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UNICEF calls for children with disabilities to be included in all development
NEW YORK, 3 December 2011 – Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UNICEF today called for greater attention and investment in helping children and young people with disabilities to realise their rights.

UNICEF study provides new insight into how poverty affects children
BANGKOK/KUALA LUMPUR, 22 November 2011 – A new UNICEF report on child poverty in East Asia and the Pacific urges policy makers to look beyond family income indicators to gain a more complete picture of poverty and the deprivations children face.

Teach respect: Creating a society of children respecting children
KUALA LUMPUR, 14 November 2011 – In time for Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, UNICEF launches Teach Respect, calling on parents, teachers and all other adults to teach children to respect each other, through education and by example.

ECCE: The wealth of the nation
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 November 2011 – The finest minds and leading experts in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) gathered at the first National ECCE Conference to present new findings and discuss ways forward to advance ECCE for children in Malaysia.

UNICEF appeals for supporters to 'Teach Respect'
KUALA LUMPUR, 28 October 2011 – UNICEF is asking the corporates, schools and NGOs to support its latest mini campaign, ‘Teach Respect’, by helping to promote two new Public Service Announcements in conjunction with Universal Children's Day 2011.

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.

“Clean hands save lives”
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 October 2011 – UNICEF joins hundreds of millions of people today in celebrating the 4th annual Global Handwashing Day, emphasising the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective, simple, and affordable way to prevent disease.

A third of women aged 20-24 in the developing world were child brides
NEW YORK, 12 October 2011 – Child marriage is a violation of a child’s human rights and is prevalent across the developing world, UNICEF said today. A third of women in developing countries aged 20 to 24 were married before 18.

UNICEF says one-third of children not in school have a disability and are often denied dignity and rights
NEW YORK, 12 October 2011 – Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalised and excluded groups and suffer widespread violations of their rights, UNICEF said today as a key report was presented to a committee of the UN General Assembly

Tennis ace Serena Williams appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 20 September 2011 – UNICEF today announced tennis champion Serena Williams’s appointment as international Goodwill Ambassador. Williams is one of the all-time greats of professional tennis, having achieved a decade-long dominance of the game.

12,000 fewer children perish daily in 2010 than in 1990 – UNICEF, WHO
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 September 2011 – The number of children under five dying each year declined from more than 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010, UNICEF and WHO said today, releasing the latest estimates on worldwide child mortality.

UNICEF report shows widening disparities as boys and girls grow older in developing world
GENEVA/KUALA LUMPUR, 13 September 2011 – A UNICEF report, “Boys and Girls in the Life Cycle”, suggests that gender disparities are relatively small in children’s early years of life but increase as they approach adolescence.

Nominations for outstanding UN Person / Organisation Award in Malaysia now open
KUALA LUMPUR, 13 September 2011 –The United Nations office in Malaysia is inviting the Malaysian public to nominate their choice candidates for the United Nations Person / Organisation of the Year Award 2011 for the first time since its inception

UNICEF welcomes Malaysia’s plans to ratify child rights optional protocols
KUALA LUMPUR, 9 September 2011 – UNICEF applauds the Government decision to accede to the CRC Optional Protocols which prohibits the sale of children, criminalises all forms of sexual exploitation, and bans the recruitment and use of children in conflict.

Adolescence: An age of opportunity
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 September 2011 – Six Malaysian teens from all walks of life sat down with five adults to talk about their hopes and dreams, and what they’re doing to make them happen during the launch of The State of the World’s Children 2011 report.

UNICEF to launch report on adolescence in Malaysia
MEDIA ADVISORY * KUALA LUMPUR, 1 September 2011 – UNICEF has dedicated its flagship report The State of the World’s Children for 2011 to the 1.2 billion adolescents in the world aged 10 to 19 years. UNICEF invites media to join us for the Report launch.

Children are citizens today: Adapting the CRC to a new century
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 August 2011 – Citizenship and the right to be an equal, active participant in society are not limited to adults. The more children are involved in public affairs, the more they learn and develop, stressed Professor Yanghee Lee.

UNICEF celebrates Global Breastfeeding Week by taking the message beyond health clinics
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KUALA LUMPUR, 1 August 2011 - During World Breastfeeding Week from 1-7 August, UNICEF joins global partners to broadcast messages to ensure that young people understand the importance of breastfeeding long before they become parents.

Saving children in southern Somalia must be first priority
NAIROBI, 29 July 2011 - With an estimated 1.25 million children across Southern Somalia in urgent need of life saving interventions and 640,000 acutely malnourished, UNICEF called for all actors to make saving children's lives the top priority.

One year later, Pakistan flood survivors struggle to restore their lives
GENEVA/ISLAMABAD/NEW YORK, 29 July 2011 – A year after devastating monsoon floods hit Pakistan, many of the more than 18 million affected people – almost half of them children –are struggling to rebuild their shattered lives.

UN MDG Report: The most vulnerable children are left behind
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KUALA LUMPUR, 7 July 2011 – Significant strides towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals have been made, yet reaching all the goals by the 2015 deadline remains challenging because the world’s poorest are being left behind.

Malaysia’s athletes shine at the Special Olympics
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 July 2011 – The nation’s special athletes proved yet again their determination and abilities, bringing home 23 medals, including six gold from the recent 2011 Special Olympics held in Athens, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.

UN launches initiative to make cities safer for women and children
KUALA LUMPUR/NEW YORK, 22 June 2011 - UNICEF, UN-HABITAT and UN Women launch “Safe and Friendly Cities for All,” a five-year program that aims at making women and children feel safer in their local neighbourhoods, while improving their quality of life.

“Son preference” must and can end
KUALA LUMPUR, 19 June 2011 – Gender-biased sex selection reflects and fuels a culture of discrimination and violence, and must be addressed urgently by all segments of government and society as a matter of women’s human rights, stressed five UN agencies.

UNICEF applauds donor pledges to children’s health
LONDON, 13 June 2011 - The generosity and commitment of the donors at today’s GAVI replenishment conference will benefit the lives of millions of the poorest and most vulnerable children around the world, UNICEF said today.

Protect the environment, mitigate disasters
KUALA LUMPUR, 5 June 2011 – Torrential rains, swollen floods, earthquakes, and landslides continue to batter the world we live in, exacting a painful toll on the lives of people across the world, many of whom are children.

UNICEF says education for women and girls a lifeline to development
NEW YORK/KUALA LUMPUR, 4 May 2011 – Making sure girls and women have equal access to quality education is key to sustainable economic development, UNICEF said today, as the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education.

Children’s Rights are at the heart of ‘Business’
NEW YORK/ LONDON, 3 May 2011 - UN Global Compact, UNICEF and Save the Children are inviting businesses to take an active role in developing a global standard of business principles pertaining to children’s rights through an online consultation process.

Malaysia’s MDG 2010 report underlines growing inequalities despite national progress
PUTRAJAYA, 28 April 2011 – The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) together with the United Nations (UN) jointly unveiled the Malaysia: Millennium Development Goals at 2010 report today at an event officiated by the Deputy Minister in the PM's Department.

UNICEF on World Malaria Day: Preventable and curable, but still killing 800,000 every year
NEW YORK, 25 April 2011 – Malaria is the third single biggest killer of children globally. An estimated 800,000 people die every year from the disease, with approximately ninety per cent of these deaths occurring in Africa.

Official Launch: Millennium Development Goals at 2010 – Malaysia
NEWS ALERT * KUALA LUMPUR, 25 April 2011 - The EPU and UN Malaysia invite media to join us for the official launch of Malaysia's The Millennium Development Goals at 2010 Report by YB Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

UNICEF concerned about impact of Libya hostilities on children
AMMAN, 5 April 2011 – UNICEF expressed deep concern today at the continuing hostilities in Libya and their impact on children.

UNICEF calls for entries for children’s broadcasting awards
NEW YORK/KUALA LUMPUR, 29 March 2011 - UNICEF today called for entries from TV and radio broadcasters for the 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards.

New school gives vulnerable children hope for a bright future
KOTA KINABALU, 26 March 2011 – Together with the Ministry of Education, Teachers’ Foundation and Sabah Task Force, UNICEF launched an education centre today in the village of Kg Numbak to provide basic education for 300 refugee and undocumented children.

Reaching out to refugee children in Sabah with education
NEWS ALERT * KUALA LUMPUR, 18 March 2011 - UNICEF and its partners invite the media to join us for the launch of the Kg. Numbak Education Centre (Kota Kinabalu) to provide basic education for stateless, undocumented and refugee children.

UNICEF statement on the Japanese earthquake and tsunami
NEW YORK, 14 March 2011 – As the world unites in support for the people of Japan, we at UNICEF express our heartfelt sympathy for the tragic loss of life following the massive earthquake and tsunami.

Children to go on air on ‘Girls are, Boys are’
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 March 2011 – This weekend, in conjunction with the International Children's Day of Broadcasting, children across the country will be speaking up on TV and radio on a topic that is at the very core of their identity: their gender.

Responding to the humanitarian needs caused by the unrest in Libya
NEW YORK/TUNIS, 3 March 2011 - As concern mounts over the influx of returnees and migrant workers to Tunisia, UNICEF is mobilising staff and relief supplies to the western and eastern borders of Libya.

Manchester United Foundation on mission to help Malaysia’s most vulnerable young
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 March 2011 – When two of the greatest names in English soccer arrive in Kuala Lumpur next month, Manchester United Legends Bryan Robson and Andrew Cole will be on a mission to make as great an impact off the pitch as they did on.

Redesigned 'Voices of Youth' website helps young people build stronger communities
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 March 2011 – Emer Mae Butler, 14, from Krugersdorp, South Africa, is a fan of Voices of Youth, UNICEF’s newly revamped online network for children and young people. “I have been using VOY to get my voice out there", she said.

UNICEF strongly urges protection of all children during unrest in the Middle East and North Africa
BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 26 February 2011 – UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports that children and adolescents have been killed or injured in the escalating violence that is affecting a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

UNICEF: Investing in adolescents can break cycles of poverty and inequity
NEW YORK, 25 February 2011 - Investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10 to 19 can break the cycles of poverty and inequity, said UNICEF today in its 2011 State of the World’s Children report ‘Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity’.

Joint Statement: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
NEW YORK, 6 February 2011 - All girls deserve to grow up free from harmful practices that endanger their health and wellbeing. But every year, three million women and girls in Africa alone face the prospect of female genital mutilation and cutting.

UNICEF and world-class cricketers team up to battle HIV and AIDS
DUBAI/KUALA LUMPUR, 25 January 2011 - They may be rivals on the field of play, but India opener Virender Sehwag and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara have joined together to star in a new 'Think Wise' campaign for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

Child trafficking film spotlights grave child rights abuse
KUALA LUMPUR/NEW YORK, 21 January 2011 – ‘Not my Life’, an independent documentary on child exploitation and abuse premiered at New York’s Lincoln Centre on Wednesday. The film, which was filmed across five continents.

For children and families in Haiti, the long road from relief to recovery
KUALA LUMPUR/PORT-AU-PRINCE, 12 January 2011 –Haiti’s 4 million children continue to suffer from inequitable access to basic water, sanitation, healthcare, education and protection one year after the devastating 12 January earthquake shook their lives.





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