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ADVOCATING CHILD RIGHTS IN THE MEDIA

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UNICEF Statement for Tsunami+10: Building Back Better
NEW YORK, 26 December 2014 - “The Indian Ocean tsunami changed lives around the world forever. Entire communities were obliterated in moments. Families were robbed of children, sisters, brothers and parents.

UNICEF mobilizes to reach children and families affected by Typhoon Hagupit
MANILA/NEW YORK, 8 December 2014 – As Typhoon Hagupit wreaks havoc through the Philippines, UNICEF is acting quickly to support the Filipino government’s response to the emergency, providing lifesaving supplies and services for children and women

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,

Safeguarding children is UNICEF’s top priority as Typhoon Hagupit is predicted to hit the Philippines
TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE, Philippines, 5 December 2014 – Merely thirteen months after the coastal communities ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan, are facing another Super Typhoon Hagupit (local name Ruby) as it is gaining strength to hit the Philippines.

Message on the International Day of Persons With Disabilities
3 December 2014 - This year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities focuses on the theme, “sustainable development: the promise of technology”.

UN moves to prevent child marriage
UNITED NATIONS, 21 November 2014 - The United Nations on Friday (Nov 21) adopted the first-ever resolution calling on governments to stop child marriages, despite misgivings from countries who had hoped to include sex education as key to preventing the pr

Re-Imagining the Future for Children
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) this year, UNICEF & its partners launched UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children (SOWC 2015), in Kuala Lumpur today.

Raise your voice with UNICEF and Imagine a better world for children
NEW YORK, 20 November 2014 – During a musical event at the United Nations General Assembly today, UNICEF will unveil the #IMAGINE project as part of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on The Rights of the Child: Stepping up the global effort to advance the rights of every child
19 November 2014 - When the international community adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child twenty-five years ago, we made this commitment to the world’s children: that we would do everything in our power to promote and protect their rights.

Make a promise to children
PETALING JAYA, 20 NOVEMBER 2014 – For the first time, ten civil society organisations spearhead a three month campaign to bring alive children’s rights in Malaysia.

UN human rights experts set out countries’ obligations to tackle harmful practices such as FGM and forced marriage
GENEVA (5 November 2014) – For the first time, two UN human rights expert committees have joined forces to issue a comprehensive interpretation of the obligations of States to prevent and eliminate harmful practices inflicted on women and girls,

‘Digital Citizens of the Future’
STATEMENT * KUALA LUMPUR, 4 November 2014 - It is an honour to be here at MCMC’s Networked Media Research Seminar 2014, organized this year with the theme “Digital Citizens of the Future”.

MCMC launches UNICEF Report ‘Exploring the Digital Landscape in Malaysia’
SUBANG JAYA, 3 NOVEMBER 2014 - It is essential to understand the digital habits and motivations of children and young people in Malaysia when developing digital citizenship and safety policies and programmes, highlights a new UNICEF report.

Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence
NEW YORK, 10 October 2014 – Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF is issuing a new compilation of data revealing the magnitude of violence against adolescent girls and the alarming attitudes that perpetuate such abuse.

As 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child approaches, UNICEF asks: Is the world a better place for children?
NEW YORK, 26 September 2014 – Looking ahead to the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20, UNICEF today released new trend data and essays that ask a critical question: “Is the world a better place for children?

Children are not Commodities: Making a Stand Together to End Child Trafficking
STATEMENT * KUALA LUMPUR, 25 September 2014 - Child trafficking is a crime that affects girls and boys all over the world. Any form of recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of children, women and men, for the purpose of exploitation

UNICEF launches ‘app store for good’
NEW YORK, 22 September 2014 – UNICEF today launched RapidPro – an open-source platform of applications that can help governments deliver rapid and vital real-time information and connect communities to lifesaving services.

UNICEF - Utilising media and digital platforms innovatively to provide children with access to quality education.
SPEECH* KUALA LUMPUR , 10 September 2014 - For UNICEF, an innovation in education focuses on improving learning and access, to quality education for the hardest to reach children. Innovation includes, but is not limited to, the creative use of technology,

UNICEF provides emergency support to get Gaza’s children back in school
GENEVA/AMMAN/GAZA, 9 September 2014 - UNICEF is playing a key role in urgent preparations underway in Gaza ahead of the start of a new academic year on Sunday (September 14th).

Media and Children’s Rights in the Digital Age
SPEECH* KUALA LUMPUR, 8 September 2014 - The Convention has always ensured a child’s right to information…and to participation…not the symbolic, empty gesture kind, but authentic participation. The kind that empowers and engages children.

Connecting through ICT – Empowering girls through education
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 September 2014 – In conjunction with International Literacy Day, UNICEF today hosted an inspiring session about education for girls using information & communication technology (ICT) and digital platforms.

New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 4 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence.

Picture My Rights invites photo entries from teens
PETALING JAYA, 4 September 2014 – UNICEF, BRATs (The Star), the Centre for Asian Photographers (CAP) and The School Jaya One, today launched “Picture My Rights”, a nationwide photography contest for teenagers to mark the 25th anniversary of the CRC.

The Malaysian Partnership on Children with Disabilities
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 September 2014 - Some 60 individuals including youth and adults with disabilities, government, NGO and corporate representatives - have come together in partnership for a common goal - a Malaysia that includes children with disabilities.

UNICEF deploys its largest emergency supply operation ever in a single month
COPENHAGEN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 26 August 2014 – This August UNICEF shipped 1,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies for children caught in the world’s most urgent crises -- the largest emergency supply operation in the organization’s history

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the life of Goodwill Ambassador Lord Richard Attenborough
STATEMENT * NEW YORK, 25 August 2014 -- "With the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, the world has lost not only a great voice, but a great soul. Lord Attenborough touched the lives of millions of people through his remarkable films,

Protect those who work to protect children and families: UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
STATEMENT* NEW YORK, 19 August 2014 – “The nature of humanitarian work is often dangerous. Aid workers endure harsh conditions and risk harm to save lives, rebuild communities, and bear witness in conflicts, catastrophes, and crises.

UNICEF scaling up support and protection to children in Gaza amid fragile cease-fire
GAZA, 16 August 2014 – A pause in fighting has helped UNICEF bring life-saving assistance to children in Gaza, but a sustained peace is needed to reach hundreds of thousands more children who desperately need support to rebuild their lives.

Reality of Gaza destruction haunts families and children amid ceasefire
JERUSALEM, 8 August 2014 – As the three-day ceasefire in Gaza draws to a close, families are struggling to cope with the aftermath of 28 days of violence and destruction that has left an estimated 65,000 people homeless.

World Breastfeeding Week 2014
NEW YORK, 1 August 2014 - "Giving all children the best start in life begins with breastfeeding – one of the simplest, smartest, and most cost-effective ways we have of supporting healthier children, stronger families, and sustainable growth.

UNICEF on Gaza, Israel: “Outrage has become commonplace”
NEW YORK, 30 July 2014 - Statement by UNICEF Executive Director: “Another school in Gaza has come under fire, killing more children in a conflict where such an outrage has become commonplace." Read more.

UNICEF on Gaza: Using or attacking school premises is unacceptable
AMMAN, 25 July 2014 - Statement about attack on an UNRWA school in Gaza by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

More than 80 children killed in Gaza conflict
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 July 2014 – As the conflict in Gaza continues, children and families continue to suffer the brunt of the siege.

UNICEF Commemorates 60 Years of Partnership in Malaysia
SPEECH: KUALALUMPUR, 25 June 2014 - How can we properly capture 60 years of commitment and partnership on behalf of Malaysia’s children? As we take this moment to acknowledge some important milestones achieved over six decades in Malaysia

60 Years of Service for Children in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 25 June 2014 – UNICEF Malaysia and its partners marked 6 decades of service for children in Malaysia today at a reception to commemorate the UN agency’s 60th anniversary in the country.

Engaging Youth as Agents of Change
SPEECH: MELAKA, 21 June 2014 - It is my pleasure to be here with all of you today. But I hope you don’t mind if I admit that I’m distressed by the topic we have to discuss. It is an important one – of that, there is no doubt. In fact,

UNICEF airlifts humanitarian supplies for displaced, conflict-affected children in Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq, 18 June 2014 – A cargo plane carrying emergency supplies for children affected by the conflict in Iraq arrived in Erbil on Tuesday.

Creating inclusive societies for children with disabilities
SPEECH: PERAK, 4 June 2014 - It is an honour to be here at the 5th National Early Childhood Intervention Conference. The theme for this year’s conference, ‘Passion 'has 'no' parameters’, is especially compelling.

Every Child Matters: Making a Commitment for Children with Special Needs
IPOH, 4 June 2014 – The National Early Childhood Intervention Council (NECIC) and UNICEF Malaysia today called for a concerted collaborative commitment to create inclusive spaces for children with disabilities, especially in education.

Media Advisory: 5th National Early Childhood Intervention Conference
MEDIA ADVISORY - KUALA LUMPUR, 2 June 2014 – UNICEF Malaysia and the National Early Childhood Intervention Council invite your media agency to attend and cover the Launch and Press Conference for the 5th National Early Childhood Intervention Conference.

Protecting girls from sexual violence: A call for collective responsibility and action
MEDIA STATEMENT - KUALA LUMPUR, 2 June 2014 - UNICEF Malaysia is deeply disturbed and saddened by the gang rape of one, possibly, two teenage girls in Kelantan recently.

Fans have a chance to be in Star Wars: Episode VII
LOS ANGELES, 21 May, 2014 — Today in a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announced the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change to raise funds and awareness for UNICEF Innovation Labs. Be a part of it!

Almost 3 million newborns could be saved each year – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 May 2014 – A ground-breaking series of papers released by The Lancet at UNICEF Headquarters today shows that the majority of the almost 3 million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved.

UNICEF calls on football fans to take the protection of children into their own hands
BRASILIA/KUALA LUMPUR, 18 May 2014 – UNICEF Brazil has launched an app -- Proteja Brasil, (Protect Brazil) - that allows users, with a few taps on their smartphones or tablets, to report cases of abuse, violence or exploitation of children.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets with Syrian children
NEW YORK/AMMAN, Jordan, 12 April 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom wrapped up a visit this week to Jordan where he met with children from Syria and their families whose lives have been devastated by the conflict - now in its fourth year.

UNICEF welcomes new Kuwait donation for children of Syria
NEW YORK, 7 April 2014 – Millions of Syrian children will benefit from a generous US$ 34.5 million donation by the government of Kuwait, UNICEF said today.

Statement by UNICEF Syria on Reported Deaths of Children in Recent Violence
DAMASCUS, 4 April 2014 - The reported killing of 11 children in two separate attacks this week in Rural Damascus and in Al Qalamoun Mountains in Syria is a horrific and tragic reminder of the human cost of the conflict inflicted by all sides

World’s poorest have least access to safe water: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 21 March 2014 – Almost four years after the world met the global target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe drinking water, and after the UN General Assembly declared that water was a human right,

Three years of Syria conflict have devastated lives of millions of children
BEIRUT, 15 March 2014 – As the crisis in Syria reaches the end of another year of brutal violence today, five of the world’s leading aid organizations say that the three-year old conflict has devastated the lives of millions of children and young people

UNICEF: Justice still out of reach for millions of children
GENEVA, 13 March 2014 — Millions of children across the globe have their rights violated, but only a few are able to seek recourse to improve their situation in a timely, fair and effective way, UNICEF said today.

European parliamentarians mark third year of Syrian conflict and mobilize for children of Syria
STRASBOURG, France, 12 March 2014 - Leading Members of the European Parliament today joined ‘No Lost Generation’, the global initiative launched by UNICEF and other organisations to mark the third year of the Syrian conflict,

Number of children suffering more than doubles in third year of Syria conflict
AMMAN/GENEVA,11 March 2014 – As the conflict in Syria approaches another sombre milestone, more than twice as many children are now affected compared to 12 months ago, says a new report by UNICEF published today.

UNICEF statement on anti-homosexuality laws
STATEMENT * Today 78 countries around the world have laws that subject their citizens to severe criminal penalties for homosexuality. Such laws not only undermine human rights

Launch of Reports on Child Protection and Juvenile Justice System in Malaysia
SPEECH * PUTRAJAYA, Well, for one, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The timing is also important since Malaysia is currently, actively, involved in drafting its 11th Malaysia Plan

The Launch of “Child Protection System in Malaysia”
PUTRAJAYA, 5 March 2014 – The Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (MWFCD) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today launched two reports, comprising comprehensive assessments of the child protection and juvenile justice systems

Public urged to voice their outrage and demand action to prevent a lost generation in Syria
NEW YORK, 24 February 2014 – UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision today issued an impassioned appeal to the general public, urging it to voice its outrage at the devastating impact on children

UNICEF calls for US$2.2 billion to help 59 million children in emergencies
GENEVA, 21 February 2014 – UNICEF appealed today for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham applauds public’s response to Typhoon Haiyan
MANILA, Philippines, 14 February 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has made an emotional journey to the Philippines to meet children saved from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan almost 100 days after the super storm landed.

100 Days Since Haiyan:On the road to recovery for Haiyan-affected children
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 February 2014 – One hundred days after a massive typhoon devastated the central Philippines, the long trek back to normalcy for children hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan continues.

UNICEF expresses ‘deep concern’ on violence against children in the far south
BANGKOK, 5 February 2014– The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today said it was deeply concerned about the continuing violence against children in Thailand’s restive southernmost provinces,

Candidates sit for primary school graduation exams while sheltering at UN compounds in Juba
JUBA, 14 January 2014. – Hundreds of students in the capital of South Sudan are this week sitting their primary school graduation exam at the United Nations compounds where they have been living since violence erupted in the city almost a month ago.

New child rights legal instrument strengthens the right of children to be heard
NEW YORK, 14 January 2014 – UNICEF joined children’s rights advocates around the world today in applauding the news that children will soon be able to file complaints with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,

Secretary-General supports Children of Syria as No Lost Generation initiative launched
NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon today added his support to a campaign led by UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children and UNICEF that calls for Champions for the Children of Syria

Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children
NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 — UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the "No Lost Generation" strategy,

 

 
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