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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“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.
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.