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July 2001 - December 2001

Japan's gift bolsters child health in Afghan region
Friday, 21 December - The Japanese Government has donated $12.6 million for essential health and nutrition activities in the Afghanistan region, including polio eradication, to bolster the chances of survival for thousands of children in three countries, the United Nations Children's Fund announced today.

Yokohama Congress exceeds best expectations
Thursday, 20 December 2001: "The Congress has achieved all we expected - and more," co-organizers of a global conference against sexual exploitation of children said today. Billed as a "working meeting" at which governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, young people and others engaged in combating the global trade in child sex would share experiences, learn from each other and plan future actions, the Second World Congress also concluded with a "Yokohama Global Commitment" reaffirming but also reinforcing promises made at the first World Congress in 1996.

UNICEF calls for halt to commercial sex exploitation
Monday, 17 December- Noting that each year millions of children "are bought and sold like fresh produce, commodities in a global sex industry steeped in greed and unspeakable cruelty," UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy on Monday urged governments, law enforcement, international agencies and all sectors of society to do all within their power to stamp it out.

Strong turnout for Congress foreseen
Friday, 14 December 2001 - Nearly 3,000 people will assemble in Yokohama, Japan, next week at the Second World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. The Congress will review progress since the first World Congress in Stockholm in 1996 and seek global strategies to stem the swiftly developing exploitation of children in prostitution, pornography and through trafficking.

Report says millions of children victims of sex exploitation
Wednesday,12 December 2001 - UNICEF called today for a coordinated global effort to stamp out the commercial sexual exploitation of children. "Millions of children throughout the world are being bought and sold like chattel and used as sex slaves," declared UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. "This is an utterly intolerable violation of children's rights." "Zero tolerance means ending the trafficking of children, their sale and barter and imprisonment and torture," Bellamy stated. "It means stamping out every horrible facet of the commercial sexual exploitation of children."

UNICEF launches child poverty report
Thursday, 29 November 2001 - Child poverty is widespread in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), despite growing economies in the region, says a UNICEF report released today. Almost 18 million young people are living in poverty and rising numbers of children are ending up in institutions or being put up for adoption as families strain to cope.

Immunization campaign against birth defects in Central Asia hailed
Wednesday, 28 November 2001 - UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund hailed the launch in Kyrgyzstan today of a massive immunization campaign to reach 2 million children and young people between the ages of 7 and 25 with rubella vaccines. The campaign is part of a regional strategy to eliminate measles and significantly reduce rubella in Central Asia and Eastern Europe by 2007.

UNICEF: Child sex linked to spread of HIV/AIDS
Wednesday, 28 November 2001 - The head of the United Nations Children's Fund said today that one of the most troubling and complex aspects of the spread of HIV/AIDS is its link to the widespread sexual exploitation of children. "Whether it is myths about the curative powers of sex with young girls, or macho attitudes that sanction violent sexual behaviour toward women and girls, the links between sexual abuse of children and the spread of HIV/AIDS are clear," said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy.

Crisis draws Bellamy to Afghanistan
Friday, 23 November 2001 - Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, begins an extended trip to Europe and Asia this weekend, highlighted by five days in Afghanistan and Pakistan where she will visit Quetta, Kabul and other towns to personally survey the difficult conditions facing millions of children in a region stricken by drought, displacement, disease and conflict.

Kenya and Colombia Win TV Awards for Promoting Children's Rights
Tuesday, 20 November 2001 - Broadcasters in Kenya and Colombia left the stage at the 29th International Emmy Awards on Monday with special Emmys for their promotion of children's rights and children's participation in broadcasting. ACE Communication (Kenya) and Canal Capital (Colombia) won the awards for their outstanding contributions to the 2001 "Say Yes for Children Campaign" and the 2000 International Children's Day of Broadcasting, respectively.

Football and UNICEF unite to 'Say Yes' for Children
Tuesday, 20 November 2001, In a ceremony today at the United Nations, UNICEF and FIFA (the world governing body of football), announced a global alliance for children. FIFA will dedicate the 2002 World Cup to children under the banner of "Say Yes for Children." This is the first time a World Cup has ever been dedicated to a humanitarian cause.

Japan provides big boost to UNICEF -$7.8 Million- for Afghan children
Friday, 16 November 2001 - The Government of Japan has donated $7.84 million to UNICEF's relief efforts for the children of Afghanistan, the agency announced today, the largest emergency contribution UNICEF has ever received from Japan and the largest it has received from any source for its $36 million appeal for Afghan relief.

Afghan children wage battle of fear vs. hunger, illness, and cold
Friday, 16 November 2001 - Dusting off a 1997 study of child trauma in Kabul and comparing it with the latest anecdotal evidence emerging from Afghanistan, the United Nations Children's Fund said today there are strong indications that long after the fighting ends, the nightmare will continue for Afghan children.

Conflict scars Palestinian and Israeli children
Thursday, 15 November 2001 - The chief of the UNICEF office serving the West Bank and Gaza expressed concern today for children being killed and injured in the prolonged conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, emphasizing that injuries went beyond the tragic number of casualties to encompass a much broader number of children impacted by psychological distress and fear.

UN leaders welcome new step toward banning child soldiers
Wednedsay, 14 November 2001 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu today hailed the tenth ratification of a protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which should help to protect children from being recruited and used as soldiers in armed conflicts. Governments that have ratified the protocol include Andorra, Bangladesh, Canada, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Holy See, Iceland, New Zealand, Panama, Romania and Sri Lanka.

UNICEF warns winter and war still threat to children in Afghanistan
Wednesday, 14 November 2001 - The United Nations Children's Fund cautioned today that the rapid advance of Northern Alliance forces in Afghanistan would most likely not bring a quick end to the crisis facing Afghan children.With the front lines of the conflict shifting unpredictably each day and with the arrival of winter in some parts of Afghanistan, UNICEF warned that "delivering humanitarian relief to those most in need will continue to be a very serious challenge."

Uganda pushes forward mass immunization drive against measles
Tuesday, 13 November 2001 - As part of a global effort to reduce measles deaths, the United Nations Children's Fund said today that Uganda has launched a massive immunization campaign with the goal of reaching 1 million children under the age of five in hard-to-reach communities.

UNICEF calls on governments to outlaw trafficking of children
Tuesday, 13 November 2001 - The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, is calling on governments in Europe and Central Asia to ratify three international instruments that are vital to efforts to combat trafficking in children, a growing problem in the region: the 2000 Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography; the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (2000); and ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (1999).

Art collector's largess boon to world's children
Wednesday 7 November 2001, - Mme René Gaffé's extraordinary bequest to UNICEF -- the proceeds from the sale of the legendary Gaffé Collection of Modern Art, one of the last great private collections of Twentieth Century art -- was realized on 6 November when the Collection was sold at Christie's auction house in New York. UNICEF will receive more than US $60 million.

UNICEF receives gift of "Bread and Fish" from Romania
Friday, 9 November 2001 - In a ceremony taking place at UNICEF House on Sunday, 11th November, the United Nations Children's Fund will receive a set of decorative glass sculptures from the President of Romania, Mr. Ion Iliescu. The artwork is being presented to UNICEF by the President as an expression of Romania's support for the upcoming Special Session on Children.

Countries agree to outlaw child sexual exploitation
Tuesday, 23 October 2001 - A major step forward in the protection of children from exploitation, trafficking and sexual abuse has just been achieved, UNICEF stated today, welcoming the imminent entry into force of the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. With the submission of Romania's tenth ratification last Thursday, the Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child will become a legally binding instrument on the 18th January 2002. This three month interval is in accordance with the procedures outlined in the Protocol.

West African states on verge of stopping polio as campaign kicks off
Friday, 19 October 2001 - With polio cases at an all-time low in West Africa, 16 countries are renewing their commitment to eliminate the crippling virus as they launch a massive coordinated campaign aimed at reaching 80 million children with oral polio vaccine.

Amid chaos, UNICEF keeps supplies rolling into Afghanistan
Friday,12 October 2001 - Despite logistical hurdles and ongoing military operations, the United Nations Children's Fund said today it continues to truck relief supplies into Afghanistan in a concerted effort to reach as many children as possible before the arrival of winter leaves roads impassable. UNICEF warned that only a month or so remains to deliver the needed aid.

Six planes, scores of trucks, and donkeys deliver much-needed relief
Tuesday, 2 October 2001 - Reaching out to millions of Afghan children and women before the start of the harsh winter season, the United Nations Children's Fund launched four large humanitarian convoys on a journey from Peshawar, Pakistan, toward four cities inside Afghanistan today.

UNICEF Chief vows renewed drive to protect rights of all children
29 September - Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, said today that the postponement of the biggest global meeting on children in more than a decade had only deepened UNICEF's resolve to fulfil its mandate of ensuring the survival, protection and development of every child.

UNICEF seeks more than $35 million for Afghan children in crisis
Friday, 28 September 2001 - The United Nations Children's Fund today said it needs more than $35 million in special donor support to help the children and women of Afghanistan survive a humanitarian crisis that features a trio of threats - drought, war, and winter.

In Afghanistan, woes deeepen for women and children
Tuesday, 24 September 2001 - A humanitarian crisis of stunning proportions is unfolding in Afghanistan. Twenty years of brutal conflict, three years of severe drought, large-scale human rights abuses and significant population movements spurred most recently by the present geo-political crisis have left more than five million civilians, the vast majority of them women and children, with a fragile grip on survival. The onset of winter will loosen that grip even further.

Relief flights bring supplies to children in Central Asia
Friday, 21 September 2001 - The United Nations Children's Fund is airlifting urgently needed relief supplies into the Afghanistan region this weekend in the first of six planned relief flights aimed at easing the region's ongoing humanitarian crisis.

UN postpones next week's Special Session On Children
Thursday, 13 September 2001 - Hours after the United Nations General Assembly formally postponed next week's Special Session on Children in recognition of the tragedy that struck the United States on Tuesday, UNICEF said today that the work of helping the world's neediest children would continue "with deepened resolve."

UNICEF says broken promises hurt the children of the '90s
Thursday, 13 September 2001 - Days before world leaders gather for a UN summit on children, UNICEF said in its flagship annual report today that broken promises hurt the children of the 1990s. The report, The State of the World's Children 2002, says that despite outstanding examples of progress for children in the last decade, most governments have not lived up to the promises made at the 1990 World Summit for Children.

Put children first in ending discrimination, Bellamy says
Friday, 1 September 2001 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today called on world leaders attending the Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance to put children and education at the centre of all their efforts.

Combat racism by changing world with children, UN says
Saturday, 2 September 2001, High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy said today that young people must have their place in the emerging global alliance against racism and discrimination.

In Sudan, 3,481 former child soldiers return home
Wednesday, 29 August 2001 - Almost 3,500 children who as recently as five months ago were acting as soldiers in Sudan's civil war have returned to their communities and families in southern Sudan with high hopes for a fresh start in life. The move home - completed over the last few days - marked the end of a five-month transition period in which the children were cared for by UNICEF and a coalition of aid groups.

The road to the Special Session: What a trip!
Friday, 24 August 2001 - Next month's United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children is a culmination of some of the most extensive preparations ever for an international conference, involving hundreds of meetings and tens of thousands of participants worldwide, including thousands of children and young people. Often noteworthy events themselves, these meetings included high-level consultations and protracted debates at national, regional and global levels.

Hundreds of ex-child soldiers begin rehabilitation in Rwanda
Monday, 20 August 2001 - Some 227 former child soldiers, ranging in age from 10 to 18 years, have arrived at a rehabilitation centre outside the Rwandan capital of Kigali after being held near the conflict zone in northwest Rwanda where they were captured over the summer.

Youth delegates will throng to UN Summit in September
Monday, 20 August 2001 - More than 100 children will serve as delegates at next month's landmark United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children, the first time such large numbers of young people will actively participate in deliberations at a major United Nations conference, officials announced today.

Cambodia first in Southeast Asia to get vaccines from Vaccine Fund
Friday, 17 August 2001 - Building upon its unprecedented campaign to immunize children against infectious diseases, - the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization - and the Vaccine Fund will launch a multi-country five-year initiative in Cambodia on 19 August, to increase access to immunization for children throughout Southeast Asia.

In Burundi, UN Agencies urge 'Days of Tranquillity' for polio drive
Friday, 17 August 2001 - Concerned that continued conflict could hinder a nation-wide polio immunization campaign scheduled for later this month, United Nations officials in Burundi today jointly called on all parties to observe 'Days of Tranquillity' to allow polio vaccinators safe access to over one million children throughout in the country.

UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy set to arrive in Uganda
Monday , August 13, 2001 - On her first visit to Uganda, Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), will launch the Girls' Education Movement (GEM) together with President Museveni, the Forum for Women Educationalists (FAWE), the Ministry of Education and young delegates from Africa. Bellamy, who will be in Uganda from 14-16 of August, will meet with a wide-range of officials and youth from across Africa and make on-site visits to UNICEF programme activities.

Italy donates $1 million for children of Democratic Republic of Congo
Thursday, 9 August 2001 - The Government of Italy has pledged support for the children of Democratic Republic of Congo with a donation of approximately US$1 million (2 billion Italian Lire) to UNICEF. The donation coincides with the visit of UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, who arrives in DRC this week to take part in a series of National Immunization Days. Commenting on the donation, Carol Bellamy said: "The Italian Government has shown, once again, its determination to channel resources to children in the greatest need."

Record number of leaders to attend UN Special Session on Children
Wednesday, 8 August 2001 - Seventy-five heads of State - a record number- will attend a landmark Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on children next month in New York, United Nations officials announced today.

Polio immunization drive thriving in Central Africa despite challenges
Tuesday, 7 August 2001- Tens of thousands of vaccination teams have fanned across central Africa, going door-to-door to protect millions of children against polio in the first ever coordinated polio immunization campaign in the conflict-affected region. During several days in July, August and September, this massive effort will result in the protection of a targeted 16 million children against polio in Angola, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Gabon.

Children's summit in September to cap year of major UN conferences
Tuesday, 1 August 2001 - The UN General Assembly is preparing for its final Special Session of the year: a summit on the world's children that will confront national leaders with a single question. "Can you make good on your promises?" It will cap an unprecedented twelve-month period in which global leaders gathered under the auspices of the United Nations to focus on issues such as the plight of the world's poorest countries, AIDS, urban settlement, small arms, and racism.

UNICEF, WHO call for safe passage of polio investigators in Sudan
Friday, 27 July, 2001 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are calling for the safe passage of several teams of health workers planning to investigate a recent polio case in Sudan. The case was confirmed earlier this week in Ruweng County, a traditionally unstable area in the southern part of the country which has a highly mobile population estimated at 64,000. The area is contested by the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement.

Muhammad Ali, Melanie Griffith and others pledge ''Yes'' for children
Thursday, 26 July 2001 - Muhammad Ali, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith today joined a long list of prominent individuals who have pledged themselves to support action for children and called on world leaders to do the same.

Recruitment of Sri Lankan children for armed conflict continues
Friday, 20 July 2001 - The United Nations Children's Fund today urges the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to live up to its commitment not to recruit children into its ranks, and urges the Government of Sri Lanka to ease restrictions on humanitarian activity and address the critical shortage of teachers in conflict-affected areas.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador en route to Afghanistan
Thursday, 19 July 2001 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japanese celebrity and outspoken advocate for children, will visit Afghanistan from 21 to 26 July to urge a greater global response to the urgent needs of Afghan women and children.

UNICEF says small arms and light weapons take young victims: children
Wednesday, 11 July 2001 - UNICEF today declared as "intolerable" the increase in young lives lost or maimed due to small arms and light weapons and called for immediate action to protect children from access or exposure to these arms.

World leaders call for peace to immunize 16 million children against polio
Wednesday, 5 July 2001, Conflict-affected countries in central Africa have joined forces to immunize every child under five against polio, in an unprecedented alliance against the crippling disease. But today health, humanitarian and political leaders warned that for all children to be protected, there must be respect for peace during this massive immunization campaign.

First group of Congolese children returned home from Uganda
Wednesday, 5 July 2001 - UNICEF took a major step toward reuniting 159 Congolese children with their families in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday when it repatriated a first group of the children in an airlift from Uganda to Bunia, DRC.


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