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Four Small Governments Take Big Step for Children Affected by HIV/AIDS

NEW YORK, 28 March 2006 -- UNICEF thanked the governments of San Marino, Andorra, Liechtenstein and Monaco today for joining together to support the UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign.

Representatives of the four governments confirmed to UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman at a luncheon in New York on Tuesday a donation of $140,000 ($35,000 from each country). The contributions mark the first time the four governments have pooled their resources to support UNICEF and the first time that Monaco and San Marino have become government donors of UNICEF through earmarked funds.

The contribution will support UNICEF’s AIDS campaign in Gabon, which is stepping up its efforts to address the severe impact of HIV/AIDS on children. Gabon recently created a Ministry for AIDS and has raised the Minister of Social Affairs to the rank of Vice-Prime Minister. The contribution is the first donation to the UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign that is specifically ear-marked for Gabon.

UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS is a global partnership campaign to alert the world to the fact that children are missing from the global AIDS agenda. It provides a platform for urgent and sustained programs, advocacy and fundraising to limit the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and help halt the spread of the disease. Policymakers and the global public must become aware that AIDS not only affects adults, but is having a devastating affect on children throughout the world.

Convened by UNICEF and involving partners from every sector of the global community, the campaign outlines a child-based approach to holding the world to its promises to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS. It offers mechanisms for a faster and stronger response by all those who can make a difference from the community level up.

For more information, please contact:

Damien Personnaz, UNICEF Geneva,
(41) 022 909 5716




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