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January 2000 - June 2000

UNICEF supports children's elections in Mexico
Thursday, 29 June: Millions of Mexican children will go to special polling stations on 2 July -- the same day on which adults vote in the country's Presidential elections -- to register their opinions about their schools and communities and about the state of Mexico's democracy.

UNICEF: Ending poverty begins with children
Tuesday, 27 June 2000: Poverty reduction begins with children, most urgently the 600 million who are among the world's most deprived. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said this in a statement delivered at a follow-up conference to the World Summit for Social Development. She said the world could escape unimaginable poverty in a generation if it agrees to focus on the urgent needs of the 600 million children and young people who are among the most deprived in today's world.

More donor support needed for drought relief in Horn
Wednesday, 21 June 2000: UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today urged government and individual donors to provide more support to drought relief efforts in the Horn of Africa region, where at least 13 million people in five countries are facing displacement, disease and the grim toll of conflict.

In Horn, Bellamy welcomes peace deal
Friday, 16 June 2000: Executive Director Carol Bellamy, today welcomed news of a cease-fire in the Ethiopian-Eritrean conflict, saying that it cleared the way for a renewed emphasis on humanitarian relief in the drought-starved region.

UNICEF condemns nurse's murder during Angola polio campaign
Friday, 16 June 2000: UNICEF laments the tragic and violent death of Luis Felipe Gomes, Chief Nurse of Belize Municipal Hospital in Angola, on Saturday, 10 June. The 30-year-old medical worker was serving on the front line of the intense global campaign to eradicate polio for all time by reaching children in still-endemic areas wracked by conflict.

UNICEF gives and receives film, television awards
Wednesday, 14 June 2000 : UNICEF has long recognized the value of the moving image to promote children's rights worldwide. Not only does the organization produce an array of creative work, it also sponsors awards for excellence in children's television and films. Recently, two UNICEF-sponsored awards were presented at prestigious festivals in Europe. The organization also won an award for one of its animated spots.

Drought draws Bellamy to Horn
Wednesday, 14 June 2000: While the drought crisis in East Africa has temporarily faded from the headlines, its enormous human impact still requires the world's help. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy's five-day, five-nation tour seeks to draw renewed attention to the desperate circumstances facing millions of people across the region.

Sierra Leone children released to UNICEF Tuesday, 13 June 2000: A group of 138 children associated with the fighting forces were handed over to UNICEF and Caritas Makeni by the pro-government Civil Defence Force (CDF) in Freetown, Sierra Leone, yesterday.

Latin American and Caribbean children speak out
Monday, 12 June 2000: More than half of some 12,000 Latin American and Caribbean children interviewed in a recent survey said they were not heard, at home or school, and a third of them thought their countries would fare worse in the future, but more than three quarters of them, nevertheless, were hopeful their lives would be better than their parents' lives.

UN humanitarian agencies express 'grave concern' over Congo fighting
Friday, 9 June 2000:The chiefs of five United Nations humanitarian organizations expressed 'grave concern' today about the deteriorating situation for civilians in the town of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where fighting has been raging between troops from Rwanda and Uganda.

UNICEF urges support for Horn drought appeal
Wednesday, 7 June 2000: UNICEF urged international donors to support the urgent appeal made today by the United Nations for drought relief in the Horn of Africa.

Major Japanese donation for polio eradication
Thursday, 1 June 2000: A donation of more than $28 million from the Japanese Government to UNICEF will move the world closer to the complete eradication of polio, the children's agency said today.

Violence against women and girls still a global epidemic
Wednesday, 31 May 2000: Five years after the Beijing World Conference on Women called for global action to end violence against women, a UNICEF study states that not enough progress has been made in addressing the most common form of such violence, domestic violence.

UNICEF welcomes GA adoption of improved protections for children
Thursday, 25 May 2000: The United Nations Children's Fund heartily welcomed the adoption today of two UN protocols that it said will strengthen global standards for the protection of children.

UNICEF honours Jamaican non-profit for outstanding work with children
Thursday, 25 May 2000: The United Nations Children's Fund today gave its highest honour to the Rural Family Support Organization (RuFamSo), a Jamaican non-profit that reaches out to children and adolescents in many of the country's poorest communities.

The Rotary Foundation honours UNICEF
Monday, 22 May 2000: The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International today honoured the Supply Division of UNICEF for procuring and coordinating the delivery of oral polio vaccine to over 100 countries in the global effort to eradicate polio.

UNICEF Executive Board Session
Monday, 22 May 2000: Today, the UNICEF Executive Board, the organization's 36-member governing body, begins its annual session for the year 2000. Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury of Bangladesh, President of the Board, will open the week-long deliberations, which take place at United Nations headquarters in New York.

Humanitarian crisis looming in Eritrea
Friday, 19 May 2000: UNICEF warned today of a looming humanitarian crisis in Eritrea, where the government estimates that as many as 1 million people have been displaced within the last week due to the conflict with neighboring Ethiopia.

Children seeing 'heat of battle' in Sri Lanka
Tuesday, 16 May 2000: UNICEF said today that children are "being forced to feel the heat of battle" in Sri Lanka, where fighting for the town of Jaffna over the last few days has been putting children and women at enormous risk.

Global polio eradication campaign on track
Monday, 15 May 2000: Lead agencies in the global effort to eradicate polio today issued a statement calling for intensified efforts and additional resources for the areas of Africa and the Indian sub-continent where there would be continued transmission of poliovirus at the end of the year 2000.

Crisis in Sierra Leone could bring new efforts to recruit children
Wednesday, 10 May 2000: The head of UNICEF in Sierra Leone said today that the current crisis in the country could result in the renewed recruitment of child soldiers, a practice that most military leaders have repeatedly disavowed in the last two years.

85 million newborns protected from iodine deficiency
Monday, 8 May 2000: Salt iodization protects 85 million new-borns every year from a 10 per cent loss in learning ability, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy told participants today at the opening ceremony of Salt 2000, the eighth World Salt Symposium.

Mandela and Machel to lead global children's initiative
Saturday, 6 May 2000: Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela and child rights champion Graça Machel today proposed an ambitious new global partnership for children and pledged to play a direct and personal role in urging other leaders to join them.

For the Horn, every day counts
Friday, 5 May 2000: UNICEF today urged government and individual donors to continue giving generously to drought victims in the Horn of Africa, saying that millions of dollars of additional support is needed to save the lives of children in the next few months and to lessen the impact of future droughts.

Threat to National Immunization Days in Sierra Leone
Thursday, 4 May 2000: UNICEF deplores the breakdown of peace in Sierra Leone and points out that the violence threatens the third of four rounds of polio immunization in the country.

UNICEF calls for debt forgiveness for education
Thursday, 27 April 2000: UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today called on the world's donor countries to forgive immediately the debt of poor countries that have a viable plan for achieving the goal of education for all.

Only strong political will can 'roll back malaria' in Africa
Tuesday, 25 April 2000: UNICEF today appealed to African Heads of State to provide the leadership and resources to control malaria, which kills a large number of children and women in Africa every year.

Kabul agrees to cease-fire for polio vaccination
Monday, 24 April 2000: Kabul authorities have given a verbal agreement to UNICEF that they will respect a cease-fire for the 1-3 May round of polio immunization. Northern Alliance authorities in Faizabad have also issued a verbal agreement on the cease-fire.

Call for global child development initiative
Thursday, 20 April 2000: Child survival specialist William Foege has called on the World Bank to lead a global initiative for child development comparable to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. Dr. Foege was speaking at the World Bank Conference on Investing in Our Children's Future earlier this month.

Earth Day: Stake for children
Wednesday 19 April 2000: Children have the biggest stake in environmental protection. Their survival, growth and development depend on the existence of a safe and clean environment, a theme that needs to be reaffirmed on Earth Day this Saturday.

It's not too late for the Horn
Tuesday, 18 April 2000: UNICEF said today that it is "by no means too late" to save the lives of millions of children and women in the Horn of Africa but added that "immediate action is crucial" and that "no time can be lost to red tape or political inaction."

Dakar meeting will reinforce commitment to education for all
Tuesday, 18 April 2000: The world's failure to achieve education for all can no longer be tolerated, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said today, ahead of the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, April 26- 28 -- the biggest global meeting on education in a decade.

TV series looks at globalization
Monday, 17 April 2000: Just launched on BBC World, a 26-part series by TVE entitled Life looks at globalization, and its myriad human consequences, including growing inequality. It features contributions from leading academics and writers like Noam Chomsky, Francis Fukuyama, Susan George, Robert Reich and Lester Thurow as well as stories from ordinary people around the world.

Child growth key to human development
Wednesday, 12 April 2000: Monitoring early childhood growth and development should be the "gold standard" for measuring the success of human development efforts, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kul Gautam told a major United Nations meeting on nutrition yesterday.

Poor donor response to Ethiopian emergency
Friday, 7 April 2000: Critical, life-saving health and nutrition interventions planned for children and women affected by the current drought emergency in Ethiopia are being undermined by poor donor response to non-food humanitarian interventions, said UNICEF Ethiopia Senior Programme Officer, Rodney Phillips, today.

World makes little progress on low birthweight
Wednesday, 5 April 2000: Babies born under 2.5 kilograms have a 40-fold greater risk of dying in the neonatal period and a 50 per cent greater risk of serious developmental problems in addition to other illnesses, including premature death and illnesses associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes, in later life, UNICEF said today.

North Caucasus conflict tears children apart
Thursday, 30 March 2000: UNICEF remains deeply concerned about the impact that the ongoing crisis in the Russian Federation's North Caucasus region is having on children -- both the thousands of children inside Chechnya and the tens of thousands who have fled into neighbouring Republics.

Tuberculosis now a global threat
Thursday, 23 March 2000: UNICEF today called tuberculosis "one of the most seriously neglected and under-estimated health, human rights and poverty problems of our era" and said only a concerted effort could conquer a disease that accounts for 2 million deaths a year, including over 250,000 children.

The Balkan region, one year later
Tuesday, 21 March 2000: One year after the start of NATO air strikes on Yugoslavia and the massive humanitarian relief effort that followed, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy declared today that the children of the Balkans region "remain the most endangered children in Europe" and said their long-term prospects remained dreary unless "adults throughout the region fulfill their moral duty to end the ethnic hatred and violence that so insidiously shadow every new generation."

Water alone is not enough
Tuesday, 14 March 2000: Arguing that things as simple as regular hand-washing and access to a toilet can significantly reduce child mortality and improve children’s health and development, the United Nations Children’s Fund today urged leaders and experts attending the World Water Forum to provide all children with access to adequate sanitation facilities and hand-washing materials and facilities.

Crops destroyed in Madagascar, UNICEF finds
Friday, 10 March 2000: UNICEF assessment teams travelling in the north-east of Madagascar have found serious damage to the island's subsistence and cash crops, with rice fields submerged for over a week and coffee and bananas swept away.

UNICEF assistance arrives in former rebel-held areas of Sierra Leone
Wednesday, 8 March 2000: For the first time in 18 months, outside assistance has reached northern communities in Sierra Leone formerly held by rebel forces, UNICEF announced today. UNICEF helped deliver school books and other essential supplies to over 15,000 children.

Universal teams with UNICEF for child rights
Thursday, 9 March 2000: Fievel Mousekewitz, beloved by children as the star of the popular animated An American Tail home videos, inspired by the hit motion picture, will become the official icon for UNICEF's worldwide media promotion of children's rights at an Ellis Island ceremony tomorrow.

UNICEF Executive Director targets violence against women
Tuesday, 7 March 2000: In a statement marking International Women's Day, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy issued a strong attack against culturally-sanctioned homicidal violence directed at women and girls around the world. She said 'honour' killings, acid violence, female infanticide and bride burning are examples of men and boys killing or seriously injuring female family and community members with impunity.

UNICEF heightens its flood response in stricken Madagascar
Friday, 3 March 2000: The UNICEF Representative in Madagascar today warned that the island nation “could become the next Mozambique” after Cyclone Gloria swamped the island yesterday, increasing the number of people affected by flooding to more than 600,000 -- half of them children. At least 55 people have been killed, according to preliminary figures.

Universal child immunization
Thursday, 2 March 2000: UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy thanked U.S. President Bill Clinton for energizing the global effort to immunize all the world's children. She said Clinton's leadership in bringing together key representatives of the public and private sectors to today's White House meeting on the President's "Millennium Initiative" is precisely what is needed to begin to save the lives of nearly three million children who still die each year of vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Help needed to combat flood disaster in southern Africa
Wednesday, 1 March 2000: UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today said that the people of southern Africa were facing a “massive humanitarian disaster” unless the international community stepped up emergency relief for flood-ravaged Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Madagascar.

Poverty reduction starts with children
Tuesday, 29 February 2000: In a keynote address at the World Bank's annual Conference on Human Development today, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said the rights of children should be the focal point of a global movement to reverse poverty in the developing world.

UN agencies launch polio campaign in contested Nuba mountains of Sudan
Wednesday, 23 February 2000: A program to immunize 77,000 children against polio was launched today in the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan as part of a campaign to vaccinate all children under five throughout the country.

UK campaign 'Growing Up Alone' launched
Wednesday, 23 February: UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and actor Ralph Fiennes have launched The United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF's new campaign Growing Up Alone: the hidden cost of disease, poverty & war. Growing up without the love and security of a family and outside the protection of the state, millions of children are bearing the brunt of poverty, war and the growing spread of HIV/AIDS.

UNICEF Executive Director to tour flood-damaged areas of Mozambique
Thursday, 17 February 2000: UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will tour flood-affected areas of Mozambique on Friday, 18 February, getting a first-hand look at UNICEF's response to a disaster that has created urgent humanitarian needs for 150,000 people, including 30,000 children, and which has sparked concern over outbreaks of disease.

UNICEF rushes aid to flood-damaged communities in Mozambique
Friday, 11 February 2000: The United Nations Children's Fund has launched a major effort to prevent the outbreak and spread of diseases such as cholera, malaria and diarrhoea in flood-affected Mozambique, where high waters have affected more than 800,000 people and created urgent humanitarian needs for 150,000, including 30,000 children.

UNICEF Executive Director embarks on Africa journey
Tuesday, 8 February 2000: Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF, begins a four-nation, 14-day tour of Africa this week, during which she will meet national leaders, visit education and health projects, speak with children, and address several grave challenges facing young people across the continent, including AIDS, widespread poverty, gender discrimination, and conflict.

UNICEF Executive Board Session
The UNICEF Executive Board met daily from 31 January-4 February in its first annual session for the year 2000

Children's immunization campaign launched at World Economic Forum
Monday, 31 January: A global alliance of business leaders, philanthropic foundations, development banks, UN agencies and national governments today urged the world's economic powerbrokers to view children as the key to sustainable human development, and said that millions of young lives could be saved each year through an ambitious new campaign to immunize all the world's children.

UNICEF applauds return of Uganda abductees
Thursday, 27 January 2000: UNICEF today welcomed the retrieval of 75 people, including children and women, some of whom had been abducted from Northern Uganda by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army. The children's agency congratulated the Governments of Sudan and Uganda for their evident determination to implement the provisions of the accords reached in Nairobi last month.

FIFA teams up with UNICEF
Monday, 24 January 2000: The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced a unique partnership today that aims to raise $2 million for UNICEF programs this year and reach out to children with messages on child rights and fair play.

UNICEF hails raising of military age
Monday, 24 January 2000: UNICEF today welcomed the decision by governments to raise from 15 to 18 years the age at which participation in armed conflicts will be permitted and to establish a ban on compulsory recruitment below 18 years.

UNICEF: Child sex trafficking must end
Thursday, 20 January 2000: UNICEF's Carol Bellamy today attacked the greed and brutal disregard for human rights which she said underpin the worldwide trafficking in children and women, most often for sexual exploitation.

Quarter of refugee children in West Timor malnourished
Tuesday, 18 January 2000: A survey by UNICEF in the Belu District of West Timor has found that an estimated 25 per cent of refugee children under the age of five are suffering from moderate to severe malnutrition.

Final push in campaign to eradicate polio
Thursday, 6 January 2000: In a strong turn-of-the-millennium appeal, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF today urged leaders of countries where the final battle to eradicate polio is being waged to give full cooperation to the global effort.


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