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At a glance: France


France launches workshop series on protection of vulnerable children
PARIS, France, 26 February 2010 – French Secretary of State for Family and Solidarity Nadine Morano recently launched the ‘General State of Childhood Affairs’ – a series of workshops on the condition of vulnerable children here. The workshops involve local officials, government partners and professionals working in the field of child protection.

Young Ambassadors from UNICEF France visit their peers in Togo
LOMÉ, Togo, 19 May 2009 – Every year, the National Committee of UNICEF France organizes a field trip with six young people between the ages of 15 and 18, to promote children's rights. From elementary through high school, the Young Ambassadors encourage children to get involved in helping their peers.

Goodwill Ambassador Myung Whun Chung gives Paris concert to benefit projects in Benin
PARIS, France, 20 April 2009 – The Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, recently gave a gala performance with celebrated French opera singers Natalie Dessay, Laurent Naouri and Stephane Degout to raise funds for UNICEF water and sanitation projects in Benin.

Carol Bellamy and Rima Salah receive Legion d’honneur in Paris ceremony
PARIS, France, 7 April 2009 – UNICEF’s former Executive Director, Carol Bellamy, and former Deputy Executive Director, Rima Salah, received the Legion d’honneur at a special ceremony in Paris today.

Maestro Myung-Whun Chung takes advocacy tour to promote development in Benin
ADJA-OUERE, Benin, 5 January 2009 – Director of Radio-France’s Philharmonic Orchestra and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Myung-Whun Chung recently took a four-day visit to Benin, where he spent time touring various UNICEF-supported programmes in the field.

France awards Légion d’honneur to Carol Bellamy and Rima Salah
PARIS, France, 16 July 2008 – It was announced here today that former UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and former Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah are to receive the award of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest decoration.

Grand Strasbourg Christmas tree celebrates the season for all the world’s children
STRASBOURG, France, 24 December 2007 – For the 14th consecutive year, the City of Strasbourg has set up a huge Christmas tree in the heart of the town, towering over the roofs of Place Kleber. It is 30 metres tall, weighs 11 tonnes and is believed to be the largest Christmas tree in Europe.

More nations commit to 'Paris Principles' on ending the trauma of child soldiers
NEW YORK, 1 October 2007 – Seven more nations have joined an international commitment to stop the recruitment of children in armed conflict.

Nobel Prize-winning scientists share ideas with young leaders at BioVision Forum
LYON, France, 12 March 2007 – It's not every day that a group of children receives help on their science projects from Nobel Prize-winning scientists, especially when most of those children live in developing countries. But that's exactly what happened yesterday, the opening day of the BioVision Life Sciences Forum here, when a select group of 10 youth leaders hosted a breakfast for three Nobel Laureates.

Youth leaders brainstorm with top scientists at BioVision Forum
LYON, France, 9 March 2007 – Hannah Gama, 15, has traveled all the way from Malawi to meet some of the world’s top scientists gathering here for the BioVision World Life Sciences Forum.

Paris conference makes historic commitment to liberate children from war
PARIS, France, 6 February 2007 – Fifty-eight countries represented at a high-level conference in Paris today committed themselves to stopping the unlawful recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts.

At Paris conference, a former child soldier demands help for children in armed conflict
PARIS, France, 5 February 2007 – A former child soldier from Sierra Leone today implored delegates at an international conference on children and armed conflict to help rehabilitate young people like him.

Queens and First Ladies call for mobilization against child exploitation
PARIS, France, 18 January 2007 – Queens and First Ladies from around the world called for an international mobilization against child exploitation at a one-day conference held yesterday at the presidential Élysée Palace.

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.

Boy orphaned by AIDS demands action for children
PARIS, France, 16 June 2006 – Rodrigue Koffi Kolou, 20, from  Côte d’Ivoire lost both parents to AIDS-related illnesses. Wrapping up a conference on Childhood and AIDS, he demanded action and not more talk.

At Paris conference, new initiative to help AIDS-affected children announced
PARIS, France, 15 June 2006 - Opening a two-day international Conference on Childhood and AIDS, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy today expressed the hope that a new airline tax would help millions of children affected by HIV/AIDS.

Paris conference to spotlight urgent needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 13 June 2006 – Twenty-five years of the AIDS pandemic have redefined the very meaning of childhood. On 15-16 June, a special ‘Childhood and AIDS’ conference in Paris, France will highlight the urgent need to help millions of children who have been left vulnerable by this worldwide catastrophe.

In tandem with the global launch of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign at United Nations headquarters on 25 October, the French National Committee launched their own nationwide effort in Paris the same day.

France’s Foreign Minister donates 2.5 million euros to UNICEF during his visit to quake-affected Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 21 November 2005 – France’s Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy has just completed an emergency visit to quake-affected Pakistan and donated 2.5 million euros to UNICEF. During a press conference in Islamabad, Mr. Douste-Blazy stated that, “France will continue its assistance to Pakistan in relief and rehabilitation efforts to help quake survivors.”




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