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WHO and UNICEF condemn attacks on health workers in Pakistan
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 December 2012 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF join the Government of Pakistan and the provinces of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in condemning the multiple attacks that have killed six health workers.

Which country do you belong to?
OPED * KUALA LUMPUR, 14 December 2012 – Which country do you belong to? The man sat next to me on the plane asked. I answered without giving much thought, assuming that he meant my country of nationality.

UNICEF calls for end to violence against children in Thailand’s deep south
Bangkok, 12 December 2012 – A UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) official today urged an immediate halt to violence against children in Thailand's restive southern provinces.

Release of Child Rights Coalition Malaysia Annual Status Report on Children’s Rights in Malaysia
PETALING JAYA, December 10 – The Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (the 'Coalition') released its inaugural report today on the status of children's rights in Malaysia.

On World AIDS Day: More pregnant women and children must get treatment, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 28 November 2012 – New HIV infections in children are down, but reaching the goal of an AIDS-free generation requires treating more pregnant women and children living with HIV, UNICEF said today.

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.

On Universal Children’s Day, look to the future, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 November 2012 – On Universal Children's Day, UNICEF issued a new research paper highlighting global demographic shifts forecast for the coming generation of children that present major challenges to policy makers and planners.

Children caught in the frontlines in DRC, UNICEF steps up support
GOMA / NEW YORK, 21 November 2012 – As clashes between M23 movement and the Congolese Army continue in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, children are caught on the frontlines.

UNICEF calls for children to be protected in Gaza and Israel
NEW YORK, 16 November 2012 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Gaza and Israel and its impact on children.

Supporting Children4Change
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 November 2012 – Under the banner of Children4Change, UNICEF Malaysia, together with several child-focused NGOs in Malaysia, is celebrating every child's right to participation.

Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on World Polio Day
STATEMENT * NEW YORK, 24 October 2012 – "World Polio Day is a stirring reminder of all that we have achieved together in the fight against polio. There is much to celebrate.

United Nations celebrates 67th anniversary
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 October 2012 – The Malaysian Bar Council was today conferred with the United Nations (UN) Malaysia Award, during ceremonies marking the UN’s 67th anniversary.

On Global Handwashing Day UNICEF says: It’s not complicated, but it’s crucial
NEW YORK, 15 October 2012 – As the world celebrates the fifth annual Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF emphasizes the fact that the very simple act of handwashing with soap can save hundreds of thousands of children who needlessly die every year.

UNICEF condemns attack on schoolgirl in Pakistan and calls on all parties to respect children’s rights
Kathmandu, 10 October 2012 – "UNICEF strongly condemns the attack on Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl from Swat, who was shot with two other children as she was leaving school by bus yesterday.

UNICEF to reach more Syrian children and families
AMMAN, 9 October 2012 – UNICEF is expanding its operation within Syria and in the countries affected by the Syrian crisis to cope with the growing needs of children and families.

UNICEF focuses on ending child marriage on the International Day of the Girl Child
NEW YORK, 11 October 2012 – On the first International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF and partners are highlighting joint efforts to end child marriage – a fundamental human rights violation that impacts all aspects of a girl's life.

Pakistan: UNICEF reaching 183,000 people daily with safe water; urgently needs funds to continue and scale up flood response
ISLAMABAD, 28 September 2012 – UNICEF has begun reaching 183,000 flood-affected people every day with safe drinking water in Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh provinces after heavy monsoon rains caused widespread flooding.

Global luminaries unite to issue urgent call for a polio-free world
UNITED NATIONS, 27 September 2012 – In a display of solidarity, leaders from around the world today vowed to capitalize on progress achieved this year and to step up the fight to eradicate polio.

UN Secretary General’s New Initiative Secures over US$1.5 Billion for Education ahead of 2015 target
UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 26 September 2012 – United Nations Secretary - General BAN Ki-moon today secured over US$1.5 billion in commitments for a new initiative to make education a top global priority.

UNICEF Condemns the Killing of Children in an Attack Near a Primary School in Anbar
BAGHDAD, 25 September 2012 – UNICEF condemns the attack that took place yesterday near Al-Khifah primary school in Heet, western Iraq. The attack reportedly killed a number of children on their way to school and injured many more.

Finance and social sector Ministers from Asia and the Pacific meet to brainstorm quality investments that will improve children’s lives
NEWS NOTE * HA NOI, VIET NAM, 24 September 2012 – Government representatives from 16 countries across East Asia and the Pacific began a three-day meeting today, convened by the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance and UNICEF.

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.

Diverse countries are making rapid progress in child survival
NEW YORK, 13 September 2012 – Countries across the world are making rapid progress in reducing child deaths, demonstrating that it is possible to radically reduce child mortality over the span of two decades, a UNICEF report says today.

Placing children first in business
KUALA LUMPUR, 11 September 2012 – UNICEF and the Malaysian network of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) have joined together to call on the country’s business community to place children’s rights at the top of their corporate responsibility agenda.

Rhythm in Bronze’s spicy new community project:Bites of Delights
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 September 2012 – "Bites of Delights" has nothing to do with food but everything to do with "twirly whirly tales from the Spice Trail." The MUSIC THEATRE event featuring a cast of 27 young people will premiere on November 15, 2012.

UNICEF to launch Children's Rights and Business Principles
MEDIA ADVISORY * KUALA LUMPUR, 7 September 2012 – UNICEF and Global Compact Network Malaysia are introducing the Children's Rights and Business Principles in Malaysia. We invite the media to join us for the press conference on 13 September 2012.

Pau Gasol: "Thanks to everyone’s help many lives are being saved"
N´DJAMENA, 31 august 2012 - Pau Gasol, Silver Medalist at the 2012 Olympics, the two-time NBA champion and a UNICEF Spain Ambassador since 2003, visited in the last days several areas in the Kanem region,

Young Leaders from London 2012’s International Inspiration programme carry Paralympic Flame
LONDON, 29 August 2012 - Three young people today fulfilled the opportunity of a lifetime to run with the Paralympic Torch as a result of their involvement in London 2012's international sports legacy programme, International Inspiration.

Putting the best interest of the child at the centre of all actions and decisions affecting children
The recent statutory rape cases involving 13 and 12 year old girls illustrate the risks and vulnerability to sexual abuse that children are exposed to worldwide, and not least in Malaysia.

Safe and unimpeded access critical for humanitarian workers
NEW YORK, 19 AUGUST 2012 – On World Humanitarian Day, UNICEF called on all parties in conflicts around the world to allow humanitarian workers safe, unimpeded access to reach children and women in need.

Children bearing the brunt of the Syrian conflict, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 3 August 2012 - As violence engulfs many parts of Syria, UNICEF is alarmed that children continue to bear the greatest brunt of the tragedy.

Beyoncé joins Global Aid Organisations to highlight World Humanitarian Day, 19 August 2012
New York, 2 August 2012 – International star Beyonce, the United Nations and humanitarian aid organisations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work.

Make Breastfeeding easier for mothers, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 August 2012 – On the 20th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF says strong national policies supporting breastfeeding could prevent the deaths of around 1 million children under five in the developing world each year.

UNICEF plays an active role at the upcoming International AIDS Society conference in Washington DC
20 July 2012 – As experts gather in Washington, DC on 22 July for a major international conference on rolling back the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

Cholera upsurge kills more children in the Sahel
DAKAR/GENEVA, 10 July 2012 - As the rainy season unfolds across the Sahel, a recent upsurge of cholera that has killed over 60 people and sickened about 2,800 this year is putting more and more people – especially malnourished children – at risk,

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan in Myanmar: “Children are not for sale”
NEW YORK/ YANGON, 3 July 2012 – Celebrated actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan arrives in Myanmar this week on a three-day mission to help combat child trafficking.

Children’s rights reborn with children’s voices
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 June 2012 - Children’s rights in Malaysia are moving to places they have never reached before, with children themselves taking the spotlight with their ideas, opinions and experiences.

Report on millions of never vaccinated children, is a call to make polio history, says UNICEF Executive Director
NEW YORK, 20 June 2012 - “The Independent Monitoring Board on progress with global polio eradication reports the significant finding that 2.7 million children in six countries have never been reached with a single polio vaccine.

Children are at the heart of disaster-resilient communities
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 June 2012 – Children’s vulnerability and experiences to climate change make them vital to a nation’s ability to mitigate environmental disasters and ensure sustainable development, highlights a recent UNICEF regional report.

Tackling deadliest diseases for world’s poorest children can yield huge gains – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 June 2012 - A new report from UNICEF focuses on the huge potential to narrow the child survival gap between the richest and the poorest by focusing on pneumonia and diarrhoea - the two primary killers of children under the age of five.

Tens of millions of children living in poverty in the world’s richest countries
BRUSSELS, 29 May 2012 - As debates rage on austerity measures and social spending cuts, a new report reveals the extent of child poverty and child deprivation in the world's advanced economies.

UNICEF rings the alarm as breastfeeding rates plummet in East Asia
BANGKOK/KUALA LUMPUR, 25 May 2012 – UNICEF is worried about major declines in breastfeeding rates across East Asia and today called for greater attention to the critical importance of breastfeeding for children’s survival and cognitive development.

UNICEF: Supporting mothers, saving lives
KUALA LUMPUR, 13 May 2012 - Mother’s Day is a day to pay tribute to our mothers for all the love and care they have given to us selflessly all these years. They have nurtured us, been with us through our good and bad times, showed us right from wrong.

My mother is a Superhero
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 May 2012 - This Mother’s Day, UNICEF invites netizens to support #unicef4MOMS to celebrate mothers on social media, including the UNICEF Malaysia Facebook, by sharing photos and messages with the world on why their Mother is a Superhero.

Charles Taylor verdict serves as warning to war-time leaders, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 26 April 2012 – The verdict against former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone is a victory for children recruited and used in war and will serve as a warning to other war-time leaders and warlords.

High level meeting sets course towards Water and Sanitation for All
WASHINGTON DC, April 19, 2012 –- Ahead of the World Bank’s Spring Meetings here this week, government ministers from almost 40 developing countries are meeting with senior members of major development bodies, major donors and organizations

UNICEF on standby to respond to needs of children following Indonesia quake
JAKARTA, 11 April 2012 – A massive earthquake has just struck off the west coast of Indonesia. While the extent of damage has yet to be ascertained, UNICEF’s immediate concern is for the safety of children.

Break the cycle of disasters for the children of the Sahel and act now, says UNICEF
N’DJAMENA, Chad, 4 April 2012 – As malnutrition reaches emergency levels across the Sahel with at least one million children at risk, UNICEF calls for an urgent escalation of humanitarian efforts to stop the crisis and the cycle of disasters.

A call to business to respect and support children’s rights
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 April 2012 – A landmark set of ten principles were recently introduced by the UN Global Compact, UNICEF and Save the Children to help business respect and support children’s rights in the workplace, marketplace and community.

UNICEF steps up its response to children affected by the crisis in Syria
GENEVA / AMMAN, 23 March 2012 — As the impact of the ongoing crisis in Syria ripples across the region, UNICEF has unveiled plans to address the urgent health, educational and other needs of Syrian children being sheltered in surrounding countries.

UN Sec-Gen Marks World Stop TB Day with TB Patients In Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 22 March 2012 – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commemorated World TB Day this year with a visit to the Malaysian Institute of Respiratory Medicine here, as part of his first official visit to Malaysia.

UNICEF applauds landmark ruling on war crimes against children
NEW YORK, 14 March 2012 - UNICEF today applauded the International Criminal Court’s conviction of Thomas Lubanga of war crimes for recruiting children into his armed movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC.

Millennium Development Goal drinking water target met
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 6 March 2012 – The world has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water, well in advance of the MDG 2015 deadline

UNICEF launches flagship report focusing on urban children
GENEVA, 28 February 2012 – UNICEF’s flagship report, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World’, launches today, 28 February, in Mexico City.

UNICEF statement on children caught in the bloodshed in Syria
NEW YORK, 7 February 2012 – Nearly eleven months of violence in Syria have led to the deaths and injuries of hundreds of children. There are reports of children being arbitrarily arrested, tortured and sexually abused while in detention.

UNICEF appeals for $1.28 billion for its humanitarian operations to assist children in 2012
GENEVA, 27 January 2012 – UNICEF appealed today for US$1.28 billion to fund its humanitarian operations in 2012, assisting children in more than 25 countries globally. The list of countries includes many long standing or so-called “silent” emergencies.

India records one year without polio cases
NEW DELHI, India, 12 January 2012– India appears to have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission, completing one year without polio since its last case, in a 2-year-old girl in the state of West Bengal, on 13 January 2011.

Two years after earthquake, little victories for children in Haiti recovery
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, 9 January 2012 – A report by UNICEF titled “Children of Haiti – Two Years After” emphasises that the situation for children in Haiti is slowly improving, though critical challenges remain.





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