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Turkey joins in UNICEF appeal for the UN body's humanitarian assistance for children in 2012

A press briefing on UNICEF annual Humanitarian Action for Children report and Turkey`s fast growing role in the region and globally in emergencies and disaster preparedness. 

Thursday 2 February, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

Hotel Rixos
Kavaklidere Mh. 
Atatürk Bulvari 183
06680 Ankara, Turkey


  • Prof. Dr. Recep Akdag, The Minister of Health, will outline Turkey`s vision for international cooperation in humanitarian action for children.
  • Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States will outline the need for strengthened mutual cooperation among countries in the region, sharing expertise, knowledge, experience and resources for many of the least supported emergencies in the world. 
  • Dermot Carty, UNICEF Deputy Director for the Office of Emergencies will elaborate on the global appeal.

The press can also request one-on-one interviews with representatives of The Ministry of Health, TIKA (Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency), AFAD (Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey) and Kizilay (The Turkish Red Crescent) and UNICEF.

Broadcast quality footage and high resolution photos of disaster preparedness activities and children in emergencies will be made available to the press.

UNICEF`s Humanitarian Action for Children 2012 publication will be launched in Ankara following its global launch in Geneva. Turkey, which has significantly increased its presence in humanitarian assistance, will co-host the launch. Turkey also has great potential to have a larger role in the region and globally in strengthening mutual cooperation and mobilizing humanitarian assistance.

Many of these emergencies are in Turkey`s neighbouring countries and some are far beyond its borders. These emergencies often become silent ones. They exist far from the public eye and do not hit international headlines although millions of children are living them, amidst violence, and continued displacement.

For more information and to confirm your attendance the press conference, please contact:

UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS in Geneva
Lely Djuhari
Tel: +41 792 0444 82

Didem Akan
Tel: + 90532 505 40 86



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