Podcast #72: Khan Academy brings education to the wired masses
NEW YORK, 4 March 2013 – In 2004, hedge fund analyst Sal Khan started to make YouTube videos to help his younger cousin learn. Soon enough, Mr. Khan had developed a following, and, in 2009, he quit his job to start Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization that produces free educational videos.
World Pneumonia Day places emphasis on biggest killer of children
NEW YORK, United States of America, 9 November 2012 – Monday, November 12th marks the fourth World Pneumonia Day. UNICEF is calling for a greater effort to eradicate the disease, which is the biggest killer of children under 5 years old.
Around the world, echoing the call to #ENDviolence against children
NEW YORK, United States of America, 26 November 2013 – To mark the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the child, UNICEF offices all over the world have launched campaigns aimed at preventing violence and abuse against children.
Using innovation and technology to erase barriers to girls' education
NEW YORK, United States, 18 October 2013 – A portable, hand-cranked radio receives texts and transmits lectures or tests from teachers to students in South Sudan, where Internet access is a rarity and schools can be distant and difficult to reach. In Rwanda, sanitary pads made of banana fiber, produced locally by women for women, tackle the lack of affordable, eco-friendly menstrual products and help keep girls from missing school. And in Uganda, a system that uses text messages to connect students and schools with UNICEF allows them to report on the quality of education, teacher attendance and violence in their schools.
Deaf students take the stage and look to the future
QUEENS, New York, United States of America, 9 July 2013 – It’s an exciting morning at the Lexington School for the Deaf in East Elmhurst, a residential neighbourhood in New York City. Evans, Chen and Chelsea are rehearsing a play in the school’s theatre. Active members of the school’s drama club, they are especially proud of this production, Double Trouble, because student club members wrote the play themselves.
Early intervention and quality education to end violence against girls
NEW YORK, United States of America, 8 March 2013 – On the eve of International Women’s Day, a panel of five experts representing academia, government, civil society and the United Nations called for an end to violence against girls through better and earlier monitoring and interventions, improved education systems, and a coordinated multi-sectoral response.
Podcast #65: International Day of the Girl Child - Ending child marriage
NEW YORK, 11 October 2012 - Today marks the first ever International Day of the Girl Child, a day established by the United Nations to highlight the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. This year’s theme is "Ending Child Marriage", chosen because child marriage denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, increases her risk of violence and abuse and jeopardizes her health.
UNICEF report points to rapid progress made in reducing child deaths worldwide
NEW YORK, 13 September 2012 – Across the world, the number of deaths among children under 5 has been on a continuous decline for over two decades, says the 2012 Progress Report on Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed [pdf], released today by UNICEF.
Goodwill Ambassador Serena Williams wins U.S. Open championship
New York, United States of America, 10 September 2012 – Tennis superstar and International Goodwill Ambassador Serena Williams has captured her fourth United States Open championship and fifteenth Grand Slam title. In the final match, held 9 September in New York, Ms. Williams rallied from behind in the third set to overpower top-seeded Victoria Azarenka.
Child Survival Call to Action summit closes with commitment to eliminate preventable child deaths
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, 16 June 2012 – Ethiopia’s Minister of Health opened the second day of the Child Survival Call to Action conference in Washington, D.C, by encouraging countries to take ownership of new international momentum to reduce child mortality.
Child Survival Call to Action challenges the world to reduce child mortality
WASHINGTON, D.C., USA, 14 June 2012 – United Sates Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged international leaders gathered at Georgetown University to commit more resources and effort to reduce the numbers of deaths of children.
Universal ratification and effective implementation of the Optional Protocols to the CRC close at hand
NEW YORK, USA, 31 May 2012 – The 25th of May 2012 marked the two-year anniversary of the campaign for universal ratification and implementation of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
In New York, UN Commission convenes to increase access to life-saving health products for children and women
NEW YORK, USA, 24 May 2012 – The United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children convened in New York this week to finalize recommendations for urgent action to help women and children around the world.
Podcast #53: Ensuring children’s right to education in rapidly growing urban areas
NEW YORK, USA, 1 March 2012 – More than one billion children live in urban areas according to UNICEF’s flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’.
UNICEF races to prevent a major food crisis in the Sahel
NEW YORK, 24 February 2012 – UNICEF is racing to prevent a second major food crisis in Africa in less than a year.
Girl wins International Children’s Peace Prize for promoting the rights of children with disabilities
NEW YORK, USA, 22 February 2012 – Seventeen-year-old Michaela ‘Chaeli’ Mycroft was recently awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize for her work promoting the rights of children with disabilities in South Africa.
Speaking for Ourselves
NEW YORK, USA, 22 February 2012 – People all over the world hear stories, watch movies and see postcards of New York City. They recognize our skyline – the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty or the Brooklyn Bridge – on sight. But New York City is not just about the big lights, the big buildings. There are the streets, and then there are the people who walk them, and when you live here you learn that New York is just like any city, filled with people who struggle to make ends meet.
'Full of Grace' photography exhibition celebrates children
WEST PALM BEACH, USA, 30 January 2012 – ‘Full of Grace’, a graceful, eclectic and evocative exhibition of more than 200 photographs, accompanied by sculptures and literary quotations, opened on 26 January at the Palm Beach Photographic Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. It is an exuberant celebration of the representation of children in photography over the past 150 years.
Inaugural ‘State of the World’s Volunteerism Report’ recognizes contributions of volunteers worldwide
NEW YORK, USA, 5 December 2011 – The United Nations General Assembly paid tribute to the work of its ‘unsung heroes’ today, launching the first-ever State of the World’s Volunteerism Report during a special General Assembly session.
Meeting the challenges of AIDS with fewer financial resources
NEW YORK, USA, 1 December 2011 - As UNICEF faces growing pressure on investments for children and HIV in the face of the global economic crisis, the organisation is concentrating on finding ways to make the best use of its available resources by “doing more with less.”
Calle 13 lend their voices to the fight against human trafficking
NEW YORK, USA, 22 November 2011 – They broke records at the Latin American Grammy’s last week by sweeping 9 awards in a night , and now Calle 13 are breaking new ground with a campaign against human trafficking and exploitation.
On World Humanitarian Day, the UN celebrates the extraordinary efforts of aid workers
NEW YORK, United States, 19 August 2011 - From the Horn of Africa to Haiti, Pakistan and Japan, millions of aid workers are working tirelessly to help those in need. They brave danger and take on the greatest risks in countries far away from their homes to help others rebuild their lives, survive war and battle disease.
OneMinutesJr. initiative helps youth capture their viewpoints around the world
NEW YORK, USA, 19 August 2011 – June and July were busy months for UNICEF’s OneMinutesJr. initiative: Five youth video workshops took place in the USA, Haiti, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Germany, with artists teaching young people about video techniques and storytelling.
On Texas visit, FC Barcelona stars celebrate renewed partnership with UNICEF
DALLAS, Texas, USA, 8 August 2011 – Appearing before an audience of pint-sized fans, soccer stars David Villa and Thiago Alcántara of Football Club Barcelona came prepared to be questioned.
In new campaign, Goodwill Ambassador Lang Lang urges stronger fight against HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 7 July 2011 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world renowned pianist Lang Lang is using his star power to help raise awareness of the urgency to do more in addressing the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS – especially on the world’s most vulnerable children.
Fifth Global Partners Forum looks to more support for HIV- and AIDS-affected children
NEW YORK, USA, 3 June 2011 – More than 16 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS since the epidemic began. The majority of them are from sub-Saharan Africa, the world’s poorest region.
Marcell's story: Growing up in poverty in the United States of America
CAMDEN, USA, 29 April 2011 – Growing up in the one of the most dangerous cities in the United States of America, Marcell Jenkins, 12, never ventures more than a few blocks from his home alone.
Major League Baseball and players association commit $500,000 to UNICEF toward Japan relief effort
NEW YORK, USA, 28 March 2011 – Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) are joining together to contribute $500,000 toward earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan to UNICEF, and will be encouraging baseball fans to support the effort during Opening Week and dates following. In-stadium fundraising drives will allow fans to join MLB and the MLBPA in offering additional support to the relief efforts.
UNGEI event highlights importance of technology in girls' education
NEW YORK, USA, 24 February 2011 – As the 55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women takes place in New York this week to promote women’s and girls’ access to education, training, science and technology, the UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) brings together a diverse group of partners from governments, civil society, private sector and girls themselves to explore how technology can empower and promote girls’ development.
UNICEF dedicates 'The State of the World's Children 2011' to adolescents
NEW YORK, USA, 24 February 2011 - Mohamed, 17, and Hassan, 16, stand in a queue in front of the International Organization for Migration in Haradh, Yemen. The two Ethiopian boys are among the thousands of migrants that have been stranded in the country since last year.
Promoting Open Debate: New technologies advance adolescents’ civic responsibility
NEW YORK, USA, 22 February 2011 - New information, communications and media technologies have made it easier for adolescents to participate in the debates that determine public policy. Youth participation not only increases the likelihood that policymakers will respond to young people’s needs and concerns, it also helps adolescents better understand diverse viewpoints. It teaches them to persuade using the force of argument, not the argument of force.
At NYU, 'Design for UNICEF' students tackle information management for emergencies
NEW YORK, USA, 5 January 2011 – Information management in emergencies is a complex task. Whether the challenge is getting accurate map files, understanding where vulnerable populations are located or assessing supply inventories, data management is critical in any humanitarian response.
Activism for change: A conversation with Nobel Laureate Jody Williams
NEW YORK, USA, 2 November 2010 – In a recent conversation with UN and UNICEF Radio moderator Amy Costello, activist Jody Williams talked about her leading role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and about leading a women’s peace delegation to the Middle East. Her experiences hold potential lessons for achieving the UN Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education.
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF celebrates 60 years of 'kids helping kids'
NEW YORK, USA, 29 October 2010 – This year marks the 60th anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, one of UNICEF’s most widely recognized campaigns in the United States. In honour of this anniversary, we’ve opened up the radio vaults and found this classic: ‘A Halloween Story: The Trial of Sergeant Bill.’
Beyond Sport Summit highlights the role of sport in creating positive social change
CHICAGO, USA, 4 October 2010 - Dozens of athletes and leaders from the world of sport gathered last week in Chicago for a summit hosted by Beyond Sport, a global organization that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change in youth – goals that are shared by UNICEF.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day promotes rights for people with intellectual disabilities
NEW YORK, USA, 24 September 2010 – Tomorrow, UNICEF will join its global partner Special Olympics International and other advocates for children with intellectual disabilities worldwide in marking the first Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day. This new annual observance has been established to celebrate the life and legacy of Ms. Shriver, who founded the Special Olympics in 1968 and remained a driving force for disability rights throughout her life. She died in August 2009.
At New York launch, International Year of Youth kicks off with a diversity of voices
NEW YORK, USA, 12 August 2010 – Members of the international community marked the launch of the International Year of Youth today in the United Nations General Assembly Hall with an eclectic array of speeches, musical performances, videos and poetry. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon helped to kick off the Year under the theme 'Dialogue and Mutual Understanding’.
Kiwanis and UNICEF launch 'The Eliminate Project' on maternal and neonatal tetanus
NEW YORK, USA, 25 June 2010 – Kiwanis International has selected UNICEF to be its partner in a $110 million effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) globally by 2015.
Montblanc donates $2 million to support UNICEF Education programmes
LOS ANGELES, USA, 15 March 2010 – The night before the 82nd annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, Montblanc hosted a cocktail event in Los Angeles celebrating the high quality writing instrument maker’s ‘Signature for Good’ initiative in support of UNICEF. At the event, Montblanc International CEO Lutz Bethge presented a $2 million cheque to Caryl M. Stern, president & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, who accepted the donation on behalf of UNICEF’s global partnership with Montblanc.
‘Design for UNICEF’ harnesses innovative thinking from graduate students at New York University
NEW YORK, USA, 4 December 2009 – ‘Design for UNICEF’ is an interdisciplinary design programme where graduate students examine some of the challenges UNICEF faces and work in groups to research and prototype solutions. The graduate class is taught by Professor Clay Shirky and is a collaboration between UNICEF and the Interactive Telecommunication Programme at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York City.
Clinton Global Initiative concludes with commitment to act on violence against girls
NEW YORK, USA, 25 September 2009 – Former US President Bill Clinton concluded the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) – four days of dialogue and collaboration that wrapped up today in New York – by announcing further commitments to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges.
H.M. Queen Rania of Jordan joins UNICEF in congratulating young women of Harlem
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2009 – The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem serves students from minority and low-income families. It is a pioneer in all-girl public education, and a model of success.
UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu raises awareness of child trafficking
WASHINGTON DC, 18 September 2009 – US Fund for UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lucy Liu delivered an impassioned speech here this week to raise awareness about the estimated 1.2 million children who are trafficked worldwide every year.
‘RapidSMS’ system for monitoring nutrition in Malawi gets top tech award
NEW YORK, USA, 10 September 2009 – UNICEF has won the Gov2.0 Summit Award for an innovative system adapting accessible technology to better monitor the health and nutritional status of children in Malawi.
Ten years on, the Machel Study cites continued abuse against children in conflict
NEW YORK, USA, 17 June 2009 – More than a decade has passed since Graca Machel reported on the horrors of children trapped in armed conflict to the United Nations General Assembly. This year, a new publication documenting the results of a ten-year strategic review of the Machel Study has been launched by UNICEF and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict.
Youssou N’dour is the subject of a new documentary
NEW YORK, USA, 17 June 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Youssou N’Dour is often credited with introducing the music of Africa to countless new audiences. Now the innovative Senegalese singer, composer and producer is the subject of a new documentary film, ‘I Bring What I Love’, currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit and in cinemas.
UNICEF Executive Director meets with Zimbabwe Prime Minister
WASHINGTON, DC, USA, 12 June 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman met today with Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, and three of his government ministers.
Executive Board annual session discusses UNICEF's work in the face of a global financial crisis
NEW YORK, USA, 8 June 2009 – UNICEF's Executive Board convened the first day of its annual session today at United Nations headquarters in New York City where Executive Director Ann M. Veneman presented her annual report against the backdrop of a global economic downturn.
Meeting of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS held in New York
NEW YORK, USA, 8 June 2009 - For an impoverished mother in a developing country whose child is infected with HIV, something as simple as finding the money for regular taxi trips to a clinic for treatment can be daunting.
Panel explores advances and challenges facing indigenous youth in a digital world
NEW YORK, USA, 22 May 2009 – UNICEF sponsored a panel with representatives of various indigenous youth groups at its headquarters in New York yesterday, as a side event of the Eighth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
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.
`GameChangers’ winners announced: Supporting girls and women through sport
NEW YORK, USA, 6 May 2009 – For the second consecutive year, UNICEF has supported an online sport-for-development competition organized by Ashoka, an international network of social entrepreneurs, and sponsored by Nike. The winners were announced recently.
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.
New music video illustrating tragedy of human trafficking will premiere at UN
NEW YORK, USA, 24 March 2009 – In observation of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, the United Nations is hosting a cultural evening and concert entitled 'Breaking the Silence, Beating the Drum'.
New Yorkers walk a mile in other children’s shoes
NEW YORK, USA, 23 March 2009 – On World Water Day, hundreds of New Yorkers walked one mile in support of something that they can afford to take for granted – clean drinking water.
World Water Day and the need for global action on safe water and sanitation
NEW YORK, 19 March 2009 – As World Water Day 2009 approaches on 22 March, UNICEF-supported water, sanitation and hygiene projects are working to improve child health and survival in more than 90 developing countries.
'The Final Inch': Oscar-nominated film looks at efforts to eradicate polio
NEW YORK, USA, 19 February 2009 – Fifty years after the development of an effective vaccine marked the beginning of the end of polio in the developed world, the paralyzing and sometimes fatal disease continues to stalk children in the poorest countries.
‘GameChangers’ competition advances opportunities for girls and women through sport
NEW YORK, USA, 17 February 2009 – Last year, UNICEF supported an online competition, ‘Changemakers: Sport for a Better World’, organized by Ashoka, an international network of social entrepreneurs. This year, UNICEF is supporting Changemakers – Ashoka's online community – in a new initiative called ‘GameChangers: Change the Game for Women in Sport’.
US tour to raise awareness of V-Day/UNICEF campaign against rape in DR Congo
NEW YORK, USA, 12 February 2009 – On the eve of a five-city US speaking tour designed to raise awareness about the effect of sexual violence on the women of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, activist Eve Ensler warned yesterday that western consumption of DR Congo's resources has "consequences ... on the bodies of women."
Web4Dev conference kicks off with an eye on the future of innovation
NEW YORK, USA, 11 February 2009 – With plenty of bells and whistles, and not a few mobile phone alerts and Twitter chirps, the fifth annual ‘Web4Dev’ conference kicked off at UNICEF House today.
UNICEF hosts fifth annual UN ‘Web4Dev’ conference: ‘Innovation for Access’
NEW YORK, USA, 10 February 2009 – No need to worry if you’re not familiar with terms like ‘SMS’, ‘unconference’ and ‘Java’. The fifth annual United Nations Web4Dev conference aims to tackle the issues presented by the changing media landscape and look at how technological innovation can promote social change in the developing world.
Columbia University and UNICEF awarded top honour in USAID innovation competition
WASHINGTON, DC, 8 January 2009 – Columbia University and UNICEF received the first-place award in the ‘Development 2.0 Challenge’ of the US Agency for International Development. The award was for an innovative system designed to monitor children’s health and nutritional status in Malawi.
Rihanna joins UNICEF Snowflake lighting ceremony in New York
NEW YORK, USA, 20 November 2008 –The US Fund for UNICEF and Grammy Award-winning musical artist Rihanna were on hand to celebrate the UNICEF Snowflake lighting ceremony last night at Grand Army Plaza in New York City.
Child sexual exploitation in the USA: Not just a problem for developing nations
NEW YORK, USA, 20 November 2008 – Child sexual exploitation has long been a known evil in developing countries where the combination of tourism and poverty make for a lucrative business. But at least 300,000 children and adolescents are prostituted every year in the United States, according to a 2001 University of Pennsylvania study. According to another study, more than 2,200 of them are in New York City.
UNICEF nominee Paul Farmer receives CDC Foundation Hero Award
NEW YORK, USA, 10 October 2008 – Dr. Paul Farmer, a tireless activist, researcher and public health practitioner whose organization, Partners in Health, provides community-based care for millions of people throughout the developing world, has received the 2008 Hero Award from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia.
As child deaths continue to decline, UNICEF calls for increased efforts
NEW YORK, USA, 12 September 2008 – Fewer children under the age of five are dying today than in past years, according to the latest data from UNICEF. Globally, the number of young children who died in 2007 dropped to 9.2 million, compared to 12.7 million deaths in 1990.
UNICEF/Barcelona FC partnership has impact around the world
NEW YORK, USA, 22 August 2008 – In an international friendly exhibition game, UNICEF partner Barcelona Football Club last week defeated the New York Red Bulls by a score of 6-2 before a delirious crowd.
J8 Summit widens the horizons of participants, including a 16-year-old US delegate
NEW YORK, USA, 18 July 2008 – The 2008 Junior 8 Summit concluded in Japan last week with a standing ovation from all 39 delegates.
‘The Survival Project’: CNN programme shines spotlight on UNICEF work
NEW YORK, USA, 3 July 2008 – UNICEF will be the focus of a special global broadcast on CNN and CNN International this Sunday.
Documentary on Zambian women honoured at Jackson Hole Film Festival
NEW YORK, USA, June 25, 2008 – ‘Where the Water Meets the Sky’, the first documentary film from the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), was honoured with the ‘Best Global Insight’ award last week at the Jackson Hole Film Festival in Wyoming.
Promoting sustainable sanitation as a development cornerstone
NEW YORK, USA, 8 May 2008 – Water and sanitation experts joined financing professionals at UNICEF House in New York yesterday to identify sustainable methods of providing clean water and safe sanitation to those who lack these basic rights.
UNICEF Executive Director joins V-Day to focus on stopping rape in DR Congo
NEW ORLEANS, USA, 15 April 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman joined thousands of supporters and activists to celebrate the 10th anniversary of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. Over the past decade, V-Day has raised over $50 million and educated millions of people about violence against women and how to end it.
Celebrating the Tap Project to provide safe water for the world’s children
NEW YORK, USA, 20 March 2008 – As a glittery New York City event last night celebrated the success and the future of the Tap Project, rain poured down outside. The weather was just one reminder of the importance of bringing safe water to children around the world – the ultimate goal of this initiative.
Successful US Tap Project goes nationwide for World Water Week
NEW YORK, USA, 18 March 2008 — Last year’s successful New York City restaurant campaign to provide safe drinking water to the world’s children has gone national.
Children and parents learn together at Columbia University Early Head Start Centre
NEW YORK CITY, USA, 3 March 2008 – Sunlight streams through the windows of the classroom at the Columbia University Early Head Start Centre – part of a federally funded, nationwide, community-based programme for low-income families with infants and toddlers, as well as pregnant women.
Consultation on maternal and child health inequities held in New York
NEW YORK, USA, 12 February 2008 – Ensuring that poor and marginalized children and mothers have access to quality health care services was the main subject at the UNICEF-convened consultation, ‘Increasing the Contribution of Health Systems to Health Equity’, held last week at the organization’s New York headquarters.
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton discusses ‘Touchpoints’ in early childhood
NEW YORK, USA, 5 February 2008 – Changing the way early childhood and parenting are viewed could be instrumental in helping to reach vulnerable children and strengthen the communities that support their development.
San Marino-UNICEF Awards honour youth participation in community programming
NEW YORK, USA, 4 February 2008 – Last Friday, the Republic of San Marino hosted the second annual San Marino-UNICEF Awards dinner in New York. The focus was active youth participation in community-based programmes as a means to strengthen and protect children’s rights.
Goodwill Ambassador Ricardo Montaner hosts benefit concert for disabled children
MIAMI, USA, 31 December 2007 – UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador Ricardo Montaner and a star-studded cast of Latin American singers performed a benefit concert for a standing room-only audience in the American Airlines Arena in Miami.
UNICEF Snowflake, symbol of hope, illuminated in New York
NEW YORK, USA, 19 November 2007 – Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, along with his two daughters Ming Lee and Aoki, illuminated the UNICEF Snowflake on Saturday evening at the busy New York intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, in front of Tiffany & Company’s flagship store here.
UNICEF and US Fund host World of Children 10th-anniversary awards
NEW YORK, USA, 8 November 2007 – Teresa Cheptoo, 16, a Kenyan youth activist and passionate opponent of female genital mutilation/cutting, was among eight individuals whose advocacy work was honoured today at the World of Children Awards.
Jenna Bush celebrates ‘Ana’s Story’ at UNICEF House book launch
NEW YORK, USA, 1 October 2007 – Jenna Bush, who interned with UNICEF in Latin America from September 2006 through May 2007, has drawn from that experience to write ‘Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope’ – a personal account of a girl who struggles to break free from a vicious cycle of abuse, poverty and illness.
Leaders at Clinton Global Initiative renew commitments to health and education
NEW YORK, USA, 26 September 2007 – A $30 million pledge to help educate children affected by conflict, especially in Iraq and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and a pledge of $1 billion to help improve maternal and child health worldwide were announced at the Clinton Global Initiative today.
Young people use new media to speak out on HIV and AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 25 July 2007 − As part of a new media video contest, ten young people from around the world documented their thoughts and experiences on HIV and AIDS. Their video blogs, or ‘vlogs’, are available today from UNICEF and MTV Staying Alive and show how HIV affects young people’s daily lives in different ways.
UNICEF hosts first preparatory meeting for 2008 International Year of Sanitation
NEW YORK, USA, 7 May 2007 – Proper sanitation: It’s a seemingly mundane thing that most people in the developed world take for granted. Yet at least 2.6 billion people – some 41 percent of the global population, including 980 million children – do not have access to latrines or other basic sanitation facilities.
Hip-hop documentary brings home clear-cut truths about ‘blood diamonds’
NEW YORK, USA, 2 May 2007 – There’s no end to clichés about diamonds. They’re forever. They’re a girl’s best friend. And recently, the term ‘blood diamonds’ has become commonplace, representing the fact that many armed conflicts in Africa have been funded by the sale of diamonds.
Digital Diary: Pranav explores the issue of drug use among his teenage peers
NEW YORK, USA, 20 April 2007 – Pranav, 14, is concerned about the risk of drug use among his peers and wants to better understand the issue.
International Day for Mine Awareness draws global attention to landmines
NEW YORK, USA, 4 April 2007 – A simulated mine field in the shadow of the UN building, and an exhibition of landmines and explosives of all shapes and sizes. These were just two of the ways in which the United Nations marked the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, a day aimed at focusing global attention on the danger of these legacies of war and to mark the progress towards their eradication.
With participation of disabled youth, UN treaty on the rights of the disabled signed
NEW YORK, USA, 2 April 2007 – A new treaty to ensure the human rights of the estimated 650 million people in the world with disabilities opened for signature on March 30 during a special session of the United Nations General Assembly.
UN panel explores the legacy of the slave trade on the 200th anniversary of abolition
NEW YORK, New York, 27 March 2007 – Communities torn apart, millions of lives lost and bonded, and generations of Africans stripped of their native heritage – this is the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade, which accounted for one of the longest and widest-ranging human tragedies in history.
At Global Kids Conference, high school students debate environmental issues
NEW YORK, USA, 26 March 2007 – Six hundred teenagers gathered in New York on Friday to debate environmental issues at the 2007 Global Kids Annual Conference entitled, ‘Do you know where your environment is?’ While experts from UNICEF and other organizations helped to guide discussions, the event was entirely youth-organized and youth-led.
UNICEF Executive Director joins Starbucks and Ethos ‘Walk for Water’
NEW YORK, USA, 22 March 2007 – Marking international World Water Day, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today joined more than 250 schoolchildren and hundreds of other New Yorkers in a ‘Walk for Water’ to highlight the global water crisis.
UNICEF taps New York City restaurants to aid world water problems
NEW YORK, USA, 21 March 2007 – It’s an engineering miracle and something that’s completely taken for granted. It’s also free. It’s the tap water in New York City.
Through ‘Radio Rookies’ training programme, youth voices fill the New York air
NEW YORK, USA, 15 March 2007 – A producer speaks into the microphone, conveying a personal story that will soon air on the radio. His is not the voice of a traditional reporter. It is the voice of a teenager.
A former child soldier speaks out at UN session on challenges facing girls
NEW YORK, USA, 2 March 2007 – The striking testimony of a girl who was formerly a child soldier brought an audience of hundreds to its feet for a standing ovation – and moved many to tears – at United Nations headquarters in New York this afternoon.
At UN panel, girls describe challenges keeping their peers out of school
NEW YORK, USA, 1 March 2007 – Youth panellists shared the experiences and challenges of girls growing up in their four different countries today at a discussion hosted by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) in New York.
‘Every child’s home’: China Blue Sky Children bring music to UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 27 February 2007 – Resplendent in red and bursting with energy, 21 Chinese children took to the stage at UNICEF headquarters today to celebrate more than half a century of partnership for children.
Youth voices heard at opening of UN Commission on the Status of Women
NEW YORK, USA, 26 February 2007 – The 51st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women opened at United Nations headquarters in New York this morning, launching two weeks of discussions and events in the run-up to International Women’s Day.
UNICEF hosts book launch for Ishmael Beah, former child soldier
NEW YORK, USA, 16 February 2006 – Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone, is no stranger to talking before an audience. He has travelled the world speaking out and galvanizing international efforts to rehabilitate children caught in conflict.
NBA hosts announcement of Gates funding for ‘Nothing But Nets’ malaria campaign
NEW YORK, USA, 4 January 2007 – ‘Nothing But Nets’, a campaign to fight the scourge of malaria in Africa, today announced its first-ever challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – which has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, up to $3 million in individual contributions to the campaign.
UN and UNICEF staff bid farewell to Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York
NEW YORK, USA, 20 December 2006 – At United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday, outgoing Secretary-General Kofi Annan was feted by staff members from various UN agencies to mark the end of his 10-year term.
First-ever White House Summit on Malaria focuses on life-saving initiatives in Africa
NEW YORK, USA, 15 December 2006 – US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush yesterday hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Malaria in Washington, DC.
Empire State Building lights up in blue to honour UNICEF 60th anniversary
NEW YORK, USA, 12 December 2006 – Last night, the lights of the world-famous Empire State Building were cyan blue in honour of UNICEF 's 60th anniversary.
New York Stock Exchange rings in UNICEF’s 60th anniversary
NEW YORK, USA, 7 December 2006 – A group of children and UNICEF representatives visited the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, ringing the opening bell to celebrate the agency’s 60th anniversary.
‘Blood Diamond’ film screening highlights the plight of child soldiers
NEW YORK, USA, 1 December 2006 – Forced into armed combat in Sierra Leone during the 1990s, a young boy has been transformed into a soldier. His father struggles to free him from the dangerous life he has been pushed into.
AIDS awareness songs kick-off hip-hop tour of US public schools
NEW YORK, USA, 1 December 2006 – Students at Martin Luther King High School in New York had time out of class today for an AIDS awareness lesson hip-hop style, thanks to rapper MAGZ. The 20-year-old hip-hop artist visited the school on World AIDS Day at the start of his AIDS Awareness Public School Hip-Hop Tour.
Two US youths with HIV join the fight against AIDS in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 30 November 2006 – Kimberly Canady, 19, and Elias Perez, 20, both from Brooklyn, look tired but have a sparkle in their eyes as they arrive in Ethiopia after the 16-hour flight donated by Ethiopian Airlines.
Basketball stars and UNICEF team up for new HIV/AIDS television campaign
NEW YORK, USA, 27 November 2006 – In the run-up to the 25th annual celebration of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the US-based National Basketball Association (NBA) and UNICEF today launched a new public service announcement campaign featuring 10 high-profile NBA and Women’s National Basketball Association stars.
Former US President Clinton and Muppet Kami share video message about HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 24 November 2006 – In the run-up to World AIDS Day, 1 December, former US president Bill Clinton has joined Kami the Muppet to deliver a message about HIV and AIDS.
UNICEF forms partnership with Baylor Initiative to combat paediatric AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 17 November 2006 – Children infected with HIV will receive more medical help, thanks to a new partnership between UNICEF and the Baylor International Paediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI).
Former US President Clinton chairs tsunami recovery meeting at UNICEF
NEW YORK, USA, 15 November 2006 – Former US President Bill Clinton, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, chaired a session at UNICEF headquarters with partner agencies today to assess progress in the massive rebuilding effort.
Goodwill Ambassador Sarah Jessica Parker helps launch ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’
NEW YORK, USA, 25 October 2006 – The 56th annual ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ campaign was launched today at UNICEF headquarters in New York. Serving as this year’s campaign spokesperson is actress and Goodwill Ambassador Sarah Jessica Parker.
UNICEF Executive Director: Girls’ education vital for developing world
NEW YORK, USA, 25 September 2006 – More than half of all children who do not go to school are girls. Achieving universal primary education is a Millennium Development Goal and one of UNICEF’s primary objectives.
UNICEF Executive Director speaks up for women at Clinton Global Initiative
NEW YORK, USA, 22 September 2006 – Leading experts on child welfare and global development have been gathering in New York to discuss ways of empowering women to aid progress. UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman was one of the key speakers at the special session of the Clinton Global Initiative, an annual meeting organized by the William J. Clinton Foundation to address some of the world’s most serious issues.
World leaders accelerate action to reduce child deaths and meet 2015 target
NEW YORK, USA, 18 September 2006 – World leaders gathered in New York today to accelerate global efforts to save the lives of some 10.5 million children under the age of five who die needlessly every year.
Tennis ace Roger Federer stars in video spot for HIV/AIDS campaign
NEW YORK, USA, 29 August 2006 – His bid for glory at the U.S. Open begins tomorrow, but Roger Federer has already served up an ace in the fight against AIDS with the release of a new public service announcement for UNICEF.
Roll Back Malaria Initiative receives boost in funding
NEW YORK, USA, 27 July 2006 – The global fight against malaria has received a major financial boost, thanks to contributions and new initiatives from the partners of the Roll Back Malaria Initiative.
UNICEF Executive Director accepts Webby award
NEW YORK, USA, 13 June 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman attended the 10th Annual Webby Awards ceremony in New York last night to accept the organization’s first-ever Webby for the online multimedia report, The State of the World's Children 2006.
UN urges a stronger response to AIDS, the ‘greatest challenge of our generation’
NEW YORK, USA, 5 June 2006 – Three days of high-level meetings at United Nations headquarters in New York culminated on Friday in a General Assembly declaration that aims to strengthen the world’s response to AIDS. While the wide-ranging statement reaffirms previous goals set in 2001, it also calls for ambitious national targets and promotes the protection of young people – especially girls – to reduce their vulnerability to HIV.
Sesame Workshop honours UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman
NEW YORK, USA, 1 June 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman was honoured today by Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind one of the world’s most popular television programmes for children – ‘Sesame Street’.
US National Basketball Association and UNICEF unite for children affected by AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 31 May 2006 – America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) and UNICEF have joined forces in a drive to the basket, supporting the global UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign.
Human ‘red ribbon’ unites the world against AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 31 May 2006 – Twenty-five years after HIV/AIDS was first diagnosed, the virus shows no sign of letting up. Tens of millions of people have died as a result, leaving 15 million children orphaned.
Young people from around the world gather to help end violence against children
NEW YORK, USA, 26 May 2006 – Harry Lopez, 18, is a sharp dresser from Venezuela with a lot to say about why violence has a terrible effect on children.
UN team leads AIDS Walk New York
NEW YORK, USA, 22 May 2006 – The UN Cares Team, made of many United Nations staff members and their families, led some 47,000 people in this year’s AIDS Walk New York.
Team UNICEF takes to the football pitch in a new television campaign
NEW YORK, USA, 18 May 2006 – UNICEF launched a new set of dynamic public service announcements today: ‘Superfans’.
UNICEF Executive Director speaks out on the ‘silent tragedy’ of child sexual trafficking
NEW YORK, USA, 26 APRIL 2006 – As the keynote speaker at a conference on the problem of child sexual trafficking, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman reaffirmed UNICEF’s commitment to creating a protective environment for children at risk of exploitation and abuse.
UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, tennis star Roger Federer, hits an ace for children
NEW YORK, USA, 3 April 2006 – World tennis champion Roger Federer has been appointed UNICEF’s newest international Goodwill Ambassador. UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman welcomed the 24-year-old player today at UNICEF’s headquarters in New York.
West African music stars turn out for US premiere of ‘Roll Back Malaria’ concert film
NEW YORK, USA, 30 March 2006 – At the United Nations headquarters here last night, stars of the African music world and international public health experts put the spotlight on malaria, the single largest killer of children in Africa.
UNICEF Executive Director’s Women’s Day message
NEW YORK, USA, 8 March 2006 – In a wide-ranging and impassioned keynote speech at the Annual International Women’s Day Luncheon in Washington, D.C., UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman delivered a powerful message about the abuse and exploitation experienced by millions of women and children around the globe.
The UNICEF Snowflake: A beacon of hope for the holidays
NEW YORK, USA, 28 November 2005 - The UNICEF Snowflake is a dazzling, illuminated crystal ornament that graces the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in New York City each holiday season as a beacon of hope, peace and compassion for vulnerable children around the world.
Special screening of ‘Innocent Voices’ – an award-winning film about a child caught up in war
NEW YORK, 7 October 2005 – The award-winning film ‘Innocent Voices’, depicting the life of a boy in El Salvador during the civil war, was shown at a special gala screening held at United Nations headquarters, introduced by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman.
UNICEF honours the life and work of E.J.R. ‘Dick’ Heyward
NEW YORK, 27 September 2005 – Colleagues, friends and relatives gathered Tuesday at UNICEF House to celebrate the life of the legendary E.J.R. ‘Dick’ Heyward, a beloved and influential senior statesman for UNICEF for more than 30 years.
Friends facing separation after the storm
BILOXI, Mississippi, 19 September 2005 – Christina Handford, 13 and Amanda Nguyen, 11, are best friends. They and their families survived Hurricane Katrina, which hit this community hard, but now they have to face two additional challenges: living without electricity, and an uncertain future for their friendship.
Katrina: One family’s survival story
BILOXI, 12 September 2005 – UNICEF correspondent Thomas Nybo spent eight days in the hurricane-ravaged areas of Mississippi reporting on the aftermath of Katrina – focusing on how the disaster has impacted the lives of children.
Katrina: UNICEF kits helping displaced children
MERIDIAN, Mississippi, 13 September 2005 – Having fled their New Orleans home after Hurricane Katrina struck, nine-year-old Tinitra Corely and her family are living at the United Methodist Central Church in Meridian, Mississippi. UNICEF ‘School-in-a-Box’ and recreation kits have now arrived in Meridian, and Tinitra and other children like her are putting them to good use.
Katrina: Children helping children
REDFIELD, Arkansas, 12 September 2005 – The United Pentecostal Church campground in this town is now a temporary home to roughly three hundred people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The first people arrived from New Orleans a week ago.
Surviving Hurricane Katrina: One child’s story
BILOXI, Mississippi, 9 September 2005 – Ten-year-old Justin Dean survived the rising floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina by taking refuge in a second-story bedroom with his mother, stepfather, four brothers and two grandparents.
Frontline diary: Wednesday 7 September – Searching for loved ones
HOUSTON, 7 September 2005 – A few nights ago I met a woman who was looking for her son. I warmed to Ms. Plaisance immediately, a polite woman with a soft-spoken Southern lilt. She had left New Orleans before the hurricane, but her son had stayed behind. After a week of sleepless nights Ms. Plaisance still knew nothing about his fate. She was exhausted and disoriented.
Children in need of security and help
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, 8 September 2005 – The mood at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock is anything but festive these days. The Fairgrounds has become a temporary shelter for over one hundred families from New Orleans – all displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
One family's struggle to survive
BILOXI, Mississippi, 8 September 2005 – Seven-year-old Gage and his mother LeeAnn are recovering after Hurricane Katrina swept through their neighbourhood. "It was a terrifying day,” says LeeAnn.
Hurricane Katrina: Impact on children
NEW YORK, 7 September 2005 – More than a week after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the southern coast of the United States, children continue to bear an unequal share of the suffering.
Reports from the disaster zone
BILOXI, Mississippi/LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, 7 September 2005 – Families who escaped Hurricane Katrina with their children are still trying to rebuild their lives more than a week after the devastating storm. Thousands of families are living in temporary shelters with little to do, reports UNICEF Correspondent Thomas Nybo, who met with children and parents in Biloxi, one of the towns hardest hit by the disaster.
Frontline diary: Tuesday 6 September – Evacuees at the Reliant Center
HOUSTON, 6 September 2005 – The sun is setting outside the Reliant Center, one of three shelters in the Reliant Astrodome Complex in Houston, bringing another long day for weary evacuees closer to an end.
Frontline diary: Volunteering to help in Katrina’s aftermath
HOUSTON, 5 September 2005 – Today is Monday. I just got online for the first time and wanted to send a quick update on the scene in Houston. Forgive me for being sparse on the details but I’m pretty tired after a very long and busy day.
UNICEF supports ‘All the Invisible Children’
NEW YORK, 6 September 2005 – The rights of millions of children and adolescents are denied by exploitation and war. Three hundred million children around the world suffer from hunger. Over 100 million have never been to school.
UN to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts
NEW YORK, 6 September 2005 – A United Nations offer to contribute to the aid effort for survivors of Hurricane Katrina has been accepted by the United States government. Key UN staff have been deployed to help U.S. authorities coordinate the international relief effort.
UN offers support and sympathy for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina
NEW YORK, 2 September 2005 – Thousands in US communities hit hard by Hurricane Katrina are living precariously in overcrowded, makeshift shelters or on the streets. Conditions remain perilous, as water levels are still high in many areas, and food and drinking water are scarce.
UNICEF and CONCACAF join forces to help children
NEW YORK, 22 July 2005 – CONCACAF - the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football - and UNICEF are working together to help children across the region.
UNICEF presents Living Rights film
NEW YORK, 15 June 2005 - Filmmaker Duco Tellegen has made a career in documenting the complexities of children’s lives around the world. His most recent film, Living Rights, explores three stories that illuminate rights from the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Schoolgirls in New Jersey raised $18,000 for children affected by the tsunami
SUMMIT, New Jersey, USA, 20 May 2005 - Welcomed by the sounds of an angelic choir, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah arrived today at Kent Place Middle School in Summit New Jersey, to personally receive a precious gift from the students.
Harlem youth raise funds for children in Chad
NEW YORK, 28 April 2005 – Youth from the Boys & Girls Harbor – a charitable organization based in Harlem, New York City – visited UNICEF headquarters today to deliver in person a donation supporting programmes for children in Chad. UNICEF Goodwill ambassador Harry Belafonte was on hand to greet the four youth ambassadors and receive a cheque on behalf of UNICEF.
UNICEF game wins Web Award
NEW YORK, 17 March 2005 - The US Fund for UNICEF’s ‘World Heroes’ game has won the Amusement prize at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Web Awards. The ceremony, which is now in its twelfth year, brings together digital innovators from around the world for four days of speeches and discussions.
Students in New York raise funds for UNICEF’s relief efforts in South Asia
NEW YORK, 25 January 2005 - Elementary school children in New York raised more than $40,000 for the children affected by the tsunami in Asia through a sponsored Read-a-Thon.
Clinton announces cash for UNICEF tsunami relief
NEW YORK, 10 January 2005 - Former US President Bill Clinton has written the first cheque to launch a new fund with UNICEF to bring life saving water and sanitation to survivors of the tsunami. The partnership will strengthen UNICEF’s work in protecting children from water borne diseases in areas still devastated by the catastrophe.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Whoopi Goldberg on humanitarian disaster in Asia
NEW YORK, 6 January 2005 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Whoopi Goldberg took a moment before starting her one-woman Broadway show to speak about the tsunami disaster in Asia and Africa.
Susan Sarandon reacts to tsunami disaster
NEW YORK, 5 January 2005 – Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon – a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 1999 – spoke with UNICEF this week to share her reaction to the earthquake and tsunami catastrophe in Asia and Africa.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover calls for action to aid tsunami victims
NEW YORK, 5 January 2005 – Renowned stage and screen actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover sat down with UNICEF this week to share some of his thoughts about the unfolding crisis caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami across Asia and Africa.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow shares her thoughts about the humanitarian crisis unfolding across Asia and Africa
NEW YORK, 30 December 2004 – Renowned stage and screen actress Mia Farrow - a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2000 – met with a UNICEF camera team this week to share some of her thoughts as a mother and humanitarian activist about the unfolding crisis caused by the recent earthquake and tsunamis across Asia and Africa.
UNICEF Snowflake lands in New York
NEW YORK, 17 November 2004 - On November 18, the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake — a beautiful ornament gracing the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue in New York City — will mark the beginning of another festive holiday season. The Snowflake, which has been a mid-Manhattan holiday attraction for 19 years, was dedicated to UNICEF beginning in 2002 as a beacon of hope, peace and compassion for vulnerable children around the world.