Press releases and news notes
UNICEF sends aid to Aceh flood victims
BANDA ACEH, 27 DECEMBER 2006 – Emergency UNICEF supplies are on their way to help tens of thousands of people affected by severe flooding in parts of Aceh.
Voices of Youth and the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting launches Media Magic Digest
NEW YORK, 27 December 2006 – UNICEF’s Voices of Youth (http://www.unicef.org/voy/) and the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting launched today a new online...
Netherlands gives UNICEF largest single donation ever
GENEVA/THE HAGUE, 22 December 2006 - Millions of children in the developing world have a new ray of hope as the Dutch government today announced it has pledged $201 million to UNICEF to radically expand the...
Roger Federer praises progress in tsunami-affected district of India
CUDDALORE/INDIA , 22 December 2006 - On his first official field trip as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, ATP World number one Roger Federer today met with tsunami-affected children...
UNICEF condemns kidnappings of children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 21 December 2006 –UNICEF is alarmed by the increasing number of child kidnappings registered in the past few days in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince.
Tsunami report highlights progress
NEW YORK, 20 December 2006 – UNICEF today announced the release of its 24-month report on the tsunami.
More UNICEF standard-setting schools open in Indonesia's Aceh
SRI LANKA, 18 December 2006 — Five more permanent schools funded by UNICEF have been completed in Indonesia's Aceh. All five of the new schools are located along...
MENA Masters on Child Rights reaches a successful conclusion
AMMAN, 19 December 2006 – A contingent of seventeen students from different backgrounds last week completed the third and final session of a UNICEF-supported Executive Masters Degree in Child Rights in the region...
Roger Federer to visit UNICEF’s tsunami recovery programmes
18 December 2006 - Media Advisory
UAE commits $9 million to help former camel jockeys
NEW YORK, 18 December 2006 – UNICEF today welcomed the allocation of $9 million by the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to assist former camel jockeys who have returned home to their communities.
UN launches Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards
NEW YORK, 18 December 2006 – The United Nations today launched the Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS), a set of policy and...
Spain donates 1 million Euros to UNICEF Angola
LUANDA, 18 December 2006 – The Spanish Government has made a timely donation to UNICEF Angola – to support scaling up effective interventions, crucial for maternal, newborn and child survival.
Measles immunization campaign targets over 620,000 young people in Tashkent
TASHKENT, 15 December 2006 - More than 620,000 young people in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, are to be vaccinated against measles and rubella in a mass immunization campaign that starts today and runs until 25 December.
UNICEF Launches voices of youth in Arabic
AMMAN, 15 December 2006 – In the context of activities celebrating this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB), the UNICEF Regional Office
UNICEF Executive Director participates in White House Summit on Malaria
Washington D.C, 14 December 2006 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, WHO Director-General Elect, Margaret Chan, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and other partners will participate in the White House Summit on Malaria hosted by President and Mrs. Bush today in Washington D.C.
UNICEF Regional Director ‘deeply disturbed’ by impact of Darfur crisis upon children
KHARTOUM, 14 December 2006 - UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Omar Abdi ended a week-long visit to Sudan today saying that he was ‘deeply disturbed’ by the impact of the ongoing conflict in Darfur upon children and women, with the worsening situation affecting both the population and the work of humanitarian agencies.
UNICEF Statement on the Situation in Darfur, December 2006
13 December 2006 - Statement
Childhood Poverty in Mozambique: A Situation and Trends Analysis
MAPUTO, 14 December 2006 – Despite impressive economic progress in Mozambique over the past decade, almost half of Mozambican children still suffer from two or more severe deprivations in terms of health, education, nutrition, shelter or other critical areas for their survival and development finds the new United Nations report Childhood Poverty in Mozambique: A Situation and Trends Analysis launched in Maputo today.
A new website for UNICEF in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 12 December 2006 - A new website for UNICEF in Tajikistan was launched today giving outsiders an insider’s view of the lives of children in this mountainous Central Asian country.
Empower Women to Help Children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 11 December 2006 – Eliminating gender discrimination and empowering women will have a profound and positive impact on the survival and well-being of children, according to a new UNICEF report issued on UNICEF’s 60th anniversary.
Youth producers from Zambia and Mexico win UNICEF/OneWorld radio prize
NEW YORK, 11 December 2006 – Youth radio producers from Zambia and Mexico have won the 2006 UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize, presented by UNICEF and OneWorld Radio.
Women’s rights essential to Iraq’s recovery
AMMAN, 11 December 2006 - Iraqi women need urgent action to protect and promote their rights, UNICEF’s Iraq Office said today. The call follows the launch of a global UNICEF report saying that equal rights for women is the key to stronger societies.
Promoting Women’s Autonomy in Latin America and the Caribbean to Fulfil the Rights of Children
PANAMA, 11 December, 2006 – Eliminating gender discrimination to promote women’s autonomy and their participation in decision-making throughout Latin America and the Caribbean will have profound and positive consequences for the survival and well-being of children, as stated in a newly-published report from UNICEF in the year of the 60th anniversary of the organization.
President of Serbia, National Goodwill Ambassador and others join UNICEF celebrations in Serbia
BELGRADE, 12 December 2006 - A 12-day-long programme in Serbia marking UNICEF’s 60th anniversary with the theme “Remembering the Past and Looking towards the Future”...
Indonesia to ratify mine ban treaty
JAKARTA, 8 December 2006 - Indonesia moved a step closer this week to ratifying the International Mine Ban Treaty.
UNICEF celebrates 60 years for children
NEW YORK, 8 December 2006 - Six decades after its inception as a temporary relief agency, UNICEF is marking its 60th anniversary today, celebrating its many achievements on behalf of children all over the world.
Profile of artists producing 60th anniversary installation
NEW YORK, 8 December 2006 - As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, UNICEF launched “Mosaic UNICEF,” a multi-media digital display created by world-renowned artists Miguel Chevalier and Emmanuel Mâa Berriet.
United Nations General Assembly Honours UNICEF at 60
7 December 2006 - Media Advisory
Visiting his 100th country, UNICEF UK Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies, Martin Bell travels to Afghanistan
LONDON, 6 December 2006 - Former BBC War Correspondent and UNICEF UK Ambassador for Humanitarian Emergencies, Martin Bell, returned from Afghanistan recently following his first visit to the country.
UNICEF Executive Director honours the father of the ‘Green Revolution’
NEW YORK, 4 December 2006 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman presented the annual Quality of Life Award to Norman Ernest Borlaug, father of the ‘Green Revolution’, in New York today.
Swedish government invest $6million to improve lives of orphans in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 4 December 2006 – The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has given $6million to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Zimbabwe in a bid to improve the plight of orphans and vulnerable children across the country, as UNICEF announced the country now has the highest percentage of children who are orphans in the world.
UNICEF Flagship Publication: Empower Women to Help Children
4 December 2006 - Media Advisory
UNICEF mourns loss of staff member in Kenya
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 4 December 2006 – UNICEF expressed deep sorrow at the death of staff member Patrick Macharia on December 3rd in Kenya.
Angolan Youth Music Festival on HIV/AIDS: a new drive towards prevention
LUANDA, 1 December 2006 – About 4,500 adolescent students and young people will gather on the third of December in Luanda during the Youth Music Festival on HIV/AIDS.
5.5 million under five Angolan children will be immunized against polio
LUANDA, 30 November 2006 – Angola will conduct from 2 to 4 December 2006 one more decisive round of its National Immunization Days (NIDs) towards polio eradication, expecting to immunize 5.5 million under five years children in all the 18 provinces.
UNICEF expresses concern about escalating violence in North Eastern Uganda
KAMPALA, 29 November 2006 – UNICEF in Uganda, in view of the continued violence linked to the ongoing process of disarmament in areas of northern Kotido District, expresses its serious concern about the impact of escalating insecurity on the lives of children and families in those locations.
Fight against Malaria - A priority in Guinea-Bissau
BISSAU, 27 November 2006 -The first nationwide campaign of Impregnated Mosquito Net distribution and net impregnation is being conducted free of charge by the Government of Guinea-Bissau with the support of its main partners, including UNICEF.
22 African countries pledge action now to end violence against women and children
JOHANNESBURG, 27 November 2006 – Twenty two African countries today recommitted themselves to ending violence against women and children on the closing day of a colloquium marking the annual observance of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, in Benoni, South Africa.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo returns from northern Uganda
27 November 2006 - Media Advisory
Regional Directors of three United Nations agencies sign the “Lima Act”
LIMA, 23 November 2006 - In the presence of the regional directors of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and UNICEF and President Alan García Pérez, the “Lima Act” was signed in Peru’s Government Palace.
UNICEF Regional Director presents United Nations study on Violence Against Children
LIMA, 22 November 2006 - This afternoon, the Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Development Virginia Borra, together with UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) presented the Secretary General of the United Nations “Study on Violence Against Children”.
Romanian children paint their way into the Guinness Book of Records for UNICEF 60th
BUCHAREST, 18 November 2006 - On Saturday, November 18 2006, UNICEF Romania and the students of Nicolae Tonitza Art School made their way into the Guinness Book of Records with “the longest painting made by children on canvas”.
Teleradio Moldova wins 2006 ICDB Award
NEW YORK, 21 November 2006 - Teleradio Moldova has won the 2006 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award, presented by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
European Aquatics and UNICEF agree to work together on safe drinking water and sanitation for all children
HELSINKI, 21 November 2006 - The Ligue Européene de Natation (LEN) and UNICEF have agreed to develop a partnership to raise awareness on the importance of clean water for every child.
Armenia beats iodine deficiency
YEREVAN, 17 November 2006 – A coalition of four organizations working together to address iodine deficiency disorders throughout the world, has recognized the elimination of iodine deficiency in Armenia through universal salt iodization.
UNICEF appoints South African artist Zola as Regional Goodwill Ambassador
ADDIS ABABA, 17 Nov 2006 - UNICEF today announced the appointment of prominent South African singer and actor Zola as a Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Thousands of children and adolescents die because of violence every year in latin america and the caribbean
PANAMA CITY, 16 November 2006 – In Latin America and the Caribbean, violence transcends cultural borders, class differences, education, ethnic origin or age, and threatens or even kills thousands of children and adolescents.
IKEA, Save the Children and UNICEF joint campaign: ‘A smile is worth so much’
IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children will join forces for children worldwide again this year, following a successful 2005 effort that raised over €2 million euro for life-saving programs through its “€1 is a fortune. . . A child’s smile is worth so much” campaign.
Armenia ratifies the Hague Convention on inter-country adoption
YEREVAN, 14 November 2006 – President of Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, today signed the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption.
Despite difficulties, polio immunization drive underway in Iraq
GENEVA, NEW YORK, AMMAN, 14 November 2006 - A national polio immunization drive to protect 4.8 million Iraqi children was launched by the Iraqi Ministry of Health. The campaign was delayed for a week because of security concerns across parts of the country.
UNICEF: Early childhood care key to gender equality
CAIRO, 13 November 2006 – UNICEF today called on governments and others committed to universal education and gender equality to remember that the earliest years are the most critical for children’s development.
Government of Japan provides US$1.604 million to Liberia’s children
MONROVIA/LIBERIA, 13 November 2006 - The Government of Japan has contributed US$1.604 million to UNICEF to support life-saving child immunization coverage.
Girl rights role model Marta launched to promote gender equality in Timor-Leste
DILI/TIMOR-LESTE, 10 November 2006 – The Office for Promotion of Equality (OPE), which comes under the Office of the Prime Minister, with UNICEF, officially launched the Marta Communication Initiative on 10 November 2006.
Ombudsman’s office establishes new Ombudsman for children
LIMA, 6 November 2006 - The government of Peru today announced the creation of the Children’s Ombudsman to oversee the defense and promotion of the rights of children and adolescents in the country.
Grandmother source of inspiration, says young prizewinning photographer
NEW YORK, 10 November 2006 - A young Kenyan has won a global UNICEF photo and essay competition, the children’s agency announced today.
UNICEF and LBCI launch first television series produced by youth in Lebanon
BEIRUT, 9 November 2006 – This week, UNICEF and the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) launch a television series that is the first of its kind in the Middle East region.
Belinda Stronach and Rick Mercer launch anti-malarial bednet campaign:“Spread the Net” with UNICEF Canada
MONTREAL, 9 November 2006 – “1 Net. 10 Bucks. Save Lives. Spreadthenet.org.” It’s a mantra that Belinda Stronach and satirist Rick Mercer want everyone to understand, repeat and do something about over the next two years.
Shakira, UNICEF launch Campaign for Peace in El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, 6 November 2006 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira Mebarak joined the “Make the Difference by Not Being Indifferent" campaign, in support of the fight against violence in El Salvador.
Japan's Kansai Telecasting Corporation wins 2006 ABU CASBAA UNICEF Child Rights Award
BEIJING, November 7, 2006 - Kansai Telecasting Corporation of Japan was named today the winner of the ABU CASBAA UNICEF Child Rights Award 2006 for its documentary entitled "Conquering the Darkness - The Fight Against Memories of Abuse."
Serena Williams joins the fight against malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, 6 November 2006 – On her first trip to Africa, tennis great Serena Williams called on all children and pregnant women in Ghana to protect themselves from the killer disease malaria by consistently sleeping under bed nets.
Sudan polio immunization campaign to protect nearly eight million children, despite ongoing security concerns
KHARTOUM/JUBA, 2 November 2006 - An estimated 7.8 million children across Sudan will be targeted in the next round of polio immunization, which starts on Sunday.
UNICEF Guatemala awarded the Ibero American “Caracol de Plata” for its BECATON Campaign
MEXICO CITY, 2 November 2006 - UNICEF Guatemala, along with Guatemalan TV broadcasting channels three & seven, the Ministry of Education and the advertising agency Publicentro Lowe & Partners, received the maximum “Caracol de Plata” award, in the category of social campaigns.
Ghana’s bid to save 20,000 young lives
ACCRA, 1 November 2006 – In an unprecedented attempt to save the lives of 20,000 infants and children in the coming year, Ghana today began nationwide distribution of 2.1 million long-lasting bed nets as part of a massive integrated child health campaign.
Lebanon launches nation-wide vaccination campaign to protect children against polio
BEIRUT/LEBANON, October 30 2006 – This week, more than 320,000 young children throughout Lebanon will receive the first round of polio vaccinations in a two-phase national immunization campaign.
UNICEF launches online Swahili game for HIV prevention
NAIROBI, 30 October 2006 – UNICEF launched its first interactive feature in Swahili today, an online game that empowers young people to make good life choices about and prevent HIV.
Major progress report on education to be launched at UNICEF House
25 October 2006 - Media Advisory
Pediatric treatment against AIDS launched in Guinea-Bissau
BISSAU, 25 October 2006 - One year after the Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS Campaign, Guinea-Bissau, today launched a pediatric treatment effort against AIDS to ensure that the needs of infected and affected children are met.
International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award nominees announced
NEW YORK, 23 October 2006 – UNICEF today congratulated the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award, co-presented yearly by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
UNICEF Executive Director accepts Prince of Asturias Award for Concord
OVIEDO/SPAIN, 20 October 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman accepted today the prestigious 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord on behalf of UNICEF.
Massive aid effort contains growth of malnutrition in Darfur
KHARTOUM, 19 October 2006 – Despite the deteriorating security situation in Darfur, a new United Nations assessment has found that overall malnutrition levels have mostly stabilized in 2006 and food insecurity has improved slightly thanks to a stronger international response to the suffering in Sudan’s war-torn west.
Zimbabwe’s ground-breaking plan for girls and orphans and vulnerable children’s education
HARARE, 18 October 2006 – The United Nations in collaboration with Government and civil society will launch the ground-breaking National Girls Education Strategic Plan to increase Zimbabwe’s likelihood of achieving universal primary education and ensuring girls stay in school.
Zimbabwe launches ground-breaking national girls education strategic plan
HARARE, 18 October 2006 – The United Nations in collaboration with the government and civil society launched a ground-breaking National Girls Education Strategic Plan to increase Zimbabwe’s likelihood of achieving universal primary education and ensuring girls stay in school.
Disparities affecting children cloud economic good news story
HELSINKI/FLORENCE,18 October 2006 - Despite widespread economic upturn in South-Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (SEE/CIS)since the late ‘90s, one in four children under 15 is still living in extreme income poverty according to a UNICEF report released today.
UNICEF, World YWCA join forces
New York, 12 October 2006 – UNICEF and World YWCA announced today the establishment of a new partnership to promote gender equality, youth leadership and the meaningful involvement of young women and girls in creating a more gender sensitive society.
HIV-infected children in South Kazakhstan to be the focus of comprehensive package
ASTANA, 16 October 2006 - As a government investigation into health services in southern Kazakhstan continues, widespread concern at the sudden spread of HIV infection in children is being countered by swift action including access to treatment for the children and counselling for the affected families.
Lebanon takes a vital step in post-conflict recovery as students return to school
ANSARIEH/GENEVA, 17 October 2006 – Lebanon’s children are returning to public school one month late following a conflict that destroyed schools and disrupted the education, and lives of hundreds of thousands of students.
UNICEF marks World Food Day with a focus on undernourished children
NEW YORK, 16 October 2006 – Undernutrition remains a major killer of children under five years of age, contributing to approximately 50 per cent of the more than 10 million child deaths every year, said UNICEF on World Food Day.
National Back-to-School campaign launch
13 October 2006 - Media advisory
Thailand launches national Avian Influenza awareness, prevention campaign in schools
BANGKOK, 10 October 2006 - A nationwide school-based campaign aimed at helping Thai children and their families protect themselves from the threat of Avian Influenza was launched Tuesday by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
Study on Violence Against Children
9 October 2006 - Media Advisory
UN Condemns Massive Upsurge in Rape in Darfur
NEW YORK, 9 October 2006 - Violence against women and children by warring groups in Darfur is reaching alarming levels.
160 children document their surroundings after their villages were destroyed one year ago
NEW YORK, 5 October 2006 – UNICEF today launched an exhibition of children’s photos in New York to mark the one year anniversary of the earthquake which killed over 70,000 people in Pakistan.
An exhibition of photographs by earthquake affected children in Pakistan
5 October 2006 - Media Advisory
Registration period for 2006 Prince of Asturias award now open
2 October 2006 - Media Advisory
Children pay the price for lack of safe water and sanitation
NEW YORK, 28 September 2006 – More than 1.2 billion people have gained access to safe water since 1990, according to Progress for Children: A Report Card on Water and Sanitation, launched today by UNICEF.
Ethiopia can beat its biggest killer with historic push - UNICEF
ADDIS ABABA, 28 September 2006 - For the first time in history, Ethiopia has a chance of beating its biggest killer - malaria, UNICEF Ethiopia country representative, Bjorn Ljungqvist, said today.
UNICEF praises donation from Spanish Government
MADRID, 27 September 2006 – UNICEF thanked the Government of Spain for the generous donation of €21 million Euro toward the agency’s work on behalf of children that was announced today.
School kits operation has started in Djibouti for the third consecutive edition
DJIBOUTI, 21 September 2006 – UNICEF, USAID and the Ministry of Education jointly launched the third consecutive school kits distribution in Djibouti City.
UNICEF calls for children to be at centre of regional action on hygiene
Islamabad, 20 September 2006 - Children should be placed first in the debate on improving hygiene standards in South Asia, UNICEF told a top level meeting of policy makers today.
WIPA dedicates involvement in CWC 2007 to promoting awareness of HIV and AIDS
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, 20 September, 2006 – “The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) will dedicate it’s involvement in World Cup Cricket 2007 to the issue of HIV/AIDS.
UAE and country delegations review reintegration process of children involved in camel racing
ABU DHABI, 19 September 2006 – The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Interior and UNICEF today jointly stated that in the past twelve months they have helped over one thousand former camel jockeys return to normal childhood.
Tracking Progress on Child Survival
NEW YORK, 18 September 2006 - Political leaders and health experts gather in New York today to discuss how to prevent the deaths of millions of children before their fifth birthday.
UNICEF opens standard-setting schools in Indonesia’s Aceh
BANDA ACEH, 18 September 2006 - The first of 367 permanent schools for Aceh and Nias were officially opened on Monday with support from UNICEF.
Nepal a world leader in boosting child survival, despite conflict: UNICEF
KATHMANDU, 18 September 2006 - Nepal is one of only seven countries in the world on track to cut child mortality by two thirds between 1990 and 2015.
Statement of Tom Koenigs, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Afghanistan on today’s suicide attack in Kandahar province
Kabul, 18 September 2006 - Today’s suicide attack in Zherai district, Kandahar province can only be described as an atrocity against the people of Afghanistan.
Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the worsening situation in Darfur
NEW YORK, 15 September 2006 - "Children continue to be victims of the needless killing that continues in Darfur. It is estimated that more than 400,000 people have lost their lives in the continuing conflict.
Prince of Asturias award given to UNICEF
NEW YORK, 13 September 2006 - UNICEF expressed appreciation today to Spain’s Prince of Asturias Foundation for giving the children’s agency the prestigious 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord.
Training of health professionals in neonatal life support
COLOMBO, 12 September 2006 – A four day Neonatal Life Support Training Programme for core health professionals at national level, is currently being conducted at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo from the 12th-15th September.
A step forward for the health of Sri Lanka’s children, thanks to US$2.3 million from the Japan Committee for UNICEF
COLOMBO, 12 September 2006 – The Japan Committee for UNICEF has contributed US$2.3 million to help boost children’s nutrition, as well as improve water and sanitation for families and thousands of school children in Sri Lanka.
Information on Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s ‘Feder-Bear’
NEW YORK, 11 September 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s third consecutive US Open win yesterday was celebrated with the announcement that the ‘Feder-bear’ Beanie Baby® will be available for purchase this holiday season.
Putting young people to the fore of the AIDS response
BEIJING, 10 September, 2006 - China’s Vice-Minister of Health Huang Jiefu officially launched the Campaign on Children and AIDS on behalf of the State Council AIDS Working Committee Office (SCAWCO). Vice-Minister Huang pledged the Government’s enhanced commitment to putting a broad alliance of children and young people to the fore of the national AIDS response.
Orange, France Telecom and UNICEF unite for girls education in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 7 September 2006 - Orange Madagascar, France Telecom and UNICEF Madagascar signed a US$ 20,000, two-year partnership this morning to promote the education of girls in Madagascar.
Futbol Club Barcelona, UNICEF team up for children in global partnership
NEW YORK, 7 September 2006 – Futbol Club Barcelona and UNICEF today kicked off a global partnership to benefit children in the developing world. The first beneficiaries will be vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS in Swaziland. During the announcement ceremony, the legendary sporting club unveiled its 2006-2007 jersey featuring the UNICEF logo on the front, the first time in the club’s 107 year history that a logo has been featured.
More than 500,000 Liberian children targeted in vitamin A and deworming campaign
MONROVIA/LIBERIA, 4 September 2006 – The Government of Liberia and UNICEF have launched a five-day campaign to administer Vitamin A supplementation and deworming tablets to more than 500,000 children under the age of five.
UNICEF, Futbol Club Barcelona, Fundació Futbol Club Barcelona in global alliance
UNICEF, FCB and Fundació Futbol Club Barcelona (FFCB) will join forces to work together on behalf of orphans and vulnerable children, in particular those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Back-to-school campaign in Timor-Leste ready for roll out
DILI, 1 September 2006 – Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Education and Culture and UNICEF will launch a nationwide ‘Back to School’ campaign on Monday 4 September to encourage over 200,000 children to resume formal education at the start of a new school year.
Anniversary of Beslan
MOSCOW, 1 September 2006 -On the second anniversary of the Beslan tragedy, commemorative events are taking place in Beslan and across North Ossetia. Yesterday, UNICEF held an event entitled ‘Thank You to All Who Helped Beslan to Live through Grief’. The aim was to give children and families affected by the crisis the chance to express their gratitude to those who have helped them over the last two years.
UNICEF Regional Director outlines priorities as south Lebanon moves into recovery phase
TAIBEH, 31 August 2006 – Restoring water and health services - and dealing with the menace of unexploded ordnance - will be UNICEF’s priorities as humanitarian efforts gather pace in south Lebanon, according to UNICEF Regional Director, Omar Abdi.
The State recognizes its children as subjects with rights
BOGOTA, August 31 2006 - The 215 articles approved by the Senate of the Republic on 29 August mark the beginning of a new phase for Colombia’s 18 million children and adolescents. With them, the country has updated its legislation on children, adjusting it to the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Private Sector comes forward to support girls’ education
YEMEN, 30 August 2006 - Yemen’s national efforts for acceleration of girls education and reduction of the gender gap are getting a major boost with the launch of Business Partnership for Girls Education here on Saturday that marks the beginning of a novel tripartite coalition between government, private sector and UNICEF.
Actress Mahtab Keramati appointed UNICEF National Ambassador
TEHRAN, 27 August 2006 – Iranian actress and clothes designer Mahtab Keramati has been appointed as a UNICEF National Ambassador in Iran.
Elimination of Iodine deficiency disorders
HANOI, 24 August 2006 – Viet Nam has achieved the international goal on elimination of iodine deficiency by 2005– the Ministry of Health announced today at the Ten Years Review Symposium of the National Programme on Iodine Deficiency Disorders Control in Hanoi.
African countries partner with Indian scientist to reduce newborn infant deaths
NAIROBI, 21 August 2006 - In an initiative that could herald a reversal in the disproportionately high number of new born babies dying within the first month of birth, seven African countries have partnered with Indian scientist Dr. Abhay Bang to learn about and adopt his home-based approach to caring and treating newborn babies.
Zahira Primary (Hambantota) Builds Back Better
COLOMBO, 30 August 2006 - More than 500 children, teachers and parents of Zahira Primary School, in Hambantota district, will today be the proud recipients of new primary school buildings.
Prevention efforts too little, too late; prosecution of traffickers not sole solution
LONDON, 30 August 2006 - Piecemeal prevention efforts in South Eastern Europe (SEE) are failing to protect children from falling prey to traffickers and have relied too much on general awareness-raising, says a report released today by UNICEF and Terre des Hommes which also urges a shift of focus away from prosecution.
Number-one tennis star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer in public service announcement on children and AIDS
Media Advisory - Tennis star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer in public service announcement on children and AIDS.
Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Uganda
NEW YORK/GENEVA/NAIROBI/KAMPALA, 29 August 2006 – UNICEF welcomes the agreement between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to cease hostilities, which is aimed at ending 20 years of armed conflict.
Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace endorses declaration on violence against children
KYOTO/JAPAN, 28 August, 2006 – Delegates of the Religions for Peace Eighth World Assembly today endorsed the Declaration on Violence against Children, which commits religious and faith communities to confront violence against children and protect children in their communities.
UNICEF calls on religious leaders to work together for peace and development
KYOTO, 26 August 2006 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today called for greater cooperation among religions to protect children from the threats of poverty, disease and violence.
Vietnamese and Chinese children share views and concerns on cross border trafficking
HANOI, 28 August 2006 – More than one hundred Vietnamese and Chinese children gathered today at a first-ever Children’s Forum on cross border trafficking between Viet Nam and China.
First newspage by and for children launched in Iran
TEHRAN, 24 August 2006 – The first edition of a children’s newspaper, written by and for children in Iran, hits the news stands today after a group of youngsters from Tehran attended a journalism workshop – supported by UNICEF - in the offices of a local weekly newspaper.
UNICEF thanks Bahrain for Lebanon donation
BEIRUT, 24 August 2006 – UNICEF said today that it had received an unprecedented donation from the Kingdom of Bahrain for its relief operation in Lebanon.
UNICEF backs government efforts to ensure Lebanese children return to school on time
BEIRUT, 23 August 2006 - International donors have been urged to support the Lebanese government’s efforts to ensure that the destruction and upheaval caused by the recent conflict does not prevent children returning to class for the new academic year.
Japanese support for polio eradication and malaria prevention in Nigeria
ABUJA, 23 August 2005 - The Government of Japan donated US $4.2 million (JPY 495 million) to UNICEF today to support polio immunization and malaria prevention in Nigeria. The country accounts for nearly 70 per cent of the world’s polio cases and 400,000 Nigerian children die each year as a result of malaria, the leading killer of children in Afica. Around 20 per cent of children die before their fifth birthday.
European Union quenches water and sanitation problems for Zimbabwe’s rural poor
HARARE, 23 August 2006 – The European Union has donated 3.7mEuro (approx US$4.7million) to a UNICEF project that will reach 500,000 Zimbabweans with improved sanitation, hygiene and water facilities. The project focuses on those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
UNICEF identifies clean water as the number one challenge facing relief efforts in south Lebanon
GENEVA/BEIRUT/TYRE, 22 August 2006 – Preliminary assessments have revealed major destruction done to water and sanitation systems by the month-long conflict in south Lebanon.
Government of Japan makes renewed investment in child health in the north of Sudan
KHARTOUM, 21 August 2006 - The Government of Japan is contributing a further $US 4.5 million (¥ 517 million) to support child and maternal health programmes in northern Sudan, including the Darfur region, through a partnership with the Sudanese Government of National Unity and UNICEF.
Donation of $30,000 from the Iranian Football Federation kick starts UNICEF Iran’s ‘Children of Lebanon Appeal’
TEHRAN, 23 August 2006 – The Iranian Football Federation has donated $30,000 to UNICEF Iran’s Children of Lebanon Appeal to help support UNICEF’s ongoing relief efforts in Lebanon. The money came from a charity football match that took place earlier this month between the Iranian Celebrities’ Club (ICC) and a team made up of two of Iran’s most popular clubs, Pirouzi and Esteghlal.
Wheat Flour Fortification - a strong step forward in Iraq
BAGHDAD/AMMAN, 19 August 2006 - Launching its nationwide Wheat Flour Fortification (WFF) project in August 2006, Iraq has achieved a notable milestone in combating anaemia and assisting in the optimal early development of the child.
UNICEF strengthens support to Lebanese returnees in the South
BEIRUT/AMMAN/TYRE, 16 August 2006 – With a fragile ceasefire continuing to hold in south Lebanon, UNICEF and sister agencies are stepping up efforts to bring humanitarian assistance to the tens of thousands of displaced people as they return to their villages.
Jackie Chan in Bird Flu Public Service Announcement
BANGKOK, 16 August 2006 – World-famous actor and martial arts expert Jackie Chan stars in a new television public service announcement to alert children and their families around the world to the dangers of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu.
Partners to join Caribbean broadcasters to combat AIDS
TORONTO, 16 August 2006 - Today, the Ford Foundation and Elton John AIDS Foundation announced they would be joining the Kaiser Family Foundation in together providing one million USD to support the operations of the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS, the region’s first media-led initiative on HIV/AIDS.
UNICEF: Children are victims of the conflict in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO/NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 15 August 2006 – The bombing on Monday of a Vallepuram compound in Mullaitivu district that reportedly killed dozens of girls and wounded many more is a shocking result of the rising violence in Sri Lanka, UNICEF, said today.
Saudi Arabia donates US$1 million to UNICEF relief operations in Lebanon
DUBAI/BEIRUT/AMMAN, 15 August 2006 – As a result of proceeds generated through a 26 July telethon, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today donated US$1 million to support the UNICEF relief efforts in Lebanon. The fund-raiser telethon received enthusiastic contributions from the Saudi public, as well as substantial donations from the private sector.
UNICEF prepares supplies for quake-affected school children in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 14 August 2006 – Thousands of children will be going back to school in Tajikistan in the first week of September as usual. But for some the start of the school year is in doubt.
Better targeted care, support and protection for children affected by AIDS needed to stem the tide
TORONTO/NEW YORK, 14 August 2006 – The AIDS epidemic continues to affect children disproportionately and in many harmful ways, making them more vulnerable than other children, leaving many of them orphaned and threatening their survival, says a new report by UNICEF, UNAIDS, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
UN moves aid south of Litani immediately after cessation of hostilities
BEIRUT, 14 August 2006 – Following the announcement of a cessation of hostilities by both sides in Lebanon today, United Nations aid agencies immediately stepped up their efforts to bring relief to the hundreds of thousands of civilians affected by the conflict. The priority is to deliver supplies to the area south of the Litani river, which has borne the brunt of the fighting.
Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Lebanon
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BEIRUT, 11 August 2006 – Humanitarian access is urgently needed to reach families and children who are affected by the crisis in the Middle East. Over 900,000 people have fled their homes in Lebanon, many of whom are living in temporary shelters and schools, while nearly 180,000 refugees have crossed the border into Syria.
1.68 million people reached in response to water-borne diseases
KHARTOUM, 9 August 2006 - An estimated 1.68 million people have benefited from a massive response to growing incidences of acute watery diarrhoea and cholera in the north of Sudan, as the Federal Ministry of Health, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the State Governments, NGOs and community partners all step up efforts to safeguard drinking water supplies, improve hygiene and food practices, as well as scale up active case detection and appropriate management.
UNICEF helps children cope with the hidden effects of Lebanon’s ongoing conflict
BEIRUT, 9 August 2006 - Children in Beirut have been deeply affected by the terrifying events they and their families have experienced, including the loss and injury of loved ones, and the destruction of their homes and schools.
WHO and UNICEF tackle problem of missing essential medicines for children
GENEVA, 10 August 2006 — The first international Expert Consultation on Paediatric Essential Medicines, jointly held by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, today delivered a plan to revise existing essential medicine formulations to include the right dose and presentation for children.
UNICEF and partners to launch Africa’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations in Toronto
To launch 14:00 EDT, 14 August - Africa’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations: Children Affected by AIDS shows how the AIDS epidemic continues to affect children disproportionately and in many harmful ways, making them more vulnerable than other children, leaving many of them orphaned and threatening their survival. Released by UNICEF, UNAIDS, and PEPFAR (The US President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief), the report contains new and better research on orphans and vulnerable children, including what governments, NGOs, the private sector and the international community can do to better response.
UNICEF, Organization of American States and Inter-American Development Bank launch initiative to grant official identity to millions of unregistered children
BOGOTA, 8 August 2006 - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNICEF and the Organization of American States (OAS) announced a new alliance today to work toward ensuring free, timely, universal birth registration for children in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2015, with 50 per cent progress in that direction by 2010.
Campaigning for child nutrition in the Sahel region
NIAMEY, 8 August 2006 – One year after the mobilization of the international community in support of Niger’s food and nutritional crisis, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Esther Guluma, is calling for vigilance towards the nutritional vulnerability of children in the Sahel region. Guluma is addressing the international community to campaign for child nutrition in the Sahel.
Measles vaccination campaign faces up to challenges of ongoing Lebanon conflict
BEIRUT, 7 August 2006 – The campaign to protect tens of thousands of children displaced by the ongoing conflict in Lebanon against the twin threat of measles and polio is moving up a gear this week.
Statement on Gaza by United Nations Humanitarian Agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory
3 August 2006 – The United Nations humanitarian agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory are deeply alarmed by the impact continuing violence is having on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Gaza, which has resulted in a sharp decline in the humanitarian situation facing 1.4 million people, more than half of them children. We are concerned that with international attention focusing on Lebanon, the tragedy in Gaza is being forgotten. We estimate that since 28 June, 175 Palestinians have been killed, including approximately 40 children and eight women, and over 620 injured in the Gaza Strip. One IDF soldier has been killed and 25 Israelis have been injured, including 11 Israelis injured by homemade rockets fired from the Gaza Strip. Palestinians have fired on average between 8-9 homemade rockets per day towards Israel (319 in total) and the Israeli military has fired on average 200-250 artillery shells per day into the Gaza Strip and conducted at least 220 aerial bombings. The latest IDF incursion in the area around the Gaza Airport overnight has left eight Palestinians dead, including a 12 year-old girl and 20 injured. UNRWA estimates that at least 475 people have fled their homes in the area and are now being sheltered in an UNRWA school in nearby Rafah.
UNICEF and partners begin immunisation campaign for children displaced by the Lebanon conflict
BEIRUT, 4 August 2006 - UNICEF measles campaign in Beirut has been seriously hampered by recent bombings. While the campaign is still going on, it has been greatly disrupted.
New cases of polio prompts further immunization drive in Bangladesh
DHAKA, 4 August 2006 – Only one month after completing three polio National Immunisation Days (NIDs), the Government of Bangladesh has ordered a further three polio NIDs this year in response to at least 10 new cases of polio detected in the country.
UNICEF alarmed as attacks on Afghan schools rise
KABUL/GENEVA, 4 August 2006 – UNICEF warned today that schools in Afghanistan are the targets of increasingly dramatic attacks, noting that reported incidents have spread from the south and southeastern region to all of the provinces and include one missle attack, 11 explosions, 50 school burnings and 37 threats against schools and communities.
MTV Latin America premieres “Noticias MTV Docu: VIH-SIDA, Una confesión a diario," produced in collaboration with UNICEF
MIAMI, 2 August 2006—MTV Latin America in collaboration with UNICEF announced today the premier of their one-hour special, “Noticias MTV Docu: VIH-SIDA, Una Confesión a Diario”, a documentary that explores the HIV/AIDS crisis through the candid eyes of the Latin American youth. The special will air on MTV Latin America on Wednesday, 9 August at 10pm, after being short-screened at this year’s “Global Media AIDS Initiative” conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 8 August, where it will be made available free of charge to all participating broadcasters from around the world.
UNICEF “shocked and outraged” at latest case of child rape in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 1 August 2006 - UNICEF today said it “condemned in the strongest possible terms” news of more horrific sexual child abuse cases in Zimbabwe.
Statement by Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Special Representative in occupied Palestinian territory
JERUSALEM, 1 August 2006 – As the international media is focused on the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Lebanon, sadly enough the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is on the verge of being forgotten. For the 1.44 million Palestinians living in Gaza, out of which 838,000 are children, the humanitarian situation is a daily reality.
Some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest
NEW YORK/LONDON, 1 August 2006 – A global study published today by UNICEF and The Body Shop International reveals the devastating and lasting impact on children of living with domestic violence.
Breastfeeding: A simple way to save young lives
NEW YORK, 1 August 2006 – In a developing country, a child who is breastfed is almost three times more likely to survive infancy than a child who is not breastfed, UNICEF said today at the start of World Breastfeeding Week.
Second UNICEF humanitarian air cargo to reach Beirut today
AMMAN/BEIRUT, 31 July 2006 – A Royal Jordanian Air Force plane left Amman at 12:00 today, carrying a shipment of UNICEF emergency supplies to Lebanon.
Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman
NEW YORK, 30 July 2006 - The attacks today in Qana are dramatic evidence that children are once again paying the price of war. We strongly condemn the continued targeting of civilians, particularly children. We urge all parties to heed the call of Secretary-General Annan for an immediate cessation of hostilities.
Jordan’s Air Force carries essential UNICEF supplies to Lebanon
AMMAN/BEIRUT, 28 July 2006 – Today a Royal Jordanian military aircraft arrived in Beirut at 13:20 with UNICEF humanitarian supplies. The flight carried 250 boxes of family water kits sufficient for 2,500 families and over 500,000 water purification tablets. It also carried 32 boxes of medical supplies for WHO, including urgently needed insulin.
UNICEF and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare working to expand reach of vaccination coverage
MONROVIA, 27 July 2006 – In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, UNICEF has turned over new four-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, and computers to the Government of Liberia. The supplies will be used to support the Ministry’s Expanded Programme of Immunization and Environmental Health Sections as well as all 15 of Liberia’s County Health Teams.
UNICEF statement on Lebanon
TAMALE, GHANA 26 July 2006 – UNICEF announced today the arrival of the first convoy of humanitarian aid for children in Tyre, southern Lebanon, the hardest hit part of the country. The convoy consists of 40 tonnes of humanitarian supplies aimed at the tens of thousands children displaced due to the escalating violence in that country. UNICEF’s supplies include water purification tablets, soap and other hygiene necessities.
Agencies join forces to inform and educate on avian flu and human pandemic risks in the Americas
WASHINGTON, D.C., 25 July 2006 ― A new push to communicate on the threats of avian influenza and a possible human pandemic was launched today by representatives of international agencies, at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) headquarters in Washington.
UNICEF appeals for $23.8 million as part of flash appeal for Middle East crisis
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BEIRUT, 24 July 2006 – UNICEF today launched an appeal for $ 23.8 million to support children caught in the crisis in Lebanon and Syria. The appeal is part of the overall UN flash appeal for nearly $150 million.
Member states renew commitment to protecting children in armed conflict
NEW YORK, 24 July 2006 – One year after the signing of a landmark resolution to protect children in conflict, United Nations Security Council members today discussed concrete next steps for protecting children in conflict zones from the most unspeakable violations – among them the abduction, sexual abuse and recruitment of children as combatants.
Child Alert: Democratic Republic of Congo
LONDON, 24 July 2006 - The conflict and violence that has consumed the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for nearly a decade has killed more people every six months than were killed by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Estimates place the total deaths at four million, although some experts say the figure is far higher. In a report released today in London, UNICEF said that as victims, children have defined this often forgotten, but world’s deadliest, humanitarian crisis in the heart of Africa.
Statement by UNICEF and the World Health Organization on escalating violence in Lebanon and Israel
NEW YORK, GENEVA, AMMAN, BEIRUT, 19 July 2006 – UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed serious concern about civilian casualties and new risks to health from escalating violence in Lebanon and Israel:
UNICEF and Ministry of Education provide 10,000 school benches to Liberian schools
MONROVIA, 17 July 2006 – In partnership with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF is constructing 10,000 three-seat benches for distribution to 100 government schools in five counties. A combined total of 30,000 students in Bong, Grand Gedeh, Lofa, Montserrado and Nimba Counties will benefit from this donation.
‘A tsunami every six months’
Launch of UNICEF’s Child Alert, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – Written by UNICEF UK Ambassador and former BBC War Correspondent, Martin Bell, the report documents the current situation of children affected by conflict in the run up to Congo’s first democratic elections in 40 years.
Bringing hope to Angolan children
WASHINGTON, D.C., 12 July 2006 – The government of Angola and its partners in the Measles Initiative, the Global Fund on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative are launching a major health campaign to provide life-saving interventions for Angolan children. The integrated campaign is targeting more than 3.5 million children with measles and polio vaccinations, vitamin A, de-worming medication, and, in seven provinces, long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs). The campaign begins on 12 July in Luanda, with an official launch event on 13 July in Mbaza Congo.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General in Haiti and UNICEF Representative express their concern with the rise of violence and its consequences on children and their families
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 8 July 2006 – The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Haiti, Edmond Mulet and UNICEF Representative, Adriano Gonzalez-Regueral, have expressed outrage about current violent acts against children and their families in Haiti.
UNICEF announces $150 million earthquake recovery plan
ISLAMABAD, 11 JULY 2006 – UNICEF will construct 500 permanent schools and around 70 permanent rural health centres in areas devastated by Pakistan’s October 2005 earthquake, as part of its 150 million dollar contribution to the recovery plan for affected areas.
Children of Junior 8 gather to share views with G8 world leaders
PUSHKIN, 10 July – Young people from G8 countries today opened the “Junior 8” in Pushkin, near St. Petersburg. With an agenda that parallels the G8 itself, they will have the opportunity to share their views directly with the world’s leaders.
Partners team up in Kenya to fights measles and malaria
WASHINGTON, 8 July 2006 – The government of Kenya has launched a two-phase integrated measles vaccination campaign, targeting more than five million children between nine months and five years of age. In addition to measles vaccinations, the campaign will provide other life-saving health interventions, including polio vaccinations (in select districts), vitamin A and de-worming medicine. Residents in the Nyanza and Western provinces will also receive insecticide-treated nets, proven to be one of the most effective and cost-efficient means of preventing malaria.
UNICEF and partners work to stem cholera toll on northern Uganda’s displaced
KAMPALA, 28 June 2006 – UNICEF in Uganda said today that an interagency response to contain separate cholera outbreaks in two conflict-affected districts of the north was contributing to a reduction in cases, but that more could be done in the area of prevention.
Japan funds new UN inter-agency project to assist Sudan’s landmine victims and help prevent future injuries and fatalities
KHARTOUM, 3 July 2006 – The United Nations Mine Action Service, UNICEF, the UN Development Programme and the UN Office for Project Services are for the first time launching a joint project in Sudan to help victims of landmines and explosive remnants of war and to provide community-based mine-risk education services.
Malaysian website to empower young people to resist experimenting with drugs
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 June 2006 - Young people in Malaysia can now log-on to www.whatareyoudoing.net to learn about drugs and why ‘using is for losers’. The website is part of the ‘Keep the Music Clean’ campaign designed to engage, educate and empower young people to resist the temptation to experiment with drugs.
Eritrea to vaccinate all children under five years old against measles in national campaign
ASMARA, 28 June 2006 – The Eritrean Ministry of Health, supported by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, is targeting the country’s almost half a million children between six months and five years old in a nationwide measles vaccination and Vitamin A supplementation campaign. The campaign was launched today by Dr. Zemuie Alemu, Director of Family and Community Health.
Nutritional screening to save lives in Timor-Leste
DILI, 30 June 2006 – The Ministry of Health of Timor-Leste, supported by UNICEF and other partners, plan to begin the nutritional screening of displaced children in the capital, Dili, today to assess the scale of malnutrition as the country enters its third month of emergency.
Remarks of Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, at the FIFA Press Conference on Racism in Football
BERLIN, 28 June 2006 – Thank you so much for that introduction. It is a great pleasure to be here at this conference on discrimination and racism, and an important opportunity to highlight our partnership with FIFA.
5th Anti-Discrimination Day on 30 June and 1 July - FIFA shows red card to racism
On 30 June and 1 July 2006, FIFA will be using the platform of the world's most popular sporting event - the FIFA World Cup™ - by holding this year's FIFA Anti-Discrimination Day to make a clear statement to billions of people around the world about football's united stance against racism. At all four quarter-final matches just before kick-off, both team captains will read a declaration to demonstrate a firm stance against racism, not only in football but also in society in general. Both teams and the match officials will also pose jointly with a banner displaying the unequivocal "Say No to Racism" message as part of the official pre-match protocol.
UNICEF sends emergency supplies to help victims of South Sulewesi floods
JAKARTA, 23 June 2006 – UNICEF is airlifting emergency supplies of hygiene equipment and water containers to flood affected districts in the Indonesian province of South Sulewesi.
UNICEF condemns abduction and recruitment of Sri Lankan children by the Karuna group
COLOMBO, 22 June 2006 – UNICEF in Sri Lanka is calling for immediate action to halt the abduction and forced recruitment of children by the Karuna group. Over the past week, the agency has verified reports of thirty cases in Batticaloa district. Reports of abduction and forced recruitment of boys under the age of 18 from the area have increased since March of this year.
Asian Cricket Council and UNICEF take the field for children and against AIDS
KATHMANDU/ KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June 2006 - The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and UNICEF have renewed their international partnership for children. The new agreement continues to promote Girls Education in South Asia and the right of all children to enjoy healthy recreation, but will also now support the Global Campaign on HIV/AIDS ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’.
Australian Government gives UNICEF $9.1 million to scale up support for children affected by AIDS in three African countries
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 23 June 2006 - The Government of Australia has committed US$9.1 million to UNICEF to help the governments of Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania increase the number of children affected by AIDS who are reached by basic services.
The 2006 ‘All girls to school’ campaign launched in Benin
COTONOU, 15 June, 2006 – Two Ministers, Agnes Van Ardenne, the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation, and Colette Houeto, Beninese Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, got on the back of a ‘zemidjan’, sporting the yellow shirt of the notorious taxi-motorcycles of Cotonou, blazoned with the logo of the campaign ‘Toutes les filles à l’école’, or ‘All girls to school’.
Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day
WASHINGTON, D.C., 8 March 2006 – Good afternoon. Thank you, Anita, for that kind and generous introduction. My thanks to the United Nations Information Center, the United Nations Foundation, the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and all of the organizers and sponsors of this event. A special thanks to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for all of their support and assistance, not just today, but every day.
Salt producers and health workers join forces to combat iodine deficiency disorder
CAIRO, 21 June 2006 – Preparations for a fresh campaign against iodine deficiency disorder (IDD), the single most important preventable cause of brain damage among children, have been boosted following the completion of a training workshop for staff from the Ministry of Health and Population, National Nutrition Institute and other concerned bodies including, for the first time, experts from the Egyptian salt industry.
Annual drive to prevent diarrhoeal deaths gets underway in Afghanistan
KABUL, 19 June 2006 – In an effort to control outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease during the summer, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health will launch its annual public awareness campaign this week, backed by UNICEF. The campaign aims to safeguard the health and hygiene of urban households in a country where nearly a quarter of deaths amongst children under the age of five are the result of diarrhoeal disease.
Zero tolerance for child sex tourism in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, 18 June, 2006 - A two year action plan to stop the commercial exploitation of Sri Lanka’s children has been launched today. While the exact numbers are not known, it’s estimated that thousands of Sri Lankan children are drawn into prostitution every year, the majority of them boys. These children are exploited by foreign tourists, as well as by local people.
Goals for children last a lifetime
PALENCIA/MADRID, 19 June 2006 - UNICEF says poverty, violence and exclusion still dominate the lives of millions of children in Europe and Central Asia, despite progress on legal and institutional reforms.
One million children in Southern Sudan protected against measles as campaign moves into Unity State
BENTIU, 16 June 2006 – A massive campaign to stop deadly outbreaks of measles in Southern Sudan has passed a key milestone. Over one million children have been immunized since November 2005. The Mass Measles Campaign is a joint effort by the Federal Ministry of Health of the Government of Southern Sudan, WHO and UNICEF targetting 4.5 million children under 15 across all ten states of Southern Sudan. The rolling campaign has now begun in Unity State.
211 Children Released from the SPLA in Southern Kordofan
KHARTOUM, 18 June 2006 – UNICEF today welcomed the demobilization of 181 children – 174 boys and 7 girls – from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). This release took place on 6 June in Julud in the Nuba Mountains area of Sudan (Southern Kordofan), and the children have been reunited with their families over the past two weeks.
WFP and UNICEF: Bleakest malnutrition situation in Somalia in years
NAIROBI, 16 June 2006 – Recent outbreaks of fighting and the worst drought in a decade have pushed many people in Somalia to their limit, creating the bleakest malnutrition situation in years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF warned today.
UNICEF: Children are Africa’s greatest resource
NEW YORK, 16 June 2006 – UNICEF celebrated the Day of the African Child today, calling on the world to recognize that children are Africa’s greatest resource.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow calls for children to be at the centre of peace and recovery of Darfur
KHARTOUM/AMMAN/GENEVA/LONDON/BERLIN, 16 June 2006 – During a recent visit to Darfur, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow appealed to government officials and rebel groups to make sure that children are placed at the center of peace and recovery for Darfur.
UNICEF warns about trafficking during World Cup
NEW YORK, 15 June, 2006 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern that children and women could be trafficked and subjected to sexual exploitation during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Seminar discusses juveniles in conflict with the law
TEHRAN, 15 June 2006 - Top officials from different sectors, including judges, legal experts, police and members of the State Welfare Organization gathered in the city of Orumiyeh this week to discuss juvenile justice in Iran. The seminar was organized by the Department of Judicial Development of the Iranian Judiciary with support from UNICEF. It is one of a series of juvenile justice events aimed at aligning Iran’s child protection and juvenile justice practices with international conventions.
Childhood and AIDS: Rolling Back AIDS in Developing Countries
AIDS is shattering the lives of children worldwide. Today around 2.3 million children are living with HIV, and 540,000 children were infected in 2005 alone. The time has come for innovative solutions to combat the epidemic. The Childhood and AIDS: Rolling Back AIDS in Developing Countries conference in Paris, 15-16 June, will bring the private and public sectors together to stimulate thought and generate action to turn the tide.
World’s children to be given voice at G8 Summit
For the first time in the history of the G8 children will get the chance to share their views directly with the world’s leaders and influence the outcome of their deliberations. Children from G8 member countries will attend an official working meeting of this year’s G8 summit, hosted by the Russian Federation Government, to discuss HIV/AIDS, Education, Tolerance and Energy. The children will also consider other issues they think should be prioritized and draw up recommendations, which they will present to the G8 leadership.
5th Regional Education Forum opens in Ashgabat
ASHGABAT, 13 June 2006 – Education deputy ministers of the five Central Asian republics and representatives of international organisations including UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Bank and USAID were among the one hundred participants who attended the opening ceremony of the Regional Education Forum (CARK) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Combating Violence against Children project receives grant from the Netherlands
AMMAN, 14 June 2006 – UNICEF Jordan received today a grant of approximately JD 78,000 from the Embassy of the Netherlands to continue strengthening responses to combat violence against children in the country.
Government of Japan and UNICEF agree $4 million support to child and maternal health in Afghanistan
KABUL 12 June 2006 – The health of Afghanistan’s mothers and children will receive a boost tomorrow, with an investment of ¥449 million (just over US$ 4 million) under a new agreement between the Government of Japan and UNICEF.
Child labour robs children of childhood, impedes development
NEW YORK, 12 June 2006 – Hundreds of millions of children are forced to work when they should be learning and playing, which deprives them, their families and nations the opportunity to develop and thrive, UNICEF said today.
Measles vaccination to target 30,000 displaced children in Dili
DILI, 12 June 2006 - The Ministry of Health and UNICEF will launch a mass measles vaccination campaign on 13 June targeting all children aged six months to 14 years living in displacement camps in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste.
Commitment to protecting the children of Darfur
KHARTOUM/AMMAN 12 June 2006 – UNICEF today welcomed the outcomes of a landmark child protection workshop for Darfur, organized 7-9 June in collaboration with the Darfur States and the National Council for Child Welfare.
Closing Statement of Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF at the Executive Board Annual Session
NEW YORK, 9 June 2006 – Mr. President, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. I would like to begin by commending once again the excellent skill that the President has demonstrated in running this meeting over this past week. We appreciate your ability to manoeuvre through some difficult issues while always keeping your wonderful sense of humour.
Mia Farrow and Ronan Farrow return to Darfur
NEW YORK, 9 June, 2006 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and American actress Mia Farrow is returning to Darfur on Sunday, 11 June through Thursday, 15 June. From there she travels to London and Berlin then returns to New York to conduct media interviews about her visit. Accompanying Ms. Farrow is her son, Ronan, a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth. Mia Farrow traveled to Darfur in November, 2004.
UNICEF responds with aid for families still displaced in Timor-Leste
DILI, 9 June, 2006 - Around 66,000 people are housed in more than 35 camps in Dili, and the number of camps and internally displaced people changes daily as the crisis in the capital stretches into its third month. The internally displaced population currently represents about 40 per cent of Dili’s population of 170,000.
Angolan youth combat HIV/AIDS in their meeting places
LUANDA, 8 June 2006 – About 1,000 children and adolescents from 13 to 18 years old were enthusiastically crying “Enjoy Life with Safety” during a rally to launch a National AIDS Awareness Campaign for Youth on 7 June at the Independence Square in Luanda.
UNOPS and UNICEF rebuild schools in four counties
MONROVIA, 17 May 2006 – UNICEF and its partner, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), have completed the rehabilitation and refurbishment of 13 government schools in four Liberian counties.
Cameroon launches community programme for home-based care of families affected by HIV/AIDS
YAOUNDE, 2 June 2006 – Cameroonian Professor Dominique Obounou Akong, the Representative of the Minister of Public Health, presided over the launch of a community programme for home-based care of families affected by HIV/AIDS at the Chantal Biya’s Foundation’s headquarters in Yaounde. Among the two hundred people attending the ceremony were representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, community volunteers and officials from the Ministry of Public Health as well as Chantal Biya’s Foundation.
Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board
New York, 5 June 2006 – Thank you very much, Mr. President. Good morning to all of you. Thank you for being here today. Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to address the 2006 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board.
Call for Child-Friendly Budgeting from Sub-Regional Workshop organized by Bahrain Parliament and UNICEF
MANAMA, BAHRAIN 31 May 2006—A two-day Gulf sub-regional workshop on Child-Friendly Budgeting jointly organized by the Ad-Hoc Committee on Women and Children of the Kingdom of Bahrain Parliament and UNICEF concluded with participants calling for the adoption of child-friendly budgeting, and recommending that the process be supported by resources and mechanisms including a social observatory, an office of a national Social Policy Advisor, a secretariat, and international co-operation.
“NBA Cares” announces support of Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS Campaign
NEW YORK, May 31 May 2006 – The NBA and UNICEF today joined forces in support of Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, a global campaign to limit the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and halt the spread of the virus.
League of Arab States and UNICEF focus on teacher qualifications
Amman / Cairo, May 30, 2006 - Formulas to advance the quality of education in the Arab World by focusing on teacher training and professional qualifications was the subject of a first League of Arab States (LAS) - UNICEF expert meeting in Cairo. According to UNESCO, the Arab region needs to train an additional 450,000 teachers by 2015.
UNICEF provides aid to Timorese displaced by conflict
DILI, 30 May 2006 – Aid has begun to reach the thousands of Timorese living in camps around East Timor’s capital city of Dili, displaced by conflict. The Australian army’s presence in Dili has improved the security situation and UNICEF and other agencies have been able to reach people living in crowded conditions and in desperate need of food, access to clean water and sanitation, and protection for children. There are an estimated 70,000 residing in camps in Dili alone and another 45,000 who have moved to the districts.
UNICEF supplies arrive in earthquake zone
Emergency supplies for people made homeless by Saturday’s earthquake are being distributed in the most affected areas of the devastated city of Yogyakarta today.
Timor’s childhood under threat
DILY, 29 May 2006 – Ongoing ethnic and political tensions in Timor-Leste have escalated into large-scale civil unrest in Dili, with the districts practically cut off and isolated from the capital city. As people flee the conflict, children's lives are being uprooted.
UNICEF supplies ready for quake-hit city
UNICEF is preparing emergency supplies to be sent to help victims of the earthquake in Central Java, Indonesia.
Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the earthquake in Indonesia
NEW YORK, 27 May 2006 - "We are saddened to hear of the devastating earthquake in Indonesia and express our heartfelt condolences to all those who have suffered injury or loss. So often in natural disasters children and the elderly suffer disproportionately because they are least able to react quickly."
NBA and UNICEF to launch campaign for Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS
31 May 2006 - Press Conference to announce the NBA and UNICEF support for Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS, a global campaign to limit the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and halt the spread of the disease.
International community must do more to treat HIV-positive children
NEW YORK/LONDON, 26 May 2006 – Only one child in twenty who needs HIV treatment receives it, according to a report launched today by seven of the world’s leading child advocacy organizations. The Global Movement for Children (GMC) issued an urgent appeal for the international community to recognize that children with HIV and AIDS have a right to treatment that must be addressed to save their lives and beat the epidemic.
Lao television drama highlights dangers of child trafficking
Vientiane 26 May 2006 - Lessons of Life, a compelling television drama about a Lao teenage girl who is trafficked abroad, had its national premiere on Lao Television today. The original ninety minute anti-trafficking drama was produced to warn young people of the dangers they face and to stimulate awareness and discussion.
Viet Nam: Partnership for water supply and sanitation
Hanoi, 23 May 2006 – UNICEF and 13 other international organizations have joined the Government of Viet Nam in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of Viet Nam Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Partnership, an unique partnership which aims at better coordination and more effective support for the improvement of water supply, sanitation and hygiene situation for rural communities and schools in Viet Nam.
Australian Government contributes US$ 2.6 million to UNICEF-supported Water and Sanitation Project in Puttalam
Colombo, 23 May 2006 – Thanks to the generous contribution of US$2.6 million from the people and the Government of Australia, two thousand families, including 3,500 children, who escaped to Puttalam from the violence in the north and east of Sri Lanka, will have access to clean water and sanitation – vital elements for children to grow up healthy. In addition, thousands of people in the host communities in the Puttalam district will benefit from this UNICEF-supported project, which is led by the Ministry of Nation Building and Development in cooperation with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and the Ministry of Health.
Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director on death of WHO chief Dr. Lee Jong-wook
NEW YORK, 22 May 2006 - "Dr. Lee was truly a champion for children’s health. We mourn his loss and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, loved ones and colleagues.
“Dr. Lee will be remembered for his intelligence, creativity and extraordinary commitment to improving health around the world.
“He was a great man, a brilliant leader and a wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed.”
UNOPS & UNICEF rebuild schools in four counties
MONROVIA, Liberia, 17 May 2006 – UNICEF and its partner, UNOPS, the United Nations Office for Project Services, have completed the rehabilitation and refurbishment of 13 government schools in four Liberian counties.
Escalating violence threatens the safety of Sri Lanka’s children
GENEVA, 16 May 2006 - Sri Lankan children in areas most affected by recent clashes are paying a high price for the escalating tension in the island. Thousands of children are still displaced from their homes following the recent violence in Trincomalee District, in which six children were killed and others injured or severely traumatized.
World Cup: UNICEF, FIFA partnership for children
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ZURICH/LONDON, 16 May 2006 - UNICEF and the world’s governing soccer body Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) today officially kicked off their partnership campaign for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ under the banner UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE FOR PEACE.
Despite Rains, 40,000 Children Still Face Death
GENEVA, 15 May 2006 – UNICEF said today that despite torrential rains in April, tens of thousands of pastoralist children still face death in one of the world’s most inhospitable regions.
Afghanistan launches national strategy for children at risk
KABUL, 15 May 2006 – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will launch a new National Strategy for Children at Risk on Tuesday 16 May, designed to improve care and support for the country’s most vulnerable children.
Dutch government boosting girls' education in Ethiopia
ADDIS ADABA, 15 May 2006 – Seven regions of Ethiopia are set to receive US$12 million over three years from the Netherlands Government after UNICEF and the Royal Netherlands Government Embassy in Addis Ababa signed an agreement today in support of increasing access to quality education for girls. The regions are Afar, Somali, Amhara, Oromia, Benishangul, Gambella and SNNPR.
UNICEF Chief of Emergency Programmes visits Afghanistan
KABUL, 15 May 2006 – UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes Daniel Toole arrived in Afghanistan Thursday on a week-long visit to the country, during which he aims to assess UNICEF’s capacity to respond to sudden emergencies and review the organization’s support to programmes in areas of the country still affected by insecurity.
Official statement on attack on UNICEF staff in Afghanistan
NEW YORK, 13 May 2006 - "We grieve at the loss of life, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who were killed and injured yesterday."
UNICEF Warns Malnutrition on Rise for Niger’s Children
NIAMEY, May 12 2006 - Several reports reveal that the number of malnourished children arriving at UNICEF-supported nutritional rehabilitation centres is increasing. Between 1 January and 4 May 2006, 64,593 malnourished children have been admitted in the nutritional rehabilitation programmes, of which 53,931 were suffering from moderate acute malnutrition and 10,662 from severe acute malnutrition.
UNICEF Warns that Malnourished Children Still Face Death across the Horn of Africa
WHO: Rima Salah, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director; Keith McKenzie, UNICEF Special Advisor for the Horn of Africa Crisis
WHAT: Press conference to issue Child Alert: Horn of Africa, documenting the current situation of children affected by the drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti. The Child Alert report is the third in a briefing series that presents core challenges for children in a given crisis location at a given time.
Food Insecurity in Iraq Persists: Children Suffer
AMMAN/BAGHDAD, 11 May 2006 – Despite the laudable efforts of the Public Distribution System (PDS) of food baskets, many of Iraq’s poorer households are still food insecure, according to a Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis launched today, based on the most recent data from 2005.
Cholera Outbreak Poses Additional Threat to Child Survival in Angola
GENEVA, 12 May 2006 – Faced with one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world even in the best of times, Angola is struggling to contain the impact of the current cholera outbreak on children. According to preliminary estimates by UNICEF, approximately 35 per cent of cholera victims are children under the age of five.
UNICEF Lauds Progress for Uganda’s Children, Urges More Must be Done
KAMPALA, 12 May 2006 – On the occasion of the inauguration of H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as President of the Republic of Uganda, UNICEF said that the new government had a critical opportunity to renew the commitment of Uganda to fulfil and protect the fundamental right of all its children and women to access health, education, safe water, shelter and other essential services.
Parliamentarians Should Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 10 May 2006 – Parliamentarians are uniquely placed to make a profound difference for children affected by HIV/AIDS by breaking the silence about the disease’s impact on children and embracing legislation to defend their rights to healthcare, protection and support according to UNICEF, UNAIDS and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Website Wins Webby Award
NEW YORK, 10 May 2006 - The Webby Awards, the leading international honour for Web sites, Tuesday named UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2006 website the People’s Voice Award winner for non-profit web sites of 2006. Winners will be honoured at The Tenth Annual Webby Awards in New York City on 12 June.
Official Statement on the Attack on Staff Member
NEW YORK, 8 May 2006 — UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today issued the following statement in reaction to an attack Friday on a UNICEF staff member in Chad during an attempted vehicle theft:
Arab media enthusiasm to promote girls' education enjoys renewed momentum
DUBAI, May 4, 2006 – Media representatives and experts at the Second Arab Regional Media Forum today concluded an extensive review of the situation surrounding Arab girls' access to education and remaining challenges in several countries to ensure sustained enrolment and retention in school.
UNICEF and WFP Executive Directors Make First Joint Visit to Latin America/Caribbean region
PANAMA CITY, 8 May 2006 – On their first joint visit to the region, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James T. Morris and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman will meet in Panama City tomorrow with the heads of their Latin America and Caribbean country offices to intensify common efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the international community.
Over 1,000 dead from Cholera Outbreak in Angola
LUANDA, May 5 2006 – Over the past three months, a deadly cholera outbreak in Angola has sickened over 26,000 people and killed 1,085, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
President Obasanjo echoes civil society call for less declarations and more action in the global fight against malaria
ABUJA, 4 May 2006 – Addressing the African Union (AU) Summit and its Permanent Delegation, African Ambassadors and representatives from the global health sector, Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo called for renewed vigour in the continent’s fight against malaria.
Statement by UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Kul Gautam, on Child-friendly Strategies to Combat HIV/AIDS and Malaria
ABUJA, 4 May 2006 – My colleagues Dr. Feacham and Dr. Piot have just outlined eloquently what we all need to do to overcome the challenges of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. I have little to add to their wise counsel borne out of their vast experience and expertise.
Two million children to be reached in Afghan polio immunization drive
KABUL, 1 May 2006 – More than two million children in southern, south-eastern and eastern Afghanistan will be targeted by a new three-day polio eradication drive, to be launched on Sunday 7 May. The immunization campaign comes shortly after the country’s health authorities reported a sixth case of the polio virus in the south of the country this year.
UNICEF Launches Major Water Scheme in Earthquake Zone
MANSEHRA, 4 May 2006 – A major water network scheme constructed by UNICEF was inaugurated today by the Deputy Chairman of the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority, Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed.
Angélique Kidjo calls for rapid scaling up of HIV treatment in Zimbabwe
HARARE 28 April 2006 – While on a recent trip to Africa to tour the drought-affected Horn of Africa, UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo visited Zimbabwe and met with children infected with HIV.
Second Arab Regional Media Forum on child rights kicks off in Dubai
DUBAI, May 2, 2006 – Arab media professionals, human rights organizations, academia and UN agencies today initiated an in-depth dialogue on the issue of girls' education in the Arab world, with expectations to leverage enhanced commitment from governments, civil society and communities to support girls’ sustained access to quality education.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, on the launch of ‘Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition’
NEW YORK, 2 May 2006 – Good morning and thank you to all of you for joining us today. We are pleased to be here this morning to talk about UNICEF’s comprehensive report on child malnutrition around the world. In my first year with UNICEF, I have visited many developing countries. It is clear that nutrition is the foundation on which all human progress is built.
A Quarter of the World’s Children Seriously Underweight
NEW YORK, 2 May 2006 - More than one quarter of all children under the age of five in developing countries are underweight, many to a life-threatening degree, says a UNICEF report published today. Poor nutrition remains a global epidemic contributing to more than half of all child deaths, about 5.6 million per year.
Second Arab Regional Media Forum to Address Girls' Education
UNICEF, in partnership with the World Food Programme, UNESCO, the Dubai Humanitarian, the Dubai Press Club, Al Bayan Newspaper, the Arab Institute for Human Rights and the Center for Arab Women for Training & Research are holding the Second Arab Regional Media Forum from 2-4 May 2006, an event calling for enhanced partnerships between media professionals, development agencies and humanitarian partners to promote sustainable opportunities for girls' primary and secondary schooling in the region.
UNICEF calls for entries for UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize
NEW YORK, 28 April 2006 – UNICEF and OneWorld Radio Africa today called for entries for the UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Contest, which seeks to highlight youth participation in media. The UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize recognizes radio programming that gives a central role to children – as producers, editors, reporters and presenters – and allows them to give their own perspective on the world around them. It also recognizes the importance of radio in communities often unreachable by other media.
UNICEF commends Fuji TV for award
LUCERNE, NEW YORK, 28 April 2006 – UNICEF applauded Fuji Television as the Japanese network was honoured at the Bal d’Or tonight and will officially receive the Rose d’Or Charity Award tomorrow night for corporate philanthropy in recognition of 33 years of fundraising on behalf of UNICEF.
UNICEF Unveils Alarming Trends in Global Child Nutrition
Good nutrition is the platform for all human progress and one of the most fundamental tests of global development. This UNICEF report reveals the results of efforts since 1990 to reduce the proportion of underweight children in the world.
UNICEF Turkmenistan Welcomes Decree Boosting Wheat Flour Fortification
ASHGABAT, 26 April 2006 – President Saparmurat Niyazov issued a decree mandating the fortification of wheat flour with iron and folic acid in Turkmenistan. The decree was signed on 24 April at the Presidential Palace.
‘Education for All’ week in Yemen brings teachers on board
SANA’A, 25 April 2006 – During ‘Education for All’ week, Yemen is stepping up efforts to overcome barriers to universal primary education. This year’s theme ‘Every Child Needs a Teacher’ strikes a major chord in Yemen, where the number of teachers lags far behind the actual requirements. Meeting the looming teacher shortage is one of the greatest barriers to education in Yemen, where the number of female teachers is especially short, particularly in rural areas.
Ubinas volcano: UNICEF sent supplies to attend to the population’s basic needs
LIMA, 24 April 24 2006 - UNICEF, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Coordinating Team, has sent water supplies to the communities affected by the eruption of the Ubinas volcano to ensure that all families have access to clean drinking water, in particular the region’s children.
New Malaria Treatment Introduced in Somalia
NAIROBI, 25 April 2006 – A new effective treatment has been introduced in Somalia to curb the incidence of malaria, one of the leading killers of children and women, UNICEF Somalia Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen announced today on the occasion of Africa Malaria Day.
Displacement and landmines are everyday challenges for children in Colombia
GENEVA, 25 April 2006 – In Colombia, children and adolescents are still severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict, despite the recent decrease in the intensity of armed actions in the country since the 2001-2002 peak of hostilities. UNICEF said today it does not have adequate resources to respond. For programs operating this year, UNICEF has a shortfall of US $ 1.7 million, out of a total amount of US $4.8 million necessary for humanitarian action.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Oxfam Campaigner Angelique Kidjo visits drought-hit Kenya
NAIROBI, 24 April, 2006 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Oxfam campaigner Angelique Kidjo today witnessed the ravishing and deadly effects of a severe drought that has afflicted thousands of communities in the Horn of Africa. While visiting communities and families in Wajir town, 780 kilometers north of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Kidjo, was stunned by what she saw.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Johann Koss to Visit Sudan
KHARTOUM/AMMAN/NEW YORK, 25 April 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Johann Koss, the four-time Olympic gold medal speed skater from Norway, will visit Sudan from April 30 to May 4. His trip will highlight the situation of the children in difficult conditions in the camps for displaced people near the capital, Khartoum, as well as the progress being made in Southern Sudan as the result of the comprehensive peace agreement signed in January 2005.
Africa Malaria Day – All partners in malaria fight urged to get their ‘ACT’ together
GENEVA, 24 April 2006 – Representatives of the African Union Permanent Delegation, African ambassadors and other Roll Back Malaria partners meeting in Geneva to commemorate Africa Malaria Day called for accelerated action to make sure that life-saving Artemisinin-based Combination Treatments (ACT) get to those who urgently need them - especially in Africa. With a child dying from malaria every 30 seconds, they urged the entire malaria community to support countries to roll out ACTs as quickly as possible.
UNICEF welcomes child demobilisation in Southern Sudan
MALAKAL, SOUTHERN SUDAN, 24 April 2006 – UNICEF welcomes the renewed process of disarmament and demobilisation of children associated with armed forces and groups in Southern Sudan. The latest demobilisation, of about 250 children in Upper Nile State today, is the biggest of its kind since the signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in January 2005 which commits the parties (the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army-SPLM/A and the then Government of Sudan) to child demobilisation throughout the country.
UNICEF calls for entries for Children’s Broadcasting Award
NEW YORK, 18 April 2006 - UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today called for entries from broadcasters for the 2006 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award. The ICDB Award will go to the broadcaster with the best programming that reflects the 2005 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting theme: Sport for Development and Peace.
Chernobyl Anniversary: UNICEF says iodine could have helped to spare many children from thyroid cancer
GENEVA, Wednesday 19 April, 2006: As the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl approaches, UNICEF says that the numbers of children who developed thyroid cancer could have been significantly lower if they had been consuming iodized salt in their daily diet at the time of the accident.
Liberia to Launch Girls’ Education National Policy
MONROVIA, 17 April 2006 – The Government of Liberia will launch its National Girls’ Education Policy tomorrow. The policy calls for a collective effort to reach Millennium Development Goal 2: universal primary education for every Liberian child.
UNICEF concerned that children a casualty of recent demonstrations
KATHMANDU, April 13: UNICEF has expressed its deep concern at reports that children have been injured, arrested and detained in the recent demonstrations in Kathmandu and other cities.
UNICEF Concerned that Children a Casualty of Recent Demonstrations
KATHMANDU, April 13 – UNICEF has expressed its deep concern at reports that children have been injured, arrested and detained in the recent demonstrations in Kathmandu and other cities. “Children have no place being near demonstrations that could turn violent,” UNICEF Representative Dr. Suomi Sakai said today.
Reduce Vulnerabilities that Push Iraqi Children to the Edge, Says UNICEF
AMMAN/BAGHDAD, 13 April 2006 – The special needs of thousands of Iraqi children who find themselves in trouble with the law and being held in juvenile institutions as well as detention centres was the focus of a workshop that concluded today. Iraqi Government representatives, UNICEF and non-governmental organizations partners working with vulnerable and marginalized groups deliberated the issue for over five days.
Regional partners join efforts in West and Central Africa to increase access to quality education for girls
Dakar, April 13 - The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) Regional Network for West & Central Africa was launched today in Dakar, Senegal by a wide partnership of UN agencies, national and local governments and non-governmental organizations. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Yvonne Chaka- Chaka, participated in the launch of the network. “The challenges we face in terms of access to education for girls in this region are enormous, but they are achievable when we join all our efforts,” she said at the launch.
Agree on one thing next week, urges UNICEF. Agree on children.
KATHMANDU, 12 April 2006: UNICEF has urged all parties to the conflict to agree on one thing next week: children. “Two things happen next week that are of vital importance to the children of Nepal,” UNICEF’s Representative, Dr. Suomi Sakai, said today.
UNICEF Pays Tribute to Saudi Initiatives in the Area of Humanitarian Cooperation
RIYADH / DUBAI, April 11, 2006 – Highlights of UNICEF's Arabic Humanitarian Action Report 2006 were brought to the world's attention through the launch of the publication today in Riyadh as the UN Children's Fund praised significant contributions by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to several emergency situations and relief operations in the region and worldwide.
UN Condemns Attack on a School in Kunar Province
KABUL, 11 April 2006 - I am shocked and saddened to have learned that an attack on a school in Kunar province this morning has resulted in the death of six children and wounded fourteen other people.
UK Invests £22 Million to Improve the Lives of Zimbabwe's Orphans and Vulnerable Children
NEW YORK / LONDON / HARARE, 11 April 2006 – The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has given £22 million to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Zimbabwe in a bid to improve the plight of orphans and vulnerable children across the country.
UNICEF: Arab world to play important role in emergencies
DUBAI, April 10, 2006 – Speaking at the inauguration of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Re-Development Conference, DIHAD 2006, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah today stressed the need for enhanced Arab collaboration in the field of humanitarian assistance to crisis countries around the world.
UN Girls' Education Initiative launch in Dakar
DAKAR, 11 April 2006 - The complexity of the issues preventing girls from accessing school requires a diverse group of partners to address them with the goal of moving girls’ education forward, at every level and in every setting. The United Nations family is launching the United Nations Girls' Education Iniative and participants are meeting to kick off the new partnership.
UNICEF calls for support to long-lasting crises
Media Advisory, 10 April 2006 - At the launch of the Humanitarian Action Report 2006 - Arabic, UNICEF calls for continued support to long-lasting crises in the region and worldwide.
Oxford conference examines role of education in conflict
MEDIA ADVISORY, 6 April 2006 - Conference to explore the role of education in avoiding conflict, during conflict and post-conflict situations and to develop a research agenda.
Colombia, land of children and adolescents, seeks to make children the focus
Colombia, a South American country with around 17 million children and adolescents, will see a critical moment for children this Thursday, April 6, when the 32 governors gather in the city of Medellín to show how they have responded to eight major problems facing children: maternal health, infant health, nutrition, civil birth registration, education, sexual and reproductive health, protection and a healthy environment.
Support for 600,000 Iraqi Children Currently Missing Out on Education
BAGHDAD / AMMAN 5 April 2006 - The needs of 600,000 Iraqi children who, for a variety of reasons, have missed out on their formal education, have just been addressed in a three-day workshop involving the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Iraqi Ministry of Education (MoE), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and other technical experts.
Saving Children from the Tragedy of Landmines
NEW YORK, 4 April 2006 – Ridding the world of landmines and other explosive remnants of war could be accomplished in years instead of decades, saving thousands of children from devastating injuries and death, UNICEF said today on the first International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
School Fees for Africa: Coming to grips with an elusive promise
NAIROBI, 4 April 2006 – UNICEF, the World Bank, USAID and a range of partners are developing a “How-To” Guide for countries seeking a breakthrough in universal basic education by abolishing school fees. Drawing on the experience of African countries that have eliminated school fees, the goal is to help countries develop education systems that are inclusive, equitable and sustainable.
UNICEF Appoints Tennis Champion Roger Federer as Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 3 April 2006 – Roger Federer, the No. 1 tennis player on the ATP circuit and a passionate advocate for children, was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador today.
Survival is Greatest Challenge for Haiti's Children
MONTREAL / MADRID, 22 MARCH, 2006 – Children born in Haiti are more likely to die during early childhood than in any other country in the Western Hemisphere, according to ‘Child Alert: Haiti’, a report released by UNICEF today.
Chile: President Bachelet launched reform on early childhood
CHILE, 31 March 2006 - Yesterday President Michelle Bachelet announced the creation of a Technical Advisory Council to reform the government’s early childhood policies. The Council, integrated by 14 members including UNICEF, is part of President Bachelet’s goal to implement a new social welfare system.
400 Million Children Deprived of Safe Water
MEXICO CITY/NEW YORK, 21 March 2006 - As world leaders gather to discuss solutions to the global water crisis, a landmark meeting of children called for urgent help for 400 million children struggling to survive without safe water.
Second round in 2006 of the polio immunization campaign to reach all children in Sudan
KHARTOUM, 3 April 2006 – As part of the global initiative to eradicate polio, the Sudanese Federal Ministry of Health of the Government of National Unity and Ministry of Health of the Government of Southern Sudan, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other partner organizations, launched the second round of the national polio immunization campaign which will take place from 3 to 6 April 2006.
Criminal charge in child soldier case a milestone in protecting children
Friday’s arrest of Thomas Lubanga by the International Criminal Court, on a charge of conscripting and enlisting children and actively using them in hostilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sends an important message that the international community will not tolerate the use of children in armed conflict, UNICEF said. It shows the high priority that the international community gives to combating crimes against children.
UNICEF provides humanitarian assistance to children affected by the earthquake in Lorestan
TEHRAN, 3 April 2006 – UNICEF Iran has sent around 10,000 blankets and 300 tents to Lorestan province to provide immediate relief to children and families affected by the recent earthquakes. The supplies will begin to arrive in the city of Boroujerd tonight and will be distributed immediately.
$130M boost for India's children
NEW YORK 13 March 2006 - U.K. International Development Minister, Gareth Thomas, today announced USD $130 million (£75 million) in funding for an expanded DFID and UNICEF Strategic Partnership for India, to accelerate the progress to Millennium Development Goals.
Despite Progress, Women Still Subjected to Widespread Violence and Discrimination
WASHINGTON, D.C., 8 March 2006 -- Despite great progress for women in the past several decades, women throughout the world are still subjected to discrimination, violence and exploitation, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today.
Southern Sudan “goes to school”
JUBA, SOUTHERN SUDAN, 1 April 2006 – Hundreds of thousands of children will go to school for the first time in Southern Sudan this year. A massive “Go To School” campaign aims to more than double the number of children in primary school during the course of the school year, which starts on Monday.
UNICEF Ambassadors Agnes Chan, Jackie Chan in duet for children
NEW YORK, 7 March 2006 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for JapanAgnes Chan Monday evening launched her debut United States album, Forget Yourself, (Bungalo/UMVD) at a live performance hosted by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman.
UN Executive Directors and HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium encourage more action to address impact of AIDS on children and young people in Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, 17 February 2006 – The Executive Directors of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Mathilde of Belgium in her capacity as the UNAIDS and UNICEF Special Representative for Children and AIDS, today encouraged greater action to support children and young people in Tanzania in the AIDS response.
After two years of drought, Ethiopian children are facing new diseases
GENEVA, 31 March 2006 - Ethiopian children are facing an outbreak of lethal diseases – from diarrhea to malaria - after short rain showers hit parts of the country's drought-stricken Oromia region.
Joint mission praises Rwanda’s AIDS response, urges continued leadership, coordination
KIGALI, RWANDA, 14 February 2006 – Leaders from Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, UNICEF and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS today heralded the progress Rwanda is making in their AIDS response and pressed for continued leadership and improved coordination to ensure further success.
World not doing nearly enough to protect children affected by AIDS
LONDON, 9 February 2006 - The global response to children affected by HIV and AIDS does not come close to matching the enormity of their rapidly expanding plight. By 2010 an estimated 18 million children in sub-Saharan Africa alone will be orphaned by the disease. Children living with sick and dying parents remain extremely vulnerable, and an estimated 4 million infected children do not have access to appropriate treatments.
4.8 million Iraqi children vaccinated against polio
AMMAN / BAGHDAD, 31 March 2006: By 23 April, 4.8 million of Iraq’s children under the age of five will have received the necessary vaccinations that will help protect them from polio and reinforce the country’s polio free status.
UNICEF welcomes new Special Representative for children and armed conflict
NEW YORK, 8 February 2006 – UNICEF today congratulated Radhika Coomaraswamy on her appointment as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict.
UNICEF highlights challenges children face in Peru's coca growing areas
LIMA, 9 February 2006 -- UNICEF today presented “Children in the Coca Areas”, a study that describes the plight of children who live in the areas of Peru where coca is grown.
UNICEF Constructs Water Tank Tower for Catholic Hospital
MONROVIA, Liberia, 30 March 2006 – UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, today turned over to the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Congo Town a newly constructed water tank tower.
Drought creating crisis for children in Horn of Africa
NEW YORK – 7 February 2006 - A major crisis has hit the Horn of Africa, where a severe drought is endangering an estimated 1.5 million children under the age of five, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF hails progress toward ending female genital cutting
NEW YORK, 6 February 2006 - UNICEF today applauded the women and men who are working together to end the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and to respect the right of girls to grow to womanhood without harm to their bodies.
World No. 1 Tennis Star Roger Federer Serves ACEs for Children, Joins UNICEF as Goodwill Ambassador
MEDIA ADVISORY, 30 March 2006 - ATP World No. 1 tennis player Roger Federer has been an outstanding Ambassador for children for several years both as a UNICEF supporter and as the founder of his own foundation, The Roger Federer Foundation, for disadvantaged children in South Africa. The seven-time Grand Slam champion helped the United Nations launch the “International Year of Sport and Physical Education” with Kofi Annan in 2004.
UNICEF seeks $805 million for humanitarian emergencies
GENEVA / NEW YORK - 23 January 2006 - UNICEF appealed to donors today to provide $805 million to assist children and women in 29 humanitarian emergencies.
UNICEF receives $76 million from Government of Japan
NEW YORK, 30 March 2006 – The Government of Japan has announced it will donate US $76 million to UNICEF in support of its work in 15 countries.
Four Small Governments Take Big Step for Children Affected by HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, 28 March 2006 -- UNICEF thanked the governments of San Marino, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Monaco today for joining together to support the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign.
UN launches $92 million appeal for Sahel countries
DAKAR, 28 March 2006 - The United Nations launched a funding appeal today in Dakar for Sahelian countries for approximately $92 million for 2006. The funds are required to cover the food and nutrition needs of one of the poorest regions in the world.
Regional seminar Scaling up Parliamentary Efforts for Children and AIDS
MEDIA ADVISORY, 28 March 2006 - This seminar is the fourth of a series of regional seminars organized with African parliamentarians as part of a campaign on children infected and affected by AIDS in Africa. The campaign was launched by AWEPA (Europeans Parliamentarians for Africa) in 2004 in collaboration with UNICEF, the North-South Centre for the Council of Europe, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and other partners, to enhance parliamentary efforts in scaling up programmes for children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
Improved formula for oral rehydration salts to save children's lives
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 20 March 2006 — The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF today announced a new formula for the manufacture of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS). The new formula will better combat acute diarrhoeal disease and advance the Millennium Development Goal of reducing child mortality by two-thirds before 2015.
Children and Young People Missing in Regional Response to HIV/AIDS
22nd March, Hanoi – Children must be at the centre of a dramatically scaled up response to HIV and AIDS in East Asia and the Pacific, organizers of the first high level regional meeting focusing on children and AIDS said.
Grammy award winning singer Youssou N’Dour to announce new initiative to prevent malaria and to promote better health in Africa
New York, NY, 22 March 2006 — Malaria is the largest killer of children in Africa, killing a child every 30 seconds. Every year, an estimated 300-600 million people suffer from the disease. When Malaria strikes, it slows economic growth costing African nations about $12 billion each year, and prevents our future generations from attending school hindering their social development. Its prevention is an important part of poverty reduction and economic development.
On eve of new Afghan school year, UNICEF warns of continued threat facing women and children
Kabul 21 March 2006 – As Afghanistan’s new school year officially begins tomorrow (Wednesday) UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Rima Salah, has warned of a continued threat facing Afghan women and children from high rates of child and maternal mortality, low levels of school enrolment and neglect of children’s fundamental rights.
Darfur Funding Crisis Threatens Children's Health and Protection
17 MARCH, 2006 –GENEVA/WASHINGTON, DC – UNICEF reported today that severe funding shortages for the Darfur region of Sudan could have a direct and immediate impact on children.
Bangladesh responds to first case of polio in five years with massive immunisation campaign
Dhaka, 16th March, 2006 - Bangladesh will immunize 18 million children under the age of five years three times in the next three months due to the re-emergence of the poliovirus after an absence of the disease for more than five years. The last reported case of polio in Bangladesh was in August 2000.
UNICEF promotes actions to ensure birth-certificate for all children in Brazil
BRAZIL, 14 March 2006 - With the participation of the Special Secretariat for Human Rights, UNICEF launched this Monday, March 13th, a campaign about the importance of realizing all Brazilian children's right to a free birth certificate.
UNICEF, YMCA Team Up to Promote Youth Leadership
GENEVA, 14 March 2006 – UNICEF and the World Alliance of YMCAs announced the launch of a formal alliance to work together to support and promote child development, health, education and values of equality, respect and tolerance. The two organizations will support activities that enhance youth leadership and the meaningful involvement of young people in creating a more just and peaceful society.
Landmark children's meeting launches at 4th World Water Forum
MEDIA ADVISORY, 14 March 2006 - The Children’s World Water Forum (CWWF) is a landmark children’s meeting on water, survival and education, taking place at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City from 16-22 March. Over 100 young water activists from over 30 countries across the world will meet government ministers to discuss how children can help solve the world’s growing water crisis. Many of these children have amazing stories to tell leading water and hygiene projects in some of the word’s poorest communties.
Millions of Asian children living in stateless limbo
BANGKOK, 14 March 2006 – International children’s agencies today called for urgent and far-reaching action to ensure that every child receives a birth certificate, a piece of paper that is crucial for international efforts to combat global poverty.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director to visit Afghanistan
Kabul 13 March 2006 – UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director Dr. Rima Salah will start a week-long visit to Afghanistan on Sunday 19 March, hoping to draw global attention to the progress being made for the country’s women and children while highlighting unmet needs in areas of health, education and protection.
UK Minister at UNICEF to Announce $130 Million for Support to Children of India
MEDIA ADVISORY, 10 March 2006 - Letters of intent to be exchanged between UNICEF and the UK Department of International Development for $130 million for the DFID-UNICEF Strategic Partnership Trust Fund for India This five year programme will accelerate progress towards child-related MDGs in India, with a particular focus on the poorest states and socially excluded groups.
Global measles deaths plunge by 48% over past six years
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 10 March 2006 - An ambitious global immunization drive has cut measles deaths by nearly half between 1999 and 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today.
Sad Day for Children of Gaza
GAZA CITY – 7 March 2006 - UNICEF said Monday was a sad day for the children of Gaza, after five were killed in conflict-related incidents.
UNICEF expresses grave concern over attacks on schools
Baghdad/Amman, 3 March 2006: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is appalled and extremely concerned by recent statistics issued by Iraq’s Ministry of Education (MoE), reporting that 64 children have been killed and 57 others injured in attacks on Iraqi educational institutions in the past four months alone.
UNICEF and WSSCC Launch “WASH Partnership”
NEW YORK, 3 March 2006 – UNICEF and the Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) are forging links and raising their collaboration to a new level by entering into a “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Partnership” to be announced at a special event on Monday, 6 March at UNICEF House.
UN leaders urge new effort to end suffering of million in Africa's Great Lakes region
BUJUMBURA, 2 March 2006 – The heads of three of the largest United Nations humanitarian agencies today urged the international community to match political progress in the Great Lakes region with a new commitment to end the suffering of the millions of people forgotten by the rest of the world.
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Abducted UN staff member freed
Nairobi, 2 March 2006 – The United Nations has confirmed the release of UNICEF staff member Mr Robert McCarthy.
UNICEF denounces violence against women and calls on all Zimbabweans to halt the horror
HARARE, 1 March – The United Nations Children’s Fund today called on Zimbabwe’s political and community leaders to campaign widely and forcefully to end the growing tide of violence against women and girls in Zimbabwe.
UN condemns violence in Iraq
BAGHDAD/AMMAN, JORDAN, 1 March 2006: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UNICEF Iraq Country Office strongly condemn the continuing violent attacks in Iraq which are taking an ever-increasing number of civilian lives, particularly those of children.
UNICEF and Catholic Medical Mission Board Unite to Fight AIDS in Children
NEW YORK, March 1, 2006 - UNICEF and the Catholic Medical Mission Board signed an agreement today to collaborate globally to expand the reach of programmes to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and provide paediatric care and treatment.
Japan Provides $6.78 Million to Liberia’s Children
MONROVIA, Liberia, 1 March 2006 - The Government of Japan has contributed US$6.78 million to UNICEF to help provide more than 5,000 demobilized children associated with fighting forces with a basic primary school education or vocational skills training. The funding will also be used by UNICEF and its partners to provide 300 Liberian schools and 50 health centres with new water and environmental sanitation services.
Viet Nam Eliminates Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
HANOI/MANILA/BANGKOK, 28 February, 2006 - Viet Nam has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus as a public health problem, the Ministry of Health of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UNICEF announced today.
UNICEF Applauds School Exams; Opening of Schools in Northern Zone of Côte d'Ivoire
Abidjan/Dakar/Geneva – 28 February 2006 – After more than 2 school years in which primary and high school students in the Northern Zone of Côte d'Ivoire have not been able to be complete their schooling with official exams at 3 key academic levels – certificate of primary school, certificate of the first cycle of the high school and the final certificate of high school (the so called baccalaureat) - the Government of Côte d'Ivoire has decided to organize these 3 exams in the Northern Zone. This will allow more than 80,000 students to write their exams and continue with their education.
UNICEF, Baylor College Agreement to Improve Access to Pediatric AIDS Treatment in Africa
The UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa and the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) signed an agreement today to work together to improve access to antiretrovirals and other treatments for children living with HIV/AIDS in the region.
One Week Later, Veneman Returns to Africa
Azerbaijan: Mass immunization campaign against measles and rubella
BAKU, 24 February, 2006 – Around three million children and young people aged 7-23 nationwide and 7-29 in Baku will be immunized against measles and rubella between 27 February and 13 March in Azerbaijan.
Emergency supplies dispatched to Philippines
PHILIPPINES, 24 February 2006 - UNICEF is dispatching more emergency health supplies to the Philippines, where a mudslide took countless lives as it devoured a village last Friday, February 17th.
UN agency heads on unprecedented trip to the Great Lakes region
GENEVA, 24 February 2006 – The heads of three of the United Nations largest humanitarian agencies are embarking on their first joint mission to visit their common operations. On Saturday, they travel to the neglected Great Lakes region at Africa’s heart to highlight the suffering of millions of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees.
Bangladesh prepares for its largest public health campaign: 33.5 million children vaccinated against measles in three weeks
DHAKA / GENEVA, 17th February 2006: Bangladesh is getting ready to mount the biggest Measles vaccination campaign in the world from 25th February-16th March 2006. An estimated 33.5 million children aged between 9 months and under 10 years will be vaccinated during the 20 day period.
UNICEF hails new Haitian president’s promise to children
Port-au-Prince, 16 February 2006— UNICEF today congratulated Rene Preval on his election as President of Haiti, and hailed his renewed commitment to children.
Zimbabwe: In fight against HIV, youth hold the key
HARARE, 16 February– As the UN Children’s Fund launched another youth project in Zimbabwe, it again stressed that young people are the solution to further reducing the HIV rate in the country.
Diarrhoea and cholera in Southern Sudan
RUMBEK / GENEVA, 14 February 2006 - Today, UNICEF is chartering a Buffalo cargo aircraft to deliver nutritional supplies to Yei, as part of an expanded multisectoral response to the diarrhoea outbreak in the Central Equatoria region of Southern Sudan. The outbreak has spread from the crossroads town of Yei to outlying villages and most recently to the capital of Southern Sudan, Juba. One sample (from Juba) so far has tested positive for cholera, according to a WHO statement.
Haiti: Elections offer hope but children struggle daily
GENEVA, 10 February 2006 – Political Instability, chronic poverty and lack of protection are just some of the challenges facing children in Haiti, whose lives are a daily struggle.
Statement by Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah on her visit to northern Uganda
The following is a statement by Ms Rima Salah, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, today concluding her visits to Kitgum (2-3 February) and Gulu Districts (4 February, with H.E. Philippe Douste-Blazy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of France).
UNICEF hails new anti-trafficking law in Benin
COTONOU, 2 February 2006 – UNICEF today hailed the adoption of a new law to combat child trafficking in the Republic of Benin. The law was unanimously adopted by the National Assembly of Benin on January 30 in Porto Novo.
Polio Endemic Countries Hit All-Time Low of Four
Geneva/Evanston/Atlanta/New York, 1 February 2006 – The number of countries with native polio has dropped to an all-time low of four, as polio eradication efforts enter a new phase involving the use of next-generation vaccines targeted at the two surviving strains of virus.
The situation for children in Malawi is still dire
Geneva, 31 January 2006 - The humanitarian situation in Malawi remains very serious, due to a deadly combination of chronic poverty, bad weather conditions, bad harvest, a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and an outbreak of cholera.
As leaders prepare to agree Afghan Compact, UNICEF urges “Women and Children First”
Kabul/London/Geneva, 30 January 2006 – As representatives of more than 70 countries sit down tomorrow with leaders of the Afghan Government to shape the reconstruction framework for the nation, UNICEF is urging delegates to maintain a clear focus on the development needs of children and mothers.
Malnutrition and disease pose grave risks to children in drought-ravaged areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia
Nairobi, 25 January 2006 – As a severe drought, the worst in a decade, ravages parts of East Africa and the Horn, appeals are going out to the world community for resources for the approximately six million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance in southern Ethiopia, northern Kenya and central and southern Somalia. The drought is taking a high toll on an estimated 1.2 million affected children under the age of five, who are especially vulnerable to the threats posed by malnutrition and disease.
UNICEF: End the Abuse in Zimbabwe
HARARE 23 January 2006 - In the wake of a worsening orphan crisis and accusations this week against a headmaster who allegedly raped six primary school pupils, the United Nations Children’s Fund today repeated its call for communities to speak out against all forms of child abuse.
Veneman recaps year of increased humanitarian relief work for UNICEF
NEW YORK, 16 January 2006 - The major earthquake in Pakistan, a potential Avian Flu outbreak, new partnerships in the fight against AIDS and Malaria, and striving to meet the Millennium Development Goals, by attending to the world's most vulnerable children, were just some of the many challenges UNICEF took on in 2005, Veneman told UNICEF's Executive Board.
Lao PDR opens first shelter for women, children
The Lao Women’s Union, with support from UNICEF and other international partners, has opened Lao PDR’s first shelter for women and girls who have suffered abuse through domestic violence or trafficking.
Government of Japan provides US$2.256 million to Liberia’s children
MONROVIA, Liberia, 12 January 2006 -- The Government of Japan has contributed US$2.256 million to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, to protect Liberian children from infectious diseases, including malaria and acute respiratory infections.