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New UNICEF report examines the risks facing children online
FLORENCE, 13 December 2011 – Young people from the developing world are now logging on to cyberspace in increasing numbers, broadening their horizons and bridging the geographical divide.

Getting To Zero
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 December 2011 – This year’s World AIDS Day brings with it the ambitious goal of “Getting to Zero”. That is, achieving “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.”

Breaking the cycle: Understanding multidimensional child poverty
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 October 2011 - Child poverty is a critical, complex, multigenerational matter, writes UNICEF Representative to Malaysia HANS OLSEN in conjunction with International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

“An entire generation will be lost if we don’t do something – now”
NEW YORK/KUALA LUMPUR, 6 October 2011 – Goodwill Ambassadors Angelique Kidjo, Ishmael Beah, Serena Williams and Yuna Kim are making a passionate plea for urgent support to some 13 million people in need of food in the drought inflicted Horn of Africa.

Appointment of Aaron Kwok as UNICEF Regional Ambassador
HONG KONG, 2 October 2011 – Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok, popularly referred to as one of Cantopop’s Four Heavenly Kings, has been appointed UNICEF Regional Ambassador for the East Asia and Pacific region.

Meeting of the minds between a local child council and a UN Child Rights Advocate
PETALING JAYA, 25 August 2011 – Malaysian teens from the Petaling Jaya Child Council recently met with the Vice Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child to discuss challenges and solutions to realise every child’s right to be heard.

The UN celebrates the extraordinary efforts of aid workers on World Humanitarian Day
NEW YORK, 19 August 2011 - From the Horn of Africa to Pakistan and Japan, millions of aid workers are working tirelessly to help those in need. They take on the greatest risks in countries far away from their homes to help others rebuild their lives.

UNICEF issues new guidance on promoting gender equality in all programs
NEW YORK, 26 July 2011 – UNICEF has launched a series of operational guidance documents designed to help its staff and partners promote gender equality through UNICEF-supported programming globally.

New UNICEF Photography iPhone app showcases global efforts to advance child rights
NEW YORK, 11 July 2011 – Users of the iPhone now have one more way to see the work that UNICEF is doing around the world to advance children’s rights. The UNICEF Photography app communicates on issues affecting children in different cultures and contexts.

UNICEF hosts briefing on corporate social responsibility and children
NEW YORK, 7 July 2011 – Government representatives from UN Member States gathered at UNICEF recently for a discussion on Children’s Rights and Business Principles, the first comprehensive set of global standards for child-friendly business practices.

Young people launch 'Children’s Charter' for staying safe in disasters
GENEVA, 23 May 2011 – Children make up more than half the population in countries predicted to be most affected by climate change. It is estimated that as many as 175 million children a year will soon be affected by disasters.

UNICEF focuses on the rights of indigenous children
NEW YORK, 20 May 2011 – A compelling conversation on youth initiatives aimed to raise awareness about how indigenous young people are taking leadership and making a difference in their communities around the world took place yesterday at UNICEF House.

Universal ratification of Optional Protocols on child rights within reach
NEW YORK, 18 May 2011 – On the first anniversary of a campaign for universal ratification of the CRC’s Optional Protocols, advocates held a forum earlier this week on enacting legislation to protect all children from violence and exploitation by 2012.

More efforts needed to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV
NEW YORK, 25 April 2011 – Daily, more than 1,000 infants worldwide are infected with HIV during their mothers’ pregnancy, labour or delivery, or through breastfeeding. Without treatment, nearly half of these babies will die before their second birthday.

Parliamentarians from around the world focus on equity
PANAMA CITY, 21 April 2011 – Nearly 1,000 parliamentarians from around the world gathered in Panama City this week for the 124th annual assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.The main focus was on progress towards reaching the MDGs for children.

At-risk teens have a right to sport and play, say MU legend
KUALA LUMPUR, 11 April 2011 – Manchester United legend Bryan Robson stressed the importance of safe spaces to play for vulnerable and at-risk inner city adolescents during his recent visit to the KL Krash Pad, a teen and youth centre located in Chow Kit.

Message from Japan Committee for UNICEF Executive Director
TOKYO, March 2011 - "First of all, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for your sympathy and generous offer of assistance for the children and their families affected by the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan."

UNICEF Executive Director offers sympathy and support to survivors of Japan quake tragedy
NEW YORK, 15 March 2011 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today issued a statement conveying the organisation’s deep concern and support for the Japanese people in the aftermath of the disaster they have experienced in recent days.

UNICEF and UNFPA launch report: ‘Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the Connection’
NEW YORK, 1 March 2011 – UNICEF and UNFPA launched a joint publication, ‘Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the Connection,’ last week with a panel session on tensions and opportunities in their shared goal of securing women's and children's rights.

Promoting Open Debate: New technologies advance adolescents’ civic responsibility
NEW YORK, 22 February 2011 - New information, communications and media technologies have made it easier for adolescents to participate in the debates that determine public policy.

Executive Board session wraps up with an eye on management, partnerships - and results
NEW YORK, 11 February 2011 – The UNICEF Executive Board has wrapped up its first regular session of 2011 with an emphasis on improved management, strengthened partnerships and evidence-based results for the world’s most vulnerable children.

Focus on UNICEF collaboration with Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
NEW YORK, 10 February 2011 – Every year, some 8 million young children die of mainly preventable causes. An important means of averting these unacceptable deaths was the subject of a special focus session during yesterday’s Executive Board meeting.

New leadership and a focus on equity
NEW YORK, 8 February 2011 – At the start of its first regular session of 2011, the UNICEF Executive Board today elected Her Excellency Sanja Štiglic, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the United Nations, as its new President.

Narrowing the gaps to meet the Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, 4 February 2011 – At a joint meeting of the Executive Boards of five UN agencies, UNICEF called for a global commitment to reaching the poorest and most disadvantaged communities to reduce disparities and achieve the Millennium Development Goals

A local child council empowers young people through participation
PETALING JAYA, 31 January 2011 – Children are now represented in the Petaling Jaya Child Council (PJCC), launched on 15 January, enabling them to voice their opinions and participate in local development.



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