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UN in India condemns the gang rape of a student in New Delhi
Joint Statement - 31 December 2012

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the proposed Russian adoption ban
Statement - 26 December 2012

Assessment of UNICEF finds strategic improvements over last three years
NEW YORK, 31 December 2012 – A network of 17 donor countries that rate the effectiveness of multilateral organizations today published its most recent assessment of UNICEF, finding that it had shown it was able to strengthen its effectiveness and to coordinate efforts to address key issues.

Urgent action needed to improve water and sanitation for displaced in Myanmar’s Rakhine State despite some progress
Sittwe, Myanmar, 21 December 2012 – Tens of thousands of people displaced by conflict in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state and living in temporary camps have inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene conditions and limited access to safe water, increasing health risks to people in and near the sites.

Largest distribution of essential items in years starts to displaced in eastern DR Congo
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 21 December 2012 – With heavy rains underway in eastern DR Congo, more than 23,800 displaced families today began receiving essential items including plastic sheeting, blankets and clothing in the largest distribution of such items in years in North Kivu province.

Humanitarian agencies appeal for US$1 billion as Syrian refugee exodus grows
GENEVA, 19 December 2012 – The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, and its partners today appealed to international donors for US$1 billion to support refugees...

UNICEF, WHO condemn attacks on polio ‘heroes’ in Pakistan
Joint Statement - 19 December 2012

UNICEF supports emergency evacuation of vulnerable children in the Central African Republic
BANGUI, 18 December 2012 ― Following a rebel attack in the Northeast of the Central African Republic and threats of more in surrounding areas...

WHO and UNICEF condemn attacks on health workers in Pakistan
Joint Statement - 18 December 2012

EU Nobel Peace Prize award to help build foundation
BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 18 December 2012 – The decision by the European Union (EU) to give a portion of the Nobel Prize award to UNICEF, means that...

UNICEF highlights ‘silent threats’ to children in the aftermath of Typhoon Bopha
MANILA, 14 December 2012 – UNICEF and leading children’s non-governmental organizations today expressed concern about the threats to children in the...

DPRK national nutrition survey released
PYONGYANG, 13 December 2012 - “Modest but significant,” was how UNICEF’s representative in the Democratic Republic of Korea, Desiree Jongsma...

Findings launched of major survey of children and women in Iraq
BAGHDAD, 12 December 2012 – The Government of Iraq and UNICEF today launched the results of the most comprehensive survey on the situation of...

UNICEF calls for end to violence against children in Thailand’s deep South
BANGKOK, 12 December 2012 – A UNICEF official today urged an immediate halt to violence against children in Thailand’s restive southern provinces, where...

850,000 children treated in Sahel for severe acute malnutrition in 2012: UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA, 11 December 2012 – A UNICEF progress report says that more than 850,000 children are expected to have received life-saving treatment...

DR Congo: Over 600 schools looted or damaged by conflict this year
KINSHASA, 10 December 2012 – New clashes in the North Kivu province have more than doubled the total number of schools affected by conflict this year to...

Iraq launches national education strategy
BAGHDAD, 9 December 2012 – The Government of Iraq has launched a new national education strategy to improve access to quality education for Iraq’s 33...

Amid conflict and displacement, Syrian children receive lifesaving vaccinations
DAMASCUS, 7 December 2012 – An emergency vaccination campaign is under way in Syria to protect young children against measles and polio, diseases that...

UNICEF focus on clean water and sanitation for homeless from Typhoon Bopha
MANILA, 7 December 2012 – UNICEF is providing assistance with a focus on clean water, temporary sanitation and basic supplies for families...

UNICEF Statement on school shelling near Damascus
Statement - 5 December 2012

UNICEF and UNESCO launch Post-2015 Global Consultation on Education
NEW YORK, 4 December 2012 – UNICEF and UNESCO launched today a “global online conversation” to ensure that education is effectively addressed as...

Reaching every child: GAVI Alliance Partners’ Forum
Media advisory

Five new countries endorse the Paris Commitments to end the use of children in conflict
NEW YORK, 3 December 2012 – Today, Bolivia, Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Kuwait and Yemen endorsed the ‘Paris Commitments’ to end the recruitment and...

100 millionth person receives lifesaving meningitis vaccine
GENEVA, 3 December 2012 – A revolutionary meningitis vaccine will reach the 100 millionth person this week in a region of Africa that has been plagued by...

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom spends a day with South African Children
CAPE TOWN, 2 December 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom met with children and young people near Cape Town today to learn...

Children must be protected in Syrian conflict, says UNICEF
Statement - 29 November 2012

On World AIDS Day: More pregnant women and children must get treatment, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 28 November 2012 – New HIV infections in children are down, but reaching the goal of an AIDS-free generation requires treating more...

UNICEF readies winter supplies for Syria crisis
DAMASCUS/AMMAN/GENEVA, 23 November 2012 – UNICEF is urgently mobilizing more than 100,000 children’s clothing kits and around 160,000...

UNICEF scales-up response, calls for stronger combat against child malnutrition in Rakhine State
Rakhine State, MYANMAR, 23 November 2012 - While precise information about nutrition levels in Myanmar’s Rakhine State is still difficult to obtain...

Children caught in the frontlines in DRC, UNICEF steps up support
GOMA / NEW YORK, 21 November 2012 – As clashes between M23 movement and the Congolese Army continue in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo...

The Government of Japan has stepped up to help out Hurricane Sandy-affected children in Haiti by improving WASH and nutrition
TOKYO, 20 November 2012 – Japan has decided to contribute nearly USD $1.2 million by way of UNICEF to the most vulnerable children in Haiti after...

5.3 million Children in Iraq still deprived of many rights
BAGHDAD, 20 November 2012 – On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF calls for urgent action for Iraq’s most vulnerable children...

On Universal Children’s Day, look to the future, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 November 2012 – On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF issued a new research paper highlighting global demographic shifts forecast for...

UNICEF calls for the protection of children in Eastern DR Congo
KINSHASA/GOMA, 19 November 2012 – Heavy clashes around Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between M23 rebel fighters and...

On World Toilet Day, ending open defecation is possible, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 November 2012 — On World Toilet Day, UNICEF says that trends in the past five years allow for cautious optimism that significant progress...

ECHO provides €7 million to help UNICEF combat child malnutrition in Yemen
SANA’A/BRUSSELS, 19 November 2012 - The European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) is increasing...

UNICEF calls for children to be protected in Gaza and Israel
NEW YORK, 16 November 2012 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Gaza and Israel and its impact on children...

Prevention of water-borne diseases and support for malnourished children a priority for UNICEF in Rakhine State, Myanmar
BANGKOK, 13 November 2012 - Since unrest broke out in Rakhine State in Myanmar in June, UNICEF has provided urgently needed help to save severely...

Pneumonia still number one killer
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, 12 November 2012 – Marking the fourth annual World Pneumonia Day, November 12th, world leaders and the Global...

UNICEF Japan Goodwill Ambassador Agnes Chan visits children in the occupied Palestinian territory
JERUSALEM, 9 November 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan, Agnes Chan, has ended a three-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory...

Media Advisory: Count Every Child - A State Responsibility
Media Advisory

Maternal and neonatal tetanus eliminated in China
BEIJING, 5 November 2012 – China has been declared free of one of the world’s major causes of preventable death of mothers and newborns...

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on World Polio Day
Statement - 24 October 2012

Vaccine suppliers integral to achieving polio free world
COPENHAGEN, 24 October 2012 - On World Polio Day, UNICEF has commended the continued contribution of industry to global polio eradication efforts...

UN report: Indigenous children on the sidelines of society
NEW YORK, 17 October 2012 – Indigenous children face extreme forms of exclusion and discrimination and are often deprived of access to education, health...

Looming threat of winter key concern among Syrian refugees
MAFRAQ, Jordan, 15 October 2012 – UNICEF is accelerating plans to help children and families displaced by the Syria crisis deal with the coming winter...

South Africa’s children still live in unequal worlds
CAPE TOWN, 17 OCTOBER 2012 - Rising income inequality has serious consequences for children today, and for South Africa’s future...

Nigeria launches initiative to save one million lives by 2015
ABUJA, Nigeria, 16 October 2012 - Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan today launched Saving One Million Lives, an ambitious and comprehensive...

On Global Handwashing Day UNICEF says: It’s not complicated, but it’s crucial
NEW YORK, 15 October 2012 – As the world celebrates the fifth annual Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF emphasizes the fact that the very simple act of...

UNICEF focuses on ending child marriage on the International Day of the Girl Child
NEW YORK, 11 October 2012 – On the first International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF and partners are highlighting joint efforts to end child marriage...

UNICEF condemns shooting of school girls in Pakistan
Statement - 10 October 2012

Pakistan is first South Asian country to launch vaccine against childhood pneumonia
ISLAMABAD, 9 October 2012 – Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani, Minister of Inter-Provincial Coordination announced today the introduction of a new vaccine to protect...

UNICEF to reach more Syrian children and families
AMMAN, 9 October 2012 – UNICEF is expanding its operation within Syria and in the countries affected by the Syrian crisis to cope with the growing needs of...

EU contributes € 10 million to UNICEF education programmes for children of Syrian refugees and host communities in Jordan
AMMAN, 7 October, 2012 - The European Union (EU) donated a further €4.6 million to UNICEF for emergency education programmes in Jordan, benefiting Syrian refugee children as well...

Joint Message from UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, ILO and Education International on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day
NEW YORK/GENEVA/PARIS, 5 October 2012 – On this World Teachers’ Day, we take a stand for teachers. Teachers are the foundation of good schools...

Pakistan: UNICEF reaching 183,000 people daily with safe water; urgently needs funds to continue and scale up flood response
ISLAMABAD, 28 September 2012 – UNICEF has begun reaching 183,000 flood-affected people every day with safe drinking water in Punjab, Balochistan...

ECHO gives €1.9 million to UNICEF to respond to sudden emergencies
BANGUI, 2 October 2012 ― UNICEF said today the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) had agreed...

UN Secretary-General hails progress in scaling up nutrition
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 27 September 2012 —The global Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement gained momentum today at a meeting led by...

Global luminaries unite to issue urgent call for a polio-free world
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 27 September 2012 – In a display of solidarity, leaders from around the world today vowed to capitalize on progress achieved...

UN Secretary General’s New Initiative Secures over $1.5 billion for Education ahead of 2015 target
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 26 September 2012 – United Nations Secretary - General BAN Ki-moon today secured over $1.5 billion in commitments for...

UN Commission sets out plan to make life-saving health supplies more accessible
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 26 September2012 – A new plan and set of recommendations to improve the supply and access of life-saving health supplies...

Barcelona Football Club President and UNICEF Executive Director Power up the Promise
NEW YORK, 26 September 2012 – Barcelona Football Club (FCB) President Sandro Rosell and Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, met today...

Global Leaders Demand Immediate Attention to Children’s Education in Crisis Zones
NEW YORK, 24 September 2012 – Global leaders from governments, international organizations and civil society today endorsed an urgent Call to Action to

Finance and social sector Ministers from Asia and the Pacific meet to brainstorm quality investments that will improve children’s lives
HA NOI, Viet Nam, 24 September 2012 – Government representatives from 16 countries across East Asia and the Pacific began a three-day meeting today...

UNICEF and partners bring child survival to the Social Good Summit
Media Advisory

UN Secretary-General to launch major new education initiative
Media advisory

Speech by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict
Speech - 19 September 2012

UNICEF, partners in race to assist displaced & refugee Syrian children return to learning
AMMAN, 17 September 2012 – Children across Syria are returning to school this week for the start of the new academic year, but they do so in a state of

The Government of Niger and partners pursue efforts to address malnutrition
NIAMEY, 17 September 2012 - The severity of the food and nutrition crisis in Niger has been confirmed by a national survey revealing high rates of malnutrition...

India and Afghanistan unite to end polio now
SRI LANKA, 18 September 2012 - Indian batting superstars Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina, together with Afghanistan captain Nowroz Mangal and...

UNICEF Ambassador in Serbia Novak Djokovic calls for investment in quality early childhood education during his visit to a kindergarten
BELGRADE, 18 September, 2012 – Novak Djokovic, UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia and the celebrated tennis champion, visited today the...

UNICEF mobilizes response to Yunnan Earthquake
BEIJING, 14 September 2012 – UNICEF is mobilizing to send urgently needed support for children affected by the 5.7 magnitude earthquake which recently...

Diverse countries are making rapid progress in child survival – UNICEF report
NEW YORK, 13 September 2012 – Countries across the world are making rapid progress in reducing child deaths, demonstrating that it is possible to radically...

Accelerating progress on child survival since 2000, UN says
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 September 2012 – The pace of reducing child deaths has accelerated sharply since 2000, according to new data released today...

Eighty-six percent decline in measles cases brings Western Pacific Region closer than ever to measles elimination
ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 12 September 2012 - Measles cases are at an historic low in the Western Pacific Region and it’s making...

UNICEF and European Commission put children first in emergencies
NEW YORK / BRUSSELS, 11 September 2012 – The European Commission will continue to prioritise funding for children in humanitarian emergencies, despite...

Towards an inclusive and equitable world for children with disabilities and marginalized children
Media advisory...

UNICEF scales up emergency health and nutrition response to meet increasing needs of children affected by crisis in Syria
AMMAN, 6 September 2012 – Thousands of Syrian children are being screened to prevent malnutrition as part of a regional response to meet the growing health...

UN Agencies warn that cholera epidemic is spreading in West Africa
DAKAR/ BRAZZAVILLE, 5 September 2012 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are warning that the current cholera emergency in West Africa...

African Ministers to agree on steps to strengthen civil registration throughout the continent
DURBAN, South Africa, 6 September 2012 - Recognizing the crucial role of effective civil registration for social and economic development, Ministers from...

IKEA, UNICEF programmes reach 74 million children in India
LEIDEN, The Netherlands/NEW YORK/NEW DELHI, 5 September 2012 - Throughout the month of September, IKEA and UNICEF will celebrate over ten...

UNICEF and UNESCO present a new report on education in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA/MONTREAL/SANTIAGO, 31 August 2012 – In Latin America and the Caribbean there are approximately 117 million boys, girls and adolescents in the...

Pau Gasol: "Thanks to everyone’s help many lives are being saved"
N´DJAMENA, 31 august 2012 - Pau Gasol, Silver Medalist at the 2012 Olympics, the two-time NBA champion and a UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003...

Rwanda wins prestigious commonwealth education award
MAURITIUS, 30 August 2012 – Rwanda today won a prestigious Commonwealth Education Good Practice Award for its work on fast tracking Nine Year...

Young Leaders from London 2012’s International Inspiration programme carry Paralympic Flame
LONDON, 29 August 2012 - Three young people today fulfilled the opportunity of a lifetime to run with the Paralympic Torch as a result of their involvement in...

As refugee crisis escalates, Syrian children in Jordan need urgent support
AMMAN, 27 August 2012 – UNICEF is urgently appealing for additional funds to meet the emergency health, protection, and water and sanitation needs of...

UNICEF says hardest part yet to come in providing drinking water to millions
STOCKHOLM, 27 August 2012 - As World Water Week kicks off, UNICEF says that despite tremendous progress in the last two decades in bringing access...

UNICEF and UNESCO Unite with Partners to Define Education’s Role Beyond 2015
NEW YORK, 28 August 2012 – UNICEF and UNESCO, with other United Nations (UN) agencies and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), will launch a...

Pau Gasol: I’m in Chad to remind people that one million children are at risk in the Sahel because of the nutritional crisis
N'DJAMENA, 24 August 2012 - Pau Gasol, Silver Medalist at the 2012 Olympics, the two-time NBA champion and UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003, is in...

UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah calls for the end of recruitment of children in armed groups in Central African Republic
N’DELE, Central African Republic, 24 August 2012 – At the end of his five-day mission to the Central African Republic, UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by...

UNICEF launches Innovate for Children website to accelerate progress
COPENHAGEN, 23 August 2012 – With a view to merging inspiration with technical expertise, UNICEF announced today the launch of its Innovate for Children...

Safe and unimpeded access critical for humanitarian workers, says UNICEF on World Humanitarian Day
NEW YORK, 19 AUGUST 2012 – On World Humanitarian Day, UNICEF called on all parties in conflicts around the world to allow humanitarian workers safe...

UNICEF raises the alarm in Mali over recruitment of children
BAMAKO/GENEVA/DAKAR, 17 August 2012 - UNICEF has received credible reports that armed groups in the north of Mali are increasingly recruiting and...

Timor-Leste: Ban Ki-moon and Gordon Brown visit UNICEF-supported school
DILI, TIMOR-LESTE, 16 August 2012 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, and Director-General...

UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War to participate in the release of children from armed groups in Central African Republic
Media advisory

UN agencies welcome effort to curtail marketing of infant formula in Thailand
BANGKOK, 10 August 2012 – A Cabinet-level Thai Government initiative to monitor and control the marketing of infant formula and other substitutes for...

A year without polio: Angola celebrates victory with a vision to eradicate
LAUNDA, 10 August, 2012 – Today, Angola marks a year without a new wild poliovirus case, moving the world a step closer to the final global goal of eradicating...

Two million fans for UNICEF Facebook
NEW YORK, 9 August 2012 – UNICEF has reached 2 million fans on Facebook and has marked the occasion with a personal thank you message to fans from...

UNICEF celebrates the unique worldview of indigenous children and richness of their voices
NEW YORK, 9 AUGUST 2012 – On International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, UNICEF joins the international community in celebrating the unique...

UNICEF needs $133 million to respond to crises for children and women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
KINSHASA, 7 August 2012 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern for vulnerable people, especially women and children, in the Democratic Republic of...

UNICEF: High prevalence of child maltreatment in East Asia and the Pacific - stronger focus on prevention needed
NEW YORK/BANGKOK, 7 August 2012 – Unacceptable physical abuse is causing long-term damage to the lives and futures of far too many children in...

Children bearing the brunt of the Syrian conflict, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 3 August 2012 – As violence engulfs many parts of Syria, UNICEF is alarmed that children continue to bear the greatest brunt of the tragedy...

Make breastfeeding easier for mothers, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 August 2012 – On the 20th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF says strong national policies supporting breastfeeding could...

UNICEF scales up response amid spike in Syrian refugee children and families reaching Jordan
AMMAN, 29 July 2012 – With intensified conflict in Syria causing a dramatic increase in the number of Syrian children and families fleeing to Jordan, UNICEF...

Remarks by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC
Remarks - 22 July 2012

UNICEF response amid the ongoing violence in Syria
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 21 July 2012 - Despite the upsurge in fighting in Damascus and elsewhere in Syria this week, UNICEF is continuing to deliver essential aid...

Polio eradication worker shot and killed in Karachi, Pakistan
KARACHI/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 21 July 2012 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are deeply saddened by the killing of Mr. Muhammad Ishaq, a local community worker...

Horn of Africa crisis one year on: famine reversed, countless lives saved, but situation of millions of women and children still grave
NAIROBI, 20 July 2012 - A year ago today, the crisis in the Horn of Africa reached boiling point when the United Nations declared famine in two regions of...

UNICEF, WHO leadership forum on innovation for elimination of new HIV infections among children
Media advisory

UNICEF supplies to help 120,000 people in northern Mali against cholera
BAMAKO, 16 July 2012 – UNICEF is sending 20,000 water, sanitation and hygiene kits to the North of Mali as part of its emergency response to a cholera...

Inaugural TEDxJUBA will live stream from Juba, South Sudan, 13 July
Media advisory

UNICEF at 2012 International Aids Conference from 22-27 July in Washington D.C.
Media advisory

Cholera upsurge kills more children in the Sahel
DAKAR/GENEVA, 10 July 2012 - As the rainy season unfolds across the Sahel, a recent upsurge of cholera that has killed over 60 people and sickened about...

One year on for the world’s youngest nation: The future of South Sudan’s children hangs in the balance
JUBA, South Sudan, 6 July 2012 - UNICEF calls for the rights and well-being of children to be made an urgent priority in the development of the country as the...

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan meets young trafficking survivors in Myanmar
YANGON, 7 July 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and martial arts icon Jackie Chan concluded a three-day visit to Myanmar today...

Violence against children mounting in Mali – UNICEF
BAMAKO/GENEVA, 6 July 2012 - UNICEF today expressed grave concern over the situation in northern Mali, where evidence shows children are being killed...

UNICEF campaigns for children’s rights in Mexico election period
MEXICO CITY, 5 July 2012 – On 1 July, almost 50 million Mexicans voted for a new president and other office-holders. They also voted for children as the...

UNICEF supports Libyan moves to strengthen child protection in the post-conflict period
TRIPOLI, Libya, 5 July 2012 – The Libyan Minister of Social Affairs with support from UNICEF and the International Medical Corps (IMC) today launched a...

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan in Myanmar: “Children are not for sale”
NEW YORK/ YANGON, 3 July 2012 – Celebrated actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan arrives in Myanmar this week on a three-day mission...

Syria refugee crisis requires urgent funding to scale up response for children -- UNICEF
AMMAN/GENEVA, 29 June 2012 – UNICEF urgently requires $14.4 million to meet the emergency needs of a growing number of Syrian refugee children...

UN and partners appeal for $193 million to help Syrian refugees
GENEVA, 28 June 2012 - UN humanitarian agencies and partner organizations appealed on Thursday for urgent new funds to help meet the needs of growing...

Award-winning youth drama Shuga: Love, Sex, Money to reach new audiences in radio format
NEW YORK, 27 June 2012 - Shuga: Love, Sex, Money will hit the airwaves today in its new radio format in six countries: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of...

New data for Afghanistan show improvements for women, children in health, education and well-being
KABUL, 27 June 2012 – Some significant improvements were made in the health, education and well-being of women and children in Afghanistan, according...

Myanmar and UN sign landmark plan of action to release children from armed forces
YANGON, 27 June 2012 – The Government of Myanmar and the United Nations today signed an action plan to prevent the recruitment and use of children by...

UNICEF needs $146 million to assist children and women in the Sahel in 2012
NEW YORK, 22 June 2012 – UNICEF urgently requires US$146 million to address the humanitarian needs of children and women in the Sahel in 2012...

UNICEF combats malnutrition in Pakistan with EU support
BRUSSELS, 22 June 2012 – UNICEF has received 3 million euro (USD$3.7 million) from the European Commission to combat malnutrition among women and...

Children released by armed group in northern Central African Republic
AKOURSOULBAK, Central African Republic, 22 June 2012 – UNICEF welcomes the release of 32 children by the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace...

Report finds millions of children never vaccinated, UNICEF calls for action to reach them
Statement - 20 June 2012

WFP, UNICEF WHO and FAO Hail REACH Initiative on child undernutrition as foundation for sustainable development goals
RIO DE JANEIRO, 20 June 2012 – Rio + 20 presents an opportunity for agreement on the future we want. It is a future that will be determined by global...

Remarks by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director on Sustainable Development in an Unequal World at Rio+20
Remarks - 20 June 2012

UNICEF joins EU talks to scale up aid for the Sahel and increase people’s resilience
BRUSSELS, 18 June 2012 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt today joined the European Union in talks in Brussels to address the Sahel...

UNICEF calls for social inclusion of children with disabilities in Africa
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2012 – A 17-year-old, who lost his sight at the age of ten due to river blindness, speaks for many of Africa’s children...

Remarks by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director at Call to Action Child Survival Forum
Remarks - 14 June 2012

UNICEF welcomes public and private pledge to scale up treatment of childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia
Statement - 14 June 2012

World unites to accelerate progress in ending preventable child deaths
WASHINGTON, D.C. 14 June 2012 – Today over 80 governments and a multitude of partners from the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations...

Deaths and injuries to children increase as a result of the on-going conflict in Afghanistan
KABUL, 13 June 2012 – Children in Afghanistan continue to be killed and injured as a direct result of the on-going conflict in the country and these incidents...

Good News: Fewer Maternal and child deaths but too many women and children still dying
WASHINGTON/LONDON, 13 June 2012 - Since 1990, annual maternal deaths have declined by almost one half and the deaths of young children have declined...

Global leaders to chart course towards the end of preventable child deaths
Media advisory

UNICEF appeals for funds to respond to growing children’s emergency in the Sahel
DAKAR/GENEVA, 11 June 2012 – Appealing today for funding, UNICEF said today nearly a quarter of a million children under 5 suffering from severe acute...

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director on the latest killings of children in Syria
Statement - 9 June 2012

Tackling deadliest diseases for world’s poorest children can yield huge gains – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 June 2012 – A new report from UNICEF focuses on the huge potential to narrow the child survival gap between the richest and the poorest...

UNICEF to save $22 million through transparency in buying bed nets
NEW YORK/COPENHAGEN, 6 June 2012 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said today that a more transparent and competitive market will...

Libya: Celebrating World Environment Day 2012 with tree planting
TRIPOLI, Libya, 05 June 2012 – To mark World Environment Day, the Libyan Ministry of Education and UNICEF came together with children at a Tripoli...

Tens of millions of children living in poverty in the world’s richest countries
BRUSSELS, 29 May 2012 – As debates rage on austerity measures and social spending cuts, a new report reveals the extent of child poverty and child deprivation...

UNICEF joins Google in launching the Online Family Safety Centre
PRETORIA, 1 June 2012 – UNICEF has joined Government, civil society, media companies and Google to launch the South African version of the Google...

UNICEF outraged by child massacre in Syria
Statement - 26 May 2012

England win back their Soccer Aid crown
MANCHESTER, 28 May 2012 - A crowd of nearly 70,000 turned out to Manchester United’s Old Trafford this evening to witness England defeat Rest Of The...

Footballer “Chicharito” named UNICEF National Ambassador for Mexico
MÉXICO CITY, 26 May 2012 - Mr. Javier Hernández, also known as “Chicharito” or “Little Pea”, was named a UNICEF National Ambassador for Mexico...

The Measles & Rubella Initiative Welcomes World Health Assembly Commitment to Measles and Rubella Elimination Goals
Atlanta/Geneva/New York/Washington 25 May 2012 -: The global partnership committed to the elimination of measles, rubella...

Make malnutrition the first priority for Yemen, UNICEF urges
SANAA, 25 May 2012 – UNICEF today urged that fighting malnutrition in Yemen should be an absolute priority following a Friends of Yemen meeting in Riyadh...

Polio eradication shifts into emergency mode
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 24 May 2012 – Despite the dramatic drop in polio cases in the last year, the threat of continued transmission due to funding and...

UN Commissioners aim to adopt new recommendations to increase access to health commodities
NEW YORK, 22 May 2012 – Affordable, life-saving medicines and health supplies with the potential to save millions of lives are not reaching the children and...

UNICEF condemns killings of children in North and South Kivu in DR Congo
Statement - 22 May 2012

UNICEF: Mali instability increases health risks for children and mothers

Investing in nutrition security is key to sustainable development
This article, by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, is reprinted from G8: The Camp David Summit – Route 2012: The Road to Recovery, courtesy of the G8 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Somalis need continuing support to withstand future shocks
Nairobi, 13 May 2012 - UNICEF remains extremely concerned about the large number of Somalis in crisis including 325,000 acutely malnourished children. The recovery from last year’s drought and famine is very fragile and the population remains vulnerable to any future shocks such as poor rains or outbreaks of diseases.

FCB and UNICEF strengthen their partnership for children in four countries
Barcelona, 10 May 2012 – In an event at the stadium of the legendary football team, Barcelona FC, the FC Barcelona Foundation and UNICEF today powered up their promise to improve the lives of millions of children through sport and education.

UNICEF condemns deadly attack on monitoring team working to provide better education to the children of Afghanistan
KABUL, 10 May 2012 – UNICEF was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the deliberate attack in Paktika province on Tuesday, on a convoy of fifteen staff members from the Department of Education of the Government of Afghanistan. According to reports, five people were killed and seven were injured

Triple disaster threatens children in Northern Mali
BAMAKO, MALI, 8 May 2012 – UNICEF says that children in the north of Mali are among the most vulnerable in the Sahel region, confronted not just by the food and nutrition crisis from the prolonged drought, but also by displacement and the effects of armed conflict in that part of the country.

UNICEF welcomes Russian Federation ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
MOSCOW/GENEVA, 4 May, 2012 – UNICEF congratulates the Russian Federation for ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, describing it as a great step forward for people with disabilities, particularly children.

The Central African Republic organizes the African Week of Vaccination
BANGUI, Central Africa Republic, 4 MAY 2012 - Following other countries in Africa, the Central African Republic is organizing its African Week of Vaccination from the 4 to 10 May. This is the second round of a campaign that was very successful in April 2011.

European Commission donates 16.5 million Euros to UNICEF’s Sahel appeal as dry season begins
BRUSSELS/DAKAR, 2 May 2012 – UNICEF said today it had received two donations from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) to provide treatment for children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the Sahel nutrition crisis in West and Central Africa.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on reported rapes, child recruitment in northern Mali
NEW YORK, 1 May 2012 – “Yesterday Human Rights Watch issued a compelling report that details testimony about abductions and rapes of girls and women by armed groups in northern Mali and the recruitment and use of children by armed groups.

UNICEF Rings Alarm Bells as Breastfeeding Rates Plummet in East Asia
Bangkok, 1 May 2012 – UNICEF is worried about major declines in breastfeeding rates across East Asia and today called for greater attention to the critical importance of breastfeeding for children’s survival and cognitive development, as well as economic development in the region.

First Mother-and-Baby Friendly Hospital in the Pacific
HONIARA, 30 April 2012 – The Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today declared the National Referral Hospital in Honiara, Solomon Islands “Mother-and-Baby Friendly”.

Complementary feeding campaign launched in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, 27 April 2012 - The Royal Government of Cambodia with UNICEF, USAID and the World Health Organization and other partners launched a nationwide campaign today to ensure children aged from six to 24 months receive adequate nutrition from a combination of complementary food and breast milk.

Charles Taylor verdict serves as warning to war-time leaders, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 April 2012 – The verdict against former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone is a victory for children recruited and used in war and will serve as a warning to other war-time leaders and warlords, UNICEF said today.

UNICEF marks World Malaria Day
NEW YORK, 25 April 2012 – Despite great progress in the fight against malaria, the disease remains the third largest killer of children globally, UNICEF said today on World Malaria Day

UNICEF urges access to early learning for the most disadvantaged children
NEW YORK, 25 April 2012 - As the world celebrates Global Action Week for Education, UNICEF calls for attention and investment to provide early learning opportunities to all children, especially the poor and marginalized.

Millions of adolescents falling behind, especially in Africa – UNICEF report
NEW YORK, 24 April 2012 – Over the past 20 years, adolescents have benefitted from progress in education and public health. Yet the needs of many adolescents are neglected with more than 1 million losing their lives each year and tens of millions more missing out on education, says a new UNICEF report today.

Global partners launch new plan to control and eliminate measles and rubella
ATLANTA / GENEVA / NEW YORK / WASHINGTON, D.C., 24 April 2012 ― Today, the partners leading efforts to control measles announce a new global strategy aimed at reducing measles deaths and congenital rubella syndrome to zero.

UNICEF condemns killing of children in attack on school in Iraq
BAGHDAD, 23 April 2012 – UNICEF condemns an attack that took place yesterday on a secondary school that killed two children and injured one near the northern Iraqi city of Tikrit.

Donors, countries to reach millions more people with water and sanitation
WASHINGTON DC, 20 April, 2012 – At a meeting today called by UNICEF and The World Bank, donors announced new plans to greatly expand access to improved water and sanitation for millions of people over the next two years.

UNICEF calls for the protection of children affected by crisis in Syria
GENEVA, 20 April 2012 – UNICEF said today it was deeply concerned over the continued suffering of children caught up in the crisis in Syria, and is calling for additional funds to address the needs of Syrian children now sheltering in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Unexploded ordnance and landmines killing more children in Yemen
SANAA, 20 April 2012 – UNICEF expressed grave concern today that children are increasingly becoming victims of landmines and unexploded ordnance.

High level meeting sets course towards Water and Sanitation for All
WASHINGTON DC, April 19, 2012 –- Ahead of the World Bank’s Spring Meetings here this week, government ministers from almost 40 developing countries... more

Leaders discuss priority health Commodities that save Women’s and Children’s lives
NEW YORK, 17 April 2012 – Representatives from the United Nations, the private sector, governments, philanthropy, academia and civil society met today for the first time under the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children.

UNICEF concludes investigation into misappropriation of funds in a project in Pakistan
NEW YORK, 13 April 2012 – UNICEF said today that in 2010 its internal financial oversight system uncovered irregularities in a school rehabilitation project...

UNICEF joins initiative for greater transparency about its aid spending
NEW YORK, 13 April 2012 – UNICEF said today it had joined the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) to improve public accessibility to...

UNICEF report: despite recent improvements, outlook for the Horn of Africa increasingly worrisome
NAIROBI, 11 April 2012 – The massive humanitarian response in the Horn of Africa in 2011 reversed the spread of famine and saved tens of thousands...

Break the cycle of disasters for the children of the Sahel and act now, says UNICEF
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 4 April 2012 – As malnutrition reaches emergency levels across the Sahel with at least one million children at risk, UNICEF’s Executive...

UNICEF: Ending child under-nutrition critical to achieving virtually all MDGs by 2015
KAMPALA, 2 April, 2012 – UNICEF today appealed for the inclusion of nutrition security as an essential element of every national development plan...

Irish golfer Rory McIlroy and UNICEF in global partnership
DUBLIN/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 3 April 2012 - Irish golfer Rory McIlroy and UNICEF today announced a major extension of their global partnership...

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake to Chad
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Delhi Daredevils partners with UNICEF in its initiative to empower adolescent girls in India
NEW DELHI, March 30, 2012: In an effort to support and strengthen the adolescent girls of India, Delhi Daredevils along with Virender Sehwag today announced their partnership with UNICEF.

UNICEF steps up its response to children affected by the crisis in Syria
GENEVA / AMMAN, 23 March 2012 — As the impact of the ongoing crisis in Syria ripples across the region, UNICEF has unveiled plans to address...

UN launches commission on life-saving commodities for women and children
NEW YORK, 23 March 2012 – UNICEF and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today launched a high-level commission to improve access to...

UNICEF: On World Water Day, poor rural people missing out
NEW YORK, 22 March 2012 – As the world commemorates World Water Day, UNICEF called on governments to pay particular attention to those who...

How to meet 111 million children in four days
BRAZZAVILLE/DAKAR, 21 March 2012 - Health Ministries, UN agencies and communities are uniting with tens of thousands of volunteer immunizers over...

‘Disaster is stalking children in the Sahel’
DAKAR / GENEVA, 16 March 2012 - UNICEF is warning that there is little time left to stave off a disaster facing more than a million children aged below...

UNICEF applauds landmark ruling on war crimes against children
NEW YORK, 14 March 2012 - UNICEF today applauded the International Criminal Court’s conviction of Thomas Lubanga of war crimes for recruiting children...

UNICEF denounces killings of children, women in Syrian city of Homs
AMMAN, 12 March 2012 – UNICEF today denounced the reported killing of children and women whose bodies were found in the Syrian city of Homs on Sunday

H.R.H. Princess Mathilde of Belgium meets with urban children in Viet Nam
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, 15 March 2012 - Her Royal Highness (HRH) Princess Mathilde of Belgium today visited UNICEF-supported projects in...

Calle 13, MTV and UNICEF, launch “MTV EXIT”
MANAGUA, 14 March 2012 - Thirteen-time Latin Grammy winners Calle 13 joined forces with UNICEF and MTV Latin America to launch MTV EXIT...

As more children die in Kandahar, UNICEF highlights the impact of conflict on children
Statement - 13 March 2012

UNICEF concerned over the impact of violence on children in Gaza and Southern Israel
JERUSALEM, 12 March 2012 – UNICEF expressed today deep concern over the impact on children of the recent escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip and...

Millennium Development Goal drinking water target met
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 6 March 2012 – The world has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without...

Yemen - nationwide measles campaign launched as child deaths from the disease increase
SANA’A, 10 March 2012 - The Government of Yemen in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO, USAID, ICRC and other partners today launched a...

Lenny Kravitz supports UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene efforts
NEW YORK 6 March 2012 - Lenny Kravitz – GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and actor - is using his voice and talent to do more...

Cities are failing children, UNICEF warns
NEW YORK, 28 February 2012 – Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services, UNICEF warns in...

Government of Japan donates $6.6 million to UNICEF to address grave humanitarian situation amongst Yemen’s children
SANA’A, 5 March 2012 - Humanitarian efforts for children in Yemen have received a critical boost as the Government of Japan continues its support to...

Speech by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director at the launch of State of the World’s Children event
Speech - 28 February 2012

Children and the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: UNICEF at work
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“If children’s rights will be achieved anywhere, it will certainly be in the cities.”
SOWC 2012 - Question and Answer

UNICEF’s leading role in child protection recognized by Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award
NEW YORK, 27 February 2012 – UNICEF’s work to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse was honoured at Tufts University’s Education for...

Central African Republic launches national immunization campaign to eradicate polio
BENZAMBE, CAR, 24 February 2012 – A national immunization campaign to eradicate polio was launched today in the Central African Republic...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Syria following the report of the independent international commission of inquiry
Statement - 23 February 2012

UNICEF, UNGEI, UN Women and Plan International Side Event for the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Media advisory

Time to focus on urban childhoods, UNICEF says in flagship report
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Mia Farrow calls for better protection of children against polio and violence in the DRC
BUKAVU / NEW YORK - 22 February 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow wrapped up her visit to the Democratic Republic of the...

Mia Farrow launches polio vaccination campaign in Chad
N’DJAMENA, Chad 17 February 2012 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow participated today in the launching ceremony of the national polio...

UN agency chiefs call for comprehensive and robust arms trade treaty
Statement - 17 February 2012

UNICEF and partners gear up to assist victims of cyclone Giovanna in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 14 February 2012 – UNICEF, the national office for disaster response and other humanitarian partners are gearing up their relief...

UK – UNICEF Partnership on support to Zimbabwe’s health sector set to expand
Harare, 16 February 2012 - Zimbabwe’s health sector today received a major boost after the United Kingdom announced a new contribution of 74 million pounds...

UNICEF statement on children caught in the bloodshed in Syria
Statement - 7 February 2012

Join Mia Farrow at Google Plus Hang Out from DR Congo
Media Advisory

President Sirleaf launches Children’s Law of Liberia
MONROVIA, 4 February 2012 – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf today officially launched the Children’s Law of Liberia to protect children and their right to...

UNICEF appeals for $1.28 billion for its humanitarian operations to assist children in 2012
GENEVA, 27 January 2012 – UNICEF appealed today for US$1.28 billion to fund its humanitarian operations in 2012, assisting children in more...

UNICEF: In conflict and crisis, children with disabilities must not be forgotten
DOHA, Qatar, 24 January 2012 – Children with disabilities must not be forgotten during crises and conflict, UNICEF said at an international conference...

Kuwait funds UNICEF to help victims of the Van earthquake in Turkey
NEW YORK, 24 January 2012 – The State of Kuwait has contributed $250,000 to UNICEF in Turkey to support UNICEF's humanitarian response to victims of the...

On first official visit to Yemen, new UNICEF Regional Director voices concern over child malnutrition
SANAA/AMMAN, 24 January 2012 – UNICEF Regional Director Maria Calivis concludes today a two-day visit to Yemen where she saw first-hand...

India records one year without polio cases
ATLANTA/EVANSTON, Ill./GENEVA/NEW YORK/SEATTLE, 12 January 2012 – India appears to have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission, tomorrow...

Op Ed on elimination of cholera transmission in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Call to Action: A Cholera-Free Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic)
Media Advisory

UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake visits Nepal
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UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake visits Bangladesh
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DFID provides UNICEF with new funding to help Zambia reach health and environment MDGs with Equity
LUSAKA, Zambia, 9 January 2012 - The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting the UNICEF sanitation and...

Two years after earthquake, little victories for children in Haiti recovery — UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 9 January 2012 – UNICEF today released a report showing that two years after the earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti, the situation for children in...

Conflict over, 1.2 million children to return to school in Libya
TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI, Libya, 6 January 2012 – More than 1.2 million children return to school in Libya on Saturday, 10 months after evacuating classrooms...

Youssou N’Dour steps down as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 5 January 2012 – UNICEF said today that legendary giant of world music Youssou N’Dour had temporarily stepped down from his role as a...

Thirty-five UNICEF-constructed schools inaugurated in flood-affected districts of Southern Punjab
ISLAMABAD, 4 January 2012 – UNICEF and partners today welcomed the opening of 35 new schools in Muzaffargah, Rajanpur and Rahimyar Khan in...


 

 

 

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