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Cyclone Pam: New appeal for children amid critical funding shortfall - UNICEF
NEW YORK/VANUATU, 24 March 2015 – UNICEF has only around fifteen per cent of the money it needs to get life-saving aid to thousands of children and their families, after Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc in Vanuatu and other Pacific islands, the organisation warn

UNICEF reaching children affected by Cyclone Pam on remote Pacific islands
SUVA, 21 March 2015 - Despite logistical challenges posed by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on small island countries in the Pacific, UN children’s agency, UNICEF, is delivering essential supplies to children who need them most in Kiribati, Solomon Is

UNICEF to send emergency supplies for cyclone-affected children and families in Tuvalu
SUVA, 18 March 2015 – UNICEF is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in cyclone-affected Tuvalu. The archipelago nation comprising of nine islands with about 11,000 people has declared a state of emergency, following tidal surges caus

Measles prevention campaign gets underway in Vanuatu, with support from UNICEF and WHO
SUVA, 17 March 2015 – The Ministry of Health, Vanuatu today began a measles prevention campaign in Vanuatu with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is critically important given the low routine immunisation rates and a recent

UNICEF ships emergency supplies for Cyclone-affected children in Vanuatu
SUVA, 16 March 2015 – While distributing its pre-positioned emergency supplies in Vanuatu, UNICEF also has dispatched additional life-saving supplies for affected communities from its Pacific regional warehouse in Suva, Fiji. This includes health, educati

60,000 children in need of immediate assistance after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu; at least 72,000 out of school
SUVA, 15 March 2015 – With Tropical Cyclone Pam ripping through Vanuatu from late Friday night (13 March) into the early hours of Saturday morning, UNICEF Pacific reminds that 45% of the population is children and they are particularly vulnerable in any e

UNICEF on Standby to Assist Government of Vanuatu as TC Pam approaches Vanuatu
SUVA, 13 March 2015 – As Vanuatu braces itself for Tropical Cyclone Pam, UNICEF remains on standby to assist the Government of Vanuatu.

UNICEF Pacific works with Ministry of Health & Medical Services, towards increasing capacity for monitoring of WASH activities
SUVA, 27 January, 2015 – The Ministry of Health and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific office will hold a training on mobile phone based data collection on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities from January 26 -30 in Suva, Fiji.

Poorest students receive up to 18 times less public education resources than the wealthiest, says UNICEF
DAVOS, 22 January 2015 – In many countries around the world, significantly less public resources are used to educate children in the poorest 20 per cent of society than their counterparts in the most affluent 20 per cent, according to a new report issued

Put children at heart of global agenda, UNICEF challenges Davos
UN children’s agency sets out a 2015 agenda to end violence, preventable death and poverty among hardest-to-reach children

Roll Out of Vaccine to Prevent Pneumonia and Other Illnesses to Begin in February
In February, 63,000 doses of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines (PCV) worth USD 207,900 (approximately 1.5 million SBD) will be available in all clinics providing immunization services. This is to ensure that all children especially those under 1 year of age

Adolescents twice as likely to be out of school as children of primary school age, say UNESCO and UNICEF
LONDON, 19 January 2015 – Around 63 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 years old are denied their right to an education, according to a new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF, Fixing the Broken Promise of Educat

UNICEF ‘world version’ of John Lennon classic invites all to Imagine a better world for children
CAPE TOWN/LONDON/RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK, 31 December 2014 – On New Year’s Eve, John Lennon’s anthem to hope and peace, Imagine, will take centre stage in capitals across the world to help inspire a global movement towards a better future for every child.

More than 200 children celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Solomon Islands
HONIARA, 11 December 2014- More than 200 children from the Solomon Islands Football Federation’s Just Play programme and primary schools around Honiara and Guadalcanal province celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (

UNICEF Pacific collaborates with Stan Antas and local artists in Vanuatu for Anti-Bullying Campaign
Port Vila, 5 December 2014 – UNICEF Pacific together with Vanuatu local artists including Stan Antas, have produced a new song called “Respecting One Another” as part of a campaign aimed at raising awareness about violence in school.

UNICEF Pacific newest Ambassador: Krishneer Sen
UNICEF Pacific today announced their newest Pacific Ambassador, Mr. Krishneer Sen, an advocate for children, with a focus on children with disabilities.

Kiribati Launches Child Poverty Report as part of CRC and UCD celebrations
TARAWA, 24 November 2014 – A report commissioned by UNICEF and the Government of Kiribati was launched last Thursday as part of the celebrations for 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Universal Children’s Day (UCD).

UNICEF and Government Call for Action to Realise the Rights of All Children
Suva, November 20 2014 – Twenty five years ago the world’s youngest citizens were finally recognised by an international treaty – The Convention on the Rights of the Child. Until then there was no acknowledgement of the fundamental connection between the

UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days
On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s rights by hosting Just Play Sports Days in ten Pacific Island nations.

Lack of toilets dangerous for everyone, UNICEF says
NEW YORK & SUVA, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.

World Prematurity Day Highlights Effective, Low-Cost Care for Saving Preterm Babies in the Pacific
SUVA, 17 November 2014 – With preterm birth complications contributing 36% of neonatal deaths recorded, the Pacific is observing World Prematurity Day today to show its commitment to reduce prematurity and premature babies.

Child Protection in Emergencies Training
Koror, 13 November 2014 – Recognising the frequency and severity of natural disasters in the Pacific, as well as the special vulnerability of our children, Government and civil society staff from Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of Marshall

Child Health Services All Month for Children in Vanuatu
PORT VILA, 3 November 2013 – This November, children under five years old in Port Vila, Luganville, and Lenakel will receive life-saving health services including immunisation, vitamin A and deworming free of charge thanks to the Government of Vanuatu wit

Two reports on children’s issues in FSM launched today
The National Government of Micronesia and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today launched two new publications of importance for children.

Handwashing with soap: a simple practice that saves lives
“People under-estimate the importance of handwashing. Handwashing with soap prevents infections and saves lives,” said UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr, Karen Allen. She added, “The annual Global Handwashing Day celebrations emphasise that hands need t

Trainees on statistical literacy will strengthen child friendly planning, decision making and advocacy
23 September - More than 20 participants comprising of government, non-government officials and members of civil society groups attended a two-day training in Honiara this week to build capacity in statistical literacy and data use to support planning, de

Early Childhood Guidelines for Pacific launched today
NADI, 25 September 2014 – Research shows that providing high quality care and education for children before they turn five produces significant immediate and long-term benefits. Therefore, it is very valuable to have guidelines to help governments strengt

Despite dramatic progress on child survival, 1 million children die during their first day of life from mostly preventable causes
New York, Bangkok, 16 September 2014 – Child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, during which time the absolute number of under-five deaths has been slashed in half from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, according to a report released today

Fiji supports measles outbreak response efforts in Solomon Islands by making 50,000 Measles and Rubella Vaccines available
HONIARA, 15 September 2014 - Following efforts by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and other partners to accelerate a nation- wide measles campaign, UNICEF this week air lifted to Honiara a total of 50,000 doses of Measles and Rubella (M

New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF
The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country an

CRC@25 Activities Kick Off With Amazing Race and Banner Design
SUVA, 20 August 2014 – Children and young people were part of the Amazing Race Competition and Banner Design Activity which kicked off celebrations in Fiji for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The event was held yes

Cyber-Safety a Priority for Partners in Tonga
Nuku’alofa, 18 August 2014 – As Tonga’s access to mobile and internet technology continues to grow rapidly, cyber-safety has become an important priority and was the focus of consultations held by key stakeholders last week in Nuku’alofa.

Solomon Islands health workers trained on management of severe acute malnutrition
HONIARA, 04 August 2014 – Around 30 health workers throughout Solomon Islands were trained last week on the integrated management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). The training is the first of its kind in Solomon Islands.

Ministry of Health Palau receives Vital Medical Equipment for Babies
SUVA, 09 July 2014 – A baby incubator and baby warmer resuscitation table was donated to the Ministry of Health in Palau last week. The vital medical equipment was placed in the maternity ward of Palau’s hospital.

1st Pacific Islander invited to join the CRC Committee in Geneva
SUVA, 07 July 2014 – In his 22 years of legal experience, Justice Vui Clarence Joseph Nelson has been a staunch campaigner for the rights of the child. Therefore it is a well deserved honour that he was successfully elected to sit on the Committee on the

Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony first to feature a Commonwealth-wide fundraiser for children
International singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger and Scottish football legend Sir Alex Ferguson are two of the star-studded names who will appear in a global fundraising first at the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony on 23 July.

UNICEF Partnerships Provide 14.5 Million Dollars Assistance to Solomon Islands
Honiara, 23 June 2014 – UNICEF has today signed programme agreements with key partners in Solomon Islands that amount to SBD 14.5 million (USD 2 million) to provide safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

New Zealand Rugby and UNICEF Announce New International Partnership for Children
Auckland 20 June 2014 - New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and UNICEF today announced an international partnership which will see the All Blacks, and all other New Zealand Rugby teams, support UNICEF’s work in improving the lives of children and communities around

First OFC Mascot Unveiled at FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil
After 48 years of existence, Oceania Football Confederation now have their first ever mascot, Pasifi-ika, which made its debut at the FIFA World Cup™ in Sao Paulo, Brazil this week.

United Nations releases $1.8 million to support life-saving activities in flood affected Solomon Islands
(Suva, 29 May 2014): The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released US$1.8 million (SBD 13.1 million) to provide critical humanitarian support to floodaffected people in the Solomon Islands.

Children to benefit from supplementary immunisation programme
Approximately 24,000 children under 5 years of age living in flash flood affected areas and transitional centers in Honiara and Guadalcanal provinces are targeted through an emergency integrated supplementary immunization activity (SIA). This is a post di

Australia and UNICEF Support Ministry of Education for Better Health and Learning
19 May: Students of Ratu Meli Memorial School can now enjoy new water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities thanks to assistance received through the Ministry of Education, Live and Learn Environmental Education, UNICEF Pacific and the Australian g

UNICEF helps schools recover from disaster with distribution of education kits
HONIARA, 12 May 2014 –The devastating 4th of April flash flood had initially affected over 80 schools in Honiara and Guadalcanal combined, with 52,318 school children affected. 14 of these schools were initially used as evacuation centers but this has now

Joint Press Release: 15 Primary Schools in Fiji Have Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Facilities
Tiled floors, a mirror and a washbasin with soap – these seem like the basic ingredients for a school bathroom. For students of Nasautoka District School and many others in Fiji, this was not always so.

Pacific has a regional cold storage facility for vaccines
SUVA, 2 May 2014 – For the first time, the Pacific has a regional cold storage facility for all vaccines. The facility, which is based at Yee’s Cold Storage in Nadi, Fiji, accommodates vaccines for 12 Pacific Island Countries – Cook Islands, Federated Sta

Are your children up to date? Immunisation Saves Lives
SUVA, 24 April 2014 – Vaccination immunises children against killer childhood diseases and is perhaps one of the most cost-effective health interventions. Widespread coverage by Pacific immunisation programmes is a significant reason why deaths

UNICEF Global Release of Pacific Music Video Against Violence
SUVA, 23 April 2014 –Research data shows that a high proportion of adolescent boys in the Pacific are supportive of wife beating. This corresponds with UNICEF estimates that as many as 7 in 10 women and 8 in 10 children in the Pacific

OFC, Fiji FA, UNICEF Pacific and the Fiji Government join forces for the “Kick Dengue Out!” campaign
SUVA, 04 April 2014 - The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League, set to kick-off in Ba on Monday 7 April, marks another social responsibility milestone in OFC history.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene are essential for the Health of Our Children
Charlie (Description of a real boy but not his real name) doesn’t care much about washing his hands. In fact, he never thinks about it because he has no water supply, no soap, and no knowledge about its importance in preventing disease. He is a ten year o

UNICEF and OFC join hands to move Just Play Programme forward
SUVA, 13 March 2014 - The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific office have signed a Programme Cooperation Agreement for collaboration on the award-winning Just Play Programme.

Solomon Islands witness the launch of its new electronic civil registration system
Honiara, 10th February 2013 - Solomon Islands has taken another step forward in improving its services to citizens with the official launching of its new Electronic Civil Registration Database System, replacing the previous paper- based system, on Friday

Opinion Editorial: No child should be left behind: As we progress, everyone pull forward together!
By Dr. Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative Twenty five years ago something wonderful happened for children of every nation and generation with the launch of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 193 countries –including every country in the P

Tabiteuea North Island Declared Open Defecation Free
Kiribati, January 10, 2014 – A total of 682 households with a population of 3,689 (Census 2010), residing in 12 villages are now open defecation free. Tabiteuea North is the sixth and latest Island in Kiribati to be declared open defecation free (ODF) - t

Solomon Islands Civil Registration System Goes Digital
HONIARA, December 20, 2013 - The establishment of the new Civil Registration database software in Solomon Islands last week guarantees improved registration of all children across the country. This was finalized with a two-day training for staff of the Mi

New opportunities to strengthen immunization programme in Pacific Island countries
NADI, 22 November, 2013 –Participants at the Eighth Pacific Immunization Programme Strengthening (PIPS) workshop, supported the adaptation of the Global Vaccine Action Plan to the Pacific region in order to improve immunization coverage. Based on this reg

Reducing Deaths related to Premature Births in the Pacific
SUVA, 30 November 2013 –A leading cause of death of newborn babies in the Pacific is premature or preterm births. As fewer babies die from other preventable causes – which is good news – the percentage of deaths from prematurity increases. Having successf

The New Delhi Declaration on South - South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific
The New Delhi Declaration on South - South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific

Asia Pacific Governments adopt New Delhi Declaration on cooperation for children’s rights
Bangkok, Kathmandu, 25 October 2013: A New Delhi Declaration, renewing governments’ commitments to the rights of children and pledging to support each other in the achievement of those rights, was adopted unanimously today by Asian and Pacific States atte

Government Delegates Highlight Best Practices for Child Rights at High Level Meeting in India
SUVA, 25 October, 2013 – A Vice President, Ministers and Government officials from Pacific Island Countries are attending a three day meeting to renew political commitments to child rights and exchange experiences among 32 countries in Asia and the Pacifi

Celebrating UN Day with a Difference with Hilton Special School
SUVA, 24 October, 2013 – Today UN agencies in Fiji celebrated UN day with Hilton Special School in Suva. “UN day falls on October 24 every year. In previous years, the UN has commemorated this special day by bringing visibility to our contributions and p

UNICEF Provides Cold Room Facility for Solomon Islands
HONIARA, 27 September 2013 – Children in Solomon Islands will benefit from a Cold Room facility that preserves the quality, potency and safety of vaccines.

New Zealand supports improved health for Pacific children
SUVA, 18 September 2013 –Children in the Pacific will have access to more vaccines and a better health system thanks to funding from the New Zealand Government.

Fiji Airways and UNICEF announce $72,000 Partnership
NADI, 12 JULY 2013 (FIJI AIRWAYS) --- Fiji Airways has announced a new partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve water and sanitation needs in two primary schools – Lautoka Primary School and Ratu Saimoni Memorial in Fiji.

Young Pacific islanders to envision the future they want at “My World, My SIDS: YES”
NADI, Fiji, 4 July, 2013 – Thirty young Pacific islanders aged from 12 to 30 years old gathered in Nadi today to discuss issues close to their heart and envision the future they want.

See the child – before the disability, UNICEF says Inclusion of children with disabilities benefits society as a whole
Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report.

RMI Drought: UNICEF calls for attention to health and hygiene needs
SUVA, 13 May 2013 – With thousands of people in the north of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) experiencing severe drought conditions, it is essential that access to clean and safe drinking water, proper sanitation and nutritious food is provide

Kiribati: First Open Defecation Free (ODF) Island in the Pacific
North Tarawa, 11 May 2013 – Today, North Tarawa Island is the first island in Kiribati and the Pacific to be declared open defecation free (ODF) - thanks to the initiatives of the “Kiriwatsan I Project” ...

UNICEF and SPC join hands to support 14 Pacific Island Countries
NADI, 2 May 2013 – The needs and priorities expressed by Pacific Island Countries and Territories will guide the renewed partnership between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific Office and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Palau Launches Comprehensive Report on Child Protection
Treat children equally, be a good example to them and show them love and affection are the simple things that children in Palau asked of grown-ups as part of UNICEF’s first assessment on child protection issues for Palau.

An Open Defecation Free Solomon Islands is Possible by 2015
World Water Day is celebrated on 22 March all over the world. It is a day for celebrating achievements in managing and supplying fresh water in our countries and a day for reflecting on the state of safe and clean water as a public good we all depend on f

Pacific Early Childhood Education Boosted by New Guidelines
Education specialists from across the Pacific, development agencies and donors converged in Nadi last week to agree on best practices for early childhood education.

Ground Breaking Report on Child Protection for the Marshall Islands
“Ajiri in Ibunini: Value and Protect Our Precious Children” the report brings together insights from children, teachers, health workers, youth, religious leaders, police and legal workers, and was launched today. In receiving the report, the President of

350 Pacific – Warrior Day of Action
01 MARCH 2013 SUVA (350.ORG) ---- “We are not drowning. We are fighting” – will be the key message when organisers across 14 Pacific Island Nations will come together in mass numbers on their islands, at prominent locations to perform their unique war cha

UNICEF Sends Emergency Supplies to Santa Cruz Islands
SUVA, 08 February 2013 – Pre-positioned emergency supplies in Honiara, Solomon Islands were sent to the Santa Cruz Islands yesterday, as part of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) support to those affected by the 8.0–magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsu

Fire Safety Curriculum for Primary Students Launched Today
SUVA, 07 February 2013 – Several fires last year in which seven children were killed has prompted the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ministry of Education and the National Fire Authority to work together and launch a Fire Safety Curriculum.

Educational Materials for children affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan
UNICEF recognises the importance of education in emergencies. Education eases the emotional impact of conflict and disasters by giving stability, structure and hope for the future.

UNICEF Supports Government and Families in Samoa and Fiji
SUVA, 20 December 2012 – In an effort to keep children safe and protected in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Evan, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has offered initial support to Government and families in Samoa and Fiji through the provision of

Vila Central Hospital is Mother-Baby Friendly
NEW YORK/VANUATU, 24 March 2015 – UNICEF has only around fifteen per cent of the money it needs to get life-saving aid to thousands of children and their families, after Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc in Vanuatu and other Pacific islands, the organisation warn





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