Press releases and news notes
日内瓦/太子港，2011年1月7日 – 联合国儿童基金会今天表示，去年1月12日海地发生灾难性地震摇撼了儿童脆弱的生命；而一年之后，400万海地儿童仍然在获取基本饮用水、卫生设施、医疗保健和教育服务，以及在保护儿童免受疾病、剥削、卫生条件差的威胁方面，继续忍受着不公平待遇。
2010年3月16日，纽约 - 联合国儿童基金会今天表示，欢迎联合国秘书长宣布任命安东尼.雷克接替将于4月30日任期届满的安.维尼曼担任下届联合国儿童基金会执行主任。
声明 - 2009年1月19日
纽约，2010年1月16日 – 另一架载满联合国儿童基金会紧急救灾物资的飞机今晨抵达太子港，运送灾民迫切需要的水和卫生用品。
纽约，2010年1月15日 - 今天，联合国儿童基金会与联合国一道共同发出了5.62亿美元的筹款呼吁，这些资金将被用于在海地开展人道主义行动。
声明 - 2010年1月13日
2009年11月11日，纽约 - 联合国儿童基金会今天发布的《儿童和产妇生存发展评估报告》指出，由于孕产妇和童年的长期营养不良问题，发展中世界有约2亿名五岁以下儿童受到发育不良的影响。
纽约，2009年9月7日 – “联合国儿童基金会对于斯里兰卡政府决定驱逐联合国儿童基金会驻斯里兰卡新闻主管詹姆斯.艾尔德德决定表示强烈的关注和失望。
纽约，2009年4月29日 – 今天，在安理会对《关于儿童与武装冲突问题》秘书长报告的讨论会上，联合国儿童基金会积极响应联合国秘书长的号召，呼吁冲突中的武装部队停止招募儿童兵及对儿童的性剥削。
官方声明 - 2009年4月13日
官方声明 - 2009年4月7日
纽约，2009年3月22日 - 2009年世界水日呼吁采取集体行动，以应对获得安全饮用水和共享水的问题。“跨界水”，作为今年的主题，旨在提高全球对水资源需要综合管理的认识。
纽约，2008年2月23日 - 联合国儿童基金会今天宣布宜家通过其企业慈善机构“宜家社会工作团体”为联合国儿童基金会在印度的项目捐助4800万美元，从而进一步扩大对儿童的支持。
纽约，2008年12月23日 – 联合国儿童基金会今天呼吁采取更多协同一致的行动为儿童保证学校安全。
纽约2008年12月1日 – 根据今天由四个联合国机构发布的一份报告，早期诊断和治疗可以显著提高感染艾滋病毒的新生儿的生存前景。
纽约，2008年9月16日 — 联合国儿童基金会今天宣布了国际儿童广播电视日（ICDB）奖的提名。
UNICEF in Latin America and Caribbean looks ahead, behind at challenges
PANAMA CITY, 31 December 2007 – As 2007 comes to a close, UNICEF is looking back at the work achieved for children and preparing for the challenges...
UNICEF releases 2007 Tsunami Report
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 18 December 2007 - Three years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people and devastated...
World Fit for Children +5 Declaration
NEW YORK, 13 December 2007 - At the close of the World Fit for Children +5 special session in New York, more than 140 government delegations have adopted a new....
GA youth speaker to address press at GA stakeout, following closing of session
NEW YORK, 13 December 2007 - Millicent Orondo, 15, of Kenya, will speak to the press today following her closing statement in the General Assembly...
Children’s voices important in climate change discussions
NEW YORK/NUSA DUA (BALI), 12 December 2007 – Two days after the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to environmental experts, UNICEF...
Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concerning the bombings in Algiers
Statement - 11 December 2007
UN General Assembly holds Special Session focusing on children
NEW YORK, 11 December 2007 – Heads of State and other dignitaries have gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today for a landmark...
Broadcasters from Thailand, Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique win the 2007 ICDB awards
NEW YORK, 11 December 2007 – UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have presented the 2007 International Children’s Day of....
The European Community grants UNICEF €4.8 million to boost anti-malaria efforts in four African countries
BRUSSELS, 3 December 2007 - At a signing ceremony of the contribution agreement in Brussels, the European Commission’s Head of Unit Raul Mateus Paula...
UNICEF, One Laptop per Child, Google launch initiative to preserve and share stories around the world
NEW YORK, 7 December 2007 – UNICEF, One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and Google today announced the launch of “Our Stories”...
George Harrison fund for UNICEF announces donation for Bangladesh Cyclone Relief
NEW YORK, 3 December 2007 – The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF today announced a donation of $450,000 for relief and recovery efforts for...
UNICEF, UNITAID team up to prevent HIV infection in newborns
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 November 2007 – UNICEF and UNITAID today launched a joint initiative to help scale up national programmes to prevent...
UNICEF condemns violent attacks on children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 30 November 2007 – UNICEF is alarmed by reports of an increasing number of violent attacks on child in Haiti in October and November 2007.
IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children team up to provide quality education
NEW YORK, 27 November 2007 - Between November 3 and December 24, 2007, IKEA will donate 1 Euro for every Soft Toy sold. The donations...
Federer in public service announcement for an ‘AIDS-free generation’
NEW YORK, 26 November 2007 – Roger Federer, the ATP’s world number one tennis player and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will star in a World AIDS...
Experts discuss impact of the CRC
New York, 20 November 2007 – On the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) UNICEF is hosted a roundtable...
New Guidelines to address mental health needs in emergencies
NEW YORK, 20 November 2007 – New guidelines stressing the need for a rapid and coordinated response to psychological and social needs during...
In Latin America 103 million people are lacking access to basic sanitation
CALI, Colombia, 13 November, 2007 - The first Latin American Sanitation Conference – Latinosan 2007 – was inaugurated yesterday in Cali with more than 800 persons from 22 countries.
Berliner Philharmoniker joins ranks of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors
NEW YORK, 12 November 2007 –UNICEF today announced the appointment of the prestigious Berliner Philharmoniker as its latest Goodwill Ambassador.
UNICEF: Flooding in Mexico grave threat to children
MEXICO CITY, 9 November 2007 – UNICEF today said that flooding in the states of Tabasco and Chiapas poses a grave threat to children.
Global Day of Action on Cluster Munitions
UNICEF Calls for Governments to Prohibit Cluster Munitions
NEW YORK, 5 November 2007 – UNICEF marked the first Global Day of Action on Cluster Munitions by calling on governments to develop a legally binding...
Training reinforces positive behaviour in schools
BRIDGETOWN / BARBADOS, 25 October 2007 - Training sessions for teachers on positive behavioral management has been launched by the Ministry of...
UNICEF mourns the death of Eve Curie Labouisse
NEW YORK, 25 October 2007 – UNICEF is saddened to learn of the death of Eve Curie Labouisse on Monday 22 October. Mrs. Labouisse was 102 at the time of her death.
UNICEF launches podcast series on education in emergencies and post-crisis countries
NEW YORK, 22 October 2007 – UNICEF launched today the first in a series of podcast discussions on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries...
UNICEF renews its commitment to ending all forms of violence against children
NEW YORK, 19 October 2007 - The one year progress report for the UN Study on Violence against Children finds signs of progress in child trafficking...
Reports of significant progress in fight against malaria
SEATTLE, 17 October 2007 - Significant gains in the fight against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa are being made, according to a new report released today...
Ten years on, Machel Review cites continued abuse against children in conflicts
NEW YORK, 17 October 2007 - Dozens of conflicts around the world are still robbing children of their childhood, according to a new UN report that reviews...
Migrant children will have an integrated protection system in Mexico
Mexico City, 15 October 2007 – The Mexican First Lady, Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo, the Representative of UNICEF in Mexico, Susana Sottoli...
Maternal Mortality Declining in Middle-income Countries; Women Still Die in Pregnancy and Childbirth in Low-income Countries
Geneva, New York,12 October 2007 – The world’s maternal mortality ratio (the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) is declining too slowly...
UNICEF announces International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award nominees
NEW YORK, 21 September 2007 – UNICEF today announced the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award, co-presented...
UNICEF appeals for over US$2 million in response to Hurricane Felix
MANAGUA, 13 September 2007 - UNICEF calls on the donor community to provide US$2.085 million to cover basic emergency needs of children...
UNICEF emergency supplies target water, sanitation and education in Nicaragua
MANAGUA, 6 September 2007 - According to the Nicaraguan Civil Defence Force, over 34,000 people have been affected by Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua’s northern...
UNICEF concerned for child health in the wake of Hurricane Dean
BELIZE CITY, 28 August 2007 - UNICEF today expressed concern for the well-being of young children and vulnerable people in Belize as...
Latin American region unites for millions of “invisible” children
ASUNCION / PARAGUY, 28 August 2007 – Governments, the UN and civil society organizations from across the Latin American region are meeting to address the alarming problem of children...
UNICEF welcomes new medication for children living with HIV
NEW YORK, 16 August 2007 – UNICEF today welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the first single-dose combination antiretrovirals (ARV) for...
Unicef provides support to Peru’s earthquake victims
LIMA, 16 August, 2007 – UNICEF has begun the distribution of lifesaving supplies to earthquake victims.
Earthquake in Peru leaves hundreds killed and thousands injured
LIMA, 16 August 2007 - At 6:41 p.m. Wednesday night, an earthquake of a 8.0-magnitude on the Richter scale shook Peru, 60 kilometers from the city of Pisco, in the province of Ica.
Basketball star Ginobili appointed UNICEF Ambassador
BUENOS AIRES, 10 August 2007- Manu Ginobili, triple NBA champion, Olympic medalist and passionate defender of children, has been appointed UNICEF’s newest Argentina Ambassador.
UNICEF marks the 13th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA, 9 August 2007 – UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean marked the 13th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, by reaffirming its commitment to the rights of...
UNICEF Regional Director calls for holistic approach to justice for children
CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA, 26 July 2007 - Recognizing that justice for children is one of the areas that still needs to be fully addressed by Caribbean countries, UNICEF's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, called for a holistic approach to interventions in the area of justice for children.
Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, promotes right to play
VENEZUELA, 15 July 2007- UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, will attend this Sunday’s 2007 Copa America- Venezuela final in Maracaibo, the date also coincides with the National Day of the Child in Venezuela.
MTV Latin America and UNICEF unite efforts to present a reality which many adolescents and young people live in Latin America
Buenos Aires/Mexico D.F., June 26 2007 – MTV Latin America announced the premiere of the special “MTV News Forum: Bullying, the Terror in School” ...
UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu calls on leaders of eastern Congo (DRC) to protect children and women
NEW YORK/LONDON, 18 June 2007 - UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu recently returned from her visit to the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ms. Liu spent time in both the District of Ituri and...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on recent attacks on aid workers - 16 June 2007
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 June 2007 – I am deeply concerned about the number of deadly attacks on aid workers that have occurred over the past...
UNICEF calls for increased efforts to prevent trafficking of children
NEW YORK, 16 June 2007 – UNICEF marked the Day of the African Child today by supporting the African Union’s call to increase efforts to prevent child trafficking.
UN Secretary General Visits UN Regional Hub in Panama
PANAMA, 3 June 2007 - In his first official trip to Panama and to Latin America and the Caribbean, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon came to visit the future location of the United Nations...
Addressing the global sanitation crisis
NEW YORK, 7 May 2007 – The topic of toilets often makes people uncomfortable. But a reluctance to talk about sanitation is part of the reason why an estimated 2.6 billion people world...
Violence causes the deaths of at least two children under 15 every day in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, 19 April 2007 – Two studies aimed at preventing and eliminating all forms of violence against children have been launched in Mexico, where at least two...
On Global Action Week on Education, millions of children still not in school
NEW YORK, 23 April 2007 – As the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education, UNICEF urges donors and governments to keep their promises on...
UNICEF condemns use of a minor in Taliban execution
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 April 2007 - UNICEF today condemned the use of a minor in a Taliban execution as a criminal act. A video circulating in Pakistan shows a young boy beheading an adult. The act was a terrible example of how children can be used by adults to commit heinous crimes in times of conflict.
April 4 is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
NEW YORK, 28 March 200 7 - Journalists are invited to events here and other cities on April 4, which the UN General Assembly has declared the International Day for...
Spread the Net purchases 33,000 anti-malarial bed nets for Liberia
OTTAWA, 28 March 2007 - 33,000 anti-malarial bed nets are being purchased by Spread the Net to protect children in Liberia announced Spread the Net Co-Founders...
UNICEF Commends IKEA for Partnership
NEW YORK, 27 March 2007- UNICEF today thanked IKEA for the Swedish company’s donation of Euros 1.75 million toward the health and well-being of children around...
Anti-polio drive to immunize more than seven million children in Afghanistan
TORONTO, 25 March 2007 - A massive four-stage campaign to vaccinate more than seven million children under five years of age against the deadly polio virus will get...
Children are still being trafficked 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade
NEW YORK, 25 March 2007 - Although 25 March marks the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, slavery still exists today as children are trafficked into bonded labour and the sex trade.
UNICEF highlights water scarcity on World Water Day
NEW YORK, 22 March 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, today helped kick-off the Walk for Water Event in New York City to mark World Water Day and show support for the...
In Bolivia, 40 per cent of Trinidad flood victims are children
LA PAZ, March 5 2007 – Recent analyses show that 40 per cent of flood victims in the municipality of Trinidad, in the Amazonian Department of Beni, are children living with their parents in...
UNICEF calls for entries for children’s broadcasting award
NEW YORK, 7 March 2007 - UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today called for entries from broadcasters for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award.
ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 to shine spotlight on children and young people affected by HIV
DUBAI/NEW YORK/GENEVA/ KINGSTON/BRIDGETOWN, 6 March, 2007 – The International Cricket Council (ICC) will team up with UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 to highlight the situation of children...
Despite progress, girls subjected to violence and discrimination
NEW YORK, 5 March 2007 – Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman...
UNICEF makes a call to prioritise children in recent flooding in Bolivia
LA PAZ/BOLIVIA, February 28, 2007 – Families affected by recent floods in Bolivia, where waters from the Rio Grande and Rio Mamoré continue to rise, face an imminent risk of infectious...
Nominees sought for children’s Advocate Awards
NEW YORK, 1 March 2007 - UNICEF is calling for nominations on behalf of the 2007 World of Children Awards, which honor people...
Unlikely partners unite to fight preventable disease in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 23 February 2007 – Yesterday, the Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) support plan was launched in Port-au-Prince. The EPI support...
Young people speak up on the status of girls
26 February 2007 - Media Advisory
UNICEF mourns death of staff member
NEW YORK, 20 February, 2007 - UNICEF is mourning the tragic loss of staff member Maria-Solange Auteri, 32, who died Friday in New York after suffering a sudden and unexpected brain aneurysm.
Former child soldier launches memoirs
NEW YORK, 15 February 2007 – A Long Way Gone, by former child soldier Ishmael Beah, is being launched today at UNICEF. The book is a first hand account of Ishmael’s...
UNICEF issues call to eliminate female genital mutilation/cutting within a generation
NEW YORK, 6 February 2007 – In spite of a global commitment following the 2002 UN Special Session on Children to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2010...
Paris conference on child soldiers concludes with commitment to stop the recruitment of children
PARIS/GENEVA, 6 February 2007 - Representatives of 58 countries meeting in Paris today committed themselves to putting an end to the unlawful recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts.
巴黎/纽约/日内瓦，2007年2月5日 - 今天在法国巴黎召开一个由法国政府与联合国儿童基金会共同主持的国际会议，探讨制止在武装冲突中雇用儿童兵的问题...
Statement on Gaza by the United Nations Agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory
5 February 2007 - Statement
UNICEF appeals for $635 million in humanitarian assistance
GENEVA / NEW YORK – 29 January 2007 – UNICEF today launched its Humanitarian Action Report (HAR) 2007, calling on donors to provide $635 million to assist children and women in 33 humanitarian...
2007 年 1 月 23 日，纽约 - 联合国儿童基金会呼吁踊跃报名参加由其举办的「神奇媒体促进变革」的一分钟录影短片比赛。参赛者年龄必须在25岁以下...
Global goal to reduce measles deaths in children surpassed
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 January 2007 — Measles deaths have fallen by 60 per cent worldwide since 1999 – a major public health success. This exceeds the United Nations goal...
Measles Initiative to announce major achievement in public health
17 January 2007 - Media Advisory
Signs of progress and momentum in global response to children and AIDS
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 January 2007 – A year ago, UNICEF and its partners launched Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS to highlight the missing face of the child in the AIDS pandemic.
UN General Assembly adopts powerful definition of child poverty
NEW YORK, 10 January 2007 - The UN General Assembly has adopted a powerful definition of child poverty, acknowledging that while poverty harms everyone, children experience poverty differently.
Voices of Youth and the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting launches Media Magic Digest
NEW YORK, 27 December 2006 – UNICEF’s Voices of Youth (http://www.unicef.org/voy/) and the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting launched today a new online...
UNICEF condemns kidnappings of children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 21 December 2006 –UNICEF is alarmed by the increasing number of child kidnappings registered in the past few days in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince.
Tsunami report highlights progress
NEW YORK, 20 December 2006 – UNICEF today announced the release of its 24-month report on the tsunami.
UN launches Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards
NEW YORK, 18 December 2006 – The United Nations today launched the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS), a set of policy and...
Empower Women to Help Children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 11 December 2006 – Eliminating gender discrimination and empowering women will have a profound and positive impact on the survival and well-being of children, according to a new UNICEF report issued on UNICEF’s 60th anniversary.
Promoting Women’s Autonomy in Latin America and the Caribbean to Fulfil the Rights of Children
PANAMA, 11 December, 2006 – Eliminating gender discrimination to promote women’s autonomy and their participation in decision-making throughout Latin America and the Caribbean will have profound and positive consequences for the survival and well-being of children, as stated in a newly-published report from UNICEF in the year of the 60th anniversary of the organization.
UNICEF celebrates 60 years for children
NEW YORK, 8 December 2006 - Six decades after its inception as a temporary relief agency, UNICEF is marking its 60th anniversary today, celebrating its many achievements on behalf of children all over the world.
UNICEF Flagship Publication: Empower Women to Help Children
4 December 2006 - Media Advisory
Regional Directors of three United Nations agencies sign the “Lima Act”
LIMA, 23 November 2006 - In the presence of the regional directors of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and UNICEF and President Alan García Pérez, the “Lima Act” was signed in Peru’s Government Palace.
UNICEF Regional Director presents United Nations study on Violence Against Children
LIMA, 22 November 2006 - This afternoon, the Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Development Virginia Borra, together with UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) presented the Secretary General of the United Nations “Study on Violence Against Children”.
Teleradio Moldova wins 2006 ICDB Award
NEW YORK, 21 November 2006 - Teleradio Moldova has won the 2006 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award, presented by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
IKEA, Save the Children and UNICEF joint campaign: ‘A smile is worth so much’
IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children will join forces for children worldwide again this year, following a successful 2005 effort that raised over €2 million euro for life-saving programs through its “€1 is a fortune. . . A child’s smile is worth so much” campaign.
Regional launch of the UN Secretary General’s study on violence against children for Latin America and the Caribbean
15 November 2006 - Media Advisory
Grandmother source of inspiration, says young prizewinning photographer
NEW YORK, 10 November 2006 - A young Kenyan has won a global UNICEF photo and essay competition, the children’s agency announced today.
Belinda Stronach and Rick Mercer launch anti-malarial bednet campaign:“Spread the Net” with UNICEF Canada
MONTREAL, 9 November 2006 – “1 Net. 10 Bucks. Save Lives. Spreadthenet.org.” It’s a mantra that Belinda Stronach and satirist Rick Mercer want everyone to understand, repeat and do something about over the next two years.
Shakira, UNICEF launch Campaign for Peace in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, 6 November 2006 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira Mebarak joined the “Make the Difference by Not Being Indifferent" campaign, in support of the fight against violence in El Salvador.
UNICEF Guatemala awarded the Ibero American “Caracol de Plata” for its BECATON Campaign
MEXICO CITY, 2 November 2006 - UNICEF Guatemala, along with Guatemalan TV broadcasting channels three & seven, the Ministry of Education and the advertising agency Publicentro Lowe & Partners, received the maximum “Caracol de Plata” award, in the category of social campaigns.
56-years later and still unique: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 September 2006 — For the 56th consecutive year, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will launch its time-honored Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign this fall.
UNICEF, World YWCA join forces
New York, 12 October 2006 – UNICEF and World YWCA announced today the establishment of a new partnership to promote gender equality, youth leadership and the meaningful involvement of young women and girls in creating a more gender sensitive society.
Children pay the price for lack of safe water and sanitation
NEW YORK, 28 September 2006 – More than 1.2 billion people have gained access to safe water since 1990, according to Progress for Children: A Report Card on Water and Sanitation, launched today by UNICEF.
WIPA dedicates involvement in CWC 2007 to promoting awareness of HIV and AIDS
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 20 September, 2006 – “The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) will dedicate it’s involvement in World Cup Cricket 2007 to the issue of HIV/AIDS.
UNICEF reports that 1.5 million young children die every year due to lack of safe water and sanitation
Who: Ms. Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
Ms. Maria Mutagamba, Minister of State for Water,
Lands and Environment, Uganda
Prince of Asturias award given to UNICEF
NEW YORK, 13 September 2006 - UNICEF expressed appreciation today to Spain’s Prince of Asturias Foundation for giving the children’s agency the prestigious 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord.
Information on Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s ‘Feder-Bear’
NEW YORK, 11 September 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s third consecutive US Open win yesterday was celebrated with the announcement that the ‘Feder-bear’ Beanie Baby® will be available for purchase this holiday season.
The State recognizes its children as subjects with rights
BOGOTA, August 31 2006 - The 215 articles approved by the Senate of the Republic on 29 August mark the beginning of a new phase for Colombia’s 18 million children and adolescents. With them, the country has updated its legislation on children, adjusting it to the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child.
UNICEF, Organization of American States and Inter-American Development Bank launch initiative to grant official identity to millions of unregistered children
BOGOTA, 8 August 2006 - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNICEF and the Organization of American States (OAS) announced a new alliance today to work toward ensuring free, timely, universal birth registration for children in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2015, with 50 per cent progress in that direction by 2010.
MTV Latin America premieres “Noticias MTV Docu: VIH-SIDA, Una confesión a diario," produced in collaboration with UNICEF
MIAMI, 2 August 2006—MTV Latin America in collaboration with UNICEF announced today the premier of their one-hour special, “Noticias MTV Docu: VIH-SIDA, Una Confesión a Diario”, a documentary that explores the HIV/AIDS crisis through the candid eyes of the Latin American youth. The special will air on MTV Latin America on Wednesday, 9 August at 10pm, after being short-screened at this year’s “Global Media AIDS Initiative” conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 8 August, where it will be made available free of charge to all participating broadcasters from around the world.
Some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest
NEW YORK/LONDON, 1 August 2006 – A global study published today by UNICEF and The Body Shop International reveals the devastating and lasting impact on children of living with domestic violence.
Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day
WASHINGTON, D.C., 8 March 2006 – Good afternoon. Thank you, Anita, for that kind and generous introduction. My thanks to the United Nations Information Center, the United Nations Foundation, the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and all of the organizers and sponsors of this event. A special thanks to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for all of their support and assistance, not just today, but every day.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General in Haiti and UNICEF Representative express their concern with the rise of violence and its consequences on children and their families
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 8 July 2006 – The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Haiti, Edmond Mulet and UNICEF Representative, Adriano Gonzalez-Regueral, have expressed outrage about current violent acts against children and their families in Haiti.
UNICEF and WFP Executive Directors Make First Joint Visit to Latin America/Caribbean region
PANAMA CITY, 8 May 2006 – On their first joint visit to the region, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James T. Morris and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman will meet in Panama City tomorrow with the heads of their Latin America and Caribbean country offices to intensify common efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the international community.
Ubinas volcano: UNICEF sent supplies to attend to the population’s basic needs
LIMA, 24 April 24 2006 - UNICEF, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Coordinating Team, has sent water supplies to the communities affected by the eruption of the Ubinas volcano to ensure that all families have access to clean drinking water, in particular the region’s children.
Displacement and landmines are everyday challenges for children in Colombia
GENEVA, 25 April 2006 – In Colombia, children and adolescents are still severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict, despite the recent decrease in the intensity of armed actions in the country since the 2001-2002 peak of hostilities. UNICEF said today it does not have adequate resources to respond. For programs operating this year, UNICEF has a shortfall of US $ 1.7 million, out of a total amount of US $4.8 million necessary for humanitarian action.
Chile: President Bachelet launched reform on early childhood
CHILE, 31 March 2006 - Yesterday President Michelle Bachelet announced the creation of a Technical Advisory Council to reform the government’s early childhood policies. The Council, integrated by 14 members including UNICEF, is part of President Bachelet’s goal to implement a new social welfare system.
Survival is Greatest Challenge for Haiti's Children
MONTREAL / MADRID, 22 MARCH, 2006 – Children born in Haiti are more likely to die during early childhood than in any other country in the Western Hemisphere, according to ‘Child Alert: Haiti’, a report released by UNICEF today.
UNICEF hails new Haitian president’s promise to children
Port-au-Prince, 16 February 2006— UNICEF today congratulated Rene Preval on his election as President of Haiti, and hailed his renewed commitment to children.
UNICEF highlights challenges children face in Peru's coca growing areas
LIMA, 9 February 2006 -- UNICEF today presented “Children in the Coca Areas”, a study that describes the plight of children who live in the areas of Peru where coca is grown.
Girls, boys, and young people: The missing face of AIDS
SAN SALVADOR, 11 November 2005 – UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners kicked off today a campaign to focus attention on the devastating impact of AIDS on children and young people, warning that current efforts underway in Latin America and the Caribbean will not be sufficient to halt the pandemic.
Reeling after Hurricane Stan, Central America and Mexico await Wilma
NEW YORK, 21 October 2005 - Still reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Stan – the worst storm to hit Central America in a decade -- a number of countries in Central America are bracing for a potentially worse storm as Hurricane Wilma hits landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as a Category Four storm. After Hurricane Stan struck Central America more than two weeks ago, UNICEF rushed emergency relief supplies to communities in Central America and Mexico devastated by Hurricane Stan last week, estimating that well over a third of the victims are children.
Hurricane Stan – worst disaster to hit Central America and Mexico since 1998
PANAMA CITY/GENEVA, 11 October, 2005 - UNICEF is rushing emergency relief supplies to communities in Central America and Mexico devastated by Hurricane Stan last week, estimating that well over a third of the victims are children.
One in four infants still at risk from vaccine preventable diseases
NEW YORK, 29 September 2005- New country-by-country data reveal inadequate progress on protecting children and women from vaccine-preventable diseases, despite the availability of low cost vaccines, according to a UNICEF study released today.
UNICEF and Casa Alianza join efforts against violence
PANAMA CITY, 6 September 2004 – With the expressed intention of protecting Latin American and Caribbean children and adolescents in a more effective manner against all forms of violence that affect the region, UNICEF and the international non- governmental organization, Casa Alianza, have recently signed their first regional cooperation agreement.
UNICEF mourns death of Dick Heyward
NEW YORK, 4 August 2005 – UNICEF today mourned the passing of Dick Heyward, a beloved and influential senior statesman for UNICEF for more than 30 years. Heyward, who retired from UNICEF in 1981, died Wednesday in Long Island, New York, after a long illness. He was 90 years old.
Official Statement on the Security Council Resolution on Children in Armed Conflict
NEW YORK, 25 July 2005 - UNICEF today applauded the UN Security Council resolution that establishes a monitoring and reporting system for children affected by armed conflict.
UNICEF and CONCACAF - unite for children
NEW YORK, 22 July 2005 – UNICEF and CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) last night signed a pledge to develop a long term partnership to benefit children in Latin America and the Caribbean.
UNICEF speeds supplies to Grenada
Bridgetown, Barbados 16 July 2005 - UNICEF supplies arrived in Grenada today as the island continues to deal with the after effects of Hurricane Emily which impacted the island, especially the dependencies of Petite Martinique and Carriacou, almost thirty six hours ago.
Indigenous Children from Latin America demand their rights at Madrid meeting
MADRID, 8 July 2005 - “We are boys, girls and adolescents belonging to 34 indigenous peoples; we are creators, bearers and transmitters of our cultures whose contributions to humankind contribute to coexistence, diversity and peace.
Indigenous children discuss problems and exchange solutions in Madrid
MADRID, July 7, 2005 - More than 80 indigenous children and adolescents from 17 Latin American countries are meeting here today and tomorrow to discuss their “problems and exchange ideas and solutions to resolve them,” in the words of 11-year-old Jessica Peñafiel, from the Quechua people of Ecuador, during the opening ceremony. The conclusions of the meeting will be reflected in a Final Declaration and presented at the Ibero-American Ministerial Conference on Children and Adolescents, to be held in September in León, Spain.
2005 Gold Cup dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean children
PANAMA CITY/MIAMI, 6 July 2005 – UNICEF and CONCACAF announced today that the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be dedicated to UNICEF and the children of Latin America and the Caribbean with a special message to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and violence.
Paraguay takes concrete steps in the effective implementation of the Optional Protocol against the use of child soldiers
Asunción, Paraguay, 15 June 2005- Representatives of the Government of Paragay, UNICEF and the members of non-governmental organizations and community groups presented the results of the first round of visits to monitor implementation of the Optional Protocol on the Use of Child Soldiers which prohibits the forced recruitment of children under 18 years old as soldiers.
UNICEF praises generous gift for indigenous Amazonian children threatened by disease, poverty, exclusion
GENEVA/LIMA, 3 June 2005 – UNICEF today announced two groundbreaking donations totaling almost $11.7 million from the Finnish government that aims to boost living standards of some of the world’s poorest and most excluded children – those of the Amazonian basin of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
International experts meet in Buenos Aires to analyze violence against children and adolescents in Latin America
BUENOS AIRES, 30 May 2005 – In the framework of the United Nations Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children, international experts and representatives of governments, civil society and adolescents are meeting in Buenos Aires today until June 1st to analyze and gather information on violence against children in Latin America.
Regional consultation in Buenos Aires on violence against children
MEDIA ADVISORY, 26 May 2005 - The Latin American regional consultation will provide input to the landmark study of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence Against Children.
First global report on efforts to roll back malaria highlights progress and challenges
CAIRO/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 3 May 2005 – More people are accessing prevention and treatment services for malaria, sparking hope that the number of people who become sick and die from malaria will begin to decline.
UNICEF, Government and NGOs unite for the children of Brazil’s most impoverished region
BRASILIA, 6 April 2005 – Cabinet ministers, state governors, mayors, NGO and business leaders today launched an unprecedented National Accord to improve the lives of some of the country’s most impoverished and excluded children.
UNICEF Regional Director Nils Kastberg visits Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 23 February 2005 – The UNICEF Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean Region, Mr. Nils Kastberg, ended today his two-day visit in Haiti. Nils Kastberg co-chaired along with the Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, a high level meeting on the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the five year plan of collaboration between UNICEF and the government of Haiti.
UNICEF Regional Director visits flooded Guyana
PANAMA CITY, 18 February 2005 - More than 350,000 people have been affected by torrential rains and floodwaters in Guyana, Venezuela and Colombia. Guyana was the worst hit with almost 40% of its population being affected by last weeks floods.
UN seeks US$3 million to assist flood victims in Guyana
GUYANA, 8 February 2005 - The United Nations system launched a Flash Appeal today in response to the emergency humanitarian situation created by the recent floods that hit Guyana during the second week of January.
Children's health and safety a priority as Guyana experiences its worst moment
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, 23 January 2005 - Unprecedented volumes of rainfall were recorded throughout Guyana, with a record 30 inches during the first two weeks of January, and the inadequacy of the natural drainage systems under these circumstances resulted in the most severe flooding in the history of Guyana, affecting nearly half of the country’s 800,000 population.
UN agencies urge focus on women and HIV in Latin America
PANAMA CITY, 30 November 2004 – Women represent the fastest growing segment of the population living with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean, and new efforts are urgently needed to halt the spread of the epidemic in the female population, representatives of ten United Nations agencies said today.
Colombia destroys its anti-personnel mines arsenal
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, October 24, 2004 - Meeting the commitment assumed in the Ottawa Convention, the Colombian Government today destroyed its last arsenal of anti-personnel mines, in a ceremony held simultaneously in Bogotá’s Plaza de Bolívar and in the northern city of Barranquilla, where more than 6,800 mines belonging to the Armed Forces were destroyed.
Bellamy to call for new tactics in child survival at meeting of pediatricians in Cancun
MEDIA ADVISORY, 5 August 2004 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will deliver the keynote address to the 24th International Congress of Pediatrics in Cancun. Every year, more than 10 million children under the age of five die totally preventable deaths. Some are the direct causes of illness—pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles—and others are affected by indirect causes such as conflict and HIV/AIDS. Malnutrition and lack of safe water and sanitation are contributing factors to more than half of these deaths.
UNICEF hails promise for children by Peru President
NEW YORK, 10 May 2002 - UNICEF today hailed the President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo, who pledged in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday that his government would reduce military spending in order to redirect public funds to basic social services for children.
Launch of "Code of Conduct" for travel industry to protect children from sex tourism
NEW YORK, 21 April 2004 – Striking a blow against the sex tourism industry that entraps tens of thousands of children, UNICEF today joined the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the international advocacy group ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) in launching a “Code of Conduct” for the North American travel industry. The code is designed to protect children from commercial sexual exploitation.
Sir Roger Moore in Mexico City to support UNICEF's work for education of all children
MEXICO CITY, 28 January 2004 – British Airways Chairman Lord Marshall was joined by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore in Mexico City today for the announcement of a pledge of £150,000 to support UNICEF’s work for the education for all children in the city. Raised through the successful Change for Good partnership between British Airways and UNICEF, this donation brings the total amount Change for Good has contributed to UNICEF´s work for children in Mexico City to £1 million since 1994.
UNICEF to Security Council: Children should not fight wars
NEW YORK, 20 January 2004—Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF today condemned the appalling violations of the rights of children in times of war. Addressing the annual Security Council meeting on children in armed conflict, she called on Council members to work harder to end the use of child soldiers, the killing and maiming of children, abductions, attacks on schools and hospitals, and sexual violence against boys and girls.
San Salvador is declared child-friendly city
SAN SALVADOR, 1 August 2003 – On July 30th, 2003, San Salvador, the capital city of the Central American country of El Salvador, was declared a “Child Friendly City”. According to the formal agreement signed between the Mayor of San Salvador, Carlos Rivas Zamora, and a child representative from the capital, Fátima Marielos Navarrete, the most important city of El Salvador will now guarantee the development of local activities focused on the promotion of children’s rights.
The Measles Initiative 2007
The Measles Initiative represents a long-term commitment to support the goal of reducing measles deaths worldwide by 90 per cent by 2010 compared to 2000 estimates.