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Welcome to the media centre of the UNICEF Regional Office for the CEE/CIS. These are the press releases and news notes from the year 2013.

UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador Rambo Amadeus promotes fostering
Kotor/Tivat, MONTENEGRO, 17 December 2013 – Within the “Every Child Needs a Family” campaign, UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador Antonije Pušić, alias Rambo Amadeus, participated in the open days of centres for social work on fostering in Kotor and Tivat

The house that tells stories about violence against children – call for action through art
TBILISI, 16 December 2013 - The art installation "The house that tells stories about violence against children" was organized on December 16 as part of the campaign to ‘End Violence Against Children’.

A call to action for inclusive education reform gathers political momentum
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 13 December 2013 — Twenty governments in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia have voiced their political support for a call to realize the right of millions of children to inclusive and quality education.

UNICEF marked its 20th anniversary in Tajikistan: Achievements and Aspirations for Children
DUSHANBE, 12 December 2013– An event devoted to the 20th anniversary of UNICEF in Tajikistan gathers partners committed to the realization of the rights of all children in the country.

One in three children under-five do not officially exist - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 December 2013 - UNICEF releases new birth registration report on its own 67th birthday underscoring the importance of counting every child.

Governments, UNICEF call for inclusion of all children in quality learning
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 10 December 2013 — A rallying call to get millions of children who are out of school back into quality learning was launched today at the opening ceremony of the Regional Ministerial Education Conference in Istanbul.

Media advisory - Regional Ministerial Education Conference
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 6 December 2013 - One of the largest education conference in the region will open next week. A call for action will be launched to include all children in quality learning for millions of children who are out of school.

Advanced community-based services for children with disability and their families in Serbia
BELGRADE, 4 December 2013 – The finalisation of a successful project “Developing community based services for children with disability and their families” was marked today in Belgrade.

Katy Perry is UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 3 December 2013 – At a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work.

OneMinutesJr nominees warm up for annual awards ceremony in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM, 29 November 2013 - The nominees of the 2013 OneMinutesJr awards have come together in Amsterdam for a filmmaking masterclass and the annual awards ceremony this weekend.

Georgia reviews the achievements of the Child Care System reform and is on its way to ending large institutional care for children
TBILISI, 26-27 November 2013 - Since 2005, the Government of Georgia has made significant progress in reforming the child care system. Currently, only three state-run institutions are still functional in Georgia, compared to 41 state institutions in 2009.

Turkey’s Ministry of Health announces that 1.5 million children will be vaccinated against polio through a UNICEF-supported campaign
GAZIANTEP, Turkey, 18 November 2013 – The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Turkey has launched a vaccination campaign to prevent any possible outbreak of polio spreading across regional borders following the confirmation of polio cases in Syria.

HIV: new hope for adolescents
BAKU/GENEVA, 29 November 2013 — As the number of people infected with HIV continues to climb in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, five countries are paving the way to overcome a major hurdle: making it easier for adolescents to talk about HIV.

UNICEF Representative meets with religious leaders to increase support to fostering in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 25 November 2013 – Within the campaign “Every child needs a family”, UNICEF Montenegro Representative Benjamin Perks will meet with the religious leaders this week in order to increase support to fostering in Montenegro.

Moldova joins global efforts to end Violence against Children
CHISINAU, 22 November 2013 - A major communication campaign for violence prevention involving Government officials, civil society organizations, celebrities, private sector and media representatives is underway in Moldova.

Working towards a regional roadmap for disaster preparedness
ALMATY/GENEVA, 22 November 2013 – A regional consultation recently took place in Almaty to develop a roadmap, charting the way forward to help build the resilience and preparedness of all children and communities before natural disasters strike.

Children and schools in hazard prone areas of Georgia are fully prepared to better respond to disasters
TBILISI, 21 November 2013 - Development of the 20-hour disaster risk reduction teacher training module and its incorporation in the national teacher professional development programs, establishment of the core group of trainers in ten pilot schools, etc

More than 6000 children participated in the 5th Children's Rights Festival in Croatia
ZAGREB, 21 November 2013 - More than 6000 children, including children with disabilities, participated in the 5th edition of Children's Rights Festival in 10 Croatian cities from 17-20 November 2013.

Special report on discrimination against children launched in Serbia
BELGRADE, 19 November 2013 - Discrimination against children, especially against Roma and children with disabilities, is still present in Serbia, reveals a Special report on discrimination against children.

On Universal Children’s Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – As the world marks Universal Children’s Day - the anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child - UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of

Grass-roots movements key to ending world's toilet problem: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 November 2013 - Toilets are still out of reach for more than one-third of the global population, with devastating consequences to the health and development of children, UNICEF said on World Toilet Day.

Family outreach workers help more than 50 families at risk in Serbia
BELGRADE, 18 November 2013 – The support to 53 families with 118 children is provided in four Serbian cities – Belgrade, Kragujevac, Nis and Novi Sad – within the “Family Outreach Worker” supported by the “Novak Djokovic Foundation", UNICEF and partners.

Georgian media take more caution now when reporting on children
TBILISI, 13 November 2013 - A considerable progress has been achieved in observing ethical standards while reporting on children. Journalists and editors are more careful with children’s issues than before.

Smiley is the new UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Romania
BUCHAREST, 12 November 2013 – As of 12 November 2013, UNICEF Romania has a new Goodwill Ambassador, Andrei Tiberiu Maria, known by his stage name Smiley. He is one of the most popular and appreciated pop artists in Romania.

UNIQLO and UNICEF help reduce early school leaving in Serbia
BELGRADE, 11-12 November 2013 - A UNIQLO delegation visited UNICEF Serbia where they are supporting prevention of early school drop-out within the global alliance agreement signed with UNICEF aimed at improving children’s education.

Major step forward to end violence against children in South East Europe
TIRANA/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 12 November, 2013 — A joint EU and UNICEF initiative aimed at protecting children against violence in four countries in South Eastern Europe has wrapped up with a plea to make the issue a Europe wide priority.

Europe and Central Asia Regional Consultations in Istanbul help shape the Post 2015 Development Agenda
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 8 November 2013 - Post 2015 Europe and Central Asia regional consultations concluded today in İstanbul with a call to end the increasing inequalities in the region.

Reaching the most vulnerable children through innovative primary healthcare
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 8 November 2013 — Primary Health Care remains the central element of our efforts in achieving the MDGs and a cornerstone of the post-2015 agenda, UNICEF has said as the two-day conference celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Almaty

Protection of children from violence
KRAGUJEVAC, Serbia, 7 November 2013 – A two-day conference has opened today in Kragujevac, Serbia, at which the activities and achievements of a two-year project “Protection of children from violence in South East Europe” are being presented.

Special needs students join Disaster Risk Reduction education activity and outreach
AKHALTSIKHE, Georgia, 6 November 2013 - We are sitting in the recreation room of Special Needs School No. 7 in the town of Akhaltsikhe, located in south-central Georgia’s Samtskhe-Javakheti region near the border with Turkey.

Stakeholders from across Europe and Central Asia Gather in İstanbul to Share Perspectives on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 5 November 2013 — Representatives from governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, academia and the United Nations will meet in İstanbul from 6 to 8 November 2013.

Media advisory: Regional consultations on post-2015 development agenda
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 5 November 2013 - Representatives of governments, civil society organizations, private sector, academia from Europe and CIS region and the UN system will meet in Istanbul, Turkey, from 6 to 8 November 2013 for a regional consultation.

Towards tolerance through theatre
ANDARAK, Kyrgyzstan, 4 November 2013 - In need of money, the family of Elbek, who is a student in class 10, sells their house in the city and moves to the village. In the rural school, classmates try to extort money from Elbek and beat him up.

Back to school in Turkey, one pair of shoes at a time
ADIYAMAN, Turkey, 3 November 2013 – There are many reasons why children don’t go to school. Not having shoes is rarely one of them.

Kazakhstan launches national initiative to empower people with disabilities
ASTANA, 31 October 2013 - Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of People has carried out the first ever 5-months long national contest called “RAZNIYE-RAVNIYE” (Different but equal) among adults, NGOs and children with disabilities.

UNICEF calls upon Ukrainian government to take urgent measures to prevent polio outbreak
KYIV, 30 October 2013 – UNICEF warned today that the outbreak of polio in Syria poses a threat to millions of children in all countries with low vaccination coverage, such as Ukraine.

Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov plays in preschool in Istanbul
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 28 October 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Maxim Vengerov, a world renowned violinist and conductor, visited the Gülen Üstünel Preschool during his travel to Turkey in order to support a current education campaign in Turkey.

Leo Messi’s son turns one and celebrates with UNICEF
BUENOS AIRES, 28 October 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi today invited his friends and fans around the world to join in celebrating the birthday of his son Thiago, who will be one year old on Saturday, 2 November.

A chance to education for all children in Moldova
STEFANESTI, Moldova, 25 October 2013 - The Ministry of Education and UNICEF today launched the second wave of the communication campaign "Come with me, this is your school, too".

National communication campaign to promote Inclusive Education in Moldova
MOLDOVA, 25 October 2013 - The campaign aims at promoting inclusive education by raising public awareness on children's right to have equal educational opportunities.

UNICEF Serbia national ambassadors support fight against digital violence and support Facebook campaign “Choose your words and stop hate speech”
BELGRADE, 25 October 2013 – A workshop for primary and secondary school students has been held today within the project Stop Digital Violence implemented by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and Telenor.

UNICEF warns about the risk of the outbreak of infection diseases in Ukraine
KYIV, 23 October 2013 - On the eve of the World Polio Day observed worldwide on 24 October, UNICEF reminds that Ukraine is among few countries in the world with a high-risk for polio outbreak.

“Protect my childhood” - Massive campaign to prevent violence against children launched in Moldova
CHISINAU, 22 October 2013– The campaign entitled "Protect my childhood", launched by the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family in partnership with UNICEF, businesses and civil society, aims to reduce violence against children.

UNICEF Serbia holds Mid-Term Review conference in Belgrade
BELGRADE, 22 October 2013 - A Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the UNICEF - Government of Serbia Programme of Cooperation (2011 – 2015) was held today in Belgrade.

Government and UNICEF renew commitment to address remaining disparities and equity gaps
SKOPJE, 22 October 2013 - At a high-level meeting to conclude the mid-term review process of the joint Country Programme of Cooperation (2010-2015), the Government and UNICEF agreed to build on the positive gains made by the partnership.

EYE SEE - UNICEF Child Photography Exhibition opens in Belgrade
BELGRADE, 17 October 2013 - A rich and emotive exhibition of photographs by 19 girls and boys 11 to 18 years of age from the municipality of Pirot in southeastern Serbia was opened today in the Cultural Centre of Belgrade.

UNICEF Turkmenistan Representative in conversation with young delegates about development agenda beyond 2015
NEW YORK, 16 October 2013 – Dunya Gurbanova (16) and Nurgeldi Ushmekov (15) have recently returned from New York, where they attended the special youth event “International Youth Voices on Post-2015”. In an interview they tell about their experience.

British TV actor Nicholas Lyndhurst promotes foster care in Montenegro
PODGORICA, 16 October 2013 – Famous British actor Nicholas Lyndhurst this week joined forces with UNICEF to support the “Every Child Needs a Family” campaign.

Efforts in girls’ education in Tajikistan resulted in community mobilization and increased education opportunities
NIMICH, Tajikistan, October 2013 - Girls’ education is a considerable concern in Tajikistan where only 88% of girls complete their basic education.

UN Secretary General's message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction
NEW YORK, 13 October 2013 - “Persons with disabilities are the biggest untapped resource for disaster planners around the world.”

International Day of the Girl Child 2013 celebrated in Serbia
BELGRADE, 11 October 2013 – The Australian Embassy and UNICEF Serbia today marked the International Day of the Girl Child at the Media Centre in Belgrade.

Nearly half of Georgians consider the use of physical violence against children as acceptable
TBILISI, 11 October, 2013. The UNICEF commissioned study being launched today revealed that 60 per cent of the population in Georgia believe that harsh parenting is more effective than non-violent parenting methods.

UNICEF teams up with electronic music group Moderat to inspire action against domestic violence
NEW YORK, 8 October 2013 - UNICEF today released a unique new video in support of the #ENDviolence initiative, designed to inspire children to take action against domestic violence in their own lives and communities.

Social inclusion through community mediators in Moldova
SCHINOASA, Moldova, 7 October 2013 - "Ei, tziganii…” Aliona Cozma is the first child of a Roma family who lives in a very small village called Schinoasa situated in the centre of Moldova.

Montenegro launches “Every child needs a family” campaign
PODGORICA, 19 September 2013 – UNICEF Montenegro and partners today launched the awareness raising campaign "Every child needs a family“ with the aim to promote the child right to live in a loving family environment.

UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA sign Joint Action Framework
ÇEŞME, Turkey, 18 September 2013 - A Joint Framework Agreement between UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was signed today during the 63rd Regional Committee of the WHO European Region.

UNICEF supports Tajikistan to plan for child protection in emergencies
DUSHANBE, 17 September 2013 – A three-day training on Child Protection in Emergencies and Provision of Psycho-Social Support organised jointly by UNICEF and the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan will be carried out between 17-19 September in Dushanbe.

UNICEF and private sector partnership in wide dissemination of child care messages in Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT, 17 September 2013 – More health workers and families in Turkmenistan will benefit from the improved knowledge on child care practices described in the globally trusted publication “Facts for Life” which was launched today by UNICEF and partners.

Football stars help vulnerable children to believe in themselves
KYIV, 12 September 2013 - The highest attended football game in 2013 took place between England and Ukraine with participation of vulnerable children on 10 September in Kyiv.

“Abilities are limitless”: children with and without disabilities get behind the camera during a photo workshop in Baku
BAKU, September 2013 - During a five-day workshop called “Abilities are limitless” which was jointly organized by UNICEF and the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan, eighteen boys and girls aged 11–18 years, learned the basics of photography.

Interviewing children
BELGRADE, September 2013 - A two day training session for mid-career journalists, organised by the Journalists’ Association of Serbia in collaboration with UNICEF, took place in Belgrade.

Some 35 million more children under five at risk if child mortality goal not met
NEW YORK, 13 September 2013 - A new UNICEF report shows that if current trends continue, the world will not meet Millennium Development Goal 4 – to cut the rate of under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015.

UN: Global child deaths down by almost half since 1990
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 September 2013 – In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children worldwide – 18,000 children per day – died before reaching their fifth birthday, according to a new report released today by UNICEF and partner organizations.

Young advocates raise their voices: “Youth are not just the future generation - youth are partners today”
ISTANBUL/GENEVA, 06 September 2013 – A major regional consultation on education and the post-2015 development goals agenda was held in Istanbul from 2-6 September 2013 with young participants from 22 countries in Europe and Central Asia.

UNICEF calls for ensuring Turkmenistan children’s safety on roads
ASHGABAT, 5 September 2013 – At a conference to mark the start of a month-long campaign on road safety in Turkmenistan, UNICEF called for ensuring safety of children who are the most vulnerable road users.

Wella Professionals and UNICEF: The Hairdressing Training Centre in Focsani – a very good example of public/private partnership for the benefit of vulnerable adolescents
FOCSANI, Romania, 3 September 2013 - The official opening of the Hairdressing Training Centre in Focsani took place in the presence of the Vice-president of Vrancea County Council, the UNICEF Representative in Romania and a representative of Wella.

Turkmenistan adopts nutrition policies beneficial for children
ASHGABAT, 2 September 2013 – From 1 to 7 September Turkmenistan marks the National Breastfeeding Week highlighting the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for a child’s first six months and continued breastfeeding for at least one to two years of life.

Supporting communication for pneumococcal vaccine introduction
BAKU, 31 August 2013 - UNICEF Azerbaijan has provided technical assistance on communication to the Ministry of Health (MoH) for the upcoming PCV10 introduction.

Strengthening immunization communication: Formative research, national strategy and plan of action
BISHKEK, 31 August 2013 - UNICEF Kyrgyzstan conducted formative research to analyze the behavior of parents towards immunization.

Regional consultation “The world we want” with youth opens next week in Istanbul
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 29 August 2013 - A major regional consultation with adolescents and youth on Post 2015 Development Goals and on Education will be held from 2-6 September with the participation of 22 countries in Europe and Central Asia.

A million refugee children mark shameful milestone in Syria crisis
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 August 2013 – With Syria’s war well into its third year, the number of Syrian children forced to flee their homeland as refugees has now reached one million.

Romanian Government and UNICEF Romania – strategic partnership for children
BUCHAREST, 23 August 2013 - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Labour, Family, Social Protection and the Elderly together with the UNICEF Representative in Romania today signed the Country Programme Action Plan for 2013 – 2017.

Famous actor Danny Glover supports the campaign “It’s About Ability” dedicated to children with disabilities
SARAJEVO, 20 August 2013 - A special guest of this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, famous actor and UNICEF’s international goodwill ambassador Danny Glover supports the campaign “It’s about ability”, launched by UNICEF, the EU Delegation to BiH and USAID.

Today is World Humanitarian Day
19 August 2013 - Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we pause to honour the enormous courage and dedication of those who serve humanity in some of the most dangerous and difficult environments in the world.

Football helps in rehabilitation of vulnerable children and drawing society`s attention to their rights
KYIV, 14 August 2013 – A friendly match between Ukraine and Israel continues the joint initiative of UNICEF and the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) aiming to draw society`s attention to the urgency of children`s protection.

Everyone can be a champion: Basketball gives equal opportunities both for sportsmen and vulnerable children
KYIV, 8 August 2013, – Today U16 Championship Men Ukraine 2013 – European basketball championship has started with a master-class held by the leading basketball players for orphans and children with special needs.

Child-friendly court room introduced in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 5 August 2013 - The child-friendly court rooms project was launched today by representatives of the Justice Council of the Republic of Tajikistan, UNICEF and SDC in Tajikistan at the Ismaili Somoni District Courthouse, Dushanbe.

Outcomes of the Fourth Central Asia Child Protection Forum Creating Inclusive Policies, Systems and Services for Children with Disabilities
DUSHANBE, 4 August 2013 - The governments of the five Central Asian Republics met in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to exchange and review for the first time their policies and practices of inclusion of children with disabilities.

4th Child Protection Forum for Central Asia ends in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 1-3 August 2013 - For the very first time, five governments from the five Central Asian Republics met for three days in Dushanbe to bring visibility to an invisible group in society, children with disabilities.

Child Protection Forum for Central Asia paves the way forward to include children with disabilities
DUSHANBE, 1 August 2013 – A Child Protection Forum began today to discuss the road ahead for governments and partners to realize the rights of children with disabilities, who are among the most vulnerable, excluded and invisible groups in society.

Media advisory - Child Protection Forum for Central Asia on children with disabilities
DUSHANBE, 1 August 2013 - A press briefing with top level government delegations and UNICEF at the start of the Fourth Child Protection Forum for Central Asia.

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 August 2013 – During World Breastfeeding Week starting today, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life.

#ENDviolence campaign launched in Croatia
NY / ZAGREB, 31 July 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF today, announcing an initiative that urges ordinary citizens, lawmakers & governments to speak out to fight violence against children.

Make the Invisible Visible: UNICEF urges louder voices and urgent action to fight violence against children
NEW YORK, 31 July 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF today, announcing an initiative that urges ordinary citizens, lawmakers and governments to speak out more to fight violence against children

The third biggest maternity ward in Croatia was awarded title of “Baby-friendly hospital”
ZAGREB, 29 July 2013 - On the occasion of the launch of the 23rd World Breastfeeding Week, the third biggest maternity ward (by number of deliveries) in Croatia has been awarded the “Baby-friendly hospital” title.

High-level conference on deinstitutionalisation “Ending placement of children in institutions”
BUDVA, Montenegro, 16 July 2013 – The High-level conference “Ending placement of children in institutions” gathered around 100 representatives of relevant institutions to discuss the importance of prevention of children being placed in institutions.

UNICEF’s story in 2012: unrelenting efforts for world’s most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 15 July 2013 – Despite financial concerns in much of the world and complex emergencies affecting children in nearly 80 countries in 2012, global progress was still made for millions of children last year, according to UNICEFs Annual Report 2012.

Malala Day inspires youth around the world to demand their right to education
NEW YORK, 11 July 2013 – Hundreds of young people will take over the seats at the United Nations tomorrow to add to their voices to courageous advocate Malala Yousafzai’s call to see all children in school and learning.

The Lancet: Ukraine at risk of polio outbreak
UKRAINE, July 2013 - A combination of public mistrust in vaccinations, poor vaccine supply, and corruption in the health system has left Ukraine with worryingly low rates of immunisation.

UNICEF and DONATIE.RO launch SMS pledge in Romania
BUCHAREST, 7 July 2013 - UNICEF, with the support of ARC, Orange Romania and Vodafone Romania, has launched the first SMS pledge in Romania as a fundraising tool for the “See the child first!” campaign aimed at supporting children with disabilities.

UNICEF, USAID and the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina launched the Campaign on children with disabilities: It’s About Ability – Join us!
SARAJEVO, 2 July 2013 - UNICEF in partnership with USAID and the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina, launched the Campaign "It’s About Ability“.

Over 1 million children, 90 per cent of all children enrolled into preschools and schools, attend structurally unsafe educational institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic
BISHKEK, 2 July 2013 – At the National Conference on Reducing Child Vulnerability to Disasters in Kyrgyzstan, the outcomes of the Nationwide School and Pre-School Safety Assessment will be presented.

Women and Children’s Lives Improving in Caucasus and Central Asia: UN report
ALMATY, Kazakhstan, 1 July 2013 – Countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia continue to advance towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, according to a new UN report.

EU and UNICEF to hold regional conference on justice for children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia
BRUSSELS, 28 June 2013 - A press opportunity to interview EU and UNICEF representatives on progress made and remaining challenges on justice for children in the region.

EU and UNICEF: Fewer children behind bars, greater reforms needed
BRUSSELS, 27 June 2013 - Children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia have seen steady and positive reforms in children’s rights but still face huge barriers in accessing justice, according to a new European Union-UNICEF report launched today.

MICS4 findings for new child rights agenda
MINSK, 21 June 2013 – The outcome report of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 4 (MICS4) provides the latest evidence-based data on the situation of children and women in the Republic of Belarus.

UNICEF Montenegro releases study on educational obstacles for Roma and Egyptian children
PODGORICA, 21 June 2013 - UNICEF Montenegro today released the publication “Study on the Obstacles to Education in Montenegro: Roma and Egyptian Children.”

Peter Norfolk, Paralympics gold medalist, joins UNICEF Montenegro campaign “It’s About Ability”
Podgorica/Nikšić, MONTENEGRO, 20-21 June 2013 - The Famous British Paralympics gold medal winning athlete Peter Norfolk paid a two-day visit to Montenegro in June 2013.

NOC of Ukraine and UNICEF will join the efforts to help children
Kotor/Tivat, MONTENEGRO, 17 December 2013 – Within the “Every Child Needs a Family” campaign, UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador Antonije Pušić, alias Rambo Amadeus, participated in the open days of centres for social work on fostering in Kotor and Tivat

New Directions in Early Childhood Education in Turkey: ‘’Quality, Access and Equity’’ International Conference has Shed Light for Early Education in Turkey
ANKARA, 20 June 2013 - The Ministry of National Education in Turkey hosted an international conference for sharing international experiences in the area of Early Childhood Education (ECE) is support of the formation of a platform for quality of ECE servic

Parents, children and teachers team up with UNICEF to launch the State of World's Children 2013 Report in Croatia: Children with disabilities are our untapped potential
ZAGREB, 12 June 2013 - Elementary school Marija Juric Zagorka in Zagreb hosted the national launch of the State of World's Children Report.

Investing in early child survival and development is key to Georgia’s long-term development, UNICEF says
TBILISI, 11 June 2013 - Participants of the high-level conference “Investing in Georgia’s Future - A National Agenda for Early Child Survival and Development” have committed to prioritize Early Child Survival and Development in Georgia.

Child labour robbing millions of health, education and growth, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 12 June 2013 – On the World Day Against Child Labour, UNICEF today called attention to the millions of children around the world who are engaged in some form of hazardous or exploitative work, usually at the expense of their health and education

Belarus: Novopolotsk officially named a Child Friendly City
MINSK, 10 June 2013 – The Belorussian city of Novopolotsk was today officially recognized as a Child Friendly City. In Belarus it is the first city out of 21 that joined the Global UNICEF Initiative “Child Friendly Cities”.

The Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF: all children have the right to play, to dream, to go to school, to be protected
BUCHAREST, 4 June 2013 - On International Children’s Day UNICEF in partnership with the Chamber of Deputies and together with the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Senior Citizens launched the publication the State of the World's Children.

“ОКеshkin Jazz” - Improvisation for the benefits of children
KYIV, 1-2 June 2013 - On the occasion of International Children's Day, Jazz producer Center Jazz in Kiev, Dom Master Klass Education and Culture supported by UNICEF organized the 4th International children's jazz festival “Okeshkin Jazz”.

Statement by child-focused agencies on the post-2015 High-Level Panel report
NEW YORK, 31 May 2013 – We welcome the release of the report from the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and commend the efforts of its Members and its Secretariat.

Local authorities, UNICEF and Special Olympics join efforts to create inclusive communities in Eastern Kazakhstan
SEMEY, Kazakhstan, 29 May 2013 - The Administration of East Kazakhstan Region (EKR), UNICEF in Kazakhstan and the Special Olympics Kazakhstan and have joined efforts in a programme to promote inclusive communities for children with disabilities.

Romanian Ministry of Education and UNICEF: "All Children in School by 2015"
BUCHAREST, 21 May 2013 - Today UNICEF and partners launched the Romania Country Study “All Children in School by 2015. The Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children".

See the child – before the disability, UNICEF says
DA NANG, Viet Nam, 30 May 2013 – 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 State of the World’s Children’s report 2013.

Children with Disabilities - Urgent policy action or lose another generation in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, says UNICEF
GENEVA, 30 May 2013: Although significant reforms have been undertaken throughout our region in support of children with disabilities and many positive changes are occurring, millions of children with disabilities are left out, forgotten and invisible.

Parliament of Azerbaijan and UNICEF Call to Business to Respect and Support Children’s Rights
BAKU, 22 May 2013 – A landmark set of principles to ensure that companies respect and support children’s rights will be discussed during a round table organized by the Parliament of Azerbaijan (Milli Mejlis) and UNICEF on 22 May.

Turkmenistan government delegation is exposed to international standards and best practices in social protection
ASHGABAT, 22 May 2013 – The Turkmenistan Government delegation has returned from the study tour to learn about the protection of vulnerable children, which took place in London, the United Kingdom on 11-18 May 2013.

The Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF Romania – A Partnership for Children
BUCHAREST, 20 May 2013 - The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Valeriu Zgonea, and UNICEF Representative in Romania, Sandie Blanchet, have signed the Partnership Agreement regarding the cooperation between the two institutions.

UNICEF Cup goes LIVE on 20 May - Tune in and support vulnerable children in Ukraine
KIYV, 17 May 2013 - UNICEF jointly with the Football Federation of Ukraine and the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Ukraine will organise the UNICEF Cup for vulnerable children to draw public’s attention to the issues of children’s rights protection.

UNICEF and the Novak Djokovic Foundation collaborate to advance Serbia’s commitment to end institutionalization of children under three
KRAGUJEVAC, Serbia, 10 May 2013 - The Novak Djokovic Foundation and UNICEF have teamed up to support the Serbian Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Policy in its resolve to stop the placement of children under three in institutions.

Early Childhood Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sharing Experiences and Learning from the French model of “Ecole Maternelle”
SARAJEVO, 10 May 2013 - As part of the ongoing cooperation with government partners at all levels for the expansion of access to quality early childhood education, UNICEF supported a four-day Training of Trainers on early childhood education.

Mass vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid measles outbreaks
AMMAN / GENEVA, 30 April 2013 – UNICEF and partners have stepped up vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid a number of measles outbreaks in a region already struggling to provide humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees.

Roma inclusion strategies - From good intentions to tangible results
BUCHAREST, 2 May 2013 - The UN in Romania and “Împreună” Community Development Agency, with support from the European Commission Representation in Romania, recently held the “Roma Inclusion Strategies – From Good Intentions to Tangible Results" conference

UN coordination officers meeting held in Geneva
GENEVA, 29 April 2013 — With support from UNICEF and UN DOCO, UN Coordination Officers from Europe and Central Asia recently met for their annual gathering. Twenty three officers benefited from the capacity development sessions.

Parents are at the heart of young child development
ZAGREB, 25 April 2013 - Today UNICEF in Croatia launched the biggest survey of parental practices and needs during in the pre-school period.

Latest Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey results show equity focus is paying off
SKOPJE, 26 April 2013: New data from the fourth round of UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) provide evidence of improvement in a broad range of common, health and education indicators.

Turkmenistan has successfully observed World Immunization Week
ASHGABAT, 26 April 2013 – Annual celebration of the World Immunization Week has become an intrinsic practice in Turkmenistan. This year Turkmenistan has joined this global initiative to reinforce its political will and commitment.

The Parliament discussed the draft Law on Early Childhood Education and Care with UNICEF and partners
Dushanbe, 22 April 2013 – The Parliament of Tajikistan together with UNICEF Country Office in Tajikistan, the Open Society Institute in Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Foundation conducted a 2-day workshop to discuss the draft Law on Early Childhood Education

The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and donors strive to optimize the investment process in in the Education Sector
BISHKEK, 19 April 2013 - The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and donor partners today signed a joint statement regarding the modalities of future co-operation with all donors in the education sector sector-wide approach to programming (SWAp).

“The Turkmenistan We Want Beyond 2015” - Children and parents as agents of change
ASHGABAT, 19 April 2013 – UNICEF, being part of a UN wide initiative, has rolled out a multi-stakeholder consultative process on the post-2015 development agenda in cooperation with the Government of Turkmenistan based on the principle of open dialogue.

Tracking anti-vaccination sentiment in Eastern European social media networks
GENEVA, 22 April 2013 - An innovative UNICEF working paper has tracked the rise of online anti-vaccination sentiment in Central and Eastern Europe.

Joint press release: “Every child needs a family”
ANKARA, 18 April 2013 - All girls and boys need a warm family environment which will protect, love and support them, and give them a sense of security.

UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS visits Kazakhstan
ASTANA, 14 April 2013 - The UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier, recently visited Kazakhstan to discuss the future engagement & new types of cooperation with the country.

Progress shows that stunting in children can be defeated – UNICEF
DUBLIN, 15 April 2013 – A new UNICEF report issued today offers evidence that real progress is being made in the fight against stunted growth – the hidden face of poverty for 165 million children under the age of five.

Brightening the reality - Street art at the social rehabilitation school in Kharkiv
Kharkiv, UKRAINE, 11 April 2013 - Today 39 children at the Kharkiv Social Rehabilitation School discovered the art of the new generation, street art, and created their first masterpiece on one of the walls of their school.

Disaster preparedness saved hundreds of children`s lives in Azerbaijan
ZAGATALA, Azerbaijan, 11 April 2013 – For the past three years, children in this small village school have taken part in disaster preparedness education. They recounted recently how this has helped save their lives from a major earthquake.

Members of parliament agree that universal coverage of children by preschool education is possible in Serbia
BELGRADE, 9 April 2013 – Serbia has one of the lowest rates of participation in the preschool education in Europe – 44%, compared to 85% in EU member countries.

UNICEF and Faculty of Political Science launch Child Rights Syllabus
PODGORICA, 3 April 2013 – UNICEF and the Faculty of Political Science in Podgorica today launched the child rights syllabus aimed at developing responsible news reporting skills that respect child rights.

Read to me! UNICEF and partners launched campaign promoting early reading aloud
ZAGREB, 2 April 2013 - Children from kindergarten “Razlicak” and Center for hearing impaired children “Slava Raskaj” jointly launched the campaign “Read to me!”

Study on ill-treatment and torture of juveniles in Armenia reveals serious violations of child rights
YEREVAN, 13 March 2013 – UNICEF together with the EU, Human Rights Defender’s office, the Civil Society Institute, and in partnership with Penal Reform International launched today findings of a study on ill-treatment and torture of juveniles in Armenia.

UNICEF and the Government of Turkmenistan outline progress and future directions to reach the results with equity for children and women
ASHGABAT, 12 March 2013 – UNICEF and the Government of Turkmenistan have reached an important milestone in the Mid Term Review process of the joint Country Programme of Cooperation for 2010-2015.

Launch of tool to better protect millions of children deprived of their families
GENEVA, 7 March 2013 — Over two million children around the world live in care institutions. At least 80 per cent of these have one or both parents who are alive.

UNICEF Ukraine's Red Card campaign wins Avon Communication Award
NEW YORK/KYIV, 11 March 2013 – On the eve of the International Women’s Day the Ukrainian Red Card campaign produced by UNICEF and partners was awarded with Avon Communications Awards: Speaking out about Violence against Women by Salma Hayek Pinault.

A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women
ANKARA, 8 March 2013 – Violence against women and girls is still a global epidemic, that inflicts all segments of societies and communities regardless of geography or economic develepment level.

Teachers and carers in Kyrgyzstan’s Batken Province master a new programme on the basics of safe living
BATKEN PROVINCE, Kyrgyzstan, 7 March 2013 – At the end of February seminars took place for teachers and carers on a new “Principles of Everyday Life” programme, which includes new methods of teaching.

Foundation T-Mobile partners with UNICEF to expand Early Childhood Development opportunities
SKOPJE, 5 March 2013 - Foundation T-Mobile for Macedonia and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced a partnership to expand early childhood development services.

Empowering women is key to building the future Moldova wants
CHIȘINĂU, 4 March 2013 - On the eve of the International Women’s Day, the United Nations launched today a week-long campaign to promote gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women in Moldova.

Progress made in the area of inclusive education for children with disabilities, but challenges remain
GENEVA, 1 March 2013 — UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Yoka Brandt, urged Governments to accelerate their reform of the education systems to increase support for children with disabilities.

Children need greater involvement in disaster risk reduction
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 1 March 2013 – This week governments, experts and child rights advocates across Central Asia and the South Caucasus highlighted the importance of engaging children and schools to help communities reduce disaster risk.

UNICEF and German Embassy join efforts to improve monitoring in residential care institutions of Armenia
YEREVAN, 27 February 2013 – UNICEF and the Embassy of Germany signed an agreement whereby the German Embassy will allocate 65,000 EURO to strengthen capacities of the Independent Public Group for Monitoring of Residential Care Institutions in Armenia.

New opportunities for children living and working on the streets in Georgia
TBILISI, 27 February 2013 - The Georgian Minister of Labour, Health & Social Affairs, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia and the UNICEF Representative in Georgia today launched the project Reaching Vulnerable Children in Georgia.

Sharing knowledge - Inclusive education
GENEVA, 25 February 2013: An event to promote the importance of inclusive education for children with disabilities will be held in Geneva on Friday, 1 March, at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council.

Sharing knowledge – Inclusive education
GENEVA, 25 February 2013 - Media advisory: An event to promote the importance of inclusive education for children with disabilities will be held in Geneva on Friday, 1 March 2013, at the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council.

Turkmenistan launches national consultations to define post-2015 global development framework
ASHGABAT, 20 February 2013 – Turkmenistan has officially launched the process of national consultations to define the post-2015 global development framework.

If hitting your child is so effective, why do you have to keep doing it?
CHISINAU, 12 February 2013 - Op Ed by Alexandra Yuster, UNICEF Representative in Moldova

UNICEF scales up advocacy for social inclusion of children with special needs
MINSK, 12 February 2013 – UNICEF appealed to society and high level officials to facilitate integration of children with special needs during presentation ceremony of TV cycle Everyone Has a Right to Be Different.

Local community in southern Kyrgyzstan discusses the situation of quality preschool education
JALALABAT, Kyrgyzstan, 8 February 2013 - A round table is held to discuss challenges and prospects of introducing alternative forms of preschool education and creating conditions for an improved quality of education.

“Facts for Life: Nutrition and Growth” is now available in the Tajik language to improve feeding practices of young children
DUSHANBE, 7 February 2013 – UNICEF in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tajikistan releases the publication “Facts for Life: Nutrition and Growth” in the Tajik language.

Turkmenistan childcare experts discuss development of community based early childhood family support services for all children
ASHGABAT, 7 February 2013 – A four-day seminar on early childhood development (ECD) and family support services for childcare professionals from various social sectors has completed today.

Innovative technologies in strengthening mother and child health care system
ASHGABAT, 6 February 2013 – This week a key group of teachers from all five medical colleges, who specialize in pediatrics, have advanced their knowledge on the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI).

Inclusive education for children with disabilities can transform lives, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 6 February 2013 – Progressive policies in inclusive education have made positive changes in the lives of children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to UNICEF today.

“Inclusive education for children with disabilities: examples from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia”
GENEVA, 5 February 2013 - "Worldwide, an estimated 93 million children under the age of 15 have a disability. Many of them will never get the chance to go to school at all."

Media advisory: The importance of inclusive education for children with disabilities through the experiences of Armenia, Montenegro and Serbia
GENEVA/ YEREVAN / PODGORICA / BELGRADE, 4 February 2013 - A briefing which highlights the importance of inclusive education for children with disabilities through the experiences of Armenia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Syria: Some 210,000 children in Homs need urgent humanitarian assistance, UNICEF says following UN mission
GENEVA/AMMAN, 1 February 2013 – A United Nations joint mission to the western Syrian governorate of Homs, in which UNICEF took part, found that 420,000 people, half of them are children, need immediate humanitarian assistance.

Kyrgyzstan launches national consultation process on the new development goals for the post-2015 agenda - The Future We Want
BISHKEK, 31 January 2013 – The Kyrgyz Republic today announced the start of the National Consultations on development priorities.

UNICEF supports a public hearing on the ‘School without Violence’ initiative in Kyrgyzstan
BISHKEK, 25 January 2013 – A public round table discussion on the “Challenges and Perspectives of Introducing the School without Violence Education Model in general educational organizations of the Kyrgyz Republic” is taking place in Bishkek today.

US$1.4 billion needed now for children in humanitarian crisis says UNICEF
GENEVA, 25 January 2013 – UNICEF appealed today for almost US$1.4 billion to meet the immediate, life-saving needs of children in 45 countries and regions gripped by conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies this year.

Importance of Early Childhood Development stressed as Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbas joins forces with UNICEF for post-2015 agenda
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 24 January 2013 - Academic experts, civil society representatives and practitioners from Turkey and neighbouring countries have invited World leaders to put Early Child Development at the centre of sustainable and equitable global devel

It’s about ability campaign in Montenegro makes every fourth citizen change behaviour
PODGORICA, 22 January 2013 – Every second citizen in Montenegro learned something new about children with disabilities from the It’s about ability campaign while every fourth citizen's behaviour towards children with disabilities changed in a positive way

Key findings on out-of-school children in Kyrgyzstan
NEW YORK, 18 January 2013 – In 2010 UNICEF and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics launched the Global Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI), an equity-focused effort whose goal is to reduce the number of out-of-school children.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Russia allowing U.S. adoptions in final stages to go through
NEW YORK, 18 January 2013 – “The announcement by Commissioner Astakhov that those parents in the final stages of adopting children will now be allowed to return home with them is very good news for the children and the adoptive parents.

Montenegro’s youths become TV reporters on inclusion
PODGORICA, 16 January 2013 – Based on the UNICEF resource pack on producing effective communication for children, UNICEF Montenegro supported the Institute for Media to train young people with & without disabilities to become TV reporters on inclusion.

More and more kindergartens in Moldova are provided with cognitive toys for child development
BULBOACA VILLAGE, Moldova, 27 December 2012 – More than 57,000 children from 517 kindergartens and community centers in Moldova, including those for children with special educational needs, will receive LEGO and DUPLO toys valuing USD 1.5 million

More children at risk of exploitation and abuse: UNICEF
GENEVA/BUCHAREST, 17 January 2013 - UNICEF is urgently calling for stronger prevention measures to protect vulnerable children from growing exploitation and abuse, including trafficking.

Your invitation to the virtual baby shower for UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and her partner, FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué
NEW YORK, 16 January 2013 – Shakira, the world-famous singer/songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has long been a passionate advocate for children and children’s issues.

Number of children and young people becoming victims of trafficking on the rise worldwide
BERLIN, 10 January 2013 — The UNICEF National Committee for Germany and the child protection organization ECPAT are calling for better protection and assistance for victims of child trafficking.

DevInfo empowers local communities in Serbia
BELGRADE, 9 January 2013 – As part of a shared commitment to strengthen evidence-based policy making in Serbia, UNICEF and the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (SORS) launched the new Municipal DevInfo last December.



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