Features I 2010
CHAMPIONING ALL CHILDREN, EVERYWHERE
Duty of all to stop child abuse
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 November 2010 - Earlier this year, the life of a small child was cut short. She died from injuries to her brain, stomach and kidneys inflicted by an adult who was taking care of her, a person she should have been able to depend on.
Religious leaders discuss ending violence against children
NEW YORK, 4 November 2010 – Earlier this week, distinguished religious leaders from the Executive Committee of Religions for Peace convened to discuss the role that religious communities can play in eliminating all forms of violence against children.
Health and education aid in southern Pakistan
THATTA, 27 September 2010 – Thatta, a town in southern Pakistan’s Sindh province, is one of the areas hardest-hit by the country’s recent floods. It is also home to the famous Makli Hills, a renowned burial place for some 125,000 Sufi saints.
MDG summit events seek progress for all, including the most vulnerable
NEW YORK, 22 September 2010 – The UN Summit wrapped up with a strong emphasis on targeting the poorest and most vulnerable communities in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals by their 2015 target date.
On day two, events at MDG summit spotlight AIDS, nutrition, partnerships – and equity
NEW YORK, 21 September 2010 – UNICEF took part in a packed agenda of side events during the second day of the UN Summit to review the Millennium Development Goals, spotlighting progress made and challenges ahead on AIDS, child health and nutrition.
UN Summit kicks off with events on education and child survival
NEW YORK, 20 September 2010 – The UN Summit kicked off today with discussions echoing UNICEF’s recent ‘Progress for Children’ report: that an equity-based approach offers the best hope of achieving the Millennium Development Goals by the 2015 target date.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yuna Kim takes a stand for peace and development
NEW YORK, 17 September 2010 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and figure skating star Yuna Kim brought a message of hope and commitment to the United Nations, joining in celebrations of the International Day of Peace and appearing in a video spot on the MDGs.
Helping countries in crisis to get back on track
NEW YORK, 17 September 2010 – Representatives of the Government of the Netherlands, the EU and UNICEF met in New York this week to review progress achieved under an innovative program to improve Education in Emergencies and Post-Crisis Transition.
Ghana: Reaching the neglected with education
TARIKPAA, 6 September 2010 – Elizabeth, 12, is fighting to achieve a dream that was once also her father’s – completing an education.Here in northern Ghana, her father, Peter Napari, is one of many people who was never able to go to school.
In Singapore, inaugural Youth Olympic Games provide competition and inspiration
SINGAPORE, 27 August 2010 – As the first-ever Youth Olympic Games comes to a close, a young female athlete quietly traces the outline of her hand on a piece of paper and writes, “I have a right to be educated and to play any sports I like.”
Why the world must help Pakistan
CNN, 26 August 2010 - "From the sky, the massive inland sea of water stretches beyond the horizon -- flashbacks from a different disaster with a puzzlingly different response to the same desperation," writes UNICEF's DANIEL TOOLE.
Five days in Pakistan flood zone
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 15-19 August 2010 – This week UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia Daniel Toole has been visiting the provinces worst-affected by flooding in Pakistan. Here are his latest updates on the relief effort.
Documenting abuses while protecting children at risk
NEW YORK, 6 August 2010 – UNICEF has updated its guidelines for reporting on children’s issues as part of the continuing global effort to ensure every child’s right to protection and dignity.
UNICEF responds as floods affect over 3 million in north-western Pakistan
NEW YORK, 2 August 2010 – More than 1,400 people are dead and more than a million children are in need of emergency assistance after the worst floods to hit Pakistan since 1929 devastated large parts of the country in recent days.
UNICEF honoured for short film on 'Protecting Childhood' in Occupied Palestinian Territory
NEW YORK, 28 June 2010 – UNICEF has been honoured for its coverage of the challenges facing Palestinian children in ‘Protecting Childhood’, a short film that recently won the 2010 Communicator Award of Excellence.
'Women Deliver 2010' conference addresses maternal health and child survival
NEW YORK, 7 June 2010 – UNICEF and other international leaders in maternal health and child survival are meeting in Washington, DC this week to accelerate a global campaign aimed at reducing deaths of pregnant women and young children.
Executive Board discusses child rights at 2010 session
NEW YORK, 4 June 2010 – On day three of the UNICEF Executive Board’s 2010 Annual Session, discussions focused on moving towards universal ratification of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Letter to children and young people: Help save the planet
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 June 2010 – An Open Letter from UNICEF Representative to Malaysia Hans Olsen to children and young people advising them of their power to change the world by simply taking charge and making small changes at home and school.
Executive Board welcomes Anthony Lake and cites progress towards MDGs
NEW YORK, 1 June 2010 – At the start of the 2010 Annual Session of UNICEF’s Executive Board today, His Excellency Dr. Abulkalam Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh and Executive Board President, welcomed Executive Director Anthony Lake.
UNICEF 'Mother-Baby Pack' helps prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV
NEW YORK, 7 May 2010 – Mother’s Day, which is celebrated in many countries on the second Sunday in May, presents a dual opportunity for UNICEF. The holiday recognises the care and devotion of mothers around the globe.
At UNICEF panel, indigenous young people speak up for their rights
NEW YORK, 23 April 2010 – Two Brazilian youth advocates have travelled from their small village in the Bahia region of north-eastern Brazil to the UN headquarters in New York to make an impassioned appeal for the rights of indigenous peoples.
Youth voices resound on the airwaves in Nigeria and Malaysia
NEW YORK, 6 April 2010 – On 7 March, radio and TV audiences around the globe tuned in as local stations took part in the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting – and reports of young voices over the airwaves have been coming in for the past month.
Former US President Bill Clinton praises crisis response by UN and UNICEF in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 24 March 2010 – During a visit to Haiti yesterday, former US President and UN special envoy Bill Clinton praised the United Nations for its response to the devastating 12 January earthquake, saying now was the time to help the country.
FC Barcelona star Leo Messi is newest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
BARCELONA, 11 March 2010 – Lionel ‘Leo’ Messi, one of FC Barcelona’s bright young stars – and a member of the Argentine national football team – joined the ranks of celebrated UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors today.
UNICEF and partners stand ready to help after massive earthquake strikes Chile
NEW YORK, 28 February 2010 – UNICEF and its UN partners are monitoring events and stand ready to help in the aftermath of an 8.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Chile early Saturday.
Youth unite for Haiti at Let’s Heal the World concert
CYBERJAYA, 18 February 2010 – “We care!” … two words that echoed during the Limkokwing University’s Let’s Heal the World concert held recently to raise funds for children and families affected by the earthquake that ravaged Haiti more than a month ago.
DevInfo roll-out completed: Putting evidence in the hands of decision-makers
NEW YORK, 11 February 2010 – DevInfo is a database system that harnesses the power of advanced information technology to compile and disseminate data on human development. The latest version – 6.0 – was officially launched in 2009.
SSM and UNICEF call for childcare centres in the workplace
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 February 2010 – The Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and UNICEF are jointly calling for the corporate and business environment in Malaysia to set up childcare centres to benefit the nation’s most precious resource, its children.
Responding to the children's emergency in Haiti
NEW YORK, 28 January 2010 – More than two weeks after a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, UNICEF's emergency relief effort is reaching hundreds of thousands of survivors. As of last night, 13 planes had flown supplies to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
UNICEF and Haitian volunteers working together to protect children at risk
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 27 January 2010 – As the week opened with the gathering of UN representatives and leaders of 15 nations to discuss Haiti’s long-term reconstruction, UNICEF was on the ground in quake-hit nation reaching children with life-saving support.
Safe water for Haitian children and families a priority for UNICEF and partners
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 26 January 2010 – Two weeks after the earthquake that devastated Haiti, UNICEF continues to reach children with life-saving support, including urgently needed safe water.
'State of the World's Children Special Edition' report launched in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 25 January 2010 – In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), UNICEF launched the ‘State of the World’s Children Special Edition’ report in Malaysia.
Haiti crisis response aims to overcome challenges that pre-date the earthquake
NEW YORK, 22 January 2010 – Aid is getting through to parts of Haiti devastated by the 12 January earthquake, but huge humanitarian challenges remain. Many of the disaster’s worst effects are aggravated by the country’s long-term poverty and instability.
Delivering supplies and protecting children in the Haiti earthquake zone
NEW YORK, 20 January 2010 – A powerful aftershock struck Haiti early this morning, adding to the stress of children and families affected by the 12 January earthquake there but apparently causing little further damage. Relief operations are ongoing.
Donors worldwide support UNICEF and its partners Haiti relief efforts
NEW YORK, 19 January 2010 – As the full magnitude of the crisis in Haiti continues to unfold, donors have rushed to provide UNICEF with funding to meet the needs of children and families at risk.
'You are not alone'
NEW YORK, 18 January 2010 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited stricken areas of Port-au-Prince yesterday amidst continuing international efforts to help 3 million people – perhaps half of them children – affected by the 12 January earthquake in Haiti.
UNICEF commences Executive Board for 2010
NEW YORK, 12 January 2010 – The UNICEF Executive Board has elected the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh Ambassador Abdul Momen as President to replace the Permanent Representative of Mali, Ambassador Oumar Daou.
Young people can win a chance to join world renowned photographers on a trip to Ethiopia
LONDON, 11 January 2010 – The World Photography Organisation, Sony Corporation and UNICEF are giving six young photographers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Ethiopia for a workshop with world acclaimed photographer and humanitarian Reza.
Realising the promise of the Millennium Development Goals
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 January 2010 – As the world embraces the New Year with renewed hope for peace, human rights and development; the dawn of this new decade also marks the two-thirds point to realise the promise of the Millennium Declaration.
It's child's play
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 January 2010 - In sport, so much is said about your opponents. You are endlessly compared to them, asked about your chances playing against them, and you start to think of them as your enemies, writes LEE CHONG WEI.