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UN provides vital food and aid to 42,000 people in eastern Mosul
Kuala Lumpur / Baghdad, 9 December 2016 - The World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) yesterday provided food, dignity kits, water purification tablets, jerry cans, baby hygiene kits and more for 42,000 people.

Statement by UNICEF in response to 101 East report by Al Jazeera on children being sold in Malaysia
UNICEF Malaysia's official response to the report of children being sold in the country via 101 East by Al Jazeera.

Asia-Pacific governments agree on importance of universal health care and better protection for children
Kuala Lumpur, 8 November 2016 - Governments from across Asia-Pacific today heard strong arguments for accelerated investment in good quality primary healthcare.

Pollution: 300 million children breathing toxic air - UNICEF report
KUALA LUMPUR, 31 October 2016 – Almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines – reveals a new UNICEF report.

Statement on child abuse allegations at welfare home in Batu Gajah, Perak
UNICEF Malaysia's response to the allegations of abuse at the Welfare Home in Batu Gajah.

Investigative youth team R.AGE takes home UN Award
Kuala Lumpur, 24 October 2016 – On the occasion of this year’s United Nations Day, the youth investigative team, R.AGE, received the UN Malaysia 2016 award, an achievement that honors youth champions who have contributed towards the fulfilment of SDGs.

Over 300,000 children under five died from diarrhoeal diseases linked to limited access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in 2015
KUALA LUMPUR / NEW YORK, 14 October 2016 – With cholera spreading fast in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and with a new outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen, UNICEF urges children, families and communities to make washing hands with soap a habit.

Five in six children under two not getting enough nutrition for growth and brain development
KUALA LUMPUR / NEW YORK, 14 October 2016 – Five in six children under two years old are not fed enough nutritious food for their age, depriving them of the energy and nutrients they need at the most critical time in their development.

Statement from UNICEF on Proposed Child Sexual Crimes Bill
UNICEF welcomes the recent announcement by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman on the proposed Child Sexual Crimes Bill.

Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty, says joint World Bank Group – UNICEF study
KUALA LUMPUR / NEW YORK 04 October 2016 – Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF.

Upin & Ipin appear in UNICEF ‘Imagine’ video for children
KUALA LUMPUR, 24 SEPTEMBER 2016 – Upin & Ipin, UNICEF Malaysia’s National Ambassadors, appear in UNICEF’s new version of John Lennon’s iconic song IMAGINE, launched today.

Learning in mother tongue to keep more indigenous children in school
Kuching / Kuala Lumpur, 20 September 2016 – This year, the 2nd Malaysian Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (MIPCE 2) that begins on Tuesday will bring together over 300 participants to focus on indigenous education.

UNICEF calls for an increase in education spending as new report reveals global crisis in learning
KUALA LUMPUR / NEW YORK, 18 September 2016 – More than two-thirds of schoolchildren in low-income countries will not learn basic primary level skills in 2030...

World leaders must invest in better data on children - UNICEF
KUALA LUMPUR / NEW YORK, 14 September 2016 - UNICEF is calling on world leaders to invest in better data on children, warning in a new analysis that sufficient data is available only for half of the child-related Sustainable Development Goals indicators.

Nearly 12 million children in Asia “uprooted” – UNICEF
Kuala Lumpur, 7 September 2016 – Across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted – 28 million of them driven from their homes by conflicts not of their making, and millions more migrating in the hope of finding a better, safer life.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the humanitarian pause in Aleppo, Syria
KUALA LUMPUR/NEW YORK, 26 August 2016 - “Today is another sad and dangerous day for the children in Syria, in particular those living in Aleppo."

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the Situation of Children in Aleppo, Syria
Children affected by the conflict in Syria has made the news recently. This is a quick statement by UNICEF Executive Director on the situation of children in Syria.

95% of Respondents to UNICEF Opinion Poll – Marriage to 14-Year-Old Girl ‘Not OK’
KUALA LUMPUR, 12 August 2016 – 95% of respondents to a recent UNICEF poll on child marriage agreed that marrying a 14-year-old girl was not right.

Taps run dry for two million people as fighting intensifies in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 9 August 2016 – Two million people in Aleppo are left with no access to running water through the public network, as escalation of attacks and fighting damaged electricity networks essential to pump water supplies throughout the city.

UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor visits refugee and displaced children on Iraq frontline
KUALA LUMPUR / ERBIL, 2 August 2016 – UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor travelled to northern Iraq last week to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives.

UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Saad Houry, calls for the protection of all children in Aleppo
KUALA LUMPUR / AMMAN, 3 August 2016 – UNICEF is extremely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of all children caught up in the escalating violence in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria.

UNICEF Invites Submissions from Young People to Improve Lives of Children in Asia Pacific
Kuala Lumpur, 1 August 2016 – UNICEF is asking young people throughout the Asia-Pacific region to share their innovative ideas to improve the lives of children, families and communities.

The Search for Malaysian Young Changemakers Continues for a Second Year
KUALA LUMPUR, 26 JULY 2016 – After discovering ten amazing finalists and awarding three exemplary young changemakers last year, the Young Changemakers is on the hunt for more young changemakers in Malaysia for its second year in 2016.

Almost a quarter of a million children severely malnourished in Borno state, Nigeria - UNICEF
Abuja/ Dakar/ New York/ Geneva, 19 July 2016. Nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, and face a high risk of death, UNICEF said today.

Twelvefold increase in Zika cases since Ecuador earthquake
Kuala Lumpur / New York/ Panama/ Quito, 20 July 2016. Three months after the Ecuador earthquake, the number of Zika Virus cases increased, with the sharpest increase in the quake-hit areas.

New Law Needed to Better Protect Children Online
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 June 2016 – Over the weekend, UNICEF and partners called for stronger legislation to stop sexual exploitation of children online and offline, especially the prevalent practice of grooming in Malaysia.

In Asia, 78 per cent of 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of online sexual abuse – UNICEF/Ipsos Global Poll
Kuala Lumpur / Bangkok, 7 June 2016. Eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, a new UNICEF study shows.

STATEMENT FROM UNICEF MALAYSIA: Protecting Children from Abuse & Sexual Exploitation is Everyone's Responsibility
Kuala Lumpur, 2 June 2016. What happens on the World Wide Web is a reflection of society at large.

Four schools or hospitals attacked or occupied every day – UNICEF
Kuala Lumpur / New York, 19 May 2016 - An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day – according to UNICEF analysis released ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.

EVENT: Malaysia’s Double-Burden – Challenges and Ways Forward RSOG Forum
KUALA LUMPUR, 20 May 2016 - The Razak School of Government and UNICEF Forum on Nutrition, will be held on the 25th of May, 2016.

Statement by Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, and Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director on Attacks on Medical Facilities and Personnel in Syria
KUALA LUMPUR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 29 APRIL, 2016 - We join the many voices expressing outrage at the attack on Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo.

A year after the #Nepalearthquakes, children continue to pick up the pieces
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 April 2016 – A year after two devastating earthquakes struck Nepal, progress towards normality for affected children, families and communities, continues.

At least 150,000 children affected by Ecuador earthquake
KUALA LUMPUR / PANAMA CITY/QUITO, 19 April 2016 – At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 15 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates.

Give a gift that matters: Make it an Inspired Gift
Kuala Lumpur, 13 April 2016: Ever wondered how you can make a difference for a child in need? One way is through UNICEF’s Inspired Gift e-shop, now located on Lmall (

World Bank Group, UNICEF urge greater investment in early childhood development
KUALA LUMPUR / WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today jointly urged global and national leaders to step up and accelerate action and investments in nutrition and ECD.

Overcoming childhood obesity and malnutrition in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, 7 April 2016 – Malaysia is one of several ASEAN countries facing simultaneous crises of over and under-nutrition, with some children overweight while their peers suffer from stunting and wasting.

Climate change and lack of sanitation threaten water safety for millions: UNICEF
Kuala Lumpur / New York, 21 March 2016 – On the eve of World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change.

1 in 3 Syrian children has grown up knowing only crisis as conflict reaches 5 year point – UNICEF
KUALA LUMPUR/AMMAN, 14 March 2016 - An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report.

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 MARCH 2016 - There are many traditions in our lives that we appreciate and value. Child marriage shouldn't be one of them.

New multi-country initiative will protect millions of girls from child marriage – UNICEF & UNFPA
KUALA LUMPUR / NEW YORK, 8 March 2016 – A new multi-country initiative to accelerate action to end child marriage will help protect the rights of millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls, UNICEF and UNFPA said on International Women’s Day.

Over 40% of Fiji’s children affected by Cyclone Winston, as school year begins
KUALA LUMPUR / SUVA, 01 March 2016 – More than a week has passed since Tropical Cyclone Winston ripped through Fiji, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.

UNICEF Pacific urgently responds to Government appeal and needs of children after worst ever Cyclone Winston in Fiji
Kuala Lumpur / Baghdad, 9 December 2016 - The World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) yesterday provided food, dignity kits, water purification tablets, jerry cans, baby hygiene kits and more for 42,000 people.

Call for submissions – UNICEF invites innovators to make a difference to the lives of children
Kuala Lumpur, 17 February 2016 - UNICEF is inviting technology start-ups from Malaysia with the potential and the passion to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children to apply for funding from its recently launched Innovation Fund.

How to define a child’s best interest? By looking at the whole picture – UNICEF Malaysia
UNICEF Malaysia appreciates the call made by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, YB Puan Hajah Nancy Shukri, to place the welfare of children above all, especially with regards to conversion and custody.

As Zika spreads, UNICEF calls on Malaysians to be on alert
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 February 2016 – With the Zika virus now a public health emergency affecting more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF is working with governments in the region to mobilize communities to protect themselves.

UNICEF appeals for US $62 million to save the lives of children affected by crises in East Asia and the Pacific
Kuala Lumpur, 26 January 2016 – In the Pacific Islands, many children don’t have enough safe water to drink and their education has been interrupted as result of the severe, ongoing El Niño.

Winter: UNICEF Expresses Concern Over the Health of Children on the Move
Kuala Lumpur / Geneva, 19 January 2016 – Children arriving into a harsh winter in southeastern Europe are physically exhausted, scared, distressed and often in need of medical assistance, UNICEF warned.

UNICEF: More than 16 million babies born into conflict in 2015
KUALA LUMPUR/NEW YORK, 2 January 2016 – More than 16 million babies were born in conflict zones in 2015 – 1 in 8 of all births worldwide last year – a figure that underscores the vulnerability faced by increasing numbers of children.



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