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At a glance: Canada


World leaders join Bill Gates in $122 million pledge for polio eradication
PERTH, Australia, 31 October 2011  World leaders from Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria and Pakistan joined Bill Gates on Saturday in pledging $122 million in new funds to help deliver a polio-free world.

A musical call to action: ‘Lullaby: The UNICEF Anthem’
TORONTO, Canada, 19 November 2009 – A new musical work by renowned composer and UNICEF Canada National Ambassador Steve Barakatt has launched to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

International forum issues joint call for enhanced investment in micronutrients
NEW YORK, USA, 12 May 2009 – UNICEF is one of a wide range of development partners in the UN, academic, non-governmental and private sectors that today called on the world’s governments to invest more in life-saving vitamins and minerals to prevent illness, blindness and mental disorders that result from vitamin deficiencies.

Sierra Leonean survivor honoured for advocacy on behalf of women and children
NEW YORK, USA, 8 May 2009 – The newest recipient of the Voices of Courage Award, Mariatu Kamara, met yesterday with UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, who congratulated her on the honour.

A young environmental activist fights on, 16 years after her Earth Summit speech
NEW YORK, USA, 10 July 2008 – Just over 16 years ago, a 12-year-old Canadian girl named Severn Cullis-Suzuki took the stage at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and gave a speech that silenced the room full of diplomats.

Canadian driver Jacques Villeneuve makes NASCAR debut to support children
TORONTO, Canada, 8 October 2007 – NASCAR driver Jaques Villeneuve went the extra mile for UNICEF Canada yesterday, making his Nextel Cup debut at the famous Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, USA. His Toyota Camry, car number 27, was wrapped in blue to represent UNICEF Canada.

Bednets from Canadian ‘Spread the Net’ campaign to tackle malaria in Liberia
GATINEAU, Canada, 18 April 2007 – It is a lofty goal: to cover Africa in blue bednets and stop death by malaria. A recent announcement by UNICEF Canada unveiled an important partnership with the Canada-based ‘Spread the Net’ anti-malaria campaign, and together, the partners aim to reach this goal.

Kenyan and Canadian cricketers visit Boys’ Training Centre in St. Lucia
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, 16 March 2007 – Twenty-seven young boys living away from their homes and families – some abused or abandoned, others in conflict with the law – got a special treat when cricketers from the Kenyan and Canadian teams took time from their busy schedules to visit the UNICEF-supported Boys’ Training Centre in Gros Islet, St. Lucia, where the boys stay.

UNICEF e-greetings: New, improved and great for last-minute holiday wishes
NEW YORK, USA, 20 December 2006 - After a successful first year, UNICEF’s electronic greetings service, available online at www.unicef-shop.com, has undergone several improvements for this holiday season.

AIDS 2006: Young people are key to world’s response
NEW YORK, USA, 18 August 2006 – Young people must be included in the world’s response to HIV and AIDS, delegates to the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, also known as AIDS 2006, were told as they wrapped up their biennial meeting.

UNICEF Project Officer honoured at AIDS 2006
TORONTO, Canada, 15 August 2006 – UNICEF’s Penelope Campbell was recognized at the XVI International AIDS Conference on Monday as the winner of a prestigious award for young women working on the front lines of the fight against AIDS.

Africa’s orphans at higher risk of HIV, says report
TORONTO, Canada, 15 August 2006 – African children orphaned as a result of AIDS, especially adolescent girls and young women in the 15-24 age group, are at higher risk of HIV infection than other children, according to a report issued yesterday by UNICEF, UNAIDS and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

AIDS 2006: Conflict makes girls and women even more vulnerable to HIV
TORONTO, Canada, 14 August 2006 – In times of conflict, girls and women are even more vulnerable to sexual violence, HIV and AIDS, according to experts dealing with displaced populations and refugees.

‘AIDS 2006’ conference begins: Time to deliver for children
TORONTO, Canada, 14 August 2006 – The world is doing more than ever to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS but even more needs to be done to protect the youngest and most vulnerable, delegates to the XVI International AIDS Conference were told yesterday in Toronto.

Young people prepare to be heard at ‘AIDS 2006’ global conference
TORONTO, Canada, 10 August 2006 – Young people will have more opportunity to influence the XVI International AIDS Conference (also known as ‘AIDS 2006’) than any of the previous gatherings, according to the organizers of the AIDS 2006 Youth Pre-conference.

Bilaal Rajan: UNICEF’s youngest fundraiser and advocate
TORONTO, Canada, 21 March 2003 - Bilaal Rajan is an eight-year-old boy who has big dreams. Bilaal wants all children around the world to be treated equally, and have the things he has growing up in Canada. With that objective in mind, Bilaal single-handedly raised C$50,000 for children affected by the recent Indian Ocean Tsunami. He launched a campaign with UNICEF Canada days after the disaster to raise more funds in order to help children and their families in need.




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