Evaluating the impact of P.L.A.Y. in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 7 October 2013 – “Listen! And repeat!” I hear a teacher call out as I stand in the yard of the national school in Furcy. The voices of chanting elementary school students echo from the glassless windows of the earthquake-damaged buildings. This style of teaching is a time-honoured way children learn in Haiti.
Podcast #81: The role of business in delivering on the global promise of education
NEW YORK, United States of America, 19 September 2013 –25 September marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Global Education First Initiative. Led by Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, the initiative’s goals are to put every child in school, to improve quality of learning and foster global citizenship. To deliver on the global education promise, the initiative has, among other efforts, tapped into the private sector for a stronger commitment in education.
In Thailand, FC Barcelona stars Leo Messi and José Manuel Pinto champion the rights of children with disabilities
BANGKOK, Thailand, 23 August 2013 – Anurak Warit traveled nearly 700 km from his hometown in northern Thailand to Bangkok for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and José Manuel Pinto.
Nokia and UNICEF partner to support young people in safe and beneficial use of digital media
HELSINKI, Finland, 11 October 2012 - Nokia and UNICEF have initiated a global partnership that aims to improve understanding of opportunities and risks for young people as digital access increases in many developing countries.
UNICEF releases a workbook to help businesses respect and support children’s rights
GENEVA, Switzerland, 21 June 2012 –UNICEF has announced the release of a new pilot workbook that will help businesses protect and promote children’s rights.
Teaming up to turn the tide against malnutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, Niger, 11 May 2012 – Chronic food insecurity and malnutrition are mainstays of everyday life for thousands of families in Niger. Following the failed rains and poor harvests of 2011, the country is now in the midst of its third nutrition crisis since 2005.
One year after the quake disaster in Japan, children's photographs reveal recovery
NEW YORK, USA, 14 March 2012 – It has been one year since Japan’s ‘3/11’ tragedy, the 11 March earthquake that set off a cascade of disasters on a scale scarcely imaginable.
In London, celebrating the global release of 'Children's Rights and Business Principles'
LONDON, England, 12 March 2012 – Approximately 200 leaders from business, the UN, governments, academia and civil society gathered in London today to celebrate the global release of the ‘Children’s Rights and Business Principles’ , the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take in the workplace, marketplace and community to respect and support children’s rights.
In Germany, UNICEF awards Photo of the Year to an image of stark contrasts
NEW YORK, USA, 21 December 2011 – Kai Löffelbein’s photograph of a boy scavenging electronics scraps at a dump in Ghana was named the ‘UNICEF Photo of the Year 2011’ at an awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany, yesterday.
UNICEF encourages small entrepreneurs in northern Sri Lanka
MULLAITIVU, Sri Lanka, 24 August 2011 – Amarashanthini proudly shows us the doors of her house – two solid wooden doors, with substantial locks. As a mother of three she now feels more confident about the security of her children.
On Texas visit, FC Barcelona stars celebrate renewed partnership with UNICEF
DALLAS, Texas, USA, 8 August 2011 – Appearing before an audience of pint-sized fans, soccer stars David Villa and Thiago Alcántara of Football Club Barcelona came prepared to be questioned.
FC Barcelona funds new early infant diagnosis laboratory in Swaziland
MBABANE, Swaziland, 27 July 2011 – The opening of a modern new laboratory to test blood samples from infants exposed to HIV infection in Swaziland has been hailed as a major milestone in the treatment of children affected by the virus.
UNICEF hosts briefing on corporate social responsibility and children
NEW YORK, USA, 7 July 2011 – Government representatives from UN Member States gathered at UNICEF headquarters recently for a briefing and discussion on Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP), the first comprehensive set of global standards for child-friendly business practices.
UNICEF co-hosts consultations on first-ever global standards for child-friendly businesses
NEW YORK, USA, 7 June 2011 – Business leaders and civil society representatives met in London and Delhi in May for consultations on setting the first-ever global standards for child-friendly business practices. A set of Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) will be launched in November based on these and other consultations, which are giving stakeholders an active role in shaping and developing the guidelines.
Philanthropists and private-sector leaders join special UN panel on funding for education
NEW YORK, USA, 2 March 2011 – Four hundred philanthropists, corporate and civil society leaders met in the General Assembly Hall at United Nations headquarters on Monday to boost private investment in education at a special event marking International Corporate Philanthropy Day.
IKEA invests in the lives of 100 million women and children in India
UTTAR PRADESH STATE, India, 22 September 2010 – Saroja Prajupati plans to become Minister of Education when she grows up.
In a programme expanding across India, UNICEF and IKEA provide life-saving supplements
PAKAULI, India, 24 August 2010 – With promises of “sweet, sweet,” health worker Rita Kumari eases a teaspoon of liquid into two-year-old Kajal’s mouth. “There now, little one, you will be safe and feel better,” said Ms. Kumari. The toddler swallows the last drops of the diluted zinc tablet, a supplement that will help her fight a potentially deadly case of diarrhoea.
In rural India's 'cotton corridor,' UNICEF and IKEA partner to tackle child labour
RAICHUR, India, 5 August 2010 – Mani, 14, was beaten when she tried to chat with other children working in the cotton fields. If the children attempted to sing, play a brief game or slowed their work – due to dizziness from pesticide fumes or the intense heat – the landowner would hit them with a tree branch.
IKEA Social Initiative helps children from nomadic communities in Pakistan
FAISALABAD, Pakistan, 27 July 2010 – Only a year ago, Nazdana, 8, spent her days picking paper, bottles and metal pieces from the heaps of garbage littered around the city. Today, her world has changed completely. She sits reading from a textbook, dressed in a tidy school uniform, at the Education and Counselling Centre in Ghaziabad – enjoying her newfound freedom from hazardous work.
Vulnerable children get behind the lens in South African photo workshop
ESTCOURT, South Africa, 29 June 2010 – Slightly built Nokwanda Mchunu, 12, buried her head in her hands every time someone asked her a question. Her participation in a recent UNICEF-supported photography workshop here looked like it would be limited.
In rural India, IKEA solar-powered lamps light a path for girl students
UTTAR PRADESH, India, 20 May 2010 – When Mantasha was 13, her mother brought her to the home of a rich family to work. She told her daughter that if she worked hard the family would put her through school and eventually help her to marry.
Montblanc donates $2 million to support UNICEF Education programmes
LOS ANGELES, USA, 15 March 2010 – The night before the 82nd annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, Montblanc hosted a cocktail event in Los Angeles celebrating the high quality writing instrument maker’s ‘Signature for Good’ initiative in support of UNICEF. At the event, Montblanc International CEO Lutz Bethge presented a $2 million cheque to Caryl M. Stern, president & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, who accepted the donation on behalf of UNICEF’s global partnership with Montblanc.
IKEA Soft Toys embrace children’s right to education
NEW YORK, USA, 6 November 2009 – This holiday season it will once again be possible to give the gift that gives back. IKEA soft toys are now on sale, and proceeds will continue to help support global UNICEF and Save the Children education programmes.
Schools for Africa partners sign new agreement for better education
NEW YORK, USA, 15 September 2009 – The highly successful Schools for Africa partnership entered its second phase today with a memorandum of understanding signed by its three main partners – UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Hamburg Society for the Promotion of Democracy and International Law.
Executive Board explores strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative work
NEW YORK, USA, 10 June 2009 – In an ever-changing world community now faced with a global financial crisis, UNICEF’s partnerships and collaborative relationships are becoming increasingly crucial.
Montblanc pledges 1.5 million dollars for education programmes
NEW YORK, USA, 1 June 2009 - Montblanc has announced the launch of their ‘Signature for Good’ collection a range of special edition products which will raise 1.5 million dollars for UNICEF’s education and literacy programmes for children worldwide.
Manchester United and FC Barcelona: Football rivals unite against AIDS
ROME, Italy, 27 May 2009 – The eyes of the world will be on Rome as our two clubs, Manchester United and FC Barcelona meet in the UEFA Champions League Final for the first time in our histories.
UNICEF and FC Barcelona champion vulnerable children in new photo exhibit
NEW YORK, USA, 11 June 2009 – Fresh from their 2009 Champions League victory, Futbol Club Barcelona yesterday launched a photography exhibition to raise awareness about the team's other passion – the lives of young people living with HIV.
Barclays Group Chairman visits projects for poor families in Manila
MANILA, Philippines, 17 March 2009 – Marcus Agius, global Chairman of Barclays Group, recently visited Pasay City in Metro Manila, Philippines, to see how the funds donated by the global banking group are benefiting families living in poverty.
IKEA announces $48 million expanded donation to UNICEF India
NEW YORK, USA, 24 February 2009 – In lean economic times, the message at yesterday’s UN Economic and Social Council’s special event on philanthropy focused on the power of partnerships in advancing the global public health agenda.
UNICEF, Pampers and Salma Hayek take aim at maternal and newborn tetanus elimination
GENEVA, Switzerland, 6 October 2008 – A global review confirms that the elimination of maternal and newborn tetanus – a preventable disease responsible for the death of one baby approximately every three minutes and up to 30,000 mothers each year – could be achieved by 2012.
British Airways ‘Change for Good’ partners mark funding milestone with Tanzania visit
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 17 September 2008 – ‘Change for Good’, the successful fundraising partnership between British Airways and UNICEF, recently celebrated a milestone of £25 million raised since the programme was launched with BA in 1994.
UNICEF and British Telecom launch ‘edu-communication’ project in São Paulo
SÃO PAULO Brazil, 11 April 2008 – The excitement was palpable at the recent launch of the new UNICEF and British Telecom youth participation programme focusing on education and communication in low-income communities in Brazil.
NBA hosts announcement of Gates funding for ‘Nothing But Nets’ malaria campaign
NEW YORK, USA, 4 January 2007 – ‘Nothing But Nets’, a campaign to fight the scourge of malaria in Africa, today announced its first-ever challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – which has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, up to $3 million in individual contributions to the campaign.
On World AIDS Day, children inspire new partnerships to fight HIV
NEW YORK, USA, 30 November 2006 – Twenty-five years after the first case of AIDS was recorded, the impact of the disease on children and young people is inspiring creative new partnerships to create an HIV-free generation.
Botswana wireless company supports UNICEF efforts for orphaned children
GABORONE, Botswana, 30 June 2006 – Hot on the heels of the launch of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign here last month, Botswana’s primary mobile telephone company, Mascom Wireless, has donated $127,000 to UNICEF orphan care projects.
UNICEF supports ‘No to Racism Days’ campaign at the 2006 FIFA World Cup
BERLIN, Germany, 28 June 2006 – As football fans around the world took two days off from the excitement and the spirit of competition at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, UNICEF and FIFA – along with prominent members of the German Government and world sporting associations – met at the Olympic Stadium in the German capital to decry racial divisiveness.
NBA and UNICEF promote AIDS education through sports in China
SHANGHAI, China, 20 June 2006 – UNICEF has teamed up with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to distribute HIV/AIDS education materials in sports kits to schools in seven provinces in China.
The power of football: UNICEF and FIFA unite for children
NEW YORK, USA, 9 June 2006 – UNICEF and FIFA kicked off the 2006 FIFA World Cup today, calling on football fans around the world to UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE FOR PEACE.
US National Basketball Association and UNICEF unite for children affected by AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 31 May 2006 – America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) and UNICEF have joined forces in a drive to the basket, supporting the global UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign.
UNICEF thanks Fuji TV for its longstanding support
NEW YORK, USA, 17 March 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today thanked Fuji TV, one of the biggest TV networks in Japan, for its consistent support of UNICEF’s work.
UNICEF-FIFA project uses football to educate young people about HIV/AIDS
DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti, 13 January 2006 – UNICEF and FIFA are teaming up to use football to help protect young people in Djibouti against HIV/AIDS. The UNICEF-FIFA project organizes leagues to give young participants a chance to compete and to learn.
UNICEF and FIFA’s ‘Teenagers Always Win!’ campaign: a success in Peru
LIMA, 5 October 2005 – The ‘Teenagers Always Win!’ campaign, an alliance between UNICEF and FIFA – international football’s governing body – ended on Saturday, 1 October 2005. FIFA President Joseph Blatter and UNICEF’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, brought the campaign to a close with an entertaining and informal discussion attended by teenagers selected from the different venues where the Under-17 World Cup was played.
UNICEF and Ecuadorian television unite for children
ECUADOR/NEW YORK, 9 September 2005 – For the third year in a row a telethon called ‘Niño Esperanza’ (Hope for Children) has taken place in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, in partnership with UNICEF Ecuador and one of the country’s largest national TV stations. The telethon also made its North American debut in Queens, New York.
UNICEF and CONCACAF join forces to help children
NEW YORK, 22 July 2005 – CONCACAF - the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football - and UNICEF are working together to help children across the region.
Gustavo Kuerten joins forces with UNICEF to promote sports as a tool for development
JOINVILLE, Brazil, 15 July 2005 – Gustavo ‘Guga’ Kuerten signed a pledge on behalf of the rights of children and adolescents to play sports on Wednesday at the Joinville Tennis Club in Brazil. The pledge is part of an agreement between UNICEF and the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Burundi: New ECHO and UNICEF supported drug policy prevents child deaths
MUYINGA, Burundi, 27 June 2005 – When 8-month-old Sibonna first arrived at Burundi’s Muyinga Provincial Hospital, he was dying of malaria, a disease which kills more people in this African country than HIV/AIDS, war or any other cause. His mother had already succumbed to the disease.
Emirates Airline donates one million frequent flyer miles to UNICEF
NEW YORK, 16 June 2005 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah recently accepted a donation of one million Skywards Miles (frequent flyer miles) from Emirates, the international airline of the United Arab Emirates.
IKEA donates 9,000 tables for Liberia’s schools and health centres
MONROVIA, Liberia, 24 May 2005 – IKEA, the Swedish furniture manufacturer and a UNICEF corporate partner, has donated 9,000 tables to support UNICEF’s work in Liberia. The tables are worth over $765,000.
Tennis stars rally for a new global partnership with UNICEF
INDIAN WELLS, California, USA, 11 March 2005 – The world’s top tennis players, including Roger Federer and Andre Agassi, today participated in a crowd-pleasing exhibition celebrating the new global partnership between the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and UNICEF.
Manchester United stars call for tsunami support
NEW YORK, 13 January 2005 – Manchester United footballers have thrown their support behind UNICEF’s relief efforts for countries devastated by the December tsunami.
UK’s Queen Elizabeth II honours ‘Change for Good’ programme
LONDON, 7 May 2004–‘Change for Good,’ the successful fundraising partnership between British Airways and UNICEF,received royal support today when the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II visited Heathrow Airport tohonour the 10th anniversary of the programme.