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Progress five years after the tsunami
NEW YORK/KUALA LUMPUR, 26 December 2009 – Five years on, and children devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami have a reason to smile again. The vista of hopeless desolation that once swept across affected regions has since transformed to optimism.

2010 is Millennium Development Goals Year
NEW YORK/KUALA LUMPUR, 22 December 2009 - The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has announced that 2010 will be the year of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to assess progress in realising its 21 targets by the agreed deadline of 2015.

Young people and global leaders discuss climate change
COPENHAGEN, 16 December 2009 – Six young people from China, Greenland, Indonesia, Kenya, Netherlands and Senegal expressed their concerns to the Danish Government and humanitarian leaders as world leaders struggled to 'seal the deal' on climate change.

Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addresses Copenhagen panel
NEW YORK, 15 December 2009 – All eyes were on Copenhagen this week as the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 entered its crucial second week. UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman addressed – via video message – a group of climate experts.

Copenhagen Children’s Climate Forum declares: the time to fight climate change is now
COPENHAGEN, 4 December 2009 - After a week of intensive work and debate, about 160 young people from all over the globe finalised a Declaration today in Copenhagen, committing to personal changes in their own lives.

Launch of 'Children and AIDS: Fourth Stocktaking Report'
NEW YORK, 30 November 2009 – Combating the effects of HIV and AIDS on vulnerable families and providing hardship protection for mothers and children at risk are the focus of 'Children and AIDS: Fourth Stocktaking Report 2009'.

‘The Rights of Children’ photography book marks 20 years of child rights
FLORENCE, 23 November 2009 – Last week in Rome, a magnificent new book of photographs articulating children’s rights was launched on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UNICEF and partners commemorate 20 years of Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 20 November 2009 – Today at the United Nations, UNICEF and its partners commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the ground-breaking human rights covenant that codifies rights for all children, everywhere.

Reaching the unreached in Malaysia through education
KUALA LUMPUR, 20 November 2009 - Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education TAN SRI DATO’ MUHYIDDIN MOHD YASSIN uses his Government’s policies as a lens to examine the role of states in providing education to children.

Without education the future is dark, say children
KUALA LUMPUR, 20 November 2009 – Children's desire for quality formal education to carve a brighter future for themselves was given prominence at the 'Education for Every Child' forum today, organised by UNICEF and the Malaysian Bar Council.

At launch of flagship report, Lucy Liu and Ann M. Veneman celebrate achievements for children
NEW YORK, 19 November 2009 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lucy Liu and advocate and former child soldier Grace Akallo joined Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

UNICEF and faith-based partners launch World Day of Prayer and Action for Children
NEW YORK, 18 November 2009 – As the international community prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November, UNICEF today took part in the global launch of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.

Media policymakers engage with Minister Shahrizat on children in the media
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 November 2009 – Twenty-four of Malaysia’s top media professionals gathered yesterday for a lively discussion with the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development on protecting children in media reporting and production.

Protection, key for every child’s survival and development
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 November 2009 – Protection is key for every child’s survival and development highlighted UNICEF at media workshops held recently in Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Child rights bags two golds at Kancil Awards 2009
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 November 2009 – Children’s rights received two golds at the prestigious Kancil Awards, Malaysia’s annual advertising awards by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As).

Let’s Heal the World music video sends a prayer for child rights
CYBERJAYA, 20 October 2009 –Youth across the world are sending a message of peace and hope through the “Let’s Heal the World” music video, setting the tone for Limkokwing University and UNICEF partnership to create a world fit for children.

UNICEF gets set for global action to ‘Stand Up’ against poverty
NEW YORK, 8 October 2009 – Now in its fourth year, the ‘Stand Up: Take Action’ initiative exhorts individuals, groups and community networks to take action on the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people who live in extreme poverty.

Malaysian stamps pay tribute to children and their rights
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 October 2009 – In a special tribute to children across the world, Malaysia’s postal service, Pos Malaysia, has dedicated its 2009 Caring Society stamp set to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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.

International Child Neurology Congress affirms vaccination safety in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine, 16 September 2009 – UNICEF was among this year’s sponsors of the International Child Neurology Congress, held in Ukraine for the first time last week.

Executive Board session opens, highlighting children’s and women’s rights
NEW YORK, 14 September 2009 – The UNICEF Executive Board began its second regular session of 2009 today with a special emphasis on promoting the rights of women and children facing abuse, poverty and hunger worldwide.

Worldwide deaths of children under five decline, continuing positive trend
NEW YORK, 10 September 2009 – There are fewer children than ever dying before they reach their fifth birthday, according to new figures released today by UNICEF.

Media Prima Radio Network supports International Literacy Day
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 September 2009 – Malaysia’s sought-after multi-language radio stations Hot.FM, Fly.FM and One.FM have united for a common cause – to defend every child’s right to learn to read and write.

4As spotlights child rights for Kancil Student’s Award 2009
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 August 2009 – The Kancil Awards, Malaysia’s most prestigious annual advertising awards by the 4As, has picked the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as one of two themes for its Student Awards 2009.

Ladies of substance join Montblanc and UNICEF to promote literacy
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 August 2009 – The excitement was palpable at the recent launch of UNICEF and Montblanc Malaysia’s ‘Signature for Good’ campaign aimed at promoting increased literacy amongst vulnerable children in Malaysia and all around the world.

Safe water still a dream for almost one billion people
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 August 2009 – Access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and improved hygiene are crucial for survival. Yet almost one billion people still go without due to a rising water demand and unreliable availability.

Breaking the barrier of exclusion: Education and minority and indigenous groups
NEW YORK, 30 July 2009 – Worldwide, more than half of the children not attending school are from minority or indigenous populations, according to a report released this month by Minority Rights Group International, in collaboration with UNICEF.

Childline to strengthen protection for children, 24/7
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 July 2009 – Emergency child-friendly assistance in Malaysia will soon become a reality with Childline Malaysia’s toll-free 24/7 helpline to provide vulnerable children a place to turn to when they feel they have no one to help them.

Music video by The Killers raises awareness about trafficking and sexual exploitation
LONDON, 13 July 2009 — MTV audiences will see a new music video that aims to raise awareness about sex trafficking. Featuring the rock band The Killers, the video is a collaboration between UNICEF, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and USAID.

‘Junior 8’ youth delegates present views to G8 world leaders in Italy
L'AQUILA, Italy, 9 July 2009 – A select group of 14 young people have met with top leaders at the G8 Summit here yesterday and urged them to act on a set of recommendations aimed at protecting child rights around the world.

UNICEF and partners showcase child and maternal health innovations
GENEVA, 7 July 2009 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the 2009 Innovation Fair held at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva yesterday. The fair is part of the High-Level Segment of ECOSOC which is meeting this week with a focus on global health.

Young people open Junior 8 Summit in Rome
ROME, 7 July 2009 – Bright young minds from around the world have gathered for the Junior 8 Summit, a week-long conference for young people to exchange and debate ideas about how to best improve global conditions for children.

Executive Board closes Annual Session, mourning the loss of a colleague
NEW YORK, 11 June 2009 – The last day of UNICEF’s Executive Board Annual Session began on a sombre note. Executive Director Ann M. Veneman eulogised Perseveranda So, UNICEF Islamabad Chief of Education who was killed in a hotel bombing in Peshawar.

Executive Board explores strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative work
NEW YORK, 10 June 2009 – In an ever-changing world community now faced with a global financial crisis, UNICEF’s partnerships and collaborative relationships are becoming increasingly crucial.

Meeting of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS held in New York
NEW YORK, 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.

Executive Board annual session discusses UNICEF's work in the face of a global financial crisis
NEW YORK, 8 June 2009 – UNICEF's Executive Board convened the first day of its annual session today at the UN headquarters where Executive Director Ann M. Veneman presented her annual report against the backdrop of a global economic downturn.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director appeals for donor support in post-cyclone Myanmar
KUNGYANGON, 29 May 2009 – On a recent visit to Myanmar, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde F. Johnson made a strong appeal to donors to assist recovery efforts here, especially on issues of housing and income generation.

As fighting ends, Sri Lanka faces a critical moment
NEW YORK, 20 May 2009 – A quarter-century of war between government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has come to an end, but the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka continues.

Working together for child safety online
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 May 2009 – There are many challenges that children face growing up in the modern world. Today, children are increasingly being confronted with rapid social and technological change and a more competitive society.

A catastrophe for Sri Lankan children trapped in northern conflict zone
COLOMBO, 13 May 2009 – Engulfed by gunfire, Tharshini, her husband and their two-week-old baby daughter, Anandi, plunged into the lagoon.

International forum issues joint call for enhanced investment in micronutrients
NEW YORK, 12 May 2009 – UNICEF is one of a wide range of development partners that today called on the world’s governments to invest more in life-saving vitamins and minerals to prevent illness and blindness that result from vitamin deficiencies.

UNICEF welcomes Media Prima Radio Networks’ commitment to children and their rights
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 April 2009 – Children and young people have received a resounding yes from one of Malaysia’s hottest radio networks, Media Prima, who recently joined hands with UNICEF to celebrate twenty years of the UN child rights treaty.

UN partners prepare for potential Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic
NEW YORK, 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.

Hear us out, before the transmission is lost!
KUALA LUMPUR, 26 April 2009 – The students of Taylor’s University College organised a youth conference to bring to light many environmental and global issues that the youth of today are concerned about.

Early childhood investments vital during economic crisis
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 April 2009 – The food and financial crisis places families under economic duress and affects the coping strategies of households, with the greatest impact on the developmental and protection rights of children in the early years.

UNICEF receives RM250,000 from the Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian People
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 March 2009 – UNICEF received RM250,000 (US$ 68,681) to help further its efforts for children in Gaza, as part of the contributions made by Malaysians to the Humanitarian Fund for the Palestinian People.

Hundreds of children reported killed, more injured, in Sri Lankan violence
NEW YORK, 18 March 2009 – In a statement issued yesterday, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman expressed alarm at the high number of children affected by continuing violence in the northern area of Sri Lanka known as the Vanni.

Pos Malaysia to help children send goodwill messages to Gaza’s children
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 March 2009 – “To My Friend in Gaza” will benefit from a new partner, Pos Malaysia who has set-up a PO Box address to help children in Malaysia send messages of hope, love and peace to children in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Rotary Club of Malaysia donates RM20,000 to UNICEF in support of children in Gaza
KUALA LUMPUR, 11 March 2009 – Over 1,800 members of Rotary Club Malaysia’s District 3300 have joined forces to raise a total of RM20, 000 to support UNICEF’s relief efforts in aid of the children in Gaza.

'Girl Power' reception outlines plans for UN task force on adolescent girls
NEW YORK, 6 March 2009 – Leaders from seven international organisations converged for 'Girl Power and Potential'. The event featured a panel of speakers outlining the strategies and goals of the United Nations Interagency Task Force on Adolescent Girls.

Campaign fights infectious diseases in the wake of Gaza's long crisis
EAST JERUSALEM, 25 February 2009 – A fragile peace is holding in Gaza since hostilities ended last month. But damage to vital infrastructure is widespread, and primary health care services have been reduced by 90 per cent.

Children trapped in Sri Lanka’s conflict
VANNI, 23 February 2009 – Sennappu had a split second to throw her body around her 18-month-old daughter before the bomb landed. Her reactions were enough time to save the life of her baby girl. Sennappu was killed instantly.

‘Beyond Sport’ teams up with UNICEF for Children’s Rights Award nominations
NEW YORK, 17 February 2009 – The search is on to find the world’s most inspirational sport programs. Beyond Sport, a British NGO, is scouring the world to honour the people and organisations that change the world through sport.

Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil lends support to hospital serving Gaza
GAZA STRIP, 17 February 2009 – Egyptian actor and UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa Mahmoud Kabil paid a special visit last week to El-Arish hospital in Egypt, near the Rafah border crossing to Gaza.

On 'Red Hand Day', children call for an end to their forced use in conflict
NEW YORK, 13 February 2009 – Children from 101 countries have appealed to international leaders to take stronger action to end the use of child soldiers.

Web4Dev conference kicks with an eye on the future of innovation
NEW YORK, 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.

Board session closes with focus on Gaza crisis and aspirations for 2009
NEW YORK, 6 February 2009 – The humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, along with UNICEF’s aspirations to work efficiently in the challenging year ahead, topped the agenda on the third and final day of the Executive Board’s first regular session of 2009.

Keep kids safe from injury
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 February 2009 – Unintentional injuries are a major killer of children, but are largely preventable through the implementation of multisectoral, multipronged strategies that involve all levels of the government, community and families.

Child injuries leave lifelong scars
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 February 2009 – Worldwide, more than 2,000 children die every day as a result of unintentional injuries. Tens of millions more suffer lifelong disabilities, bringing grief to their families and communities.

“Make a difference for the children and the world”
KUALA LUMPUR, 29 January 2009 – Nine-year old Dhanya Ashley avidly raised her hand, resolute that her young voice will be heard. She had a simple message for leaders who were determined to bring peace to the battered Gaza Strip.

UNICEF provides educational supplies and safe spaces for children in Gaza
NEW YORK, 26 January 2009 – With the return of hundreds of thousands of children to school in Gaza, UNICEF is providing essential educational equipment and materials to re-establish learning and recreational activities.

Ceasefire holds in Gaza: ‘It’s a hopeful day’
NEW YORK, 19 January 2009 – UNICEF is moving swiftly to deliver supplies and support to children after a ceasefire was declared on Saturday following three weeks of conflict.

Fighting halts in Gaza but humanitarian challenges remain
NEW YORK, USA, 18 January 2009 – UNICEF emergency supplies are ready to go into the Gaza Strip now that a ceasefire has been declared.

Young Malaysian rugby players donate RM 1,000 to UNICEF for children in Gaza
ARAU Perlis, 12 January 2009 – Malaysian children and young rugby players involved in the “Save the Children of Gaza” humanitarian program rallied together recently to raise RM 1,000 for children and women in Gaza.

UNICEF delivers emergency supplies for children and families in Gaza
NEW YORK, 11 January 2009 – As the conflict in the Gaza Strip escalates into deeper ground incursions, UNICEF is appealing for $16 million in new funding to provide families and children with emergency supplies.

UNICEF staff perseveres under difficult and dangerous conditions in Gaza
NEW YORK, 10 January 2009 – UNICEF has 10,000 staff working around the world in a wide range of environments, including conflicts such as the one now under way in the Gaza Strip. Ten stalwart UNICEF staff members have remained in Gaza.

Columbia University and UNICEF awarded top honour in USAID innovation competition
WASHINGTON, DC, 8 January 2009 – Columbia University and UNICEF today received the first-place award in the ‘Development 2.0 Challenge’ of the US Agency for International Development.

Child-focused NGOs share their hopes with UNICEF
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 January 2009 – 40 child-focused NGOs and individuals came together recently for a dialogue with the UNICEF Malaysia Representative, to share their vision for children and exchange ideas for the way forward in anticipation of the new year.

UNICEF’s Eminent Advocate, Queen Rania, speaks out on Gaza crisis
AMMAN, 5 January 2009 – Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah made an urgent plea on behalf of all the civilians living in Gaza for a “humanitarian ceasefire” and for the international community to do all it can to help alleviate the suffering.

UNICEF in 2009: Protecting and shaping children’s futures in challenging times
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 January 2009 – In the best of traditions, a new year offers much hope as we forge ahead with renewed optimism and dedication to protect childhood and build bright futures for our children.



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