UNICEF provides immediate assistance to children near MT. Mayon
UNICEF has provided about Php 4,715,630 million in supplies to address the urgent needs of children and their families affected by the impending eruption of the Mayon Volcano, by providing water kits to ensure clean and safe water...
Five-Year Tsunami Report highlights goals reached in relief and recovery efforts
Five years after an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered a massive tsunami that spread throughout the Indian Ocean, UNICEF issued a report summarizing the results of its relief and recovery programmes in the eight affected countries.
UNICEF ready to support people affected in the Rewa River Delta
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is focusing on ensuring support to people living in informal settlements in the Rewa River Delta. UNICEF estimates that at least 17,500 people in the Rewa River Delta were affected by severe flooding ...
UNICEF Pacific on stand by to support cyclone affected children and families in Fiji
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the Pacific is on stand by to support children and their families affected by Cyclone Mick that hit all major islands of Fiji on 14 December.
Enhancing knowledge sharing on the impact of the crisis in the Pacific
How does a woman in Kiribati cope with the impact of the current global economic crisis? What can governments do to protect their education and health systems in times of financial decline? What is green growth and what role does it have in the Pacific?
Invest in education now and gain more in the future
¨We have no books that are appealing to teenagers and can help them develop their verbal and written English skills.¨ Principal Berenato Timon of a private secondary school on the small island of Abemama in the republic of Kiribati is asking me if I can..
UN Report: Data shows progress needed on HIV testing and treatment for children and mothers
National efforts to combat AIDS, particularly by preventing mother-to-child transmission, are showing positive results, but many HIV and AIDS affected children still struggle to have their basic needs met, according to a report launched today by four...
Tetanus elimination campaign reaches the mountainous north of Lao PDR
Four days after its official launch, a Lao Government campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) is being taken to women in some of the remotest parts of the country. Among the latest districts to be reached is Viengsay...
Timor-Leste celebrates 20th anniversary of Convention on the Rights of Child
UNICEF presented the State of the World’s Children Report Special Edition to President Ramos Horta during the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.The occasion was during the special ceremony commemorating...
UNICEF’s State of The World’s Children report commemorates 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
A special edition issue of UNICEF's flagship The State of the World's Children report, tracking the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the challenges that remain, was released today on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Convention
Economic Tsunami looms for the Pacific
The Pacific is faced with an economic tsunami in the form of the global economic and financial crisis. More households will find themselves sliding into poverty, while others will find it increasingly hard to make ends meet.
Future generations in jeopardy unless urgent efforts are made to tackle undernutrition, says UNICEF
Approximately 200 million children under the age of five in the developing world suffer from stunted growth as a result of chronic maternal and childhood undernutrition, according to a UNICEF report released today titled ‘Tracking Progress on Child and...
Preparations underway for Pacific Conference on Global Economic Crisis
Preparations are underway in the Pacific for a major meeting to map ways to protect the region’s vulnerable from the impacts of the Global Economic and Financial Crisis. Announcing the conference at the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting in Cook Island...
Needs of children and women prominent in appeal for communities devastated by recent floods in southern Laos
UNICEF and other UN agencies have joined the Government of the Lao PDR to launch an international appeal for funds to assist the recovery of communities in the south of the country following the devastation caused by Typhoon Ketsana last month.
Post-tsunami immunization campaign to keep Samoa’s children safe
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are giving full support to a Samoan Government nationwide measles and Vitamin A immunization campaign that aims to reach more than 32,000 children.
UNICEF prepares for arrival of Typhoon Ramil with $200,000 supplies to northern Luzon, Philippines
These deliveries contain essential supplies that families need to survive and stay healthy in the first days of an emergency, and by positioning them in key locations, we can ensure we can help those most in need quickly.’
MTV EXIT wins Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2009
MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) has won this year’s Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for producing the music video for Radiohead’s “All I Need”. The powerful video gives insight into the realities of exploitative child labour and...
Indonesian children urged to wash hands to save lives
The second Global Handwashing Day will be marked across Indonesia today, drawing attention to the importance of handwashing with soap and water as one of the most effective and affordable health activities.
Orlando Bloom named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Actor Orlando Bloom was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador today, in recognition of his commitment to the rights of children around the world.
Over 80 countries celebrate the second annual Global Handwashing Day
The second annual Global Handwashing Day, being celebrated today, shines a spotlight on the importance of handwashing with soap and water as one of the most effective and affordable health interventions.
Restarting education a top priority for children of Samoan tsunami
The UN Children’s Fund is working closely with the Samoan Government Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) to ensure that tsunami-affected children are able to resume their education as soon as possible.
Psycho-social training aims to help Samoan children recover from tsunami faster
Exposure to loss of loved ones, disruption of normal routines such as attending school, displacement, witnessing stressed family members, and loss of recreational activities all place significant strain on children.
Children in Tsunami hit Samoa have safe water again
Since the tsunami hit the south beaches of Samoa on 29 September, getting the waterlines restored in affected areas has been one of the key priorities of the UNICEF supported emergency response.
UNICEF: Without a protective environment, it’s a harsh life for children
While progress is being made in reducing some violations of children’s rights, not enough is yet known about the extent of abuses against children. Violence and exploitation remain a harsh reality in the lives of many children around the world.
UNICEF rapid response team on the ground in Samoa
A team of six emergency personnel are currently conducting rapid assessments in Samoa to ensure that the urgent needs of children are met following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Pacific Island nation on Tuesday, September 29.
UNICEF prepares additional $1.3 million relief supplies and readies for Typhoon Pepeng/Parma
UNICEF is preparing $1 mn worth of additional supplies to assist children and families displaced by tropical storm Ondoy and keep them healthy.
Tens of thousands of Indonesians forced to flee homes after deadly quake
UNICEF Indonesia is deploying emergency staff to the province of West Sumatra to assess the immediate health, water, sanitation education and critical protection needs of children who survived yesterday’s deadly earthquake.
UNICEF Pacific to provide suppport to children and families in Samoa and Tonga
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific office based in Suva is sending a team to Samoa and Tonga to assist with a rapid assessment and focus on the needs of children and their families who have been affected by the tsunami that hit...
UNICEF Pacific to provide support to children and families of Samoa and Tonga
UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr. Isiye Ndombi has expressed shock over the scale of destruction of the tsunami and the resulting grief to the people of Samoa and Tonga. He assures that UNICEF Pacific will provide immediate support:
Timor-Leste establishes National Commission for Children
The National Commission for Child Rights is headed by Commissioner Adalgisa Ximenes, and is mandated to promote, defend and monitor children’s enjoyment of their rights. The work of the Commission will be strongly guided by the views and opinions of...
Government of Lao PDR, UNICEF launch new campaign to promote Exclusive Breastfeeding from birth to 6 months
The new campaign is being undertaken at provincial, district and village levels. It has already involved the training and activation of some 3,000 village-level volunteers, known as ‘breast milk messengers’, who work directly with mothers and...
UNICEF gives immediate assistance to children affected by tropical storm Ondoy
UNICEF expressed great concern over the growing number of children and families affected by storm Ondoy (international codename Ketsana) which dumped a month’s worth of rain in 12 hours, flooding 25 percent of Metro Manila...
Government of Lao PDR and UNICEF reaffirm their commitment to children
The affirmation came at a review meeting – attended by government ministers and international and national partners – which assessed progress at the half-way point in the 2007 to 2011 programme of cooperation between the Government and UNICEF.
Despite regional efforts, trafficking continues to take heavy toll on children
The study, Child Trafficking in East and Southeast Asia: Reversing the Trend, found that a great deal had been accomplished in this region in generating bilateral, multilateral and transnational cooperation.
Asia and Pacific Database on Education launched by UNICEF and UNESCO: Giving policy makers and practitioners evidence for action
UNICEF and UNESCO go online today with a one-stop Education for All database for Asia and the Pacific that enables governments to better identify which of their population’s children are not in school or not learning and why.
Fiji - First Nation in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve Baby-Friendly Hospital status for all public hospitals
It's World Breastfeeding Week 2009 with a theme of Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response, and what better way to celebrate for Fiji with an announcement that it has become the first nation not only in the Pacific but in the World...
MILF signs action plan with UN to ensure protection of children affected by armed conflict
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed an action plan today with the United Nations to ensure that children affected by armed conflict are protected. Following consultative meetings with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General...
UNICEF Myanmar Newsletter, June 2009
The challenge facing the survivors of Cyclone Nargis aftera year is the declining aid flow and decreasing attentionneeded for recovery. Related to the affected population’s need for revival of livelihoods, shelter and agriculture...
Laos and UNICEF launch nutrition supplement initiative for young children
“The damaging effects of micronutrient deficiency are well-known,” said Laila Ismail-Khan, UNICEF Representative to Lao PDR. “It blunts a child’s intellect and undermines his or her prospects not just at school but in life as a whole.”
In memoriam: Perseveranda So, 1956-2009
“She was a dedicated worker, and a trusted colleague, and she will be sorely missed” said Pakistan Country Representative, Martin Mogwanja at the UN Memorial Service held for Perseveranda So in Manila, Philippines on Tuesday 16th June.
World Day Against Child Labour marks the need to tackle the worst forms of exploitation
On the tenth anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour, UNICEF joins its partners in calling for action to tackle the underlying poverty that leads to child labour. Improving access to quality education, particularly for girls in poor and rural...
Switzerland and UNICEF join hands to support nutritional needs of families affected by 2008 Mekong floods
Funding provided by the government of Switzerland will provide an important boost to the nutritional status of children and mothers affected by last August’s Mekong floods, according to an agreement signed in Vientiane today.
Pandemic preparedness essential for the Pacific despite uncertainties
Countries in the Pacific need to be prepared incase of a pandemic outbreak of Influenza A H1N1, despite uncertainties pertaining to the virus. “Although the status of the vaccine is still unknown, preparation is necessary.
Sustainability of success in immunization crucial for the Pacific
The successes achieved in the National Immunization Programmes in Pacific island countries need to be sustained for continued improvements in health in the region.
Immunization workshop timely as the world deals with Influenza A H1N1
An update on seasonal and pandemic influenza in the Pacific was highlighted as a priority for discussions at the 5th Pacific Immunization Programme Strengthening (PIPS) Workshop that opened in Nagasaki, Japan on Monday.
UNICEF continues support for China earthquake recovery
One year after a devastating 8.0 Richter scale earthquake hit China’s Sichuan province, extensive assistance from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is reaching some of the most vulnerable children and women in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi province
One year after Cyclone Nargis: Myanmar on hard road to recovery
Communities devastated by Cyclone Nargis one year ago have faced formidable challenges during the year of recovery and rebuilding. But the road to recovery was also marked by courage, resilience and relentless individual and collective enterprise in ...
Child Rights Award 2009: A call to broadcasters
The ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are now inviting Asia-Pacific broadcasters and producers to submit entries for the Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2009.The Award, launched in 2001, is given each year for the best television programming ...
Barclays Chairman visits UNICEF project in Manila, Philippines
Mr. Marcus Agius, global chairman of Barclays group, visited Pasay City in Metro Manila, Philippines recently to see how the funds donated by the global banking group are benefiting the lives of families living in poverty. Mr. Agius, and his wife...
Challenges in reducing maternal and newborn mortality at centre of televised discussion of UNICEF flagship report
The discussion – hosted by the Lao Women’s Union as part of International Women’s Day celebrations – took the form of a televised discussion that brought together senior government officials, health experts, community representatives and leading...
Pacific region turning spotlight on achieving justice for children
The Government of Papua New Guinea in partnership with UNICEF is hosting for the first time sub-regional consultation focused on juvenile justice today amid the alleged rise in the number of children committing criminal offences across the Asia- Pacific
The 200th UNICEF-supported school in Indonesia's Aceh opened. All schools child friendly, earthquake resistant
UNICEF and the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency for Aceh-Nias today opened SDN 34, the 200th elementary school built by UNICEF. As with all UNICEF schools, SDN 34 is earthquake-resistant and child-friendly. Aside from the 200 completed schools...
ARNEC Newsletter No 1: Early Childhood in Asia and the Pacific
The Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC) was officially launched in February 2008 as a professional network to build strong partnerships in early childhood across sectors and different disciplines in the Asia-Pacific Region.
UNICEF appeals for just over $1 billion to help children and women suffering in emergencies
UNICEF’s 2009 Humanitarian Action Report (HAR) highlights the plight of children and women around the globe in humanitarian emergencies. The Humanitarian Action Report is UNICEF’s annual funding appeal for protracted emergencies...
UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report 2009
The Humanitarian Action Report (HAR) is UNICEF’s annual humanitarian funding appeal for children and women affected byprotracted emergencies. In 2009, requirements to support UNICEF-assisted emergency response total US$ 1,000,494,205.
UNICEF Myanmar Newsletter, January 2009
Through this bulletin, UNICEF would like to keep the general public and our patrons informed of all our activities. This bulletin covers October to December 2008.
Cambodia launches the campaign of antenatal care within the first month after missing a period
Each day almost 5 women die in Cambodia due to pregnancy related complications. Each year this amounts to around 1800 women dying giving life in Cambodia. With the support from UNICEF and the European Commission, today, the National Maternal and Child...
UNICEF: Extreme risks for pregnant women and newborn babies in developing countries
Women in the world’s least developed countries are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries, according to UNICEF’s latest State of the World’s Children report.
East Asia and Pacific countries discuss policies, measures to address Impact of Economic Crisis on Children
At the start of a new year mired by a worsening economic crisis, key leaders in East Asia and the Pacific began discussions today on how best to protect children by maintaining or scaling up social spending despite tightening budgets.