was no exception."

United Nations Ministerial Conference - Social Impact of the Economic Crisis in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Turkey
On 7-8 December 2009, the ILO, UNICEF, FAO and UNDP, hosted by the Government of Kazakhstan, will organize a Conference on the social impact of the global financial and economic crisis in the region.

Prime Minister and UNICEF Representative host a reception for CRC@20
PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO, NOVEMBER 20, 2009 – Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and UNICEF Montenegro Representative Noala Skinner hosted a reception in Villa Gorica at the end of a week of celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the CRC.

20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
On November 20, 2009 UNICEF country offices across the CEECIS region celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Kyrgyzstan celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the CRC
20 November 2009 - Today, on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the results of national research into child poverty and inequality in Kyrgyzstan were presented in UN House.

UN CRC printed in Braille alphabet for the first time in Montenegro
NOVEMBER 16, 2009 – On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of UN CRC, UNICEF Regional Director for CEE/CIS Steven Allen gave to blind and visually impaired children copies of the Convention printed in the Braille alphabet for the first time in Montenegro

Governments pledge to tackle increasing child separation from families
CHISINAU, MOLDOVA, November 26, 2009 – Governments of five eastern European countries have agreed to start the long-term work of developing community-based services and phasing out state-run children’s institutions.

Georgia commemorates 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with creation of Child Rights’ Council at the Parliament
TBILISI, 20 November 2009 – A joint initiative of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia and UNICEF to create the Child Rights’ council is announced at a special event dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the CRC.

Armenia marks the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
YEREVAN, Armenia - 20 November 2009 - State of the World’s Children and Children’s Chamber Orchestra of UNICEF launched

UNICEF Awards Journalists for Ethical Reporting on Children and Children’s Rights
Belgrade, 20 November 2009 – Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child UNICEF Serbia Office awarded its annual award for professional and ethical media reporting on children and children’s rights.

Presentation of Children in the Serbian Media - Children in the Media Mirror
Presentation of Children in the Serbian Media - Children in the Media Mirror

Urgent need to diversify child care social services in Eastern Europe
GENEVA, November 20, 2009 – Social and welfare services in Eastern Europe are in need of comprehensive reforms if some of the most vulnerable children and families are to be properly supported in the current economic crisis, says UNICEF.

President of the State Reflects on Child Rights during CRC Panel Discussion
Skopje, 16 November 2009: During a panel discussion celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the President Gjorgi Ivanov, emphasized the responsibility of the State to provide basic services for all children.

National football star announced UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Bosnia and Herzegovina
Apart from being a very successful sportsmen, widely recognised in the country and abroad, Edin Dzeko has demonstrated his strong personal commitment to children and young people,

More reforms needed as some children still languish in custody in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, warns UNICEF
GENEVA, November 11, 2009 - Despite some progress in juvenile justice system reform, too many children are still being held in detention awaiting trial in Eastern European and Central Asian countries, a new UNICEF study warns.

UNICEF and MTV: Lights! Camera! Action!
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

2 November 2009: I have the right to know! UNICEF announces the launch of media campaign timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

Turkmenistan starts off massive celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 30 October 2009 – Turkmenistan’s Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have officially started celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Turkish universities champion child rights
ISTANBUL, November 6, 2009 – Seven Turkish universities are leading the way in European journalism studies by teaching a new child rights syllabus as part of their degree courses.

The Voice of Children and Youth at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

Yukie Mokuo: Investments to children is key to the successful national development of Ukraine
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

“Playground for Ability Development” in Rousse gives chance to the most vulnerable children
ROUSSE, 13 October 2009 – “Playground for Ability Development” was opened today in the city of Rousse.

More than two million children in Tajikistan vaccinated against measles and rubella
DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN, 12 October 2009 – More than 2.2 million children in Tajikistan have been vaccinated during a national measles and rubella immunization campaign, which ends today.

Orlando Bloom named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, 12 October 2009 - Actor Orlando Bloom was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador today, in recognition of his commitment to the rights of children around the world.

UNICEF calls for action to tackle flow of children into institutions
Geneva, October 7, 2009 – UNICEF experts are calling on governments in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States to adopt measures that will stem the flow of children being abandoned in state-run institutions.

Without a protective environment, it’s a harsh life for children
TOKYO, 6 October 2009 - While progress is being made in reducing some violations of children’s rights, not enough is yet known about the extent of abuses against children.

UNICEF commends the Kosovo authorities for the endorsement of the Strategy and Action Plan on Children’s Rights
Pristina, 1 October 2009 – UNICEF today commended the Kosovo authorities for the endorsement of the Strategy and Action Plan on Children’s Rights 2009-2013.

More than two million children in Tajikistan vaccinated against measles and rubella
DUSHANBE, 12 October 2009 – More than 2.2 million children have been vaccinated during the national measles and rubella immunization campaign which ends today in Tajikistan.

September 29, 2009: Izhevsk has joined the UNICEF Global Initiative “Child Friendly Cities”
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

New six year vaccine procurement MOU will ensure universal immunization coverage in Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - 30 September 2009 – The Government of Turkmenistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UNICEF for procurement of life saving vaccines, drugs and other medical supplies.

National immunization campaign against measles and rubella started in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - 28 September 2009 – Saving children’s lives and ensuring their healthy development is the aim of the national immunization campaign against measles and rubella which starts in Tajikistan today.

UNICEF and EU launch project aimed to support children in difficult life circumstances
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

Call for submission of good practice and tools for disaster risk reducation in education
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebo is visiting Ukraine to fundraise for children
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

UNICEF welcomes creation of the position of the Child Rights Ombudsperson under the President of the Russian Federation
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

Innocenti Social Monitor 2009: Child well-being at a crossroad - Evolving challenges in the CEECIS
This study examines the evolving and diverging challenges for the well-being of children after two decades of transition.

Animated children's book on immunization from Turkmenistan now on Youtube
Watch the video version of an animated children's book on immunization produced jointly by UNICEF and Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan.

Turkmenistan marks the National Breastfeeding Week 2009
Turkmenistan marks the National Breastfeeding Week on 1-7 September focusing on the recently adopted national law that supports exclusive breastfeeding.

UNICEF Montenegro and the Ministry Of Health launch the awareness-raising campaign “The Early Years – An Opportunity Of A Lifetime”
UNICEF Montenegro and the Ministry of Health launched a 3-month awareness raising campaign “The Early Years – An Opportunity of a Lifetime” on August 1, beginning of the World Breastfeeding Week.

Mark Hereward - New UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan
BAKU, August 5, 2009 – Mr. Mark Hereward has been appointed new Representative for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Azerbaijan.

A mother's milk is the most complete form of nutrition she can offer her newborn
July 31, 2009 - In Montenegro, latest research reveals that only 19% of women exclusively breastfeed their children within the first six months and only every fourth mother breastfeeds her baby within the first hour after birth.

UNICEF Chief commemorates Breastfeeding Week by promoting better nutrition and child health in Nigeria
KEBBI STATE, NIGERIA, 31 July 2009 - Executive Director Ann M. Veneman emphasized the contribution that breastfeeding can make to improving children’s nutrition, health and development, speaking in Nigeria today at the start of World Breastfeeding Week.

New UNICEF Representative is appointed to Ukraine
21 July 2009, Kyiv – Yukie Mokuo has been appointed as the new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Ukraine.

Ana Ivanovic' special Adidas t-shirts for UNICEF's "School without violence" programme
July 2009 - In cooperation with UNICEF, Serbia’s renowned tennis player and UNICEF National Ambassador Ana Ivanović launched her very own line of Adidas t-shirts.

Vaccine safety in Bosnia and Herzegovina
July 18, 2009 - The Ministries, Public Health Institutes, UNICEF and WHO are jointly concerned about the credibility of information made available to the ‘Association of Parents of Sick Children’.

Rapid assessment and response with youth, injecting drug users and prisoners
July 14, 2009 - Prishtinë/Pristina – WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA publish a report with the latest findings on psychoactive substance use.

Music video by The Killers raises awareness about trafficking and sexual exploitation
LONDON, United Kingdom, 13 July 2009 - Starting today, MTV audiences around the world will see a new music video that aims to raise awareness about sex trafficking.

J8 participants present their recommendations to G8 leaders
On July 9, 2009, fourteen young people - representatives of the youth delegations at the Junior8 Summit - met the world leaders at the G8 Summit in L'Acquila.

UNICEF Regional Director calls for action on Roma
GENEVA, Switzeland - June 10, 2009 - UNICEF’s newly-appointed Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Steven Allen, has challenged governments and international partners to improve living conditions for

UNICEF brings safe water and sanitation to families affected by floods and mud flows in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - 30 June 2009 - Over the last two and a half months, UNICEF has been working to address the immediate humanitarian and long-term recovery needs of families affected by multiple floods and mud flows in Tajikistan.

Child marriage: broken dreams of Azerbaijan girls
Baku, Azerbaijan, 24 June 2009 - A Recent study found that child marriages occur mainly due to cultural and socio-economic factors.

UNICEF Bulgaria launches the first national early childhood development campaign
SOFIA, Bulgaria - 23 June 2009 - UNICEF’s new communication campaign for early childhood development “The silence today bears the cries of tomorrow” was launched officially today.

UNICEF urges fortification of staple foods to improve child and maternal health and economic gains
SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - 23 June 2009 - Fortifying flour is a proven cost effective strategy to improve population health and productivity.

UNICEF supported and participated in the 2009 Kid’s Festival
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina - June 2009 - For the fifth year in a row, UNICEF supported the Kid’s Festival, the largest event for children and youth in South East Europe.

2nd Child Protection Forum held in Bishkek
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 9 June 2009

UNICEF and Ministry of Health launch National Vitamin A Supplementation and De-worming campaign in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - 12 June 2009 - The ten-day national campaign on vitamin A supplementation and de-worming among children in Tajikistan has been launched by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF this week.

The Media and Children’s Rights Manual is Launched in Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine - 29 May 2009 - The Ukrainian edition of The Media and Children’s Rights handbook has been launched today at the Press Centre of the Institute of Journalism of Kyiv National University.

"Children are not toys" - Photo exhibition opens in Yerevan
YEREVAN, Armenia - 8 June 2009 - UNICEF and the Armenian Parliament joined their voices today to send a message on the importance of respecting child rights.

UNICEF Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov launches “It’s about ability” publication in Bulgarian
SOFIA, Bulgaria - 7 June 2009 - UNICEF Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov launched today “It’s about ability” publication in Bulgarian.

International Conference “Right to Education for Every Child: Removing Barriers and Fostering Inclusion for Roma Children” in Belgrade
BELGRADE, Serbia - June 2009 - The International Conference on the “Right to Education for Every Child: Removing Barriers and Fostering Inclusion for Roma Children” was held in Belgrade on 2 -3 June 2009 within the Decade of Roma Inclusion.

Roundtable discussion dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child held in Moscow
On April 24, launching a series of events dedicated to this memorable date, UNICEF and the Faculty of Economics of the Moscow State University (MSU) arranged a roundtable entitled “The 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child".

UNICEF trains young facilitators of Adolescents & Youth Forum
UNICEF, the National Healthy Lifestyle Centre and the Department of Health of Almaty brought together 26 young people from across people Kazakhstan to prepare them in adolescent and youth centered participatory facilitation techniques.

UNICEF Azerbaijan launches new pdf-newsletter
The UNICEF office in Azerbaijan recently launched a new pdf-newsletter in the Azeri language and in English.

UNICEF organizes the first training on child-friendly schools concept in Pedagogical Institute
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 11 May 2009 – UNICEF and the Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan have completed four day training for professors and students at the Turkmen State Pedagogical Institute on a child-friendly learning environment concept.

UNICEF fears influx of children into Central Asian institutions
GENEVA, Switzerland - May 8, 2009 - UNICEF experts warn the global economic crisis means even more children in Central Asia face abandonment in state-run institutions and maternity hospitals.

New playground and kindergarten for displaced children in Georgia
TSEROVANI, Georgia - 24 April, 2009 - From today 25 children going to the kindergarten in the Tserovani settlement for IDPs will be able to also use their own kindergarten-playground.

Immunisation Week in Bosnia and Herzegovina
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina - May 2009 - The Public Health Institutes of Federation of BiH and the Republika Srpska, supported by UNICEF and WHO, have jointly marked the European Immunisation Week in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Serbian MPs request better care for children
BELGRADE, Serbia - 23 April 2009 - Parliamentarians, government officials, UNICEF, and civil society came together at a parliamentary seminar to discuss the state of children and child rights in Serbia.

Facts on Swine Flu
April 30, 2009 - UNICEF is working with its UN partners to prepare for a potential outbreak of swine flu.

Maternal and Infant Mortality: An analysis of the situation in the Kyrgyz Republic
recommendations and conclusions of the report were discussed during the round table entitled “Maternal and Infant Mortality: an analysis of the situation and recommendations for its reduction and achieving MDGs 4 and 5 in the Kyrgyz Republic”.

Ankara hosts international symposium on children in conflict with the law
Experts from four continents gathered in Ankara on April 27 for an international symposium on children in contact with the law.

UNICEF Global Capacity Development Programme on Child-Friendly Schools
Geneva, Switzerland 27 – 30 April, 2009 - Education experts from nine different countries from the CEE/CIS region are meeting the week 27th – 30th of April, 2009 in Geneva.

Magic media for children created in Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - 24 April 2009 - Turkmenistan education and health specialists, creative individuals, media representatives, members of the public organizations and children have produced a series of educational materials for children.

UNICEF awards winners of children’s art competition devoted to improving mother and child health
ASTANA, Kazakhstan - 22 April 2009 - The UN Children’s Fund has awarded the winners of the children’s art competition “Clever bread for clever boys and clever girls”.

Tajikistan and UNICEF launch EU-backed project on disaster risk reduction
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan - 24 April 2009 - The Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education, the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense, and UNICEF in Tajikistan on disaster risk reduction in education sector has been signed in D

UNICEF and partners launch Child Rights Syllabus
Six Turkish universities are leading the way in European journalism studies by agreeing to introduce a new UNICEF child rights syllabus (download) into their degree courses.

UNICEF and MGA WATER seal partnership for newborn health
YEREVAN, Armenia - 21 April 2009 - MGA Water, one of the main suppliers of drinking water on the Armenian market, is joining UNICEF and the Ministry of Health to support on-going efforts to improve newborn health.

European Immunization Week in Turkmenistan promotes families’ informed responsibility of immunizing children
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 20 April 2009 - Turkmenistan reinforces its commitment to give a healthy start to children and sustaining a high immunization rate by marking the 4th European Immunization Week from 20th to 26th April.

Investing in early learning & development essential to get children on track
SKOPJE, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - 16 April, 2009 - Following a two year development process, today the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy together with UNICEF presented new early learning and development standards (ELDS).

UNICEF launches campaign to protect children and women in Tajikistan from bird flu
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 16 April 2009 - To protect children and women in Tajikistan against avian influenza by changing their behaviours related to poultry handling as well as personal hygiene and cooking is the aim of media campaign launched by UNICEF.

Alcohol consumption and availability of drugs among Ukrainian school-aged children is increasing annually, UNICEF reports
Today, the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) launches a report ‘European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs’ (ESPAD) revealing that alcohol consumption and availability of drugs among Ukrainian school-aged children is increasing.

UN, IFIs discuss with RoA Government ways to offset social impact of the crisis
YEREVAN, Armenia - 14 April 2009 - Representatives from international organisations warned today that the global economic and financial crisis could have a serious impact on the Armenian economy.

Towards a safe and enabling environment for children
BELGRADE, Serbia - 9 April 2009 - Conference of the Ministry of Education and UNICEF on prevention of violence among and against children in the educational system and on the “School without Violence” Network

Uzbekistan’s Parliament and UNICEF cement cooperation for children until 2015 and launch children’s rights resource centre in the Parliament
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - April 7, 2009 - The Legislative Chamber of the Parliament of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed off a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today which lights the way for joint work for chi

UNICEF holds Central Asian seminar on disaster risk reduction
A two-day Central Asian regional seminar was held in Almaty on 25-26 March 2009 on disaster risk reduction and education organized jointly by UNICEF and the UN International Strategy for Risk Reduction (ISDR).

Stairs no longer in the way of education
SPLIT, Croatia - 27 March 2009 - Elementary school Gripe in Split became the first school in Croatia to carry the prestigious title School without barriers.

Immunization is saving children’s lives
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina - 30 March 2009 - UNICEF is deeply concerned about Ms Jagoda Savic’s statement in media implying that imported vaccines can threaten the lives of children in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Children speak about evaporating water supplies
ISTANBUL, Turkey - March 22 , 2009 - The 5th World Water Forum was held in Istanbul, between 16-22 March 2009.

The “Day of Three Laws” in Kyrgyzstan
March 17, 2009 will go down in history as UNICEF's "Day of Three Laws" in Kyrgyzstan.

Ana Ivanovic named Humanitarian of the Year
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

Majority of Georgian children experience different kinds of physical and psychological violence
TBILISI, Georgia - 19 March, 2009 - The National Study on Violence against Children in Georgia reveals that children in Georgia have been experiencing high levels of violence in different settings.

International experts to aid in developing early learning and development standards for young children in four Central Asian Republics
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - March 23, 2009 - Global and regional education experts met at a sub-regional workshop in Tashkent today to develop an implementation plan for Early Learning and Development Standards.

Turkish universities champion child rights
GENEVA, March 25 – Six Turkish universities are leading the way in European journalism studies by agreeing to introduce a new child rights syllabus into their degree courses.

Junior 8 Summit 2009
March 2009 - UNICEF calls for applications for the 2009 Junior 8 Summit in Italy.

Thinking mathematics + reading for comprehension = effective education
SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 14 March, 2009 - During this week, 55 mathematics teachers participated in the first round of training for mentor teachers.

Kazakhstan and UNICEF launch EU-backed project on disaster risk reduction
ASTANA, Kazakhstan - 12 March 2009 - The Memorandum is designed to establish cooperation and partnership as part of the project called “Supporting disaster risk reduction among vulnerable communities in Kazakhstan”.

Call for applications - Video workshop for teenagers in Kyiv, Ukraine
UNICEF invites young people from from the CIS to apply for a video workshop in Kyiv, Ukraine, in May 2009.

More children are ready to become full-fledged members of society thanks to the reform of the penitentiary and probation system in Georgia
project, aimed at supporting the Government of Georgia in reforming the penitentiary and probation system, is being launched today.

Cutting edge National Nutrition Investment Plan to keep thousands of Uzbek women and children healthy and productive
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - 10 March 2009 - The Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan recently signed off a landmark nutrition investment plan (NIP) that will see malnutrition and other malnutrition related diseases drop and health and productivity rise.

Women and Men United to End Violence against Women and Girls
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day 2009

Every child counts – Birth registration in Kosovo
Prishtine/Pristina, 04 March 2009 - UNICEF, the Ministry of Interior, and Prism Resarch company launch the report ‘Every child counts – Birth registration in Kosovo’

National Child Development Centre launched in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia - 3 March, 2009 - “Supporting child’s development is the best strategy for poverty reduction.”

ICDB celebrated in Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine - 1 March 2009 - In Ukraine, broadcasters celebrated ICDB by creating special programming in Kyiv and packaging the existing programming as a marathon in Dniprovetprovsk with involvement of children and young people.

Getting to Lisbon - Assessing vocational training needs and job creation opportunities for rural women
27 February 2009 - Prishtinë/Pristina, Kosovo - The report takes a hard look at the causes for high drop-out rates and low educational attainments among rural women and tries to identify obstacles to female employment in rural Kosovo.

Red Card for child neglect: Football to protect child rights in Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine - February 26, 2009 - UNICEF, Premier League and Football Club Maestro unite to address child neglect in Ukraine.

Study on knowledge, viewpoints and skills of young people regarding HIV, drug addiction, smoking, alcoholism and sexual behaviour in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - February 24, 2009 - “Adolescents need information – not just partial, but full information, particularly in the field of life skills, as reflected in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

Stereotyped reporting on children dominates the Georgian media, UNICEF report says
TBILISI, Georgia - 20 February, 2009 - A UNICEF commissioned research revealed that Georgian media lacks overall professional standards, which should be used by journalists and media managers while reporting on children.

Three UN agencies launch joint cash assistance programme for displaced persons in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia – February 18, 2009 - UNHCR, UNICEF and The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a joint cash assistance programme for people displaced during the August 2008 crisis.

More Turkish children get new school buildings thanks to UNICEF campaign
Kahramanmaraş, Turkey - February 18, 2009 - Children in the southern province of Kahramanmaraş have become the latest to benefit from a UNICEF-backed campaign to raise funds for school buildings in Turkey.

UNICEF Bulgaria launches the “Invisible Children” campaign
SOFIA, Bulgaria - 18 February 2009 - Today, UNICEF Bulgaria launched the “Invisible Children” campaign for support to children with disabilities and their families.

New textbooks for conflict affected and vulnerable children
TBILISI, Georgia - 12 February, 2009 - More than 30,000 new textbooks have been provided to 5,000 conflict affected and vulnerable children in the regions of Gori, Kareli, Kaspi and Khashuri as well as to IDP children living in the various collective cent

Parliamentary public hearing calls for more effective public investment in children
SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - 10 February 2009 - Parliamentarians, government officials, and civil society came together at a parliamentary public hearing to discuss the findings and recommendations of a UNICEF supported Child-Focuse

Turkish universities trailblaze child rights syllabus for journalists
ISTANBUL, Turkey - February 11, 2009 - Five Turkish universities are leading the way in European journalism studies by introducing a new child rights syllabus into their degrees.

Press release in Russian
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.

UNICEF and KMB BANK start art therapy project for vulnerable children
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 3 February 2009 - KMB Bank and UNICEF launch a joint charitable project “The Art School” aimed to provide assistance to vulnerable children living in shelters and social rehabilitation centers.

UNICEF calls to improve services to prevent maternal and infant deaths
YEREVAN, Armenia - 2 February 2009 - “According to The State of the World’s Children 2009, in Armenia, roughly 22 infants per 1,000 live births die before their first birthday. Approximately 80% of these deaths are during the first 28 days of life ."

Families enjoy learning about childcare while flying
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan - 30 January 2009 - Passengers flying domestically by Turkmen Airlines now can spend a quality flight time reading and learning from a newly published reference booklet on child care practices for parents.

UNICEF supports municipalities put children at the center of local planning
SKOPJE, Macedonia - January 28, 2009 - UNICEF and partner organizations today launched a manual for the development of local plans of action for children as well as an accompanying website that provides additional tools to support their implementation.

UNICEF calls for increased public investment in adolescent health to respond to high risk behaviours among students
SKOPJE, 26 January 2009 - At a press conference to launch the findings of the National School Based Health Survey, the UNICEF Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett, called for increased public investment in adolescent health.

UNICEF appeals for just over $1 billion to help children and women suffering in emergencies
27 January 2009 – UNICEF’s 2009 Humanitarian Action Report (HAR) highlights the plight of children and women around the globe in humanitarian emergencies.

SOWC report 2009 launched in Ankara, Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey - 15 January 2009 - UNICEF’s flagship annual report, ‘The State of the World’s Children’ was unveiled by UNICEF Turkey Representative Reza Hossaini in Ankara on Thursday January 15 as part of its worldwide launch.

Extreme Risks for Pregnant Women and Newborn Babies in Developing Countries
15 January 2009 - Women in the world's least developed countries are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries, according to UNICEF's latest SOWC report, released today.

Uzbek healthcare managers learn life-saving skills for mothers and children
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - 15 January 2009 - Training for maternal and child health workers is now fully underway at the Postgraduate institute in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Project launched to improve disaster risk reduction, preparedness and response skills in Uzbek communities
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan - 13 January 2009 - A Partnership between the Ministry of Emergencies of the Government of Uzbekistan and UNICEF was recently sealed to reduce the risk of disasters in vulnerable communities across 9 disaster prone Uzbek provinces.

Kyrgyzstan faces acute humanitarian needs
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - 12 January, 2009 - Kyrgyzstan faces acute humanitarian needs caused by depletion of the country’s hydroelectric resources as well as soaring food and fuel prices.

 

 
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