Press releases and news notes
Statement on Harry Belafonte
Statement on Harry Belafonte's recent comments
Kenya: Worst drought in years threatens children
NAIROBI, 19 December 2005 - UNICEF called urgent attention today to thousands of children in northern Kenya who face malnutrition due to deepening drought.
DR Congo: 10,000 Newly Displaced People Receive Emergency Assistance From UNICEF
KINSHASA, 21 December 2005 - UNCEF in the Democratic Republic of Congo has provided emergency relief items to over 10,000 newly displaced people in three camps, north of Katanga province.
New Resource Package Shines Spotlight on Excluded Children
GENEVA, 22 December, 2006 - The marginalized and disadvantaged children of Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States feature in a new online information package launched by UNICEF today.
Niger: More than 300,000 children saved from malnutrition in 2005, but work is far from over
NIAMEY, NIGER, 21 December 2005 - A recent survey conducted by the government of Niger, the Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta and UNICEF confirms that the children of Niger still face high levels of malnutrition.
Tsunami Generation of Children See Hope for the Future, According to UNICEF Survey
NEW YORK, 22 December 2005 – One year after the tsunami dramatically changed their lives, children in India, Sri Lanka and Thailand feel hopeful about the future, while children in Indonesia are recovering at a slower pace, according to a survey of tsunami-affected children released today by UNICEF.
More than 1 million children beyond aid net in Darfur
Khartoum/London/New York, 20 December 2005 – A new report by UNICEF details the impact of conflict on children’s lives in Darfur, almost three years after the violence began.
On dawn of new Afghan parliament, UNICEF says children must come first
Kabul, 16 December 2005 – With an historic new Parliament scheduled to be inaugurated in Afghanistan on Monday 19 December, UNICEF is urging its newly elected members to ensure that children are top of the new assembly’s agenda.
Children out of sight, out of mind, out of reach
LONDON, 14 December 2005 – Hundreds of millions of children are suffering from severe exploitation and discrimination and have become virtually invisible to the world, UNICEF said today in a major report that explores the causes of exclusion and the abuses children experience.
Veneman remarks at launch of SOWC 2006: Excluded and Invisible
LONDON, 14 December 2005 - Remarks of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman at launch of the State of the World’s Children 2006 in London.
Benin Measles Campaign Marks Culmination and Success of Measles Initiative Five-Year Goal
WASHINGTON, December 12, 2005 — The Benin campaign will mark the culmination and success of the Measles Initiative’s original goal of reducing measles deaths by vaccinating 200 million children in more than 40 countries, and preventing 1 million children from dying from measles over five years.
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.
UNICEF delivers warm clothing kits to children in high-altitude villages and tented camps
Islamabad, December 8 -- With the freezing temperatures of the northern Pakistan winter now producing snow across a large swathe in the mountains above 5000 feet, the need to deliver items to help earthquake-affected families who remain in the high altitude villages is critical.
UNICEF Executive Director Embarks on Year-End Trip
NEW YORK, 6 December, 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman travels to India and the U.K. this week for an international trip that focuses on issues critical to children’s health and protection.
UNICEF Launches Flagship Publication in London on 14 December
On Wednesday, 14 December, UNICEF will launch its flagship publication, The State of the World's Children. The theme this year deals with children who are excluded and invisible. Hundreds of millions of children have become virtually invisible. They are victims of abuse, exploitation and discrimination that rob their safety and dignity. And they are children who are excluded from even the most basic services they need to grow and thrive.
African Parliamentarians Convene for Historic Conference on Ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
DAKAR, SENEGAL, 4 December 2005 – Parliamentarians from across Africa have convened in Dakar, Senegal for a landmark conference to learn about female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and discuss what they can do to help end the dangerous and violent practice.
Major Increase in Services Needed for Pregnant HIV-Positive Women to Stop Virus Being Passed to Children
ABUJA, Nigeria, 30 Nov 2005 – The number of children who become HIV positive every year could be more than halved if pregnant women living with HIV received comprehensive services including anti-retroviral drugs, UNICEF said today. But less than 10 per cent of women who need these services are getting them.
SNAP, UNICEF and UNAIDS Launch Campaign to Galvanize Action for Children Affected by HIV/AIDS
Khartoum, 30 November 2005 – The Sudanese National AIDS Control Programme (SNAP), UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners will launch tomorrow a campaign focusing on the impact of HIV/AIDS on children, saying that as many as 300,000 young people in Sudan under 25 years are already living with the virus.
UNICEF Marks 2005 as Unprecedented ‘Year of Emergencies’
NEW YORK, 29 November 2005 – Issuing a preliminary one-year update on its recovery efforts in the tsunami zone, UNICEF said today that 2005 has been an unprecedented year of emergencies for children, with an extraordinary series of natural disasters, food crises, and conflicts tearing at the fabric of life for tens of millions of people.
UNICEF and Al-Azhar University Present New Manual Designed to Underscore Importance of Children in Islam
CAIRO, 29 November 2005 – UNICEF and Al-Azhar University released today a new manual designed to underscore how the care, protection and development of children is central to Islam.
UNICEF and UAE Partners Shaping Model Humanitarian Agreements for Pakistani Children
AMMAN, 28 November 2005 --- An innovative approach to emergency response following the October 8th earthquake in Pakistan has engaged important partners in the UAE in a strategy that combines financial contributions with hands-on action to help meet the needs of children in devastated areas, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said today, following a mission to the Middle East and South Asia.
New Southern Sudan Government and UN Launch Measles Immunization Campaign
JUBA, SOUTHERN SUDAN, November 28, 2005 - The biggest-ever immunisation campaign in Southern Sudan kicks off today in the capital, Juba.
UNICEF and Al-Azhar University to release new manual to help put children at the forefront of action in Islamic countries
MEDIA ADVISORY, 25 November 2005 - Global launch of new manual designed to underscore how the care, protection and development of children are central to Islam.
Clock strikes midnight on promise by governments
GENEVA / BEIJING, 25 November 2005 – Forty-six countries have fallen short of the target of getting as many girls as boys into school by 2005, UNICEF said today, launching a report illustrating progress and challenges toward achieving gender equity in education.
Three million girls undergo female genital cutting every year
GENEVA/FLORENCE/CAIRO, 24 November 2005 – An estimated three million girls in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East undergo genital mutilation/cutting every year, according to a UNICEF report released today.
More children will be vaccinated in Haiti thanks to a donation from Japan
Port-au-Prince, 22 November 2005 - The Government of Japan has donated to UNICEF US$ 1,8 million to support the Extended Programme of Immunization (EPI) in Haiti. Exchange of Notes was signed in Port-au-Prince between the Chargé d’Affaires ai of Japan and UNICEF Representative. The ceremony was presided by the Minister of Health of the Government of Haiti and was attended by other partners in EPI including Ambassadors of Spain and Brazil in Haiti, representatives of USAID, French Cooperation and PAHO/WHO. This is a second donation from Japan after an amount of 2,2 millions granted last year to support the same Programme.
Egyptian TV wins International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award
NEW YORK, 21 November 2005 – Egyptian TV won the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) award at the 33rd International Emmy Awards Gala on Monday night. The special prize is awarded every year by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and UNICEF.
Children’s Rights Not Respected in Cote D’Ivoire’s Ongoing Military and Political Crisis
ABIDJAN, Cote D’Ivoire, 21 November 2005 – As the world celebrates the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF is calling attention to the plight of the children in Cote D’Ivoire and the continued widespread violation of their rights as a result of the ongoing three-year-long conflict.
15 Years After Innocenti Declaration, Breastfeeding Saving Six Million Lives Annually
GENEVA/FLORENCE, 22 November 2005 – Six million lives a year are being saved by exclusive breastfeeding, and global breastfeeding rates have risen by at least 15 per cent since 1990, says a report released on the 15th anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding.
Government of Mozambique and partners satisfied with the results of national vaccination campaign
Maputo, 18 November 2005 - Around 8.2 million children have been reached during a recent national vaccination campaign in Mozambique, the Minister of Health, Dr. Paulo Ivo Garrido, announced in a press conference on Thursday evening in Maputo. He stated that a total of 8,189,159 children were vaccinated against measles, and 4,391,090 received a first dose and 4,305,987 received a second dose of polio vaccine. In addition, 3,398,535 children received vitamin A supplementation. Dr. Bokar Touré and Leila Pakkala, the Representatives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF respectively, also participated in the press conference.
IKEA heralds promotion to support UNICEF and Save the Children activities
NEW YORK, 18 November 2005 - In the spirit of the holiday season, all IKEA stores worldwide will donate one euro for each soft toy sold in its 200 stores from November 19 through 24 December 2005 to support UNICEF and Save the Children programmes for children in impoverished countries.
UNICEF and WHO move to support Sudan in controlling outbreak of yellow fever
Khartoum, 17 November – The World Health Organization and UNICEF have taken immediate action to support the Ministry of Health to respond to a deadly outbreak of yellow fever in South Kordofan in Sudan. Three weeks after the onset of the outbreak of the disease that was initially attributed to dengue, another mosquito-spread disease, UNICEF and WHO have provided the Ministry of Health and partners in South Kordofan with drugs, bed nets, vaccines, insecticides, spraying equipment and other supplies, as well as logistical support.
UNICEF to release study on female genital mutilation
MEDIA ADVISORY/16 November 2005 - Set in the framework of the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, (24 November), the Global launch of Changing a Harmful Social Convention: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (a Digest produced by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre) will count on the participation of Rima Salah, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director; Emma Bonino, Member of the European Parliament; Ambassador Moushira Khattab, Secretary General of the Egyptian National Council for Childhood and Motherhood as well as International celebrities, adolescents and anti-FGM/C activists.
Sudan pushes polio into retreat: Mass immunization drive launched to reach 6.3 million children
KHARTOUM, 15 November - As the latest in a series of major polio immunization drives gets underway in Sudan, the Ministry of Health announced that the polio epidemic that hit the country last year seems finally to be in retreat. The epidemic paralysed 152 children over the course of the last 12 months. But since June, cases have fallen to zero thanks to an unprecedented year-long immunization effort backed by UNICEF, WHO, Rotary International and other organizations.
UNICEF measles immunization campaign to reach 800,000 children of quake-hit Pakistan administered Kashmir
MUZAFFARABAD, 16 November 2005 - In an extensive and accelerated campaign UNICEF is working with WHO and the Ministry of Health targeting 800,000 children under 15 years of age for immunization against measles. The two week long campaign will cover the whole of Pakistan administered Kashmir (PAK) with a focus on the remote valleys where access remains difficult.
Massive international effort stops polio epidemic across 10 west and central African countries
Geneva/New York/Atlanta/Evanston, 11 November 2005 - Public health experts have confirmed that a polio epidemic in ten countries in west and central Africa - Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Togo - has been successfully stopped. The epidemic has paralysed nearly 200 children for life since mid-2003, but no new cases have been reported in these countries since early June. At the same time, polio eradication efforts are intensifying in Nigeria, where extensive disease transmission continues, as part of a mass polio campaign across 28 African countries beginning today.
Girls, boys, and young people: The missing face of AIDS
SAN SALVADOR, 11 November 2005 – UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners kicked off today a campaign to focus attention on the devastating impact of AIDS on children and young people, warning that current efforts underway in Latin America and the Caribbean will not be sufficient to halt the pandemic.
Uganda expands life-saving tetanus immunizations
KAMPALA, 10 November 2005 – UNICEF in Uganda today announced its support for an expanded campaign to immunize thousands of children and women against the threat of tetanus, with vaccinations being completed in nine, high-risk districts throughout this month.
Ministers from Islamic countries take strong stand in favour of children
RABAT, 8 November 2005 – On issuing a Declaration calling for an end to harmful traditional practices, elimination of gender disparity in education and urgent action to address the unacceptably high rates of child and maternal mortality in some Islamic countries, the more than 200 participants of The First Islamic Ministerial Conference on the Child hailed the meeting as a major success and a ground-breaking initiative for the Islamic world.
UNICEF applauds U.S. ratification of trafficking protocol
NEW YORK, 7 November 2005 – UNICEF hailed the United States government today for ratifying a United Nations Protocol aimed at stopping the trafficking of women and children. The formal instruments of ratification were deposited at the UN last week.
Ministers from Islamic countries convene for landmark meeting on children
RABAT, 7 November 2005 - Senior representatives of almost 50 Islamic countries and nearly 20 international organizations have convened for a landmark meeting intended to make a real and lasting difference for more than a quarter of the world’s children, who are disproportionately burdened by poverty, malnutrition and disease.
First Islamic Ministerial Conference on the Child
MEDIA ADVISORY, 3 November 2005 - The conference will focus on issues specific to OIC member countries in four major areas: health and HIV/AIDS; quality education and culture; protection against abuse, exploitation and violence; and leveraging resources. Participants will reflect on how Islamic countries have been delivering on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and in making their countries "fit for children", as well as on areas of challenge, best practices and mobilizing increased cooperation among OIC member states to accelerate progress for children.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman on her visit to quake-ravaged Pakistan
MUZZAFARABAD, Sunday 30th October, 2005 - Ladies and Gentlemen, today I witnessed the extraordinary scale of devastation and the breadth of human suffering during this short visit to the heart of the earthquake zone. The impact this has had on the children of this vast and ruggedly beautiful land is of particular concern.
UNICEF chief heads to quake-ravaged Pakistan
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 28 October 2005 – On the eve of a two-day trip to quake-devastated northern Pakistan, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today expressed concern over the serious risks still facing thousands of children across the remote region. She also made an urgent appeal for more funding to support the massive relief effort.
Global AIDS crisis gets first-ever global awareness campaign
Johannesburg, London, New York, October 27, 2005 – Clear Channel Outdoor and UNICEF today launched the first-ever global outdoor advertising campaign to raise awareness of the enormous impact of HIV/AIDS on children. At simultaneous events in Johannesburg, London and New York celebrities joined representatives of the two organizations to unveil a powerful image depicting a young child standing by her parents’ graves. The campaign will be seen on billboards and other outdoor displays in 50 countries around the world.
UNICEF and Clear Channel launch first-ever global outdoor ad campaign highlighting impact of HIV/AIDS on children
MEDIA ADVISORY, 26 October - The first ever global outdoor advertising campaign to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on children will be unveiled by UNICEF and Clear Channel Outdoor at UNICEF House in New York on Thursday, 27 October.
Children: The missing face of AIDS
NEW YORK, 25 October 2005 – UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners today launched a global campaign focusing on the enormous impact of HIV/AIDS on children, saying it was a disgrace that fewer than 5 per cent of HIV-positive children receive treatment and that millions of children who have lost parents to the disease go without support.
Second year of ‘One Schoolbag For Every Primary School Student’ in Djibouti sees dramatic increase in school enrollment figures
Djibouti, 25 October 2005 - For the second consecutive year, 49,000 school children in Djibouti received school kits aimed at ensuring every child has the quality school materials they need.
Despite high knowledge levels about HIV/AIDS, Liberian youth still at risk
Monrovia, LIBERIA, 25 October 2005 - In a new finding, a UNICEF Liberia-commissioned study says many young Liberians have a high-level of knowledge about HIV/AIDS and its transmission but continue to engage in risky behaviour. The study also reveals that many young people harbor high levels of misconception and stigma towards people living with the virus.
UNICEF Offers Sympathies After Death of First Lady of Nigeria
NEW YORK, 24 October 2005 - UNICEF expressed deep regret today at the passing of Mrs. Stella Obasanjo, the First Lady of Nigeria, who died on Sunday after undergoing surgery.
Reeling after Hurricane Stan, Central America and Mexico await Wilma
NEW YORK, 21 October 2005 - Still reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Stan – the worst storm to hit Central America in a decade -- a number of countries in Central America are bracing for a potentially worse storm as Hurricane Wilma hits landfall on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula as a Category Four storm. After Hurricane Stan struck Central America more than two weeks ago, UNICEF rushed emergency relief supplies to communities in Central America and Mexico devastated by Hurricane Stan last week, estimating that well over a third of the victims are children.
Children in Darfur in better health but more needs to be done
KHARTOUM, 20 October 2005 – The global acute malnutrition rate among children aged 6-59 months in Darfur has improved from 21.8 per cent in September 2004 to 11.9 per cent in October 2005 as a result of a sustained and integrated humanitarian assistance programme.
UNICEF warns thousands of children are at risk in mountains of Pakistan
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 October 2005 – UNICEF warned today that tens of thousands of children are in peril in remote earthquake-affected parts of Pakistan because of deteriorating weather, injury, and illness.
UNICEF warns against potential exploitation of child earthquake survivors
ISLAMABAD, 17 October 2005 - In the aftermath of the earthquake many children have become separated from their caregivers. UNICEF has responded with concern to reports about children being taken from health facilities by individuals or NGOs, claiming to be able to look after them.
Good nutrition critical to child health and development
NEW YORK, 15 October 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman marked World Food Day by calling for increased focus on mother and child nutrition as the backbone of a healthy start in life. She said ensuring that women and children are well-nourished is essential to helping reach the Millennium Development Goals, because sound nutrition is central to health, learning, and well-being.
UNICEF flights to earthquake zone in Pakistan
New York/Geneva 14 October 2005 – UNICEF announced today that it has five flights loaded with blankets and nutritional biscuits landing in Pakistan over the weekend, and seven more scheduled for next week and beyond with almost 100,000 blankets.
UN appointee to brief on landmark study on violence against children
NEW YORK, 17 October 2005 - Professor Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, independent expert appointed to lead the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children , and Abigeil McIntyre, 17 year-old youth activist from Grenada will brief the press on the progress and intial findings of the landmark study on violence against children.
High stakes for Malawi's children as malnutrition rises
Nairobi, 14 October - Severe malnutrition is alarmingly on the increase among under-five children in Malawi but many could yet be pulled back from the brink if needed funds arrived to support the efforts of government and UN relief agencies.
FAQ: “Smurfs: What’s it all about?”
In case you haven’t heard: UNICEF in Belgium has created a unique and attention-getting video message about the impact of war on children. The 30 second TV ad – to be run free by Belgian broadcasters in the late evening hours – is part of a campaign by UNICEF in Belgium to raise awareness about the many ways conflict destroys children’s lives.
Pakistan children face deadly combination in weeks ahead
NEW YORK, 13 October 2005 – Keeping children who survived the devastating Pakistan earthquake alive in the days and weeks ahead must be a priority of the international relief effort, UNICEF said today.
Tuesday: Global campaign for AIDS and children to be launched by UNICEF, UNAIDS and Kofi Annan
NEW YORK, 12 October 2005 - HIV/AIDS is now a children’s disease, robbing tens of millions of their futures. Launched by UNICEF and UNAIDS, the "Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS" campaign aims to put children back in the picture – for treatment, protection, prevention and support during pregnancy.
New tools move polio eradication drive into final phase
NEW YORK, 12 October 2005 - Strong advances in the remaining polio endemic areas and the recent introduction of new tools have moved the global polio eradication effort into its final phase in all but one country of the world. The conclusion reached this week in Geneva by the Advisory Committee on Polio Eradication (ACPE), the independent, technical oversight body of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, is that polio could be finished within the next six months everywhere, except in Nigeria.
Zimbabwe’s HIV infection rate falls, but much still to be done
HARARE, 11 October, 2005 – Zimbabwe’s HIV rate has fallen, making it the first country in Southern Africa – the epicenter of the global epidemic – to show a decline.
Hurricane Stan – worst disaster to hit Central America and Mexico since 1998
PANAMA CITY/GENEVA, 11 October, 2005 - UNICEF is rushing emergency relief supplies to communities in Central America and Mexico devastated by Hurricane Stan last week, estimating that well over a third of the victims are children.
UNICEF calls for US$4 million to urgently assist up to 700,000 children in Kenya
Nairobi, 8 October 2005, UNICEF has urgently appealed for US$4 million to assist children in drought affected northern Kenya. More than 20,000 children are malnourished or at serious risk of malnutrition. The risk of polio has soared with cases now reported in Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, which border the remote, drought-affected districts in Kenya. Meanwhile, rising tribal and clan violence, often politically motivated and related to competition over scarce water resources, has targeted children, costing lives and injuries, and forcing thousands to abandon their homes.
Bangladesh Measles Campaign reaches 98 per cent of targeted children
DHAKA, 10 October 2005 - Phase one of the recently completed National Measles Vaccination campaign in Bangladesh successfully reached 98 per cent of the target population aged between nine months and ten years of age.
UNICEF helps the city of Bam launch its first ever telephone hotline service for children
TEHRAN, 10th October 2005. The city of Bam in south east Iran has launched its first ever telephone hotline service for children and their families. The hotline, which is open 12 hours a day, is staffed by social workers from the State Welfare Organisation, one of UNICEF’s key partners in the city, after it was hit by a devastating earthquake in December 2003.
UNICEF Appeals for $20 Million for Pakistan Earthquake
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 9 October 2005 – UNICEF said today that it is appealing for an initial $20 million to provide emergency relief to children and families who survived the Pakistan earthquake.
UNICEF Moving Relief Supplies to Quake-Affected Areas of Pakistan
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 8 October 2005 – UNICEF said it is supplying immediate assistance to the government of Pakistan in the wake of Saturday’s massive earthquake, adding that in a region where one-fifth of the population is under age five the death toll among young children could be very high.
UNICEF sends emergency supplies to El Salvador
San Salvador, 6 October 2005 -- Today UNICEF made a donation to El Salvador’s First Lady and National Secretary for the Family, Doña Ana Ligia Mixco de Saca, aimed to meet the needs of 10,000 people located in 70 temporary shelters – of which approximately 60 percent are children.
Many children with disabilities still “written off”
GENEVA/FLORENCE, 5 October 2005 - A UNICEF report launched today finds that, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the numbers of children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) have dramatically increased.
Report Says World Has Turned Its Back On Too Many Children
UNICEF urges Cote d'Ivoire to hold annual schools exams
Abidjan/Dakar/Geneva/New York – 5 October 2005 – Following the recent announcement by Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Education of the indefinite postponement of school exams for children in northern Cote d’Ivoire, UNICEF calls upon all parties in Cote d’Ivoire to work together to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken so that every child in Cote d’Ivoire can enjoy their fundamental right to an education.
Botswana: Turning the tide against measles
MOLEPOLOLE, 4 October 2005 – As noted in UNICEF’s recent Progress For Children report, few things yield greater benefits for the health, wellbeing and survival of a child than immunization. This message is being imparted to communities around Botswana as a country-wide Measles and Vitamin A campaign gets underway to immunize all children aged between 9 months and 5 years of age. A collaboration of UNICEF, WHO, the Ministry of Health, Botswana/USA Partnership, Botswana Red Cross Society as well as faith-based organizations, the campaign will run from 3 – 7 October 2005.
Work starts on schools project in Aceh and North Sumatra
BANDA ACEH, September 29, 2005 – Workmen have begun to prepare the foundations of the first new UNICEF permanent schools in Aceh. The builders started to dig the earth at the site of two new schools in Banda Aceh, on Thursday, September 29. They will pack earth, stones, sand and cement for the foundation. Heavy equipment such as bulldozers and excavators will come later in the week.
UNICEF, MSF and WFP join forces to save children’s lives in Niger
Niamey-Niger/Geneva/New York – 29 September 2005 - Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program (WFP) launch a joint Targeted Supplementary Feeding Initiative in Zinder, southern Niger.
One in four infants still at risk from vaccine preventable diseases
NEW YORK, 29 September 2005- New country-by-country data reveal inadequate progress on protecting children and women from vaccine-preventable diseases, despite the availability of low cost vaccines, according to a UNICEF study released today.
UNICEF urges plan to combat IDD among Egyptian children
CAIRO, September 28, 2005 -- Efforts to end the scourge of iodine deficiency disorder (IDD) among Egyptian children are the focus of a workshop in Cairo this week organized jointly by the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) and UNICEF Egypt.
UNICEF-supported school launches feeding programme in Nigeria
ABUJA, 27 September 2005 -- As the new school year starts in Nigeria, the Ministry of Education chose a UNICEF-supported school to launch a major national programme, aimed at providing one meal per day to all pupils during schools days. The President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, kicked off the Home-grown School Feeding and Health Programme, at Science Primary School Kuje, near Abuja, on Monday 26 September, 2005.
Children, the Focus for Islamic Solidarity
A new report says action is urgently needed to tackle a range of problems facing over 600 million children in the Islamic world, from poverty and disease to education and protection.
One million children in Malawi face the worst food crisis since 1994
Geneva, 20 September 2005 - Children in Malawi continue to face high levels of vulnerability. This year, inadequate rainfall and a poor harvest have led to the worst food crisis since 1994. Approximately, 4.2 million or 34 per cent of the population will not be able to meet their minimum food requirements from now until the next harvest in March 2006. Of these, an estimated one million are children under the age of five and pregnant women.
Launch of FIFA World Cup Peru 2005
Trujillo, 16 September 2005 - Trujillo, a city on Peru’s northern coast, was the site of the launch of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup Peru 2005. The Mansiche Stadium was in a party mood, celebrating the beginning of this international sporting event, which brought together sixteen of the world’s best youth teams.
Women, Water and Hygiene Are Key to Change in Africa
NEW YORK, 14 September 2005 - Women, water and basic hygiene are the key to creating lasting change in Africa, but national water and sanitation plans are still leaving women out, leaders in development said today.
New global partnership calls for immediate action to help women and children Survive
NEW YORK, 12 Sept 2005 – As world leaders gather in New York for this week’s World Summit at the United Nations, an unprecedented coalition of governments and health organizations joined together today to underscore the critical importance of reducing child and maternal deaths as part of the overall campaign to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
HIV/AIDS campaign in Angolan schools
LUANDA, 05 September 2005 – In its daily column “Falou & Disse” (Spoke and Said), the 13th August 2005 edition of Jornal de Angola National newspaper featured responses of two students among eight interviewed about the importance of sex education.
Measles cases and deaths drop 91 per cent in 19 African countries
Geneva/New York/Washington/Atlanta, 3 September 2005 – The results from a new study published in The Lancet today demonstrate that high-quality measles immunization campaigns and improvements in routine immunization services have reduced measles cases by 91% in 19 African nations* from 2000-2003, preventing an estimated 90,000 child deaths in 2003 alone.
Leaders call for immediate action to help women and children survive
NEW YORK, 6 September 2005 - A roundtable event to be held on Monday, 12 September, at UNICEF headquarters in New York will focus on achieving MDGs 4 & 5 to reduce maternal and child mortality. The event is an official side event of the 2005 World Summit. Each year, more than half a million women die in pregnancy or childbirth, and more than 10 million children die before their fifth birthday. In order to meet MDGs 4 & 5, increased funding, better health and information systems, a stronger health workforce, improved coordination and, most importantly, immediate action is needed.
UNICEF urges hurricane victims to hang on to hope
NEW YORK, 2 September 2005 – UNICEF today expressed heartfelt sympathy to the families who lost homes, livelihoods and loved ones to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, urging those affected to hang on to hope.
New women and children protection section for Liberia’s police
Monrovia, LIBERIA, 1 September 2005 – In a major step towards building a new protective environment for Liberia’s children and women, a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a special facility for the newly established Women and Children Protection Section of the Liberian National Police (LNP) will take place here Friday, 2 September at National Police Headquarters. The Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, the Hon. Jackson E. Doe, and the United Nations Mission in Liberia’s Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Operations, Steinar B. Bjornsson, are scheduled to lead the events, which begin at 10 AM.
At upcoming MDGs review, protecting children should take centre stage
Nairobi - 2 September 2005 - As world leaders gather later this month in New York to review progress towards the Millennium Development Goals, more support needs to be generated for the National Plans of Action prepared by more than 16 countries in Africa. Ten or so other countries are in the preparation stage with their Plans.
Beslan one year on: UNICEF calls on adults to shield children from conflict
NEW YORK, 1 September, 2005 - UNICEF today marked the first anniversary of the Beslan school tragedy by calling on all adults to shield children from war and conflict.
Seven million children to be vaccinated as Aghanistan strives to eradicate polio
Kabul, 1 September 2005 – Seven million Afghan children under the age of five will be vaccinated against polio in a three-day campaign, starting on 5 September, marking another crucial stage in the country’s efforts to eradicate the crippling disease.
India's cricketing stars bowled over by Zimbabwean orphans
HARARE, 31 August 2005 – A group of India’s star cricketers today met with some of Zimbabwe’s 1.3million orphans, listening to the problems faced by the children and visiting a UNICEF-supported education project.
UNICEF Executive Director delivers remarks at Beijing+10
Beijing, 29 August 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, in China for a five-day visit, delivered her remarks at the opening day’s afternoon plenary session.
Indonesia Launches country's largest-ever immunization campaign to tackle expanding polio epidemic
New York/Geneva, 29 August 2005 - To combat Indonesia's largest recorded polio epidemic, which now threatens a broad swath of countries across Asia, on 30 August, 24 million children will be immunized during the country's largest-ever mass immunization campaign.
UNICEF praises ATP for tsunami relief donations
Flushing, New York, 27 August 2005 – UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organization, today presented World No. 1 Roger Federer with a plaque as a token of its appreciation for the efforts of the ATP and pro tennis to rapidly raise funds to support UNICEF’s relief efforts in south Asia immediately after the tsunami struck the region.
UNICEF sponsored photo exhibit by children of Beslan opens today
BESLAN, Russia, 26 August 2005 - Photos taken by children from Beslan go on display in the town’s Cultural Centre today – the result of a photography and journalism workshop for the children organised by UNICEF (22-28 July). The exhibition, entitled Children Are the Most Precious Thing in the World, will run until 9 September.
With new Afghan parliament weeks away, UNICEF calls on nation to speak up for children and women
Kabul, 25 August 2005 – As Afghanistan’s parliamentary election campaign enters its final weeks, UNICEF is taking the opportunity to urge all Afghans to focus on children and their rights, with the launch of a new awareness campaign.
Historic flyby at Lady Liberty and Battery Park to benefit UNICEF Philippines
NEW YORK, 25 August 2005 - In a bid to raise funds for disadvantaged children in the Philippines, a restored vintage Dornier 24ATT seaplane will make a historic landing on the Hudson River fronting Battery Park City this Saturday.
Norway donates US$7 million to education in Angola
LUANDA, 19 August 2005 – The signing of an agreement contemplating financial support for the improvement of primary education in Angola took place on Friday the 19th between the Government of Norway, represented by Alida Andresen, Interim Trade attaché of that country’s embassy in Angola, and UNICEF, represented by the agency’s Representative in Angola, Mario Ferrari.
UNICEF Executive Director on five-day visit to China
NEW YORK, 24 August 2005 – On her fourth field visit since becoming UNICEF Executive Director in May, Ann M. Veneman will visit China this week to address the Beijing+10 Conference. While in China she will also visit child survival programmes for children in Ningxia province, take part in a roundtable on child trafficking, and headline a UN-wide panel discussion on the Millennium Development Goals and other topics.
Against odds, Zimbabweans keep their children in school
HARARE 23 August – Against great odds, Zimbabwean parents and caregivers are keeping their children in school, and in some cases increasing national enrolment, UNICEF said today. At the same time, the UN Children’s Fund called on international support for Zimbabweans to ensure this positive culture does not disappear in the face of harsh economic realities.
Children of Beslan to unveil photo exhibit
BESLAN, 23 August 2005 - Children from Beslan will unveil photos of their lives at the Beslan Cultural Centre on Friday, 26 August, 2005. The photos – moving, inspiring, humorous and sad – are the result of a photo workshop organized by UNICEF (22-28 July).
Japan announces US$ 5.16 million to improve children’s health
KHARTOUM, 22 August 2005 -- The Japanese Government confirmed today its contribution of Japanese Yen 568 million (about US$ 5.16 million) to support UNICEF-assisted interventions in Sudan aimed at improving access to primary health care and to contribute to the eradication of polio, prevention of measles, and reduction in the malaria cases among under-five children and pregnant women.
Japan backs UNICEF child survival programme in Nigeria
Abuja, Friday 19 August, 2005. Immunization activities and malaria prevention in Nigeria received a boost today, as the Government of Japan donated N 690 Million (US $ 5.2 Million) to UNICEF under the project for Infectious Diseases Prevention for Children in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Sierra Leone signs anti-trafficking act
FREETOWN, 18 August 2005 - UNICEF welcomes the signing of the Anti-Human Trafficking Act by the President of Sierra Leone on 12th August 2005. The Act defines human trafficking as an offense and criminalises all forms of human trafficking. The issue of trafficking in persons, particularly of women and children who are the most vulnerable, has been of great concern in post-conflict Sierra Leone. UNICEF therefore hopes that the Act will help the Government of Sierra Leone and its partners to more appropriately respond to issues of prevention, rapid response for identification and prosecution of offenders, as well as the provision of relevant reintegration services for victims.
Japan donates US$ 5 million to counter malaria outbreak and spread of polio in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, 15 August 2005 – The Government of Japan today donated US$ 5 million to UNICEF to help wipe out polio and prevent an epidemic of malaria across Ethiopia.
Children must be safe during Gaza withdrawal
NEW YORK, 12 August 2005 -- UNICEF today urged that children be kept out of harm’s way during the planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the northern West Bank.
36 Bangladeshi camel jockeys arrive home
DHAKA, 11 August 2005 - UNICEF is pleased to announce that the first group of Bangladeshi camel jockeys has been repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and arrived safely in Dhaka this morning.
Canadian government donates $10 million (Cdn) to UNICEF Niger
NIGER, 5 August 2005 - Today in Maradi, Niger, the Honorable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, announced that Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, will increase its contribution by $10 million (Cdn) to fight under-nutrition and hunger in the Sahel region of Africa, including Niger. In the presence of UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Rima Salah, the Minister said that $6 million (Cdn) of that money would go to support UNICEF’s immediate aim of treating an estimated 32,000 suffering from severe malnutrition and 160,000 children suffering from moderate malnutrition in Niger.
UNICEF mourns death of Dick Heyward
NEW YORK, 4 August 2005 – UNICEF today mourned the passing of Dick Heyward, a beloved and influential senior statesman for UNICEF for more than 30 years. Heyward, who retired from UNICEF in 1981, died Wednesday in Long Island, New York, after a long illness. He was 90 years old.
Afghanistan's maternal and child mortality rates soar
KABUL, 4 August 2005 - While Afghanistan is progressing from a state of emergency to a focus on development, women and children continue to face an "acute emergency'' because of exceptionally high maternal and child mortality rates. "Infant mortality and under five mortality are very high, girls' enrolment is one of the lowest in the world and malnutrition affects almost half of the country's child population," said Cecilia Lotse, UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia, after a a week-long visit to the region.
Desirable rate of exclusive breastfeeding, still a distant goal in most of the Arab world
AMMAN, 4 August 2005 – In spite of notable achievements by countries like Syria and Egypt having reached more than fifty percent of exclusive breastfeeding at their national levels, the Middle East and North Africa region has yet to engage in more resolute action to ensure that infants are breastfed between 0-6 months of age.
UNICEF thanks Olara Otunnu
NEW YORK, 3 August 2005 – Reacting to his departure as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, UNICEF said today that it was deeply grateful to Olara Otunnu for being an outspoken advocate for millions of children caught in conflict around the world.
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director to visit Niger
NEW YORK, 3 August 2005 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah arrives in Niger today, where she will survey the needs of hundreds of thousands of children and assess the UNICEF efforts to assist children suffering from severe and moderate under-nutrition.
UNICEF trains 85 health workers to treat under-nutrition in Niger
MARADI, NIGER/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 2 August 2005 - UNICEF Niger and the Ministry of Public Health of Niger are now conducting a second round of capacity-building training of national health workers in Niger in the management of severe and moderate under-nutrition of children.
UNICEF joins Sudan in mourning John Garang
NEW YORK, 1 August 2005 – UNICEF today joined the people and Government of Sudan in mourning the loss of Dr. John Garang, First Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, following the announcement early Monday of his death in a helicopter crash.
Poor feeding for children under two leads to nearly one-fifth of child deaths
NEW YORK, 1 August 2005 – Better infant feeding practices in the first two years of life could prevent almost one-fifth of all child deaths in the developing world, UNICEF said today at the start of World Breastfeeding Week.
French government donates life-saving supplies to UNICEF Niger
NIGER, 30 July 2005 - The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Philippe Douste-Blazy, arrived in Niamey, Niger this morning, accompanying an air-transport of 1.7 tons of essential drugs, including antibiotics, anti-malarials and de-worming tablets, as well as special oral re-hydration salts for the treatment of diarrhea in severely malnourished children. An estimated 160,000 children in Niger are suffering from moderate under-nutrition & another 32,000 children are suffering from severe under-nutrition.
Measles partnership welcomes immunisation campaign in Mozambique
MAPUTO, 29 July 2005 – The International Measles Partnership welcomes the start of the National Immunisation Campaign, which Mozambique’s Deputy Health Minister Dr. Aida Libombo is expected to kick off in the Northern Region of Mozambique in Nampula this Monday.
32,000 children in Niger face ‘mortal threat’
Niamey/Geneva/New York – 29 July 2005 – UNICEF has issued an additional emergency appeal for US$14.6 million to care for 32,000 children suffering from severe under-nutrition and 160,000 children suffering from moderate under-nutrition in Niger and to help stop a deadly cycle of starvation.
Armenia joins global campaign to stop violence against children
YEREVAN, 27 July – UNICEF, Council of Europe and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Social Issues and State Police called today for immediate action to put an end to violence against children.
Official Statement on the Security Council Resolution on Children in Armed Conflict
NEW YORK, 25 July 2005 - UNICEF today applauded the UN Security Council resolution that establishes a monitoring and reporting system for children affected by armed conflict.
In wake of Zimbabwe demolitions, UNICEF calls for global support to alleviate crisis facing children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 JULY 2005 – In the wake of a report by the United Nations Special Envoy regarding home demolitions and evictions in Zimbabwe, UNICEF today repeated calls for an immediate end to the operation and for full humanitarian access to more than 585,000 people who have been made homeless.
Manchester United announces four year plan to lend sports leadership to UNICEF to deliver development targets for children
BEIJING, 26 July 2005 – Manchester United today announced a four-year pledge to use their leadership in sport to assist UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, in achieving its development targets for children. Speaking at a press conference in Beijing Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill was joined by Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs and Chinese player Dong Fangzhuo *.
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.
UNICEF and CONCACAF - unite for children
NEW YORK, 22 July 2005 – UNICEF and CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) last night signed a pledge to develop a long term partnership to benefit children in Latin America and the Caribbean.
New round of child soldier demobilization begins in west Afghanistan
KABUL, 21 July 2005 – The second major phase of Afghanistan’s child soldier demobilization and reintegration campaign got underway in the west of the country this week, with an expected 3,500 children likely to benefit from the initiative in the coming three months.
Call to ban corporal punishment wraps up South Africa meeting on violence
JOHANNESBURG, 20 July, 2005 - A three-day preparatory consultation on the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children ended today with a call for a total ban on corporal punishment.
Seminar on Children affected by HIV/AIDS held in Beijing
20 JULY, 2005 - A one-day Seminar on “Care and Love for Children affected by HIV/AIDS” opened this morning at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
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.
UNICEF and UN-Habitat to provide shelter for Tsunami victims in Somalia
NAIROBI 19 July 2005 - Starting next month UNICEF and UN-HABITAT will jointly implement a project to provide shelter for over 2400 people living in the Tsunami-affected town of Hafun, North Eastern Somalia.
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.
Regional meeting in South Africa calls for an end to violence against children
Johannesburg, 18 July – A regional preparatory consultation on the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence for Eastern and Southern Africa opened in Johannesburg today with a strong call to end the violence that is afflicting many of the continent’s children.
UNICEF speeds supplies to Grenada
Bridgetown, Barbados 16 July 2005 - UNICEF supplies arrived in Grenada today as the island continues to deal with the after effects of Hurricane Emily which impacted the island, especially the dependencies of Petite Martinique and Carriacou, almost thirty six hours ago.
UNICEF - new Sudan constitution should conform with international standards for children
KHARTOUM/GENEVA/AMMAN, 13 July 2005 – UNICEF congratulated Sudan today for including provisions in the Interim National Constitution that strengthen the rights of children and women. At the same time, the agency called for the elimination of exceptions that permit imposition of the death penalty for children under 18.
Statement on Iraq child deaths
Responding to the deaths today of 26 Iraqi children in a suicide car bombing, UNICEF said that it deplores the actions of those who would target innocent children.
South Africa hosts a preparatory consultation for the UN Study on Violence against Children
The Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultation for the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children is being organized at the request of the Study expert, Professor Paulo Pinheiro. It is one of nine regional consultations being held world-wide that will form an integral part of the study process.
Indigenous Children from Latin America demand their rights at Madrid meeting
MADRID, 8 July 2005 - “We are boys, girls and adolescents belonging to 34 indigenous peoples; we are creators, bearers and transmitters of our cultures whose contributions to humankind contribute to coexistence, diversity and peace.
Niger food crisis increases child deaths
NIAMEY/GENEVA - 12 July 2005 - Acute malnutrition rates have risen to 13.4 per cent in southern Niger Maradi and Zinder Regions, with 2.5 per cent of this group identified as severely malnourished children under age five, says UNICEF quoting recent nutrition surveys by the UN and several NGOs.
Indigenous children discuss problems and exchange solutions in Madrid
MADRID, July 7, 2005 - More than 80 indigenous children and adolescents from 17 Latin American countries are meeting here today and tomorrow to discuss their “problems and exchange ideas and solutions to resolve them,” in the words of 11-year-old Jessica Peñafiel, from the Quechua people of Ecuador, during the opening ceremony. The conclusions of the meeting will be reflected in a Final Declaration and presented at the Ibero-American Ministerial Conference on Children and Adolescents, to be held in September in León, Spain.
2005 Gold Cup dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean children
PANAMA CITY/MIAMI, 6 July 2005 – UNICEF and CONCACAF announced today that the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be dedicated to UNICEF and the children of Latin America and the Caribbean with a special message to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and violence.
UN calls for observance of days of security in Sudan during polio vaccination campaign
KHARTOUM - 6 July 2005 -- On the road to eradicate poliovirus, WHO, UNICEF and national and international NGOs are joining efforts with the Sudanese Ministry of Health in order to conduct an additional immunization campaign. WHO reported that as of 10 April 2005, 152 polio cases have been identified in 18 of Sudan’s 26 states since mid-2004 when polio first reappeared after a three-year hiatus.
UNICEF calls for end to compassion fatigue over Ethiopia’s dying children
ADDIS ABABA, 6 July 2005 – Despite the enthusiasm surrounding the Live 8 concerts in the run up to the G8 summit meeting, donors are showing increasingly worrying signs of compassion fatigue over the plight of Ethiopia’s severely malnourished and dying children, UNICEF warned today.
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.
Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe to the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltics Regional Consultation on Children and Violence in Europe and Central Asia
I am delighted to be with you today – although I must pass on deepest apologies from Rima Salah, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, who has been delayed by the weather. She will arrive tonight to attend her eighth Regional Consultation on Violence against Children and will, I am sure, meet as many of you as possible in the next two days. My thanks to Prime Minister Jansa for his warm welcome and inspiring words and to his Government for making this possible.
Invisible in violence – children in Europe and Central Asia
LJUBLJANA/GENEVA, 5 July 2005 - The invisible faces of children across Europe and Central Asia (ECA) who are subjected to daily abuse and violence in the home, school, community and residential institutions will come into sharp focus at a conference starting today in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
New HIV/AIDS data reveals gravity of situation for children in Asia and the Pacific
3 July 2005, KOBE, Japan - More than 1.5 million children in Asia and the Pacific are now orphaned by AIDS, according to new regional data, making protection, care and support efforts for children more urgent than ever.
UNICEF Urges G-8 to Focus on Results for Children
NEW YORK, 1 July 2005 – The decisions which the G8 leaders take this week have the potential to reduce extreme poverty around the world and to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of children, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF Hails Major New U.S. Funding for Malaria
WASHINGTON, 30 June 2005 – UNICEF hailed the announcement today of a major new initiative by the United States to fund the prevention and treatment of malaria in Africa, calling the commitment “a great step forward for child health and survival.”
Ibero-American meeting on rights of indigenous children
MEDIA ADVISORY, 27 June 2005 - Indigenous children and adolescents suffer from the highest levels of exclusion and discrimination in Latin America. The Meeting seeks to bring attention to the violations of their rights, and ensure their participation in the search for solutions to the problem.
MENA consultation on violence against children
CAIRO / 26 June 2005 - The first regional meeting dealing exclusively with violence against children is opening tomorrow amid calls for countries in the region to do more to prevent physical and psychological harm to young people.
UNICEF and Viet Nam celebrate 30 years of progress for children
HANOI, 23 June 2005 -- UNICEF gathered with Vietnamese government officials today to celebrate a 30-year nationwide partnership that has dramatically improved the health of women and children, assisted in halving poverty and increased access to education.
UNICEF steps up action in Zimbabwe, though concerned that all affected cannot be reached
GENEVA/HARARE, 24 June 2005 – UNICEF today further stepped up its operations to reach the children and women currently affected by Operations Restore Order and Murambatsvina in Zimbabwe.
Six months after tsunami, UN agencies say hardest work lies ahead
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 June 2005 - Six months after the tsunami ripped through communities across the Indian Ocean last December, the development agencies most involved in the recovery effort said the toughest challenges still lie ahead - including the complex issues of where to re-establish housing, how to quickly restore livelihoods, and what to prioritize now that the immediate relief phase is over.
Global health organizations recognize Rotary International’s unprecedented role in the fight to end polio worldwide
GENEVA/NEW YORK/ATLANTA, 21 June 2005 – On the occasion of Rotary International’s 100th anniversary, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative today paid tribute to the humanitarian service organization’s commitment to ending polio worldwide.
UNICEF and its partners organize a forum for children and adolescents on the rights of the child
Bujumbura, BURUNDI, June 16th, 2005 – We commemorate on this day, the occasion of the celebration of the Day of the African Child, the events that took place in Soweto, South Africa on June 16th, 1976. We honor the memory and courage of hundreds of girls and boys who participated in a symbolic march to claim their rights to an education of a better quality and in their own language.
UNICEF celebrates 30 years of cooperation with the Government of Viet Nam
MEDIA ADVISORY, 17 June 2005 - This year marks 30 years of cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of Viet Nam. UNICEF began its first nation-wide programme of assistance in Viet Nam in 1975 – being the first United Nations agency to have an official and physical presence in Viet Nam right after the unification of the country and has since then been working with the Vietnamese Government to improve the well-being of all children across the country.
UNICEF launches malgache translation of child survival manual
Madagascar, June 16, 2005: On the occasion of the Day of the African Child, UNICEF, in collaboration with its sister UN agencies, launched the first-ever malagasy translation of the famous Facts for Life child survival guide. This guide aims at providing parents, care givers, young people, health workers, teachers and communicators with information on how to save and improve children’s lives.
UNICEF to hold C8 children’s summit
MEDIA ADVISORY, 16 June 2005 - The C8 involves young people between eleven and eighteen years of age, from eight of the world’s poorest countries - Bhutan, Cambodia, Moldova, Yemen, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Lesotho and Bolivia. They will be joined by young people from the G8 countries Russia, France, Italy, Germany and the UK to debate, discuss and firmly place young people’s opinions and recommendations on the agenda of the G8 leaders.
School construction in Banda Aceh kicks off as six month mark nears
JAKARTA, 16 June 2005 - Work has started on a fast-track building programme that will see two hundred temporary schools built in one month across the tsunami-damaged region of Aceh, UNICEF said today.
EAPRO consultation concludes: violence is not inevitable
BANGKOK, 16 June 2005 – “Violence is not inevitable but rather an injustice that can be ended by recognizing that peace is a human right and that this responsibility belongs to everyone,” more than 250 delegates proclaimed at the end of the three-day Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children.
Millions of orphans in Nigeria need care and access to basic services
Abuja, 15 June 2005. “African Orphans: our collective responsibility”: the theme for this year’s commemoration of the Day of the African Child on June 16 is drawing attention to the tragic situation of millions of orphans throughout the continent. According to a recent study published by UNICEF in 2004, “Children on the Brink”, there were 43 million orphans in Sub-Saharan African in 2003, an increase of more than one-third since 1990.
Paraguay takes concrete steps in the effective implementation of the Optional Protocol against the use of child soldiers
Asunción, Paraguay, 15 June 2005- Representatives of the Government of Paragay, UNICEF and the members of non-governmental organizations and community groups presented the results of the first round of visits to monitor implementation of the Optional Protocol on the Use of Child Soldiers which prohibits the forced recruitment of children under 18 years old as soldiers.
Somalia launches emergency polio immunization campaign
NAIROBI, Kenya - On 17 June, Somalia will launch a nationwide polio immunization campaign, to urgently protect the country's children from life-long paralysis caused by the disease. The campaign comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) Office for the Eastern Mediterranean issued a stark warning that Somalia could become re-infected with polio from nearby Ethiopia and Yemen, the latest two of 16 previously polio-free countries re-infected due to an ongoing outbreak in west and central Africa. Somalia has been polio-free since October 2002.
Study highlights rape in Northern Uganda's largest IDP camp
GULU, UGANDA, 15 JUNE 2005 – A new study on sexual and gender-based violence has identified rape, the sexual abuse of children and physical assault as being among the most common forms of sexual violence inside the Pabbo internally displaced persons camp in Gulu District, the largest and one of the oldest such settlements in northern Uganda’s conflict-affected districts.
On the Day of the African Child: Africa’s chronic emergencies struggling for attention
NEW YORK, 14 June 2005- Midway through the year some of Africa’s most intractable emergencies are seriously under funded. Only two out of ten countries with recurring emergencies are on track to reach UNICEF funding targets, but most will barely make it half way.
Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children opens with call for ban on corporal punishment
Bangkok, 14 June 2005 – A ban on corporal punishment led the issues to be targeted during the East Asia and Pacific Regional Consultation Against Violence this week in Bangkok. Corporal punishment at home and in school physically and emotionally impacts daily on the lives of many of the region’s 600 million children. Experts during the opening session called for better public awareness and debate on child rights, legislation to prohibit all forms of violence and mandatory reporting systems to monitor abuse.
About Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro
UNICEF responds to food crisis in Niger
NIAMEY, 13 June 2005 - UNICEF announced today that it is providing US$222,000 (116 million francs CFA) worth of therapeutic food and growth monitoring equipment to the Nigerien Government to strengthen efforts by the Government and other partners involved in managing the food and nutrition crisis affecting the most vulnerable groups in Niger -- particularly children.
Efforts to end child labour must focus on education
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 10 June 2005 – Ensuring access to quality basic education is critical for removing children from hazardous labour, UNICEF said today.
Representatives to evaluate progress toward meeting the MDGs in Latin America and the Caribbean
SANTIAGO, 6 June 2005 - José Luis Machinea, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will present a report by United Nations bodies, agencies and programmes in the region, analyzing the status of the Millennium Development Goals in Latin America and the Caribbean, on Friday 10 June at 10 am.
UNICEF says HIV/AIDS education in Myanmar can save thousands of lives
YANGON, 10 June 2005 – Following her recent visit to Myanmar, UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, Anupama Rao Singh, said that actively educating Myanmar’s children about HIV/AIDS will save thousands of lives.
Study to report on gender-based violence in Pabbo IDP camp
MEDIA ADVISORY, 10 June 2005 - The report will be launched in a ceremony attended by senior representatives of the Government of Uganda, diplomatic corps, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations, as well as national and international media.
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.
Benin and Nigeria pledge to fight child trafficking
Cotonou / Abuja, June 9, 2005 - UNICEF congratulates the Governments of the Republic of Benin and the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the signing today, in Cotonou, of a "Cooperation agreement to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons with emphasis on trafficking in women and children.”
Central Asian Countries Agree to Improve Quality and Access to Education by 2015
Dushanbe, 9 June, 2005 – Concluding a 3-day meeting in Warzob, delegates from five Central Asian countries committed to speeding up the common education reform process in each country in the face of limited resources for investment in the education sector.
Tajikistan hosts education forum
Dushanbe, 4 June 2005 – Around 120 delegates from Central Asian countries and UN organizations including UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank and the Asian Development Bank will meeting in Warzob next week, near the capital Dushanbe for the annual CARK (Central Asia Republic of Kazakhstan) Education Forum.
Buenos Aires declaration on violence against children
Ann M. Veneman's remarks to UNICEF's Executive Board
NEW YORK, 6 June, 2005 - Mr. President, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, good morning, and thank you for being here today.
Youth delegates and experts address violence against children in Canada and U.S.
TORONTO, 3 June 2005 – Today, youth delegates and experts from across Canada and the U.S. will convene in Toronto to take part in a major global initiative to stop the most pervasive forms of violence against children.
UNICEF praises generous gift for indigenous Amazonian children threatened by disease, poverty, exclusion
GENEVA/LIMA, 3 June 2005 – UNICEF today announced two groundbreaking donations totaling almost $11.7 million from the Finnish government that aims to boost living standards of some of the world’s poorest and most excluded children – those of the Amazonian basin of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
Almost 2 billion more people need access to basic sanitation by 2015 to meet global target
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 2 June 2005 – Basic sanitation must reach 138 million more people every year through 2015 – close to 2 billion in total - to bring the world on track to halve the proportion of people living without safe water and basic sanitation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF warn in a new report.
Family and institutions are the main settings for violence against children and adolescents
BUENOS AIRES, 1 June 2005 – The family and State institutions are the main settings where Latin American children and adolescents experience violence. This was one of the main findings from the Latin America Consultation on violence against children that ended today in Buenos Aires after three days of meetings, with the participation of more than 250 experts from the Latin American region.
National Immunization Days to curb spread of polio outbreak in Yemen
AMMAN/ SANA’A, 2 June 2005 – With 179 cases of polio now confirmed in Yemen, the Yemen Ministry of Health has launched a nationwide immunization campaign to break the back of the epidemic and stop the virus travelling further.
Government of Lao PDR, UNICEF launch media awareness campaign to protect young people from dangers of trafficking
Vientianem, 1 June 2005 - The Government of Lao PDR and UNICEF today launched a multi-media campaign designed to raise awareness of the risks posed by trafficking and protect those most at risk from its dangers. Lao youth music celebrities will perform a concert in Vientiane, the nation’s capital, to mark Children’s Day and promote the campaign’s themes.
Children in residential institutions desperately vulnerable to abuse
GENEVA, 31 May 2005: Violence against children in residential institutions can be found across Europe and Central Asia, according to research gathered by UNICEF in the run-up to a major conference on violence against children. The research also reveals glaring gaps in knowledge and data.
UNICEF supplies 200 new temporary school buildings to Aceh
BANDA ACEH, INDONESIA, 26 May 2005 - UNICEF is building two hundred temporary primary schools in the areas of Aceh worst affected by the tsunami. The buildings would cost $US 2.3 million, or about $11,500 each and were designed to be used while permanent classrooms were being constructed.
International experts meet in Buenos Aires to analyze violence against children and adolescents in Latin America
BUENOS AIRES, 30 May 2005 – In the framework of the United Nations Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children, international experts and representatives of governments, civil society and adolescents are meeting in Buenos Aires today until June 1st to analyze and gather information on violence against children in Latin America.
Nigeria’s Children’s Day: UNICEF calls for accelerating progress on girls’ education
ABUJA, 27 May 2005. Today millions of children across the nation are celebrating Nigeria’s Children’s Day on the theme: “Educate the girl child, educate the nation”. UNICEF welcomes the choice of this theme and joins all Nigerian children in calling on policy makers, local authorities, religious and traditional leaders, school authorities, the media and all Nigerian parents to accelerate progress on educating girls.
Belgian Princess Mathilde appointed UNICEF and UNAIDS Special Representative for Children and AIDS
ANTWERP, 27 May 2005 - Today on the occasion of the granting of an honorary doctorate to UNICEF at the University of Antwerp, HRH Princess Mathilde announced her acceptance to become a UNICEF and UNAIDS Special Representative for children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.
Regional consultation in Buenos Aires on violence against children
MEDIA ADVISORY, 26 May 2005 - The Latin American regional consultation will provide input to the landmark study of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence Against Children.
Afghanistan polio immunization targets "missed" children
KABUL, 26 May 2005 – More than 2 million children in 64 districts of Afghanistan cut off by heavy snowfalls earlier in the year, along with districts in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, will be targeted in a special round of polio immunization starting Sunday 29 May. The campaign is a vital step in ensuring that no children are missed in the nationwide effort by the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, UNICEF, WHO and partners to eradicate polio in the country.
New salt iodisation plant opens in Afghanistan
KABUL, 26 May 2005 – An eleventh salt iodisation plant in Afghanistan began production on Monday in the Bagrami district of Kabul, with the capacity to generate up to 40 metric tonnes of iodised salt per day for the capital’s population and surrounding provinces.
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.
UN leaders call for more action as Southern Africa enters a critical phase
JOHANNESBURG, 25 May 2005 – Three United Nations leaders today called for the world to refocus its attention on the chronic problems and humanitarian needs of millions of people in southern Africa, especially children.
NCCM to host MENA Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children
CAIRO, 25 May 2005 – Calling on media outlets and journalists to “support dynamic cooperation in ventilating violence issues affecting children in the Arab countries, the Middle East and Iran”, Ambassador Moushira Khattab, Secretary General of the National Council of Childhood and Motherhood officially announced the MENA Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children, to take place in Cairo next June 27-29th.
Sudan continues effort to close down polio epidemic
Khartoum, 24 May 2005 -- In a continuing all-out effort to eradicate polio from Sudan, the Ministry of Health, backed by UNICEF, WHO and other organizations, today launched a three-day polio immunization campaign. The goal of this fourth round of National Immunization Days in 2005 is to immunize all children under five years, particularly those living in the poorest communities or those cut off by conflict. These children are the key to stopping the spread of the disease.
UNICEF and Procter & Gamble join forces on safe drinking water for children
NEW YORK/CINCINNATI, 24 May 2005 - UNICEF today welcomed an alliance with Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) which could provide safe drinking water for millions of families and schoolchildren.
Six million polio vaccines arrive in Yemen
YEMEN, 20 May 2005 - Six million doses of polio vaccines procured by UNICEF arrived today in Sana'a for use in the second phase of the nationwide National Immunization Days scheduled to start from May 30 to immunise all of the country's children under the age of five years. The forthcoming round of NIDs has assumed special urgency in view of the reported polio cases.
Channeling adolescent potential to bring about change
BAMAKO, 23 May 2005 - Mr. Ezio Murzi, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, launched today in Bamako the new publication Adolescent Programming in Conflict and Post Conflict Situations. The publication provides a set of recommendations to encourage adolescent participation in community development and peace building during crises.
New UNICEF Executive Director begins three-country visit in Southern Africa
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 20 May 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman makes her first field visit as head of the agency next week, touring three southern African countries where the lives of children are increasingly under threat from an AIDS-driven crisis and where the number of children affected by AIDS is the highest in the world.
Calls to end violence against children made at groundbreaking South Asia meeting
ISLAMABAD/ 19 May 2005 - The first regional meeting dealing exclusively with violence against children ever to be held in South Asia is opening amid calls for countries in the region to do more to prevent physical and psychological harm to young people. More than 165 people, including delegates from all governments in the region, staff from UN agencies and child care agencies, are taking part in the three day meeting as part of the global consultation for the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children.
UNICEF to award winner of Voices of Youth 'Make a Difference’ video contest
New York, 16 May 2005 – Macedonia’s Youth of the World has been named the winner of UNICEF’s Voices of Youth ‘Make a Difference’ one-minute video contest. A special award will be presented at the annual PROMAX& BDA Conference on 21-23 June in New York City.
Integrated approach to child survival achieving important results
GENEVA, 16 May 2005 – An integrated approach to child survival designed to deliver a package of lifesaving health services for children in hard to reach communities has shown remarkable results, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman announced today at the World Health Assembly.
Africa responds to close down polio epidemic
DAKAR/NAIROBI/HARARE, 13 May 2005 – Africa is responding aggressively to close down a polio epidemic that has spread the virus as far as Indonesia in recent weeks. Countries across the west and central belt and the Horn of Africa are participating in the third in a series of pan-continental immunization drives this year to immunize all children against the virus.
Nigeria making Progress towards polio eradication goal
ABUJA, 11 May 2005 – As Nigeria launches the third round of National Immunization Campaigns in 2005, a recent expert review of Nigeria’s polio eradication programme reaffirmed that the country is making strong progress towards the end-2005 goal of stopping polio.
Six million doses of vaccine shipped to Yemen for emergency polio outbreak response
GENEVA, 10 May 2005 - Six million doses of monovalent oral polio vaccine type 1 (mOPV1) have been shipped to Yemen, as part of emergency measures to stop the ongoing polio outbreak in the country.
UNICEF alarmed by cholera outbreak in Sao Tome
LIBREVILLE/AGUA GRANDE DISTRICT/GENEVA, 10 May 2005 - In response to an outbreak of cholera, UNICEF has rushed medical supplies to Sao Tome, where nearly 80 per cent of the island’s total population is at risk to the deadly disease.
UAE supports UNICEF in safe return of camel jockeys to home countries
DUBAI/AMMAN – 8 May 2005 – In a major step to provide protection and support to children involved in camel racing, the UAE Ministry of Interior and UNICEF today signed an agreement to provide some $2.7 million to help in return and re-integration of child camel jockeys in their home communities.
Helen Keller International and UNICEF team up for children
NEW YORK, 27 APRIL 2005 - Helen Keller International (HKI) and UNICEF are joining forces to combat malnutrition and blindness in children, two of poverty’s most tragic health consequences.
UNICEF helps Indonesia fight back against polio
JAKARTA, 5 MAY 2005 - UNICEF is supporting the emergency vaccination of children in a district near Jakarta, Indonesia, on 5-6 May in an attempt to halt the spread of an outbreak of polio.
1.2 million children immunized in West Bank and Gaza strip
RAMALLAH/GAZA CITY, 5 May 2005 –An immunization campaign against measles, mumps and rubella was launched today for 1.2 million children and young people in the West Bank and Gaza strip.
UNICEF seeks US $2.94 million for children affected by drought in Kenya
NAIROBI, 4 May 2005 - UNICEF is calling for urgent emergency relief for thousands of Kenyan children at risk from continuing drought.
UNICEF to support US $90 million in rebuilding tsunami affected schools
JAKARTA, May 4, 2005 - UNICEF will support the Indonesian Government through Ministry of National Education by allocating US $90 million to rebuild 300 destroyed primary schools and repair another 200 damaged schools in the tsunami devastated province of Aceh as well as Nias island in North Sumatra province.
Ann M. Veneman at launch of the joint UNICEF-WHO World Malaria Report
NEW YORK, 3 May 2005 - Good morning. Thank you for joining us this morning. It is a pleasure to welcome you to UNICEF for the launch of the first World Malaria Report.
Polio strikes Indonesia
NEW YORK, 3 May 2005 - One decade after recording the last case of polio in Indonesia, a 20 month-old girl from Sukabumi district in West Java has been paralysed by poliovirus type one (P1).
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.
2005 world malaria report launch
The 2005 World Malaria Report is the first comprehensive report on the burden of malaria worldwide and on countries’ progress to control the disease. During the past five years, substantial advances have been made in some countries and areas in initiating and scaling up programmes to provide prevention and treatment to those most affected by malaria.
Ann M. Veneman becomes UNICEF Executive Director
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 2 May 2005 – Ann M. Veneman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, assumed the leadership of UNICEF today, becoming the fifth Executive Director to lead the UN children’s agency in its 60-year history.
Polio outbreak spreads across Yemen
GENEVA, 29 April 2005 - Eighteen new cases of polio have today been announced in Yemen, bringing the reported total number associated with an outbreak in the country to 22. Yemen had been polio-free since disease surveillance began in 1996 - a genetic investigation is ongoing to determine the precise origin of the outbreak. Experts fear that the number of cases will rise in the immediate future.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Femi Kuti speaks out against the suffering of Zimbabwean children
HARARE, ZIMBABWE, 29 April 2005– Femi Kuti today called upon the international community to rally behind the children of Zimbabwe in their fight against HIV/AIDS.
Displacement and humanitarian crisis continue in Colombia
Bogotá, April 27, 2005 – Intense combats between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian Army, beginning last April 14, have displaced more than 6,000 persons – 57% of them children – from the municipalities of Toribío and Jambaló, in the department of Cauca, in the southwestern Colombia. These towns are inhabited mostly by Nasa (Paéz) Indians, the second most numerous indigenous ethnic group in Colombia, recognized around the world as a symbol of indigenous resistance and being a community of peace.
Polio eradication on track in Liberia
MONROVIA, 28 APRIL 2005 – Liberia’s second round of National Immunization Days (NIDs) campaign reached 1,159,854 children under five years of age, according to Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Peter Coleman.
Bellamy says farewell to UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 27 April 2005 -- UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy completes her ten-year tenure with UNICEF this week, bestowing to her successor a legacy focused not only on child survival, but on protecting children from exploitation and abuse and ensuring their well-being through adolescence.
Jackie Chan, UNICEF/UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador says stop discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS
HANOI, 25th April – At the conclusion of his first mission to Viet Nam, UNICEF/ UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan called for an end to discrimination and stigma towards children and families infected or affected with HIV/AIDS.
Breaking the silence around family violence in the Indian Ocean Region
MADAGASCAR, Monday, April 25, 2005: In the lead up to regional and global consultations on violence against children, delegates from Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles and La Reunion, gathered for a three day meeting in Antananarivo to discuss the situation affecting children in their region as well as ways to tackle the problem.
Niger food shortages threatening Children, UNICEF calls for urgent funding
GENEVA/NIAMEY, 22 April 2005 – UNICEF today called for urgent funding to feed 800,000 children between under five years of age caught in the throes of a food crisis due to an ongoing plague of locusts and insufficient rainfall.
Partnership gains ground in the fight against malaria
GENEVA/ LUSAKA / BRUSELS / WASHINGTON DC, 21 April 2005— A single word has become the touchstone for hopes that a successful battle can be waged against malaria in Africa: partnership. At a time when funding to fight malaria is still sorely lacking, a kaleidoscope of organizations, governments, businesses and celebrities in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia, united under the banner of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, have made unprecedented gains over the past year.
UNICEF condemns bombings of schools in Nepal
KATHMANDU, 19 April 2005 - UNICEF has condemned the recent bombings of private schools in Nepal. The bombings follow a call by the student wing of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) for all private schools to close indefinitely from April 15, the start of the new school year.
Jackie Chan, UNICEF/UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador on 6-day mission to Cambodia and Viet Nam to highlight AIDS and landmines
HANOI/PHNOM PENH, 18 April 2005 - Action film superstar Jackie Chan will return to Cambodia and make his first official visit to Viet Nam in his capacity as a UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador.
Despite gains in girls' education worldwide, far too many still missing out
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 April 2005 – More children than ever are going to school, in part because more girls are going to school: That’s the good news from UNICEF’s latest Progress for Children report, focusing on gender parity in primary school attendance.
New campaign strives to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders in Afghanistan
KABUL, 17 April 2005 – With Afghanistan facing a high prevalence of iodine deficiency disorders, including mental retardation, physical stunting and goitre, a new campaign to be launched on Tuesday 19 April will encourage Afghan households to increase their consumption of iodised salt.
Arab girls outperforming boys in school but access and gender discrimination remain critical
AMMAN, April 18, 2005 – A region still dominated by the world’s greatest gender imbalances, the Middle East and North Africa have nonetheless seen sustained progress in the past two decades towards achieving gender parity in primary and secondary education, says the UNICEF’s Progress For Children Report launched globally in Geneva today.
Norway provides major boost to education in Madagascar
Antananarivo, Madagascar, 15 April 2005 - At a signing ceremony yesterday in the presence of the Ministry of Education and UNICEF, the Government of Norway donated US$ 6 million to UNICEF to improve the quality of primary schooling in this country.
New rapid nutritional assessment survey of Aceh released
ACEH, 15 April 2005 - A survey of more than 3700 households in the aftermath of the tsunami in Aceh confirms the immediate nutritional needs of high-risk groups in tsunami-affected areas have been met.
Ministry of Health and UNICEF mobilize 1,500 scouts to inform about Marburg
LUANDA, 15 April – Tomorrow, 1,500 scouts mobilized by the Ministry of Health with the support of UNICEF, will go around Luanda informing its inhabitants of the Marburg hemorrhagic fever.
UN mourns loss of Social Mobilisation activists in Uige
LUANDA, 15 April 2005 – The UN expresses deep sorrow at the deaths of the young social mobilisation volunteers hit by a lightning yesterday in the province of Uige while providing much needed information and advice on the Marburg virus to the population at risk.
UNICEF signs on Amitabh Bachchan to play role for children
NEW YORK, 14 April 2005 - UNICEF welcomed acclaimed Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan to its ranks of international Goodwill Ambassadors in a formal signing event this evening with Executive Director Carol Bellamy.
UNICEF and scouts join forces to support children and young people’s participation in decision-making processes
GENEVA, 8 April 2005 – UNICEF and the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) are pleased to announce the launch of a new formal alliance to promote the participation of young people in decision-making processes at all levels (global, regional and local).
Launch Monday: Report on girls' education highlights progress, challenges
MEDIA ADVISORY, 15 April 2005 - Press Conference to launch UNICEF’s bi-annual report: Progress for Children. This edition is “A report card on gender parity and primary education." Bellamy to launch report in her last visit to Geneva as UNICEF Executive Director.
UNICEF praises Armenian progress towards a protective environment for all children
YEREVAN, 13 April 2005 - UNICEF has hailed Armenia’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Both were signed by President Kocharyan today after being cleared by the Armenian National Assembly on 21 March 2005.
Golden opportunity for Arab nations to boost reform in favour of children
CAIRO, 11 April 2005 – With solid progress for children achieved in the last decade, Arab nations have come a long way in reaching global development targets, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said today in Cairo.
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.
Stakes remain high in drive to wipe out polio in Africa
DAKAR/NAIROBI, 8 April 2005 – With the polio virus’ high-transmission season just months away, African countries are redoubling their efforts this week to reach 100 million children in the second of a series of three immunization drives scheduled for 2005. This second round, from 9-12 April, aims to contain the epidemic before the virus begins to spread most rapidly in the July to September high season.
Give every mother and child a chance
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI, 7 April 2005 – World Health Day 2005 focuses on the health of mothers and children, and on the World Health Report 2004 release.
Lao PDR high level leaders focus on mother and child health
VIENTIANE, 6 April 2005 - Over 200 high level participants from central government and provinces gathered with donors and international agencies in Vientiane today to celebrate World Health Day on the theme: “Make every mother and child count”.
UNICEF, Government and NGOs unite for the children of Brazil’s most impoverished region
BRASILIA, 6 April 2005 – Cabinet ministers, state governors, mayors, NGO and business leaders today launched an unprecedented National Accord to improve the lives of some of the country’s most impoverished and excluded children.
UNICEF lauds Somali leader’s pledge to pay primary school teachers
BOSSASO, Northeast Somalia, 6 April 2005 - UNICEF has praised a pledge by the President of Puntland (Northeast Somalia) Mohamud Muse Hirsi “Adde” to inaugurate salary payments for primary school teachers.
UNICEF calls for enhanced global commitment to support countries in crisis
DUBAI, 5 April 2005 – Speaking from the the Dubai International Convention Centre, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah today launched the Humanitarian Action Report 2005 and called on the donor community, Arab funds and humanitarian agencies to exert improved effort in leveraging the region’s capacity to respond to persisting emergencies around the globe.
UNICEF launches global website in Arabic
DUBAI, April 6 2005 – Following remarkable success of Dubai’s support to the southeast Asia tsunami crisis, UNICEF’s Director of the Division of Communication, Sharad Sapra, today launched the organisation’s global website in Arabic at the Dubai Media City, a futuristic media complex where IT innovation and communication expertise come together.
UNICEF, CONADER and partners disarm 2,914 children in DRC
BUNIA, ITURI DRC, 4 April 2005 - UNICEF today confirmed that 2,914 children associated with armed groups have passed through the seven Disarmament and Community Reintegration (DCR) sites in Ituri District since September 2004, in addition to the 399 children (337 boys; 62 girls), received by child protection agencies in Ituri District prior to the 1 September 2004 start of the DCR process. The Congolese government body, CONADER (Commission Nationale de la Demobilization et Reinsertion), coordinates the disarmament process.
Launch of UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report
MEDIA ADVISORY, 4 April 2005 - Parting from an overview of countries around the world still dominated by crisis, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah will launch the Arabic version of the Humanitarian Action Report 2005, a summary document of UNICEF’s humanitarian programmes, key actions and achievements worldwide during the previous year.
Bellamy urges legislators to use their power to protect children from exploitation
MANILA / NEW YORK, 4 April 2005 – Echoing a theme that has become a hallmark of her tenure, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today challenged legislators from around the world to do more to protect the health and well-being of children.
UNICEF calls Pope John Paul "great friend of children"
MANILA / NEW YORK, 2 April 2005 - UNICEF said the world's children lost one of their greatest friends today as the organization mourned the passing of Pope John Paul II.
School children across Lao PDR help test salt for iodine
VENTIANE, 1 April 2005 – School children across the Lao PDR are helping the government this week with the push to wipe out iodine deficiency disorders by the target date of 2006. In all 142 districts of the country, children are bringing salt from home to school where it is being tested to determine if it meets national standards for iodization.
UNICEF and partners intensify fight against cholera in DRC
BUNIA, Ituri District, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1 April 2005 – UNICEF is intensifying its emergency activities in collaboration with partners to fight a deadly cholera outbreak at the Kafe internally displaced persons (IDP) site in Ituri District, Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as at the Tche and Tchomia IDP sites.
UNICEF appeals for fear to be banished from Nepal’s classrooms
NEW YORK, KATHMANDU, GENEVA, 1 April, 2005 – The start of the new school year in Nepal should be a time for all parties involved in the conflict to ensure that violence and fear stay out of the classroom, UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia has urged.
UNICEF brings critical supplies to the isolated children of Gaza Strip
GAZA CITY, March 30, 2005 - UNICEF today began delivery of a series of critical health and sanitation as well as education supplies to the isolated and deprived children of the Gaza Strip enclave of Al-Mawasi.
Report: Root causes of human trafficking in South Eastern Europe not being addressed
GENEVA, 31 March 2005 – The root causes of human trafficking are not being adequately addressed in South Eastern Europe, says a new report launched in Geneva today.
UN condemns irresponsible attack on antiretroviral therapy
GENEVA, 30 March 2005 - A recent advertising campaign is touting the benefits of vitamin therapy above antiretroviral therapy and claiming that antiretroviral therapy is toxic. These advertisements are wrong and misleading, said the WHO, UNICEF and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today.
UNICEF supports campaign to prevent spread of Marburg in Angola
LUANDA, 28 March 2005 - UNICEF is supporting WHO and the Angolan Ministry of Health in its efforts to prevent the spread of an epidemic caused by the Marburg virus that has killed 111 people, including 92 children under 15 years of age. While the outbreak is mainly concentrated in the northern province of Uige, 5 cases - 2 resulting in deaths- have already been reported in Angola’s capital, Luanda.
UNICEF Applauds Armenian Ratification of CRC Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography
YEREVAN, 19 March 2005 – President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan today signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, ratified by the National Assembly of Armenia on 28 February 2005.
On World Water Day, glass half empty for fifth of world’s children
NEW YORK, 22 March 2005 - Ninety days after water generated horror and headlines around the globe, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said that 400 million children – almost one fifth of all children - lack even the bare minimum of safe water they need to live.
Zimbabwe’s forgotten children
HARARE / JONANNESBURG, 17 March 2005 – As the world focuses on the upcoming Zimbabwean elections, UNICEF today released startling new statistics which call for politicians and donors to defend children as rigorously as they defend democracy.
Afghan new year heralds return to school for millions
KABUL, 17 March 2005 – As Afghanistan prepares for its New Year celebrations this weekend, millions of children will also be readying themselves for the start of another academic year, scheduled to begin on 22 March.
“Home sweet home” – a myth for many children?
COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 15 March 2005 - "Family violence claims the lives of four children under the age of fourteen each day in the European Region – over 1300 every year – according to World Health Organization (WHO) data.
Children victims of brutal slaughter
NAIROBI, KENYA, 15 March 2005 - UNICEF is appalled by the brutal slaughter of at least 16 children in clashes in Mandera District, Kenya, today.
Three million Angolan children targeted by live-saving health days
LUANDA, ANGOLA, 14th March 2005 – Angola’s commitment to reduce child mortality through routine vaccination and increased access to basic health care moves up a gear.
Harnessing the power of tennis for child immunization
PALM SPRINGS, California, U.S.A. 11 March 2005 – UNICEF and ATP, the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuit, announce today a new global partnership aimed at harnessing the power of tennis to help ensure the health, education and protection of children everywhere.
Dakar rocks to roll back malaria
DAKAR, SENEGAL, 10 March 2005 – Excitement—and commitments—mounted today in Dakar in the run-up to AFRICA LIVE: The Roll Back Malaria Concert, the star-studded, two-day music event taking place on March 12 and 13 in the Senegalese capital that will reach a billion people worldwide.
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.
Clashes reignite disaster for children in Democratic Republic of Congo
LONDON/GENEVA, 4 March 2005 - UNICEF said today that renewed fighting in the eastern DRC has cut vital aid to tens of thousands of civilians who had been earlier displaced by fighting.
UNICEF urges adversaries to allow health drive in Nepal
LONDON/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 4 March 2005 – UNICEF called today on all parties to the conflict in Nepal to help facilitate the transport of vaccines, Vitamin A and de-worming drugs, which have been held up in the recent transport shutdown in the country.
Bellamy remarks at launch of Lancet series on newborns
LONDON, 1 March 2005, I am very pleased to be here representing UNICEF and the committed individuals from across UNICEF who played such a key role in the development of this series. The focus of this series on neonatal deaths is important and timely.
Law bans imports of non-iodized salt in Georgia
TBILISI, GEORGIA, 3 March, 2005. The Parliament of Georgia has made a major breakthrough in the fight against iodine deficiency, adopting new legislation to outlaw imports of non-iodized salt. The new law: “Prevention of Disorders Caused by Iodine, Micronutrients and Vitamins Deficiency” will come into force in six months.
Measles deaths drop by nearly 40 per cent over five years
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 4 March 2005 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced that countries are on target to halve deaths from measles, a leading vaccine-preventable killer, by the end of the year. Global measles deaths have plummeted by 39%, from 873 000 in 1999 to an estimated 530 000 in 2003 .
Statement attributed to Bellamy on Beijing+10
NEW YORK, 28 February 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy remarks at Beijing +10: "Ten years ago, at the time of the Beijing Conference on Women, I had just begun as Executive Director of UNICEF. Now, as we commemorate Beijing Plus 10, I am only a few months away from leaving UNICEF. So I have come full circle – I started with Beijing, I just returned from a visit to Beijing, and I am talking about Beijing today."
Statement by Rima Salah on Beijing+10
NEW YORK, 28 February 2005 - UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah remarks on Beijing+10: "My six years as Regional Director in West and Central Africa were filled with life-changing encounters with children and their families. I witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by conflicts in the region and the brutal impact of the violence on civilians."
Polio immunisations begin in Uganda
KAMPALA, 26 February 2005 – The first of two rounds of immunizations to protect more than a million children in Uganda against the threat of polio begins today in 15 districts of the country bordering Sudan, in a campaign led by the Ministry of Health with the support of UNICEF, WHO and other partners.
Coast-to-coast polio drive to counter epidemic in Africa
DAKAR/HARARE/GENEVA/EVANSTON, 25 February 2005 – A mass polio immunization drive starting today across Africa gained greater urgency from reports that a child has contracted polio in Ethiopia, the first case there in four years.
Bellamy - “when China achieves, the world achieves”
BEIJING, 24 February, 2005 - Carol Bellamy addressed government leaders, UN agency heads, programme partners, children and the media this morning at a Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and UNICEF cosponsored forum in Beijing on “A Decade of Achievement for Children”.
UNICEF sends emergency supplies to Zarand quake
TEHRAN, 23 February 2005 - UNICEF has dispatched some emergency latrine slabs and plastic sheeting for immediate use in the earthquake stricken villages surrounding the town of Zarand, south west Iran.
UNICEF Regional Director Nils Kastberg visits Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 23 February 2005 – The UNICEF Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean Region, Mr. Nils Kastberg, ended today his two-day visit in Haiti. Nils Kastberg co-chaired along with the Minister of Planning and External Cooperation, a high level meeting on the Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the five year plan of collaboration between UNICEF and the government of Haiti.
UNICEF emergency team goes to scene of Iran earthquake
TEHRAN, 22 February 2005 - An emergency team from UNICEF has arrived in the town of Zarand, south west Iran to make a preliminary assessment and to discuss with the Iranian authorities the need for international assistance after an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit the region early this morning.
Malaria: biting back in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 22 Feb 2005 – Despite impressive advances made against malaria in Zimbabwe during the mid and late 1990s, UNICEF today warned that the country’s children are once more under threat from the disease.
UNICEF Regional Director visits flooded Guyana
PANAMA CITY, 18 February 2005 - More than 350,000 people have been affected by torrential rains and floodwaters in Guyana, Venezuela and Colombia. Guyana was the worst hit with almost 40% of its population being affected by last weeks floods.
Mass immunization campaign against measles and rubella in Kazakhstan
ASTANA, KASAKHSTAN,18 February 2005 - Almost 1.5 million young people aged 15 – 25 will be immunized against measles and rubella between 21 February and 7 March in Kazakhstan, the Minister of Health announced today.
UNICEF calls for action on Congo terror
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 15 February 2005 - UNICEF says that the number of civilians uprooted by fighting in Ituri district, Eastern Congo since the beginning of this year has risen dramatically over the past week.
Children: The missing link between poverty and development
MEDIA ADVISORY, 14 February 2005 - On Thursday, 17 February, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and a panel of eminent thinkers will debate key issues: How do children experience poverty differently from adults? How does this difference impact development debates, policies and actions affecting children? An open Q & A will follow the discussion
Gaza students receive boost to support their commitment to education
GAZA CITY, 08 February 2005 -- About 10,000 children in impoverished areas in the Gaza Strip today received a boost in the form of educational supplies to support their commitment to education.
UN seeks US$3 million to assist flood victims in Guyana
GUYANA, 8 February 2005 - The United Nations system launched a Flash Appeal today in response to the emergency humanitarian situation created by the recent floods that hit Guyana during the second week of January.
Bellamy in Bangkok on getting girls in school post-tsunami
BANGKOK, 7 February 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy delivers keynote address at girls' education summit in Bangkok.
UNICEF relief operation to assist 50,000 displaced in eastern DRC
BUNIA, 7 February 2005 - UNICEF DRC, working together with its partners, has begun a new humanitarian assistance operation in the district of Ituri in Eastern DRC that will reach out to some 10,000 families in the areas most affected by recent outbreaks of violence perpetrated against civilian population by armed factions throughout the months of January.
New vaccine store boost immunization in Afghanistan
KABUL, 6 February 2005 - A new vaccine storage facility will open in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday 8 February, improving immunization services for at least 500,000 children in surrounding provinces.
Female genital mutilation must end
NEW YORK, 6 February 2005 – UNICEF today reiterated its call on governments to move swiftly to stop the harmful practice of female genital mutilation and cutting.
South Asia slashes polio cases by nearly half
GENEVA, 4 February, 2004 — The three countries on the Asian continent that still have polio are on target to end the disease this year, their health authorities said today.
MTV Asia AID concert to benefit UNICEF
BANGKOK/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 3 February 2005 - On her arrival in Bangkok to attend the MTV Asia AID concert, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said she was delighted that MTV had refashioned its annual awards show into a global benefit that enables young people to contribute directly to the tsunami recovery effort.
EC and UNICEF join hands to support education in Somalia
NAIROBI, 31 January 2005 – Education prospects for Somali children are to benefit from a European Commission grant of 4.5 million euros, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch, said today following the signing of an agreement between the two bodies.
Statement on shooting of a three-year old girl in occupied Palestinian territory
JERUSALEM, 27 January 2005 - The UNICEF Special Representative in oPt, Dan Rohrmann, expressed his sadness today in the aftermath of the latest fatality, when yesterday, a three-year-old Rahma Ibrahim Abu Shamas was struck dead by a bullet while sitting in her house in a very poor area in the central Gaza Strip.
UNICEF preparing for surge in enrolment in southern Sudan
KHARTOUM / RUMBEK, 27 January 2005 – Building on the groundswell of hope that is being felt throughout Sudan, Africa’s largest country, UNICEF is stockpiling tents and classroom materials, training teachers, building schools and assisting education officials to enroll thousands more children in the first academic year of the post-war period.
Back to school in the Maldives
MALE, MALDIVES, 25 January 2005 - Only two weeks after the normal start date for the academic year all schoolchildren are today back in school in the Maldives Islands.
UNICEF seeks $763 million for ‘forgotten emergencies’
GENEVA, 26 January 2005 – UNICEF today appealed for more than $750 million to help millions of children struggling to survive conflicts and other emergencies in countries around the world, saying that the tsunami had shown that people care deeply about children in desperate situations but are often not aware of them.
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.
Gates Foundation funds new polio vaccine to accelerate global eradication efforts
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 27 January – WHO and UNICEF announced today that they have received grants totalling $10 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and introduce a powerful new polio vaccine – a critical part of the strategy to end poliovirus transmission worldwide by the end of 2005.
UNICEF hails Gates and Norway vaccine contribution
NEW YORK, 25 January 2005 – UNICEF today welcomed the major new contributions from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Norway to global immunization programs, totaling more than $1 billion over ten years.
For tsunami homeless, sanitation a critical concern
NEW YORK, 25 January 2005 – Hundreds of thousands of tsunami survivors living in temporary camps face a growing risk of water-borne disease due to flooding of toilets and inadequate numbers of toilets and bathing facilities, UNICEF said today.
Lack of safe water and sanitation in schools jeopardizes quality education
OXFORD, 24 January 2005 – As the drive continues to bring safe water and sanitation to schoolchildren in the tsunami zone, UNICEF warned that over half of all schools worldwide lack these basic facilities, jeopardizing the health and education of millions of schoolchildren.
Children's health and safety a priority as Guyana experiences its worst moment
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA, 23 January 2005 - Unprecedented volumes of rainfall were recorded throughout Guyana, with a record 30 inches during the first two weeks of January, and the inadequacy of the natural drainage systems under these circumstances resulted in the most severe flooding in the history of Guyana, affecting nearly half of the country’s 800,000 population.
Babies still abandoned in Romanian hospitals: pattern unchanged for 30 years, says UNICEF
BUCHAREST / GENEVA, Thursday, 20 January 2005 - As new child rights legislation enters into force in Romania, a report finds that babies are just as likely to be abandoned in the country’s maternity and pediatric hospitals as they were three decades ago.
UNICEF welcomes appointment of next Executive Director
NEW YORK, 19 January 2005 – Responding to the official announcement of its next Executive Director, UNICEF today congratulated Ann M. Veneman and said it looked forward to “welcoming her in May and supporting her as she leads UNICEF’s ongoing work for the world’s children.”
UNICEF welcomes UN Millennium Project "investing in development" report
NEW YORK, 17 January 2005 – UNICEF today welcomed the UN Millennium Project report directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs and his team, calling it an "indispensable road map to reaching the Millennium Development Goals."
Hundreds of schools destroyed by tsunami
NEW YORK, 14 January 2005 – Children in some of the areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami began returning to school this week even though the disaster destroyed or damaged over one thousand schools and killed thousands of teachers.
Mauritius provides US$50,000 to UNICEF for tsunami relief efforts
MAURITIUS, 12 January 2005 - At a ceremony attended by representatives of several countries affected by the recent tsunami, the Mauritian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Jayen Cutaree, delivered a cheque for US$ 50,000 to UNICEF to aid in the tsunami relief efforts. He also presented an additional US$250,000 to the various countries affected.
African health leaders vow to keep polio eradication goal
GENEVA, 13 January 2005 — Following a year in which Africa grappled with an escalating polio epidemic, ministers of health of the key affected countries today concluded that the spread of polio was slowing in most countries.
UNICEF Ambassador David Beckham launches UNICEF global TV campaign for tsunami emergency appeal
LONDON, 12 January 2005 – Newly appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, will speak out for the Tsunami affected children in a UNICEF TV campaign urging support for the organisation’s work to meet their immediate and long term needs.
Tsunami-affected families in Myanmar receive more UNICEF assistance
YANGON, 11 January 2005 – UNICEF has delivered emergency family kits to children and families in tsunami-affected areas of Myanmar’s Ayeyarwaddy District. The UNICEF kits are packed with blankets, clothing, utensils, soap, mosquito nets and other essential items to help families contend with the after-effects of the recent tsunami disaster.
UNICEF brings the healing power of play to traumatized children in the Maldives
MALE, 6 January 2005 – “If I were a superman, I would have stopped the waves with my powerful hands and helped everybody” says Ali Zian, a 10 year old boy, as he shows off the superman he’s just sketched and colored on a drawing sheet. Zian is one of the 332 children on the island of Huraa where UNICEF distributed recreational kits containing foot balls, crayons, dolls, drawing boards and books as a first response to address trauma and shock.
Clinton Foundation and UNICEF launch Tsunami Water and Sanitation Fund
NEW YORK, 10 January 2005 – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today announced the creation of a joint initiative that will bring safe drinking water and sanitation systems to children and families affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
UNICEF support gives relief to Somalia Tsunami victims
NAIROBI, 10 January 2005 - UNICEF is providing crucial support to help alleviate the suffering of communities in villages along the coastline of Northeast Somalia (‘Puntland’) most affected by the recent tsunami.
UNICEF mobilizes child trauma experts
PHUKET, 10 January - UNICEF said today that a team of specially trained child trauma experts from Thailand have been mobilized and are now commencing work in provinces hardest hit by the deadly Tsunumi.
Children should be first in line following Sudanese peace agreement
KHARTOUM/NAIROBI/AMMAN/NEW YORK, 9 January 2005 – Following the historic signing of a comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of the Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) today in Nairobi, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy urged that children be given top priority as development programmes scale up after more than two decades of war.
Clinton Foundation and UNICEF to make tsunami relief announcement
MEDIA ADVISORY, 8 January 2005 - On Monday, 10 January 2005, Former President Clinton and UNICEF will make an announcement related to ongoing philanthropic efforts aimed at public health.
How to protect children in the tsunami zone
LONDON, 8 January 2005 – Measures to protect children in the Tsunami zone from exploitation, abuse, and criminal trafficking are needed immediately to prevent them from slipping between the cracks, UNICEF said today, outlining the key steps essential to protecting orphans and other vulnerable children.
Students from Madagascar mobilize funds for tsunami survivors
ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR, January 6, 2005 - Some thirty students from a local school in the nation’s capital cramped into the UNICEF Representative’s Office in Antananarivo today to present funds they had donated and collected from other students to help child survivors of the Asian Tsunami Disaster.
UNICEF launches $144.5 million appeal
NEW YORK, 6 January 2005 - UNICEF is seeking $144.5 million to support urgent humanitarian aid for the estimated 1.5 million affected children in South Asia, many of which have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care and support. UNICEF has estimated that children account for more than one-third of tsunami deaths.
Students from Madagascar mobilize funds for tsunami victims
ANTANANARIVO, 6 January 2005 - Some thirty students from a local school in the nation’s capital cramped into the UNICEF Representative’s Office in Antananarivo today to present funds they had donated and collected from other students to help child survivors of the Asian Tsunami Disaster.
UNICEF welcomes British Airways support of tsunami relief efforts
NEW YORK, 5 January 2005 – UNICEF welcomes the support of British Airways for making a weekly 747 freighter flight available to UNICEF to get humanitarian supplies to tsunami-stricken countries.
UNICEF identifies key steps to save 'Tsunami Generation'
JAKARTA, 4 January 2005 – Two days ahead of a global conference here to coordinate aid for the countries devastated by tsunamis, UNICEF today proposed four fundamental priorities for children that the agency said are essential to the overall success of the relief effort.
UNICEF supports immunization campaign in Tamil Nadu and Kerala
DELHI, 2 January 2005 – UNICEF is supporting the Governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to launch a measles and Vitamin A immunization campaign targeting children affected by the tsunami disaster. 100,000 children in Tamil Nadu and 15,000 children in Kerala will be immunized as part of the emergency operation over a one-week period.
Bellamy to visit Tsunami zone
NEW YORK, 1 January 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy begins a five-day tour of the worst-affected tsunami zones this weekend, where she will survey the needs of hundreds of thousands of children and assess the UNICEF relief efforts to date.
Effort to identify unaccompanied children begins
NEW YORK, 31 December 2004 – UNICEF said today it is concerned that children throughout the tsunami-devastated region have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care and support.
From India: UNICEF distributes rehydration salts to treat diarrhoea
DELHI, 31 December 2004 – UNICEF is launching a fleet of mobile vans across three disaster-hit districts of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry this New Year’s weekend to help families in relief camps prevent and treat any outbreak of diarrhoea, especially among children.
From Indonesia: First UNICEF relief arrives in Indonesia
JAKARTA, 31 December 2004 - Emergency medical kits for 200,000 victims of the Boxing Day Earthquake and tsunami arrived in Jakarta airport today on route to Sumatra tomorrow.
Hundred of schools damaged in the Maldives
MALE, MALDIVES, 31 December 2004 - Hundreds of schools in the Maldives are now known to have been damaged by the Asian tsunami that struck the archipelago.
ATP commits $25,000 to UNICEF relief effort
CHENNAI, INDIA, 31 December 2004 – Tournament organizers of the Chennai Open have joined with the ATP to commit financial support to relief efforts benefiting victims of the tsunami which has devastated Southern Asia. The ATP, governing body of the international men’s professional tennis circuit, will donate the $25,000 sanction fee for the tournament and direct it in full to UNICEF emergency relief efforts in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, of which Chennai is the capital.
After the torrents, the next threat is standing water
NEW YORK, 29 December 2004 – UNICEF warned today that without immediate, wide-scale action to provide safe water in the communities hit by Sunday’s massive ocean flooding, millions of people will be at grave risk of water-borne disease.
UNICEF calls for aid to tsunami-struck countries
NEW YORK, 27 December 2004 – UNICEF is rushing relief assistance to the countries hardest hit by massive ocean flooding following Sunday’s earthquake, working to meet the urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of people who survived the tsunamis but now need shelter, water, medical supplies and other urgent assistance.
Bellamy: UNICEF ready to respond to quake victims in South Asia
UNICEF country offices circling the Indian Ocean are assessing damage from the Sumatra earthquake that touched off a series of tsunamis early today, killing thousands of people and leaving hundreds of thousands of children and their families in jeopardy.