Philippines: UNICEF launches appeal for $4.2 million to assist children and families affected by Tropical Storm Washi
UNICEF is delivering water and sanitation supplies to assist in the provision of clean water and sanitation facilities for 15,000 families affected by the devastating floods in southern Philippines.
UNICEF is responding to 43,000 children affected by Tropical Storm Washi
The tropical storm swept through the southern island during the night of 16th December, dropping the equivalent of one month’s rainfall in just one day. The resulting flash floods, which rose very quickly during the night, killed at least 330 people...
Launch of Viet Nam’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2010-2011: Disparities for Children and Women Persist
Ha Noi, 16 December 2011 – Viet Nam’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2010-2011 report, launched today in Ha Noi, reveals persisting disparities in the lives and well-being of children and women in Viet Nam.
Mass media campaign on exclusive breast feeding & complementary feeding to reduce the rates of stunting and malnutrition in Viet Nam.
Hà Nội – On the occasion of the micronutrient week in Viet Nam, a mass media campaign on exclusive breastfeeding & complementary feeding was launched today.
UNICEF providing learning materials for 100,000 children affected by floods
BANGKOK, 6 December 2011 – Nearly 100,000 students at more than 1,300 schools severely damaged in the recent floods will be helped to get back to learning soon due to the provision of “school in a box” kits from UNICEF, the organization said today.
UNICEF commends ratification by Viet Nam of the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Child Adoption
UNICEF applauds the recent ratification by Viet Nam of the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. Following the signature of the Hague Convention by Viet Nam in December 2010...
Unparalleled global progress in HIV response: But sustained investment vital
The latest report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and UNAIDS "Report onthe Global HIV/AIDS Response" indicates that increased access to HIV servicesresulted in a 15% reduction of new infections over the past decade and a 22% decline...
UNICEF study provides new insight into how poverty affects children in East Asia & Pacific
– A new UNICEF study analysing child poverty in East Asia and the Pacific emphasizes that poverty affects children in vastly different ways than adults.
Timor-Leste celebrates World Day of Prayer and Action for Children
Timor-Leste celebrated the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children (DPAC) and the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with a series of activities that focused on the theme of “Stop Violence Against Children”.
East Asia-Pacific children highly vulnerable to climate change impacts
According to a UNICEF report, Children’s Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Disaster Impacts in East Asia and the Pacific, children will be among those most affected by climate change.
UNICEF supports fight against Xinjiang polio outbreak
Beijing, 18 November 2011 - After being declared polio-free for more than a decade, China is experiencing an outbreak of the disease in the north-western province of Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
UNICEF provides 300,000 water, sanitation, hygiene items for flood victims in Thailand
UNICEF is providing more than 300,000 water, hygiene and sanitation items, including bars of soap, chlorine drops for water purification, alcohol hand-wash gel and garbage bags, to flood-affected families...
UNICEF calls for funding to prevent nutrition crisis in DPRK, especially among children
UNICEF called on the international community to fund its nutrition programme in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for millions of vulnerable people, especially malnourished children and pregnant and nursing women.
Japanese documentary wins 2011 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award
A documentary by Shizuoka Telecasting of Japan about the lives of two disabled children in Japan, entitled “Iori and Ibuki ~ Why We Were Born”, has won the 2011 Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for broadcasting.
UNICEF providing 20,000 mosquito nets to protect flood-affected families in Thailand
UNICEF is providing 20,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to help protect families evacuated to temporary shelters and living in other flood-ravaged areas in Thailand from dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases.
Asia-Pacific Conference on Early Childhood Development
Officials from across the Asia-Pacific region will work together to strengthen policies and programmes for early childhood development (children 0-3 years) at a regional conference in Singapore next month.
Massive flooding in South East Asia affecting millions
Heavy seasonal rains and frequent cyclones have led to massive flooding across South East Asia affecting over eight million people.
UNICEF & Save the Children to protect flood-affected children in Thailand
In response to the massive displacement caused by widespread flooding in central Thailand, UNICEF and Save the Children are launching a project to ensure the safety and protection of children in evacuation centres.
End poverty now!
Breaking the cycle of poverty depends on investments by governments, civil society and families in children’s and women's rights. Not only is this the right thing to do, it is also a sound economic investment with high rates of return. Learn more.
“Clean hands save lives” — Global Handwashing Day 2011
UNICEF joins hundreds of millions of people across the globe tomorrow in celebrating the 4th annual Global Handwashing Day, emphasizing the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective, simple, and affordable way to prevent disease.
Engaging children in disaster risk reduction
This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction focuses on children and young people and the positive contribution they are making in reducing community vulnerabilities to natural hazards.
Viet Nam joins the world to celebrate International Disaster Risk Reduction Day
Viet Nam has been named one of the countries most threatened by disasters and climate change effects, particularly in forms of increased intensity and frequency of flooding, typhoons and prolonged droughts.
UNICEF sends supplies to deal with drought emergency in Tuvalu
UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is deeply concerned at the plight of those affected by the severe water shortage in Tuvalu, especially the most vulnerable, children and women.
Viet Nam launches first ever national programme on child protection
Ha Noi, 6 October 2011– The first ever National Programme on Child Protection is being launched today by the Government of Viet Nam.
UNICEF sends emergency supplies to flood affected areas in Central Luzon
UNICEF Philippines today delivered 3,000 hygiene kits and 3,000 water kits to stricken families in Bulacan and Pampanga through the local government units and DSWD Central Luzon Office.
Aaron Kwok appointed as UNICEF Regional Ambassador
Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (HKCU) announced the appointment of Mr Aaron Kwok, renowned artist and HKCU Ambassador as UNICEF Regional Ambassador for the East Asia and Pacific Region.
Greater investment in youth vital for future Asia-Pacific economic development
UNICEF and the Asia-Pacific Interagency Group on Youth called on regional governments to focus greater energy on Asia-Pacific’s 1.1 billion young people, which they say are vital for the region’s future economic development.
15,000 villagers and 3,000 school children in Solomon Islands to benefit from EU water facility project
Five provinces - Choiseul, Isabel, Makira, Renbel and Temotu – will have increased access to improved water supply and sanitation facilities within the next four years.
Tennis ace Serena Williams appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
In her new role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Williams will use her popularity and personal interest in children’s issues to support UNICEF’s mission to provide a quality education for the most vulnerable children...
Child Mortality in East Asia-Pacific down over two thirds since 1990
The latest global child mortality estimates were released today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) and show great progress in reducing the number of children in Asia and the Pacific who die before their fifth birthday.
UNICEF welcomes Malaysia’s plans to ratify child rights optional protocols
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) applauds the Government of Malaysia’s decision to accede to the Optional Protocols of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity: Malaysian teens speak out about taking action
Six Malaysian teen panelists from all walks of life sat down with five adult panelists to talk about their hopes and dreams, and what they’re doing to make them happen.
Lack of investment could result in “lost generation” of Pacific youth
Failing to invest in preparing youth for productive lives could even lead to a dependent young population engaging in crime and violence creating higher costs for governments and higher levels of insecurity in communities.
UN Secretary General calls for unity on climate change in Kiribati
Pacific Island countries have to rise above their differences, join forces and make common cause towards the urgent issue of climate change.
Increased services and monitoring needed to keep Asia-Pacific children born free of HIV
Less than half the children born to HIV-infected mothers in the region are tested for HIV within the first two months of birth. Without testing and follow up, it will be difficult to monitor infections in newborns or provide the lifesaving drugs...
Children in urban poor communities among the most disadvantaged
Children in urban settings are subject to grave risks to their development and well-being throughout their young lives, and the level of risk increases when they are poor, experts said at the Second Forum on Children in the Urban Environment.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo to lead a live Q&A on Livestream on the crisis in the Horn of Africa
Find out more about the crisis in the Horn of Africa – how it happened, what is happening, what needs to be done – and its impact on children. Angelique Kidjo will bring her own experience as an African, who has travelled extensively to many countries.
Timor-Leste's Youth Parliament keeps the youth agenda alive
For a young country with a rapidly growing youth population, and witnessing the global influences of young people, there could never be a better time to sustain a positive youth agenda than now.
UNICEF celebrates Global Breastfeeding Week by taking the message beyond health clinics
During World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF joins global partners in calling for the benefits of breastfeeding to be broadcast beyond clinics and delivery rooms to the public at large.
UNICEF plans massive scale up to respond to crises in Horn of Africa
With famine now declared in two regions of Southern Somalia and malnutrition rates at emergency levels in arid and semi-arid regions across the Horn of Africa, almost 720,000 children are at risk of death without urgent assistance.
New UNICEF Photography iPhone app showcases global efforts to advance child rights
The UNICEF Photography iPhone app offers another platform to communicate on issues affecting children in different cultures and contexts – and brings the extensive UNICEF photo collection to a wider audience.
UNICEF hails Security Council Resolution protecting schools and hospitals from attacks
UNICEF welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous adoption of Resolution 1998, which recognizes schools and hospitals as safe havens for children. The resolution calls for all parties that attack such facilities to be held accountable.
Fight against marginalization of disabled children
“Children with disabilities have the same hopes and dreams as all children, and the same right to make the most of their potential,”
UN launches initiative to make cities safer for women and children
With the rapid urbanization come increased risks for the citizens of urban areas, especially women and children. They are facing sexual assault or harassment on streets, public transport or in their own neighbourhoods.
Children must be at the center of the Global AIDS Response to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation, UNICEF declares at the close of High-Level Meeting on AIDS
UNICEF together with UNAIDS, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other partners of the Global Task Team launched “Countdown to Zero,” a global plan to reduce by 2015 the number of new HIV infections among children by 90%.
Donors commit $4.3 billion to scale up GAVI Alliance’s immunization efforts to 2015
The generosity and commitment of the donors at today’s GAVI replenishment conference will benefit the lives of millions of the poorest and most vulnerable children around the world, UNICEF said.
Reaching the poorest, the most disadvantaged, to meet MDG goals for children
A recent study shows that in low-income, high mortality countries, every additional $1 million invested in such an equity-focused approach can save up to 60 percent more lives than the current path.
Mongolia extends an innovative outreach health approach for children and families in isolated regions
The approach titled ‘Reach Every District and Soum’ (village), (REDS) began as a pilot by UNICEF for ensuring all children received essential vaccines regardless of how isolated they were from health services.
Vaccinate every child, says UNICEF, as donors map out new immunization programmes
The children’s agency emphasized that the best use of funding for vaccines is to implement programmes that prioritize the hardest to reach children who currently miss out on these simple life-saving vaccines.
Creating a safer Internet environment for young users in Viet Nam
UNICEF and Yahoo! have joined forced to promote a safer Internet experience for children and young people through more responsible use of online technology.
Fifth Global Partners Forum focuses on care, protection and support for children affected by HIV and AIDS
HIV-affected children continue to face enormous challenges, including the burden of care for sick relatives, trauma from the loss of parents, economic distress due to declining household incomes and high health costs, and etc.
2500 young people newly infected with HIV every day, according to Opportunity in Crisis
While HIV prevalence has declined slightly among young people, young women and adolescent girls face a disproportionately high risk of infection due to biological vulnerability, social inequality and exclusion.
Building China’s child welfare system
The annual China Child Welfare Week aims to call attention and commitment of all sectors to promote the cooperation of the whole society on building a child welfare system to benefit all children and build a better future.
UNICEF promotes vaccine pricing transparency
UNICEF is improving transparency around vaccine supply by making vaccine prices available on its website to ensure that vaccine supply is sustainable and affordable.
Auction for Action
UNICEF Philippines launched the first online fundraising entitled Auction for Action to benefit children’s programs in the Philippines and worldwide.
Asia-Pacific countries sign new commitments for women and children
Five Asia-Pacific countries have joined 11 other states in announcing new commitments to dramatically reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality, as part of the UN-led Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.
China's shrinking adolescent population to bear heavier burden in years ahead
As China's population ages the percentage of adolescents has dropped from 18% (228 million) in 2000 to an estimated 13% (180 million) of the total population in 2009, according to latest statistics.
AusAID provides funds for measles outbreak response campaign in Timor-Leste
The situation requires a nationwide immunization campaign to prevent the spread of measles which have significant impact on the morbidity and mortality of Timorese children.
UNICEF says education for women and girls a lifeline to development
Making sure girls and women have equal access to quality education is key to sustainable economic development, UNICEF said today, as the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education.
Children’s Rights are at the heart of ‘Business’
The Children’s Rights and Business Principles (CRBP), to be launched this November, will be the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they may take in the workplace, marketplace and community.
UNICEF Timor-Leste launched The State of the World’s Children 2011
UNICEF Timor-Leste launched The State of World’s Children Report 2011 entitled: “Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity” on 26 April 2011 at the President’s Palace, Dili.
China launches National Vaccination Week to step up full immunization
A week-long intensive advocacy campaign themed "Vaccination, Healthy Baby", is to disseminate key messages on immunization to the public. This is the first time China has joined other countries and regions to celebrate the week.
World Malaria Day: Preventable and curable, but still killing 800,000 every year
Malaria is the third single biggest killer of children globally. An estimated 800,000 people die every year from the disease.
High food prices in the Pacific increases hardship for vulnerable families and children
UNICEF is expressing particular concern for the urban poor and calling for action by governments and partners to ensure that rising food prices do not undermine Pacific children’s nutrition, education and development.
At-risk teens have a right to sport and play, say MU legend
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson stressed the importance of safe spaces to play for vulnerable and at-risk inner city adolescents during his recent visit to the KL Krash Pad, a teen and youth centre located in Chow Kit.
Report by UN agencies highlights food crisis in Democratic People's Republic of Korea
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is running out of food. About a quarter of the population – some 6 million people – don’t have enough to eat, according to a new report by UN agencies.
Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2011: A call to broadcasters
The 11th Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award is now open. The ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are now inviting broadcasters and producers in the region to submit entries for the Award.
New school gives vulnerable children hope for a bright future
While Malaysia has made progress in realising universal primary education for children, a 2009 study by the Ministry of discovered that 43,973 undocumented children aged 7 to 17 years old were not benefitting from schooling.
UNICEF reaches out to families and children in earthquake-hit Japan
UNICEF is mobilizing assistance in the areas of maternal and child health, education and psychosocial support. Early childhood development kits have arrived from UNICEF’s warehouse in Copenhagen and experts in child protection are being drafted in.
Viet Nam lays foundation for first comprehensive national programme on child protection
The Programme will provide timely support, recovery and reintegration services for children in special circumstances, including abused and exploited children. Government and local authorities will develop concrete plans to implement the Programme.
UNICEF Executive Director offers sympathy and support to survivors of Japan quake tragedy
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake issued a statement conveying the organization’s deep concern and support for the Japanese people in the aftermath of the disaster they have experienced in recent days.
UNICEF launches USD 1.4 billion appeal in response to most extreme crises
Around the world, drought, famine, violent conflict, and long-term displacement are a reality for millions of people. These humanitarian crises have dire consequences for children, among them recruitment into armed forces, sexual violence...
Luxembourg provides Euros 8.1 million to promote maternal and child health in Lao PDR
Efforts to improve the health of women and children living in remote areas of Lao PDR have been given an important boost with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of Lao PDR and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.
Investing in adolescents can break cycles of poverty and inequity
Although adolescents around the world are generally healthier today than in the past, many health risks remain significant, including injuries, eating disorders, substance abuse and mental health issues.
Timor-Leste launches National Birth Registration Campaign
Children in Timor-Leste get a further boost in claiming their rights with the launch of the National Birth Registration Campaign. Timor-Leste, one of the youngest nation in the world, launched the campaign which runs from 21 to 25 February 2011.
UNICEF and the European Union collaborate to tackle desperately neglected problem of nutrition security in Asia
The Maternal and Child Nutrition Security project will benefit the entire region but place special emphasis on Bangladesh, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal and the Philippines; five countries in great needs and with potential for success.