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Giving young people in Malaysia a creative escape from tsunami trauma
LANGKAWI, 26 December 2006 – For Nor Soffi binti Abu Bakar, tsunami recovery comes with washing dishes and serving drinks. Her parents’ seaside restaurant was swept away by the waves in December 2004.

Micro-enterprises empower tsunami affected Malaysian women
LANGKAWI, 23 December 2006 – For the men who cast their nets off the tsunami-affected coast of Langkawi, life is finally returning to normal.

Project offers long-term psychosocial support for tsunami-affected Malaysian children
LANGKAWI, 21 December 2006 – On a Sunday afternoon nearly two years after the tsunami swept through her beachside neighbourhood, Nur Alia Ismail showed no fear as she played just metres from the sea.

Tsunami, two years later: A Malaysian Overview
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 December 2006 – “In Malaysia, the physical signs and scars of the tsunami have almost disappeared in the last two years. However, we are still witnessing the remnants of the trauma and the displacement emotionally,” said Gaye Phillips.

‘Much Done, More to Do’: Indian Ocean tsunami recovery, two years on
NEW YORK, 20 December 2006 – Two years after the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed homes, schools and communities across a vast area, UNICEF is still working to rebuild children’s lives and provide a brighter future.

UNICEF pays tribute to Malaysian company for fighting AIDS stigma
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 December 2006 – Malaysian homegrown fashion company, Eclipse recently received the UNICEF Malaysia 2006 “Advance Humanity Corporate Award” in recognition of it‘s recent fashion campaign to fight HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

Malaysian media get the scoop on avian flu reporting
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 December 2006 – Eighteen reporters from Malaysia were recently given the scoop on the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in support of Government initiatives to ensure that Malaysia remains free of the virus.

Experts gather to discuss findings on HIV and AIDS programs in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 December 2006 – More than 100 experts from Government, academicia, and NGOs gathered together recently to discuss findings from their recent HIV/AIDS related studies and programs implemented with United Nations agencies in Malaysia.

Young Malaysians speak up on issues affecting their lives
KUALA LUMPUR, 14 December 2006 – Close to sixty young leaders in Malaysia came together to discuss issues confronting their generation today during a “Youth Speak Out” dialogue with the Chairman of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Kids tell ASEAN: build one caring and sharing community for children
ANTIPOLO CITY PHILIPPINES, 13 December 2006 - Child delegates, at the conclusion of the first South East Asian Children’s Conference, called on their leaders to give children more priority in the region’s development.

The good samaritan
KUALA LUMPUR, 11 December 2006 - The Peak Malaysia celebrates 60 years of UNICEF with a personality profile on Gaye Phillips, UNICEF Representative to Malaysia and UNICEF’s Special Representative to the Republic of Singapore and Brunei Darussalam.

UNICEF flagship report says gender equality benefits both women and children
NEW YORK, 10 December 2006 – On its 60th anniversary today, UNICEF is launching a report that says gender equality is critical to child survival and development.

1946-2006: 60 years for children
NEW YORK, 10 December 2006 – UNICEF was never meant to be here today, in the first decade of the 21st century. Yet today, a world without UNICEF is unimaginable. On the eve of UNICEF’s 60th anniversary, here is a brief look back.

International Children’s Day of Broadcasting 2006 to focus on fighting HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, 9 December 2006 – Behind the scenes, in front of the cameras and on the air, youth around the world are using media to express and empower themselves on UNICEF’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, held this year on 10 December.

Young Malaysians to speak up on issues affecting their lives
MEDIA ADVISORY. KUALA LUMPUR, 8 December 2006 - UNICEF will bring together a group of 50 youth leaders representing its various programs for a dialogue with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Chairman and UNICEF's Representative to Malaysia.

Rock-and-roll benefit concerts: Music to UNICEF’s ears
NEW YORK, 7 December 2006 – UNICEF has started many trends over the years. One of the most influential – the rock-and-roll benefit concert – began in 1971, when George Harrison and Ravi Shankar teamed up with UNICEF to raise money for children.

‘Wake Up World’: Vanessa Redgrave documentary traces UNICEF’s history
NEW YORK, 7 December 2006 – To mark UNICEF’s 60th anniversary, renown actress Vanessa Redgrave and her son, London-based documentary filmmaker Carlo Nero, have produced a film, ‘Wake Up World’ celebrating six decades of progress for children.

Former US President Clinton and Muppet Kami share video message about HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, USA, 24 November 2006 – In the run-up to World AIDS Day, 1 December, former US president Bill Clinton has joined Kami the Muppet to deliver a message about HIV and AIDS.

Malaysian youth centres help to keep children safe from HIV/AIDS
PENDANG KEDAH, 22 November 2006 – Like most adolescents, Mat felt the need to belong to a group and wanted to experiment with high-risk behavior. At 17, he found himself joining an illegal motorbike gang in an attempt to fit in. “I thought I was so cool".

Former US President Clinton chairs tsunami recovery meeting at UNICEF
NEW YORK, 15 November 2006 – Former US President Bill Clinton, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, chaired a session at UNICEF headquarters with partner agencies today to assess progress in the massive rebuilding effort.

19 November is World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse
MEDIA ADVISORY. KUALA LUMPUR, 10 November 2006 - Violence against children is a Human Rights violation. Yet, it occurs globally disregarding boundaries of geography, culture or wealth.

Former UNICEF Executive Director receives humanitarian award in Japan
TOKYO, Japan, 6 November 2006 – Former UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy has been awarded Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Government of Japan.

Asia Pacific Region initiates action to integrate HIV prevention into maternal and child health care services
SUBANG JAYA, 6 November 2006 — With an estimated 930,000 new HIV infections in Asia and Pacific in 2005, UN agencies have called for urgent efforts to better integrate HIV prevention, treatment and care into maternal and newborn health services.

‘Global Monitoring Report’ links early childhood care with lifelong benefits
NEW YORK, 26 October 2006 – Early childhood care and education make a real and lasting difference in children’s lives, says this year’s ‘Education for All Global Monitoring Report’, released by UNESCO and launched today at UNICEF headquarters in New York.

UNICEF: No to violence against children!
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 October 2006 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in Malaysia have joined hands to sound a clarion call, urging every sector of society to protect children from the multi-faceted forms of violence.

UN Secretary-General urges action to stop violence against children
NEW YORK, 12 October 2006 – One of the most detailed studies ever produced about the effects of violence on children has been launched in New York.

The Violence Study: Peer-counselling program in Malaysia mentors at-risk children
KUALA LUMPUR, 9 October 2006 – For many youths around the world, being a teenager is one of the most challenging times of their lives. So, when faced with peer pressure or violence, it is especially important to have trusted mentors to turn to.

Children pay the price for lack of safe water and sanitation
NEW YORK, 28 September 2006 – More than 1.2 billion people have gained access to safe water since 1990, according to Progress for Children: A Report Card on Water and Sanitation, launched today by UNICEF.

Tracking Progress on Child Survival
NEW YORK, 18 September 2006 - Political leaders and health experts gather in New York today to discuss how to prevent the deaths of millions of children before their fifth birthday.

Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s ‘Feder-bear’ makes its debut
NEW YORK, 11 September 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Federer’s third consecutive US Open win yesterday marked the announcement that the ‘Feder-bear’ Beanie Baby® will be available for purchase, proceeds to benefit children.

“Reaching the Hard to Reach” from Malaysia bound for first international community film-festival
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 September 2006 – A mini-documentary produced by the UNICEF which features Malaysia’s successful Sarawak Village Health Promoters Program will be screened at the first International Community Film Festival.

Futbol Club Barcelona, UNICEF team up for children in global partnership
NEW YORK, 7 September 2006 – Futbol Club Barcelona and UNICEF today kicked off a global partnership to benefit children in the developing world. The first beneficiaries will be vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS in Swaziland.

eclipse celebrates 10-years of fashion allure with Motorola for UNICEF
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 September 2006 – Celebrating success with panache and generosity, eclipse founder and renown Malaysian fashion designer Sonny San recently observed the company’s 10th Anniversary with "Desire – the Fashion Party" together with Motorola.

Making heroes out of children with a new emergency preparedness program
KUALA MUDA KEDAH, 1 September 2006 – “I was watching TV when my neighbour came to tell me to look at this long white line in the sea. When I saw the giant waves in the distance I thought to myself, how beautiful! I had never seen anything like it before."

Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace endorses declaration on violence against children
KYOTO, 28 August 2006 – Delegates of the Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace today endorsed the Declaration on Violence against Children, which commits religious and faith communities to protect children in their communities.

UNICEF backs government efforts to ensure Lebanese children return to school on time
BEIRUT/AMMAN/TYRE, 16 August 2006 – With a fragile ceasefire continuing to hold in south Lebanon, UNICEF and sister agencies are stepping up efforts to bring humanitarian aid to the tens of thousands of displaced people as they return to their villages.

Jackie Chan in Bird Flu Public Service Announcement
BANGKOK, 16 August 2006 – World-famous actor and martial arts expert Jackie Chan stars in a new television public service announcement to alert children and their families around the world to the dangers of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu.

Some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest
KUALA LUMPUR, 14 August 2006 – Every year, thousands of children in Malaysia and around the world are exposed to violence at the hands of trusted individuals.

School emergency preparedness program launched
KUALA MUDA KEDAH, 10 August 2006 – The Ministry of Education, Malaysia and UNICEF have joined hands to introduce an Emergency Preparedness Program for schools in Malaysia, less than two years after the Indian Ocean tsunami.

WHO and UNICEF tackle problem of missing essential medicines for children
GENEVA, 10 August 2006 — The first international Expert Consultation on Paediatric Essential Medicines by WHO and UNICEF today delivered a plan to revise existing essential medicine formulations to include the right dose and presentation for children.

UNICEF helps children cope with the hidden effects of Lebanon’s ongoing conflict
BEIRUT, 9 August 2006 - Children in Beirut have been deeply affected by the terrifying events they and their families have experienced, including the loss and injury of loved ones, and the destruction of their homes and schools.

Breastfeeding: A simple way to save young lives
NEW YORK, 1 August 2006 – In a developing country, a child who is breastfed is almost three times more likely to survive infancy than a child who is not breastfed, UNICEF said today at the start of World Breastfeeding Week.

UNICEF appeals for $23.8 million as part of flash appeal for Middle East crisis
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BEIRUT, 24 July 2006 – UNICEF today launched an appeal for $ 23.8 million to support children caught in the crisis in Lebanon and Syria. The appeal is part of the overall UN flash appeal for nearly $150 million.

eclipse in fashion-for-aid pledge in support of UNICEF
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 July 2006 – In conjunction with its 10th anniversary celebration, eclipse, founded in 1996 by Sonny San, has made a benevolent pledge to raise a minimum of RM100,000 (US27,624) for UNICEF Malaysia's Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS.

Children of Junior 8 gather to share views with G8 world leaders
PUSHKIN, 10 July – Young people from G8 countries today opened the “Junior 8” in Pushkin, near St. Petersburg. With an agenda that parallels the G8 itself, they will have the opportunity to share their views directly with the world’s leaders.

You use, you lose - what are you
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 July 2006 - Young people can now log online to to learn about drugs and why using is for losers. The website is part of the “Keep the Music Clean” campaign ...

Asian Cricket Council and UNICEF take the field for children and against AIDS
KATHMANDU/ KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June 2006 - The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and UNICEF have renewed their international partnership for children.

Child labour robs children of childhood, impedes development
NEW YORK, 12 June 2006 – Hundreds of millions of children are forced to work when they should be learning and playing, which deprives them, their families and nations the opportunity to develop and thrive, UNICEF said today.

Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board
NEW YORK, 5 June 2006 – "Thank you very much, Mr. President. ... It is a pleasure to address the 2006 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board.

“NBA Cares” announces support of Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign
NEW YORK, May 31 May 2006 – The NBA and UNICEF today joined forces in support of Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, a global campaign to limit the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and halt the spread of the virus.

International community must do more to treat HIV-positive children
NEW YORK/LONDON, 26 May 2006 – Only one child in twenty who needs HIV treatment receives it, according to a Report launched today by seven of the world’s leading child advocacy organisations.

Village Health Promoters bringing care to rural communities in Malaysia
SARAWAK, 26 May 2006 – Rudy anak Dugu, 9, experiences life as most boys his age do: He goes to school, enjoys sports and does his chores. But unlike most other young boys in Malaysia, if Rudy gets sick, he may have to travel an hour or more for help.

Malaysian women’s futsal tournament promotes healthy living
KUALA LUMPUR, 22 May 2006 – For hundreds of girls and women from all over Malaysia, the ‘3R’-UNICEF All Women’s Futsal Playoffs were a chance to build self-esteem and, of course, compete in the largest women’s-only futsal tournament in Malaysia.

World Cup: UNICEF, FIFA partnership for children
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ZURICH/LONDON, 16 May 2006 - UNICEF and the world’s governing soccer body FIFA today officially kicked off their partnership campaign for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ under the banner UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE FOR PEACE.

Parliamentarians should Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 10 May 2006 – Parliamentarians are uniquely placed to make a profound difference for children affected by HIV/AIDS by breaking the silence about the disease’s impact on children and embracing legislation to defend their rights ...

UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children website wins Webby Award
NEW YORK, 10 May 2006 - The Webby Awards, the leading international honour for Web sites, Tuesday named UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2006 website the People’s Voice Award winner for non-profit web sites of 2006.

A quarter of the world’s children seriously underweight
NEW YORK, 2 May 2006 - More than one quarter of all children under the age of five in developing countries are underweight, many to a life-threatening degree, says a UNICEF report published today.

UNICEF calls for entries for UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize
NEW YORK, 28 April 2006 – UNICEF and OneWorld Radio Africa today called for entries for the UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Contest, which seeks to highlight youth participation in media.

UNICEF calls for entries for Children’s Broadcasting Award
NEW YORK, 18 April 2006 - UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today called for entries from broadcasters for the 2006 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award.

Children out of sight, out of mind, out of reach
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 April 2006 – Millions of children around the world are suffering from severe exploitation and discrimination and have become virtually invisible to the world according to UNICEF’s annual report, "The State of the World’s Children" 2006.

UNICEF Appoints Tennis champion Roger Federer as Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 3 April 2006 – Roger Federer, the No. 1 tennis player on the ATP circuit and a passionate advocate for children, was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador today.

Children and young people missing in regional response to HIV/AIDS
HANOI, 22 March 2006 – Children must be at the centre of a dramatically scaled up response to HIV and AIDS in East Asia and the Pacific, organisers of the first high-level regional meeting focusing on children and AIDS said.

UNICEF, YMCA team up to promote youth leadership
GENEVA, 14 March 2006 – UNICEF and the World Alliance of YMCAs announced the launch of a formal alliance to work together to support and promote child development, health, education and values of equality, respect and tolerance.

Millions of Asian children living in stateless limbo
BANGKOK, 14 March 2006 – International children’s agencies today called for urgent and far-reaching action to ensure that every child receives a birth certificate, a piece of paper that is crucial for international efforts to combat global poverty.

Despite progress, women still subjected to widespread violence and discrimination
WASHINGTON, D.C., 8 March 2006 -- Despite great progress for women in the past several decades, women throughout the world are still subjected to discrimination, violence and exploitation, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said today.

Futsal tournament promotes women’s empowerment and HIV/AIDS awareness
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 March, 2006 – To mark International Women’s Day, UNICEF and 3R, Malaysia’s innovative TV program, are joining forces to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and women’s empowerment through sport.

World not doing nearly enough to protect children affected by AIDS
LONDON, 9 February 2006 - The global response to children affected by HIV and AIDS does not come close to matching the enormity of their rapidly expanding plight.

Working together to overcome HIV/AIDS
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 February 2006 – “Everyday I wake up and I look around me. I am on my soft bed surrounded by four beautifully painted peach walls, with a roof over my head."

Veneman recaps year of increased humanitarian relief work for UNICEF
NEW YORK, 16 January 2006 - A potential Avian Flu outbreak, new partnerships in the fight against AIDS, and striving to meet the MDGs, by attending to the world's most vulnerable children, were just some of the many challenges UNICEF took on in 2005.





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