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Devastation of Typhoon Haiyan still haunts children
MANILA, Philippines, 17 December 2013 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, after a four day visit to the Philippines, said that he was deeply impressed by the spirit of the people and the communities working with the government,

UNICEF ramps up aid to children as winter storm hits Lebanon
Beirut, 12 December 2013 – UNICEF ramps up aid to children as the first winter storm hits Lebanon. Over 110,000 of refugee children and their families face extreme weather conditions as increasingly dire conditions are reported

Launch of “Profile of Children in Malaysia - The Implementation of Children’s Rights with Equity” - Keynote address by Datuk Dr. Rahamat Bivi bt. Yusoff
SPEECH * PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia - Let me first welcome everyone to this launching event of the statistical booklet, "Profile of Children in Malaysia: Implementation of Children's Rights with Equity".

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.

One in three children under-five do not officially exist - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 December 2013- On UNICEF's 67th birthday today, the organization released a new report showing that the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered;

UNICEF and EPU launch statistical profile on children in Malaysia
PUTRAJAYA, 11 December 2013 – UNICEF Malaysia and the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Prime Minister's Department today launched a statistical profile on children in Malaysia entitled Profile of Children in Malaysia: Implementation of Children's Right

UNICEF joins millions of people around the world who mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
STATEMENT * NEW YORK, 5 December 2013 - Today we have all lost a hero, a powerful champion for children.

Another harsh winter bears down on Syria’s children
GENEVA / AMMAN, 3 December 2013 – Nearly 5.5 million vulnerable Syrian children will soon face another season of harsh winter weather. This past January brought the coldest temperatures in more than a decade and UNICEF is very concerned

Katy Perry is UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 3 December 2013 – At a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people

More than 850,000 infants saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents
NEW YORK, 29 November 2013 – A new report released today by UNICEF shows great progress has been made to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, with more than 850,000 new childhood infections averted between 2005 and 2012

Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar to Bat for UNICEF
Mumbai, 28 November 2013 – International cricket sensation Sachin Tendulkar has become UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia during a signing ceremony in Mumbai, India. In this capacity Mr. Tendulkar will support UNICEF's work

Breastfeeding is life-saving for babies in Philippines typhoon emergency
MANILA, Philippines, 28 November 2013 – UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today called on those involved in the response to the Philippines' Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster to promote and protect breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
25 November 2013 – Violence against women and girls directly affects individuals while harming our common humanity. In response to this global challenge, I launched my UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign in 2008.

On Universal Children’s Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – As the world marks Universal Children's Day - the anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child - UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of

Keeping children safe is critical in aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan
MANILA/NEW YORK, 19 November 2013 - Keeping the youngest survivors of Typhoon Haiyan safe and protected is a key priority while their homes and communities are being rebuilt in the aftermath of the devastating storm, said UNICEF today.

Appeal for victims of Typhoon Haiyan
18 November 2013 - Last Friday, when most of us were looking forward to our weekends, several islands far away in the Philippines were struck by a devastating storm. It wasn't until the next day that the true enormity of the so called 'Super Typhoon

Water supply back to full capacity in typhoon-devastated Tacloban
TACLOBAN/MANILA, 17 November 2013 - At least 200,000 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine city of Tacloban and six surrounding districts are now receiving clean water for cooking and drinking,

AirAsia and UNICEF airlift supplies to Tacloban to support families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan
MANILA, 15 November 2013 — With the generous support of AirAsia, UNICEF airlifted essential supplies to Tacloban today to support children and families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

UNICEF appeals for US $34 million (RM107 million) for the children of the Philippines, as Haiyan crisis deepens
KUALA LUMPUR / MANILA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 November 2013 – UNICEF is appealing for US$34 million (RM107 million) globally to aid the four million children of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan when it ripped through the archipelago five days ago.

As number of children affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan rises to 4 million, UNICEF steps up emergency response
KUALA LUMPUR/MANILA/NEW YORK, 11 November 2013 – UNICEF is rushing emergency supplies to areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November, as the latest estimates indicate that up to 4 million children

Up to 1.7 million children could be affected by devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines- UNICEF
MANILA/NEW YORK 9 November 2013 - As the full impact is being assessed of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines over the last 48 hours, children are expected to be amongst the most affected with some 1.7 million children believed to be living

Philippines- United Nations and its partners prepare to support government in response to typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
MANILA, 8 November 2013 - The United Nations in the Philippines and its partners are supporting the Government in assessing the damage currently being caused by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda). The super typhoon made landfall in Guiuan on Samar

Disable to Enable: See the child before the disability
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 October 2013 – Children with disabilities, like all children, are born with great potential, and should be defined by their abilities and not their limitations, UNICEF highlighted at the launch of its month-long Disable2Enable

Asia Pacific Governments adopt New Delhi Declaration on cooperation for children’s rights
BANGKOK, KATHMANDU, NEW DELHI, 25 October 2013 – A New Delhi Declaration, renewing governments' commitments to the rights of children and pledging to support each other in the achievement of those rights, was adopted unanimously today

Three talented child artists receive ‘stamp’ of approval
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 October 2013 – A set of special stamps featuring the artwork by three children with disabilities in Malaysia were unveiled today to honour and celebrate the abilities of children with disabilities

On International Day of the Girl Child, innovation key to more
NEW YORK, 11 October 2013 – To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.

Action needed now to reach and protect children trapped by Syria conflict, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 - The plight of civilians trapped by the conflict inside Syria is becoming increasingly desperate, and more efforts are needed now to enable the humanitarian access that will safeguard thousands of children's lives, said UNICEF

Giving every child access to basic education
KG. BAHAGIA, Sandakan, Sabah, 21 September 2013 – Together with the Ministry of Education and the Federal Special Task Force (Sabah/Labuan), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) launched the second education centre in Sabah

ESCAP, UNFPA and Plan International call for improved civil registration to advance rights and governance in Asia and the Pacific
BANGKOK, 20 September 2013 - Asia-Pacific countries must prioritise the improvement of civil registration to allow their people to achieve equal access to education, healthcare and social protection, and to effectively monitor and plan development,

New tools from UNICEF to work with business on children’s rights
NEW YORK, 19 September 2013 –UNICEF today released a tool kit aimed at integrating the rights of children into business operations.

Education for Every Child
NEWS ALERT * KUALA LUMPUR, 11 September 2013 - UNICEF collaborates with national, local and community partners to uphold every child's right to education. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and our partners invite a journalist and photographer /

Return to learning vital for children amid Syria crisis
AMMAN, 6 September 2013-Since last school year, almost two million Syrian children have dropped out of school, nearly 40 per cent of all pupils registered in grades 1 to 9.

UNICEF gears up to help over 500,000 Malian children return to school
BAMAKO/DAKAR, 3 September 2013 – With the new school year in Mali starting on the 1st of October, UNICEF is scaling up efforts to give a school place to half a million children whose lives were disrupted by the conflict,

Critical supplies for Syrian refugee children airlifted to Erbil
ERBIL, Iraq, 1 September 2013 – A plane carrying 100 tonnes of UNICEF emergency supplies to assist Syrian refugee children and families arrived this evening in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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.

A million refugee children mark shameful milestone in Syria crisis
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 August 2013 – With Syria's war well into its third year, the number of Syrian children forced to flee their homeland as refugees has now reached one million.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the life-threatening situation of women and children in Homs
STATEMENT * NEW YORK, 2 August 2013 – "The situation of women and children in the Syrian city of Homs is rapidly deteriorating, with some 400,000 civilians now displaced in the district of Al Waer, living in partially constructed buildings,

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 August 2013 – During World Breastfeeding Week starting today, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child's life.

Make the Invisible Visible: UNICEF urges louder voices
NEW YORK, 31 July 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF today, announcing an initiative that urges ordinary citizens, lawmakers and governments to speak out more forcefully to fight violence

Only one month left to apply for the ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific
BANGKOK (UN ESCAP Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section), 23 JULY 2013– Businesses that recognize the added value of diversity are now eligible for the pioneering ESCAP-Sasakawa Award for Disability-Inclusive Business in Asia and the Pacific.

Overwhelming opposition to female genital mutilation/cutting, yet millions of girls still at risk: UNICEF
WASHINGTON, D.C., 22 July 2013 – A majority of people in most countries where female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is concentrated oppose the harmful practice, according to a new UNICEF report issued today.

UNICEF’s story in 2012: unrelenting efforts for world’s most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 15 July 2013 – Despite financial concerns in much of the world and complex emergencies affecting children in nearly 80 countries in 2012, global progress was still made for millions of children last year, according to UNICEFs Annual Report 2012.

Spikes Asia launches Student Creative Award for Print
SINGAPORE, 9 July 2013 – The Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity has announced the introduction of a new competition – the Spikes Asia Student Creative Award for Print, which will provide a platform for students to kick-start their future careers and gain

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.

Asian countries build on achievements, making big progress on Millennium Development Goals
New Delhi, 1 July – Southern Asia has made remarkable progress in achieving some Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but increased efforts are needed to meet others, according to a new UN report. Eastern Asia and South-Eastern Asia have met or are on

EU and UNICEF: Fewer children behind bars, greater reforms needed
BRUSSELS, 27 June 2013 — Children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia have seen steady and positive reforms in children's rights but still face huge barriers in accessing justice, according to a new European Union-UNICEF report launched today a

UNICEF: Children are both the makers and the markers of healthy, sustainable societies
NEW YORK, 24 June 2013 – One year after the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference building "The future we want" – Rio's outcome – will be dependent on children being at the heart of the post-2015 agenda, says UNICEF.

Communities are key to ending customs that harm children, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2013 – On the Day of the African Child, UNICEF joined the African Union to mark the efforts by African communities to promote social change and end practices that endanger the lives and health of children

Child labour robbing millions of health, education and growth, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 12 June 2013 – On the World Day Against Child Labour, UNICEF today called attention to the millions of children around the world who are engaged in some form of hazardous or exploitative work, usually at the expense of their health and education

Art contest for disabled children – last call for entries
KUALA LUMPUR, 10 June 2013 – With 10 days to the 20 June deadline, Kakikreatif, Pos Malaysia and UNICEF are making a final call for entries to the Colours of My World art contest for children living with disabilities in Malaysia.

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

London conference delivers new hope for children in the battle against stunting and other forms of undernutrition – UNICEF
LONDON, 8 June 2013 – The Nutrition for Growth event held in London today delivered a new opportunity to further reduce the crippling impact of stunting and other forms of undernutrition for millions of children, says UNICEF.

UN agencies and partners launch largest ever humanitarian appeal for Syrians: US$4.4 billion
GENEVA, 7 June 2013 – Millions of ordinary men, women and children are bearing the brunt of the brutal conflict in Syria, said Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos and High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres

Seeing the child, not the disability
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 June 2013 – Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF's annual State of the World's Children's report

Statement by child-focused agencies on the post-2015 High-Level Panel report
NEW YORK, 31 May 2013 – "We welcome the release of the report from the UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and commend the efforts of its Members and its Secretariat

Remarkable progress in reducing child mortality and improving maternal health
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 May 2013 - Some of the world's poorest countries have managed to cut maternal and young child mortality rates by half or more, according to a new report from Countdown to 2015.

Protecting girls from child marriage
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 May 2013 – UNICEF welcomes the decisions by the Attorney-General of Malaysia and the Sabah Welfare Department to protect the best interest of the 13-year-old girl who was wed by a 40 year old man after the alleged statutory rape.

UNICEF reaches some of the heaviest conflict areas in Syria
DAMASCUS/AMMAN/GENEVA, 17 May 2013 – Despite heavy fighting, UNICEF and partners have provided life-saving supplies over the last week to some of the hardest to reach areas in Syria, including Aleppo and Al Houla,

Funding nutrition: a moral imperative, an effective investment
PARIS, 15 May 2013 – An international conference to fight child malnutrition called by UNICEF ended today in Paris with a call to hasten world progress on child nutrition and the funding for it.

UNICEF prepares to support Myanmar as Cyclone Mahasen approaches
SITTWE, Myanmar, 15 May 2013 - As Cyclone Mahasen threatens to hit the communities in Rakhine State, home to thousands of displaced people, UNICEF stands ready to support the government of Myanmar to respond to humanitarian needs.

Disabled children to stamp their abilities with “Colours of My World”
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 May 2013 – Children with disabilities in Malaysia will get the chance to explore and exercise their creativity through the nationwide "Colours of My World" art contest, organised by Kakikreatif, Pos Malaysia and UNICEF.

Un Agencies In DPRK Urgently Require Us$ 29.4 Million To Respond To Critical And Life-Saving Needs
Pyongyang/Bangkok, 29 April 2013 - The World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) appeal for urgent funding

26,000 Children of Lushan County, Sichuan seriously affected by massive earthquake
Beijing, 23 April 2013 -With more than 190 deaths and over 12,000 injuries counted so far – and remote communities affected only recently being reached by Government rescue teams

UNICEF mobilizing to help children affected by Ya’an earthquake
Beijing, 21 April 2013- The death toll from the severe earthquake that struck southwestern Sichuan province early yesterday reached 180 by press time. Thousands of injuries have been reported.

UNICEF/WHO: New plan to address pneumonia and diarrhoea could save 2 million children a year
GENEVA/WASHINGTON, 12 April 2013 – A new Global Action Plan launched today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) has the potential to save up to 2 million children every year from deaths caused by pneumonia and diarrhoea.

Katy Perry teams up with UNICEF and visits children in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 7 April 2013 – Internationally acclaimed American singer and songwriter Katy Perry has visited Madagascar to bring attention to the situation of children in the tropical island country.

A Thousand Days to Keep the Millennium Promise
OPED * 5 April 2013 – A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, but starting this week we can march a thousand days forward into a new future.

Child Rights Award 2013: A call to broadcasters
2 April 2013, Hong Kong/Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur - CASBAA, ABU and UNICEF are calling for entries for the 13th Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award from broadcasters and producers in the region.

United Nations Secretary General's Message for World Autism Awareness Day 2014
STATEMENT * 2 April 2013 - World Autism Awareness Day has succeeded in calling greater international attention to autism and other developmental disorders that affect millions of people worldwide.

UNICEF in Central African Republic: 2 million children now affected by conflict and insecurity
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, 29 March 2013 – Following looting and insecurity in the conflict-hit Central African Republic, 2 million children remain without access to basic social services and are exposed to violence.

Three years in, stakes of humanitarian crisis in Syria continue to rise
OPED * 26 March 2013 – For too many months, if they survived the night, Syrian children and their families have been waking to day after day of shelling, shooting and fear.

Children dying daily because of unsafe water supplies and poor sanitation and hygiene, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 22 March 2013 – As the world celebrates World Water Day today, UNICEF urges governments, civil society and ordinary citizens to remember that behind the statistics are the faces of children.

UNICEF and UNESCO condemn bomb attack near school in Kirkuk
Baghdad, 13 March 2013 – The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and United NationsEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemn the attack that took place on March 11 near Wlad secondary school in the town of Dibis in Kirkuk.

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day
NEW YORK, 7 March 2013 – Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

A generation of Syrian children at risk as conflict enters third year - UNICEF
AMMAN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 March 2013 – The unrelenting violence, massive population displacement, and damage to infrastructure and essential services caused by the Syrian conflict risk leaving an entire generation of children scarred for life.

Upin & Ipin named UNICEF National Ambassadors
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 March 2013 – UNICEF Malaysia has officially named Upin and Ipin as National Ambassadors for children. The hugely popular animated twins were introduced in their new roles at a press conference on the eve of International Women's Day.

Palestinian children need improved protection in Israeli military detention – UNICEF
JERUSALEM, 6 March 2013 – UNICEF today outlined practical measures that could be adopted to improve the treatment of Palestinian children who are in contact with the Israeli military detention system.

Exploring technical and vocational training –corporate responsibility in education
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 March 2013 – Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and the UNICEF Malaysia today launched their publication of the Best Business Practice Circular (BBPC).

Statement on Syria by UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis
AMMAN, 26 February 2013 – UNICEF is appalled by the reported deaths of at least 70 children as a result of missile strikes that hit residential areas of Aleppo on 18 and 22 February.

Shakira, Gerard Piqué and UNICEF thank fans for helping children through World Baby Shower
NEW YORK, 22 February 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué today thanked hundreds of thousands of fans for taking part in their interactive World Baby Shower.

UNICEF scales up emergency help to Syria’s children and families in face of worsening conflict and funding gaps
GENEVA/DAMASCUS, 19 February 2013 – Despite worsening violence and significant funding gaps, UNICEF is stepping up its delivery of humanitarian assistance in Syria, targeting increasing numbers of the more than 4 million people.

Fewer girls threatened by Female Genital Mutilation
NEW YORK, 6 February 2013 – Fewer girls are subjected to the life-threatening practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) according to new data from the United Nations,

US$1.4 billion needed now for children in humanitarian crisis says UNICEF
GENEVA, 25 January 2013 – UNICEF appealed today for almost US$1.4 billion to meet the immediate, life-saving needs of children in 45 countries and regions gripped by conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies this year.

UNICEF Executive Board chooses its Bureau for 2013
NEW YORK, United States of America, 23 January 2013 – The UNICEF Executive Board has elected its Bureau for the coming year. The Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Jarmo Viinanen, will head it as the new President

Nearly three years after Haiti earthquake, national survey shows progress for children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 10 January 2013 – Almost three years after Haiti's earthquake, preliminary results of a new national household survey show substantial progress for children in the education, nutrition, health and sanitation sectors since 2006.



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