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UNICEF in action

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Siege survivor Alina Sakieva, 18, talks to a psychologist in the ruins of School No. 1 in Beslan. Alina's participation in a UNICEF-organized photo workshop for the 1st anniversary of the siege has helped her cope with her experiences.

UNICEF’s permanent presence in every CEE/CIS country means that we are on the spot long before, and long after, a crisis. Our role in emergencies is to protect children and women, ensure that their rights are respected and provide emergency assistance. We work with many partners to ensure that emergency help is reliable, effective and timely.

As the number of emergencies increases and as emergencies become more complex, our role is more important than ever before, and our work is constantly evolving to reflect new realities.


Our Core Commitments

Our response is guided by our Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies. These set out the specific steps that we will follow, from carrying out a rapid assessment of the situation of children and women, to sector coordination, to supply delivery, to the protection of children and women from abuse, violence, exploitation and HIV.


Examples of UNICEF in action:


  • Support for children and women caught up in the crisis in the North Caucasus, including help for children affected by the Beslan tragedy
  • Raising awareness of the dangers of landmines and other unexploded ordnance in mine-affected areas such as Azerbaijan, the North Caucasus, and Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Protecting the health of refugee children, such as those living in the Pankisi Gorge in northern Georgia
  • Responding to natural disasters, such as floods in Bulgaria, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Serbia – all in 2005.
  • Speaking out for children in times of political upheaval – on the Andijan crisis in Uzbekistan for example, and on the school crisis in Transnistria, Moldova




Angela Raven Roberts, Regional Emergency Adviser, UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS. Tell (+4122) 909 5514

Email: aravenroberts@unicef.org



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