Upholding child rights lies at heart of new Center on Child Protection at University of Indonesia
Following the global commemoration of Human Rights Day on 10 December, Universitas Indonesia (UI) has highlighted the role of its new Center on Child Protection in helping ensure children’s fundamental rights to protection...
Lao teenagers get first taste of video making at OneminuteJr workshop
Fifteen short films – each exactly one minute long – were the outcome of a workshop in this picturesque Lao town that gave a group of Lao teenagers a unique opportunity to try their hand at digital video production.
Asia-Pacific governments agree to speed progress towards the elimination of new HIV infections among newborns
Asia Pacific governments and UN officials have agreed to accelerated efforts towards eliminating the transmission of HIV from mothers to their newborn children at a meeting in the People’s Democratic Republic of Laos.
Asia-Pacific governments commit to increase cooperation for child rights
Governments from 28 countries across Asia and the Pacific today committed themselves to improving the rights of children in the world’s most populous region by increasing cooperation on issues critical to children’s survival, development and protection.
Officials from 28 countries gather in Beijing for strategic talks on child rights
The meeting, held from 4-6 November, is being hosted by the All China Women’s Federation, the National Working Committee for Children and Women under the State Council, the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China with support from...
The first ASEAN children’s forum calls for action on child labour, climate change and disability awareness
The first ASEAN Children’s Forum (ACF) supported by UNICEF, closed in the Philippines with children calling for an annual gathering to consolidate and build their agenda for action.
UNICEF responds after devastation of Typhoon “Juan” (Megi) in north eastern province of Isabela, Philippines
A day after the storm, UNICEF sent a team of specialists on health, nutrition, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education and child protection to conduct rapid assessment. The team brought an initial set of shelter and medical supplies to provide...
Making clean hands a ariority for more than just a day, Global Handwashing Day partners lather up with millions around the world
For the third annual Global Handwashing Day, more than 200 million schoolchildren, parents, teachers, celebrities and government officials around the world will lather up, but at the end of the day, they aim to have more than just clean hands.
“Let Them Touch the Sky” wins Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2010
The short films document the real life stories of children living in the slums of cities in India. The series was a joint initiative of the Smile Foundation and NDTV India to bring to light the aspirations of less privileged children..
ADB, UNICEF join forces for children with major agreement
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today signed a major agreement, joining forces across Asia and the Pacific region to fight disparities, reduce poverty, and ensure that equitable and sustainable development
Child mortality rate drops by a third since 1990
The latest United Nations under-five mortality estimates were released today by UNICEF and they show continued progress in reducing the number of children who don’t live to see their fifth birthdays.
Millennium Development Goals Summit 2010
The United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals – the MDGs – kicked off today in New York with side events highlighting the goals on education and child survival.
Filipino children suffer from multiple dimensions of poverty
In a new study launched today, the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and UNICEF revealed that in 2006, 44% of all Filipino children are living in poverty, equal to 12.8 million children under the age of 15. This figure increased by almo
New UNICEF study shows MDGs for children can be reached faster with focus on most disadvantaged
The global community can save millions of lives by investing first in the most disadvantaged children and communities, according to a new UNICEF study released today. Such an approach would also address the widening disparities that are accompanying...
UNICEF, WHO: Nearly 100 million children to be vaccinated against measles in China
Nearly 100 million children across China will be vaccinated against measles from 11-20 September in one of the world's biggest such public health undertakings to date. The nationwide campaign will protect millions of children against the disease and...
UNICEF’s Analysis of the situation of children in Viet Nam 2010 calls for reducing disparities for children
Viet Nam has made tremendous progress for its children in a remarkably short period of time, with unprecedented reduction in under five mortality rates and poverty. Yet there remains an unfinished agenda for children, in particular in terms of hygiene...
Model Vu Nguyen Ha Anh appointed UNICEF Viet Nam National Goodwill Ambassador
– Internationally renowned model Vu Nguyen Ha Anh, is joining the ranks of over 270 national Goodwill Ambassadors that are supporting UNICEF around the world to increase public awareness of the rights of children and women.
Health facilities are vital in promoting good breastfeeding practices, says UNICEF
In World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and its partners are asking health professionals to encourage new mothers to breastfeed their children. “Breastmilk is the best food a baby can have and breastfeeding gives a child the best possible start in life...
Key tools to improve education in emergencies
UNICEF and partners today announced key minimum standards for education to help children around the world impacted by emergencies, including the 25 million children globally affected by conflict who are missing out on their right to primary education.
Pacific focus on early childhood development
Papua New Guinea is hosting the Pacific Early Childhood Development Policy seminar next week from 28-30 June 2010 to assess and review national Early Childhood Development (ECD) policies and early development standards, as well as initiate regional partne
It takes a community to eliminate tetanus
A needle jab to these women is nothing compared to the horrible death the young mother described after she returned from two days in the hospital. With her she carried the lifeless body of her week-old baby who had been born at home, within earshot of...
Myanmar achieves maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination
Myanmar has achieved the milestone of maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE). The status has been confirmed in May 2010 by an international expert team comprised of World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
Day care center dedicated to UNICEF Education Chief killed in Pakistan bombing
The Perseveranda So Memorial Day Care Center opened its doors in the island province of Guimaras on 22 May 2010. Dedicated to the former UNICEF Education Chief who was killed in the June 2009 bombing of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Peshawar, Pakistan...
UN launches appeal to address the humanitarian impact of the Mongolian Dzud
the United Nations team in Mongolia today launched a consolidated appeal for USD18,150,794 to address the immediate and early recovery needs of nearly 800,000 people affected by the dzud, and to help the country prepare for future emergencies.
Outreach social services for children and women in dzud-affected provinces receive a further boost from UNICEF
As Spring unfolds the dramatic costs of the Dzud for Mongolian children and women continue to mount. Among those increasing their response to the affected populations, UNICEF today handed over three vehicles to directly support dzud relief efforts in...
Anthony Lake begins his tenure as UNICEF's Executive Director
Anthony Lake today begins his tenure as UNICEF’s sixth Executive Director, bringing more than 45 years of public and international service to the position. “I am excited to be joining UNICEF...
80% of primary schools destroyed in Qinghai Earthquake
UNICEF dispatched 150 school tents to the earthquake zone in a bid to support education authorities’ goal of re-establishing regular classes by the end of April.
Sanitation and water must no longer play second fiddle to other priorities
Between 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to 5%, lower than commitments for health, education, transport, energy and agriculture.
Children seriously affected by Qinghai Earthquake - - UNICEF will assist with children’s winter clothing, school tents and supplies
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is now responding to requests from education and health authorities for assistance, and closely collaborating with other UN agencies.
AJI - UNICEF unveils awards for best media reporting on children’s issues for 2009
The awards honor the efforts of journalists and media organizations in producing outstanding journalism across a range of media that accurately depicts the challenges faced by children in Indonesia today.
UNICEF supporter Patricia Lanza sponsors new day-care centre for children with disabilities in Da Nang, Viet Nam
Over 150 UNICEF partners, children with disabilities and their families gathered in Hoa Nhon commune, in central Viet Nam, to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new day-care centre for disabled children.
Facts for Life, a guide for healthy childhood
Facts for Life, a publication which delivers life-saving information to families and communities on how to prevent child and maternal deaths, diseases, injuries and violence.
Parliamentarians discuss how to bolster children's rights
More than 600 parliamentarians from over 120 countries gathered in Bangkok from 27 March to 1 April to discuss how to better realize children’s rights.
The Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2010: 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 2010. Entries must have been broadcast between June 2009 and May 2010 and must be received by 25 June 2010.
Lack of safe water and sanitation in schools affects children’s learning – and their lives
In 60 countries in the developing world, more than half of primary schools have no adequate water facilities and nearly two thirds lack adequate sanitation, according to a new report by UNICEF and partners...
Government of Indonesia, Australia and UNICEF join forces to improve education in Papua and West Papua
A new partnership between the Government of Indonesia, Australia and UNICEF will today be signed to improve the quality of primary education in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua.
Deteriorating water quality threatens global gains made towards access to safe drinking water
While almost 5.9 billion people or 87 per cent of the world’s population now have access to an improved drinking water source, the risk of water pollution remains, often due to environmental factors such as increasing urbanization, industrialization and..
Possible typhoid outbreak in cyclone affected area alarms UNICEF
“With a typhoid outbreak already in existence prior to Cyclone Tomas, the risk of rapid spread has been significantly increased evacuation centers were crowded and unsanitary,” said United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific Office Emergency...
UNICEF Pacific assists those in Cyclone affected areas
Landslides, destruction to homes, schools and health centers, and damage to vegetation were sighted when United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF Pacific) Emergency Coordinator, Mr Hamish Weatherly, accompanied the Australian Airforce which flew over the...
Fiji and Solomon Islands hit by two hurricanes: UNICEF ready to respond
Two extreme cyclones, Tomas and Ului, are striking Fiji and Solomon Islands at the same time. Cyclone Tomas, now over Fiji, has intensified to become a Category Four Hurricane – one short of the maximum.
UNICEF and Philippines government agencies commend long sentence of US paedophile who abused Filipino girls
UNICEF, Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Tourism today welcomed news that a predatory paedophile was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Florida court in the United States, for sexual abuse of two Filipino minors.
UNICEF airlifts emergency supplies for school children in Mongolia
Urgently needed supplies to assist nearly 4,000 school-age children in the hardest hit areas of the dzud winter emergency in Mongolia were airlifted over the weekend in a joint effort by UNICEF and the Government of Mongolia.
CRC@20 in Viet Nam: Children better off but new challenges emerging
Since the CRC ratification by Viet Nam, child mortality has declined substantially: between 1990 and 2008 the under-five mortality rate fell by over two thirds, from 56 to 14 deaths per 1,000 live births...
The Berliner Philharmoniker to give benefit concert for Haiti – Live on the Web
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador The Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and featuring pianist Mitsuko Uchida are dedicating a concert on Saturday, 20 February (8:00 p.m. GMT +1) to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.
Private sector partnership vital for poverty eradication
Working in partnership with the private sector can lift more people out of poverty and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and moral leadership has a key role to play in this...
Regional response to protect the Pacific’s vulnerable
The human face of the vulnerable in the Pacific could be a young girl inTokelau straining her eyes to read her school books by the light of a kerosene lamp. Another human faceof the vulnerable in the Pacific could be an elderly woman in Solomon Island...
Severe winter ‘Dzud’ pushes most of Mongolia to disaster status
Weeks of freezing temperatures and heavy snows have left more than half of Mongolia’s 21 provinces in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
Gender equality a must to address crisis in the Pacific
The impact of the global economic and financial crisis in the Pacific cannot be fully addressed unless gender is integrated in all the responses.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark calls for increased social protection in the Pacific
The ongoing economic and financial crisis presents an opportunity to implement social protection programmes in the Pacific that address the needs of the vulnerable, said United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark in her keynote...
Three high-level UN meetings in Vanuatu put spotlight on development in the Pacific
Three high-level United Nations meetings will take place in Vanuatu next week, bringing together top UN officials and leaders from the Pacific to assess the challenges faced by the region and to map out strategies to spur development amid the current...
UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report 2010 emphasizes power of partnerships
As much of the international community continues to focus attention on the disaster in Haiti, UNICEF's flagship Humanitarian Action Report emphasizes the critical role of partnerships in assisting vulnerable children and families caught in crisis...
Concerns grow over extremely severe winter weather conditions
Mongolia is currently threatened by a “Dzud”, which is a multiple natural disaster consisting of a summer drought producing small stockpiling of fodder, followed by very heavy winter snow and lower than normal temperatures.
East Asia officials meet to confront sanitation challenges
In East Asia 800 million people still lack decent toilets and are left using unclean alternatives or even defecating in the open. This alarming statistic, and the terrible impact poor sanitation has on the health of children, is driving countries...
Second tsunami in three years hits Solomon Islands
UNICEF Pacific is providing immediate support to the victims of a tsunami that hit Rendova and Tetepare Islands in the Solomon Islands on 4 January. The tsunami was generated by a series of earthquakes...