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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of children in Peshawar, Pakistan
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences, forcibly recruited and deliberately targ

Historic WASH Summit inaugurated in Rishikesh to save lives of children
Today marked a landmark moment in the history of India. Some of the most renowned leaders and greatest minds across the globe have come together and joined hands in the “Worship to WASH” Summit of Leaders, organized by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance at Parmarth Niketan (Rishikesh) with the technical support of UNICEF. WASH stands for Water, Sanitation & Hygiene.

Innovation can drive change for most disadvantaged children – UNICEF report
NEW YORK, 20 November 2014 – Urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, UNICEF said in a new report launched on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Connectivity

IKEA Foundation contributes US$31.5 million to UNICEF to help advance children’s rights
New York/Leiden, 8:00amCET - 18 November 2014 – To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, IKEA Foundation is boosting its commitment to children with six new grants to UNICEF, amounting to US$31.5 million (€24.9 million).

Lack of toilets dangerous for everyone, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.

Faith leaders commit to Worship for WASH to save children, women
NEW DELHI, INDIA, 10 November- Nine prominent leaders from the major faiths in India came together today to announce the launch of a globally unprecedented initiative to save millions of Indian children, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA India).

UNICEF launches Child-friendly Schools and Systems on Teachers’ Day
NEW DELHI, India, September 5 - As nearly 200 million elementary school children across the country celebrated Teacher’s Day today, UNICEF launched a set of guidelines that aim to make schools child-friendly and ensure secure, safe, rights-based, quality

WASH in Schools (WinS) Leadership Course and launch of Raising Clean Hands
The WASH in Schools Leadership programme is aimed at developing a cadre of professionals in the country from the Water-Sanitation and Education sectors in the government and from other related sectors, who can plan, manage, monitor and sustain a WASH in S

Bollywood stars come together in London to support children's education in India
LONDON, UK, 21 August 2014 - Bollywood actress and UNICEF India Goodwill Ambassador Sharmila Tagore and actress and UNICEF Celebrity Advocate, Kareena Kapoor Khan are pictured with former BBC war correspondent and UNICEF UK Ambassador, Martin Bell OBE, an

Bollywood Actress and International Recording Artist Priyanka Chopra inspires teenage girls to aim high with UNICEF
MUMBAI, India, 10 August 2014 - Bollywood Actress, International Recording Artist and UNICEF India Ambassador Priyanka Chopra met with young women in Chandrapur, India, to mark International Youth Day[1] and to witness how their lives are being transformed through the Building Young Futures programme, which is run in partnership with Barclays.

UNICEF India urges focus on reformative juvenile justice system and shares concerns about Juvenile Justice Act amendment.
2014 - New With the enactment of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act in 2000, India’s juvenile justice legislations was brought in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and international standards, focussing on s

New strategy to address Diarrheal deaths: the third biggest killer of children
New Delhi, July 28, 2014: The Hon’ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, today launched the intensified diarrhea control fortnight (IDCF) demonstrating the urgent need to focus attention on the disease that is responsible for

Adolescent girls in Mumbai interact with UNICEF Ambassador Priyanka Chopra
MUMBAI, 9 June, 2014: Priyanka Chopra today spent a meaningful evening, with adolescent girls associated with the Deepshikha programme that is supported by UNICEF and Barclays in Mumbai. Along with the volunteers from Barclays, she was delighted to intera

United Nations condemns gang-rape and murder of teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh and calls for justice
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

National Urdu Editors’ Conference on Routine Immunization
New Delhi, April 22, 2014: UNICEF in partnership with Shikhar organized the Second National Urdu Editors’ Conference on Routine Immunization in the capital today.

Media Roundtable on Right to Education: Progress so far and the need to focus on quality of education
New Delhi, April 15, 2014: It is four years since the historic Right to Free & Compulsory Education (RTE) Act that ensures free and compulsory education for children in the age group 6-14 years, was enacted by the Government of India. Tremendous progress

New commitments in water and sanitation will transform children’s lives
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim today joined over 50 countries in setting concrete targets to reach the 2.5 billion people across the globe still without adequate sanitation,

A Day in the life of UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia, Sachin Tendulkar
At the school, Sachin interacts with the children, playing games with them and listening to their songs. He motivates them with encouraging words and talks about the importance of hygiene and sanitation.

Take Poo to the Loo – the New Youth Mantra against open defecation has people marching to the tune of India’s First Poo Song
New Delhi, 14 February 2014 - UNICEF’s campaign Take Poo to the Loo has brought out the fight against open defecation – onto the streets and online; to industry, government bodies, academia and citizen groups, by roping in the strongest voices in nation

Celebration of India’s Victory over Polio
NEW DELHI, India, 11 February 2014 - UNICEF congratulates the Government of India and the people of the country on this magnificent achievement today - the triumph over polio. From being the world’s most polio endemic country to polio-free, India’s accomp

High profile supporters advocate for improving nutrition for children in Maharashtra
MUMBAI, India - A high level meeting was recently held in Mumbai, under the leadership of Shri Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, to bring attention to the importance of child nutrition.

UNICEF receives 2013 Universal Human Rights Promotion Award
NEW DELHI, 10 December 2013 - Ms Caroline den Dulk, Chief, Communication and Advocacy, UNICEF, India Office receiving the prestigious 2013 Universal Human Rights Promotion Award on behalf of Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, Country Representative UNICEF, Indi

UNICEF and Teck launch a programme to save the lives of 150,000 children in India from diarrhoea
LUCKNOW, India, 4 December 2013 - UNICEF and Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”) launched today in the state of Uttar Pradesh a $5 million programme that will save over 150,000 children’s lives in India. Under the initiative Zinc Alliance for Child Health (Z

Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar to Bat for UNICEF
MUMBAI, 28 November 2013 – International cricket sensation Sachin Tendulkar has become UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia during a signing ceremony in Mumbai, India. In this capacity Mr. Tendulkar will support UNICEF’s work in promoting hygiene

Grass-roots movements key to ending world’s toilet problem: UNICEF
NEW DELHI, 19 November 2013 – Toilets are still out of reach for more than one-third of the global population, with devastating consequences to the health and development of children, UNICEF said on World Toilet Day.

Switch to Iodized Salt for a Better Tomorrow
HYDERABAD, 04 November 2013 - The Government of Andhra Pradesh has launched a massive campaign to scale up the consumption of iodized salt in collaboration with the UNICEF.

UNICEF on Global Handwashing Day: A simple solution with far-reaching benefits – the power is in our hands
NEW YORK, 15 October 2013 – As the world observes the 6th annual Global Handwashing Day, new figures from UNICEF say 1,400 children under five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene.

On International Day of the Girl Child, Innovation Key to More Girls in School and Learning
NEW YORK, 11 October 2013 – To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.

Time to Sound the Red Siren: UNICEF urges louder voices
NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF India today, announcing an initiative that urges citizens, lawmakers and governments in India to speak out more forcefully

UNICEF India statement on child deaths in Bihar due to mid day meal consumption
NEW DELHI, India, 18 July 2013 - UNICEF expresses deep sorrow at the loss of lives of children in Bihar after consuming their mid day meals. These deaths could had been prevented with strict adherence to protocols for preparing the mid day meal.

Joint Statement: National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, ILO and UNICEFWorld Day against Child Labour
NEW DELHI, India, June 12, 2013 - “Ensure Entitlements to Children- Say No to Domestic Child Labour”Celebrated on 12th of June every year, the World Day Against Child labour calls the world’s attention to the plight of millions of children, girls and boys

Immunization communication campaign launched during Special Immunization Week
NEW DELHI, 29 April: To create awareness on the urgency to vaccinate every eligible child and intensify efforts to improve RI coverage, the Government of India has launched Special Immunization Weeks. Four weeks, with one week each in the months of April,

UNICEF India strongly condemns rape of 5 year old girl in Delhi
UNICEF India strongly condemns rape of 5 year old girl in Delhi and calls for stronger and immediate action to improve safety for girls in the country.

Suresh Raina launches immunization awareness campaign with youth, children
NEW DELHI, India, 24 February : “Vaccination is important for a child for a healthy life,” cricket star Suresh Raina said launching the ‘Nurturing Trees, Nurturing Lives’ campaign with youth and children here today.

NASSCOM Foundation and UNICEF partner to support thematic award- ICT for the welfare of children
NEW DELHI, India, 13 February - The NASSCOM Foundation, along with its strategic partner UNICEF, awarded the “ICT for the Welfare of Children” thematic award to "IVRS based daily monitoring system", Mid-Day meal authority, Uttar Pradesh.

Water in India: Situation and Prospects
The report compiles data on the full range of water issues from water hydrogeology to resource use, water quality, health impact, agricultural productivity, livelihoods, governance and gender.

Call for Action Summit on Child Survival and Development concludes with renewed commitment and pledges to prevent child mortality
CHENNAI, India, 9 February 2013 - The three day Call for Action on Child Survival and Development ended today with a call for renewing the promise towards further reducing U5MR in India.

Maternity cash benefit scheme for mothers and adolescent girls launched by Union government:
CHENNAI, India, 8 February 2013 - Smt Krishna Thirath, Union Minister for Women and Child development has revealed that a maternity cash benefit scheme has been launched for empowering pregnant women and adolescent girls.

Award for India’s achievement of two polio free years
CHENNAI, India, 8 February 2013 - Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare today received an award in recognition of the landmark achievement of India completing two years with no newly reported cases of polio.

Mothers and adolescent girls should be empowered through communication, says Call for Action Summit, Mammallapuram
Chennai, INDIA, 8 February 2013 - Ms Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF has observed that the key to ensure child survival rests in communicating with mothers and adolescent girls, so that they are empowered.

India’s Call to Action for Child Survival and Development - Talking points for the Leadership Dialogue
• Over 170 other governments followed India’s lead by signing the pledge. Each pledge represents a powerful commitment to fulfill the world’s promise to children – the promise to give every child the best possible start in life.

Declaration to improve child survival and reduce preventable child deaths in India
I as Director General, and Chief Executive Officer, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) hereby declare that being an autonomous body under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, IICA will facilitate the efforts of corporate entities

Quantum jump in India’s Under5Mortality rate of decline: GhulamNabi Azad
CHENNAI, India 07 February 2013 - Shri GhulamNabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare today inaugurated the Call for Action Summit for Child Survival and Development at Mammallapuram, Tamil Nadu.

Special: Call to Action - The National Summit on Child Survival and Family Welfare
he Call to Action will be a shared platform for concerned ministries and inter-ministerial dialogue for the centre and states, Global and Indian expertise, good will ambassadors, private sector, civil society, media and faith-based organizations.

New Country Programme to advance the rights of children, adolescents and women in India
NEW DELHI, India, 21 January 2012 - The 2013-2017 Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) between the Government of India and UNICEF has been signed today by the Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD)

UNICEF India Country Office invites applications for a full-time Internship programme - 2013
UNICEF India Country Office invites applications for a full-time Internship programme from 27 May to 2 August 2013. Conceived as part of a broader initiative to build a Knowledge Community on Children in India (KCCI), UNICEF India partners with research

The UN in India Condemns the Gang Rape of Delhi Student
The UN in India is deeply moved and saddened by the gang rape and death of the 23 year old student in Delhi. “We are extremely concernedabout thenumber of rape cases throughout India and the widespread pattern of violence against women,” said Ms. Lise

Celebrating a Life Dedicated to Cause of Education
MUMBAI, India , 19 December 2012 - UNICEF celebrated today with Madhav Chavan,Co-founder and CEO of Pratham Education Foundation,the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Prize for Education recently awarded to him by the Qatar Foundation.

Priyanka Chopra and Irfan Pathan launch the “Cheer-O-Meter”
New Delhi, 25 December 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra and Delhi Daredevil cricketer Irfan Pathan jointly pledged their support for adolescent girls at the “The Cheer-O-Meter”( website launch held in UNICEF house today.

The National Consultation on Education in Areas Affected by Civil Strife
The National Consultation on Education in Areas Affected by Civil Strife being held in the capital on December 10-11, was inaugurated by Dr. M.M Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resources Development.

Press Note - For a Better Inclusion of Internal Migrants in India:The Millions Who Cannot Exercise Their Rights
New Delhi, 18 December 2012: In India, as per Census 2001[1], internal migration accounts for a large population of 309 million, or nearly 30 percent of the total population

International Migrants Day
New Delhi, 18 December 2012: In India, as per Census 2001 , internal migration accounts for a large population of 309 million, or nearly 30 percent of the total population. Internal migrants, of which 70.7 percent are women, are excluded from the economic

On World AIDS Day: More pregnant women and children must get treatment
NEW DELHI, 1 Dec 2012 – New HIV infections in children are down, but reaching the goal of an AIDS-free generation requires that more HIV positive pregnant women receive antiretroviral treatment to decrease the risk of infection for their babies.

Renewed Focus on Social and Economic Determinants Needed to Reduce Child Mortality
New Delhi, 14 November 2012 – India has realized impressive gains in child survival over the last two decades. However, at the current pace, the country is unlikely to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 -which aims to reduce U5 Mortalilty.

UNICEF focuses on ending child marriage on the International Day of the Girl Child
NEW YORK, 11 October 2012 – On the first International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF and partners are highlighting joint efforts to end child marriage – a fundamental human rights violation that impacts all aspects of a girl’s life.

World No. 2 Women’s Recurve Archer Deepika Kumari becomes Celebrity ‘UNICEF Supporter’
RANCHI, Jharkhand, 27 September, 2012 - World No. 2 Women’s Recurve archer from Jharkhand Deepika Kumari today announced her support to the cause of UNICEF in Jharkhand as a celebrity supporter for ensuring rights of children.

Government of India Launches National Advocacy And Communication Strategy on Sanitation with UNICEF Support
NEW DELHI, India, 18 September 2012– The Government of India (GoI) launched today the National Sanitation and Hygiene Advocacy and Communication Strategy developed with UNICEF’s support.

India And Afghanistan Unite To End Polio Now
India and Afghanistan cricket teams join forces to appeal to parents to immunize their children against polio and end the crippling disease in the region once and for all.

NASSCOM Foundation and Genpact announce the 5th edition of the NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours
NEW DELHI, 1 September 2012 - How are innovations in ICT being used to achieve social good? How can these innovations be brought to scale? To help answer these fundamental questions, NASSCOM Foundation and Genpact are proud to announce the NASSCOM Social

IKEA, UNICEF Programmes Reach 74 million Children in India
IKEA Foundation and UNICEF release results of the first decade of their partnership promoting children’s rights to education, improving childhood survival, and fighting the root causes of child labour in India.

A call to Businesses to Respect and Support Children’s Rights
NEW DELHI, August 1: UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children released the Children’s Rights and Business Principles at a national event, in the capital today, attended by over 120 participants from business, civil society, UN, media.

Polio Eradication Programme Gets Innovations Award
NEW DELHI, INDIA, 4 May 2012: The Polio Eradication Programme has won the ‘India Innovation Awards’. Innovations in the programme have played a key role in ensuring protection against polio for children particularly in the hardest to reach and remote.

Delhi Daredevils Pitch for the Cause of Adolescent Girls in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD, 9 May 2012: In an effort to support the cause of young girls in Andhra Pradesh, members of the Delhi Daredevils team interacted with adolescent girls from the Children’s Home for Girls at the Directorate of WD&CD in Hyderabad today.

Delhi Daredevils and UNICEF Go Digital With 'Dare to Care' Campaign
NEW DELHI, 7 May 2012 – UNICEF and the Delhi Daredevils today extended the Dare to Care to the digital space by launching that will allow their large fan base, including all cricket lovers to pledge their support to the campaign.

Children Break Guinness Record, Make Longest Red Ribbon
In less than half an hour, more than 7000 children from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India painted the world’s longest red ribbon with their hand prints. The awareness ribbon measuring 1005.7 meters beating previous Guinness Book of World record of 408.5 mts.

Early Childhood Care And Education: 3-Year-Old Champa Begins Early
Champa is one of the 200 participants, including school children and teachers, attending the Global Action Week 2012 on ‘Early Childhood Care and Education’ (ECCE) held here at the National Balbhawan last week

Amitabh Bachchan conferred Polio Eradication Champion award
MUMBAI, 19 April, 2012 : UNICEF polio ambassador, Mr Amitabh Bachchan, was today conferred the Polio Eradication Champion award by Rotary International for his invaluable support to the Polio Eradication Programme in India.

Progress for Children - A Report Card on Adolescents
In absolute numbers, India is home to more adolescents – around 243 million – than any other country. It is followed by China, with around 200 million adolescents nearly one third of adolescent girls in south Asia are married or in union.

Delhi Daredevils partners with UNICEF in its initiative to empower adolescent girls in India
Virender Sehwag launches the CSR campaign ‘Dare to Care’ for Delhi Daredevils and UNICEF

Japan Pledges 120 Million Yen to Sustain Progress Against Polio in India
NEW DELHI, India 26 March 2012 – Continuing support to the polio eradication initiative in India, the Government of Japan today provided 120 million Yen (Rs 7.2 crores) grant to UNICEF for purchase of vaccines, supplies, equipment and services in 2012 to

Johnson & Johnson Limited & UNICEF team up for landmark program on Women’s Health & Hygiene
New Delhi, 21 March 2012: Johnson & Johnson Limited, India and UNICEF have entered into a partnership to raise funds to promote health and hygiene practices amongst adolescent girls in India, benefitting more than five lakh girls over the next three years

India no longer a polio-endemic country
New Delhi, India, 27 February 2012 - ON Saturday, 25 February, 2012, India was officially struck off the list of polio-endemic countries by the World Health Organization, having gone more than one year without reporting any cases of wild poliovirus.

The State of the World's Children 2012 - Children in an Urban World
Cities offer many children the advantages of urban schools, clinics and playgrounds. Yet the same cities the world over are also the settings for some of the greatest disparities in children’s health, education and opportunities.

Make cities liveable and safe places for millions of children
NEW DELHI, 29 February 2012 – Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns around the world, excluded from vital services, UNICEF says in The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World.

India records one year without polio cases
NEW DELHI, India, 12 January 2012 – India appears to have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission, tomorrow completing one year without polio since its last case, in a 2-year-old girl in the state of West Bengal, on 13 January 2011.

Amitabh Bachchan launches new Polio Communication Campaign
MUMBAI, 15 December 2011: Lauding India’s unprecedented progress against polio, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Polio Eradication, Mr Amitabh Bachchan, today launched the new Communication Campaign for polio, appealing to parents and caregivers to take adv

Change your Words, Change your World: Bihar DPROs learn about creative communications
The two-day workshop titled ‘Communicate Creatively, Bring Change’. was organised by the Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD), Government of Bihar, with support from UNICEF Office for Bihar.

UNICEF India Invites Applications For Full-Time Internship Programme
Conceived as part of an initiative to build a Knowledge Community on Children in India (KCCI), UNICEF India partners with research and academic institutions to encourage young students and scholars from around the world to engage in development issues.

Actor and Producer Aamir Khan Appointed UNICEF Ambassador
New Delhi, India, 30 November 2011 — UNICEF is delighted to announce the appointment of the Padma Bhushan award-winning actor and producer Aamir Khan, as its Ambassador promoting nutrition for children.

Shakira strikes a chord with adolescent girls from Udaipur
Little Deepika’s dreams turned into reality, as for the next half an hour there was a close interaction between Shakira and more than a dozen adolescent girls. Amidst very busy schedule, Shakira, UNICEF goodwill ambassador took the time to meet with them.

Kyunki Jeena - Celebrating 501 Episodes of Entertainment, Education
NEW DELHI, India. 31 October 2011 – Doordarshan and UNICEF are celebrating the 501st episode of ‘Kyunki Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai‘ (meaning ‘Because… That’s What Life Is’) being aired on Doordarshan National on 31 October 2011.

“Clean hands save lives” — Global Handwashing Day 2011 is celebrated by millions of people worldwide
NEW DELHI, 14 October 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.

Launch of UNICEF and Archies Partnership: Send a Card, Save a Child
New Delhi, September 8, 2011 - UNICEF has entered into a partnership with Archies Ltd., leader in manufacturing and distribution of greeting cards and stationery products across India.

UNICEF celebrates Global Breastfeeding Week by taking the message beyond health clinics
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 July 2011 - 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 and IGNOU Partner with Media on Routine Immunization to Reach Remote Communities
NEW DELHI, India - True to its commitment to being the people’s University and reaching the unreached, Indira Gandhi National Open University, in partnership with UNICEF, has launched a unique drive to educate grassroots level media professionals on rout

Time to put children first on growth agenda
A child’s development is a sequence of events for which there are no ‘second chances.’ Once missed, the window of opportunity closes forever. We must ensure that each and every child gets the best start in life so that they will survive and thrive and mee

WOODLAND and UNICEF Partner for Safe Drinking Water
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

Education For Women And Girls Lifeline To Development
NEW YORK, 23 May 2011 – 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’
NEW YORK/ LONDON, 5 May 2011 - UN Global Compact, UNICEF and Save the Children are inviting businesses to take an active role in developing a global standard of business principles pertaining to children’s rights.

UN experts call for better data collection and research on violence against children
GENEVA, 11 March 2011 - At a special event held during the current meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, UN experts called for better data and research on violence against children in order to strengthen government action.

Oxford Bookstore Encourages Customers to Support Every Child’s Right To Education
NEW DELHI, 22 February 2011– Oxford Bookstore has joined hands with UNICEF India to help raise funds for UNICEF’s education programmes in India.

State of World Children - Key Facts
Adolescents represent only 12 per cent of people in the industrialized world. In contrast, they account for more than 1 in every 5 inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the least developed countries.

Adolescence - An Age of Opportunity
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

Kyunki… Crosses the 400th Episode Mark
NEW DELHI, India – UNICEF’s innovative entertainment-education initiative, Kyunki… Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai (Because… That’s What Life Is) recently aired its 400th episode on public service broadcaster Doordarshan National.

Japan Pledges its Continued Support to the Campaign to Eradicate Polio from India
NEW DELHI, 25 January 2011 - The Government and people of Japan today pledged their continued support to the Government of India’s campaign to eradicate polio from the country.

Sehwag and Sangakkara star in global Think Wise campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
DUBAI, 25 January 2011 -They may be rivals on the field of play, but India opener Virender Sehwag and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara have joined together to star in a new Think Wise campaign for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal Joins Hands with 200,000 Awaaz Do Champions
NEW DELHI, 25 January 2010 – A large map of India representing the collective voice of more than two lakh Awaaz Do champions speaking up for the eight million children in the country currently out-of-school was presented today to Kapil Sibal.

Child Trafficking Film Premiere Spotlights Grave Child Rights Abuse
NEW YORK, 19 January 2011 – Not my Life, an independent documentary on child exploitation and abuse today premiered at New York’s Lincoln Centre. The film, which was filmed across five continents, looks at the devastating issues of child trafficking.

More than 200,000 Indians Speak Out for the Right to Education
New Delhi, January 13, 2010 - The first-ever digital awareness campaign, “Awaaz Do”, launched to raise awareness on the Right to Education (RTE), has generated an over-whelming response with more than 200,000 people joining the campaign.

Corporate Sector Can Play Important Role in Achieving RTE
The Right to Free and Compulsory Education and the role corporate sector can play in helping to achieve it was the theme of the consultation jointly organised by UNICEF, CII and TSMG

UNICEF India Invites Applications for Full Time Internship Programme
UNICEF India Country Office invites applications for a full-time Internship programme from 25 May to 3 August 2011.

134 Million Indian children Targeted for Second Dose of Measles Vaccination Drive
New Delhi, 9 November 2010 – The Government of India today launched the second dose of measles vaccination in the states of Assam (Morigaon district) and Arunachal Pradesh (East Siang district).

Priyanka Chopra Speaks Up for Every Child Out of School
New Delhi, 9 November 2010 – Priyanka Chopra, Bollywood superstar, UNICEF national ambassador, and champion for children, Priyanka Chopra has chosen to speak up for the right of every child in India to go to school by pledging her support to the Awaaz Do

Heartbeat of Shivpuri, Radio Dharkan, goes on air
Radio Dharkan will provide the appropriate medium to reach information of government schemes and policies to people who need them the most.

Awaaz Do Digital Campaign Urges Indians to Speak Up for the Eight Million Children Out-of-School
New Delhi, 19 October 2010 – The Awaaz Do on-line campaign was launched today to mobilize Indian society to speak up for the more than eight million children currently out of school in the country.

More Developing Countries Show Universal Access To HIV/AIDS Services Is Possible
GENEVA/NAIROBI/WASHINGTON D.C., 28 September 2010 - Significant progress has been made in several low- and middle-income countries in increasing access to HIV/AIDS services, according to a new report released today.

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NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

New Countries Endorse the Paris Commitments to End the Use of Child Combatants
NEW YORK, 27 September 2010 – New countries today endorsed the ‘Paris Commitments’ to end the use of child soldiers, joining a growing list of States that have pledged to protect children from recruitment and use by armed forces and groups.

Hundreds of Religious Leaders Meet to Stop HIV Stigma and Discrimination
BANGALORE, India, 28 September 2010 -- This week, more than 400 religious leaders from around India travelled to the Art of Living International Centre to see how people of faith could tackle stigma and discrimination of those affected by HIV.

Millions Affected by Indian Floods
NEW DELHI, India, 23 September 2010 – UNICEF and its partners are reaching out to millions of people in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand as flooding continues to drive people from their homes

World leaders and experts meet to raise the profile of education on the development agenda
NEW YORK, 21 September 2010 – A brainstorming session to examine ways to make the case for education by showing its powerful impact on all Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be held on 22 September.

Maternal Deaths Worldwide Drop by Third
GENEVA. 15 September 2010 - The number of women dying due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth has decreased by 34 per cent from an estimated 546 000 in 1990 to 358 000 in 2008, according to a new report, "Trends in maternal mortality".

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.

Media Note: Measles Vaccination
NEW DELHI, India, 1 September 2010 — Measles is among the world’s most contagious diseases and one of the leading causes of death among children worldwide. Even healthy and well nourished children, if unvaccinated, are at risk of the disease.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, on sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
NEW YORK, 24 August 2010 – The reported gang-rape of at least 179 women and girls in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) must serve as an urgent call to stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, on the flooding in Pakistan
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ISLAMABAD, 20 August 2010 – “Mothers fleeing flooded homes with nothing but their babies clinging to their backs; people waving for help from the top of stranded buses as the waters rise around them.

Joint Statement by Heads of UN Entities for the Launch of the International Year of Youth
This year, 12 August marks a crucial date for young people and societies around the world. Today, we celebrate the launch of the International Year of Youth, under the theme Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.

Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra becomes UNICEF National Ambassador
UNICEF is delighted to announce the appointment of the Indian cinema's leading lady, Priyanka Chopra as its newest National Ambassador promoting child rights and adolescence.

Health facilities are vital in promoting good breastfeeding practices
NEW YORK, 30 July 2010 – In World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and its partners are asking health professionals to encourage new mothers to breastfeed their children.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, welcoming the G8 Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Under-Five Child Health
NEW YORK, 25 June 2010 – “UNICEF welcomes the commitment by G8 countries to accelerate efforts to improve maternal and child health by endorsing the Muskoka Initiative launched today at the G8 Summit in Canada.

Children are everyone’s business
NEW YORK, 24 June 2010 – At the opening of a major meeting of business lleaders organized by the United Nations today,

UNICEF calls on governments, donors and the private sector to end child labour
UNICEF is calling for renewed urgency to tackle the world's worst forms of child labour on the 11th World Day against Child Labour with the theme “Go for the Goal. Eliminate Child Labour”.

Joint Statement by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, ILO, UNICEF, UNESCO
The World Day Against Child Labour comes at a critical juncture in the global campaign against child labour and the goal of ending its worst forms by 2016.

NCPCR, ILO, UNICEF, UNESCO Herald RTE as Means to End Child Labour in India
NEW DELHI, India, 12 June 2010 – The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), ILO, UNICEF, UNESCO and the corporate sector marked the World Day Against Child Labour by heralding India’s landmark RTE.

Lack of skilled birth care costs 2 million lives each year, report shows both mothers and newborns at risk
NEW YORK, 4 June 2010 - A lack of skilled attendants at birth accounts for two million preventable maternal deaths, stillbirths and newborn deaths each year, according to the newly released Countdown to 2015 Decade Report (2000-2010).

Celebrities for Children: Indian Stars and Sri Lankan Cricketers team up for former child soldiers
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 2 June 2010 – Today, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) joined UNICEF and Sri Lanka Cricket in support of the ‘Cricket for Children’ initiative to reintegrate former child soldiers in their communities of origin.

Indian Film Fraternity gears up for the biggest IIFA Weekend & Awards yet
MUMBAI, India , May 29 2010 - Celebrating the start of its second glorious decade, the International Indian Film Academy is set to write its grandest chapter yet.

Bill Gates Visits Bihar to see Firsthand Polio Eradication Efforts on the Ground
GULERIA, India 18 May 2010 -- Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates met last week with community workers in this small village in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, who told him about their efforts to convince families to get their children vaccinated.

UNGEI global conference on girls’ education focuses on preventing “56 million wasted opportunities”
DAKAR, Senegal, 17 May 2010 – A conference designed to find new ways to ensure that some 56 million children – most of them girls – do not miss out on their right to education opens in Senegal today.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake brings a wealth of experience to his new role
NEW YORK, USA, 1 May 2010 – As Anthony Lake assumes his new role as UNICEF's sixth Executive Director today, he builds upon a solid foundation formed by the organization's 60-plus years of child-rights advocacy,.

Anthony Lake begins his tenure as UNICEF's Executive Director
NEW YORK, 1 May 2010 - 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.

Afghanistan and Indian Cricketers “Bowl Out Polio” Together in ICC World Twenty20 Tournament
RODNEY BAY, St. Lucia, 1 May 2010 - Indian and Afghanistan cricketers go head-to-head for the first time ever 1 May in the International Cricket Council World Twenty20 Tournament. But off the field, the teams are putting their bats aside to join forces to “Bowl Out Polio” in India and Afghanistan - two of only four countries remaining in the world battling the transmission of this crippling virus.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman to mark World Malaria Day
NEW YORK, 23 April 2010 – “As we commemorate World Malaria Day 2010, there are only 250 days left to meet the challenge set by the UN Secretary-General for all endemic countries to achieve universal coverage with essential malaria control interventions.

Sanitation and water must no longer play second fiddle to other priorities
WASHINGTON, D.C. 21 April 2010 – 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.

On Global Action Week on Education, financing quality public education is a Right for All
As the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education from 20 to 26 April 2010, UNESCO, ILO and UNICEF in India welcome the global campaign which comes just as India enters an exciting phase with the historic notification of the RTE

UNICEF’s State of The World’s Children report commemorates 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
A week after welcoming the enactment of Right to Education, the Chhattisgarh Government has once again brought child rights issues into focus with the release of UNICEF's State of the World's Children – 2009 report.

UNESCO, ILO and UNICEF Welcome Right To Education Act
UNESCO, ILO and UNICEF today joined forces in applauding the ground-breaking Right to Education Act, legalising the right to free and compulsory education for all children between the ages of 6 and 14 in India.

ہندوستان کی سب سے بڑی ریاست میں مینا ریڈیو کا افتتاح ہندی زبان میں ہوا
نوجوان یادو ہریانا کے ایک چھوٹے سے اسکول میں جاتی تھی جہاں برسات میں کچے راستے کیچڑ میں تبدیل ہو جاتے تھے۔ 14 سال کی عمر میں اس پر شادی کرنے کا دباؤ پڑا تھا، لیکن ان کی والدہ اس سلسلے میں بحث و مباحثہ کیا کرتی تھیں کہ ابھی یہ بہت ہی جوان ہے۔ انھوں نے اقتص

Exclusive breastfeeding protects over 1.7 million infants against undernutrition, disease and death in Assam
The Government of India and international organizations recommend that infants be fed only breast milk for the first six months of life, with no other foods or fluids added, not even water. This is referred to as exclusive breastfeeding.

Meena’s young fans
Here, in their own words, some of Meena’s young fans explain how Meena radio touches their lives.

Meena Radio Launches in Hindi in India’s Largest State
Meena Radio is being broadcasting for the first time in Hindi in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest state with a population of 191 million comparable to that of Brazil.

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme Report 2010: Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water
All the information in this report is based on data available up to and including 2008.

Progress in access to safe drinking-water; Sanitation needs greater efforts
With 87 per cent of the world’s population or approximately 5.9 billion people using safe drinking-water sources, the world is on track to meet or even exceed the drinking-water target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG),

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day
As we recognize International Women’s Day this March 8th, the international community, together with governments around the world, must work more aggressively to ensure that every girl has the right to a childhood that provides her with the opportunity.

Listening to Adolescents
During the two day workshop, participatory methodologies were used to ensure active participation by the young people and this allowed for greater interaction amongst them

Against Child Marriage: Children Demand Their Rights For a Secure Future
Almost 225 children from across West Bengal gathered together today to launch a movement against child marriage called “Amar Shaishab Amar Adhikar,”.

Children And Aids: Fourth Stocktaking Report 2009
The annual report examines data on progress, emerging evidence, case studies of best practices and current knowledge and practice for children as they relate to the ‘Four Ps’:

Remarks by UNICEF India Representative at the State of the World’s Children India Launch
India has a lot to be proud of in what has accomplished for her children. Home to one-fifth of the world’s children, India ratified the convention in 1992, embracing international standards in health care, education, legal and social services.

Twenty Years of The Convention on the Rights of the Child
As the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) today, India has a lot to be proud of in the strides being made for her children.

UNICEF’s State of The World’s Children report commemorates 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 19 November 2009 – 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.

South Asia carries bulk of maternal and child undernutrition, says UNICEF
KATHMANDU, 11 November 2009 – Most of the world’s chronically undernourished under fives – 83 million children -- are in South Asia, according to a new UNICEF report: ‘Improving Child and Maternal Nutrition,’ released today.

Child-rights video contest winner focuses on the right to education
As the one-minute video progresses, more and more girls join the first girl’s side, until the classroom is full of both boy and girl students doing their lessons.

UNICEF to promote gender sensitive programmes
UNICEF is joining hands with Telugu language TV Channels to focus on the issues concerning the girl child in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

CFSI and Government of AP Partner with UNICEF To Support Child Rights at the launch of 16th Golden Elephant Festival
NEW DELHI, India, 4 November 2009 – In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, the Children’s Film Society (CFSI) is partnering with UNICEF to highlight how films can play significant role in advancing children rights.

Children As Media Producers
UNICEF Hyderabad and the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad have come together to put video cameras in the hands of traditionally marginalised children of rural Medak district in a participatory media initiative.

Lessons for Life from Kyunki… Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai
As the Facts for Life based entertainment-education serial, Kyunki… Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai (Because… That’s What Life Is) gains more popularity, viewers like Rachana and her mother are coming forward to share the impact that the show is having on them.

Media Update: Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh Floods
UNICEF continues to work closely with the Government of India and local authorities to ensure that the rights of children and women, including those from the most marginalized communities, are fulfilled during this crisis.

Fast Facts And Figures on Sanitation
Over 1.5 million children under five die each year as a result of diarrhoea. It is the second most common cause of child deaths worldwide. Handwashing with soap at critical times - including before eating or preparing food and after using the toilet.

Everyone can make a difference in the “Clean hands saves lives” campaign
In India, diarrhoea is a major killer with about 1,000 children below 5 years dying every day due to diarrhoea. Handwashing with soap can reduce diarrhoeal deaths in children by 40 per cent and is the most inexpensive ways to prevent diarrhoeal deaths.

Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh Flood Update
One of the worst flash floods in decades in the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka has left 247 people dead and an estimated two million people affected.

A Step Closer to AIDS-Free Generation
According to a new joint report from UNICEF,WHO and UNAIDS, the world is now closer than ever to its goal of the virtual elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and a step closer to realising an AIDS-free generation.

UNICEF Announces Nominees for 2009 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Awards
All India Radio Lucknow also bags International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Regional Award.

2009 World Water Week: "Responding to Global Changes: Accessing Water for the Common Good”
Hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute, this weeklong event aims to build capacity, promote partnerships, and review progress achieved.

“Seal the Deal!” to Heal the Planet
The Seal the Deal! campaign will mobilize over one million young people to march across one hundred capitals and deliver to global leaders their declaration of priorities on climate change as agreed at the Tunza Conference

Nutrition: Key facts and figures
Some 148 million children under five in the developing world – or one in four – suffer from undernutrition, more than half of them in South Asia which has the highest rate of child malnutrition in the world with 41 per cent.

Goodwill Ambassador Sharmila Tagore Supports HIV Affected in Rajasthan
Guddu told his story to Bollywood star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sharmila Tagore, who was on a two-day field visit to the state to see how those HIV-infected and affected are coping with the disease

UNICEF Statement on Severe Acute Malnutrition
The Ministry of Women and Child Development and UNICEF have a strong working relationship and are partnering together to implement a mutually agreed upon workplan to address the nutrition needs of the country’s most vulnerable children and women.

War on Diarrhea : A Battle to be Won
Since the cyclone hit, 100,000 diarrhea cases, resulting in 31 deaths, have been reported by the government in South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas.

UNICEF Chief Promotes Breastfeeding for Better Health and Nutrition
Breastfeeding can save lives and plays a vital role in protecting infants from under nutrition and illnesses that are common byproducts of natural disasters and other emergencies

18 Million Indian Children to Receive Life Saving Five-in-One Vaccine
Immunization project gets US$ 165 million funding from GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership which brings together all key players in immunisation including Indian government, World Health Organization, UNICEF, donors, industry and Hib Initiative.

Japan Supports Polio Eradication Project In India
UNICEF India gets $2.1 million contribution from government and people of Japan will be used to help ensure India’s most inaccessible and marginalized children remain protected from polio.

Teen proud to meet Prime Minister to promote quality education
New Delhi, 14 July 2009 – Sixteen-year-old Sanjukta Pangi said today that the Prime Minister listened to her attentively to promote quality education for all Indian children when she met him at last week’s G8 summit in Rome.

J8 Summit in Pictures
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

Indian teen Sanjukta Pangi meets Prime Minister at G8
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

UNICEF: J8 meets G8
Junior 8: Climate change targets must be met, teachers’ standards improved

Junior 8 Summit 2009 - Rome Declaration
As young people, we are the leaders of the future, and therefore will be the most affected by your decisions made today. We believe that collaboration between adults and young people is the best way to grant a better future for the upcoming generation.

Young delegates who met G8 leaders
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

Young delegates represent India at J8 Summit
Seventeen-year-old Samuel Venkatesan is one of the voices representing young India at the Junior 8 summit in Rome this year. Joining him are 16-year old Sanjukta Pangi, from Koraput, Orissa and 15 year old Narendra Kumar from Rae-Bareli, Uttar Pradesh.

Education priority for Indian youth: J8 delegates
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

" World will improve for children with solutions discussed here"
Interview with young Indian delegate Narendra Kumar from Pure Gosain, Uttar Pradesh who is representing India at J8 summit in Rome, Italy

"A new Sanjukta will be going back to India"
Interview with young Indian delegate Sanjukta Pangi, from Karanja Guda, Orissa representing India at J8 summit in Rome, Italy

"Kids from developing countries are worried about their education"
Interview with young Indian delegate Samuel Venkatesan representing India at J8 summit in Rome, Italy

Three Indian youths to attend J8 summit in Rome
Seventeen-year-old Venkatesan is one of the voices representing young India at the Junior 8 summit in Rome this year. Joining him are 16-year old Sanjukta Pangi, from Koraput, Orissa and 15 year old Narendra Kumar from Rae-Bareli, Uttar Pradesh.

Joint Statement by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, ILO and UNICEF
India continues to have the world’s largest number of child labourers with many trafficked into labour.

Cyclone Aila: A Situation Update
To date, 137 people have died and an estimated 6.7 million people have been affected by the cyclone in the state.

5th year of KCCI Summer Internship programme gets underway
UNICEF's summer internship programme began in 2005 under the aegis of the Knowledge Community on Children in India (KCCI), an initiative aimed at fostering the exchange of information and learning on social policies and programmes related to children in I

Cyclone Aila: A Situation Update
– One hundred and twenty-five people have died and an estimated 6.2 million people have been affected following the havoc caused by cyclone Aila.

Empowering vulnerable communities through flood mitigation efforts
NEW DELHI, 15 April 2009: UNICEF has completed the 11-month long Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) project in Bihar, India. About US$ 700,000 million (520,000 Euro) was provided by ECHO to support this project.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman on World Health Day, 2009
NEW YORK, 7 April 2009 - “The critical importance of healthcare to emergency response is the theme for this year’s World Health Day 2009. The annual day commemorates the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Empowering Vulnerable Communities through Flood Mitigation Efforts
UNICEF has completed the 15-month long Community-Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP) project in West Bengal, India.

“Dhadkan” a Community Radio initiative of UNICEF in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh
This small town in the Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh has launched a community radio station, just a few days after the first started in Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh. This is the second such community radio station supported by UNICEF, to be set up.

World Water Day 2009
Managing the world’s water resources key for future generations. World Water Day 2009 calls for collective action to tackle the issue of access to safe drinking water and water sharing.

IKEA Social Initiative adds $48 million to UNICEF's child health programme - at $180 Million, largest corporate donor to UNICEF
UNICEF announced that IKEA, through its corporate philanthropy arm, IKEA Social Initiative, is further expanding its support for children with a $48 million donation for UNICEF programmes in India.

Kyunki… Lighting up a brighter path for women
Shabnam, early twenties, married, is chided by her parents for standing up to her violent husband when he accuses her of being infertile.

UNICEF and Prasar Bharati Sign Partnership Agreement for Phase 2 of Facts for Life TV Show
Prasar Bharati CEO B.S. Lalli and UNICEF India Representative Karin Hulshof today signed a broadcast agreement for Phase 2 of the Facts for Life entertainment-education drama serial, Kyunki…Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai (Because… That’s What Life Is).

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

Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman Regarding the Humanitarian Operation In Gaza
“UNICEF is deeply concerned that the ongoing violence has forced UNRWA to suspend its humanitarian operation in Gaza. This can only deepen an already critical humanitarian situation and put children at even greater risk of death or permanent damage.

A year of tragedies and triumphs for South Asia’s children
For many of South Asia’s children, 2008 will go down as a year of triumphs and tragedies – a year in which children continued to be recruited in conflicts, yet a year when conflicts were briefly halted for the sake of children’s health

Community radio enters Lalitpur
One of the state’s most backward districts Lalitpur, became one of the first in the country to get a community radio station set up by UNICEF.

Knowledge community on children in India internship programme from 3 June to 12 August 2009
UNICEF India Country Office invites applications for a full-time Internship programme from 3 June to 12 August 2009 to encourage young students and scholars from around the world to engage in development issues pertaining to India’s children and women.

On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF welcomes new initiative to aid children affected by conflict
As the world commemorates Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF today welcomes the launch of a new group that aims to amplify the voice of those suffering as a result of conflict.

Vaishali set to upscale integrated and decentralized village planning
With the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the District Magistrate and UNICEF, Vaishali has become the first district in Bihar to upscale the development of integrated plans for grassroots-driven socio-economic progress.

India and China hold the key to world meeting MDGs, says UNICEF flagship report
Global achievement of the health related MDGs, depends largely on India’s success and on China accelerating progress even further, according to a new UNICEF report on the latest trends in child and maternal health.

Supporting mothers to breastfeed will improve children’s chances of survival, says UNICEF
On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week (1 to 7 August), UNICEF, along with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and WHO, is recommending the provision of increased professional and informal support for breastfeeding mothers.

Third International Learning Exchange in Water and Sanitation in INDIA – 14 – 24 October 2008
Applications are invited for the Third International Learning Exchange for Water and Sanitation in India to be held from 14th to 24th October 2008

ECHO and UNICEF support recovery and empowerment of the most vulnerable communities hit by the Bihar floods of 2007
The European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) and UNICEF have joined hands to support the recovery and empowerment of some of the most vulnerable communities hit by the devastating floods in the eastern state of Bihar in 2007.

New version of DevInfo India released on National Statistics Day
A new version of DevInfo India, version 2.0, was released in New Delhi by the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee in a function organized by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on Sunday

Working Together to Reach All of India’s Children: Government of India and UNICEF Sign Five-Year Plan of Action
The Government of India and UNICEF today reaffirmed their joint commitment to tackling the most pressing problems impacting the survival and well-being of the children of India with the signing of a new five-year action plan

2008 KCCI Internship Programme kicks off
UNICEF's summer internship programme for 2008 got off to a rousing start in New Delhi on Wednesday. Seventy-nine interns from around the world and India have been selected to undergo a two-month internship in various parts of the country.

Red Ribbon Express: Uniting India Against AIDS
Traversing 13 states and 92 railway stations across the country, the colourfully painted Red Ribbon Express arrived on schedule, at the Secunderabad Railway Station

Engaging artists of Bhopal on children’s issues
A three-day art camp was organized by Surya Gram Vikas Samiti and Rangayan Art Gallery, with support from UNICEF to engage professional artists from Bhopal on issues of concern to children and women

National Conference puts the spotlight on India’s Gender Imbalance
A national conference was held in New Delhi on Monday 28th April as part of the National Campaign to “Save the Girl Child”.

Safe Motherhood Day 2008
It is a little known fact that Mumtaz Mahal, Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan’s favorite queen died due to complications related to repeated childbirth.

Kyunki…Jeena Issi ka Naam Hai launched in New Delhi amid applause and music
UNICEF, India, television, Doordarshan, Kyunki....Jeena Isi ka Naam Hai.

PRESS RELEASE: On World Health Day 2008, UNICEF Cautions About the Impact of Climate Change on the Health of Women and Children
Press release: On World Health Day 2008, UNICEF Cautions,About the Impact of Climate Change on the Health of Women and Children

Kyunki to entertain-educate 40 million women thrice a week
An entertainment-education programme Kyunki Jeena Issi Ka Naam Hai is being launched on India’s national channel Doordarshan.

Entertainment will further the reach of communication
The Facts for Life Communication initiative was launched when social mobilisers working in the polio-endemic districts of Uttar Pradesh expressed the need to reach out to people with messages on a wide range of health issues.

Cast upbeat as Kyunki…goes on air
The programme has a mix of experienced, known names from the entertainment industry and stage artistes and some who were pursuing a career in modelling.

More HIV - Positive Children and Pregnant Women Getting AIDS Treatment, New Report Says
More HIV - Positive Children and Pregnant Women Getting AIDS Treatment, New Report Says

6 in 10 Africans Remain Without Access to Proper Toilet: Poor sanitation threatens public health.
GENEVA, 20 March 2008 – Sixty-two percent of Africans do not have access to improved sanitation facility -- a proper toilet -- which separates human waste from human contact, states the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation

Experts share lessons on making learning joyful in Bihar
PATNA, March 13, 2008: Educational experts from states like Delhi, Karnataka, Rajasthan, and West Bengal have converged in Patna for a two-day seminar organised by UNICEF in collaboration with the Government of Bihar’s Department of Education...

Bringing the issue out of the closet, adolescent girls launch a guidance booklet on Menstrual Hygiene Management
New Delhi 8 March 2008 In a function marking the International Women’s Day and the International Year of Sanitation, young adolescent girls and women from villages of Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh released the guidance booklet

UNICEF Marks International Women’s Day by Stressing Importance of Investing in Maternal Health
NEW YORK, 7 March 2008 – UNICEF is marking International Women’s Day 2008 (8 March) by drawing attention to the need for improvements in maternal health care.

USD 400,000 DIPECHO contribution to UNICEF to help communities cope with floods in West Bengal
The Disaster Preparedness European Community Humanitarian Office (DIPECHO) has made a significant donation of US$ 400,000 million (280,000 Euro) to UNICEF India to support the Community-Based Disaster Preparedness project (CBDP) in West Bengal, India.

Knowledge train chugs in, helps dispel myths about HIV\AIDS
The Red Ribbon Express (RRE), a specially-designed seven coach train painted in bright yellow and red and carrying HIV/AIDS prevention messages, created a stir when it chugged into Lucknow’s Charbagh railway station Platform Number 9 on Saturday

Public Hearing gives women speedy justice in Rajasthan villages
There is an air of expectancy among the 200 odd women sitting huddled in the main town hall of the dusty town of Sawai Mahopur, situated about 200 km away from the state capital Jaipur.

Child Survival – This is How
Six women who traveled from distant and impoverished districts of Mayurbhanj in Orissa and Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh unveiled the State of the World’s Children Report 2008 here today.

Integrated strategies can save childrens' lives says UNICEF Flagship State of the World's Children 2008 report
Integrated Health Strategies Can Save Children’s Lives, says UNICEF Flagship, The State of the World’s Children Report 2008

Global Data Sheet
SOWC - Key Statistics, Global Data

Launch of the State of the World's Children 2008 Report
Media advisory on the launch of SOWC 2008

Progress for Children Report - A Statistical Review December 2007
Key data from the Progress for Children report December 2007

“No one should discriminate against HIV Affected women and children” urges Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India
UNICEF and UNAIDS mark the second anniversary of Unite For Children Unite Against AIDS campaign by pledging to fight the stigma and discrimination faced by HIV/AIDS affected women and children.

Over Million Dollar ECHO Contribution to UNICEF Saves Flood-Affected Children and Communities
The European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) has made a significant donation to UNICEF India of US$ 1.25 million (880,000 Euro) to reimburse costs incurred for life-saving interventions in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh

International Learning Exchange 2007-Rural India turns classroom for water and sanitation professionals
New Delhi – For over a week in September, villages across India turned into classrooms for a group of water and sanitation sector professionals from countries as far off as Mozambique, Ethiopia, Sudan and Cambodia.

Pledge of Child Protection unveiled
New Delhi: On October 1, 2007 the Art of Living Foundation and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) unveiled a joint declaration to further the cause of child rights and protection.

Safeguarding the rights of children
New Delhi, 11 September 2007: “Every aspect of our lives bears evidence to a child’s exploitation, vulnerability and drudgery. Behind our smug well-being is the loss of childhood for many,” Dr Shantha Sinha

Female foeticide in India
Eligible Jat boys from Haryana travel 3,000 km across the country to find themselves a bride. With increasingly fewer girls in Haryana, they are seeking brides from as far away as Kerala as the only way to change their single status.

Gujarat launches Save the Girl Child Campaign to arrest declining sex ratio
18 September, Gujarat: Alarm bells started ringing when the Census 2001 data was released. It revealed a drastic fall in the sex ratio, especially the child sex ratio. Whereas the overall sex ratio dropped from 934 to 920 per 1000 males

International Learning Exchange 2007 – Sharing the India experience
They have come from Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Pakistan,Nepal..Eighty one delegates from twenty countries across the world are gathered in India to learn from her experiences as part of the Second International Learning Exchange Program

Gallery for social art and photography inaugurated at UNICEF Bhopal
The Bhopal office of UNICEF, Mr. Prashant Mehta, Principal Secretary, Women and Child development, Dr. Hamid El Bashir, M.P. State Representative for UNICEF, Gallery for social art and photography,UNICEF,India

Villagers script their own progress in Madhya Pradesh
Village Kolhari, Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh: Fourteen-year-old Mamta had to abandon her studies after Class 5 because her village in Madhya Pradesh did not have a higher education school. Three years later, however, the story has changed

1.8 million dollars Japanese aid to fight polio in India
31st August 2007 New Delhi : The Government of Japan today pledged 1.8 million dollars for the eradication of poliomyelitis in India.

Khandewat village goes live on air
Khandewat village in Tonk, Rajasthan crackled nervously and then triumphantly came live on air on 30 July 2007 at 3.30 pm in the afternoon.

“Early Marriage of Girls” - Theme for Award for Film Makers
Hyderabad, July 2, 2007 - New schedule and format announced for PRASAR BHARTI-UNICEF AWARD – 2007 for "FILMS AS CHANGE AGENTS" Commemorating GIRL CHILD DAY - 24th September in Andhra Pradesh

Making every child count in the streets of Kolkata
Kolkata, June 18, 2007 –Paving the way for urban deprived children to access health and education services, protection against abuse and improve planning and monitoring of urban development...

International Learning Exchange Programme
Child's Environment Programme UNICEF ICO is organizing the second International Learning Exchange Programme from 18-28 September 2007.

Girl Power Drives Road Show
UNICEF India in partnership with Going to School, launched ‘Girl Stars’, a multi-media project to inspire millions of girls to stay in school.

Child Abuse in India - A study by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India
In India , the responsibility of care and protection of children has been with the families and communities. A strong knit patriarchal family that is meant to look after its children well has seldom had the realization that children have their own rights.

Government of India study on child abuse – April 2007
UNICEF has supported the Study on Child Abuse: India 2007 and believes it is an important step in tackling the issue so that a healthy and protective environment can be created for all children in India.

March 22, 2007 : Karnataka children hold their own parliament session
Was this parliament any different? To start with all the children sat on the floor instead of cushioned chairs; there was debate but no acrimony; there were laughter instead of fist fights and to top it all nobody had any idea of staging a walk-out.

March 22, 2007 : Child Friendly Legislators of Karnataka recognized by the children
“Let us learn that every child has rights…..” and “Children are our wealth….”- the two songs sung by children who had gathered at the Shaskara Bhavan, Vidhan Soudha .

Indian cricket star brings a message of hope to young people trying to rebuild their community in Port of Spain, Trinidad
Young cricketers and youth community groups – all drawn to a playing field to be present during the visit of one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sachin Tendulkar. Under banners proclaiming Unite for Children Unite Against AIDS, the event unfolded.

March 17, 2007 : This is FM Radio Banasthali on 90.4 MHz
This is FM radio Banasthali on 90.4 MHz” with these magical words a whole new world has opened up for nineteen year old Anita Sain, a local girl from Jujharpura village undergoing training in radio programme production at the Banasthali Vidyapith.

March 12, 2007 : Farooq Sheikh vaccinates children in Varanasi
Sunday, March 11 was not just another polio round for the residents of Varanasi’s old city areas. Film actor and TV star Farooq Sheikh was amongst them giving polio drops to their children.

March 7, 2007 : Government of Haryana and UNICEF ink MOU to improve the lives women and children
The government of Haryana and UNICEF India signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Delhi on Tuesday to work together to improve social indicators for women and children in the state.

March 6, 2007 : Flag bearers of women’s emancipation
It was a day that belonged to women from the periphery. Although Mrs. Sonia Gandhi was clearly the star of the event and Renuka Chowdhury, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, was the gracious host.

India adopts new child growth standards
India has adopted the new WHO Child Growth Standards, the Ministries of Women and Child Development and Health and Family Welfare, announced on February 09.

January 31, 2007 : Ralph Fiennes & Sharmila Tagore call for an end to stigma against people affected by HIV
At the end of a five day mission to rural Mahrastra investigating the impact of HIV and AIDs, Ralph Fiennes, UNICEF UK Ambassador and Sharmila Tagore, UNICEF India Ambassador, called for an end to discrimination against people with HIV and AIDS.

Farooq Sheikh boosts polio drive in Uttar Pradesh
It was a cold and windy winter morning. But this did not deter eminent film star and TV personality Farooq Sheikh from embarking on a road show in an open jeep to campaign for polio immunization in the difficult areas of Meerut.

April 10, 2006 : National Forum with parliamentarians on safe motherhood
The White Ribbon Alliance, together with the MoHFW, and Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IAPPD) organized a meeting with Parliamentarians on the eve of the National Safe Motherhood Day April 10, 2006.

UNICEF Executive Director's statement on Sri Lanka
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

J8 Summit in Pictures
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

J8 Summit in Pictures
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

J8 Summit in Pictures
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.

DIPECHO contributes $430,000 to UNICEF India
Principal objective of the DIPECHO project in Assam is to reduce risk from disasters by empowering vulnerable communities in disaster-prone areas

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