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More and more kindergartens in Moldova are provided with cognitive toys for child development
BULBOACA VILLAGE, Moldova, 27 December 2012 – More than 57,000 children from 517 kindergartens and community centers in Moldova, including those for children with special educational needs, will receive LEGO and DUPLO toys valuing USD 1.5 million

Teachers join a social network supporting inclusive education in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 23 December 2012 - Within the “It's about ability” campaign, a social network of more than 100 teachers supporting inclusive education was founded by the Resource centre in Podgorica and primary schools in several other cities in Montenegro.

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the proposed Russian adoption ban
NEW YORK, 26 December 2012 – “While welcoming Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev’s call for the improvement of the child welfare system, UNICEF urges that the current plight of the many Russian children in institutions receives priority attention.

EU Nobel Peace Prize award to help build foundation
BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 18 December 2012 – The decision by the European Union (EU) to give a portion of the Nobel Prize award to UNICEF, means that more children in Pakistan will have better chance at education and learning.

UNICEF Serbia and partners hold 4th "School without violence" network conference
BELGRADE, 13 December 2012 – The 4th annual conference of the “School without Violence“ Network was held in the Serbian capital Belgrade today.

Kyrgyzstan accelerates inter-sectoral coordination in the area of nutrition
BISHKEK, 14 December 2012 – With UNICEF support, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic today holds a National Round Table on the state of nutrition in the Central Asian country.

Annual Review Meeting of the Cooperation Programme between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNICEF
BISHKEK, 12 December 2012 – UNICEF and partners hold the first Annual Review Meeting of the Cooperation Programme between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNICEF for 2012-2016 in the Kyrgzy capital Bishkek today.

Building a culture of safety and prevention
DUSHANBE, 11 December 2012 – The Government of Tajikistan and UNICEF signed a memorandum of understanding to implement an EC-funded partnership project entitled “Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Institutions and Vulnerable Communities.

Children in Moldova express themselves about the future they want
CHISINAU, 21 November 2012 - On the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, on 19-20 November in Chisinau, capital of Moldova, a National Children's Forum was organized.

More than 1,200 children attend new kindergartens in Batken and Jalal-Abad provinces
Batken/Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan, 10 December 2012 - 13 new Community Based Kindergartens (CBK) have been established in Batken and Jalal-Abad provinces within the framework of the UNICEF “Equity and Peace Programme in the Southern Kyrgyzstan”.

UNICEF and UNESCO launch Post-2015 Global Consultation on Education
NEW YORK, 4 December 2012 – UNICEF and UNESCO launched today a “global online conversation” to ensure that education is effectively addressed as a priority in the post 2015 development agenda.

United against all forms of violence against children
ANKARA, 28 November 2012 - More than 250 officials and experts from all over 27 European countries gathered in Ankara on 27 and 28 November to discuss what more can be done to stamp out violence against children.

Changing attitudes towards people with disabilities
NEW YORK, United States of America, 3 December 2012 - Stigma, ignorance, neglect, superstition and communication barriers are among the social factors that explain the discrimination and isolation from society that children with disabilities face.

The Government of Turkmenistan reinforces its commitment to the realization of the rights of children with disabilities
ASHGABAT, 30 November 2012 – On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Government of Turkmenistan reinforced its commitment to realize the rights of children with disabilities and their families in partnership with UNICEF.

High-level Conference on Child Rights Policies: EU, Council of Europe, Croatia
ZAGREB, 28 November 2012 - The Government of Croatia, the Ombudsperson for Children, UNICEF and Coordination of NGOs for Children jointly organised the high level conference Policies for Children: EU, CoE and Croatia at the Croatian Parliament.

On World AIDS Day: More pregnant women and children must get treatment, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 28 November 2012 – New HIV infections in children are down, but reaching the goal of an AIDS-free generation requires treating more pregnant women and children living with HIV, UNICEF said today.

Vinnytsya city and UNICEF host the first national Child Friendly City Forum
Vinnytsya, UKRAINE, 27 November 2012 - Today the first National Forum of Child Friendly Cities was held in Vinnytsya organized by UNICEF in partnership with the Vinnytsya City Council.

Early childhood development experts enhance capacity in monitoring and evaluation in Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT, 27 November 2012 – As a result of the three day workshop, the Inter-Ministerial group on the National Programme on Early Childhood Development and School Readiness (ECD) for 2011-2015 have prepared a draft ECD monitoring framework.

Children’s smiles are the best screenshots of life
KYIV, 24 November 2012 – UNICEF today celebrated its 15th anniversary in Ukraine together with our most precious guests, the children, in the premises of FILM.UA movie studio.

Youth voices to improve education quality in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 27 November 2012 – UNICEF today launched a study entitled “Youth perspectives of education quality in Tajikistan: A case study of education quality for youth in the CEE/CIS region” with participation of education sector partners and youth-led or

Ana Ivanović debates with primary school pupils the importance of school rules in violence prevention
BELGRADE, 23 November 2012 – Ana Ivanovic, a famous tennis player and UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, today met with pupils, parents and teachers of five primary schools in Belgrade included into the “School without Violence” programme.

Nationwide effort to enhance mother and child healthcare launched in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, 22 November 2012 – Today the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and the European Commission officially launched a new joint initiative to enhance health prospects for all mothers and children across the country.

Call to action to end placing children under three in institutions gains momentum
SOFIA, 21 November 2012 – Eastern European and Central Asian governments are joining forces to boost a growing movement to support vulnerable families and end placing children under three in institutions.

Тhe media should be more cautious when reporting on violence against children, UNICEF Serbia finds
BELGRADE, 20 November 2012– A report on four month monitoring of selected Serbian media has been presented today at the Round Table “The Media and Violence at School – What We should Know When Reporting on Children”, organized by the Association of Journa

Call to action to end placing children under three in institutions gains momentum
SOFIA, 20 November 2012 — The Republic of Bulgaria is partnering with UNICEF will host a two-day ministerial level conference starting tomorrow which will convene 22 countries and territories in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

On Universal Children’s Day, look to the future, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 November 2012 – On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF issued a new research paper highlighting global demographic shifts forecast for the coming generation of children that present major challenges to policy makers and planners.

On World Toilet Day, ending open defecation is possible, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 November 2012 — On World Toilet Day, UNICEF says that trends in the past five years allow for cautious optimism that significant progress will be made in decreasing the number of people globally who practice open defecation.

Education is crucial for the protection of children from abuse on the Internet
BELGRADE, 17 November 2012 – In Serbia since 2010, 46 convictions have been handed down for crimes of abuse of minors in pornography on the Internet – it was stated today at a public hearing in the Serbian National Assembly.

Turkmenistan health experts initiate a capacity mapping process of health promotion system
ASHGABAT, 16 November 2012 – Representatives of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan and its various structures are skilled to undertake a methodologically comprehensive mapping exercise on health promotion capacity in Turkmenistan.

UNICEF Uzbekistan mobilizes cross-sector partnerships to end placing children under three in institutions
TASHKENT, 14 November 2012 – Representatives of the Government, Parliament, civil society, academic institutions and mass media joined UNICEF’s Call to Action to end placing children under the age of 3 years in institutions across Europe & Central Asia.

Social workers trained on foster care to ensure that every child lives in a family
Bar, Montenegro, 10 November 2012 – More than 40 professionals from all ten centres for social work in Montenegro completed trainings on various aspects of foster care in order to ensure that every child lives in a family.

Bulgaria and UNICEF join forces to support families, end placement of children under three in institutions
SOFIA/GENEVA, 13 November 2012 - The Republic of Bulgaria will host a two-day regional ministerial conference next week in collaboration with UNICEF to end placing children under three in institutions.

Pneumonia still number one killer
BALTIMORE, USA, 12 November 2012 – Marking the fourth annual World Pneumonia Day, November 12th, world leaders and the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia are calling for major efforts in the fight against childhood pneumonia.

UNICEF and EU rapporteur recognise good practices in inclusive and integrated education
SKOPJE/KUMANOVO, 8 November 2012: During his November visit to the country, Mr Richard Howitt, member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for the country’s EU accession, visited a primary school to discuss the importance of inclusive education.

Children discuss inclusion through sports in Montenegro’s school parliaments
PLAV, Montenegro, 8 November 2012 - Marijana Goranovic, Montenegro’s Paralympic athlete who won the 7th place at the 2012 Paralympics in London in the shot put discipline, today discussed inclusion in sports with the school parliament in Plav.

UNICEF workshop enhances Turkmenistan legislators’ and finance specialists’ knowledge on budgeting for children
ASHGABAT, 8 November 2012 – Results based budgeting, equitable budgets for children, and increased investments for children were presented to members of the Mejlis (Parliament) & representatives of ministries during a two day workshop organized by UNICEF.

Concluding Observations for Tajikistan’s Second Periodic Report on the Convention of the Rights of the Child
DUSHANBE, 7 November 2012 – The Commission on the Rights of the Child under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan with support from UNICEF, presents today the Concluding Observations for Tajikistan’s Second Periodic Report on the CRC.

Government of Ukraine and UNICEF sign new five-year Country Programme Action Plan
KYIV, 1 November 2012 – Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine-Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Serhiy Tihipko and UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Yukie Mokuo signed the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period of 2012 – 2016.

Turkmenistan education and civil defense specialists continue the dialogue in disaster risk reduction in education
ASHGABAT, 1 November 2012 - The “Disaster Risk Reduction in Education” (DRR) initiative carried out another important event - training of trainers - for representatives of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Defense and teachers.

Third Round of Diphtheria Immunization Campaign starts in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 29 October 2012 - The Government of Tajikistan, with support from UNICEF and WHO, starts the third phase of a national diphtheria vaccination campaign today. It will be carried out from 29 October – 3 November for children and young people aged

Members of Parliament learn firsthand about effective models for delivering pre-school services
BITOLA, 26 October 2012 - Members of the Parliamentary Working Group on the Rights of the Child joined by ministerial representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy child protection sector, today visited three UNICEF supported ECD centers.

Asian children want greater involvement in disaster risk reduction
YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia, 24 October 2012 - Governments across Asia must involve children when they plan and implement projects to help disaster-prone communities mitigate risks and the impact, youth participants at a regional ministerial meeting said.

Current campaign
SOFIA/GENEVA 24 October 2012 - The Government of Bulgaria with the support of UNICEF is organizing a ministerial conference on preventing the placement of children below three years in residential care to be held in Bulgaria on 21 and 22 November 2012.

Highlighting the UNICEF Montenegro Child Poverty Study on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2012
PODGORICA, 17 October 2012 – On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, UNICEF would like to take the opportunity to again draw attention to the situation of poor children in Montenegro.

UNICEF survey says one in five children with disabilities does not attend schools, reveals significant inequalities
YEREVAN, Armenia, 16 October 2012 – Children with disabilities in Armenia continue to be one of the most disadvantaged and marginalised groups of the Armenian population.

Goodwill Ambassador Shakira, girls football players promote girls’ development through education and sport in Azerbaijan
BAKU, Azerbaijan, 15 October 2012 – Goodwill Ambassador Shakira recently met teenage girls from a UNICEF-supported girls’ football league, encouraging them to inspire their peers to grasp their future, including through continuing to seek an education.

On the Global Handwashing Day UNICEF promotes improved hygiene practices
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 15 October 2012 – On the fifth consecutive year of marking Global Handwashing Day on October 15, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Tajikistan in close cooperation with UNICEF continues this commemoration.

UNICEF launches the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Braille for Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 15 October 2012 - In the run-up to Universal Children’s Day (Nov 20) and International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec 3), UNICEF and partners today launched the first ever Tajik translation of the CRC in Braille.

On Global Handwashing Day UNICEF says: It’s not complicated, but it’s crucial
NEW YORK, 15 October 2012 – As the world celebrates the fifth annual Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF emphasizes the fact that the very simple act of handwashing with soap can save hundreds of thousands of children who needlessly die every year.

Georgia celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction
TBILISI, Georgia, 12 October 2012 – The International Day for Disaster Reduction will be jointly celebrated by all partner organizations implementing the DIPECHO II programme.

UNICEF focuses on ending child marriage on the International Day of the Girl Child
NEW YORK, 11 October 2012 – On the first International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF and partners are highlighting joint efforts to end child marriage – a fundamental human rights violation that impacts all aspects of a girl’s life.

The “Childhood Rainbow” promotes diversity and reaches children in Turkmenistan’s remote areas
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 10 October 2012 – “The Childhood Rainbow” puppet performance, developed by the State Puppet Theatre of Turkmenistan with UNICEF’s assistance, travelled to remote areas of Turkmenistan reaching thousands of children.

UNICEF and ATFBank launch social project “In warm hands” to prevent child abandonment in Kazakhstan
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 9 October 2012 — The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the AFTBank joint-stock company (JSC) have launched a social project called “In warm hands” to prevent the abandonment of children aged 0-3 in Kazakhstan

UNICEF’s evolving role in the Russian Federation
GENEVA, 9 October 2012 — UNICEF and the Russian Federation are in talks to develop a new form of partnership following the conclusion of UNICEF’s country programme and the closure of the country office in the Russian Federation.

UNICEF welcomes government endorsement of national strategy for prevention of violence in schools
SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 2 October 2012 - The strategy, which emphasizes prevention and introduces new accountability mechanisms for both the Ministry of Education and schools, was adopted by the Government on 25 September.

Children should be protected from the economic crisis
ZAGREB, Croatia, 28 September 2012 - During her first visit to Croatia, UNICEF Regional Director Marie-Pierre Poirier witnessed first-hand the progress for children made in Croatia and discussed the equity gaps with the President of Croatia Ivo Josipovic.

UNICEF Regional Director focuses on 'Children's Rights at the Local Political Level' in keynote speech at the International 'Child in the City' conference in Zagreb
ZAGREB, Croatia, 26 September 2012 - Keynote Speech - Child in the City Conference - 'Children's Rights at the Local Political Level'

UN and partners seek US$ 487.9 million to help Syrian refugees as numbers continue to rise
GENEVA, September 27, 2012 – The United Nations and its humanitarian partners issued a revised appeal today for US$487.9 million to support Syrian refugees.

Investing in preschool education is cost-effective and universal coverage is possible, UNICEF states
BELGRADE, Serbia, 25 September 2012 – The results of the study on Investing in Early Childhood Education in Serbia – Costing Models for Universal Coverage of Preschool Education present evidence that universal coverage of preschool education is possible.

A Promise Renewed: Diphtheria Immunization Campaign launched in Tajikistan
Dushanbe, September 24, 2012 – The Government of Tajikistan, with support from UNICEF and WHO, starts the second phase of a national diphtheria vaccination campaign today.

Turning research into action to eliminate torture and ill-treatment of children in detention
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 21 September 2012 —The Kyrgyz Parliament and Government are hosting an international conference today to reduce violence against children in conflict with the law with the support of UNICEF, Penal Reform International.

UNICEF Statement on ill-treatment of juveniles in the penitentiary system in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 19 September 2012 - UNICEF strongly condemns the child rights’ violations in the penitentiary system as documented and broadcasted in recent news.

UNICEF Ambassador in Serbia Novak Djokovic calls for investment in quality early childhood education during his visit to a kindergarten
BELGRADE, Serbia, 18 September 2012 – Novak Djokovic, UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia and the celebrated tennis champion, today visited the “Beneath the Linden Trees” kindergarten in the village of Lesnica, 150 km west of the capital Belgrade.

Improving responses to violence against children by turning evidence into policy and results
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 18 September 2012 — Government, Ombudspersons and civil society representatives from Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia and Turkey are meeting in Sarajevo today as part of a two-year joint initiative of the EU and UNICEF

Georgia joins world leaders pledging to end preventable child deaths
TBILISI, Georgia, 13 September 2012 - Georgia joined a major global campaign on child survival: Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed by signing a pledge with other World’s Governments to end preventable child deaths.

Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) results launched in Kazakh Parliament
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, 12 September 2012 – The results of Multi–Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS-4) of households in Kazakhstan have been presented today in the Senate (upper chamber) of the Kazakh Parliament.

Accelerating progress on child survival since 2000, UN says
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 September 2012 – The pace of reducing child deaths has accelerated sharply since 2000, according to new data released today by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the UN Population Division.

Diverse countries are making rapid progress in child survival – UNICEF report
NEW YORK, 13 September 2012 – Countries across the world are making rapid progress in reducing child deaths, demonstrating that it is possible to radically reduce child mortality over the span of two decades, a UNICEF report says today.

UNICEF and European Commission put children first in emergencies
NEW YORK / BRUSSELS, 11 September 2012 – The European Commission will continue to prioritise funding for children in humanitarian emergencies, despite the economic challenges.

In the Eastern Kazakhstan, a UNICEF workshop took place in the framework of the new initiative on disaster risk reduction
UST- KAMENOGORSK, KAZAKHSTAN, 10 September 2012 - From 3 to 7 September 2012 in Ust–Kamenogorsk a “OneMinutesJr” video workshop on disaster risk reduction took place for students of the pilot schools of Eastern Kazakhstan region.

OneMinutesJr video workshop on disaster risk reduction takes place in Eastern Kazakhstan
UST-KAMENOGORSK, KAZAKHSTAN, 7 September 2012 - 16 school children from Ust-Kamenogorsk and Semipalatinsk, who have recently undergone a disaster risk reduction (DRR) training under the framework of a new UNICEF project, are taking part in the 5-day parti

"I know I can" - Social campaign dedicated to the inclusion of children with disabilities
CHISINAU, Moldova, 29 August 2012 - Using the opportunity of the World Cup 2014 qualification match between Moldova-England (7 September), UNICEF and partners start a social campaign which promotes the inclusion of children with disabilities in society.

Turkmenistan education and civil defense specialists discuss disaster risk reduction in education
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 3 September 2012 – Turkmenistan’s children will be better prepared to survive the natural and man-made disasters under the new “Disaster Risk Reduction in Education” (DRR) initiative, launched this year by UNICEF and partners.

The Republic of Serbia renews its commitment to end child preventable deaths
BELGRADE, Serbia, 29 August 2012 - Serbian Minister of Health Slavica Djukic Dejanovic has signed today a Child survival pledge “A Promise Renewed”, renewing the Government’s commitment to give every child best possible start in life.

Turkmenistan Census supervisors and enumerators get trained on Census methodologies
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 28 August 2012 – The preparations to the National Census in Turkmenistan continued in August with capacity development training on Census methodologies for Census supervisors and enumerators.

UNICEF says hardest part yet to come in providing drinking water to millions
STOCKHOLM, 27 August 2012 - As World Water Week kicks off, UNICEF says that despite tremendous progress in the last two decades in bringing access to improved drinking water sources to billions of people, finishing the task is not going to be easy.

UNICEF launches Innovate for Children website to accelerate progress
COPENHAGEN, 23 August 2012 – With a view to merging inspiration with technical expertise, UNICEF announced today the launch of its Innovate for Children website.

UNICEF assists the Government of Turkmenistan in capacity development on juvenile justice
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 17 August 2012 – Prosecutors and judges of Turkmenistan’s Dashoguz region have increased knowledge and skills on international standards of juvenile justice at the workshop organized this week by the National Institute of Democracy

Safe and unimpeded access critical for humanitarian workers, says UNICEF on World Humanitarian Day
NEW YORK, 19 August 2012 – On World Humanitarian Day, UNICEF called on all parties in conflicts around the world to allow humanitarian workers safe, unimpeded access to reach children and women in need.

Inter-Ministerial Group on Early Childhood Development builds capacity in monitoring and evaluation
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 16 August 2012 – The Inter-Ministerial group on the National Programme on Early Childhood Development and School Readiness (ECD) for 2011-2015 will build capacity in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) during a three day workshop organ

Mid-level health personnel in Turkmenistan upgrade knowledge and skills on child care and development
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 9 August 2012 – The Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan in partnership with UNICEF made another significant step in realization of the National Early Childhood Development Programme (ECD).

Moldova is among the few countries of the world which succeeded in halving child mortality
CHISINAU, Moldova, 7 August 2012 – The “Child Survival Call to Action: A Promise Renewed” is a global UNICEF initiative which is aimed at intensifying the countries’ commitment to reduce the mortality rate of infants and children under 5.

Make Breastfeeding easier for mothers, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 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.

ONE in FIVE Campaign: UNICEF and the Council of Europe join forces to stop sexual violence against children
STRASBOURG/GENEVA, 4 July 2012 - According to available estimates, about 20% of children are victims of some form of sexual violence. UNICEF has therefore decided to join the Council of Europe in the promotion of these measures in Europe and Central Asia.

UNICEF Belarus National Ambassador Max Mirnyi asserts: ‘Being Fit Is Easy!’
MINSK, Belarus 24 July 2012 – Billboards featuring Max Mirnyi, UNICEF Belarus National Ambassador, were placed in the streets of the capital of Belarus.

“It’s about ability” campaign promotes sports for all children in Montenegro
CETINJE, 22 July 2012 – During the visit of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to Montenegro, his wife Mrs. Ban Soon-teak joined prominent young Paralympic athletes Marijana Goranovic and Ilija Tadic, Minister of Culture Branislav Micunovic, UNICEF

UNICEF gives special award at Odessa International Film Festival
ODESSA, Ukraine, 16/17 July 2012 – In Ukraine UNICEF gave a Special Award to film “Backstreet Champions” by Akhtem Seytablaev that tells about children and people living on the streets.

Launch of Electronic Youth Services in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 20 July 2012 - A presentation of two ongoing projects supported by UNICEF was held at the Children and Youth National Center in Tbilisi today.

UNICEF, EU and the Government of Uzbekistan recommit to equitable health care for mothers and children
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 19 July 2012 – UNICEF, the Government of Uzbekistan and the European Union (EU) signed today a tri-partite agreement for the implementation of phase II of the EU-UNICEF Programme ‘Improvement of Mother and Children Services`

Overall poverty decreased but child poverty reduction remains a challenge
TBILISI, Georgia, 18 July 2012 - UNICEF Discussion Paper, entitled Georgia: Reducing Child Poverty, being launched today, reveals that the number of households below the relative poverty line fell from 24 to 22 per cent between 2009 and 2011.

A joint disaster risk reduction initiative to safeguard the lives of the children of Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 13 July 2012 – Today, the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) initiative has been jointly launched by the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF to support national efforts in enhancing emergency reparedness and response capacity.

Journalists – Defenders of Child Rights
BELGRADE, Serbia, 11 July 2012 - Twenty journalists from mainstream and local media debated the most ethical ways to cover incidents of violence among and against school children in Serbia.

UNICEF and Azersun launch a partnership: joint campaign will benefit UNICEF programme on early detection and early prevention of childhood disability in Azerbaijan
BAKU, Azerbaijan, 5 July 2012 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Azersun Holding have teamed up to support the Government of Azerbaijan in its efforts to reduce childhood disability in Azerbaijan.

First early childhood development centre opens in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia, 3 July 2012 - The first Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre in Serbia was formally opened today. It is located in the premises of the RODITELJ (“Parent”) Association in Belgrade’s municipality of Zemun.

Juvenile justice reforms in Moldova – model for other countries in the region
CHISINAU, Moldova 2 July, 2012 – During the period of 1-7 July 2012 a high level delegation from Tajikistan is visiting Moldova to document the juvenile justice system reform and progress achieved in the country.

Enjoy your life. Stay safe: 25 000 young Ukrainians supported UNICEF and ANTIAIDS Foundation campaign
Kyiv, June 30, 2012 – Today UNICEF along with Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation have addressed the Ukrainian youth calling for them to "Enjoy life. Stay safe" in the framework of a charity concert dedicated to the fight against AIDS, featuring Elton John

Inter-Ministerial Group on Early Childhood Development Discusses the Holistic Development of Children
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 25-26 June 2012 – The Inter-Ministerial group on the National Programme on Early Childhood Development (ECD) for 2011-2015 met to discuss its operational framework and implementation plans for holistic development of children.

Improved voluntary HIV testing and counselling services for young people in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 26 June 2012 – Confidential, anonymous, and free HIV testing and counselling services will now be available to the most-at-risk adolescents and young people thanks to a new initiative being launched today by UNICEF and partners.

National Early Education Week Highlights the Importance of Preschool Education in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 13 June 2012 - In collaboration with UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and Science launched the first National Early Education Week on 09 June 2012 in the Bombora Recreation Park in Tbilisi.

Children’s message to adults: I am happy when you care for me!
CHISINAU, Moldova, 1 June 2012 - A huge puzzle with a surface of 32 square meters was built in the capital of Moldova, Chisinau, on the occasion of International Children's Day.

Child Safety Report Cards: inconsistency in policy adoption across 31 countries
STRASBOURG, France, 12 June 2012 – Injury is the leading cause of death, disability, burden and inequity for children in Europe.

National Forum to cast light on the fate of children in residential institutions in Kyrgyzstan and push for change
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 29 May 2012 - A one-day National Forum on Children’s Residential Institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic will reveal an alarming increase in the number of children in institutions, the threatening conditions in which these children live.

Kazakh Parliament holds conference on mapping strategic links for equity-focused child protection
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, 1 June 2012: The Mazhilis (the lower chamber) of Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan (RK) held an international conference ‘For Better Protection of Kazakhstan’s Children in Law and Practice’.

Friendly match held between national teams of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan under the aegis of UNICEF and FIFA
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 1 June 2012 - The Football Federation of Kazakhstan arranged a friendly match between the national teams of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan at the Central Stadium in Almaty dedicated to the International Child Protection Day.

The Russian Federation's USD 1 million grant helps Tajik children and young people boosting immunity levels against diphtheria
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 6 June 2012 - UNICEF Tajikistan today received a 1 million US dollar grant from the Russian Federation for the second national diphtheria immunisation campaign this year targeting 2.5 million children and young people.

Ana Ivanovic promotes Olympic values in school violence prevention
Belgrade, Serbia, 6 June 2012 – On the eve of the forthcoming Olympic Games, UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia Ana Ivanovic met in Belgrade with pupils from 10 primary and secondary schools who are implementing the “School without Violence” programme.

Turkmenistan adopts a national programme on juvenile justice system reform
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 6 June 2012 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomes Turkmenistan’s adoption of the General Programme on Juvenile Justice System Development that will help to prevent delinquencies among children under eighteen.

EURO 2012: Spanish football player Sergio Ramos sends a special message to children and families in Ukraine
KYIV/MADRID/GENEVA 5 June 2012– Just before EURO 2012, Sergio Ramos, Spanish football star sends a special message calling Ukrainians to spend more time with their children.

EURO 2012: UNICEF children cup held in Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine 31 May, 2012 – UNICEF hosted a football cup for vulnerable children today from Kyiv, Donetsk, Odesa, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk regions to highlight their rights ahead of EURO 2012.

Emerging Europe and Central Asia aim for cleaner and productive future
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 25 May 2012 - In the final run up before world leaders gather in Brazil for the “Rio + 20” U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, Moscow takes leadership to convene discussions on sustainable development in the CEECIS.

United Nations celebrates progress in the campaign for the Universal Ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child
New York, 25 May - Since the campaign for universal ratification was launched, two years ago, 20 additional countries have ratified the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, and 15 countries became party to t

Call to Business to Respect and Support Children’s Rights
CHISINAU, Moldova, 15 May 2012 – A landmark set of ten principles to ensure that companies respect and support children’s rights have been released on 15th of May in Chisinau.

UNICEF Regional Director: We will continue to support Moldovan Government to protect the most vulnerable children
CHISINAU, Moldova, 16 May 2012 – The UNICEF Regional Director's visit from 13-15 May 2012 took place within the development of a new UNICEF Country Programme for the Republic of Moldova Government for the years 2013-2017.

CEE/CIS Regional Director advocates for more investments in families to protect the rights of most vulnerable children in Bulgaria
SOFIA, Bulgaria 16 May, 2012 — The Regional Director for CEE/CIS, Ms. Marie Pierre Poirier, recently met the president, top cabinet ministers, civil society and key partners urging them to strengthen family support in Bulgaria.

Media advisory: Regional Conference on Supporting Families for Young Child Wellbeing in Turkey (14-17 May 2012)
A Regional Conference on Supporting Families for Young Child Wellbeing focusing on the Role of Community Nursing, Home Visiting, and Outreach Services is being organized in Turkey between 14-17 May 2012.

UNICEF experts join Live Q&A post European Immunization week
GENEVA, 9 May 2012 - UNICEF regional immunization specialist, Oya Zeren Afsar, and communication for development specialist, Sharad Agarwal, will join WHO in a Live Q&A session Thursday to discuss lessons learnt following 2012 European Immunization Week.

UNICEF welcomes Russian Federation ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
MOSCOW/GENEVA, 4 May, 2012 – UNICEF congratulates the Russian Federation for ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, describing it as a great step forward for people with disabilities, particularly children.

Families and Children in Moldova will be protected by a new Strategy
ORHEI, Moldova, 17 April 2012 - The Prime Minister of Moldova, the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family and UNICEF launched the public consultation process for a new Child and Family Protection Strategy in Orhei today.

OneMinutesJr workshop in Mrkonjić Grad: How Vesna’s rabbit became a movie star
Mrkonjić Grad, BiH, April 2012 - Vesna Jaguzović took her pet rabbit to her classroom at the Primary School “Petar Kočić” in Mrkonjić Grad and gave him the leading role in her movie “Friendship”.

Children’s hygiene behavior in pre-school institutions satisfactory while infrastructure needs improvement, UNICEF survey says
TBILISI, Georgia, 25 April 2012 - The results of the National Survey on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Preschools were presented at a meeting of the Parliamentary Early Childhood Development Alliance which was held in Tbilisi today.

Millions of adolescents falling behind, especially in Africa – UNICEF report
NEW YORK, 24 April 2012 – Over the past 20 years, adolescents have benefitted from progress in education and public health. Yet the needs of many adolescents are neglected with more than 1 million losing their lives each year.

UNICEF urges access to early learning for the most disadvantaged children
NEW YORK, 25 April 2012 - As the world celebrates Global Action Week for Education, UNICEF calls for attention and investment to provide early learning opportunities to all children, especially the poor and marginalized.

Frontline health workers from Armenia air their views
YEREVAN, Armenia, 26 April, 2012 - Armenian frontline health professionals recently highlighted major challenges faced by immunologists-pediatricians and nurses in villages and cities as part of this year`s European Immunization Week which ends on Friday.

Journalism education and child rights university-level course expands in Central Asia
ISSYKUL, Kyrgyzstan 24 April, 2012 — A three-day forum on “Children’s Rights and Journalism,” which opened today, laid the ground for lecturers to reflect on how to introduce a course for ten journalism faculties in 4 Central Asian countries.

Every tenth child in Montenegro is poor
PODGORICA, Montenegro, 20 April, 2012 - Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Suad Numanovic and UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks launched the first ever Child Poverty Study in Montenegro at an event in the capital Podgorica today.

European Immunization Week kicks off in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 24 April 2012 - The seventh European Immunization Week (EIW) was kicked-off in Georgia today at a press-conference organized by the First Lady of Georgia and the Deputy Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs.

Turkmenistan marks World Immunization Week
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 23 April 2012 – Turkmenistan has joined the world in marking the seventh European Immunization Week proving its commitment to sustain the fully owned national immunization programme.

The Seventh European Immunization Week kicks off
GENEVA, 21 April 2012 — The seventh European Immunization Week (EIW) will be held kicked off today highlighting the crucial role of front line health workers. All 21 countries in CEECIS with UNICEF offices are taking part in this initiative.

First ever child poverty study launched in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 20 APRIL 2012 – Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Suad Numanovic and UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks launched the first Child Poverty Study in Montenegro today in Podgorica.

Kyrgyz teenagers produce OneMinutesJr videos on Juvenile Justice
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 20 April 2012 - A presentation of twenty one-minute videos on “Children and Justice” prepared by young people from different regions of Kyrgyzstan was held on 20 April.

Evaluation of the quality of medical services for pregnant women and newborns
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 30 March 2012 - With support from UNICEF and partners, the Ministry of Health presented the results of a two-week national-level evaluation of the quality of hospital and out-patient observation & care in pregnancy and postnatal care.

EU and UNICEF support National Conference on “Achievements, Gaps and the Way Forward in Justice for Children Reform”
The final national conference of the EU-funded and UNICEF co-funded and implemented “Justice for Children” project was held today.

EU and UNICEF supported conference on the role of municipalities in preventing juvenile delinquency
SKOPJE, 23 March 2012 - As part of the European Union (EU) funded project and UNICEF co-funded and implemented “Justice for Children” Project, a Conference on the role of local councils in preventing juvenile delinquency was held in Skopje today.

The Government of Japan funds $5 million to improve the learning environment for children in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 19 March 2012 - The Government of Japan has granted $5 million to UNICEF to support the Ministry of Education and Science in the Kyrgyz Republic to improve the learning environment in schools and preschools.

UN plants Trees of Peace
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 16 March 2012 - To celebrate the 20th anniversary of United Nations in the Kyrgyz Republic, Trees of Peace were planted in Alymbekov and Tolstoy schools, Osh province.

First website to promote child participation launched in Armenia
YEREVAN, 14 March 2012 – UNICEF and Youth for Achievements NGO launched today www.ashakert.am - the first website to promote child participation in Armenia.

Government of the United Kingdom grants USD 8 million to UNICEF’s new Equity Programme in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, 13 March 2012 - The Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK Government has granted US$8 million (£5 million) to UNICEF to support conflict prevention, health, education, youth programmes and capacity-development in Kyrgyzstan.

New plan on mother and child health ensures that every child has the best start in life
TBILISI, 9 March 2012 – A new Georgia Perinatal System Strengthening Master Plan was officially presented today by the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs at a meeting in Tbilisi today.

Young offenders and victims of violence against children cooperate in video story-telling workshop in Baku
BAKU, 9 March 2012 - Fifteen children and teenagers came together this week in the capital of Azerbaijan to share their stories on juvenile justice and violence against children in a UNICEF-supported OneMinutesJr video workshop.

Governments urged to ensure inclusive early childhood programmes for Roma children to address continuing social exclusion
BRUSSELS, 6 March 2012 – Young Roma children are being denied access to health services, child protection interventions and preschool education opportunities because of systematic discrimination, according to a report launched today on the situation of Ro

Results of household survey show progress and disparities alike in Serbia
BELGRADE/GENEVA, 6 March 2012 - Key findings from the 4th round of UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) reveal visible progress on most indicators in Serbia, including women’s and children’s health, early childhood development and education.

Making cities fit for children
TIRANA, 28 February 2012 - Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services, UNICEF warns in The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World, which is published today.

The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World - Key Facts
More than 50% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. This number is growing. By 2050, two thirds of the world’s people are expected to live in towns and cities.

Cities are failing children, UNICEF warns
NEW YORK, 28 February 2012 – Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services, UNICEF warns in The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World.

UNICEF, Armenian government discuss integrated social services to address social inequity, poverty
YEREVAN, 24 February 2012 – UNICEF and the Government of Armenia convened today a high-level conference to discuss integrated social services model as a way to reduce poverty and ensure full access of the most vulnerable families to social support.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, improving rural lives with essential services
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 16 February 2012 – Rasema lives with her husband and two boys, aged 3 and 6, in the rural community of Gornja Tuzla, some 10 km from the industrial town of Tuzla.

Draft Law on Social and Child Protection presented to the public
PODGORICA, 15 February, 2012–Children are the most valuable resource that any country has and ensuring that they achieve their full potential is the best investment a country can make for its future.

UNICEF calls for an end to placing children under three in residential care institutions in Bulgaria
SOFIA, 16 February 2012 - Bulgaria was urged to press forward in its reforms of the child care system focusing on ending the practice of placing children under three in residential care.

New Regional Director for UNICEF in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
GENEVA, 8 February 2012 - Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF’s new Regional Director for the CEECIS today stated that one of her major priorities was to foster mutual cooperation among countries to address issues affecting children.

Safer Internet Day celebrated in Albania
TIRANA, 7 February 2012 - Safer Internet Day 2012 brought together the Albanian Minister of Innovation and Technology, mobile operators, parents, teachers, civil society and NGOs in an attempt to increase child safety on line with concrete measures.

Safer Internet Day 2012
BRUSSELS, 7 February 2012 - Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar.

United on the need to improve legislation and its enforcement to better protect children in conflict and contact with the law
SKOPJE, 2 February 2012 - Parliamentarians, government officials, professionals working with children in the justice system and civil society representatives met today at a parliamentary public hearing to discuss the justice for children legal framework.

Turkey boosts UNICEF humanitarian appeal for children in 2012
ANKARA, 2 February 2012 – Turkey is joining forces with UNICEF to ensure that children are protected in emergencies by appealing for US$1.28 billion to fund the UN body`s humanitarian operations in 2012 assisting more than 25 countries globally.

Children put their mark on the drafting of Turkey's new constitution
ANKARA, Turkey, 1 February 2012 - Turkey is at pivotal point in the country`s history. Parliamentarians are poised to make fundamental changes to their constitution and children will have a rare chance to leave their stamp on it.

Norwegian Embassy supports UNICEF child protection project in Kazakhstan
ASTANA, 30 January 2012 – Kazakhstan’s Human Rights Commissioner, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway and the UNICEF Deputy Representative agreed on the implementation of a new joint project on strengthening the child protection system in Kazakhstan.

UNICEF appeals for US$1.28 billion for its humanitarian operations to assist children in 2012
GENEVA, 27 January 2012 – UNICEF appealed today for US$1.28 billion to fund its humanitarian operations in 2012, assisting children in more than 25 countries globally.

Turkey joins in UNICEF appeal for the UN body's humanitarian assistance for children in 2012
ANKARA / GENEVA, 27 January 2012 - Press briefing on UNICEF annual Humanitarian Action for Children report and Turkey`s fast growing role in the region and globally in emergencies and disaster preparedness.

Minsk joins child-friendly cities initiative
MINSK, Belarus, 25 January 2012 - The capital of Belarus, Minsk, is one of the newest cities to join UNICEF`s global child-friendly cities initiative following a recent signing of an agreement to ensure high standards in education, health and protection.

The 2012-2016 Country Program Action Plan signed by the Kyrgyz Government
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 13 January 2012 - The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNICEF have signed a new Country Programme Action Plan for 2012-2016 to improve the lives of children.

Youth jury takes part in annual OneMinutesJr Award
GENEVA, 16 January 2012 – Only year ago, Dijana Lukovac was taking part in a One Minutes Jr film workshop in her hometown, Podgorica, Montenegro. Now, the 19 -ear-old uses her experience to evaluate other videos on child rights made by her peers.

 

 
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