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Creating a better internet for children
PUTRAJAYA, 24 March 2015 – Opening Remarks by UNICEF Representative to Malaysia at the two-day regional conference on “Child Online Protection”.

Building capacity and identifying opportunities
PUTRAJAYA, 26 January 2015 – Welcome Remarks by UNICEF Representative to Malaysia at the “National Consultation On Public Finance For Children In Malaysia”.

‘Digital Citizens of the Future’
STATEMENT * KUALA LUMPUR, 4 November 2014 - It is an honour to be here at MCMC’s Networked Media Research Seminar 2014, organized this year with the theme “Digital Citizens of the Future”.

UNICEF - Utilising media and digital platforms innovatively to provide children with access to quality education.
SPEECH* KUALA LUMPUR , 10 September 2014 - For UNICEF, an innovation in education focuses on improving learning and access, to quality education for the hardest to reach children. Innovation includes, but is not limited to, the creative use of technology,

Media and Children’s Rights in the Digital Age
SPEECH* KUALA LUMPUR, 8 September 2014 - The Convention has always ensured a child’s right to information…and to participation…not the symbolic, empty gesture kind, but authentic participation. The kind that empowers and engages children.

UNICEF Commemorates 60 Years of Partnership in Malaysia
SPEECH: KUALALUMPUR, 25 June 2014 - How can we properly capture 60 years of commitment and partnership on behalf of Malaysia’s children? As we take this moment to acknowledge some important milestones achieved over six decades in Malaysia

Engaging Youth as Agents of Change
SPEECH: MELAKA, 21 June 2014 - It is my pleasure to be here with all of you today. But I hope you don’t mind if I admit that I’m distressed by the topic we have to discuss. It is an important one – of that, there is no doubt. In fact,

Creating inclusive societies for children with disabilities
SPEECH: PERAK, 4 June 2014 - It is an honour to be here at the 5th National Early Childhood Intervention Conference. The theme for this year’s conference, ‘Passion 'has 'no' parameters’, is especially compelling.

Launch of Reports on Child Protection and Juvenile Justice System in Malaysia
SPEECH * PUTRAJAYA, Well, for one, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The timing is also important since Malaysia is currently, actively, involved in drafting its 11th Malaysia Plan

Launch of “Profile of Children in Malaysia - The Implementation of Children’s Rights with Equity” - Keynote address by Wivina Belmonte
SPEECH * PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia, 11 December 2013 - We are very proud to be launching this publication today – it is the result of two intensive years of research and effort, thanks to EPU.

Reaching the Unreached: An Evaluation of the Alternative Education Programme for Refugee, Undocumented and Stateless Children in Kg. Numbak, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
SPEECH * Kota Kinabalu, 28 August 2013 - For those of you unfamiliar with UNICEF's work in Malaysia, let me just say, UNICEF is the UN agency with a mandate to defend and help realise the rights of children.

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question that is asked every day, everywhere around the world. Virtually everyone has been asked that question. The problem is it’s a question that’s outlived its usefulness.

Opening Speech at Nexus International School’s Model UN
SPEECH * Kuala Lumpur, 5 July 2013 - The UN is an organization whose very existence, whose very inception comes from that simple, yet complicated concept – embracing diversity and calling for change.

Opening Statement for the Colours of My World Art Competition Press Conference
SPEECH * Kuala Lumpur, 10 June 2013 - Colours of My World is not just any drawing competition. This art competition provides a space for children with disabilities to showcase their talent and achieve the recognition they deserve,

Opening remarks for the Malaysian Launch of SOWC 2013
SPEECH * Kuala Lumpur, 03 June 2013 - A child is not disabled because they cannot walk, see or hear. They are disabled by a society that excludes them. So our report this year brings attention to OUR blind spot

Remarks by UNICEF Representative to Malaysia at the opening of the Child Protection Conference
SPEECH * Kuala Lumpur, 20 November 2012 - Three weeks ago, UNICEF together with the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development organised a child protection conference. Today, we gather again, for another child protection conference.

Placing children first in business
OPED * KUALA LUMPUR, 16 September 2012 – In Malaysia, as around the globe, we have seen a significant rise in the number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts initiated in the private sector.

Progress through partnership
SPEECH * Kuala Lumpur, 15 September 2012 - On behalf of UNICEF Malaysia, please allow me to thank the organisers of the Kiwanis Malaysia District Convention 2012 for inviting me to be a part of your special gathering.





Wivina Belmonte - UNICEF Representative, Malaysia

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