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Welcome to the latest news section of our website. Here you will find the press releases and news notes from the UNICEF Regional Office for the CEECIS in 2014 in chronological order, latest news on top. 

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Conflict in Ukraine leaves almost 150 schools closed: UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV, 19 December 2014 – Conflict in Ukraine has left 147 schools closed in parts of Donetsk Oblast where fighting is ongoing, and disrupted the education of some 50,000 children since September 1.

The new social protection system better identifies poor families in Georgia and includes child benefits
TBILISI, Georgia, 16 December 2014 - Deputy Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs Zaza Sopromadze and Director of the Social Service Agency Gaioz Talakvadze presented the results of the revision of the social assistance programme.

UNICEF and Ministry of Education to expand preschool education in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 11 December 2014 - Long-term investments in the early education are crucial for the individual and social development, it was concluded at the conference "The quality of education - the importance of investing in pre-school education".

With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences, UNICEF said today.

How a power-cut made us see the light
TASHKENT, 28 November 2014 - The UNICEF Uzbekistan country team was just about to present the 2015 State of the World’s Children report and the global ‘Imagine’ project to key partners and to attending children and adolescents.

UNICEF invites Turkmenistan students to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
ASHGABAT, 1 December 2014 – Students and professors from Turkmenistan’s universities joined hands with UNICEF in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

CRC@25 in Uzbekistan – Giving a voice to children
TASHKENT, 20 November 2014 - In Uzbekistan’s society, many groups of children are overlooked, isolated or invisible, and these groups are often the most vulnerable – children living with disabilities, children in state institutions and children who are HI

Georgia joins UNICEF campaign to #imagine a better world for children
TBILISI, 30 November 2014 - Georgia kicked off the UNICEF #IMAGINE campaign at a special event organized at the biggest mall of the capital Tbilisi. The campaign is part of celebrations for 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Eastern European and Central Asian countries promote better access to HIV testing for adolescents on World AIDS Day
TBILISI/GENEVA, 1 December 2014 — A European Union (EU)-UNICEF conference on “Good practices in working with vulnerable adolescents, reducing their HIV risks and building their resilience” is being held in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Children’s rights and roles in emergency are discussed at Children’s Forum
ANKARA, Turkey, 29 November 2014 – In the outskirts of Turkey’s capital, Turkish and Syrian children came together in meeting rooms usually reserved for politicians, academics, businessmen and NGOs.

UNICEF: 1.1 million HIV infections in children averted since 2005
NEW YORK, 28 November 2014 – An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF today ahead of World AIDS Day.

“Connecting for Better Future”: International Conference on Youth Participation starts in Gandja City”
BAKU, 27 November 2014 – Today young people from eight countries met in Gandja, which is Azerbaijan second largest city, to exchange experiences on youth participation in decision making.

On the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Turkmenistan adopts a mother and child health strategy
ASHGABAT, 26 November 2014 –The United Nations Children’s Fund in Turkmenistan welcomes the Government of Turkmenistan’s adoption of the National Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) Strategy and Action Plan for 2015-2019.

Inclusive child-friendly space in Doboj: A place with an open heart to all children
DOBOJ, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24 November 2014 - It is particularly lively from 13:00 to 18:00 every day in the inclusive Child-Friendly Space at the top of the main street in Doboj, when children come in four groups.

6th Children's Rights Festival in Croatia - More than 6000 children and adults participate in inclusive screenings of films about child rights
ZAGREB, 24 November 2014 – The children's short film “Dumpling stuck in a throat“ which was produced during one of the festival’s many workshops closed the programme of 6th Children's Rights Festival, held in Croatia between 17-22 November 2014. ​

Moldova celebrated 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
CHISINAU, 20 November 2014 - On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF in Moldova organized a special event to celebrate this unprecedented global commitment to Child Rights.

25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and beyond
SKOPJE, 20 November 2014 – At an event to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Rights of the Child, UNICEF and partners called for more innovation to prevent children missing out on the progress achieved over the last two and a half decades.

Albania commemorates the CRC@25 achievements but urges for new ways of thinking and new ways of doing to ensure no child is left behind
TIRANA, 20 November 2014 - To mark the 25th Anniversary of the CRC, around 200 youngsters (15- 18 years of age) from seven regions of Albania participated in a series of consultations under the theme “Is Albania now a better place for children”?

Born on the CRC Day in Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT, 20 November 2014 - UNICEF and the Government of Turkmenistan jointly organised a high-level meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today to mark the 25th anniversary of the CRC and 20 years since the country ratified the Convention.

Georgian artists join the celebration of the 25th anniversary of child rights
TBILISI, 14 November 2014 - Three concerts of the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra on the world’s greatest soundtracks were dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Serbia marks the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the National Assembly
BELGRADE, 20 November 2014 – The 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was marked today at a public hearing in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

The future is already here – We have to decide what to do with it
BELGRADE, 21 November 2014 – UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children Report calls on governments, development professionals, businesses, activists and communities to work together to drive new ideas for tackling the most pressing problems of children.

Milli Mejlis (Parliament) of Azerbaijan and UNICEF celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
BAKU, 21 November 2014 – Today, during a special meeting in the Milli Mejlis, UNICEF together with its partners from the Parliament, Government and civil society celebrated the 25th anniversary of the CRC by the United Nations General Assembly.

On the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child Turkmenistan reaffirms the commitment to safeguard its children
ASHGABAT, 20 November 2014 – “The wellbeing of children is a top priority for the Government of Turkmenistan. With signing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we made a commitment twenty years ago to protect and promote the rights of all children.

Raise your voice with UNICEF and Imagine a better world for children
GENEVA/MOSCOW, 20 November 2014 — During a musical event at the United Nations General Assembly today, UNICEF will unveil the #IMAGINE campaign as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Children’s Parliament: “Think about changing the curricula, so that school teaches us life skills for the 21st century!”
SARAJEVO, 20 November 2014 - As a part of activities to mark 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF strives to improve the understanding of children's rights and the social context enabling the observation of these rights.

Is Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia a better place for children?
GENEVA, 20 November 2014 - This week, leaders around the world will celebrate 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Innovation can drive change for most disadvantaged children – UNICEF report
NEW YORK, 20 November 2014 – Urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, UNICEF said in a new report launched on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Many children in Georgia still do not enjoy their rights, says UNICEF while celebrating Universal Children’s Day
TBILISI, 19 November 2014 - The progress achieved in initiating specific laws developed within the Year of the Protection of the Rights of the Child was reviewed at the special session in the Georgian capital today.

Lack of toilets dangerous for everyone, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.

Third All-Republican Forum of Children held in Baku
BAKU, 27 November 2014 - The Third All-Republican Forum of Children was in Baku today with the joint organizational support of the State Committee for Family, Women and Child Issues, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and UNICEF.

Stories of love and friendship - Children with and without disabilities are making a film
SARAJEVO, 13 November 2014 - UNICEF supported workshop of the Little Magacin Cabaret, titled Spread the Love has been rehearsing diligently every weekend for the premier of the short feature Stories of Love and Friendship.

Discussing the importance and impact of the business sector on children and their rights in Serbia
BELGRADE, 12 November 2014 – In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Business Info Group and UNICEF held a conference today about corporate social responsibility - The Responsibility of the Business Sector

Turkmenistan childcare professionals initiate discussions on international standards to define disability
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV, 19 December 2014 – Conflict in Ukraine has left 147 schools closed in parts of Donetsk Oblast where fighting is ongoing, and disrupted the education of some 50,000 children since September 1.

International conference in Turkmenistan calls for inclusion of every child in quality learning
ASHGABAT, 12 November 2014 – An estimated 1.1 million children with disabilities form a significant proportion of the out-of-school population in the CEE/CIS and their right to access quality education is too often violated.

Governments in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia commit to ending violence against all children
MINSK, 12 November 2014 – For thousands of children across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, violence is a daily reality. More than two thirds of children in the region have experienced violence at some point in their lives.

“J:Mors” Frontman Vladimir Pougatch appointed UNICEF National Ambassador in Belarus
MINSK, 11 November 2014 – Belarusian rock singer Vladimir Pougatch has been named UNICEF National Ambassador today in recognition of his commitment to defend the rights of the most vulnerable boys and girls in Belarus and in the region.

Syrian and Turkish Kids are developing projects for their own rights
ANKARA, 10 November 2014 – It is clear the group of Syrian and Turkish children gathered for training in Ankara already know a lot about their subject. Fingers rise swiftly in response to the first question about child rights.

Statement on the protection of children during the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, 7 November 2014 – The senseless killing of two children and injury of four others in the shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday is a shocking reminder of the price being paid by children and families.

UNICEF statement on deaths of children in Donetsk, Ukraine
KYIV/GENEVA, 6 November 2014 - UNICEF is saddened to learn that at least two children were killed and four have been injured as a result of shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk city on 5 November 2014.

Communicating with Children - TV programmes for children in Serbia
BELGRADE, 5 November 2014 - The findings of the analysis of children's programmes and the perceptions of children and parents, as well as the analysis of the electronic media regulations in selected countries in the region were presented in a sub-regional

“The OneMinutesJr made me see light where I could see nothing but darkness"
CHISINAU, 5 November 2014 - Tudor Culeanu was 14 years old and lived and studied at the Străşeni boarding school when he decided to participate in a OneMinutesJr workshop organized by UNICEF Moldova and the Youth Media Centre back in 2009.

A State’s Responsibility: It is time for greater accountability in protecting children from neglect, abuse, violence and exploitation
GENEVA, 5 November 2014 - Twenty-five years ago this month, the ground-breaking United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was signed. The convention codified all human rights of children clearly articulating those that are unique to child

"There are no obstacles or barriers in my life"
SARAJEVO, 1 November 2014 - Photographer and UNICEF trainer Željko Budimir, nicknamed Keko, says that his current occupation was not his first choice.

Ana Ivanovic, UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia: No child should live in fear of violence
BELGRADE, 29 October 2014 - Ana Ivanovic, UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, and Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Serbia, met today with pupils, principals and parents from four Belgrade primary and secondary schools.

New technologies and improved skills deliver the promise of child-friendly justice in Croatia
ZAGREB, 28 October 2014 — UNICEF and the Ministry of Justice in Croatia today opened child-friendly court rooms refurbished by state-of-the-art technologies and staffed by more than 100 newly trained professionals.

Ten million childhood disabilities prevented in campaign to end polio
NEW YORK, 23 October – Every day, a thousand or so children have been protected from disability during a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio.

Turkey increases precautions against polio in Istanbul
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 21 October 2014 – The old Istanbul district of Fatih lies on the city’s historical peninsula and is one of its longest inhabited areas. These days, a Polio Vaccine Campaign advert attracts attention on the main streets of Fatih.

It’s about ability in education: Regional meeting on inclusive education
SARAJEVO, 20 October 2014 - Educational authorities, experts, parents and civil society organisations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro met on 9 and 10 October 2014 in Sarajevo, to exchange experience in the field.

EU and UNICEF join efforts to help children and families affected by crisis in Ukraine
KYIV, 21 October 2014 – The EC's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has provided €500,000 to UNICEF aiming to improve water, sanitation and hygiene situation for children and women affected by the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Conference on child rights in a digital future opens in Istanbul today
ISTANBUL/GENEVA, 16 October 2014 — An international conference on children, youth, and digital media co-hosted by UNICEF and 11 Turkish universities started today at Istanbul University.

UNICEF, Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation and ASAN Service team up to create Child Legal Aid Service
BAKU, 15 October 2014 – UNICEF and Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation together with the ASAN Service came together to launch the Child Legal Aid Service in order to provide first ever publicly available access to legal services for children.

Children with disabilities and their families enjoy watching international football match in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 13 October 2014 - The German top notch Bundesliga football club Schalke 04 (U-23) visited Tajikistan and played a friendly match with Istiqlol football club in Dushanbe.

Learning about children’s rights through literature
BISHKEK, 10 October 2014 - More than 600 children today learnt about their rights by making a journey through the pages of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s story ”The Little Prince” today in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Baku – without barriers
BAKU, 10 October 2014 - High ranking government officials, international community and civil society came together to discuss initiatives on making Baku a truly accessible city at a round table organized by ADA University and UNICEF.

Reflecting on the past to help transform the future of Early Childhood Development
BUDAPEST, 10 October 2014 - Hundreds of experts gathered in Budapest between 10-12 October, 2014 to discuss new ways forward in supporting children around the world reach their full potential.

#Activate Talks Moldova: Five personalities talk about social inclusion of children through innovations
CHISINAU, 9 October 2014 – Five prominent Moldovan individuals spoke about their innovations to help improve the lives of vulnerable children and families at an event organized by UNICEF on 9 October 2014.

Government of Armenia and UNICEF to renew commitment to focus on the most marginalized children
YEREVAN, 8 October 2014 UNICEF Regional Director for the CEECIS, Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier, will hold a range of high-level meetings with the Government of Armenia, including the Prime Minister and key ministers on 9 July 2014.

UNICEF and Unilever help children in Ukraine
KYIV, 6 October 2014 – UNICEF Ukraine and Unilever Ukraine have joined efforts to address the immediate needs of children and families affected by the crisis.

UNICEF launches campaign to mark 25-year anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Moldova
CHISINAU, October 1, 2014 - A friendly youth soccer match, organized by UNICEF and the Football Federation of Moldova, kicked off a campaign celebrating 25 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in the country.

Introducing Educational TV to Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, 30 September 2014 - The ‘Kuch Birlikda’ (Power in Unity) edutainment TV series recently launched in Uzbekistan and the related public information campaign in 2015 are two means through which UNICEF is working to promote quality children's TV.

An extraordinary school in Suruç houses 1,700 Syrians fleeing violence in Kobani
SURUÇ, Turkey, 24 September 2014 – Think of a school where children wait in line for biscuits with their eyes full of fear rather than joy… Think of a school where children and sleep on sacks or instead of sitting in class ready to learn.

UNICEF: Fortifying flour with iron and folic acid can lower the risk of anaemia over time
CHISINAU, 24 September 2014 – Fortifying flour with iron and folic acid is an effective, simple and inexpensive strategy to prevent anaemia and other health risks. Moldova will accelerate the process of flour fortification to help improve public health.

New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF
CHISINAU, 23 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse - and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it hidden in plain sight.

UNICEF helps Syrian refugee children cope with celiac disease
ADANA, Turkey, 21 September 2014 – After tackling the immense hardships of leaving home, friends and family and a country torn apart by war, it’s easy to overlook debilitating diseases just because you’re on the move.

Artist Vladimir Ampov-Grafa named new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in Bulgaria
SOFIA, 18 September 2014 - Vladimir Ampov-Grafa is UNICEF Bulgaria’s latest Goodwill Ambassador. In his new role, the award-winning artist will aim at drawing the attention of young people and the general public towards challenges that affect children.

Joint WHO – UNICEF statement regarding deaths of children in Idlib, northern Syria
AMMAN/CAIRO, 17 September 2014 - “UNICEF and WHO have been shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths of at least 15 young children in Idlib, Syria. The deaths of the children occurred in areas where a measles immunization campaign had been under way.

UNICEF salutes the adoption of banning the institutionalization of children under 3 law
BUCHAREST, 17 September 2014 - UNICEF salutes the joint initiative to ban the institutionalization of children under three.

Keeping vulnerable families together
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 September 2014 — Iliya, a boy with Down's syndrome used to live in an institution. It was not possible for him to return to his biological parents but he, and others like him in the region, are able to grow up in a foster family.

Child-friendly spaces in Banja Luka and Sanski Most: Places for learning & playing and a message to children in flooded areas that they are not alone
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 10 September 2014 - Since the beginning of September, children in Sanski Most and Banja Luka have had the opportunity to play and learn in 'child-friendly spaces'.

Playroom Without Violence: Challenge for Parents
MINSK, 9 September 2014 – The awareness campaign Playroom without Violence with UNICEF Belarus National Ambassador, famous tennis player Max Mirnyi as a campaign identity was launched.

Support vulnerable families to reduce reliance on institutional care: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 September 2014 – At least 1.4 million children in 26 countries across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia are growing up apart from their biological parents, often in institutional settings that can affect their development. Supportin

Violence against children – Hidden in plain sight
PODGORICA, 8 September 2014 - The key findings of UNICEF's report on violence against children in Montenegro and worldwide were discussed by UNICEF, the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare and parliamentarians in Podgorica today.

UNICEF concerned about stereotypical media representation of children in state care
PODGORICA, 4 September 2014 – UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks appealed to all media, private organizations, foundations, companies, embassies and citizens to stop excessive and stereotypical media representation of children in state care.

5 Questions with Marie-Pierre Poirier
Geneva, Switzerland, 4 September 2014 – Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director, CEE/CIS highlights many of the initiatives her region undertook as part of the #EndViolence campaign, detailing the key partnerships involved.

UNICEF: No child should ever suffer the consequences of armed conflict
KYIV, 1 September 2014 – UNICEF Ukraine in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the State Emergency Service today launched an education campaign on the risk of mines and unexploded ordinance (UXOs).

UNICEF delivers free textbooks and notebooks to primary school students in Obrenovac
OBRENOVAC, Serbia, 1 September 2014 – Today, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development distributed amlost 5,000 sets of textbooks as well as notebooks for 5,600 students from ten primary schools in and around Obrenovac.

Youth sport games in child-friendly spaces: “Give Me Your Hand, Together We Will Not Be Lonely”
DOBOJ, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 21 Aug 2014 - The playground of Elementary School ‘Ozren’ in Donja Paklenica near Doboj is a busy place.

UNICEF delivers assistance to flooded areas in Serbia
BELGRADE, 19 August 2014 - During the floods that hit Serbia in May, a large number of houses were significantly damaged or completely destroyed. What remained, after the floodwater withdrew, were damp walls and unusable furniture.

Protect those who work to protect children and families: UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 19 August 2014 – “The nature of humanitarian work is often dangerous. Aid workers endure harsh conditions and risk harm to save lives, rebuild communities, and bear witness in conflicts, catastrophes, and crises.

Differently viewed, equally embraced
ZAGREB, 18 August 2014 - EU surveys on the well-being of Roma children indicate that due to stereotypes, prejudices and stigma, Roma children without adequate parental care have less chance to be provided with warm, family-type of care.

Making children's TV more educational in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 18 August 2014 - The vast majority of preschool-age children in Tajikistan do not receive the necessary development opportunities during their early years.

UN agencies in Kazakhstan jointly celebrate International Youth Day
ASTANA,12 August 2014 - UN agencies in Kazakhstan jointly celebrated International Youth Day with young people by sharing UN activities on youth in the country, listening to their concerns and questions on UN activities.

Ukraine: Access to education for children affected by the crisis should be at the top of national agenda
KYIV, 8 August 2014 – The plight of tens of thousands of children whose return to school next month is endangered by armed conflict in Ukraine’s Eastern regions was high on the agenda at a recent UNICEF-supported national coordination forum.

How children see the floods: Experiences of the 'mother heroine', stand-up about politicians' statements, increase in potable water prices...
PISARI, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 31 July 2014 - Ljubana is an eleven-year-old girl and her house in the village Pisari near Šamac was flooded during the floods that occurred in Bosnia and Herzegovina in May this year.

“Media Decontamination” of flooded areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina
VOJSKOVA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 27 July 2014 - In partnership with UNICEF, the team of the Association for Cultural and Media Decontamination visited the place Vojskova in Odžak municipality, where they held workshops about video activism in a school.

UNICEF supported child-friendly spaces help children return to normalcy in Obrenovac
OBRENOVAC, Serbia, 14 July 2014 - The six-member Sainovic family from Obrenovac is one of the many families living in collective centres in Serbia.

Floods in Serbia disrupt school year: How UNICEF is helping
OBRENOVAC, Serbia, 14 July 2014 - Most pupils from the Serbian municipality of Obrenovac did not finish this school year in their own schools. The floodwaters damaged many schools and homes making it impossible from them to attend classes.

Respecting children’s rights – a priority for the Ombudsman and UNICEF Romania
BUCHAREST, 3 July 2014 - UNICEF Romania co-organized with the Romanian Ombudsman Institution the launch of the Special Report on Respecting the Rights of Children Deprived of Liberty in Romania.

Quality education for every child in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 8 July 2014 - The international conference “Quality Education for Better Schools, Results and Future” started in Podgorica on Tuesday.

Intensified care and supervision: A turning point for Croatian youth in conflict with the law
ZAGREB, 8 July 2014 - One of the most frequent measures imposed by courts to young persons who have committed criminal offences in Croatia is Intensified Care and Supervision.

Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys 2014 reveal limited progress and continuing disparities for children and women in Serbia
BELGRADE, 3 July 2014 – The results of the 2014 MICS 5 show little progress for children and women in Serbia compared to the previous data from 2010, and widening equity gaps between the general population and particularly vulnerable groups.

Violence in Eastern Ukraine taking a heavy toll on children: UNICEF Assessment
KYIV, 1 July 2014 –The results of a psychosocial assessment of children in Donetsk oblast in Eastern Ukraine are deeply troubling, according to UNICEF and indicate that about half of all children aged 7-18 have been directly affected by the crisis.

The Novak Djokovic Foundation donates 110,000 Euros to UNICEF Offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia
BELGRADE, 27 June 2014 - The Novak Djokovic Foundation today handed over a check in the amount of 110,000 Euros to UNICEF. The funds will be used for post-flood recovery and reconstruction purposes by UNICEF Offices in BiH and in Croatia.

Make health your ‘new high’ in life, not drugs - Georgian and foreign artists unite against drugs
TBILISI, 26 June 2014 - Foreign and Georgian artists staged theatre performance with personal stories of stars as Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and others who were drug dependents and whose lives were taken by drugs.

“Urgent, urgent!” Hundreds of girls and boys learn about the dangers of flooding through performance
BIJELJINA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 23 June 2014 - A cheerful group performing the educational play Urgent, urgent! warning children of the dangers that lurk after floods, was presented to girls and boys from flood-affected areas.

Action and investment needed to universalize education: UNICEF
BRUSSELS, 26 June 2014 – Recent data show that progress in making education truly universal and inclusive, and the investment required to do so, have stalled.

Joining efforts to ensure that all Roma children attend school
CHISINAU, 25 June 2014 - Moldova has made significant progress in enrolling more Roma children into education but additional efforts are needed to make sure all Roma children go to school and enjoy the same learning opportunities as other children.

Armenia transforms lives of children with disabilities through inclusive, quality education
YEREVAN, 23 June 2014 - UNICEF Armenia today brought together six of the brightest minds and boldest change makers to present their experience on how to tackle some of the key challenges children with disabilities face in accessing inclusive education.

Activate Talks – innovative ideas to protect the rights of children with disabilities
TBILISI, 23 June 2014 - The ‘Activate Talks’ in Georgia focus on children with disabilities and aim at mobilizing the public’s attention towards those pressing issues that affect the lives of these vulnerable children.

UNICEF statement on World Refugee Day: On the run and at risk
NEW YORK, 20 June 2014 – “As violence plagues Syria and other countries across the region, record numbers of displaced children are seeking sanctuary in Europe, putting them at increased risk.

UNICEF supports internally displaced children in Ukraine
ODESSA, Ukraine, 13 June 2014 - The UNICEF Representative in Ukraine, Ms Yukie Mokuo, visited a children’s camp in Serhiyivka village (Odessa region) for internally displaced children from Luhansk region.

UNICEF and Montenegrin Ministry of Health present guidelines for postnatal care of women and babies
PODGORICA, 18 June 2014 - UNICEF Montenegro and the Ministry of Health presented three guidelines for routine postnatal care of women and babies.

Montenegro launches the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) on the situation of children and women in the country
PODGORICA, 16 June 2014 - Montenegro is the first country in the world to launch the fifth generation of the MICS survey.

Turkey expands the scope of polio vaccination campaign
VAN, Turkey, 11 June 2014 - A father of seven daughters, Ibrahim, escaped Aleppo seven months ago to the Turkish city of Van, where he is getting his children the healthcare they need.

European Union and UNICEF launch joint programme for enhancing Justice for Children in Kazakhstan
ASTANA, 10 June 2014 - The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have signed a joint agreement for the programme ‘The Improvement of the Justice for Children and Child Rights Protection System’.

Research results on gender-based violence in schools in Serbia
BELGRADE, 5 June 2014 – UNICEF, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development presented research results about attitudes, values, experiences and awareness related to sexual and gender-based violence among and against pupils in Serbia.

Following a photograph - The story of Gordana, the girl with the teddy bear
NOVI GRAD, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 5 June 2014 - As soon as the Civil Defence team reached their house at the far end of Novi Grad near Odžak to tell them that the Prud dam had broken, mother Željka took her daughters to Odžak.

“The First 7” conference brings together Bulgarian state institutions and NGO sector to discuss early childhood development
SOFIA, 5 June 2014 - Bulgaria has increased the enrolment rate of children aged 3-6 from 73 to 83.6 percent in the last seven years.

Introducing innovations for improved early childhood intervention in Croatia and Serbia
ZAGREB, 5 June 2014 - During 3-day visit of Professor Ilgi Ertem, MD from Ankara University School of Medicine, health professionals from Croatia and Serbia will receive a hands-on training on implementing the Guide for Monitoring Child Development.

It's about ability campaign improves lives of children with disability in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 5 June 2014 - Andjela, a 17 year old girl, and Nikola, an 18 year old boy, share many things in common like their passion for music, acting and travelling, as well as Montenegro as their homeland. And moreover they are champions for inclusion.

UNICEF contributes to strengthening capacities of specialists rendering psychological assistance to children and adolescents in crisis
MINSK, 5-6 June 2014 – A National Conference on rendering psychological assistance to children and adolescents in crisis will be held with participation of international experts.

Goodwill Ambassador Tuba Büyüküstün visits children near Syrian border
KILIS, Turkey, 4 June 2014 - “Lamis, Lamis Lamis!” children shouted as Turkish actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tuba Büyüküstün arrived at the school.

UNICEF raises alarm about children caught up in Ukraine violence
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ KYIV, Ukraine, 2 June 2014 – “Seven children have sustained gunshot and shrapnel injuries during violent clashes in East Ukraine since May 9."

Vulnerable adolescents in Moldova ask for a second chance in life in one-minute films
BALTI, Moldova, 30 May 2014 – Thirteen vulnerable and under-privileged teenagers came together in a OneMinutesJr. workshop from 26–30 May 2014 in Balti, northern Moldova, to give voice to their struggles, ideas and aspirations.

Floods in the region indicate the importance of emergency preparedness in cases of natural hazards
PODGORICA, May 30, 2014 - Floods in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia reminded us how important it is to be prepared for such situations.

Third UNICEF Football Cup took place in Kyiv on the eve of International Children’s Day
KYIV, 30 May 2014 – UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in cooperation with Football Federation of Ukraine and the Ministry of Youth and Sport held UNICEF Cup today in order to draw the attention to the protection of children’s rights

Barimba and friends help out children after floods
SARAJEVO, 26 May 2014 - The filming of a special episode of Barimba, a popular TV show for children started today. In this episode, a weathered sailor Barimba, and his little friends talk about what happens after floods and how they can protect themselves

Bosnian children play football with UNICEF Ambassador Edin Dzeko before the World Cup
SARAJEVO, 24 May 2014 - Thousands of children from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the areas affected by the worst flooding in over a hundred years gathered in Sarajevo this weekend.

UNICEF-supported child friendly spaces provide psycho-social assistance to children and families affected by floods
BELGRADE, 23 May 2014 - "We had a house in Obrenovac. In fact, we still have it, but I cannot go back to it. I often think of my toys and whether my computer and TV are going to work. I’m worried, but I’m not that sad anymore,” says Zoran Stankovic (8).

Tuba Büyüküstün announced as new Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF Turkey
ANKARA, 21 May 2014 - Tuba Büyüküstün, a successful cinema and TV actress is becoming "Goodwill Ambassador" for UNICEF. Büyüküstün will be one of UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassadors working for child rights.

UNICEF assistance for children and families affected by floods
BELGRADE, 21 May 2014 – In response to the on-going emergency in Serbia, UNICEF’s shipments of basic supplies have begun to arrive.

UNICEF delivered first emergency supplies to mothers and children in Vinkovci and Slavonski Brod
ZAGREB, 20 May 2014 - According to the latest estimates over 15000 persons have been urgently evacuated following the heavy floods that hit the region of East Slavonia in Croatia.

UN agencies deploy 1.5 million USD assistance to flood affected areas, first UN assistance delivered by plane
SARAJEVO, 20 May 2014 - More than 1.5 million US dollars of assistance to flood affected areas has been secured by the UN agencies.

Almost 3 million new-borns could be saved each year – UNICEF
New York, 20 May 2014 – A ground-breaking series of papers released by The Lancet at UNICEF Headquarters today shows that the majority of the almost 3 million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved.

Children swept up in violence in Ukraine, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV, 15 May 2014 - UNICEF is deeply concerned about the unrest in Ukraine and its damaging impact on the lives of children.

Turkmenistan proceeds with the development of a National Plan of Action for children
ASHGABAT, 14 May 2014 – Members of the working group of Turkmenistan’s Interministerial Commission on Implementation of the International Obligations of Human Rights & Humanitarian Law held a meeting to develop a draft National Plan of Action for Children

Mother’s Day – Hope for mothers and children affected by HIV
GENEVA, 11 May 2014 — Today on the occasion of Mother’s Day, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Hotel InterContinental Genève marked the opening of an inspiring exhibition of children’s art to advocate for an AIDs-free generation.

Novak Djokovic and Michel Saint-Lot visit the project “Supporting Families At Risk”
BELGRADE, 8 May 2014 – Serbia’s best tennis player, Novak Djokovic, and UNICEF Serbia Representative, Michel Saint-Lot, visited the Children’s Centre in Zvecanska, Belgrade, where they talked with families that receive support from Family Outreach Workers

Sub-regional conference on “Communicating with children” held in Budva
BUDVA, Montenegro, 29 April 2014 - How to produce quality television programs and content for children was the key challenge discussed at a regional conference “Communicating with Children” being held in Montenegro this week.

Escaping reality through arts
KYIV, 25 April 2014 - One of the darkest and oldest prisons of Europe, known as “Lukianivka,” has never experienced a touch of modern art on its walls.

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Ukraine
NEW YORK, 24 April 2014 - The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about continued violence in eastern Ukraine, which has led to loss of life, further instability and which is contributing to a climate of fear and anxiety.

Children in most disadvantaged communities of Kyrgyzstan making their way to school
Osh, KYRGYZSTAN, 21 April 2014 - Life in Jany Kyshtak, a peri-urban village near Osh city (the second biggest town of Kyrgyzstan) is hard. In this historically isolated community, most children lack birth certificates.

Comprehensive survey on the situation of children and women in Moldova shows many improvements in recent years, but disparities remain
Chisinau, 17 April 2014 – The situation of children and women in Moldova has improved significantly in recent years in a number of areas, yet several indicators show discrepancies remain.

Protocol on Inter-Ministerial Cooperation on prevention of child abandonment
PODGORICA, 14 April 2014 - Today the Ministries of Labour and Social Welfare, Education and Health took upon themselves the obligation to implement the joint task of preventing the abandonment of children and, as a priority, accommodating them in families

Government of Romania, World Bank, Open Society Foundations and UNICEF: early child education is a priority!
BUCHAREST, 11 April 2014 - During the World Bank’s 7th Europe & Central Asia Education Conference on ”Strengthening Early Childhood Education Systems: Investing Early to Ensure Effective Learning” UNICEF called for increased investment in early education.

Moldova and Lithuania share experience in social assistance to support the poorest families with children
CHISINAU, 8 April 2014 - An official delegation of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania conducted a two-day mission visit to Moldova on 8-9 April 2014.

UNICEF Regional Director visits Albania
TIRANA, 12 April 2014 - As part of her field trip to Albania, the UNICEF Regional Director, Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier, today visited the Hana and Rozafa residential institutions for 0-3 year old children in Sauk.

First year of “Read to Me!” campaign in Croatia exceeds expectations
ZAGREB, 4 April 2014 - The first anniversary of “Read to Me!”, a national campaign promoting reading aloud to children from the earliest age, was celebrated today in the “Cvrčak” kindergarten in the Croatian capital.

First Lady of Moldova and UNICEF join efforts to mark World Autism Awareness Day
CHISINAU, 2 April 2014 – On the occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day, the capital of Moldova hosted a series of events to raise population’s awareness on the needs of people with autism and their families.

UNICEF: Donner la priorité aux enfants pour accélérer l’inclusion des Roms en Europe
BRUXELLES / GENÈVE, 3 avril 2014 – A la veille du 3e sommet sur les Roms à Bruxelles, l’UNICEF appelle les gouvernements européens à placer résolument les enfants au centre des politiques d’inclusion des Roms.

UNICEF: Prioritize children to speed up Roma inclusion in Europe
BRUSSELS/GENEVA, 3 April 2014 - On the eve of the third Roma summit in Brussels today, UNICEF calls on European governments to firmly place children at the centre of Roma inclusion policies.

“Every child needs a family” campaign results in positive change for children without parental care in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 31 March 2014 - 2014 has already brought a new addition to the Asovic family - in the shape of a three-and-a half month old baby girl whom they have fostered.

Art and music to raise awareness of danger of drugs among young people in Georgia
TBILISI, 29 March 2014 - The art installation and a live music performance with participation of popular groups was held in the Artarea exhibition hall to raise awareness about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the dangers of drug use.

Call to turn policies and standards into reality for all children in Europe
DUBROVNIK, Croatia, 27 March 2014 — At the opening of a Council of Europe Conference on child rights today, UNICEF invited European Governments and partners to transform child rights policies and standards into reality for all children in Europe.

World Water Day 2014 - World’s poorest have least access to safe water: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 21 March 2014 – 1,400 children under five die each day from causes linked to lack of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.

Students simulate the work of the United Nations bodies
PODGORICA, 17 March 2014 - More than 85 students from 16 countries gathered together in Montenegro to have real-time experience of negotiating the major world’s challenges through the participation in the simulating sessions of important UN bodies.

UNICEF: Justice still out of reach for millions of children
GENEVA, 13 March 2014 - Millions of children across the globe have their rights violated, but only a few are able to seek recourse to improve their situation in a timely, fair and effective way, UNICEF said today.

Number of children suffering more than doubles in third year of Syria conflict
AMMAN, Jordan, 11 March 2014 – As the conflict in Syria approaches another sombre milestone, more than twice as many children are now affected compared to 12 months ago, says a new report by UNICEF published today.

Do not forget children - Serbia's most precious resource
BELGRADE, 10 March 2014 - Open call by the UNICEF Representative in Serbia to the political parties in Serbia in the parliamentary pre-election campaign not to forget Serbia' most precious resource - children.

UNICEF Bulgaria joins the “Violence against Children” campaign to “Make the Invisible Visible”
SOFIA, 6 March 2014 - UNICEF Bulgaria has joined the global efforts to “Make the Invisible Visible”, and to stop violence against children.

The Parliament of Georgia commits to prioritize children in 2014
KUTAISI, Georgia, 5 March 2014 - The Year of the Protection of the Rights of the Child was officially launched today at a press-conference by the Speaker of the Parliament, Mr David Usupashvili. and UNICEF Regional Director for the CEECIS, Ms Marie-Pierre

Statement by Ms. Kirsi Madi - “Break Barriers, Open Doors - the importance of Inclusive Education”
GENEVA, 5 March 2014 - At UNICEF, we believe that realizing the rights of ALL children is both an investment in the future and a requirement for development.

Children from Moldova express through drawings what a caring family means to them
CHISINAU, 4 March 2014 - Some 40 children aged 9-18 from Moldova were awarded in a drawing competition about family care.

Children remain the poorest in Georgia, UNICEF says
TBILISI, 4 March 2014 - The percentage of children living below the national poverty line increased from 25 per cent in 2011 to 27 per cent in 2013 as social spending was more focused on other groups.

Change for children - Cooperation between UNICEF Serbia and Square Nine Hotel
BELGRADE, 26 February 2014 - UNICEF and the Square Nine Hotel in Belgrade announced today the beginning of cooperation on the "Change for Children " project within which funds will be raised for UNICEF through the Hotel guests' donations.

UNICEF calls for US$2.2 billion to help 59 million children in emergencies
GENEVA, 21 February 2014 – UNICEF appealed today for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies.

UNICEF statement on the impact of the violence in Ukraine on children
KYIV, Ukraine / Geneva / New York, 20 February 2014 - The impact of the heightened violence in Ukraine on children and their families is a matter of growing concern.

How to talk with children about violence
GENEVA/KYIV, 19 February 2014 - When violent events occur, it is a natural inclination to want to protect children from the terrifying details as they unfold in the media.

Rebirth of a village school in Kyrgyzstan
TAJIK-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan, 17 February 2014 - In the multi-ethnic village of Tajik-Abad in southern Kyrgyzstan, the 2013 school year was very special. For the first time, the local school opened two first grade classes instead of the usual one.

Montenegrin actors ensure children with visual impairments access essential textbooks in Daisy format
PODGORICA, Montenegro, 7 February 2014 – The first textbook in the Daisy format, intended primarily for children with visual impairments, was produced in Montenegro.

Meaningful Support from Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs to UNICEF
GAZIANTEP, Turkey, 7 February 2014 - Gaziantepspor and Besiktas Football Clubs together carry out a crucial social responsibility project organized for Syrian children.

First early childhood development centre opened as part of the initiative “First 5 are the most important” in Selce, Tetovo
SELCE, TETOVO, tFYRoM, 6 Feb 2014 - At a red-ribbon ceremony today, the Mayor of Tetovo, the UNICEF Representative and the President of the Foundation T-Mobile for Macedonia officially opened the first early childhood development centre.

Montenegro's first all-in-one application envelope reaches out to potential foster parents
PODGORICA, 27 January 2014 - UNICEF invented a prototype for Montenegro’s first ever free-post, self addressed, all-in-one application envelope/form enabling potential foster parents to express an interest and request more information.

UNICEF: More children than ever growing up healthy, educated and protected, but too many falling between the cracks
GENEVA, 30 January 2014 - Clear progress has been made for the 96 million children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia over the past 25 years but critical gaps remain, UNICEF says at today`s launch of its first SOWC in Numbers report.

Eastern Kazakhstan, UNICEF, Special Olympics promote inclusive communities for children with disabilities through the power of sport, health and education
UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan, 24 January 2014 – A round-table meeting on “The promotion of inclusive communities for children with disabilities through the power of sport, health and education” was held in Ust-Kamenogorsk today.

Syrian students celebrate a first at a UNICEF-built school in Turkey
ISLAHIYE, Turkey, 24 January 2014 – 7-year old Tas Ismail dreams of being a teacher when she grows up. The little girl took a big step towards her goal today when she and her friends received their first school reports at a UNICEF-built school in Turkey.

Kazakhstan’s Supreme Court Chair and UNICEF discuss juvenile justice
ASTANA, 16 January 2014 - UNICEF Representative in the Republic of Kazakhstan Jun Kukita has met with Chairman of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kairat Mami to discuss the Justice for Children development in Kazakhstan.

Syrian children’s love of football helps reduce trauma
ISLAHIYE, Turkey, January 2013 - With the bell still echoing in the corridors of the Islahiye camp school, recently built by UNICEF and AFAD, a group of Syrian children gather excitedly on the football field outside the nearby Child Friendly Space.

“It’s about ability” campaign results in 80 per cent of citizens supporting Inclusive Education
PODGORICA, 22 January 2014 - According to a new survey on the knowledge, attitudes and practices of Montenegrin citizens towards inclusion of children with disabilities, Montenegro is consistently progressing on the road of becoming an inclusive society.

UNICEF statement on the loss of staff members in the Kabul bombing
NEW YORK , 18 January 2014 – Less than one year ago, UNICEF paid tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives for the sake of a better future for all children, with a memorial at UNICEF House.

Media advisory: Launch of child-friendly court room and child-friendly investigation room in Kurgan-teppa
Kurgan-teppa, TAJIKISTAN, 16 January 2014 - Today, UNICEF and partners will open a child-friendly court room and a child-friendly investigation room in support of the National Plan of Action for Reform of the Juvenile Justice System.

Children’s rights boosted as UN body now able to hear individual complaints
GENEVA (14 January 2014) – Children whose rights have been violated will soon be able to complain to a key UN Committee after a new legal instrument on the rights of the child was ratified by the required 10 countries.

Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children
NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 — UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the “No Lost Generation” strategy.

 

 
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