Press releases and news notes
Americas and the Caribbean
UNICEF Colombia receives first group of children released from FARC-EP ranks
BOGOTA, 10 September 2016 - FARC-EP, Colombia's largest armed group, released today eight children from its ranks and handed them over to UNICEF in a temporary reception centre.
Fans of the Olympic and Paralympic Games urged to help protect children
BRASILIA/NEW YORK, 3 August 2016 – UNICEF today launches a global sports initiative to engage people in its work for children. Sports enthusiasts worldwide can get involved in the Olympic and Paralympic action for free by signing up to Team UNICEF Get Active for Children, a scheme that unlocks a R$5 corporate donation every time participants complete 5km by foot or wheelchair.
Twelvefold increase in Zika cases since Ecuador earthquake
NEW YORK/PANAMA/QUITO, 18 July 2016 – Three months after the Ecuador earthquake, the number of Zika Virus cases increased from 92 to 1,106 country-wide, with the sharpest increase in the quake-hit areas.
UNICEF welcomes signing of Government of Colombia-FARC ceasefire
NEW YORK/ BOGOTA, 23 June 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the signing today by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, of a bilateral ceasefire and disarmament agreement to end the conflict in the country.
UNICEF welcomes FARC’s announcement to release all children in its ranks
BOGOTA, Colombia/NEW YORK, 16 May 2016 – UNICEF welcomes the agreement by the Government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, for the release of all children under the age of 15 from FARC’s ranks.
100 babies born every day in areas worst hit by Ecuador quake – UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 May 2016 – Up to 100 babies on average are born every day in Esmeraldas and Manabí, the provinces worst hit by the Ecuador earthquake, UNICEF said today.
Ecuador earthquake leaves 120,000 children temporarily out of school - UNICEF
NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/QUITO, Ecuador, 26 April 2016 – More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education, UNICEF said today.
First airlift of UNICEF relief items reaches quake-hit Ecuador
NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/QUITO/GENEVA, 22 April 2016 – A first airlift of 86 metric tons of UNICEF relief items landed in Quito, Ecuador, last night, as the number of children affected by the earthquake reached 250,000.
At least 150,000 children affected by Ecuador earthquake – UNICEF
NEW YORK/ GENEVA/PANAMA CITY/QUITO, 19 April 2016 – At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 15 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates.
Over 250,000 children affected by Colombia conflict since 2013, despite peace talks – UNICEF
BOGOTA/NEW YORK, 19 March 2016 – More than 250,000 children have been affected by the conflict in Colombia since peace talks between the Government and the country’s main armed opposition group (FARC-EP) started three years ago, UNICEF said in a report released today.
As Zika spreads, UNICEF works to help keep communities safe
NEW YORK/PANAMA/GENEVA, 2 February 2016 – With the Zika virus now a public health emergency affecting more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF is working with governments to mobilize communities to protect themselves from infection.
UNICEF and Shakira: press briefing on early childhood development
NEW YORK, 18 September, 2015 - Upcoming UNICEF and Shakira: press briefing on early childhood development
FC Barcelona’s Iniesta and Ter Stegen meet with children in Los Angeles to discuss sports and values
LOS ANEGELES, USA, 22 July, 2015 – At an event hosted by UNICEF and FC Barcelona, a group of students in Los Angeles, California, met with players Andrés Iniesta and Marc-André Ter Stegen to discuss the critical role that sports play in children’s lives and development around the world.
Brazil: Homicides of children and teenagers double in 20 years – UNICEF report
BRASÍLIA, Brazil, 16 July 2015 – The number of children and teenagers murdered in Brazil has more than doubled in 20 years, according to a new UNICEF report marking 25 years since the introduction of the Child and Adolescent Statute.
David Beckham supports UNICEF’s campaign to end violence against children and adolescents in El Salvador
LONDON, 16 February 2015 – One week on from launching 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund – a new global initiative that will protect children in danger around the world - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has today added his voice to UNICEF’s ‘¿No te indigna?’ campaign to end violence against children and adolescents in El Salvador.
2.6 million more children plunged into poverty in rich countries during Great Recession
ROME/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 28 October 2014 – A new UNICEF report shows that 2.6 million children have sunk below the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries since 2008, bringing the total number of children in the developed world living in poverty to an estimated 76.5 million.
UNICEF: Indigenous children left behind in their countries’ progress
NEW YORK, 8 August 2014 – Indigenous children continue to miss out on their rights and face discrimination on a daily basis, UNICEF said today to mark the 2014 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Bolivia’s new Code on Children welcome, but concerns remain -- UNICEF
PANAMA CITY, 23 July 2014 – UNICEF welcomes Bolivia’s new Code for Children and Adolescents but remains concerned about two exemptions that leave children as young as 10 at risk of child labour.
New sanitation campaign aims to end cholera in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, July 16, 2014 – UNICEF and the Haitian government have intensified the fight against cholera, with the launch this week of the National Sanitation Campaign, aiming to eliminate open defecation in the country.
Campaign by UNICEF and Save the Dream calls on people to report violence against children
BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, 20 June 2014 - The campaign "It's in your hands to protect” invites people to call “Disque 100” and other organizations that specialize in child protection to report incidents of violence against children and adolescents
UNICEF statement on Tweet by National Ambassador of the Dutch National Committee for UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 June 2014 – The football related tweet issued yesterday in her private capacity by Nicolette Van Dam, who is also a national ambassador for the Dutch National Committee for UNICEF, was inappropriate and highly offensive. UNICEF condemns its content.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits more than 150 children participating in a ‘sports for development’ focused project in Brazil
SALVADOR/BRASILIA, Brazil, 16 June 2014 - One hundred and fifty children and adolescents from communities in Salvador and neighboring municipalities welcomed today’s visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Boca do Rio beach-side sports field in Salvador.
Dramatic increase of unaccompanied children seeking to enter the United States
NEW YORK, 10 June 2014 – “UNICEF welcomes the urgent relief efforts by the Government of the United States to address a record increase in the number of unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, seeking to enter the US.
UNICEF Spain appoints Sergio Ramos as its newest National Ambassador
CURITIBA, Brazil, 10 June 2014 - Real Madrid and Spanish National Team star football player, Sergio Ramos, was appointed today as UNICEF Spain’s newest ambassador during an event with youth in the Brazilian city of Curitiba where he is participating in a UNICEF program for the promotion of fair play and the right to sport.
Cartoon Network Latin America joins the UNICEF initiative 'Vamos Jogar' to promote the right to safe and inclusive sport and play of children in Latin America and the Caribbean
ATLANTA, United States / PANAMA CITY, 4 June 2014 – The children’s television channel Cartoon Network, through its social responsibility program 'Cartoon Movement', today joined ‘Vamos Jogar’, an initiative of social mobilization and political commitment promoted by UNICEF and the City of Rio de Janeiro to foster the right to safe and inclusive sports, recreation and play for all children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thus, Cartoon Network Latin America becomes the first media partner of this initiative.
UNICEF appoints Parreira as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports
BRASÍLIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, 22 May 2014 - UNICEF today appointed Carlos Alberto Parreira, the technical director of Brazil’s national football team, as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports. As of today, Parreira becomes part of the team of celebrities supporting UNICEF's work in Brazil in defending and promoting the rights of children and adolescents.
Fans have a chance to be in Star Wars: Episode VII
LOS ANGELES, 21 May, 2014 - Today in a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announced the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its innovative programs that are benefitting the world’s most vulnerable children.
Statement on the United States Government’s announcement on vaccination campaigns
NEW YORK, 20 May 2014 - “WHO and UNICEF appreciate the commitment by the U.S. Government to stop making operational use of immunization campaigns.
UNICEF calls on football fans to take the protection of children into their own hands
NEW YORK/BRASILIA, 16 May 2014 – UNICEF Brazil has launched an app that allows users, with a few taps on their smartphones or tablets, to report cases of abuse, violence or exploitation of children.
Worrying trend of violence against children emerging in Honduras, warns UNICEF
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, 15 May 2014 – UNICEF is alarmed by the increasing generalized violence against children in Honduras. In a series of incidents, including domestic and gang-related violence, some 24 children are reported to have been murdered across the country in the past month.
UNICEF chief praises and calls for more progress for disadvantaged children in Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia, 2 May 2014 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake travelled to Bolivia this week to meet with children, families and government officials, to advocate for further progress in overcoming Bolivia's historic inequities.
Progress made for children in Peru, but equity gap remains visible, says UNICEF chief
LIMA, Peru, 28 April 2014 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake travelled to Peru this week where he met with children, community members, government officials and civil society partners to see how education, health and social protection programmes are bridging the equity gap between indigenous and non-indigenous children.
Statement attributable to UNICEF on the Constitutional Court decision on Dominican-born persons of Haitian descent
NEW YORK, 9 October 2013 – “The ruling by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic depriving Dominican-born persons of Haitian descent of their right to citizenship could have a devastating impact on thousands of children. Without a nationality, stateless children can be denied access to basic social protection programmes, cannot earn education certificates or graduate, or obtain an identity card or a passport. Without these basic protections and opportunities, these children are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
UNICEF and CECC-SICA report reveals that school failure affects more than 3.5 million children and adolescents
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, April 17, 2013 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination of Central American Integration System (CECC / SICA) launched today, in a joint effort, the report Finishing school in Central America: the pending challenges.
Mexico: Government and UNICEF launch ground-breaking study addressing child poverty
Mexico City, Mexico, 3 April 2013 - In a country known for its economic growth and financial integration, inequity remains an Achilles’ heel. Mexico’s national averages hide a reality of poverty and marginalization for millions of people, including children. In this context UNICEF, together with the national social policy evaluation agency CONEVAL, launched the study Child and Adolescent Poverty and Social Rights in Mexico.
Speed up progress for Guatemala’s children or risk a generation, says UNICEF
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, 22 March 2013 - Children belong in loving families and communities and not in institutions, no matter how well run, said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, on his visit to Guatemala.
UNICEF Tasks New York City Students with Solving Pressing Challenges to Child Survival
NEW YORK, 12 March 2013 – The City University of New York (CUNY) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 “Design for UNICEF” Challenge.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Time to focus on urban childhoods, UNICEF says in flagship report
Call to Action: A Cholera-Free Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic)
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...
Amidst widespread inequity, Mexico leads efforts to plan and monitor investment in children
MEXICO CITY, 23 December 2011 - The 2012 federal budget for Mexico will contain a critical innovation to improve equity for children and adolescents...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo, visits a UNICEF-supported facility that provides medical, psychological and legal assistance to children
Mexico City / New York, 19 October 2011 - During a visit to Mexico in the context of a concert later today, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo...
Empowering women and girls is key to address world’s challenges
NEW YORK, 13 September 2011 – Empowering women and girls will have a profound impact on the survival and well-being of children, UNICEF said today...
UNICEF focuses on the rights of indigenous children
NEW YORK, 23 May 2011 - UNICEF today reiterated its commitment to promote the rights of indigenous children during a Comprehensive Dialogue with the UN...
UNICEF: Investing in adolescents can break cycles of poverty and inequity
NEW YORK 25 February 2011 - Investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 now can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity, said UNICEF...
UN Adolescent Girls Task Force to brief governments, civil society
Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM/C
Joint statement - 6 February 2011
UNICEF and Save the Children thank IKEA customers for 11.4 million euro donation
NEW YORK, 24 January 2011 - The IKEA Foundation is donating 1 euro for each of the record 8.6 million soft toys and children’s books sold in over 300 IKEA stores...
Donors act quickly to save lives in Central Africa
WASHINGTON, DC, 24 January 2011 – Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, PSI (Population Services International), and UNICEF announced...
Child trafficking film premiere spotlights grave child rights abuse
NEW YORK, 19 January 2011 – Not my Life, an independent documentary on child exploitation and abuse today premiered at New York’s Lincoln Centre. The film...
Earthquake anniversary highlights need for basic systems to benefit Haiti’s children
GENEVA/PORT-AU-PRINCE, 7 January 2011 – One year after the devastating January 12 earthquake shook their fragile lives, Haiti’s 4 million children continue to...
UNICEF Executive Director visits cholera-impacted residents at Haiti Treatment Centre
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 16 December 2010 – During a visit to the Haitian capital yesterday, Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, spoke with cholera patients and heard...
UNICEF ready to assist children affected by floods in Colombia, Panama and Venezuela
PANAMA CITY/BOGOTA/CARACAS, 14 December 2010 - UNICEF today said the children’s agency is poised to support children and their families affected by...
UNICEF: Children as the conscience of the climate change process
CANCUN, 9 December 2010 – As the UN climate conference is entering its final days, children from Latin America and Indonesia reminded delegates of...
UNICEF supports Strategic Nutrition Framework for cholera response in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 6 December 2010 - The Ministry of Health (MSPP) with technical support from UNICEF has launched the Strategic Nutrition Framework...
UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Statement - 3 December 2010
Bringing the voices of youth to COP 16 in Mexico
NEW YORK, 1 December 2010 - The outcome of the global Climate Change conference (COP 16) being held in Cancun, Mexico will have an important impact on...
Norway renews large scale support for UNICEF’s education programmes and focus on equal rights for girls
NEW YORK, 29 November 2010 - The Norwegian Government renewed its long commitment to children today, by signing a new cooperation agreement to provide...
UNICEF expands its cholera response in Haiti and launches a massive social mobilisation campaign
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 23 November 2010 – UNICEF, alongside international NGO partners, is reinforcing its outbreak response by assisting cholera medical...
Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 21
NEW YORK, 20 November 2010 – 21 years ago today a remarkable milestone for the protection and realization of the rights of all children - the Convention...
UNICEF expands response to cholera outbreak in Haiti with supply distributions to communities and health centres
PORT AU PRINCE/GENEVA, 16 November 2010 - UNICEF is mobilizing all its staff and resources in an effort to stem the spread of cholera in Haiti...
UNICEF focuses response on children in storm-ravaged Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, 7 November 2010 – UNICEF teams are in the field and in Port-au-Prince conducting assessments and preparing to deploy...
IKEA stores launch the 2010 Soft Toys campaign
NEW YORK, 4 November 2010 - Between 1 November and 24 December 2010, IKEA Social Initiative will donate 1 euro for every soft toy and children’s...
UNICEF positions emergency supplies for tropical storm as cholera outbreak continues in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, 3 November 2010 – UNICEF is rushing to ensure adequate emergency supplies in preparation for a severe tropical storm, as it...
UNICEF assists in disseminating cholera prevention information in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 28 October 2010 – In addition to providing medical supplies, UNICEF is assisting government and humanitarian aid partners in...
UNICEF expands response to cholera outbreak in Haiti with supply distributions to communities and health centres
ST. MARC, HAITI, 25 October, 2010 – UNICEF, alongside the Ministry of Health, DINEPA (Direction Nationale de l’Eau Potable et de l’Assainissement) and...
UNICEF urgently responds to Haiti cholera outbreak
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, October 22, 2010 – UNICEF and its partners are working with urgency on the ground, responding to a recent outbreak of...
UNICEF is distributing medical and sanitation supplies in Artibonite, Haiti where cases of acute diarrhea are reported
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, October 21, 2010 – UNICEF, alongside the Ministry of Health, DINEPA (Direction Nationale de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement) and...
Achieving the MDGs with equity
Capturing the voices of young people at the World Youth Conference
LEON, MEXICO, 26 August 2010 - Engaging with adolescents and young people and discussing pressing issues they face in their lives is the goal of...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi visits Haiti to highlight plight of children six months after the earthquake
PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI, 15 July 2010 – Leo Messi, renowned FC Barcelona and Argentina national team soccer player completed his first field visit...
Haiti six months after the quake: risks, support and opportunities impact the lives of children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK, 12 July 2010 – Six months after the strongest earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years, the challenges to meet the needs of more than...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, welcoming the G8 Muskoka Initiative on maternal, newborn and under-five child health
Statement - 25 June 2010
UNICEF welcomes Kiwanis partnership to fight deadly maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide
NEW YORK, 24 June 2010 – UNICEF today welcomed the announcement of a new partnership with global volunteer network Kiwanis International...
Children are everyone’s business
NEW YORK, 24 June 2010 – At the opening of a major meeting of business leaders organized by the United Nations today, UNICEF, the UN Global Compact...
The United Nations calls on all countries to take extra steps to prevent the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and to protect children during armed conflicts
NEW YORK, 25 May 2010 – UN experts called for universal ratification of the two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child...
Sixty thousand Haitian children to receive life-saving vaccination as part of Vaccination Week of the Americas
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 29 April 2010 - An estimated 60,000 Haitian children under the age of five will receive life-saving immunization in the next...
The opportunities of adolescent girls as agents of social change
NEW YORK, 26 April 2010 - A major conference on adolescent girls, hosted by UNICEF and the New School University in New York, begins today.
Sanitation and water must no longer play second fiddle to other priorities
WASHINGTON, D.C. 21 April 2010 – Between 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to...
After January’s quake, humanitarian action in Haiti averts worse crisis for children, but much remains to be done
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 13 April 2010 - Three months after the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti and left its mark on over a million children, UNICEF...
Three months after earthquake, more children have chance to return to learning in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 5 April 2010 - Less than three months after a devastating earthquake that shook the lives of many children in the Haitian capital...
UNICEF marks International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
NEW YORK, April 4 2010 – UNICEF is marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (4 April) by calling for more decisive...
A Haiti fit for its children and young people
NEW YORK, 30 March 2010 – On the eve of an international donor’s conference for Haiti at the United Nations, Save the Children, SOS Children’s...
UNICEF welcomes announcement of next Executive Director
NEW YORK, 16 March 2010 – UNICEF today welcomed the UN Secretary-General’s announcement that Anthony Lake will take over as Executive...
UNICEF to provide support to nearly one million children affected by earthquake in Chile
SANTIAGO, 11 March 2010 - UNICEF will provide assistance to the estimated one million children and their families affected by the earthquake in...
Much more needs to be done to help Haiti’s children, says UNICEF Deputy Executive Director
PORT-AU-PRINCE, February 26, 2010 - Six weeks after the massive earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti, UNICEF is urgently scaling...
Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser appointed as UNICEF Jamaica Goodwill Ambassador
KINGSTON, 22 February 2010 – UNICEF Jamaica today named 23-year-old Shelly-Ann Fraser, one of the nation’s most accomplished female...
UNICEF Executive Director visits Haitian earthquake victims
NEW YORK, 8 February 2010 – Following a visit to Haiti, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman spent two days in the Dominican...
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits quake struck Port-au-Prince
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, 4 February 2010 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, which...
UNICEF Executive Director in visit to Haiti
NEW YORK, 3 February 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is departing today for the Dominican Republic as the first stop on...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman applauding Gates Foundation $10 billion pledge for vaccines
Statement - 2 February 2010
UNICEF: Canada’s G8 focus on maternal and child health will help global efforts
NEW YORK, 29 January 2010 – This week’s announcement by Canada that it will make maternal and child health a priority when it hosts the...
Call for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding in Haiti
NEW YORK, 21 January 2010 - During emergency situations, disease and death rates among under-five children are higher than for any other age group...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation of children in Haiti
Statement - 19 January 2010
More UNICEF life-saving emergency supplies, experts arrive in Port-au-Prince
NEW YORK, 16 January 2010 – Another plane loaded with UNICEF emergency relief supplies arrived in Port-au-Prince this morning, carrying...
UN Appeals for $562 million for humanitarian operation in quake-struck Haiti
NEW YORK, 15 January 2010 - UNICEF joined the United Nations appeal for $562 million for humanitarian operation in Haiti launched today...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the earthquake in Haiti
Statement - 13 January 2010
UNICEF rushing supplies to quake-stricken Haiti
NEW YORK, 13 January 2010 – UNICEF is rushing life-saving supplies and funding into the hardest-hit communities in Haiti...
UNICEF calls for universal ban of landmines at 10 year review of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention
Statement - 4 December 2009
UNICEF study unmasks child sexual abuse in Eastern Caribbean
BARBADOS, 25 November 2009 - A comprehensive study on child sexual abuse in the Eastern Caribbean has concluded that the practice is a...
Children share with presidential candidates in Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, 20 November 2009.- As part of the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child...
Future generations in jeopardy unless urgent efforts are made to tackle undernutrition, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 November 2009 – Approximately 200 million children under the age of five in the developing world suffer from stunted growth as a...
UNICEF awards Brazilian and Kenyan broadcasters the ICDB Awards
NEW YORK, 10 November 2009 – UNICEF awarded the 2009 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards to Rádio Justiça...
UNICEF assisting victims of flooding in El Salvador
EL SALVADOR, 10 November 2009 - UNICEF´s office in El Salvador has begun the first phase of humanitarian assistance to children affected...
Presidential candidates sign a declaration for children and adolescents in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, 12 October 2009 - In response to a call from UNICEF, the Presidential candidates from the political parties currently represented in the...
Her Majesty Queen Rania and Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director visit girls' school in East Harlem
NEW YORK, 21 September 2009 - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today met with...
Schools for Africa campaign expands to help millions more children
NEW YORK, 15 September 2009 - Education for millions of children in Africa received a major boost today as UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation...
Costa Rica seeks to achieve the guarantee of all child rights by 2021: President of Costa Rica approves first Child Public Policy
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, 9 September 2009 - As part of the celebration for the National Day of Children, the President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sánchez...
UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman defends UNICEF’s voice for children in Sri Lanka
Statement - 7 September 2009
New Security Council resolution enhances accountability and responses to violations against children in situations of armed conflict
NEW YORK, 5 August 2009 – UNICEF welcomes the UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption yesterday of a new resolution, Resolution 1882...
New Regional Director for UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean
GENEVA/NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY, 3 August, 2009 – UNICEF announced today the appointment of Mr. Bernt Aasen as its new Regional Director...
UNICEF mourns death of Professor Peter Townsend
NEW YORK, 15 June 2009 - With great sadness, UNICEF has learned that Professor Peter Townsend, a champion for children everywhere...
UNICEF Peru condemns the participation of children and adolescents in any situation of armed violence
LIMA, 1 June 2009 - As a result of the numerous complaints made with regard to children involved with armed groups in Peru, UNICEF Peru condemns the...
UNICEF statement welcoming the appointment of Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children
Statement - 1 May 2009
UNICEF: Grave violations of children’s rights during armed conflicts must end
NEW YORK, 29 April 2009 – UNICEF today joined the Secretary-General’s call for an end to the recruitment and sexual exploitation of children by armed groups in theatres of....
Global health visionaries gather to launch 'One World Against Malaria' Campaign
Global health leaders to address urgent crisis of prematurity and stillbirth
SEATTLE, 21 April 2009 - Every year around the world, more than three million stillbirths occur, and more than one million babies die...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Child Marriage
Statement - 13 April 2009
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on World Health Day 2009
Statement – 7 April 2009
UNICEF announces fifth annual young people’s summit, event linked to G8
NEW YORK, 26 March 2009 - UNICEF National Committees and country offices have begun the selection process for the fifth annual Junior 8 Summit...
World Water Day 2009
NEW YORK, 22 March 2009 – World Water Day 2009 calls for collective action to tackle the issue of access to safe drinking water and water sharing. This year’s theme....
Experts meet to discuss water scarcity issues at the fifth World Water Forum
NEW YORK, 19 March 2009 – UNICEF will raise the need to provide life-saving water and sanitation support to children, particularly during emergencies...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day 2009
Statement - 8 March 2009
IKEA social initiative adds $48 million to UNICEF's child health programme
NEW YORK, 23 February 2009 - UNICEF today announced that IKEA, through its corporate philanthropy arm, IKEA Social Initiative, is further expanding its support for children with a $48...
Fourth annual Global Immunization Meeting opens in New York
NEW YORK, 17 February 2009 – Partners in the global fight against vaccine-preventable diseases gathered today in New York for the fourth annual...
UNICEF hosts conference on innovation and development
NEW YORK, 11 February 2009 – Experts in technology, academics, UN officials and development professionals joined forces today at a conference...
UNICEF: Female genital cutting must stop
NEW YORK, 6 February 2009 – UNICEF today called for increased efforts to end female genital cutting, as the world marks International Day against Female Genital Mutilation.
Columbia University and UNICEF awarded top honour in USAID innovation competition
WASHINGTON D.C., 8 January 2009 – Columbia University and UNICEF received first-prize in the U.S. Agency for International Development ...
After string of school collapses in 2008, UNICEF says schools must be made safe for children
NEW YORK, 23 December 2008 – UNICEF called today for more concerted action to make schools safe for children.
IKEA and its customers show soft spot for children
NEW YORK, 16 December 2008 – In keeping with a tradition started four years ago, this holiday season the IKEA Social Initiative will use proceeds...
Global measles deaths drop by 74 per cent
ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 4 December 2008 – Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74 per cent between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750 000 to 197 000.
Early HIV testing and treatment can save newborn lives, new U.N. report released on World AIDS Day states
NEW YORK, 1 December 2008 – Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the prospects for survival of newborn babies exposed to HIV, according to a report released today...
World gathers in Brazil to reinvigorate fight against sexual exploitation of children
RIO DE JANEIRO, 25 November 2008 - Nearly 3,000 participants from over 125 countries are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to exchange lessons and experiences...
On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF welcomes new initiative to aid children affected by conflict
NEW YORK, 20 November 2008 – As the world commemorates Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF today welcomes the launch of a new group that aims...
UNICEF is supporting families of victims of the collapsed school in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 8 November 2008 – While search and rescue operations continue to rescue students and teachers from the rubbles of La Promesse...
Measles Initiative supports disease prevention for children in China’s earthquake zone
WASHINGTON, D.C, 10 November 2008 - The Measles Initiative is supporting the government of the People's Republic of China in providing measles...
A call for action on free, compulsory and quality education for all Latin American Youth
UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Visits UNICEF-Supported Aprendiz City-School in São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo, 24 October 2008– As part of an official state visit to Brazil, UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan...
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan learns about an innovative educational tool during her visit to a school in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, 22 October 2008 – During a working visit to Argentina, Her Majesty Queen Rania visited the Paula Albarracín de Sarmiento school...
UNICEF expresses concern over severe flooding in Central America
HONDURAS, 22 October 2008 – UNICEF expressed concern today over severe flooding that has affected nearly 130,000 people and killed at least 10...
In the fight to save children’s lives, washing hands takes centre stage
NEW YORK, 15 October 2008 – Today marks the first ever Global Handwashing Day, celebrated in over 70 countries across five continents in an effort...
Joint statement on maternal and newborn health
Statement - 25 September 2008
Joint statement calls for global commitment and accelerated progress to address water and sanitation crisis - From the Governments of Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Tajikistan
NEW YORK, 24 September 2008 – A joint statement issued today, at the special event for water and sanitation, by the Governments of Germany, Japan...
UNICEF applauds UK Commitment to protecting rights of immigrant children and those in the justice system
NEW YORK, 22 September 2008 - UNICEF applauds the decision by the British government to grant children seeking asylum, migrant children, and those
Urgent assistance needed to help Haitian children affected by the hurricanes, says UNICEF
PORT–AU-PRINCE, 22 September 2008 – Urgent assistance is needed to bring life-saving help to children in Haiti affected by the four successive hurricanes.
Mia Farrow will meet with disaster stricken children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 18 September 2008 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, actress Mia Farrow, will visit Haiti from 19-23 September to witness the devastation...
UNICEF announces nominees for this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards
NEW YORK, 16 September 2008 – UNICEF today announced the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards.
Releasing Declining Numbers for Child Mortality, UNICEF Calls for Increased Efforts to Save Children’s Lives
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 September 2008 – UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five...
UNICEF is airlifting 11.5 tons of emergency supplies to Haiti to help victims of hurricanes
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 10 September 2008 – UNICEF is airlifting 11.5 tons of relief supplies to Haiti to help victims made homeless and displaced by the recent hurricanes. The first shipment of 8.5...
Up to 300,000 Children Affected by Back-to-Back Hurricanes in Haiti, says UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 6 September 2008 – Flooding caused by rains that lashed Haiti after a recent series of back-to-back hurricanes has affected an estimated 650,000 people, of which 300,000 are children.
UNICEF is providing initial assistance to 15,000 persons affected by the tropical storms in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 3 September 2008 – UNICEF is stepping up its assistance to an initial 15,000 Haitians affected by three successive storms in the past few weeks...
WFP and UNICEF team up to meet urgent needs of Gustav victims in Haiti
PORT AU PRINCE, 1 September 2008 – UNICEF and the World Food Programme are joining forces to bring life-saving assistance to thousands of people...
Hurricane Gustav strikes Haiti, forcing 6,300 people from their homes
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 29 August 2008 – An estimated 6,300 Haitians, mostly city-dwellers from Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and Leogane, were forced from their homes by Hurricane ...
Measles Initiative Statement on recent U.S. outbreaks
WASHINGTON, 21 August 2008 — Measles, a highly contagious viral disease, can result in serious complications and death. As a result of a successful vaccination program...
World Water Week 2008 focuses on sanitation, health and hygiene
NEW YORK, 17 August 2008 – Over 170 collaborating organizations will meet to discuss issues around water and its impact on health, the environment...
UNICEF issues major report on Iodine Deficiency highlighting principles for success
NEW YORK, 26 June 2008 – UNICEF today issued a major report on Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), the single greatest cause of preventable...
UNICEF Statement on the continued abduction, torture and rape of children around the world
Statement - 20 June 2008
On The Day of the African Child, UNICEF highlights the importance of child participation
NEW YORK, 16 June 2008 - UNICEF today drew attention to the importance of child participation in schools, community action, media, and governance...
UNICEF’s German National Committee launches national conference against the commercial sexual exploitation of children
BERLIN / NEW YORK, 10 June 2008- A major national conference, charged with finding ways to combat sexual exploitation of children, opened in Berlin...
Flash flooding displaces 1600 families in Belize
BELIZE , 9 June, 2008 - Tropical Storm Arthur has affected an estimated 8,000 people, displaced 1600 families, including thousands of children in Belize.
Urgent call to stop violence in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA, 6 June 2008 - Latin America and the Caribbean has earned the unwelcome reputation of being the region with...
UNICEF joins in national call to halt the kidnappings of children in Haiti
Port Au Prince, 4 June 2008 - UNICEF joins in today’s national call, and collective condemnation, of crimes being perpetrated against children and...
Dina Páucar named UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Peru
LIMA, 29 May 2008 - Singer Dina Páucar was named National Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF today. This appointment reflects her commitment...
Despite global push to end use of child soldiers, reality on the ground for tens of thousands of children remains bleak
NEW YORK, 20 May 2008 – Children continue to be recruited and used in large numbers by armed groups despite widespread political...
UNICEF Highlights Horrific Impact of Cluster Munitions on Children as Governments Meet to Decide on Treaty Banning the Weapon
NEW YORK, 19 May 2008 - The Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions begins today as over 100 governments negotiate an international treaty to ban the indiscriminate weapon.
Rio de Janeiro to Host World Congress III Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents
NEW YORK, 19 May 2008 – The Government of Brazil, UNICEF, ECPAT and the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child officially launched the World Congress III...
UNICEF welcomes the ratification of the UN Disabilities Convention
NEW YORK, 12 May 2008 - The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, which came into force on 3 May 2008...
UNICEF welcomes spotlight on a major cause of childhood deaths in latest WHO Bulletin
NEW YORK, 1 May 2008 - UNICEF today welcomed the launch of a comprehensive review of research into childhood pneumonia,
Former Child Soldier and current UNICEF Advocate encourages Jamaican Youth
KINGSTON, 30 April 2008 − Wrapping up his first mission as UNICEF’s Advocate for Children Affected by War, former child soldier Ishmael Beah today...
On World Malaria Day, UNICEF Calls for a Sustained Effort to Control Killer Disease
NEW YORK, 25 April 2008 – On World Malaria Day, UNICEF is calling for a sustained effort to control the disease.
Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on food price increases
Statement - 24 April 2008
Evaluation “ENLACE” 2008: An effort towards quality education in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, 14 APRIL 2008 - UNICEF today participated in the launch of the third round of “ENLACE” a nationwide test of education in Mexico with the participation...
World Health Day 2008 - UNICEF cautions about the impact of climate change on the health of women and children
NEW YORK, 7 April - The impact of climate change could fall disproportionately on women and children, UNICEF cautioned today, on the occasion of World Health Day 2008.
More HIV-positive children and pregnant women getting AIDS treatment, new report says
NEW YORK, 3 April 2008 – More HIV-positive children and pregnant women are receiving treatment but there is still a long way to go before the...
Children’s voices heard at COHSOD in the Caribbean
GEORGETOWN/GUYANA, 17 March 2008 - The voices of Caribbean children were heard loudly on Monday at the official opening of the 2nd Special...
HIV/AIDS implementers’ meeting to highlight progress and lessons learned
WASHINGTON, DC, 10 March 2008 – HIV/AIDS implementers from around the world will gather in Kampala, Uganda, from June 3-7 for the 2008 HIV/AIDS...
Mitigating the impact of armed violence on children and communities in the Caribbean and Central America
KINGSTON, 7 March 2008 – Several Caribbean and Central American countries have called for an expansion of social interventions as a critical way....
UNICEF marks International Women’s Day by stressing importance of investing in maternal health
NEW YORK, 7 March 2008 – UNICEF is marking International Women’s Day 2008 (8 March) by drawing attention to the need for improvements in...
The Government of Ecuador declares state of emergency due to flooding
ECUADOR, 29 February 2008- The Government of Ecuador has declared a national state of emergency due to extensive flooding caused by heavy...
UN agencies unite against female genital mutilation
NEW YORK, 27 February 2008 – Expressing their commitment to the elimination of female genital mutilation, also called female genital cutting and female genital...
Global expert on violence urges Jamaican parliament to focus on children
KINGSTON, 26 February 2008 – A leading authority on violence against children today pressed Parliamentarians to concentrate on the plight of children...
UNICEF supplies two million yellow fever vaccinations for Paraguay
ASUNCION, 25 February 2008 – UNICEF supplied two million anti-yellow fever vaccinations in response to an emergency declared by the Government...
UNICEF-Dubai Cares partnership benefits schoolchildren in Djibouti
DUBAI /NEW YORK, 25 February 2008 – UNICEF and Dubai Cares announced today the launch of new education programmes in Djibouti that will help accelerate access to education...
International Mother Language Day celebrated in Latin America and Caribbean
PANAMA, 21 February 2008 - On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Nils Kastberg, the Regional Director of UNICEF in Latin America...
UNICEF Statement on the decision of the German Institute for Social Issues (DZI) to withdraw its seal of approval from the German National Committee for UNICEF
Statement - 20 February 2008
UNICEF in Central America to promote of the rights of unaccompanied migrant children
MEXICO CITY, 12 February 2008- UNICEF representatives from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama will visit the border....
Number of armed groups or forces using child soldiers increases from 40 to 57
NEW YORK, 12 February 2008 - Coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, the Security...
Nickelodeon and UNICEF launch a new initiative aimed at motivating children in Latin America
MIAMI / FLORIDA, 25 January 2008 – UNICEF and Nickelodeon Latin America announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at bringing about positive...
2009 Caribbean Games to shine spotlight on Violence against children
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD, TOBAGO, 11 January 2008 –UNICEF has teamed up with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2009 Caribbean...
UNICEF welcomes International Year of Sanitation 2008
NEW YORK, 1 January 2008 – UNICEF today officially welcomed the first day of the International Year of Sanitation 2008. The international year...
UNICEF in Latin America and Caribbean looks ahead, behind at challenges
PANAMA CITY, 31 December 2007 – As 2007 comes to a close, UNICEF is looking back at the work achieved for children and preparing for the challenges...
UNICEF releases 2007 Tsunami Report
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 18 December 2007 - Three years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people and devastated...
GA youth speaker to address press at GA stakeout, following closing of session
NEW YORK, 13 December 2007 - Millicent Orondo, 15, of Kenya, will speak to the press today following her closing statement in the General Assembly...
World Fit for Children +5 Declaration
NEW YORK, 13 December 2007 - At the close of the World Fit for Children +5 special session in New York, more than 140 government delegations have adopted a new....
Children’s voices important in climate change discussions
NEW YORK/NUSA DUA (BALI), 12 December 2007 – Two days after the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to environmental experts, UNICEF...
UN General Assembly holds Special Session focusing on children
NEW YORK, 11 December 2007 – Heads of State and other dignitaries have gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today for a landmark...
Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concerning the bombings in Algiers
Statement - 11 December 2007
Broadcasters from Thailand, Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique win the 2007 ICDB awards
NEW YORK, 11 December 2007 – UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have presented the 2007 International Children’s Day of....
The European Community grants UNICEF €4.8 million to boost anti-malaria efforts in four African countries
BRUSSELS, 3 December 2007 - At a signing ceremony of the contribution agreement in Brussels, the European Commission’s Head of Unit Raul Mateus Paula...
UNICEF, One Laptop per Child, Google launch initiative to preserve and share stories around the world
NEW YORK, 7 December 2007 – UNICEF, One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and Google today announced the launch of “Our Stories”...
George Harrison fund for UNICEF announces donation for Bangladesh Cyclone Relief
NEW YORK, 3 December 2007 – The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF today announced a donation of $450,000 for relief and recovery efforts for...
UNICEF condemns violent attacks on children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 30 November 2007 – UNICEF is alarmed by reports of an increasing number of violent attacks on child in Haiti in October and November 2007.
UNICEF, UNITAID team up to prevent HIV infection in newborns
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 November 2007 – UNICEF and UNITAID today launched a joint initiative to help scale up national programmes to prevent...
IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children team up to provide quality education
NEW YORK, 27 November 2007 - Between November 3 and December 24, 2007, IKEA will donate 1 Euro for every Soft Toy sold. The donations...
Federer in public service announcement for an ‘AIDS-free generation’
NEW YORK, 26 November 2007 – Roger Federer, the ATP’s world number one tennis player and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will star in a World AIDS...
New Guidelines to address mental health needs in emergencies
NEW YORK, 20 November 2007 – New guidelines stressing the need for a rapid and coordinated response to psychological and social needs during...
Experts discuss impact of the CRC
New York, 20 November 2007 – On the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) UNICEF is hosted a roundtable...
In Latin America 103 million people are lacking access to basic sanitation
CALI, Colombia, 13 November, 2007 - The first Latin American Sanitation Conference – Latinosan 2007 – was inaugurated yesterday in Cali with more than 800 persons from 22 countries.
Berliner Philharmoniker joins ranks of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors
NEW YORK, 12 November 2007 –UNICEF today announced the appointment of the prestigious Berliner Philharmoniker as its latest Goodwill Ambassador.
UNICEF: Flooding in Mexico grave threat to children
MEXICO CITY, 9 November 2007 – UNICEF today said that flooding in the states of Tabasco and Chiapas poses a grave threat to children.
Global Day of Action on Cluster Munitions
UNICEF Calls for Governments to Prohibit Cluster Munitions
NEW YORK, 5 November 2007 – UNICEF marked the first Global Day of Action on Cluster Munitions by calling on governments to develop a legally binding...
Training reinforces positive behaviour in schools
BRIDGETOWN / BARBADOS, 25 October 2007 - Training sessions for teachers on positive behavioral management has been launched by the Ministry of...
UNICEF mourns the death of Eve Curie Labouisse
NEW YORK, 25 October 2007 – UNICEF is saddened to learn of the death of Eve Curie Labouisse on Monday 22 October. Mrs. Labouisse was 102 at the time of her death.
UNICEF launches podcast series on education in emergencies and post-crisis countries
NEW YORK, 22 October 2007 – UNICEF launched today the first in a series of podcast discussions on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries...
UNICEF renews its commitment to ending all forms of violence against children
NEW YORK, 19 October 2007 - The one year progress report for the UN Study on Violence against Children finds signs of progress in child trafficking...
Reports of significant progress in fight against malaria
SEATTLE, 17 October 2007 - Significant gains in the fight against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa are being made, according to a new report released today...
Ten years on, Machel Review cites continued abuse against children in conflicts
NEW YORK, 17 October 2007 - Dozens of conflicts around the world are still robbing children of their childhood, according to a new UN report that reviews...
Migrant children will have an integrated protection system in Mexico
Mexico City, 15 October 2007 – The Mexican First Lady, Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo, the Representative of UNICEF in Mexico, Susana Sottoli...
Maternal Mortality Declining in Middle-income Countries; Women Still Die in Pregnancy and Childbirth in Low-income Countries
Geneva, New York,12 October 2007 – The world’s maternal mortality ratio (the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) is declining too slowly...
UNICEF announces International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award nominees
NEW YORK, 21 September 2007 – UNICEF today announced the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award, co-presented...
UNICEF appeals for over US$2 million in response to Hurricane Felix
MANAGUA, 13 September 2007 - UNICEF calls on the donor community to provide US$2.085 million to cover basic emergency needs of children...
UNICEF emergency supplies target water, sanitation and education in Nicaragua
MANAGUA, 6 September 2007 - According to the Nicaraguan Civil Defence Force, over 34,000 people have been affected by Hurricane Felix in Nicaragua’s northern...
Latin American region unites for millions of “invisible” children
ASUNCION / PARAGUY, 28 August 2007 – Governments, the UN and civil society organizations from across the Latin American region are meeting to address the alarming problem of children...
UNICEF concerned for child health in the wake of Hurricane Dean
BELIZE CITY, 28 August 2007 - UNICEF today expressed concern for the well-being of young children and vulnerable people in Belize as...
UNICEF welcomes new medication for children living with HIV
NEW YORK, 16 August 2007 – UNICEF today welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the first single-dose combination antiretrovirals (ARV) for...
Unicef provides support to Peru’s earthquake victims
LIMA, 16 August, 2007 – UNICEF has begun the distribution of lifesaving supplies to earthquake victims.
Earthquake in Peru leaves hundreds killed and thousands injured
LIMA, 16 August 2007 - At 6:41 p.m. Wednesday night, an earthquake of a 8.0-magnitude on the Richter scale shook Peru, 60 kilometers from the city of Pisco, in the province of Ica.
Basketball star Ginobili appointed UNICEF Ambassador
BUENOS AIRES, 10 August 2007- Manu Ginobili, triple NBA champion, Olympic medalist and passionate defender of children, has been appointed UNICEF’s newest Argentina Ambassador.
UNICEF marks the 13th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA, 9 August 2007 – UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean marked the 13th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, by reaffirming its commitment to the rights of...
UNICEF Regional Director calls for holistic approach to justice for children
CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA, 26 July 2007 - Recognizing that justice for children is one of the areas that still needs to be fully addressed by Caribbean countries, UNICEF's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, called for a holistic approach to interventions in the area of justice for children.
Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, promotes right to play
VENEZUELA, 15 July 2007- UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, will attend this Sunday’s 2007 Copa America- Venezuela final in Maracaibo, the date also coincides with the National Day of the Child in Venezuela.
MTV Latin America and UNICEF unite efforts to present a reality which many adolescents and young people live in Latin America
Buenos Aires/Mexico D.F., June 26 2007 – MTV Latin America announced the premiere of the special “MTV News Forum: Bullying, the Terror in School” ...
UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu calls on leaders of eastern Congo (DRC) to protect children and women
NEW YORK/LONDON, 18 June 2007 - UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu recently returned from her visit to the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ms. Liu spent time in both the District of Ituri and...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on recent attacks on aid workers - 16 June 2007
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 June 2007 – I am deeply concerned about the number of deadly attacks on aid workers that have occurred over the past...
UNICEF calls for increased efforts to prevent trafficking of children
NEW YORK, 16 June 2007 – UNICEF marked the Day of the African Child today by supporting the African Union’s call to increase efforts to prevent child trafficking.
UN Secretary General Visits UN Regional Hub in Panama
PANAMA, 3 June 2007 - In his first official trip to Panama and to Latin America and the Caribbean, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon came to visit the future location of the United Nations...
Addressing the global sanitation crisis
NEW YORK, 7 May 2007 – The topic of toilets often makes people uncomfortable. But a reluctance to talk about sanitation is part of the reason why an estimated 2.6 billion people world...
Violence causes the deaths of at least two children under 15 every day in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, 19 April 2007 – Two studies aimed at preventing and eliminating all forms of violence against children have been launched in Mexico, where at least two...
On Global Action Week on Education, millions of children still not in school
NEW YORK, 23 April 2007 – As the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education, UNICEF urges donors and governments to keep their promises on...
UNICEF condemns use of a minor in Taliban execution
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 April 2007 - UNICEF today condemned the use of a minor in a Taliban execution as a criminal act. A video circulating in Pakistan shows a young boy beheading an adult. The act was a terrible example of how children can be used by adults to commit heinous crimes in times of conflict.
April 4 is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
NEW YORK, 28 March 200 7 - Journalists are invited to events here and other cities on April 4, which the UN General Assembly has declared the International Day for...
Spread the Net purchases 33,000 anti-malarial bed nets for Liberia
OTTAWA, 28 March 2007 - 33,000 anti-malarial bed nets are being purchased by Spread the Net to protect children in Liberia announced Spread the Net Co-Founders...
UNICEF Commends IKEA for Partnership
NEW YORK, 27 March 2007- UNICEF today thanked IKEA for the Swedish company’s donation of Euros 1.75 million toward the health and well-being of children around...
Anti-polio drive to immunize more than seven million children in Afghanistan
TORONTO, 25 March 2007 - A massive four-stage campaign to vaccinate more than seven million children under five years of age against the deadly polio virus will get...
Children are still being trafficked 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade
NEW YORK, 25 March 2007 - Although 25 March marks the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, slavery still exists today as children are trafficked into bonded labour and the sex trade.
UNICEF highlights water scarcity on World Water Day
NEW YORK, 22 March 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, today helped kick-off the Walk for Water Event in New York City to mark World Water Day and show support for the...
In Bolivia, 40 per cent of Trinidad flood victims are children
LA PAZ, March 5 2007 – Recent analyses show that 40 per cent of flood victims in the municipality of Trinidad, in the Amazonian Department of Beni, are children living with their parents in...
UNICEF calls for entries for children’s broadcasting award
NEW YORK, 7 March 2007 - UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today called for entries from broadcasters for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award.
ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 to shine spotlight on children and young people affected by HIV
DUBAI/NEW YORK/GENEVA/ KINGSTON/BRIDGETOWN, 6 March, 2007 – The International Cricket Council (ICC) will team up with UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 to highlight the situation of children...
Despite progress, girls subjected to violence and discrimination
NEW YORK, 5 March 2007 – Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman...
UNICEF makes a call to prioritise children in recent flooding in Bolivia
LA PAZ/BOLIVIA, February 28, 2007 – Families affected by recent floods in Bolivia, where waters from the Rio Grande and Rio Mamoré continue to rise, face an imminent risk of infectious...
Nominees sought for children’s Advocate Awards
NEW YORK, 1 March 2007 - UNICEF is calling for nominations on behalf of the 2007 World of Children Awards, which honor people...
Unlikely partners unite to fight preventable disease in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 23 February 2007 – Yesterday, the Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) support plan was launched in Port-au-Prince. The EPI support...
Young people speak up on the status of girls
26 February 2007 - Media Advisory
UNICEF mourns death of staff member
NEW YORK, 20 February, 2007 - UNICEF is mourning the tragic loss of staff member Maria-Solange Auteri, 32, who died Friday in New York after suffering a sudden and unexpected brain aneurysm.
Former child soldier launches memoirs
NEW YORK, 15 February 2007 – A Long Way Gone, by former child soldier Ishmael Beah, is being launched today at UNICEF. The book is a first hand account of Ishmael’s...
UNICEF issues call to eliminate female genital mutilation/cutting within a generation
NEW YORK, 6 February 2007 – In spite of a global commitment following the 2002 UN Special Session on Children to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2010...
Paris conference on child soldiers concludes with commitment to stop the recruitment of children
PARIS/GENEVA, 6 February 2007 - Representatives of 58 countries meeting in Paris today committed themselves to putting an end to the unlawful recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts.
Statement on Gaza by the United Nations Agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory
5 February 2007 - Statement
Global conference to end the recruitment of children by armed groups and forces in Paris
PARIS/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 February 2007– A global conference hosted by the Government of France and UNICEF convened in Paris today to address the issue of children in armed conflict.
UNICEF appeals for $635 million in humanitarian assistance
GENEVA / NEW YORK – 29 January 2007 – UNICEF today launched its Humanitarian Action Report (HAR) 2007, calling on donors to provide $635 million to assist children and women in 33 humanitarian...
UNICEF calls for entries for one-minute video contest
NEW YORK, 23 January 2007 – UNICEF is calling for submissions to its Media Magic Make a Difference! one-minute video contest. Youth under age 25 are invited...
Global goal to reduce measles deaths in children surpassed
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 January 2007 — Measles deaths have fallen by 60 per cent worldwide since 1999 – a major public health success. This exceeds the United Nations goal...
Measles Initiative to announce major achievement in public health
17 January 2007 - Media Advisory
Signs of progress and momentum in global response to children and AIDS
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 January 2007 – A year ago, UNICEF and its partners launched Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS to highlight the missing face of the child in the AIDS pandemic.
UN General Assembly adopts powerful definition of child poverty
NEW YORK, 10 January 2007 - The UN General Assembly has adopted a powerful definition of child poverty, acknowledging that while poverty harms everyone, children experience poverty differently.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
UNICEF Flagship Publication: Empower Women to Help Children
4 December 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”.
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.
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.
Regional launch of the UN Secretary General’s study on violence against children for Latin America and the Caribbean
15 November 2006 - Media Advisory
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.
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.
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.
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.
56-years later and still unique: Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 September 2006 — For the 56th consecutive year, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will launch its time-honored Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign this fall.
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.
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.
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.
UNICEF reports that 1.5 million young children die every year due to lack of safe water and sanitation
Who: Ms. Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
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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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Girls, boys, and young people: The missing face of AIDS
SAN SALVADOR, 11 November 2005 – UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners kicked off today a campaign to focus attention on the devastating impact of AIDS on children and young people, warning that current efforts underway in Latin America and the Caribbean will not be sufficient to halt the pandemic.
Reeling after Hurricane Stan, Central America and Mexico await Wilma
NEW YORK, 21 October 2005 - Still reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Stan – the worst storm to hit Central America in a decade -- a number of countries in Central America are bracing for a potentially worse storm as Hurricane Wilma hits landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as a Category Four storm. After Hurricane Stan struck Central America more than two weeks ago, UNICEF rushed emergency relief supplies to communities in Central America and Mexico devastated by Hurricane Stan last week, estimating that well over a third of the victims are children.
Hurricane Stan – worst disaster to hit Central America and Mexico since 1998
PANAMA CITY/GENEVA, 11 October, 2005 - UNICEF is rushing emergency relief supplies to communities in Central America and Mexico devastated by Hurricane Stan last week, estimating that well over a third of the victims are children.
One in four infants still at risk from vaccine preventable diseases
NEW YORK, 29 September 2005- New country-by-country data reveal inadequate progress on protecting children and women from vaccine-preventable diseases, despite the availability of low cost vaccines, according to a UNICEF study released today.
UNICEF and Casa Alianza join efforts against violence
PANAMA CITY, 6 September 2004 – With the expressed intention of protecting Latin American and Caribbean children and adolescents in a more effective manner against all forms of violence that affect the region, UNICEF and the international non- governmental organization, Casa Alianza, have recently signed their first regional cooperation agreement.
UNICEF mourns death of Dick Heyward
NEW YORK, 4 August 2005 – UNICEF today mourned the passing of Dick Heyward, a beloved and influential senior statesman for UNICEF for more than 30 years. Heyward, who retired from UNICEF in 1981, died Wednesday in Long Island, New York, after a long illness. He was 90 years old.
Official Statement on the Security Council Resolution on Children in Armed Conflict
NEW YORK, 25 July 2005 - UNICEF today applauded the UN Security Council resolution that establishes a monitoring and reporting system for children affected by armed conflict.
UNICEF and CONCACAF - unite for children
NEW YORK, 22 July 2005 – UNICEF and CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) last night signed a pledge to develop a long term partnership to benefit children in Latin America and the Caribbean.
UNICEF speeds supplies to Grenada
Bridgetown, Barbados 16 July 2005 - UNICEF supplies arrived in Grenada today as the island continues to deal with the after effects of Hurricane Emily which impacted the island, especially the dependencies of Petite Martinique and Carriacou, almost thirty six hours ago.
Indigenous Children from Latin America demand their rights at Madrid meeting
MADRID, 8 July 2005 - “We are boys, girls and adolescents belonging to 34 indigenous peoples; we are creators, bearers and transmitters of our cultures whose contributions to humankind contribute to coexistence, diversity and peace.
Indigenous children discuss problems and exchange solutions in Madrid
MADRID, July 7, 2005 - More than 80 indigenous children and adolescents from 17 Latin American countries are meeting here today and tomorrow to discuss their “problems and exchange ideas and solutions to resolve them,” in the words of 11-year-old Jessica Peñafiel, from the Quechua people of Ecuador, during the opening ceremony. The conclusions of the meeting will be reflected in a Final Declaration and presented at the Ibero-American Ministerial Conference on Children and Adolescents, to be held in September in León, Spain.
2005 Gold Cup dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean children
PANAMA CITY/MIAMI, 6 July 2005 – UNICEF and CONCACAF announced today that the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be dedicated to UNICEF and the children of Latin America and the Caribbean with a special message to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and violence.
Paraguay takes concrete steps in the effective implementation of the Optional Protocol against the use of child soldiers
Asunción, Paraguay, 15 June 2005- Representatives of the Government of Paragay, UNICEF and the members of non-governmental organizations and community groups presented the results of the first round of visits to monitor implementation of the Optional Protocol on the Use of Child Soldiers which prohibits the forced recruitment of children under 18 years old as soldiers.
UNICEF praises generous gift for indigenous Amazonian children threatened by disease, poverty, exclusion
GENEVA/LIMA, 3 June 2005 – UNICEF today announced two groundbreaking donations totaling almost $11.7 million from the Finnish government that aims to boost living standards of some of the world’s poorest and most excluded children – those of the Amazonian basin of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
International experts meet in Buenos Aires to analyze violence against children and adolescents in Latin America
BUENOS AIRES, 30 May 2005 – In the framework of the United Nations Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children, international experts and representatives of governments, civil society and adolescents are meeting in Buenos Aires today until June 1st to analyze and gather information on violence against children in Latin America.
Regional consultation in Buenos Aires on violence against children
MEDIA ADVISORY, 26 May 2005 - The Latin American regional consultation will provide input to the landmark study of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence Against Children.
First global report on efforts to roll back malaria highlights progress and challenges
CAIRO/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 3 May 2005 – More people are accessing prevention and treatment services for malaria, sparking hope that the number of people who become sick and die from malaria will begin to decline.
UNICEF, Government and NGOs unite for the children of Brazil’s most impoverished region
BRASILIA, 6 April 2005 – Cabinet ministers, state governors, mayors, NGO and business leaders today launched an unprecedented National Accord to improve the lives of some of the country’s most impoverished and excluded children.
UNICEF Regional Director Nils Kastberg visits Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 23 February 2005 – The UNICEF Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean Region, Mr. Nils Kastberg, ended today his two-day visit in Haiti. Nils Kastberg co-chaired along with the Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, a high level meeting on the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the five year plan of collaboration between UNICEF and the government of Haiti.
UNICEF Regional Director visits flooded Guyana
PANAMA CITY, 18 February 2005 - More than 350,000 people have been affected by torrential rains and floodwaters in Guyana, Venezuela and Colombia. Guyana was the worst hit with almost 40% of its population being affected by last weeks floods.
UN seeks US$3 million to assist flood victims in Guyana
GUYANA, 8 February 2005 - The United Nations system launched a Flash Appeal today in response to the emergency humanitarian situation created by the recent floods that hit Guyana during the second week of January.
Children's health and safety a priority as Guyana experiences its worst moment
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, 23 January 2005 - Unprecedented volumes of rainfall were recorded throughout Guyana, with a record 30 inches during the first two weeks of January, and the inadequacy of the natural drainage systems under these circumstances resulted in the most severe flooding in the history of Guyana, affecting nearly half of the country’s 800,000 population.
UN agencies urge focus on women and HIV in Latin America
PANAMA CITY, 30 November 2004 – Women represent the fastest growing segment of the population living with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean, and new efforts are urgently needed to halt the spread of the epidemic in the female population, representatives of ten United Nations agencies said today.
Colombia destroys its anti-personnel mines arsenal
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, October 24, 2004 - Meeting the commitment assumed in the Ottawa Convention, the Colombian Government today destroyed its last arsenal of anti-personnel mines, in a ceremony held simultaneously in Bogotá’s Plaza de Bolívar and in the northern city of Barranquilla, where more than 6,800 mines belonging to the Armed Forces were destroyed.
Unity in Belize: parties endorse plan for kids
BELIZE CITY, 7 September 2004 - The Prime Minister Hon. Said Musa and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Dean Barrow endorsed a National Plan of Action for Children and Adolescents, 2004-2015 (NPA) during a brief ceremony at the Radisson Fort George in Belize City at 8:00am today.
Bellamy to call for new tactics in child survival at meeting of pediatricians in Cancun
MEDIA ADVISORY, 5 August 2004 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will deliver the keynote address to the 24th International Congress of Pediatrics in Cancun. Every year, more than 10 million children under the age of five die totally preventable deaths. Some are the direct causes of illness—pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles—and others are affected by indirect causes such as conflict and HIV/AIDS. Malnutrition and lack of safe water and sanitation are contributing factors to more than half of these deaths.
UNICEF hails promise for children by Peru President
NEW YORK, 10 May 2002 - UNICEF today hailed the President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo, who pledged in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday that his government would reduce military spending in order to redirect public funds to basic social services for children.
Launch of "Code of Conduct" for travel industry to protect children from sex tourism
NEW YORK, 21 April 2004 – Striking a blow against the sex tourism industry that entraps tens of thousands of children, UNICEF today joined the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the international advocacy group ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) in launching a “Code of Conduct” for the North American travel industry. The code is designed to protect children from commercial sexual exploitation.
Sir Roger Moore in Mexico City to support UNICEF's work for education of all children
MEXICO CITY, 28 January 2004 – British Airways Chairman Lord Marshall was joined by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore in Mexico City today for the announcement of a pledge of £150,000 to support UNICEF’s work for the education for all children in the city. Raised through the successful Change for Good partnership between British Airways and UNICEF, this donation brings the total amount Change for Good has contributed to UNICEF´s work for children in Mexico City to £1 million since 1994.
UNICEF to Security Council: Children should not fight wars
NEW YORK, 20 January 2004—Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF today condemned the appalling violations of the rights of children in times of war. Addressing the annual Security Council meeting on children in armed conflict, she called on Council members to work harder to end the use of child soldiers, the killing and maiming of children, abductions, attacks on schools and hospitals, and sexual violence against boys and girls.
San Salvador is declared child-friendly city
SAN SALVADOR, 1 August 2003 – On July 30th, 2003, San Salvador, the capital city of the Central American country of El Salvador, was declared a “Child Friendly City”. According to the formal agreement signed between the Mayor of San Salvador, Carlos Rivas Zamora, and a child representative from the capital, Fátima Marielos Navarrete, the most important city of El Salvador will now guarantee the development of local activities focused on the promotion of children’s rights.
UNICEF praises Bolivia’s pledge to invest in nation’s children
SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, BOLIVIA, 19 September 2003 - UNICEF hailed Bolivia’s leaders today as they agreed to a groundbreaking pledge to invest in all of the nation’s children – including the indigenous, those of African descent, and those stricken by poverty.
Singer and songwriter Shakira appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK/GENEVA/MADRID, 24 October 2003 -- Grammy Award-winning musician Shakira has been appointed a global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the world’s leading organization for children, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy announced today.
UNICEF, WFP distribute food to poor families after a week of political turmoil in Bolivia
LA PAZ, 21 October 2003 – After a week of social and political turmoil in Bolivia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), together with the archdiocese of El Alto, are assisting poor families who lack food security and were unable to get any revenues during the crisis.
New UNICEF Director for Latin America
GENEVA/NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY, 3 September 2003 – UNICEF today announced the appointment of Mr Nils Kastberg as its new Regional Director for Latin America and the Carribean.
UNICEF Executive Director: Create a Latin America fit for indigenous children.
Cusco, Perú, 24 July 2004. During the Copa América, UNICEF has been repeating a simple slogan that sums up the spirit of our agreement with CONMEBOL: ¡Con los niños sí se gana!
Bellamy visits Gonaives, Haiti, where children tread water to survive
MEDIA ADVISORY, 26 September 2004 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will visit Gonaives where UNICEF is carrying out intense programs to help children struggling to survive following Tropical Storm Jeanne. It is estimated that 155,000 children under 18 have been directly affected, including hundreds who died in the flooding. Many are homeless and living in shelters, all are vulnerable amidst appalling conditions.
UNICEF Executive Director praises Ecuador for increased investment in children
QUITO, ECUADOR, 5 August 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today applauded the commitment of Ecuador’s government to improving children’s lives through increased social spending, but said that more investment is necessary to reach all children with basic services.
Through UNICEF, IKEA supports children’s right to play
NEW YORK, 12 March 2004 – UNICEF today thanked IKEA for a gift of Euros 666,566 (approximately US $829,000) that will sponsor UNICEF programmes in Angola and Uganda supporting “Children’s Right to Play.”
UNICEF issues Haiti emergency appeal for $8.7 million
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 27 February 2004 - UNICEF said today that it is asking donors for $8.7 million dollars of urgent funding for its emergency operation in Haiti. The funds will be used for operations to provide relief for children and women caught up by the collapse of civil authority. These include: Obstetrical resources for three maternal wards in Port-au-Prince.; temporary schools in tents for 2,500 children, as well as education kits for 10,000 children; temporary shelters for 4,000 families.
SG bids for indigenous children's rights, citing UNICEF report
LIMA, PERU/PANAMA CITY, 12 November 2003 – Welcoming the statement on indigenous children made earlier today in Cuzco, Peru, by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UNICEF called for urgent, far-reaching action in response to the “genuine emergency” facing millions of children from indigenous communities in Latin America.
Poverty and exclusion among urban children
Florence, 7 February 2003 - Asserting that tens of millions of urban children around the world are living in poverty and life-threatening environments, UNICEF said today that municipal authorities need to place the best interest of the child at the forefront of their decision-making.
Jessica Lange tells parliamentarians to ask tough questions
MEXICO CITY, 20 April 2004 – UNICEF Ambassador Jessica Lange today launched a “Handbook for Parliamentarians on Child Protection,” a joint UNICEF/IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union) report. She called on parliamentarians to live up to their responsibilities as legislators and become champions for children.
Haiti's simmering war erodes child health
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 24 February 2004 – UNICEF said today that the violence in Haiti has sent the country’s impoverished health and education systems into a spiral that is threatening the lives of thousands of Haitian children.
UNICEF airlift of emergency supplies lands in Port-au-Prince
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 3 March 2004 – UNICEF’s first airlift of emergency supplies since the political crisis began touched down at approximately 10 am today at Toussaint Louverture International Airport loaded with 30 tonnes of material and equipment.
The Measles Initiative 2007
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 January 2007 - The Measles Initiative represents a long-term commitment to support the goal of reducing measles...
2004 America Cup dedicated to Peruvian children
ASUNCIÓN-PARAGUAY, 7 May 2004 - The America Cup/Peru 2004 will be dedicated to the children of Peru. The announcement was made today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the South American Soccer Federation (CONMEBOL). The international soccer tournament -- one of the region's most important biennial sports' events -- will take place in July in six cities of Peru.
UN steps up relief to Grenada in Ivan's wake
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS 14 September 2004 - Representatives of the United Nations system met today with donors to step up relief efforts to Grenada as the island struggles to cope with the aftereffects of Hurricane Ivan.
Thanks to FIFA, football is more than just a game
PARIS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 20 May 2004 - On the 100th anniversary of FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, UNICEF congratulated the organization for harnessing the power of soccer to improve the lives of the world’s neediest children.
Hundreds of children convene for Caribbean Summit on HIV/AIDS
BARBADOS, 21 March 2004 – Hundreds of children, ages 10-16, converged for a regional children’s summit on HIV/AIDS for the signing of two cornerstone declarations, the Caribbean Youth Declaration on HIV/AIDS and Commitment of Governments. Delegates included children who are HIV positive, or who are otherwise affected by the impact of the virus. The two day summit was hosted by the Government of Barbados, under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Transformation in collaboration with UNICEF’s Caribbean Area Office. The summit was the first of its kind to be held in the Caribbean.
UNICEF and Salvadorian government campaign to prevent illegal immigration of children
SAN SALVADOR, 19 August 2003 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, and the Representative of UNICEF in El Salvador, Juan Carlos Espínola, launched the Central American radio campaign called “La Ruta del Norte” (The Route to the North) on Monday, a programme aimed to persuade mothers, fathers or guardians not to send their children to the United States illegally.
UNICEF speaks out for children amidst Haiti crisis
Port-au-Prince/Panama/Geneva, 12 February 2004 -- “The intensification of the political crisis in Haiti is taking a heavy toll on families and communities; children are increasingly affected by the violence and must be protected,” said Françoise Gruloos-Ackermans, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.
Canada provides additional funding to the final assault against polio
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 11 March 2004 - The spearheading partners in the global fight to eradicate polio – the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF – today welcomed Canada’s announcement of an additional US $9.7 million (C $13 million) to support the global polio eradication campaign.
Dialogue with children top of agenda in Peru
LIMA, 22 May 2003 - Invited by Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy arrived today in Lima May 27, 2003, to participate in the Dialogue for Children between the Public and Private Sectors, a replica of the Global Dialogue of Special Session on Children in New York, held in May 2002. (News Note)
UNICEF joins relief efforts to protect hundreds of families and children in flood-ravaged areas in Haiti and Dominican Republic
PORT AU PRINCE and SANTO DOMINGO, 26 May 2004 – UNICEF offices in Haiti and the Dominican Republic have joined forces to support humanitarian relief for the more than 1,200 families, including children, who have been left homeless and without access to clean water, food and medical care following the severe floods that ravaged several villages and towns along the border between the neighboring countries last weekend.
One month after hurricane, Grenadian children back in school
ST.GEORGE'S PARISH, GRENADA/NEW YORK/ BRIDGETOWN BARBADOS, 22 October 2004 – UNICEF today applauded the government of Grenada as thousands of children began returning to school just one month after Hurricane Ivan battered the island nation.
Latin America and Caribbean unite to prevent sexual exploitation of children and adolescents
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, 20 May 2004 - The Follow-Up Meeting of the II World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, concluded with an agreement among the 24 countries present to join efforts to prevent and to reduce the causes of child and adolescent vulnerability, to promote change in cultural patterns, to reform legislation and penalize perpetrators, to implement migratory measures, and to improve mechanisms to prosecute and condemn nationally and internationally those who exploit children. UNICEF calculates that on a yearly basis, 2 million children and adolescents are victims of these crimes around the world.
UNICEF delivers education and health supplies to children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 23 March 2004 – A UNICEF convoy will leave Port-au-Prince on Wednesday morning to deliver education and health supplies to schools and health centres in the cities of Saint-Marc and Cap-Haitien in the north of the country.
Freezing temperatures in Peru threaten children
NEW YORK, 28 July 2003 – UNICEF is rushing emergency medicine, blankets and baby bodysuits to children in Puno, Peru, where thousands of young lives are in danger because of extreme weather.
Press conference with Mexico and practice sessions to preview Brazil 94’ vs. Haiti match
Players from Brazil’s 1994 World Cup Championship reunion team and the Haitian National Team will meet Friday to for a practice session before their historic game on Saturday.
WFP and UNICEF strengthen cooperation to reduce child malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY, 6 AUGUST 2003 – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the UNICEF signed a new agreement today to strengthen their cooperation in reducing child malnutrition in Latin American and the Caribbean. The agreement was signed by Per Engebak, UNICEF's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Zoraida Mesa, WFP's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
West's most neglected children bear brunt of Haiti's upheaval
NEW YORK/PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI, 19 April, 2004 -- UNICEF said today that a new assessment of Haitian children is the first indication of how deeply the country's recent political violence touched their lives. The nationwide assessment, conducted last month, shows that the conflict has had a severe impact on Haiti's children, particularly the most vulnerable, such as the 2,000 children living in the streets of Port-au-Prince, and the 120,000 girls who work as domestic servants.
UNICEF speeds supplies to Grenada
ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA 12 September 2004 - UNICEF relief supplies arrived today in this country struck by a hurricane that wrought devastation upon thousands of families, hammering homes, schools, government institutions, disrupting electricity, water and sanitation services and telecommunications.
UNICEF urges citizen watchdog for Haitian aid
Washington/Geneva/New York, 16 July 2004 – UNICEF said today that a citizen watchdog is the best way to support accountable reconstruction in Haiti.
UNICEF salutes two great games, one great cause
MIAMI, PANAMA CITY, PORT-AU-PRINCE, 12 November 2004 – UNICEF cheered the thousands of soccer fans, two teams and partners as the 1994 Brazil World Cup reunion team and the national team of Haiti faced each other in a friendly show down benefiting the beleaguered children of Haiti.
Caribbean storms hit children hard
PANAMA CITY / GENEVA, 21 September 2004 – As Haiti and the Dominican Republic begin to dig out from Hurricane Jeanne, UNICEF said today that it is rushing to help restore services to some of the Caribbean’s most vulnerable children as forecasters predict a continuing season of destructive storms throughout the region.
Launching of the National News Agency for the Rights of the Child (ANNI – Bolivia)
In the Auditorium of the National Journalists Association in La Paz the launching took place yesterday of the National News Agency for the Rights of the Child (ANNI – Bolivia).
Mexican Supreme Court and UNICEF sign agreement to promote child rights
MEXICO, 1 October 2003 – The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice and UNICEF yesterday signed an agreement of collaboration to promote respect for human rights, particularly the rights of children and adolescents, among judges, magistrates, officials of the judicial branch of government and society in general.
Iberoamerican Communication Children's Rights Awards
SAN SALVADOR, 7 November 2003 - Journalists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, México, Nicaragua and the United States are the winners of the 2003 Iberoamerican Communication Awards for the Rights of Children and Adolescents, an internacional jury announced here today.
UNICEF relief supplies arrive in post-Ivan Jamaica
KINGSTON, JAMAICA, 16 September 2004 - Water and sanitation supplies from UNICEF are part of a shipment of goods totaling US$23,000, slated to arrive in Jamaica on Thursday, September 16.
Immunization in Americas needs a shot in the arm
HAITI/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 23 April 2004 - As the first ever “Vaccination Week” in the Americas kicks off across tomorrow, UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) warn that millions of children in the region are not fully protected against deadly childhood diseases.