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UNICEF Ambassador Novak Djokovic marks holiday season by supporting children in Serbia
GENEVA / BELGRADE / NEW YORK, 21 December 2011 – World number one ranked tennis player and UNICEF National Ambassador to Serbia, Novak Djokovic, is marking the holiday season by lending his voice and financial support for vulnerable children.

President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev responds to questions posed by children with disabilities – participants of the International Conference on Inclusive Education
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 19 December 2011 - Russian disabled kids got a long-awaited message from Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation.

Survey: It’s about ability campaign results in positive change for children with disability in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 14 December 2011 – Montenegro’s Prime Minister Igor Luksic and UNICEF Representative Benjamin Perks today unveiled the impact of the groundbreaking campaign It’s about ability promoting inclusion of children with disabilities into society.

New UNICEF report examines the risks facing children online
FLORENCE, Italy, 13 December 2011 – A child’s first steps into a run-down Internet café in Benin can be a transformative experience, offering access to new friends on other continents, exploration of distant lands, and entertainments far beyond the tradit

UN Agencies urge the Government of Kyrgyzstan to reconsider the initiation of new investigations brought against doctors and nurses accused of infecting children with HIV
The infection of 191 children with HIV in hospitals in South Kyrgyzstan between 2007 and December 2011 is a tragedy. All measures should be taken to ensure that these children receive proper care and support and no more children get the virus.

UNICEF launches report on the impact of labour migration on children left behind in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 13 December 2011 – A UNICEF report launched today sheds light on the negative impact of labour migration on many children who are left behind in Tajikistan.

Children's videos provoke change to make schools free of violence
SKOPJE, 11 December 2011 - UNICEF and partners announced the winners of a one minute video competition at a ceremony that marked the close of the joint UNICEF & Ministry of Education and Science campaign "Together for schools without violence".

UNICEF at 65: Looking back, thinking ahead
NEW YORK, USA, 9 December 2011 - On 11 December, UNICEF celebrates its 65th anniversary. Created in 1946 from the residual resources from the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration to secure the fate of Europe’s children, few then imagine

Seventeenth new youth centre opened in South Kyrgyzstan
OSH, Kyrgyzstan, 7 December 2011 – UNICEF Representative, US Ambassador and the Minister of Youth Affairs officially opened a new youth centre in Osh-town for all young people regardless of their ethnic and social backgrounds.

Inaugural ‘State of the World’s Volunteerism Report’ recognizes contributions of volunteers worldwide
NEW YORK, 5 December 2011 – The United Nations General Assembly paid tribute to the work of its ‘unsung heroes’ today, launching the first-ever State of the World’s Volunteerism Report during a special General Assembly session.

European countries must take action now to prevent continued measles outbreaks in 2012
GENEVA, Switzerland, 2 December 2011 - A new report today describing the large scale of measles outbreaks in European countries underscores their serious public health and economic implications.

Over 90 per cent of deaths from suicide among adolescents are rooted in the disadvantaged family situation: UNICEF research
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 30 November 2011 - Russia ranks third in the world in terms of the number of suicides committed by adolescents.

Nana Mouskouri promotes breastfeeding in Romanian Maternity Hospital
BUCHAREST, Romania, 6 December 2011 - Singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri on her second visit to Bucharest met mothers and their newborns at St. Pantelimon Maternity Hospital.

First inclusive film festival on child rights unveiled in Croatia
RIJEKA, Croatia, 2 December 2011 - For the first time in Croatia, visually and hearing-impaired children enjoyed screenings of more than 30 movies mostly produced for and by kids during a recent UNICEF-supported Child Rights Film Festival “Cinequity”.

UNICEF calls for children with disabilities to be included in all development
NEW YORK, 3 December 2011 – Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UNICEF today called on the global development community to focus greater attention and investment in helping children with disabilities to realize their rights.

Unparalleled global progress in HIV response but sustained investment vital
GENEVA, 30 November 2011 - Global progress in both preventing and treating HIV emphasizes the benefits of sustaining investment in HIV/AIDS over the longer term.

Nana Mouskouri to join UNICEF Romania once again
BUCHAREST, Romania, 29 November 2011 – The renowned singer, Nana Mouskouri, one of the world’s golden singing voices, returns to Romania for an extraordinary concert and to support UNICEF.

UNICEF and the Accounting Chamber of the Russian Federation Joint Research: More budget funds should be assigned to address children’s needs and they should be spent more effectively and openly
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 24 November 2011 - On November 22, 2011, the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved in the final reading the Russian federal budget for the next three years.

Turkmenistan specialists develop an implementation plan for the National Programme on Early Childhood Development
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 23 November 2011 – The Inter-ministerial group members responsible for the implementation and coordination of the Turkmenistan National Programme on Early Childhood Development (ECD) completed a week long workshop.

The situation of children is far better now than it was a decade ago – UNICEF report says
TBILISI, Georgia, 24 November 2011 – The government has made impressive strides in improving the situation of children and addressing inequities.

UNICEF calls for increased effectiveness in working with most-at-risk adolescents in Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine, 30 November 2011 – The day before the World AIDS Day United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is presenting the results of the study "Adolescents living or working on the streets: actual emphasis on HIV prevention".

UNICEF holds an Аnnual Мeeting of all Child Friendly Municipalities
SOFIA, Bulgaria, 25 November 2011 - A two-day annual meeting of the Child Friendly Municipalities in Bulgaria was held on 24 - 25 November, in Princess Dedeman Hotel, Sofia.

Juvenile justice conference in Armenia
YEREVAN, Armenia, 23 November 2011 – UNICEF Office in Armenia and the Armenian office of Project Harmony International, under the aegis of a joint EU-UNICEF three-year project convened today a major conference to spur reforms in juvenile justice.

Children in Turkey speak up for better, safer online access for all
ANKARA, Turkey, 23 November 2011 - A landmark meeting was held today at the national parliament to advocate for children and young people’s optimal and safe use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Children Discuss Inclusion with Ministers and Parliamentarians on the 22nd Anniversary of UN CRC
PODGORICA, 21 November, 2011 - On the occasion of the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, more than 60 children from all over Montenegro had an opportunity to ask questions related to key child rights issues to the high government

Special Representative to the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children Ms Marta Santos Pais met with UNICEF during her visit to Russia
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 16 November 2011 - In her first official visit to the Russian Federation as Special Representative to the UN Secretary General (UNSRSG) on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais met with the UN agencies and the UNICEF Rep

UNICEF launches studies on youth online behaviour, safety in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine
GENEVA, 17 November, 2011 — UNICEF today launched three exploratory studies which analyze the access and behaviour of young people online and highlight the safety risks they face in these countries with fast growing online communities.

UNICEF Applauds Establishment of Parliamentary Group on Child Rights in Armenia
YEREVAN, Armenia, 11 November 2011 - Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan signed a decree, setting up a Multi-Partisan Parliamentary Group on Child Rights.

New ‘resource pack’ developed by UNICEF provides fresh perspective on understanding children
NEW YORK, United States, 8 November 2011 – It’s being considered a breakthrough in communication strategies for children – a ‘resource pack’ developed by UNICEF, which provides development professionals with a fresh perspective on understanding children.

UNICEF and Turkmenistan’s Gunesh magazine promote children’s participation and self-expression
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 1 November 2011 – Turkmenistan’s Gunesh magazine and the United Nations Children’s Fund have partnered to promote children’s participation and self-expression through the media.

Popular Croatian actors take a positive lead for visually impaired children and adults
ZAGREB, Croatia, 2 November 2011 - Today, four leading Croatian actors teamed up with two blind young women to record narrations that will enable visually impaired adults and children to enjoy films that will be screened during the upcoming festival.

UNICEF and IPU Call on Lawmakers to Involve Children in Parliamentary Processes
2 November 2011 - As the principal representatives of their constituents, including children, parliamentarians are uniquely placed to give the views of children – especially those who are the most deprived and most vulnerable – a platform in their work.

Internationally acclaimed singer dedicates song to volunteers worldwide as UN General Assembly prepares for landmark volunteerism discussion
1 November 2011 - Internationally acclaimed singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo, joined forces with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme this week, ahead of a 5 December UN General Assembly Session on volunteerism.

UNICEF supports children in quake-affected Van in eastern Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey, 28 October 2011 - On 23 October 2011, a massive earthquake with the magnitude of 7.2 struck Van, eastern province of Turkey affecting also its district Ercis.

Specific recommendations for the reforms of juvenile justice in Albania
TIRANA, Albania, 14 October 2011 - The distinguished and highly-respected human rights advocate, criminal lawyer, university professor and former Minister of Justice in France Robert BADINTER visited Albania upon invitation from UNICEF.

Rugby as a tool for rehabilitation and reintegration
TBILISI, Georgia, 17 October 2011 - The rugby initiative, including the rehabilitation of the sports field in Avchala Special Educational Establishment in Tbilisi is financially supported by the European Union and supported by UNICEF.

Ombudsmen and NGOs from region meet to monitor torture and ill-treatment of children in jail
KYIV, Ukraine, 18 October 2011 – Human Rights NGOs and Ombudsman offices from eight countries are meeting to exchange experiences on how to protect children in detention centres.

Child rights syllabus up and running in four universities of Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 18 October 2011 - From the new schooling year a new child rights syllabus has become an integral part of journalism degree courses at four Georgian universities

Adolescents, education & participation
The second decade of children's lives is a critical stage for cognitive and social development.

UNICEF and partners mark Disaster Reduction Day in Armenia
YEREVAN, Armenia, 13 October 2011 - This year's observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction recognizes the vital role of children and young people.

Ministry of Education and UNICEF launch campaign in Girls' Education
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 10 October 2011 – A nationwide communication campaign on Girls’ Education launched by Ministry of Education and UNICEF in Dushanbe today aims to establish a supportive environment to improve the quality of girls' education.

Celebration of the International Day for Disaster Reduction in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 13 October 2011 – International Day for Disaster Reduction was marked at a special event organized at Europe’s House by UNICEF and several partner organizations.

More children in safe, supported families thanks to the reform of child care system in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 6 October 2011 - Considerable efforts are now underway to enhance foster care services throughout the country. A large targeted outreach and recruitment campaign to inform and attract potential foster carers has been conducted.

Training for prosecutors on juvenile justice in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 5 October 2011 - A series of trainings for prosecutors on juvenile justice issues have started in Tbilisi.

UNICEF and partners launch campaign for schools free of violence
SKOPJE, 2 October 2011 - Hundreds of children and young people staged a flash mob at Skopje’s “Plostad Makedonija”, the city’s main square, to mark the beginning of the national campaign

Eight million children vaccinated against measles and rubella during national campaign in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 29 September 2011 - Eight million children were vaccinated against measles and rubella (MR) recently, during a week-long campaign in Uzbekistan.

Vaccines against major childhood diseases to reach 37 more countries
GENEVA, Switzerland, 27 September 2011 – The GAVI Alliance today announced it will provide funding for 16 more developing countries to introduce rotavirus vaccines and 18 more countries to introduce pneumococcal vaccines.

Governments urged to build on innovations, speed up inclusive education reforms for children with disabilities
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 27 September 2011 – Some 1.1 million children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States are hidden away at home or in institutions. They are likely to be out of school.

Novak Djoković, UNICEF National Ambassador in Serbia and World Tennis #1 visits kindergarten "Pcelica" in Smederevo
SMEDEREVO, Serbia, 26 September 2011 - UNICEF National Ambassador in Serbia Djokovic has visited today the Kindergarten Pcelica in Smederevo.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Conference on inclusive education for children with disabilities opens on 27 September in Moscow
MOSCOW/GENEVA, 22 September 2011 – A major conference with confirmed participation of 20 countries will advocate for inclusive education for children with disabilities in the region.

Op-ed: Inclusive education, and caring families for children with disabilities, ensure their best start in life
Op-ed by Steven Allen, the UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, on the occasion of the Inclusive Education Conference in Moscow, September 2011

Tennis ace Serena Williams appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 20 September 2011 – UNICEF today announced tennis champion Serena Williams’s appointment as international Goodwill Ambassador.

New Family Counselling Center opened in Shumen
SHUMEN, Bulgaria, 20 September 2011 - The first Family Counselling Center for Infants and Parents was opened in the city of Shumen today owing to funds raised by Magnificent Six 2 charity show.

Experts, governments discuss reforms to ensure inclusion of children with disabilities
BAKU, Azerbaijan, 20 September 2011 – During an international conference that opened here today, experts urged governments and leaders to focus on early detection, provide inclusive education, health care and social services for children with disabilities

Ana Ivanovic promotes the importance of reading and education among school children
BELGRADE, Serbia, 16 September 2011 – Ana Ivanovic, world famous tennis player and UNICEF Serbia National Ambassador, today held a public class for pupils from 10 primary schools included in the “Schools without Violence” programme.

UNICEF helps young activists from three regions in Turkey to develop leadership skills
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 19 September 2011 - Thirty very active young people from sixteen countries converged in Istanbul today to develop their leadership skills and establish a network for cooperation across a region spanning the Balkans and parts of Asia.

12,000 fewer children perish daily in 2010 than in 1990 – UNICEF, WHO
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 September 2011 – The number of children under five years of age dying each year declined from more than 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said today.

International conference to discuss inclusion of children with disabilities in society
BAKU/GENEVA/BERLIN, 15 September 2011 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors, The Berliner Philharmoniker, visit Baku to raise awareness

UNICEF Executive Board focus on vulnerable children in Europe
NEW YORK, USA, 13 September 2011 - UNICEF’s cooperation with the Council of Europe took centre stage at the UNICEF Executive Board today.

New IT tool will help Turkmenistan primary health workers to better manage childhood illnesses
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 6 September 2011 – UNICEF Turkmenistan and the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan have launched an innovative initiative that will help the primary health workers, teachers and students.

Turkmenistan young people are empowered on their health and development
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 29 August 2011 – School children ages 7 to 14 participated in an information awareness campaign to advance knowledge and skills on health and development.

World Tennis Champion Novak Djokovic Appointed UNICEF Serbia Ambassador
BELGRADE/NEW YORK, 29 August 2011 - UNICEF today announced that world-number one ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic will serve as an Ambassador for UNICEF in Serbia.

Advancing knowledge on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 16 August 2011 – Members of the Working Group of the Interministerial Commission on Implementation of the International Obligations of Human Rights participated in a workshop on the implementation of the CRPD.

Turkmenistan Government delegates get exposure to the UK juvenile justice system
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 8 August 2011 – A Government of Turkmenistan delegation had an introduction to the UK juvenile justice system during a weeklong study tour organized by UNICEF Turkmenistan.

Expanding breastfeeding support to primary health care in Croatia
ZAGREB, Croatia, 4 August 2011 — On the occasion of the World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF Croatia has launched a new initiative expanding breast-feeding support through primary health care.

National campaign promotes breastfeeding in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 1 August 2011 – Supporting and promoting breastfeeding is the aim of a national campaign organised by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF in Tajikistan to mark the 10 Days of Breastfeeding from 1-10 August 2011.

Puppets teach children safety against natural disasters in Azerbaijan
BAKU, July 2011 - Enhancing the skills of children in disaster preparedness is the major aim of UNICEF-supported puppet shows being performed in Azerbaijan in July.

UNICEF celebrates Global Breastfeeding Week by taking the message beyond health clinics
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 July 2011 - During World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF joins global partners in calling for the benefits of breastfeeding to be broadcast beyond clinics and delivery rooms to the public at large.

Why not all poor families get social benefits and services in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 19 July 2011 – The preliminary results of a UNICEF study examining why not all poor families in Georgia are getting social assistance were presented at a media briefing organized at the UNICEF office.

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey - Monitoring the situation of children and women in Serbia suggests progress
BELGRADE, 14 July 2011 – Preliminary results of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey – Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women in Serbia (MICS4) suggest visible progress in most areas, including health of women and children, early childhood develo

Summer camp teaches children to survive and save others in disaster situations
SHAHRINAV, Tajikistan, 11 July 2011 – Enhancing the skills of children and teachers in disaster preparedness is the major aim of a week-long summer camp that opened today in Karatog, Shahrinav district.

New schooling year will see disaster risk reduction incorporated in all Georgian schools
TBILISI, Georgia, 1 July 2010 – Children in Georgia will be better informed about how to respond to disasters thanks to a special curriculum supported by UNICEF.

UNICEF and Special Olympics usher in new era of protection for children with disabilities
ATHENS, Greece, 27 June 2011 – As the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games once again buzzes with the spirit of competition, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake joined cheering athletes, family members & other supporters at the 2011 Special Olympics.

In the Birthplace of the Olympics, Special Olympics and UNICEF Join Efforts to Fight Marginalization of Children with Disabilities
ATHENS, 27 JUNE, 2011 – Against the backdrop of Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Special Olympics and UNICEF today signed an MoU to strengthen their joint commitment to uphold the rights, dignity and inclusion of children with disabilities.

UNICEF conducts first-in-Kazakhstan training on media products for and with children
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, 1 July 2011 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan held training Media for children.

Scaling up nutrition investments leads to fewer child deaths and improves economy
BISHKEK, 30 June 2011 – Despite improvements in the past decade, 22 per cent of all deaths among children under-five in the Kyrgyz Republic are still caused by undernutrition, according to a report launched today.

EU and UNICEF launch project to help protect children from violence in South East Europe
BRUSSELS/GENEVA, 30 June, 2011 — The European Union and UNICEF today announced a new €1.65 million joint initiative to strengthen public services aimed at identifying, monitoring and addressing violence against children in South East Europe.

UNICEF Executive Director arrives today in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK/NEW YORK, 28 June, 2011 — UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake will embark on a visit to the Kyrgyz Republic to see the progress made for children following a period of political upheaval and violence a year ago.

At home or in a home? Formal care and adoption of children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
28 June 2011 - Presentation by: Jean Claude Legrand, Regional Advisor on Child Protection, UNICEF RO for CEECIS

End placing children under three years in institutions - A call to action
BRUSSELS, 28 June 2011 - UNICEF and OHCHR urge Governments throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia to put an end to sending children below three years, including children with disabilities, into institutional care.

Children’s Rights are at the heart of ‘Business’
Belgrade, 24 May 2011 – National consultations on the “Children’s Rights and Business Principles” were held today in Belgrade with the participation of over 30 representatives of the private sector, civil society organisations and media outlets.

OHCHR, UNICEF Launch Campaign to Protect Children, Prevent Harmful and Unnecessary Institutionalization
BRUSSELS, 28 June 2011 - Two UN organisations have called on governments in Europe and Central Asia to put an immediate end to the practice of placing young children into State-run infant homes.

Media advisory: A Call to Action to end placing children under three in institutions in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Findings from two new reports will be shared on the situation of people living in residential institutional care in the region. The presentations will be followed by a Call to Action to urge governments to end placing children under three in institutions.

UN in Tajikistan launch special bulletin on Children's Day
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 1 June 2011 - The special edition of the UN Tajikistan bulletin was dedicated to the issues of children and the young generation of Tajikistan.

“Best Start in Life”: Heydar Aliyev Foundation and UNICEF present documentary on breastfeeding
BAKU, Azerbaijan, 21 June 2011 – Today as part of the National Campaign on Breastfeeding, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) presented to public the jointly produced documentary “Best Start in Life”.

Meeting on IMCHS Project Monitoring Results: Recognizing Achievements and Lessons Learned
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 16 June 2011 - Health care system representatives from all 14 provinces of Uzbekistan, UN agencies, the Asian Development Bank and other partners of the Improving Mother and Child Health Services (IMCHS) project gathered in Tashkent.

Delegates gather in New York to promote and protect the rights of children with disabilities
NEW YORK, USA, 20 June 2011 – A distinguished set of experts and advocates on the rights of children with disabilities convened at UN Headquarters last Friday to discuss promoting and protecting the rights of children with disabilities.

Hundreds of children attend educational workshops and plays at UNICEF-supported Kid's Festival
SARAJEVO, BiH, 15 June 2011 - During four days of this year's Kid's Festival, held in Sarajevo between 10 and 14 June, hundreds of children attended educational plays and workshops at the UNICEF/EU Corner.

UNICEF and Ministry of Emergency Situations of Uzbekistan roll out Disaster Risk Reduction across the country
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 17 June, 2011 – More than 150,000 children attending summer recreational camps throughout Uzbekistan will be engaged in disaster risk reduction promotion through learning and practicing new skills.

UNICEF uses the power of media to inspire children to be part of the solution for making schools free of violence
Skopje, 24 May 2011: With a call to all children to write lyrics for a campaign theme song, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced the start of the first phase of a social change campaign to make “Schools free of Violence."

Parliamentarians urged to support reforms to develop, protect the most vulnerable children
YEREVAN, Armenia, 14 June 2011 — A major conference of Parliamentarians from Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States was urged today to speed up reforms to support the development and protection of vulnerable children.

CEECIS regional meeting of parliamentarians: Making child rights a reality for the most vulnerable of children
A media advisory detailing an IPU regional assembly on how the functions of parliament can serve to protect children and ensure respect for their rights, with a focus on the oversight role.

Donors commit $4.3 billion to scale up GAVI Alliance’s immunization efforts to 2015
LONDON, United Kingdom, 13 June 2011 – UNICEF, a founding partner of the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI Alliance), today welcomed the commitment of $4.3 billion by donors at a fundraising conference in London to step up vaccination eff

Children Get Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Braille, Audio and Sign Language for the First Time in the Balkans
CETINJE, 8 JUNE, 2011 – Within the It’s about ability campaign, six children with visual and hearing impairments received the first copies of the child friendly version of the CRPD in Braille, audio and sign language in the Balkans.

World leaders launch plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 9 June 2011 — World leaders gathered in New York for the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS have today launched a Global Plan that will make significant strides towards eliminating new HIV infections among children by 2015 and

Justice for children - the reform is moving forward
TBILISI, Georgia, 8 June 2011 – A child in conflict with the law has more chances now to get individual treatment and rehabilitation and to enjoy proper education and development thanks to the ongoing reform of the juvenile justice system.

Vaccinate every child, says UNICEF, as donors map out new immunization programmes
NEW YORK/LONDON/GENEVA/COPENHAGEN, 6 June 2011 - As world leaders prepare to converge on London for the GAVI Alliance pledging conference next week, UNICEF is calling on donors to fund a global immunization effort to save millions of children’s lives by 2

Goodwill Ambassador Edin Džeko opens new premises of Early Childhood Development Centre
NOVI GRAD, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 6 June 2011 - The new premises of the UNICEF Early Childhood Development at Alipašino Polje in the Sarajevo Municipality of Novi Grad were opened today.

"Hear me now!” is the new ECD Campaign in Bulgaria
SOFIA, Bulgaria, 1 June 2011 - UNICEF launched the new communication campaign “Hear me now!” on early childhood development (ECD).

"Abilities are limitless” - Heydar Aliyev Foundation and UNICEF launch campaign on children with disabilities
BAKU, June 1, 2011 – Today, on International Children’s Day, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launch the campaign “Abilities are Limitless” aimed at combatting discrimination against children with disabilities.

It's about ability in 2011
PLJEVLJA, JUNE 3, 2011 – Within the second phase of the It’s about ability campaign, Pljevlja’s municipal parliament will have a special session on creating inclusive local communities from 11.00 to 12.30 on Friday, June 3.

Government of Turkmenistan hosts the 3rd Central Asian Child Protection Forum
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 30 May 2011 – Government delegations from five Central Asian republics are in Ashgabat this week to discuss and advance child protection and juvenile justice issues.

Turkmenistan civil defense, education and health officials increase knowledge in disaster risk reduction in education
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 20 May 2011 – Disaster risk reduction in education was the focus of discussion at the workshop organized by the Government of Turkmenistan and UNICEF in Awaza this May.

Holistic Strategies Needed to Combat Violence against Children in Europe
KYIV, Ukraine, 24 May 2011 – “Holistic strategies are needed to combat violence against children in Europe” – this is the main message of an international conference “Combating violence against children: from isolated actions to integrated strategies” org

In Geneva, young people launch 'Children’s Charter' for staying safe in disasters
GENEVA, Switzerland, 23 May 2011 – Children make up more than half the population in countries predicted to be most affected by climate change and are facing increasing impacts from tumultuous events.

UNICEF and FC Barcelona agree to extend cooperation
16 May 2011 - "We can confirm that the UNICEF logo will remain on the FC Barcelona official jersey for the 2011-2012 season, positioned below the player’s number."

Reform of the child care system takes place - A family for every child
TBILISI, Georgia, 11 May 2011 - The progress in reforming the child care system in Georgia was reviewed at a press-conference organized at the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Countess of Frederiksborg Alexandra Christina opens a new complex for social services for children and families in Vidin
SOFIA, Bulgaria, 11 May 2011 – Today UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Countess of Frederiksborg Alexandra Christina (Denmark) opened a Complex for Social Services for Children and Families in Vidin.

Reaching children in the Least Developed Countries
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 9 May 2011 - On the occasion of the 4th UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), UNICEF says reaching the most vulnerable children in the poorest countries is critical.

European Union parliamentarians see improving maternal and child health in Uzbekistan
SYRDARYA PROVINCE, Uzbekistan, 3 May 2011 – Sixteen members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Union (EU) visited Uzbekistan last week, where they heard feedback from beneficiaries of the Mother and Child Health (MCH) project.

Regional and global UNICEF meetings in Bern focus on innovation and equity
BERN, Switzerland, 4 May 2011 – Equity and innovation are at the centre of two events taking place here in the Swiss capital: the 56th Annual Meeting of UNICEF National Committees, which concludes today.

Serbian parliamentarian stresses focus on equity at global conference in Panama
Panama City, 18 April 2011 – Parliamentarians convened in Panama City to address the urgent need for accelerated progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals with equity.

European Immunization Week launched in BiH - “Love them, protect them, immunize them”
SARAJEVO, 26 April 2011 - Under the slogan Love them, protect them, immunize them the sixth European Immunization Week was launched today.

European Immunization Week 2011 kicks off throughout the region
BRUSSELS, 26 April, 2011 — At least 42,000 measles cases were reported in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia spreading across borders in the past 15 months underlining the need to share solutions for reaching immunization goals, UNICEF said today.

Strenghtening child rights in Kazakhstan
ASTANA, 22 April 2011 – UNICEF Kazakhstan today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Academy for Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (APA)

Turkmenistan launches polio vaccination campaign
Around 600,000 Turkmenistan children from birth to five years old will receive vital drops against polio as part of the Polio Vaccination Campaign that starts on 25 April 2011.

UN Secretary General visits children with disabilities in Moscow
MOSCOW, Russian Federation, 22 April 2011 - As part of his official visit to Russia on April 21-23, 2011, UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon visited the Centre for Curative Pedagogics in Moscow.

Turkmenistan parliamentarians familiarize with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 20 April 2011 – A two day orientation workshop for twenty five parliamentarians was initiated by the Mejlis of Turkmenistan and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ashgabat.

UNICEF and AFFA team up to promote girls participation in Azerbaijan
BAKU, April 20, 2011 - UNICEF and the Azerbaijan Federation of Football Associations (AFFA), the governing soccer body in the country, officially kick off their partnership campaign today by signing a joint Memorandum of Understanding.

UN Experts: Socio-economic recovery of Chernobyl-affected areas requires regular governmental interventions
KYIV, 19 April 2011 - During the workshop "Life in the Chernobyl-affected Areas: Outlook into the Future" organised by the UN International Chernobyl Research and Information Network» (ICRIN) experts informed about the current state of the region.

New rounds of polio immunization start in Tajikistan today
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 18 April 2011 – About 1.1 children under the age of 5 will be vaccinated against polio during the new round of National Immunisation Days (NIDs) that start throughout Tajikistan today.

Azerbaijan: Preparing for disasters and reducing risk
BAKU, Azerbaijan, April 2011 - UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of Azerbaijan, organised a one day seminar in Baku to discuss national efforts to ensure safety and protection of children against future disasters.

European Immunization Week celebrated in Kosovo
Pristhtinë/Priština, 23 April 2011 – WHO and UNICEF Offices in Kosovo, in cooperation with Ministry of Health, opened the European Immunization Week in Kosovo (23 – 30 April 2011).

UNICEF launches child well-being study in Kazakhstan
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, 19 April 2011 – A study on the well-being of children in Kazakhstan will be conducted by jointly by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Academy of Public Administration under the Kazakh President.

National campaign against polio launched in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 18 April 2011 – Today, the Deputy Minister of Health, the UNICEF Representative and WHO staff officially launched the first round of the national immunisation campaign against polio.

UNICEF launches Innovations Lab Kosovo
Prishtinë/Priština, 22 March 2011 - On the occasion of the release of the 2011 State of the World‟s Children report “Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity”, UNICEF launched the UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo.

A child's place is within the family
BELGRADE, Serbia, 14 April 2011 - A two-day conference on the finalisation of the three-year project “Transforming Residential Institutions for Children and Developing Sustainable Alternatives” began its work today in Belgrade.

UNICEF supplies Kazakhstan with polio vaccines
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, 15 April 2011 – The Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan with the support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan will run a national immunization campaign against polio for children under 6 years old.

EU - UNICEF to support juvenile justice reforms in 8 countries
GENEVA, 11 April, 2011 - The European Union and UNICEF will strengthen juvenile justice systems against torture and ill-treatment of children by allocating € 1.5 million to further support reforms in eight countries over the next three years.

Strengthening pre-school education in Eastern Turkey
TURKEY, 30 March 2011 - A committee of officials from UNICEF and the MoNE General Directorate of Preschool Education visited pre-school education institutions in Diyarbakir & Mardin as part of the project "Strengthening pre-school education".

Media monitoring project launched to ensure more responsible coverage of children’s issues in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 30 March 2011 - An unprecedented initiative to monitor Georgian media on how it reports on children is being launched to ensure children’s issues are covered in a more responsible and ethical way.

Landmine clearance saves lives and protects livelihoods in over 40 countries
NEW YORK, 4 April 2011 - World marks international mine awareness day and calls for action

UN Secretary-General outlines new recommendations to reach 2015 goals for AIDS response
NAIROBI, 31 March 2011 - Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, investments in the AIDS response are yielding results, according to a new report released today by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Liam Neeson becomes UNICEF's newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, USA, 29 March 2011 – Acclaimed actor Liam Neeson has emphasized his commitment to vulnerable children by becoming UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador.

Your voice matters
PODGORICA, 29 March 2011 - UNICEF Montenegro and the Government have drafted a plan for our programme from 2012 to 2016. We want to hear what you, as Montenegro’s children and youth, think about what we are planning to focus on.

Supporting national efforts in enhancing prevention and diversion services for children in conflict with the law in Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia, 23 March 2011 - The partnership also stipulates training of professionals from prosecution, defense and judiciary to make the diversion and prevention schemes fully operational.

A chance for juveniles in confilct with the law
PODGORICA, 21 March 2011 – Mediation is the best way of resolving cases involving children in conflict with a law, research from Montenegro shows.

Landmines continue to kill or maim more than 4,000 people a year
GENEVA, 18 March 2011 - Mine action initiatives in 29 countries, territories or peacekeeping missions will cost $498 million in 2011, according to the 14th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects, released today by the United Nations in Ge

UN experts call for better data collection and research on violence against children
GENEVA, 11 March 2011 - At a special event held during the current meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, UN experts called for better data and research on violence against children in order to strengthen government action.

Children’s wishes wall - Award ceremony "Wishing a better childhood”
SARAJEVO, 9 March 2011 - The most successful entries of the UNICEF BiH facebook competition "Wishing a better childhood" were officially presented awards in Sarajevo on 9 March 2011 at the premises of UNICEF.

Intergenerational dialogue on inclusion in Bijelo Polje
BIJELO POLJE, 7 March 2011 – More than thirty children with and without disabilities met in Bijelo Polje with representatives of national and local authorities from northern municipalities to discuss actions to be taken to support full inclsuion

Number of people willing to become foster parents skyrockets after documentary series "Life as it is: Foster families"
SOFIA, 7 March 2011 – Supernova Media, bTV and UNICEF documentary series Life as It Is: The number of people in the country who are set to take care of a foster child has been growing ever bigger after the show’s start in December of last year.

UNICEF launches USD 1.4 billion appeal in response to most extreme crises
GENEVA, 7 March 2011 – UNICEF released the Humanitarian Action for Children Report (HAR) 2011 today, requesting $1.4 billion in its annual appeal to donors to assist children and women caught in the throes of crises.

UNICEF Launches Its Flagship Publication Together with Adolescents
YEREVAN, 4 March 2011 – Boys and girls aged 15-17 and representing various social backgrounds and provinces of Armenia today talked about their problems and available opportunities during the launch of UNICEF’s 2011 State of the World’s Children Report.

It's about ability - Intergenerational dialogue on inclusion In Bijelo Polje
BIJELO POLJE, 4 March 2011 - 40 children with and without disabilities will discuss social inclusion with parents, representatives of local and national authorities and various institutions for children from Kolasin, Mojkovac, Pljevlja and Bijelo Polje.

Adolescents to parliamentarians: "You speak about future, we are the present!"
CHISINAU, 2 March 2011 - The Parliament of the Republic of Moldova in partnership with UNICEF Moldova focused their attention today on adolescents with the joint launch of UNICEF’s 2011 State of World’s Children Report and the opening of an exhibition of

New 20 country study on iodine nutrition advocates mandatory salt iodization through salt supply chains for households and other key food industries
BELGRADE, 2 March 2011 - Mandatory salt iodization in the production of salt for households, bakeries and other key food industries have led to vast progress in providing the micronutrient which protects children from the risks of mental disabilities.

EU support to boost social inclusion in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 23 February 2011 – The Ministry of Labour & Social Welfare, the Ministry of Education & Sport, the Delegation of the EU to Montenegro, UNICEF & UNDP launched “The Social Welfare & Child Care System Reform – Enhancing Social Inclusion" project.

ЮНИСЕФ: Инвестиции в подростков могут разорвать порочный круг нищеты и неравенства
НЬЮ-ЙОРК, 25 февраля 2011 года - Hемедленное увеличение инвестиций в подростков в возрасте от 10 до 19 лет, которых во всем мире насчитывается 1,2 млрд. человек, может разорвать кажущийся вечным порочный круг нищеты и неравенства.

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 today in its 2011 State of the World’s Children report ‘Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity'.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maestro Vengerov announces start of the "Every child needs a family" campaign in Armenia
YEREVAN, 21 February 2011 – World’s renowned violinist and conductor, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov announced today the start of the campaign “Every Child Needs a Family”

The Government of Turkmenistan hosts a preparatory meeting for the Third Central Asian Child Protection Forum in Ashgabat
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 16 February 2011 – The United Nations Children’s Fund jointly with the Parliament of Turkmenistan (Mejlis) organized a preparatory meeting for the upcoming Central Asian Child Protection Forum to be held in Ashgabat this May.

Туркменистан принимает участников Подготовительного совещания к третьему Центрально-Азиатскому Форуму по защите прав детей в Ашхабаде
АШХАБАД, Туркменистан, 16 февраля 2011 г. – Детский Фонд ООН совместно с Парламентом Туркменистана (Меджлисом) провели совещание по подготовке к предстоящему Центрально-Азиатскому Форуму по защите прав детей, который состоится в Ашгабаде в мае этого года.

UNICEF promotes positive representations of Roma children to overcome stigma and discrimination
SKOPJE, 15 February 2011 - The importance of using positive images when promoting the rights of children and combating discrimination and stigma was at the core of the discussions at a Communication Symposium on Positive Representations of Roma Children.

"It's about ability" campaign honoured for the best humanitarian action in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 15 February 2011 - The UNICEF Montenegro campaign 'Govorimo o mogucnostima' wins the 2010 best humanitarian action award.

Record results of charitable campaign held by IKEA and UNICEF – a serious step towards inclusive education development in Russia
The campaign which was held from the 1st of November till the 31st of December raised almost 50 million rubles (more than 1.2 mln Euros.

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey rolls out in Kazakhstan
ASTANA, Kazakhstan, 14 February 2011 – UNICEF has begun the fourth round of its ambitious survey to determine needs of women and children in Kazakhstan, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey, or MICS.

Thanks for giving a chance to live! UNICEF-PAMPERS “One Pack-One Vaccine” project continues
The Metropolis shopping mall in northwest Moscow hosted a charity exhibition “Laos. Hearts and Smiles”, which was arranged by Pampers and the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) under the “One Pack - One Vaccine” joint project.

UNICEF working to transform the delivery of social services for children
February 8, 2011 - The initiative is part of the ongoing reform of the social protection system designed to improve the efficiency of the system and improve the quality of social services for vulnerable groups, including children.

A First in Public Museums in Turkey: The first Children’s Museum Room Opened in Kars
The first of the Children’s Museum Rooms, aimed to be opened in all public museums in Turkey, opened its doors to children on 17 January 2011 in Kars.

UNICEF Executive Board begins first regular session of 2011
NEW YORK, USA, 8 February 2011 – At the start of its first regular session of 2011, the UNICEF Executive Board today elected Her Excellency Sanja Štiglic, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations, as its new President.

Disaster risk management programme in full swing in four marzes of Armenia
YEREVAN, 3 February 2011 – UNICEF, Oxfam GB Armenia and the Armenian Red Cross Society presented today mid-term results of the Regional Programme for Disaster Risk Management that kicked off in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia last April.

UNICEF study highlights that children are at greatest risk of being sexually abused by people they know and in their own homes
Skopje, 3 February 2011: Children are at more risk of being sexually abused by people they know and in places where they should feel most protected, says a new UNICEF study lauched today.

UNICEF supported multicultural workshops encourage tolerance and communication among children from different ethnic groups
January 28, 2011 - The workshops were developed as part of UNICEF’s ongoing support to enhance inter-ethnic dialogue and cooperation in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Stars of Istanbul - Project description
Short description of the project "Stars of Istanbul" for UNICEF Turkey.

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.

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 suffer from inequitable access to basic water, sanitation, healthcare, and education services.

Travelling Safely around the World - Teaching kids about HIV/AIDS
Fast Car: Travelling Safely around the World is a racing game that helps you to learn about HIV and AIDS prevention and takes you on a tour of some of the World's Heritage sites.

UNICEF in 2010: The year in review
NEW YORK, USA, 30 December 2010 – For UNICEF and the world’s children, the past 12 months have been marked by unprecedented difficulties and extraordinary opportunities.



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