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At a glance: Mexico


UNICEF and Calle 13 join forces to raise global awareness about rising violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, and beyond
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 15 November 2012 - Last Thursday, Puerto Rican musical group Calle 13, led by stepbrothers René Pérez Joglar (Residente) and Eduardo Cabra Martínez (Visitante), launched their new music video, La Bala (The Bullet), a call for global awareness about gun violence, in a joint venture with UNICEF.

In Mexico City, community centres provide learning opportunities for indigenous children
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 23 March 2012 – The journey to the hospital begins early for 13-year-old Lucía Argüelles.

UNICEF launches flagship report in Mexico City, warns that cities are failing children
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 29 February 2012 – UNICEF yesterday launched its flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’ in Mexico City, warning that rapid urbanization is leaving millions of disadvantaged children behind. At a press conference in the Presidential Palace, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and President of Mexico Felipe Calderón called for greater focus on children in slums and shantytowns who suffer from the greatest deprivations.

Indigenous adolescents push for recognition and equity in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 14 December 2011 – An interactive presentation offers first-hand accounts of the daily challenges facing many of Mexico’s indigenous adolescents.

Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo visits an innovative programme for victims of child abuse in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 20 October 2011 – On her recent tour of the Iztapalapa Paediatric Hospital in Mexico City, internationally acclaimed singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo swept through corridors, scooping children into her arms, delighting patients and parents alike.

World Youth Conference in Mexico spotlights youth in development agenda
LEON and MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 30 August 2010 – Forty-five per cent of the world's population – a staggering 3 million people – are under the age of 25.

Mexican youth activist Mariel García Montes speaks about the Voices of Youth online forum
NEW YORK, USA, 18 March 2010 − Voices of Youth (VoY) is UNICEF’s interactive online community platform where, since 1995, children and young people have found a safe and supportive space where they can explore, discuss and take action on issues related to human rights and social change.

Julieta Venegas appointed as UNICEF Mexico’s newest National Ambassador
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 27 October 2009 – In an event that marks the beginning of the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child here, award-winning singer-songwriter Julieta Venegas has been appointed as a UNICEF Mexico National Ambassador.

UN partners prepare for potential Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic
NEW YORK, USA, 29 April, 2009 – As the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of an increased likelihood of a pandemic of Influenza A – also known as H1N1 – UNICEF is working with its UN partners to prepare for a potential outbreak.

Radio project gives a voice to indigenous children in Mexico
TENANGO, Mexico, 21 January 2009 – When a 2006 teachers' strike in the State of Oaxaca caused students to miss school for several months, UNICEF and its education partner, Ciesas, saw an opportunity to help children in the poorest and most vulnerable communities. The resulting project gave these children their own radio programme and, more important, a voice.

XVII International AIDS Conference closes with a focus on children
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 08 AUGUST 2008 – As the 17th International AIDS Conference came to a close in Mexico City, issues affecting children were front and center.

Executive Director Ann M. Veneman speaks on 'Keeping the Promise' at XVII International AIDS Conference
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 5 August 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman headed a UNICEF delegation to the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City yesterday, where she led a  session entitled 'Keeping the promise: Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS.'

Children in the spotlight in the lead-up to the XVII International AIDS Conference
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 4 August 2008 – Children took the spotlight in the days leading up to the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City this year. This year's conference is marked by over 300 side events. UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is poised to speak at a satellite session on Monday night entitled, 'Keeping the promise: Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS'.

UNICEF and MTV’s HIV-focused documentary ‘Xpress’ wins award from World Media Festival
NEW YORK, USA, 22 April 2008 – ‘Xpress’, the fourth video documentary co-produced by MTV Latin America and UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean, has been announced as the recipent of a Silver Award in the education category at the World Media Festival.

UN meeting highlights innovative programmes that spread from south to north
NEW YORK, USA, 27 December 2007 – Uganda, Mexico and Brazil presented innovative grassroots programmes for improving child rights at the United Nations during a recent UNICEF-organized seminar, which for the first time looked at how northern nations can learn from those in the south.

Flood response targets immediate needs of children in Tabasco and Chiapas
VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico, 9 November 2007 – The roads leading into Villahermosa, Tabasco’s capital city, are muddy and strewn with ruptured sandbags where floodwaters have finally receded. Also lining the streets on the city’s outskirts are clusters of families who refuse to leave their badly damaged homes and have rigged makeshift shelters from cardboard and tarpaulin.

Tabasco, Mexico floods affect 1 million people, over a third of them children
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 2 November 2007 – The worst flooding in more than 50 years has affected more than 1 million people – an estimated one-third of them children – in the south-eastern Mexican state of Tabasco.

As Hurricane Dean moves on, storm-affected communities pick up the pieces
NEW YORK, USA, 22 August 2007 – UNICEF and its humanitarian partners in the Caribbean region are taking action to protect children and families from the after-effects of Hurricane Dean in Jamaica, Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and other areas battered by the storm in recent days.

Children face dangers as they try to cross desert into U.S.
ALTAR, Mexico, 24 May 2007 – For countless Latinos, the road to the American Dream has a short-cut through a tiny farming community about an hour-and-a-half south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Word has travelled throughout Latin America that if you're looking for a guide to help you illegally navigate the desert into the United States, you'll find him in Altar.

UNICEF presents awards to youth radio producers in Mexico and Zambia
NEW YORK, USA, 11 April 2007 – UNICEF has presented prizes to the first-place winners in a youth media competition organized in cooperation with OneWorld Radio.

Child migrant workers in Mexico miss out on education and a safe environment
SINALOA STATE, Mexico, 2 March 2007 – For migrant farm workers, the work day often begins long before the sun rises. Today, Javier and a few of the other workers huddle around a fire for warmth until the boss arrives and signals them to start working.

World Water Day: Children call for action on access to safe water
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 22 March 2006 – On World Water Day, as the 4th World Water Forum here draws to a close, the voices of debate and discussion have fallen silent to hear and consider a clarion call to action from children.

At the Children’s World Water Forum, a girl from Kenya shares her views
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 20 March 2006 – Yesterday, a delegation of African children attended the 4th World Water Forum, where adult decision-makers are meeting to raise awareness about global water issues. The young people have been participating in the Children’s World Water Forum, which is also being held here this week.

Children’s World Water Forum: Calling for change
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 17 March 2006 – Dressed in the universal teenage uniform of scruffy jeans and t-shirts, the young people arriving in Mexico for the Children’s World Water Forum look as though they could be from the same school or community.

Children to speak out at World Water Forum in Mexico City
NEW YORK, USA, 16 March 2006 – Children are bearing the brunt of a global crisis that is keeping safe, clean water beyond the reach of 1.1 billion people. Because children are the most vulnerable and the hardest-hit, UNICEF believes the water situation will improve only when children’s needs are given priority and their views are heard by decision-makers.

UNICEF Mexico’s Advisory Board launches campaign urging voters to focus on child education in upcoming elections
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 23 February 2006 – “If your candidate doesn't know how to improve education, elect another candidate. Cast a vote for education!”

Preventing violence and lowering dropout rate in Mexico City schools
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 9 January, 2005 – In a classroom in Mexico’s capital groups of children slide together scraps of paper marked with letters. The aim is to spell out words – but the class is less about spelling than human values. One of the words is ‘violence’, and the teacher reminds the children it can often happen in their own homes.

Mexico: Leaders come together to ensure children are a priority in elections
MEXICO CITY, 22 July 2005 – In anticipation of next July’s presidential election, the Consultative Board of UNICEF Mexico has issued an appeal to candidates, media and all citizens to make children’s rights a priority on the political agenda.

Child rights: Mexico scores 5.71 out of 10, for children 0-5
MEXICO CITY, 13 May 2005 – A comprehensive new report released by UNICEF Mexico shows that, while the country has made significant progress in the realization of children’s rights, there is still a lot of room for improvement.




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