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Millenium Development Goals

UNICEF: Sustainable Development Goals beginning of the 'drive to turn commitments into action’
NEW YORK, 25 September 2015 - “Today’s welcome decision marks the end of a process – and a beginning. The drive to turn commitments into action.

Announcing the "We the Peoples Hub" at United Nations Headquarters, New York
UNITED NATIONS, 21 September 2015 – As world leaders gather at the United Nations for the UN post-2015 Summit and the 70th General Assembly, UNICEF, the United Nations Millennium Campaign, and the United Nations Development Programme are opening the We the Peoples Hub, a dynamic space intended to help bring together decision-makers and their constituents, especially the children and youth of the world, who will be carrying out the new development agenda.

Child mortality rates plunge by more than half since 1990 but global MDG target missed by wide margin
NEW YORK/GENEVA/WASHINGTON, 9 September 2015 – Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, according to a new report released today. Under-five deaths have dropped from 12.7 million per year in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. This is the first year the figure has gone below the 6 million mark.

UNICEF, WHO: Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people undermining health improvements
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 June 2015 – Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, warn WHO and UNICEF in a report tracking access to drinking water and sanitation against the Millennium Development Goals.

Media Advisory: Launch of 2015 Joint Monitoring Report on Water & Sanitation
On Tuesday, 30 June 2015, UNICEF and the World Health Organization will launch Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water: 2015 Update and MDG Assessment, the final report on global progress against the water and sanitation targets in the Millennium Development Goals.

Millions of world’s poorest children left behind despite global progress, new UNICEF report says
NEW YORK, 23 June 2015 – The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged in its new 15-year development roadmap, UNICEF warned today.

Media Advisory: Millions of world’s poorest children left behind, says UNICEF MDG report
UNICEF issues its final assessment of the impact of the child-related Millennium Development Goals, Progress for Children 2015: Beyond Averages.

World Education Forum adopts Declaration on the Future of Education
INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 21 May 2015 – A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years has been adopted at the World Education Forum, which concluded today in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Incheon Declaration was welcomed by the global education community, including government ministers from more than 100 countries, non-governmental organizations and youth groups.

Every Newborn Action Plan Progress Report, Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality launch at 68th World Health Assembly
GENEVA, Switzerland, 19 May 2015 — Since the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) was endorsed at the World Health Assembly one year ago, 15 of the 18 countries with some of the highest burden of maternal and newborn mortality have taken steps to improve care for mothers and their newborns.

World Water Day: Nearly 750 million people still without adequate drinking water – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 March 2015 – Access to drinking water has been one of the biggest successes of the Millennium Development Goals, UNICEF said ahead of World Water Day, but for 748 million people around the world, just obtaining this essential service remains a challenge.

Lack of toilets dangerous for everyone, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.

UNICEF/WHO highlight need to further reduce gaps in access to improved drinking water and sanitation
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 8 May 2014 – Since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved sources. Some 1.6 billion of these people have piped water connections in their homes or compounds, according to a new report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, entitled Progress on drinking water and sanitation: 2014 Update, which also highlights a narrowing disparity in access to cleaner water and better sanitation between rural and urban areas.

Bridging the gaps: Leaders to map future of investments in water, sanitation and hygiene
WASHINGTON, DC, 10 April 2014 – Government ministers from 50 countries are expected this week to pledge concrete commitments to bring safe water, sanitation and hygiene to those who need it most.

World Water Day: World’s poorest have least access to safe water – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 21 March 2014 – Almost four years after the world met the global target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe drinking water, and after the UN General Assembly declared that water was a human right, over three-quarters of a billion people, most of them poor, still do not have this basic necessity, UNICEF said to mark World Water Day.

EU and UNICEF boost their partnership to improve child and maternal health and to save more children
NEW YORK, 4 February 2014 – The European Union announced today that it has allocated €320 million ($431 million) through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

UNICEF backs new report on child survival
NEW YORK, 25 September 2015 - UNICEF warmly welcomes the launch by Save the Children of an important new report, “Getting to Zero: how tackling inequality and governance could move us closer to finishing the job of the MDGs”.

Joint Statement by WHO, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria on the Occasion of the 68th General Assembly of the United Nations
We have 829 days to go until the December 2015 MDG Deadline. Over the past 12 and a half years, the world has made remarkable progress against the goals, especially the health-related MDGs. Now we must come together in one final big push to achieve the health MDGs, and lay the strongest of foundations for a post-2015 world.

USD $1.15 Billion Commitment Over Three Years to Help Save the Lives of Children and Women Secured Through World Bank, UNICEF, USAID and Norway
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 - Today, the World Bank Group, UNICEF, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Norway announced a collective total of USD $1.15 billion in funding over the next three years to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, and to ensure essential services and medicines reach women and children who need them in developing countries with the highest burdens of maternal and child deaths.

Putting the last child first will further progress towards the Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 - As world leaders prepare to meet at the United Nations General Assembly to review the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, putting the most excluded, most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach children first will accelerate progress towards achieving the global targets, says UNICEF.

Kazakhstan on track to achieve Millennium Development Goal to reduce child mortality
ASTANA, 15 July 2013 – Members of the United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) visited Kazakhstan on 22-25 June 2013 to analyze infant and child mortality estimates in the country.

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.

Strengthening birth and death registration
BANGKOK, 19 April 2013 –  At the first-ever Global Summit on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) that concluded today in Bangkok, governments, UN and development agencies made a global Call to Action to ensure that all births, deaths and causes of death are registered everywhere in the world.

UNICEF provides 73 motorbikes for water and sanitation projects as part of accelerating efforts to reaching the Millennium Development Goals
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 12 April 2013 – Today UNICEF handed over 73 motorbikes to 20 NGOs implementing water and sanitation projects in Sierra Leone. The bikes will be used for monitoring and implementation of water and sanitation projects aiming at building or rehabilitating wells and sanitation facilities in schools, health centers and communities.

Global consultation on addressing inequalities in the post-2015 development agenda
COPENHAGEN, 19 February 2013 – “The Leadership Meeting on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, held in Copenhagen on 19 February 2013, welcomed the Report: Addressing inequalities – Synthesis Report of Global Public Consultation presented at the meeting.

UNICEF: Ending child under-nutrition critical to achieving virtually all MDGs by 2015
KAMPALA, 2 April, 2012 – UNICEF today appealed for the inclusion of nutrition security as an essential element of every national development plan...

DFID provides UNICEF with new funding to help Zambia reach health and environment MDGs with Equity
LUSAKA, Zambia, 9 January 2012 - The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) is supporting the UNICEF sanitation and...

Amidst widespread inequity, Mexico leads efforts to plan and monitor investment in children
MEXICO CITY, 23 December 2011 - The 2012 federal budget for Mexico will contain a critical innovation to improve equity for children and adolescents...

Arab youth, key drivers of Arab development and democratization
BEIRUT, 18 November 2011 – Young men and women in the Arab world have faced numerous constraints and inequities over the years, significantly...

UNICEF urges media to hear the voices of children on climate change
PRETORIA, 31 October 2011 - As South Africa prepares for the 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate...

UN MDG Report: The most vulnerable children are left behind
NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 7 July 2011 – Significant strides towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been made, yet reaching all the...

UN Secretary-General launches the “Sustainable Sanitation: Five-Year Drive to 2015”
UNITED NATIONS, 21 June 2011 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, Ugandan Minister of...

Officials from 28 countries gather in Beijing for strategic talks on child rights
BEIJING, 4 November 2010 – Senior government ministers and officials from 28 countries across Asia and the Pacific gathered in Beijing today for the...

Narrowing the gaps to meet the MDGs in Yemen
SANA’A, 11 October 2010 - Half a million children in Yemen, including refugees, internally displaced and other war-affected children, are headed...

ADB, UNICEF join forces for children with major agreement
NEW YORK, 23 September 2010 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UNICEF today signed a major agreement, joining forces across Asia and...

World leaders and experts meet to raise the profile of education on the development agenda
NEW YORK, 21 September 2010 – A brainstorming session to examine ways to make the case for education by showing its powerful impact on...

Experts and leaders gather to discuss reaching the world’s most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 21 September 2010 – The importance of ensuring that no child is left behind, as the world pushes forward towards the Millennium Development...

New UNICEF study shows MDGs for children can be reached faster with focus on most disadvantaged
NEW YORK, 7 September 2010 – The global community can save millions of lives by investing first in the most disadvantaged children and communities...

Opening statement: Anthony Lake PFC/Advocacy report press conference
Opening statement - 7 September 2010

Achieving the MDGs with equity
Media advisory

Children and women in urban slums worse off than rest of the country, reveals BBS-UNICEF survey
DHAKA, 23 June 2010 – Urban slums have the worst performance regarding women’s and children’s wellbeing and access to basic services compared to...

Report for MDG Summit highlights successes and gaps for children and women in progress towards MDG achievements
NEW YORK, 16 March 2010 - With only five years left until the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the UN...

Progress in access to safe drinking-water; Sanitation needs greater efforts
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 15 March 2010 – With 87 per cent of the world’s population or approximately 5.9 billion people using safe drinking-water...

Sudan: UNICEF Regional Director calls for greater investment in basic services for children
JUBA, February 11, 2010 – At the end of a mission to Sudan, UNICEF's Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Sigrid Kaag...

Young people commit to and demand action on climate change
COPENHAGEN, 4 December 2009 – Gathered from all over the world, 164 young people, aged 14 to 17, issued a Declaration in Copenhagen...

Global commitment announced in fight against leading killer of children
NEW YORK/LECCE, ITALY, 12 JUNE 2009 – A new strategy in the fight against pneumonia, the world’s greatest killer of children, was announced today...

India and China hold the key to world meeting MDGs, says UNICEF flagship report
NEW DELHI/BANGKOK, 5 August 2008 –  Global achievement of the health related Millenium Development Goals, the MDGs, depends largely on India’s success ...

The European Union, UNICEF and the Djibouti government provide clean water to thousands of rural residents
DJIBOUTI, 2 July 2007 – At least 25,000 of the poorest and most vulnerable rural residents will for the first time be able to access clean drinking water close to their homes through a partnership between the European Union (EU), UNICEF and Djibouti’s Ministry of Agriculture.  The step will help contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the quantifiable targets to address issues such as poverty, health and environmental sustainability.

UNICEF Executive Director commends Turkey’s progress towards MDGs
ISTANBUL, June 29 2007- UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman this week concluded a four-day visit to Turkey that included two international conferences, a meeting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and discussions with Turkish children, parents, academics and NGOs.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director applauds Viet Nam’s efforts for children
Hanoi, 27 March 2007 -- UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Mr. Kul Gautam has congratulated Viet Nam for its achievements in improving the lives of children.

Children as BioVisionaries: We call on you to join us
LYON, 14 March 2007 –  Ten children from developing countries today challenged scientists, business leaders and civil society at the BioVision World Life Sciences Forum to work with...

UNICEF to host two critical conferences on malaria and Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, 27 April 2004 - As part of UNICEF's role in gathering global leaders and a broad base of experts to address ambitious agendas, UNICEF is co-sponsoring two separate conferences this week on  Promoting Human Rights and Social Policies for Children and Women: Monitoring and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at The New School (28-30 April), and ACT NOW: An International Symposium on Malaria at Columbia University (29-30 April).

Steady progress being made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals for Ethiopia’s children
ADDIS ABABA/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 24 February 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today highlighted progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Ethiopia...

Zimbabwe launches ground-breaking national girls education strategic plan
HARARE, 18 October 2006 – The United Nations in collaboration with the government and civil society launched a ground-breaking National Girls Education Strategic Plan to increase Zimbabwe’s likelihood of achieving universal primary education and ensuring girls stay in school.

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

UNICEF calls on religious leaders to work together for peace and development
KYOTO, 26 August 2006 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today called for greater cooperation among religions to protect children from the threats of poverty, disease and violence.

UNICEF Lauds Progress for Uganda’s Children, Urges More Must be Done
KAMPALA, 12 May 2006 – On the occasion of the inauguration of H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as President of the Republic of Uganda, UNICEF said that the new government had a critical opportunity to renew the commitment of Uganda to fulfil and protect the fundamental right of all its children and women to access health, education, safe water, shelter and other essential services.

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 to healthcare, protection and support according to UNICEF, UNAIDS and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

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.  Winners will be honoured at The Tenth Annual Webby Awards in New York City on 12 June.

UNICEF and WFP Executive Directors Make First Joint Visit to Latin America/Caribbean region
PANAMA CITY, 8 May 2006 – On their first joint visit to the region, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James T. Morris and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman will meet in Panama City tomorrow with the heads of their Latin America and Caribbean country offices to intensify common efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the international community.

Arab media enthusiasm to promote girls' education enjoys renewed momentum
DUBAI, May 4, 2006 – Media representatives and experts at the Second Arab Regional Media Forum today concluded an extensive review of the situation surrounding Arab girls' access to education and remaining challenges in several countries to ensure sustained enrolment and retention in school.

Statement by UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Kul Gautam, on Child-friendly Strategies to Combat HIV/AIDS and Malaria
ABUJA, 4 May 2006 – My colleagues Dr. Feacham and Dr. Piot have just outlined eloquently what we all need to do to overcome the challenges of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.  I have little to add to their wise counsel borne out of their vast experience and expertise.

Second Arab Regional Media Forum on child rights kicks off in Dubai
DUBAI, May 2, 2006 – Arab media professionals, human rights organizations, academia and UN agencies today initiated an in-depth dialogue on the issue of girls' education in the Arab world, with expectations to leverage enhanced commitment from governments, civil society and communities to support girls’ sustained access to quality education.

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. Poor nutrition remains a global epidemic contributing to more than half of all child deaths, about 5.6 million per year.

UNICEF Unveils Alarming Trends in Global Child Nutrition
Good nutrition is the platform for all human progress and one of the most fundamental tests of global development. This UNICEF report reveals the results of efforts since 1990 to reduce the proportion of underweight children in the world.

UNICEF Turkmenistan Welcomes Decree Boosting Wheat Flour Fortification
ASHGABAT, 26 April 2006 – President Saparmurat Niyazov issued a decree mandating the fortification of wheat flour with iron and folic acid in Turkmenistan.  The decree was signed on 24 April at the Presidential Palace.

‘Education for All’ week in Yemen brings teachers on board
SANA’A, 25 April 2006 – During ‘Education for All’ week, Yemen is stepping up efforts to overcome barriers to universal primary education.  This year’s theme ‘Every Child Needs a Teacher’ strikes a major chord in Yemen, where the number of teachers lags far behind the actual requirements.  Meeting the looming teacher shortage is one of the greatest barriers to education in Yemen, where the number of female teachers is especially short, particularly in rural areas. 

New Malaria Treatment Introduced in Somalia
NAIROBI, 25 April 2006 – A new effective treatment has been introduced in Somalia to curb the incidence of malaria, one of the leading killers of children and women, UNICEF Somalia Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen announced today on the occasion of Africa Malaria Day.

With an Additional US $1 Billion Per Year, Immunization Could Save Ten Million More Lives in a Decade
NEW DELHI, 9 December, 2005 — According to global immunization experts, ten million additional lives could be saved through child and maternal immunization between 2006-2015 at an average annual cost of US $1 billion, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.

Wednesday in UNICEF House: Launch of report on children in South Asia
The Report presents the condition of health in South Asia and its link to poverty reduction and economic growth. In-depth analysis of the experience of three South Asian countries: India, Bangladesh and Pakistan is included. The report also focuses on the health  situation in all seven South Asian countries: Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

New UNICEF Chief Heads to Kenya, Uganda
GENEVA, 19 July 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman travels to Africa this week to spotlight development efforts in Kenya and the plight of Ugandan children caught up in that county's northern conflict.

5,500 children die in Eastern and Southern Africa every day

NAIROBI, 15 July 2005 - A disproportionately heavy burden of child deaths weighs on families in eastern and southern Africa. Every day 5,500 children under the age of five die across the 21 countries of the region and the majority of the deaths are largely preventable.

Make poverty history
DUNBLANE, SCOTLAND, 5 July 2005 - Scottish First Minister, Jack McConnell, today joined young people from both the northern and southern hemispheres to hear their views and receive recommendations on what they think the G8 leaders need to do make child poverty history. On this, the eve of G8, the children made an urgent and united call on the G8 leaders to put children first when making their decisions at the G8.

Children must be at the heart of development efforts
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 7 June 2005 –  Children must top the agenda if the world is going to achieve its development goals, UNICEF said today.

Governments welcome new WHO/UNICEF global immunization strategy that aims to avert millions of deaths
GENEVA, 25 May, 2005 - Governments meeting at the World Health Assembly officially committed to adopting an ambitious new global strategy to fight vaccine-preventable diseases, which kill more than two million people every year, two-thirds of whom are young children . The Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) was designed by the WHO and UNICEF.

First global report on efforts to roll back malaria highlights progress and challenges
CAIRO/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 3 May 2005 – More people are accessing prevention and treatment services for malaria, sparking hope that the number of people who become sick and die from malaria will begin to decline.

UNICEF hails Clinton Foundation plan for children with AIDS
NEW YORK, 11 April 2004 – UNICEF today praised a Clinton Foundation plan that will significantly increase the number of children receiving life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs specifically formulated for them.

Bellamy remarks on UN reform: making it work for children
LONDON, 9 March, 2005 - The issue we are dealing with is one literally of life and death.  As we reported in this year’s State of the World’s Children, half of all children in the world today suffer from some form of extreme deprivation.

UNICEF applauds UK pledge of £1.4 billion to educate girls in developing countries
LONDON, 26 January 2005 - UNICEF today thanked the United Kingdom for its visionary commitment to the education of girls in developing countries with its strategy to advance the work that one day will give all children a basic education.

UNICEF, ECLAC step up efforts to promote child rights
PANAMA 24 November 2004.- The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UNICEF have agreed to step up collaboration to promote inclusive, universal and efficient public policies for children and adolescents.

UN looks to sports to advance Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, 17 September 2003 - The world would be a healthier and less dangerous place if nations invested more seriously in their citizens’ right to participate in sports, according to a report launched today by 10 United Nations agencies.

New child-friendly MDGs launch and youth writer competition
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 22 October 2004 – As part of the UN week celebration, UNICEF Representative, Bjorn Ljungqvist, today launched UNICEF’s child-friendly version of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and a young artist/writer competition promoting how Ethiopian youth can achieve the MDGs.

Children's rights at heart of Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, 20 November 2003 - On the 14th anniversary today of the international adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy called on world leaders to put children at the heart of their development agendas.




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