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UN Secretary-General's Statement on UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman
NEW YORK, 23 December 2009 - It is with great regret that I learned that Ann M. Veneman does not plan to pursue a second term as the Executive Director of UNICEF.

UN proclaims International Year of Youth in 2010
NEW YORK, 18 December 2009 – In an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world’s youth in overcoming the challenges facing humankind, the UN proclaimed an International Year of Youth starting on 12 August 2010.

Pushing the education agenda with launch of Special Report
MEDIA INVITE: UNICEF and the Malaysian Bar Council invite a journalist and photographer / TV crew from your media agency to the launch of UNICEF’s flagship report – The State of the World’s Children Special Edition on children and their rights.

"Are you listening hard enough?"
KUALA LUMPUR, 9 November 2009 – UNICEF and its partner Leo Burnett/ Arc Worldwide have set out to bring to life children’s special place in the media on Friday, 20 November with Tune in to Me, a multimedia campaign to honour children’s right to be heard.

Tune in to Me to celebrate children’s right to be heard
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 November 2009: UNICEF invites media to the launch of Tune in to Me, the largest collective multimedia effort by media owners in Malaysia to honour the Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 12: children’s right to be heard.

Without a protective environment, it's a harsh life for children
TOKYO, 6 October 2009 - While progress is being made in reducing some violations of children’s rights, not enough is yet known about the extent of abuses against children.

Malaysia’s wins regional children’s broadcasting radio award
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 September 2009 – “Listen Up!”, an half an hour radio special by RTM Radio’s station has won the 2009 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) regional award for best radio program in East Asia and Pacific.

Putting a stop to sexual violence against girls
NEW YORK/KUALA LUMPUR, 25 September 2009 – A new approach to address the rights violations and health impacts of sexual violence against girls is set to take off with a multi-sector partnership organised via the Clinton Global Initiative.

UNICEF statement on the death of 12-year-old child bride from Yemen
NEW YORK, 14 September 2009 - "It was with great sadness that we learned of the untimely death of 12-year-old Fawziya Youssef from Yemen. Fawziya was forced into a child marriage with a man at least twice her age.

UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman defends UNICEF’s voice for children in Sri Lanka
NEW YORK, 7 September 2009 – “UNICEF is extremely concerned and disappointed with the Sri Lankan Government’s decision to expel UNICEF’s chief of communications in Sri Lanka, James Elder.

Despite regional efforts, trafficking continues to take heavy toll on children
BANGKOK/WELLINGTON, 1 September, 2009 – A recent assessment of child trafficking programs in seven countries in East and Southeast Asia found that the tides of trafficking have yet to be stemmed despite efforts by governments, donors and aid agencies.

Education for every child, everywhere
KUALA LUMPUR, 31 August 2009 – A child who is not literate is deprived of opportunities for education, participation and self-improvement. This International Literacy Day, UNICEF appeals for support to help ensure every child is literate.

EFAInfo 2.0 to identify who are missing out on school, and why
BANGKOK/KUALA LUMPUR, 17 August 2009 — Asia and Pacific EFAInfo, a dedicated one-stop Education for All (EFA) database goes online today to help governments better identify which of their population’s children are not in school or not learning and why.

Youth explore peace through creative expression
TAIPING, 9 August 2009 – Faced with the challenge of becoming the peace-builders of the future, 50 youth aged between 15 and 18 from Taiping, Perak share their perspectives of peace during a Youth Leadership Training jointly organised by UNICEF and TPI.

The “Incredible Game” kicks off World Cup 2010 fever for children
KUALA LUMPUR, 7 August 2009 – Riding on the influencing power of football and the internet to support vulnerable children everywhere, Sony Malaysia and UNICEF have joined together to launch the Sony-UNICEF Incredible Game website.

Breastfeeding: A vital emergency response
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 August 2009 – Breastfeeding is a life-saving intervention during emergencies like drought, floods, earthquakes, epidemics, war, civil unrest, and severe political and economic upheaval.

United for UNICEF: Manchester United defend rights of vulnerable children
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 July 2009 – Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra and Federico Macheda took time out of the club's Asia Tour to join UNICEF to champion the rights of marginalised children in Malaysia and highlight their vulnerability to HIV.

Do drugs control your life?
KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June 2009 – A huddle at the corner, a brief exchange of money, and 24 year-old Xan (not his real name) is ready to party to his Friday night routine of music and Ecstasy.

With education, we can protect girls from exploitative work
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 June 2009 – Improving children’s access to quality education is fundamental to protecting them from being exploited for labour affirmed UNICEF on the tenth anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Sri Lanka
NEW YORK, 19 May 2009 - "It is reported that access to some camps for internally displaced persons within Sri Lanka has become restricted. Full and unimpeded humanitarian access must be ensured so that children and women can receive assistance.

Protecting children in cyberspace
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 May 2009 – World Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2009 aims to ensure that children can safely access the Internet and its valuable resources without falling prey to unscrupulous predators in cyberspace.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation of children in Sri Lanka
NEW YORK, 12 May 2009 - “Thousands of children remain trapped by the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka, putting their lives at serious risk. It is unacceptable that children continue to be the innocent victims of this ongoing conflict.

AIDS endangers motherhood, threatens the joys of childhood
KUALA LUMPUR, 1 May 2009 – Mothers are special. Not only do mothers go through both the joys and difficulties of pregnancy and giving birth, she dedicates her life to nurturing and caring for her children, ensuring their wellbeing.

Impact of the financial and economic crisis on women and families
PUBLIC LECTURE – The informal sectors of Asian economies, such as tourism, textiles and garments, and trade and retail, with a high concentration of female workers, are already among the hardest hit by the financial crisis.

Crisis in Sri Lanka: UNICEF airlifts 50 tonnes of emergency supplies as numbers in urgent need swell
COLOMBO, 27 April 2009 – UNICEF said that 50 metric tonnes of airlifted emergency relief supplies landed today in Colombo. The supplies will immediately be sent to northern Sri Lanka to meet some of the most urgent needs of more than 100,000 people.

Together, we are the solution
KUALA LUMPUR, 25 April 2009 - The theme for the 2009 International AIDS Memorial Day is aimed at promoting both global solidarity and resolution to the problem of AIDS, and that only when we work in partnership together, can we see change.

Global health leaders to address urgent crisis of prematurity and stillbirth
SEATTLE, 21 April 2009 - Every year around the world, more than three million stillbirths occur, and more than one million babies die because they were born preterm.

UNICEF fears for thousands of children trapped in Sri Lanka’s conflict
KATHMANDU, 20 April 2009 – As 35,000 people today fled Sri Lanka’s conflict zone, UNICEF said it held grave fears for those children who remain trapped in escalating fighting.

Closing the gender gap: Youth and adult literacy and lifelong learning
20 April 2009 - No strategy for development has proven as effective as the empowerment of women, yet of the 500 million+ illiterate adults across the Asia and Pacific region, two-thirds are women.

Child Rights Award 2009: A call to broadcasters
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 April 2009 - UNICEF, the Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia, and the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union are now inviting Asia-Pacific broadcasters and producers to submit entries for the Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2009.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Child Marriage
NEW YORK, 13 April 2009 - UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports that Saudi Arabian tribunals have decided not to annul the marriage of an eight-year-old girl.

2009 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award
KUALA LUMPUR, 10 April 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is calling for entries from radio and television broadcasters for the 2009 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award.

Securing rights of adolescent girls is critical for achieving development goals
ADDIS ABABA, 8 April 2009 – Parliamentarians are convening in Addis Ababa today to address the urgent need for accelerated progress in protecting the rights of adolescent girls and ending gender discrimination if development goals are to be met.

Pregnancy complications kill half a million women annually, 80% preventable
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 March 2009 – A woman’s pregnancy is typically a period of great joy, and a cherished new life. However, for hundreds of thousands of families living in poverty, pregnancy is a silent emergency shrouded in heartbreak and tears.

World Water Day 2009
NEW YORK, 22 March 2009 – World Water Day 2009 calls for collective action to tackle the issue of access to safe drinking water and water sharing.

Violence against women takes a toll on children
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 March 2009 – Behind the closed door of a family home, a woman is being beaten while her children hide in the bedroom, unable to help or stop listening.

Malaysian Prime Minister launches fund for children in Gaza
PUTRAJAYA, 26 February 2009 - Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has launched a humanitarian fund to support actions by UNICEF for children and their families who survived the recent conflict in Gaza.

Sixty-second videos give fresh meaning to teen realities
KUALA LUMPUR, 25 February 2009 (International Children's Day of Broadcasting) – Ever wondered if sixty seconds is enough time to tell a story that is poignant, funny, or inspiring?

Sri Lanka: More children victims of the conflict, says UNICEF
COLOMBO, 17 February 2009 – With a growing number of children being recruited by the LTTE and scores of children being killed or injured in fighting, UNICEF today expressed its gravest concerns for children, as Sri Lanka’s conflict enters a new phase.

Celebrating Malaysian teens through one-minute videos
MEDIA ADVISORY, KUALA LUMPUR, 5 February 2009 – Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF provides young people with platforms to share their realities and dreams to create awareness in their communities and influence decision-making.

Vulnerable Malaysian children to tell their stories through 60-second videos
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 February 2009 – Every child has an interesting story to share. Few however, particularly from marginalised and vulnerable backgrounds, ever have the opportunity to do so.

UNICEF seeks $34.5 million to address urgent recovery needs for children and families in Gaza
AMMAN/GENEVA, 3 February 2009 – UNICEF is seeking US$ 34.5 million to address urgent recovery needs for children and their families in Gaza. The request forms part of the UN appeal for US$ 613 million to cover needs for over a nine-month period.

Malaysian children to lend support to children in Gaza
KUALA LUMPUR, 21 January 2009 – Malaysian children are invited to lend their support to children in Gaza through a project called ‘To My Friend in Gaza’ that was launched today.

“To My Friend in Gaza” invites children to send messages of love and hope to children in Gaza
MEDIA ADVISORY: The humanitarian crisis due to the recent violence in Gaza is hitting children and women most. Over 800,000 children have been exposed to extraordinary levels of violence, some 1,600 have been injured and more than 400 children have died.

UNICEF: In Gaza, nearly one-third of fatalities are children; massive destruction of homes, schools and health facilities
NEW YORK, 16 January 2009 - After three weeks of fighting, OCHA reports that nearly one-third of those killed in the Gaza Strip – some 340 – were children, and that 1600 more children have been moderately to severely injured.

UNICEF flagship report urges investment in a continuum of care for mothers and newborns
NEW YORK, 15 January 2009 – UNICEF’s flagship publication, ‘The State of the World’s Children 2009’ – launched today in South Africa – addresses maternal mortality, one of the most intractable problems for development work.

UNICEF aid for Gaza arriving, despite challenges
GENEVA, 15 January 2009 - The humanitarian operation in Gaza has been dealt a blow by the strike today that devastated warehouses in the United Nations compound and destroyed essential emergency goods and products.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman regarding the humanitarian situation in Gaza
JOHANNESBURG, 14 January 2009 – Over 300 children have been killed and more than 1,500 wounded, since the beginning of the Gaza crisis on 27 December, 2008. Each day more children are being hurt, their small bodies wounded, their young lives shattered.

‘I wish the war would end’ – Gaza’s children pay psychological cost of conflict
NEW YORK, 12 January 2009 – The children of Gaza have three hours a day in which it’s safe, at least in theory, to go out. The humanitarian ceasefire does not always hold, but it provides a measure of relief for those who need to find food and water.

UNICEF: Number of child casualties still rising in Gaza
JERUSALEM/NEW YORK, 9 January 2009 - The number of children being killed and injured in the fighting in Gaza continues to climb and the humanitarian situation is becoming more desperate every day.

Security Council calls for immediate, durable, fully respected ceasefire in Gaza leading to full withdrawal of Israeli forces
NEW YORK, 8 January 2009 – The United Nations Security Council tonight overwhelmingly called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza leading to a full Israeli withdrawal, the unimpeded provision throughout Gaza of food, fuel and medical treatment.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman regarding the humanitarian operation in Gaza
NEW YORK, 8 January 2009 - “UNICEF is deeply concerned that the ongoing violence has forced UNRWA to suspend its humanitarian operation in Gaza."

UNICEF: During short ceasefire, some life-saving supplies delivered in Gaza
AMMAN, 7 January 2009 – A three-hour ceasefire today provided a limited opportunity for UNICEF to release some life-saving supplies for delivery to families in Gaza, including 560 family water kits and 5 health kits.

East Asia and Pacific countries discuss policies, measures to address Impact of Economic Crisis on Children
SINGAPORE, 6 January 2009 – At the start of a new year mired by a worsening economic crisis, key leaders in East Asia and the Pacific began discussions on how to protect children by maintaining or scaling up social spending despite tightening budgets.

UNICEF delivers supplies for children suffering as a result of critical shortages of food, fuel and medicine in Gaza
AMMAN/JORDAN, 5 January 2009 - In an effort to reduce the suffering faced by children in Gaza, UNICEF is delivering urgent supplies of food, fuel and medicine to Gaza hospitals.





CRC@20 Child Rights Official Site

Celebrating 20 years of children's rights

Tune in to Me

Influenza A(H1N1)

International Literacy Day 2009

  8 September 2009

SOWC 2009 - Maternal & Newborn Health

State of the World’s Children 2009

Sri Lanka Children's Crisis Appeal 2009

Crisis in Gaza


"To My Friend in Gaza"

Telecommunication and Information Society Day 2009

Protecting children in cyberspace
Sunday, 17 May 2009

International AIDS Memorial Day '09

we are the solution

Sunday, 17 May 2009

World Health Day 2009

Save lives, make hospitals safe in emergencies
7 April 2009

International Women's Day 2009

Women and Men:
United to End Violence against Women
8 March 2009


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