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At a glance: Costa Rica


Five more nations sign international accord to stop children from being forced into conflict
NEW YORK, USA, 27 September 2011 - Five more nations have officially committed to ending the phenomena of children in armed conflict by signing the Paris Commitments. The inclusion of Angola, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica and San Marino means that 100 nations have now pledged to do everything they can to protect children from being forced into conflict.

Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi promotes children's right to sport in Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, 19 April 2011 - He is considered the best footballer of his generation. Lionel ‘Leo’ Messi, the Argentine player and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, inspires millions around the world.

Parliamentarians act on violence against children in Latin America and the Caribbean
SAN JOSE, Cost Rica, 4 September 2009 – More than 30 parliamentarians from 14 Latin American countries gathered this past week in San Jose, Costa Rica, to discuss the role of parliaments in combating one of the region’s most serious social problems – violence against children.

A ‘Return to Joy’ helps Costa Rican children overcome earthquake's effects
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, 21 January 2009 – UNICEF partnered with Procter & Gamble and the Youth Red Cross to ensure the basic hygiene needs of children living in shelters after the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that shook Costa Rica on 8 January.

UNICEF and 'Fútbol por la Vida' partner to raise awareness about child rights in Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, 10 July 2008 – More than 300 children from various indigenous and socially excluded communities participated in the inauguration of the UNICEF-supported project ‘Learn About Your Rights, Playing’ at Peace Park in Costa Rica last month.

Costa Rican students exchange toy weapons for sporting equipment and notebooks
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, 10 June 2008 – In the Los Cuadros section of Goicoechea, in Costa Rica’s San José province, violence is a major impediment to children’s education.

Costa Rican children score a goal against adversity
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, 17 April 2008 – Under the theme ‘A goal against adversity’, 180 poor adolescents from all over the country met in the National Stadium of Costa Rica to participate in the Second Presidential Delegates Tournament. The event was held to promote child and adolescent rights, especially for children who are victims of abuse and exclusion.

XIV Latin American Summit: Investing in education to break the poverty cycle
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, 20 November 2004 –   Under the theme Educar para progresar (‘Education for progress’), heads of state from Latin America, Spain and Portugal met at the XIV Latin American Summit, held here from 19 to 20 November. UNICEF was also present, and called for an increase in social investment to ensure that all children in Latin America are able to attend school. The goal is to break the vicious cycle of poverty that denies individuals their rights and the opportunities they need to develop.




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