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UNICEF in Latin America and Caribbean looks ahead, behind at challenges
PANAMA CITY, 31 December 2007  – As 2007 comes to a close, UNICEF is looking back at the work achieved for children and preparing for the challenges...

Little respite for Iraq’s children in 2007
ERBIL/AMMAN/GENEVA, 21 December 2007: An estimated 2 million children in Iraq continue to face threats including poor nutrition, disease...

UNICEF releases 2007 Tsunami Report
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 18 December 2007 - Three years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people and devastated...

Shakira visits cyclone affected areas and UNICEF education projects in rural Bangladesh
DHAKA, December 19 2007 - Celebrated international musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira visited Bangladesh between December 17 and 19 to see for herself...

Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concerning the situation of children in Somalia
Statement - 18 December 2007

The EC invests 10 million euros to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 14 December 2007- The European Commission (EC) today donated €10 million to UNICEF Zimbabwe to improve the plight of orphans and vulnerable children.

Eyes on the South
Media Advisory

UNICEF and Hungary sign new cooperation agreement
New York, 14 December 2007 – Hungary has become the first of the twelve new EU members to sign a Framework Agreement on Cooperation in...

UNICEF condemns continuing violence in Mount Elgon
NAIROBI, 14 December 2007 – Today UNICEF condemned continuing attacks on families in Mount Elgon District.  UNICEF Representative Dr. Olivia Yambi said....

World Fit for Children +5 Declaration
NEW YORK, 13 December 2007 - At the close of the World Fit for Children +5 special session in New York, more than 140 government delegations have adopted a new....

GA youth speaker to address press at GA stakeout, following closing of session
NEW YORK, 13 December 2007 - Millicent Orondo, 15, of Kenya, will speak to the press today following her closing statement in the General Assembly...

Children’s voices important in climate change discussions
NEW YORK/NUSA DUA (BALI), 12 December 2007 – Two days after the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize to environmental experts, UNICEF...

Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concerning the bombings in Algiers
Statement - 11 December 2007

UN General Assembly holds Special Session focusing on children
NEW YORK, 11 December 2007 – Heads of State and other dignitaries have gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York today for a landmark...

New report charts progress for children
New York, 10 December 2007 - A new report issued today by UNICEF reveals a wealth of detailed information on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals.

New radio soap opera brings children’s issues into Sudanese homes
KHARTOUM, 13 December 2007 - A new radio soap opera called ‘Sika Tawadi’ will be launched in Sudan, bringing children’s...

Broadcasters from Thailand, Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique win the 2007 ICDB awards
NEW YORK, 11 December 2007 – UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have presented the 2007 International Children’s Day of....

UNICEF reaches cyclone hit children and families with life-saving supplies
DHAKA, 7 December  2007:  UNICEF is assisting an estimated 72,000 children and 109,000 families with life-saving supplies, food and shelter for...

UNICEF appeals for checkpoint access to health services in Mogadishu
NAIROBI, 7 December 2007 – UNICEF Representative, Christian Balslev-Olesen, has appealed to all parties in the current Mogadishu conflict to help to reduce...

UNICEF, One Laptop per Child, Google launch initiative to preserve and share stories around the world
NEW YORK, 7 December 2007 – UNICEF, One Laptop per Child (OLPC) and Google today announced the launch of “Our Stories”...

UNICEF, One Laptop per Child and Google take children’s stories to the world
Media Advisory

Netherlands donates US $41 million for safe water and Sanitation in Kenya
NAIROBI, 6 December 2007 - More than 1.3 million Kenyans will gain access to safe water and sanitation for the first time, thanks to the Government of...

UNICEF flagship report highlights Progress For Children
Media Advisory

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Eve Curie Labouisse
The public is invited to attend a memorial service to celebrate the life of Eve Curie Labouisse on Thursday, December 6 in Labouisse Hall at 4:00 p.m.

Gabon authorities, UNICEF and UN partners team up to deliver a life saving package as part of a large scale “Integrated Campaign for the survival of the Child”
IBREVILLE, 5 December 2007 – A major new effort to save the lives of children in the West African state of Gabon has been launched by the nation’s President.

UNICEF immunises 100,000 children and women in camps in southern Somalia
AFGOYE-MOGADISHU CORRIDOR, 5 December 2007 - Approximately 47,600 children under five and 56,000 women who live in camps along the Mogadishu-Afgoye corridor will...

Maldives launches its first national campaign on drug prevention
MALE / MALDIVES, 5 December 2007 – A nationwide campaign on drug prevention and promoting recovery among addicts entitled “Wake Up” is being launched today by...

UNICEF assists National response to Ebola outbreak in Uganda
KAMPALA, 4 December 2007 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), expressing concern over the recent Ebola outbreak in western Uganda...

The European Community grants UNICEF €4.8 million to boost anti-malaria efforts in four African countries
BRUSSELS, 3 December 2007 - At a signing ceremony of the contribution agreement in Brussels, the European Commission’s Head of Unit Raul Mateus Paula...

UNICEF, UNITAID team up to prevent HIV infection in newborns
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 November 2007 – UNICEF and UNITAID today launched a joint initiative to help scale up national programmes to prevent...

George Harrison fund for UNICEF announces donation for Bangladesh Cyclone Relief
NEW YORK, 3 December 2007 – The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF today announced a donation of $450,000 for relief and recovery efforts for...

Children living in dangerous conditions following the aftermath of Bangladesh cyclone
GENEVA - DHAKA, November 30 2007 -  The risk of diarrhoea, acute respiratory infection and other cold related diseases continue to pose a serious...

The Government of Japan donates over US$ 2 Million to reduce child and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, 28 November 2007 - The Government of Japan donated US$ 2,249,751 for “Infectious Diseases Prevention” prevention in children under five years, pregnant women and...

UNICEF condemns violent attacks on children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 30 November 2007 – UNICEF is alarmed by reports of an increasing number of violent attacks on child in Haiti in October and November 2007.

Back to school campaign in eastern DRC
GOMA, 30 November 2007 – A UNICEF Back to School campaign in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has provided...

Measles deaths in Africa plunge by 91 per cent
ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 28 November 2007  - Measles deaths in Africa fell by 91 percent between 2000 and 2006, from an estimated 396,000 to...

UNICEF appeals for nearly $30 million to support the needs of children and women affected by Cyclone Sidr
DHAKA, 28 November 2007 - UNICEF is appealing for $29.2 million to support the needs of children and women affected by Cyclone Sidr. The cyclone...

IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children team up to provide quality education
NEW YORK, 27 November 2007 - Between November 3 and December 24, 2007, IKEA will donate 1 Euro for every Soft Toy sold. The donations...

Teacher resource centres launched in the Maldives
MALE, Maldives, 26 November 2007 – The Ministry of Education and UNICEF celebrated today the inauguration of 20 teacher resource centres (TRCs) across...

Federer in public service announcement for an ‘AIDS-free generation’
NEW YORK, 26 November 2007 – Roger Federer, the ATP’s world number one tennis player and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, will star in a World AIDS...

UNICEF concerned about looming health threat while stepping up programmes for children affected by Cyclone Sidr
DHAKA, 23 November 2007 - A week after devastating Cyclone Sidr struck Bangladesh, UNICEF is concerned that hundreds of thousands of children...

UN launches International Year of Sanitation to address global crisis
NEW YORK, 21 November 2007 – The United Nations today officially launched the International Year of Sanitation to accelerate progress ...

Launch of the International Year of Sanitation 2008
Media Advisory

Ishmael Beah Appointed UNICEF Advocate, on the Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 20 November 2007 - On the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, author and former...

Nearly half of affected population in Bangladesh are children, says UNICEF
DHAKA, 20 November 2007 – More than four days after Cyclone Sidr ripped through the coastline of Bangladesh, wreaking carnage upon mostly poor coastal dwelling communities ...

New Guidelines to address mental health needs in emergencies
NEW YORK, 20 November 2007 – New guidelines stressing the need for a rapid and coordinated response to psychological and social needs during...

Experts discuss impact of the CRC
New York, 20 November 2007 – On the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) UNICEF is hosted a roundtable...

UNICEF to supply water, medicine and food to millions affected by Cyclone Sidr
DHAKA, Bangladesh, 16 November 2007 - UNICEF plans to supply safe water, medicine, and food to the millions affected by Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.

UNICEF to celebrate 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Media Advisory

Dream Team Campaign runners to support and protect Ethiopia’s children
ADDIS ABABA, 16 November 2007 -  UNICEF today called on the Ethiopian public to join efforts to realize the dreams of thousands of orphans and vulnerable children ...

UNICEF appoints Berliner Philharmoniker Goodwill Ambassador
Media Advisory

232 children released from Mayi Mayi forces in the Kivus by UNICEF and partners
GOMA, DRC, 16 November 2007 - UNICEF and Save the Children, in collaboration with the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) have ...

UNICEF assisting children and women newly displaced from Mogadishu
NAIROBI, 16 November 2007 –– Despite access and security limitations, UNICEF is working with local partners in southern Somalia to bring much-needed...

In Latin America 103 million people are lacking access to basic sanitation
CALI, Colombia, 13 November, 2007 - The first Latin American Sanitation Conference – Latinosan 2007 – was inaugurated yesterday in Cali with more than 800 persons from 22 countries.

Massive displacement in North Kivu following attack near IDP camps
GOMA, 13 November 2007 – An attack by unidentified troops today in North Kivu has caused panic resulting in some 45,000 displaced persons fleeing...

Statement by UNICEF on Afghanistan bomb attack
Statement - 12 November 2007

Berliner Philharmoniker joins ranks of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors
NEW YORK, 12 November 2007 –UNICEF today announced the appointment of the prestigious Berliner Philharmoniker as its latest Goodwill Ambassador.

Cholera in Goma IDP camps in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
GOMA, 12 November 2007 - According to health workers 439 cases of cholera were suspected at the end of October in five IDP camps west of Goma...

UNICEF responds to immediate needs of children affected by the floods in Tabasco and Chiapas
MEXICO CITY, 9 November 2007- UNICEF has deployed two missions to assess the needs of children in the aftermath of the floods that have hit the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas.

UNICEF organizes 1000 km horseback trek to put spotlight on situation of Uruguay’s rural schoolchildren
MONTEVIDEO, 9 November 2007 – UNICEF in Uruguay is putting the spotlight on children's issues generally, and rural education issues in particular...

UNICEF: Flooding in Mexico grave threat to children
MEXICO CITY, 9 November 2007 – UNICEF today said that flooding in the states of Tabasco and Chiapas poses a grave threat to children.

The Impact of HIV in Central America: The United Nations Report
MANAGUA, 8 November 2007 - United Nations agencies and programs are committed to taking all the necessary measures to intensify Central America’s...

Statement attributable to UNICEF on developments in Chad
NEW YORK, 7 November 2007 - UNICEF has repeatedly condemned the attempt by an international non-governmental organization, Arche de Zoé, to airlift children from Chad to France.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman
NEW YORK, 5 November 2007 - Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the attempted movement of children from Chad to France

The 5th Central American Congress on STD’s, HIV and AIDS, will reunite scientists and specialists from diverse subject areas, people living with HIV, the Executive Director of ONUSIDA and the princess of Norway
MANAGUA, 4 November 2007 - The Latin American/Caribbean sub-region most affected by HIV/AIDS after the Caribbean is Central America.

UNICEF Calls for Governments to Prohibit Cluster Munitions
NEW YORK, 5 November 2007 – UNICEF marked the first Global Day of Action on Cluster Munitions by calling on governments to develop a legally binding...

Floods continue to cause havoc in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 1 November 2007 – Just as some of the displaced were starting to return to their homes after severe flooding a month ago, Haiti...

Joint emergency assistance for 103 abducted children in Abeché
Abeché, 1 November 2007 – Recent events in Abeché, eastern Chad, leading to the arrest of some members of an NGO called ‘Children Rescue/Arche de Zoe...

UNICEF presents: “Children and Adolescents Affected by HIV and AIDS in Metropolitan area of Buenos Aires”
BUENOS AIRES, 1 November 2007 - UNICEF today presented a study entitled: ‘Children and Adolescents Affected by HIVand AIDS in Metropolitan...

Measles campaign a success in Zambia
LUSAKA, 31 October 2007 - More than 2.1 million children, aged nine months to five years were immunized against measles during a week long integrated...

Zimbabwe’s HIV infection rate continues to fall
HARARE, 31October 2007 – New data shows that Zimbabwe’s HIV rate continues to drop, giving it one of the most significant and rapid declines of any country in the world.

More than four million mothers and children to benefit during Madagascar’s third ‘Mother and Child Health Week’
Antananarivo, 30 October 2007 – Today marks the end of Madagascar’s third Mother and Child Health Week, which was officially launched by the Government...

UNICEF mourns the death of Eve Curie Labouisse
NEW YORK, 25 October 2007 – UNICEF is saddened to learn of the death of Eve Curie Labouisse on Monday 22 October. Mrs. Labouisse was 102 at the time of her death.

UNICEF releases Child Alert on Afghanistan
GENEVA / KABUL, 25 October 2007  – Progress in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban has been significant. However, a report launched by UNICEF today, Child Alert...

Training reinforces positive behaviour in schools
BRIDGETOWN / BARBADOS, 25 October 2007  - Training sessions for teachers on positive behavioral management has been launched by the Ministry of...

UNICEF launches podcast series on education in emergencies and post-crisis countries
NEW YORK, 22 October 2007 – UNICEF launched today the first in a series of podcast discussions on education in emergencies and post-crisis transition countries...

Measles and Malaria prevention campaign in Madagascar
WASHINGTON, D.C., 22 October 2007 - The government of Madagascar, in collaboration with international partners, is launching a national health...

UNICEF renews its commitment to ending all forms of violence against children
NEW YORK, 19 October 2007 - The one year progress report for the UN Study on Violence against Children finds signs of progress in child trafficking...

UNICEF and Confederation of African Football promote education at African Cup of Nations
ACCRA, 19 October 2007 – UNICEF and the Confederation of African Football will use the power of football during the upcoming African Cup of Nations...

Ten years on, Machel Review cites continued abuse against children in conflicts
NEW YORK, 17 October 2007 - Dozens of conflicts around the world are still robbing children of their childhood, according to a new UN report that reviews...

Machel Study: Ten years on
Media Advisory

Darfur Nutrition Update
Update

Reports of significant progress in fight against malaria
SEATTLE, 17 October 2007 -   Significant gains in the fight against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa are being made, according to a new report released today...

UNICEF joins in mourning the tragic loss of Tose Proeski
SKOPJE, 17 October 2007 - On this national day of mourning, UNICEF joins the country in remembrance of Tose Proeski, UNICEF National Ambassador...

Training of teachers on how to give psychosocial support in emergencies
TEHRAN, 15 October 2007 – “Training teachers and counselors on how to provide psychosocial support to children and their families before a disaster...

Migrant children will have an integrated protection system in Mexico
Mexico City, 15 October 2007 – The Mexican First Lady, Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo, the Representative of UNICEF in Mexico, Susana Sottoli...

Maternal Mortality Declining in Middle-income Countries; Women Still Die in Pregnancy and Childbirth in Low-income Countries
Geneva, New York,12 October 2007 – The world’s maternal mortality ratio (the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births) is declining too slowly...

Iraqi children return to school with hope and fear
AMMAN/BAGHDAD/ERBIL, 6 October 2007 - Nearly six million Iraqi children are going back to the classroom this week - a remarkable achievement...

On World Teachers’ Day, UNICEF supports teacher training in Afghanistan
KABUL, 5 October 2007 - To address the shortage of qualified teachers in Afghanistan, UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Education in training 80 master...

UNICEF, Special Olympics champion cause of children with intellectual disabilities
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON DC/SHANGHAI, 3 October 2007 – A partnership to advance the rights of children with intellectual disabilities was announced today by...

Yemen’s efforts to accelerate girls’ education get boost from Dubai Cares campaign
SANA’A, 3 October 2007 - UNICEF’s endeavours to accelerate girls’ education in Yemen received a major boost early this week with a visit to Yemen by...

UNICEF Armenia calls for more investment in early childhood learning
YEREVAN, 2 October 2007 – Representatives from ministries, parliament, governors, international organizations and members of non-governmental...

Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed of the UAE underlines every child’s right to education on first visit to Sudan
KHARTOUM/JUBA, 1 October 2007 -  On her first visit to Sudan, Her Highness Sheikha Maitha Bint Mohammed Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates...

Measles and rubella elimination campaign kicks off in Armenia
YEREVAN, 1 October 2007 – Over one million people aged 6 - 27 will be immunized against measles and rubella during a mass immunization campaign...

UNICEF and FC Barcelona unite for children in Geneva
GENEVA, 26 September 2007 – UNICEF and Futbol Club Barcelona renewed the second year of their five year partnership with the handing over of...

Emergency household kits airlifted to eastern DRC
KINSHASA, 26 September 2007 -  UNICEF DRC today took delivery of the first batch of some 290 tonnes of emergency household kits in Goma...

UNICEF highlights needs of flood-affected Ugandans
KAMPALA, 25 September 2007 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern over the situation of some 300,000 people affected by flooding in eastern and...

Improving education in Madagascar by distance education programmes
ANTANANARIVO, 28 September 2007 - The very first of a series of four distance education radio programmes, by  the Ministry of Education is being aired this week.

Partnerships for children in conflict in the spirit of the Holy Ramadan
AMMAN, 23 September 2007 - As millions of Muslims around the world observe the current month of the Holy Ramadan, a partnership has emerged between...

Heavy flooding affects West Africa
NEW YORK, 21 September 2007 - The exceptionally heavy seasonal rains have displaced large populations in the West and Central African regions.

UNICEF announces International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award nominees
NEW YORK, 21 September 2007 – UNICEF today announced the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award, co-presented...

Millions still affected by floods in South Asia
NEW DELHI, 21 September 2007 – Almost three months after rains began, millions of people across Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan are still affected...

International Peace Day commemorated in DRC with mass child survival campign
KINSHASA, 21 September 2007 -  UNICEF and partners commemorated the International Peace Day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by launching...

UNICEF encouraged by Mogadishu meeting on humanitarian access
MOGADISHU, 21 September 2007- On the eve of the International Day of Peace, a delegation from the UN agencies met with the President and...

UNICEF report card on education warns millions of children left behind in CEE/CIS
GENEVA, 20 September 2007 - UNICEF warned today that education systems in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States...

UNICEF South Africa unveils a three year partnership with Soccerex
JOHANNESBURG, 20 September 2007 - UNICEF South Africa and Soccerex, the premier business convention for football worldwide...

Mobinil and UNICEF join hands during Ramadan to assist Egyptian children
CAIRO, 19 September 2007 - UNICEF and Mobinil, Egypt's largest mobile telecommunications provider, launched a partnership during this Ramadan called "Caring for...

Celebrities join UNICEF Mexico for campaign benefiting children’s rights
MEXICO CITY, 19 September  2007- At the launch of ‘Gifts from the heart’ campaign last night in Mexico City, eleven Mexican celebrities joined forces and formed...

UN health sector partners launch an appeal to meet the health needs of Iraqis displaced in neighbouring countries
GENEVA, 18 September 2007 - Today, UN health sector partners, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UNICEF...

Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the approval of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman

Child deaths fall below 10 million for first time
NEW YORK, 13 September 2007 - New figures show solid progress on child survival, including a decline in the annual number of under-five deaths, according to UNICEF. Global child deaths have...

Second round of floods expected in Bangladesh
BANGLADESH, 14 September 2007 - Bangladesh is bracing itself for potentially devastating new flooding after major rivers swelled ‘alarmingly’ and exceeded or neared danger levels...

Top tennis star Ana Ivanovic named UNICEF National Amabassador for Serbia
BELGRADE, 14 September 2007 – UNICEF today named Ana Ivanovic, the world No. 6 tennis player, UNICEF’s National Ambassador for Serbia at an...

New guidelines to improve psychological and social assistance in emergencies
GENEVA, 14 September 2007 - International humanitarian agencies have agreed on a new set of guidelines to address the mental health and psychosocial needs...

On visit to native Benin, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo urges parents to send daughters to school
COTONOU, 13 September 2007 - Full of energy and passion Angélique Kijdo, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has just finished a visit to her native country of...

UNICEF appeals for over US$2 million in response to Hurricane Felix
MANAGUA, 13 September 2007 - UNICEF calls on the donor community to provide US$2.085 million to cover basic emergency needs of children...

Afghanistan Girls’ Education Initiative gets a boost
KABUL, 13 September 2007 - A three-year plan to promote girls’ education was developed in Kabul this week during a workshop organized by the Ministry of...

UNICEF warns of critical levels of malnutrition amongst Somali children
NAIROBI, 12 September 2007 - Following a recent nutrition survey, UNICEF and its partners estimate that 83,000 children in central and southern Somalia suffer...

60,000 displaced people in Eastern DRC receive UNICEF assistance
KINSHASA, 11 September 2007 - Fighting in North Kivu is threatening the lives of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Tens of thousands of children have been displaced in the last...

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo visits Benin, her home country
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Unicef provides support to Peru’s earthquake victims
LIMA, 16 August, 2007 – UNICEF has begun the distribution of lifesaving supplies to earthquake victims.

FIFA and UNICEF launch Goals for Girls! campaign on eve of Women’s 2007 World Cup
SHANGHAI, 7 September 2007 - The fifth Women’s World Cup – which begins in China on Monday – forms the backdrop for a joint campaign between UNICEF and...

UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children Queen Rania visits migrant women and children in Beijing
BEIJING, 5 September 2007 - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan today visited a migrant community at Shibalidian Township in Chaoyang District, Beijing, to experience first...

UNICEF welcomes USAID donation of US$3.9 million for the forgotten children of Somalia
NAIROBI, 3 September 2007 - In the midst of a deteriorating humanitarian situation for the children of Somalia, UNICEF received...

New polio drive to protect Iraqi children
AMMAN/BAGHDAD, 2 September 2007 – Another massive effort begins today to deliver a critical vaccine to as many Iraqi children under five years old as...

Children waiting to return to school following Peru quake
LIMA/GENEVA, 31 August 2007 - More than 220,000 children in almost 1,000 schools in earthquake-affected regions of southern Peru are waiting for news about when they can return...

UNICEF helps to combat cholera outbreak in Iraq
AMMAN/ERBIL, 29 August 2007 – UNICEF has rushed emergency aid to help victims of a cholera outbreak in Suleimaniya and Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

Queen Rania opens Baby Friendly Hospital
AMMAN, 29 August 2007 – Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah inaugurated Dr. Jamil Tutounji Hospital in Sahab a Baby Friendly Hospital on Wednesday as part of ongoing activities marking World Breastfeeding week.

UNICEF and Family Health International: Together on HIV and AIDS
Media Advisory

UNICEF concerned for child health in the wake of Hurricane Dean
BELIZE CITY, 28 August 2007 - UNICEF today expressed concern for the well-being of young children and vulnerable people in Belize as...

Latin American region unites for millions of “invisible” children
ASUNCION / PARAGUY, 28 August 2007 – Governments, the UN and civil society organizations from across the Latin American region are meeting to address the alarming problem of children...

Half a million children to benefit from teachers’ Lifeskills training project
HARARE, 27 August 2007 - Almost 500,000 students will benefit as 1500 primary and secondary school teachers this week begin a HIV and AIDS Lifeskills in-service training...

UNICEF calls for prompt return of children and women in LRA captivity
KAMPALA, 26 August 2007 - UNICEF today urged all parties, engaged in ongoing efforts to peacefully resolve the armed conflict between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s...

Ethiopian running legend, Goodwill Ambassador Berhane Adere fundraising in run up to race
ADDIS ABABA, 24 August 2007 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world class runner, Berhane Adere, today launched the Millennium Dream Campaign to raise one...

Amidst heavy floods, disease prevention efforts in Sudan show results
KHARTOUM, 23 August 2007 – Efforts to prevent major disease outbreaks during the annual rainy season appear to be showing results, with less than 800 cases of acute watery diarrhoea...

Progress against Domestic Violence as traditional Chiefs trained
HARARE, 21 August 2007 – Following the historic enactment of Zimbabwe’s Domestic Violence Act, UNICEF, the Government and the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers...

United Nations support and relief aid reach disaster area
LIMA, 19 August 2007 - The death toll from the Peruvian earthquake disaster has risen to 503 dead and 1,042 injured, according to the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI).

UNICEF calls for aid to most affected by DPRK floods
PYONGYANG, 17 August 2007 – UNICEF today highlighted the needs of children affected by massive flooding across the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, saying...

More needs to be done for the millions affected by floods in South Asia
NEW DELHI, 17 August 2007 – UNICEF today expressed deep concern about the continuing threat from hunger, disease and malnutrition for the millions of children and women affected by the flooding in South Asia.

Earthquake in Peru leaves hundreds killed and thousands injured
LIMA, 16 August 2007 -  At 6:41 p.m. Wednesday night, an earthquake of a 8.0-magnitude on the Richter scale shook Peru, 60 kilometers from the city of Pisco, in the province of Ica.

Appeal for Uganda floods
UNICEF urgently requires US$7.2 million to assist 400,000 children and families uprooted by floods.

UNICEF welcomes new medication for children living with HIV
NEW YORK, 16 August 2007 – UNICEF today welcomed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the first single-dose combination antiretrovirals (ARV) for...

“UN SOL PARA LOS CHICOS 2007” raises more than $1 million for UNICEF projects in Argentina
BUENOS ARIES, 15 August 2007 -UNICEF Argentina’s annual TV Telethon “Un sol para los chicos”, hit new highs this year, raising more than $1-million for UNICEF projects in the country.

UNICEF welcomes Jordan's offer of education to Iraqi children
AMMAN / GENEVA, 10 August, 2007 - UNICEF welcomes the Government of Jordan's recent announcement that it will open all public schools to Iraqi children. They and their families have...

UNICEF calls for protection of schools and learning spaces in Timor Leste
DILI / TIMOR-LESTE, 10 August 2007 – UNICEF strongly condemns the destruction and vandalizing of schools, learning spaces and play areas during the ongoing unrest in certain parts of Timor-Leste.

UNICEF appoints South African fashion icon Gavin Rajah
CAPE TOWN / SOUTH AFRICA, 11 August 2007 - UNICEF last night announced the appointment of top South African couturier and humanitarian activist Gavin Rajah as a...

Basketball star Ginobili appointed UNICEF Ambassador
BUENOS AIRES, 10 August 2007- Manu Ginobili, triple NBA champion, Olympic medalist and passionate defender of children, has been appointed UNICEF’s newest Argentina Ambassador.

UNICEF marks the 13th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA,  9 August 2007 – UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean marked the 13th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, by reaffirming its commitment to the rights of...

US Government and UNICEF team up to support flood relief for Sudan
KHARTOUM, 8 August 2007 - The United States Government and UNICEF have joined forces to provide temporary shelter for 78,000 households affected by recent flooding in the north...

Millions of children across South Asia on brink of a health crisis
NEW DELHI, 7 August 2007 – UNICEF today highlighted the looming health crisis facing millions of children as monsoonal rains have left many stranded by floodwaters and in urgent need of fresh water, food and shelter.

V-DAY, UNICEF call for end to rape, sexual torture against girls in eastern DRC
NEW YORK, 6 August 2007 -   Highlighting the issue of violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), renowned playwright Eve Ensler has chronicled her first-hand encounters with women in eastern DRC, where sexual violence has become a routine weapon of war.

Polio immunization campaign to protect nearly five million children in northern Sudan
KHARTOUM, 6 August 2007 - An estimated 4.9 million children across northern Sudan are being targeted in a special round of polio immunization beginning on Monday 6 August.

UNICEF, the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and partners join forces to improve water quality in Egypt
CAIRO, 5 August 2007 - UNICEF and the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation have launched a partnership to provide Egyptians in rural and urban areas with wider access to improved water...

Millions of people across South Asia affected by monsoonal flooding
NEW DELHI, 3 August 2007 – UNICEF today highlighted the crisis developing across South Asia as monsoonal rains continue to pound northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh, creating havoc and chaos with heavier rains forecast in upcoming days.

UNICEF calls for protection of Somalia's children, warns of unexploded ordnance
GENEVA, 3 August 2007 - UNICEF remains distressed at the impact that violence is having on children in Mogadishu and calls on all parties to the conflict to ensure the safety of civilians, especially children.

Pakistan needs funds now to restore children’s education in flooded southwest
ISLAMABAD, 3 August 2007 – UNICEF is concerned that primary school education could become a casualty of the floods that have affected southwest Pakistan in the wake of cyclone Yemyin in late June.

Statement by Queen Rania, UNICEF’s eminent advocate for children
AMMAN, 1 August 2007 - There's nothing more natural, nothing more instinctive, and nothing more effective than breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding within one hour of birth can reduce infant mortality
NEW YORK, 1 August 2007 – Breastfeeding babies immediately after birth can prevent a significant number of neonatal deaths in developing countries, said UNICEF today at the start of World Breastfeeding Week.

Far too many children still at risk of malnutrition in Niger
NIAMEY, 31 July 2007 – On the onset of the lean season, when communities are most vulnerable, still too many children are at risk of malnutrition.

Experts gather to discuss remaining pockets of iodine deficiency in China
BEIJING, 30 July 2007- Vice-Minister of Health Wang Longde opened a meeting today of national and international experts who gathered in Beijing to discuss global progress on iodine deficiency disorder (IDD).

Manchester United stars speak out on children and HIV
GUANGZHOU,CHINA, 27 July 2007 - Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and Dong Fangzhuo took time out of the club’s Far East Tour for a meeting with three children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS and have suffered from stigma and discrimination as a result.

Pierrette Vu Thi on UNICEF, UNHCR appeal for education of Iraqi children in host countries
GENEVA, 27 July 2007 - Over the past year and a half, we have the seen the conflict in Iraq spill over its borders, pushing families in distress to neighbouring countries like Syria and Jordan. In these situations, children often suffer the most.

UNHCR and UNICEF issue joint appeal to get Iraqi children back to school
GENEVA, 27 July 2007 - UNICEF and the UN refugee agency today issued a $129 million joint appeal aimed at getting tens of thousands of uprooted Iraqi children back in school.

UNICEF Regional Director calls for holistic approach to justice for children
CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA, 26 July 2007 - Recognizing that justice for children is one of the areas that still needs to be fully addressed by Caribbean countries, UNICEF's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, called for a holistic approach to interventions in the area of justice for children.

Learning about avian influenza through theatre and play
TBILISI, Georgia, 25 July 2007 – Drama lessons in Georgia this summer will not only entertain, but inform children and young people about the risks of avian influenza. ‘Edutainment’ performances in eight areas seen as ‘high risk’ will demonstrate how to prevent the spread of the disease.

Young voices crucial to fighting AIDS, says MTV Networks International and UNICEF
LONDON/NEW YORK, 25 July 2007 – Today UNICEF and MTV Networks International’s Staying Alive launched a series of online video blogs, called vlogs, as the first phase of Vlogit, a global video project encouraging young people to share through new media how they experience and perceive HIV and AIDS. 

UNICEF provides water quality testing equipment to the Liberian government
MONROVIA, Liberia, 23 July 2007– UNICEF today provided the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy, Water Quality Testing Laboratory equipment and reagents for use at the Liberian Hydrological Service in Monrovia. 

Water and sanitation to be provided to thousands of displaced children in Eastern Chad
TOKYO, 20 July 2007 - Some 30,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Eastern Chad, including 18,000 children, will have better access to clean water and sanitation as a result of emergency funding of $1.18 million from the Government of Japan to build new boreholes and communal latrines.

Thousands of flood survivors in southwest Pakistan in desperate need of assistance
ISLAMABAD, 20 July 2007 - The United Nations launched a $38 million Flash Appeal on 18 July in Geneva to assist hundreds of thousands of people in southwest Pakistan struggling to survive widespread flooding in the aftermath of cyclone Yemyin, which ravaged Balochistan and Sindh in late June.

San Rossore 2007 Conference explores a new global vision for children and women
SAN ROSSORE PARK, Tuscany, Italy, 19 July 2007 – UNICEF joined forces with the Tuscany Region today at a conference in San Rossore under the theme: “Children and Women: Fulfilling their rights, developing their talents, advancing the Millennium Agenda.”

Somali religious leaders join the fight against polio
NAIROBI, 18 July 2007 – The Puntland Minister of Justice and Religious Affairs, Abdirizak Yasin Abdulle, led 40 religious leaders from North East Somalia in a joint declaration of support for polio prevention and immunization today.

Statement by Dan Toole, Acting Deputy Executive Director, on OPT, Zimbabwe
GENEVA, 16 July 2007 - First, many thanks for joining me today. I want to take advantage of being here for ECOSOC to really talk about a couple of emergencies.

Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, promotes right to play
VENEZUELA, 15 July 2007- UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg, will attend this Sunday’s 2007 Copa America- Venezuela final in Maracaibo, the date also coincides with the National Day of the Child in Venezuela.

One year after conflict, Lebanon’s children try to recover under the shadow of new crises
BEIRUT, GENEVA, NEW YORK, 12 July 2007 – One year after conflict erupted in southern Lebanon, children’s ability to fully recover and move forward is seriously compromised by ongoing political instability and security threats throughout the country. 

UNICEF highlights toll on children from Asian floods
NEW YORK, 11 JULY 2007 - UNICEF today highlighted the immense toll placed on the millions of children in South and East Asia who have been impacted by flooding caused by the monsoon season and cyclones.

MoU signed between the Saudi Public Campaign, UNICEF Gulf Area Office
JEDDAH, 10 July 2007 - A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Saudi Public Campaign for the Assistance of Pakistan Earthquake Victims represented by Said Al-Arabi Al Harthy Advisor to HRH Minister of Interior and Head of the Campaign and UNICEF Gulf Area Office represented by Dr. Ayman A. Abu Laban for a total amount of $2 million.

TBC Bank awards nurses with highest immunization coverage
TBILISI, Georgia, 10 July, 2007 - TBC Bank is awarding nurses who have achieved high immunization coverage in their respective regions with special gifts at a special Thank You Ceremony organized by the TBC Bank in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs and UNICEF.

Statement by Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Representative to Afghanistan, on the continued attacks on schools and schoolchildren in Afghanistan
KABUL, 10 JULY 2007- “On Monday, July 9, two rockets fired by militants struck a primary school in Kunar province, killing one child instantly and injuring three other children."

Syrian Arab Red Crescent and UNICEF agree on humanitarian support to Iraqi children refugees
SYRIA, 9 July 2007 – The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and UNICEF Syria signed a cooperation agreement providing humanitarian support to children and women refugees from Iraq.

Japanese Ambassador to Sudan sees progress in education
RUMBEK, 9 July 2007 – His Excellency Yuichi Ishii, Japanese Ambassador to Sudan, has seen first hand the progress being made in education in Southern Sudan with the support of Japan.

Humanitarian community provides rapid response to floods in north of Sudan
KHARTOUM, 9 July 2007 – As flooding affects areas of Khartoum, White Nile, Blue Nile and Kassala States in the north of Sudan, a multi-agency emergency response from the humanitarian community has ensured that thousands of affected families are receiving vital assistance.

Yemen's religious leaders increase support for children
SANA’A, 3 July 2007 – UNICEF’s goal of partnering with religious leaders received a strong boost yesterday when the Minister for Endowment and Guidance, Hamoud Bin Abdulhamid Al-Hitar, offered unequivocal support for the well-being of children. 

Bangladesh declares first ever national Birth Registration Day
DHAKA, 3 July 2007- The Government of Bangladesh has officially declared 3 July 2007 as Birth Registration Day to highlight the importance of birth registration for every child and adult in the country.

VIVACELL donates over $100,000 in support of children with disabilities
YEREVAN, 2 July 2007 – VivaCell, Armenia’s leading mobile operator is joining UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Science to support on-going efforts to include children with disabilities into basic education.

Alternative family-based care for abandoned and orphaned children launched in north of Sudan
KHARTOUM, 2 July 2007 – The Ministry of Social Affairs for Khartoum State and UNICEF today announced the launch of a communication campaign to prevent the abandonment of infants, change public attitudes to the issue, and increase kaffala – the Islamic system of community care for vulnerable children – marking a step away from institutional care towards placement of children with alternative families.

Fresh progress toward the elimination of female genital mutilation and cutting in Egypt
CAIRO, 2 July 2007 – The momentum to completely eliminate female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) in Egypt has accelerated in recent days with the passage of a ministerial decree and an anti-FGM/C statement by the country's top Muslim institution.

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

UNICEF Hands Over Anti-Malaria Drugs to the Government of Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia 29 June 2007 — UNICEF, along with the French Embassy in Liberia, has donated a consignment of anti-malaria drugs to the Government of Liberia. This shipment represents a total of 678,858 treatments at a total cost of $389,000.

UNICEF Congratulates the Government of Madagascar on Two New Laws to Reinforce Child Protection, Including Increasing the Legal Age of Marriage to Eighteen Years
ANTANANARIVO, 28 June 2007 – Today, new ground was broken when the Government of Madagascar’s Parliament approved two new laws; the first a broad bill to ensure increased child protection for vulnerable children throughout the country, and the second to change the legal age of marriage from 14 years for girls and 17 years for boys, to 18 years for both genders.

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

UNICEF contributes emergency supplies to help victims of Balochistan floods
ISLAMABAD, 29 June 2007 – UNICEF is handing over emergency supplies of tents, food, medicine and hygiene supplies, and equipment for people affected by floods in the Pakistani province of Balochistan.

New phase of largest-ever measles vaccination campaign begins in Pakistan
WASHINGTON D.C., June 29, 2007 —The government of Pakistan is launching a new phase of the largest-ever national measles vaccination campaign, with a goal of reaching more than 63 million children by March 2008. This campaign will protect millions of children against measles in Pakistan, and will also be a significant step toward reaching the global goal of reducing measles deaths by 90 per cent by the year 2010 (compared to 2000).

Education under fire
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 29 JUNE 2007 – UNICEF today condemned continuing attacks on schoolchildren and educational facilities in conflict zones around the world.  "Attacks on schoolchildren are unacceptable,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “Schools must be safe environments for children to learn and thrive.”

UNICEF calls for more awareness-raising to prevent spread of HIV in Iran
TEHRAN, 27 June 2007 – Everything possible must be done to prevent HIV and AIDS becoming a general epidemic in Iran, said Omar Abdi, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director...

MTV Latin America and UNICEF unite efforts to present a reality which many adolescents and young people live in Latin America
Buenos Aires/Mexico D.F., June 26 2007 – MTV Latin America announced the premiere of the special “MTV News Forum: Bullying, the Terror in School” ...

UNICEF says children hit hardest by Zimbabwe’s economic problems
HARARE / GENEVA, 26 June 2007 – UNICEF in Zimbabwe says it is “deeply concerned” about increased suffering for everyday Zimbabweans, particularly...

UNICEF Uganda thanks European Commission for latest contribution
KAMPALA, 26 June 2007 – UNICEF in Uganda today expressed its appreciation to the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission (ECHO) for its recent contribution of €700,000...

UNICEF concerned at conditions for orphans and vulnerable children in Iraq
AMMAN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 June 2007 - UNICEF said today that the discovery and broadcast images of children in a Baghdad orphanage suffering horrific...

UNICEF sends emergency supplies in response to growing humanitarian needs in Gaza
JERUSALEM/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 June 2007 - UNICEF is delivering emergency medical supplies and vaccines to help prevent outbreaks of disease among children in Gaza.

UNICEF receives biggest gift in its South African history
PRETORIA, 21 June 2007 - Patrice and Precious Motsepe of the Motsepe Family Foundation donated, through FC Barcelona, R750, 000 (US$ 107,000), in support of UNICEF South Africa’s...

UNICEF applauds verdict passed by the Special Court for Sierra Leone
FREETOWN/SIERRA LEONE, 20 June 2007 – Today marks a major milestone in the annals of Sierra Leone as the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) handed down the first...

WHO and UNICEF call for renewed commitment to breastfeeding
MANILA, 20 June 2007 – Exclusive breastfeeding rates in East Asia and the Pacific are just 61per cent at four months of babies' lives and even lower, at 35per cent, at six months. And yet science has...

Networks across the Arab region to lend a hand in stamping out violence against children
SANA’A, 20 June 2007 – The wrap-up of a three day conference on child abuse and neglect here today provided insightful contributions from government delegations...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on recent attacks on aid workers - 16 June 2007
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 June 2007 – I am deeply concerned about the number of deadly attacks on aid workers that have occurred over the past...

Child survival messages take to the skies in Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT/TURKMENISTAN, 20 June 2007 – Child survival messages are to be promoted among millions of Turkmenistan Airlines passengers thanks to a new partnership between the air...

UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu calls on leaders of eastern Congo (DRC) to protect children and women
NEW YORK/LONDON, 18 June 2007 - UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu recently returned from her visit to the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ms. Liu spent time in both the District of Ituri and...

Central African Republic signed child soldiers reintegration agreement
GORDIL/CAR, 16 June 2007 – UNICEF, the Government of Central African Republic (CAR) and the Assembly of the Union of Democratic Forces (UFDR) rebel group have today...

Education offers ‘window of hope’ for AIDS-affected children
NEW YORK, 18 June 2007 – Sub-Saharan Africa, which continues to be ravaged by HIV and AIDS, has been making education a priority in the response to the epidemic.

2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting opens in Kigali, Rwanda
The 2007 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting opens today in Kigali, and is expected to draw over 1,500 delegates from around the world. 

UNICEF calls for increased efforts to prevent trafficking of children
NEW YORK, 16 June 2007 – UNICEF marked the Day of the African Child today by supporting the African Union’s call to increase efforts to prevent child trafficking.

The Japanese government contributes US$19.5 million to help eradicate polio and boost child survival in Africa and Asia
TOKYO/JAPAN, 14 June 2007 - The Government of Japan is contributing some US$19.5 million to UNICEF to boost up the global effort towards polio eradication, and reinforce...

UNICEF condemns shooting outside Afghan school
KABUL/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 June 2007 – UNICEF strongly condemned the shooting yesterday, in front of a girls’ school in the Logar province of Afghanistan, which killed two...

Serbian survey highlights poverty gaps
BELGRADE/SERBIA, 13 June 2007 – New figures show that a large number of children in Serbia are excluded from education, health and protection services as a...

UNICEF welcomes agreement to hand over children by Sudan Liberation Movement in Darfur
KHARTOUM, 11 June 2007 – UNICEF today welcomed an announcement by the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) – one of the signatories to the Darfur Peace Agreement – that it would begin...

Sierra Leone Approves the National Child Rights Bill
FREETOWN/ SIERRA LEONE, 7 June 2007 -  The approval of the National Child Rights Bill  by the Sierra Leone Parliament on Thursday 7 June is huge step forward for children’s rights.

UNICEF efforts to improve the situation of children in detention facilities in Georgia
TBILISI/GEORGIA, 8 JUNE 2007 - UNICEF is distributing education materials , along with recreation, hygiene and sanitation supplies to juveniles in detention centres across Georgia.

Innovative approach tackles malnutrition in the community
GENEVA/NEW YORK/ROME, 7 June 2007 - An innovative approach is showing progress in addressing severe acute malnutrition, which affects an estimated 20 million children under the age of five worldwide.

Young people debate G8 issues at Junior 8 Summit in Germany
BERLIN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 5 June 2007 – Young people from Group of 8 (G8) industrialized nations and from the developing world are meeting with German Chancellor...

Young people from around the world unite for 2007 Junior 8 Summit
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Polio the target for Zimbabwean Health Campaign
HARARE, 6 June 2007 – Two million Zimbabwean children are being vaccinated against polio during the country’s Child Health Days. The campaign, launched on...

Palestinian youth in northern Lebanon head back to school two weeks into refugee camp crisis
BEIRUT, 5 June 2007 – As fighting continues in Nahr El Bared Palestinian refugee camp near Tripoli in north Lebanon, eight school buses are bringing some normalcy into the disrupted lives...

UN agencies call for concerted effort to rapidly scale up access to HIV testing and counselling services in Asia and the Pacific
PHNOM PENH/CAMBODIA, 4 June 2007– Fewer than 10 per cent of people infected with HIV in HIV in Asia and the Pacific are aware of their status.  This is a...

UN Secretary General Visits UN Regional Hub in Panama
PANAMA, 3 June 2007 - In his first official trip to Panama and to Latin America and the Caribbean, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon came to visit the future location of the United Nations...

Queen Rania Visits UNICEF Projects in Morocco, Highlights Achievements in Child Welfare
Fez/ Morocco, 1 June 2007 - As part of her mandate as UNICEF's first Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited two UNICEF supported...

Tackling the rights of disabled children
DUSHANBE/TAJIKISTAN, 1 June, 2007 – Up to 2,000 children celebrated the rights of disabled children in a rally in one of Dushanbe’s major parks.

National Children’s Forum strengthens the voice of Turkmenistan children
ASHGABAT, 31 May 2007 – About 200 children drawn from across Turkmenistan have gathered in Ashgabat today to debate and discuss child rights, as part of the Third National Children’s Forum.

European Commission and UNICEF agreed to support Ghana’s effort to eradicate Guinea Worm with a €20 million project
GHANA, 29 May 2007 - The European Commission (EC) and UNICEF today announced a total of € 20 million euro assistance for guinea worm eradication in nine...

UNICEF Lebanon joins UNRWA response to urgent needs of children and women caught in El Bared camp crisis
BEIRUT, 29 May  2007 – UNICEF continues to work in close coordination with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as well as...

First National Campaign to eliminate tetanus in mothers and newborns launched in Guinea-Bissau
BISSAU, 26 May 2007 – The first national campaign to eliminate tetanus in mothers and newborns was launched today in Guinea-Bissau. Approximately 330,000 women and girls...

UNICEF Lebanon joins UNRWA response to urgent needs of children and women caught in El Bared camp crisis
BEIRUT, 25 May 2007 – Tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians continue to flee  Nahr El Bared camp in northern Lebanon, and the toll of conflict and displacement...

UNICEF calls for aid to Iraqi children
GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN, 23 May 2007 – Conditions for Iraqi children affected by violence and displacement have reached a critical point, UNICEF said today.

UNICEF has begun negotiations for the release of child soilders in North-Eastern CAR
BANGUI, 18 May 2007 – UNICEF announced on Thursday that negotiations have started with non-state armed groups for hundreds of child soldiers enrolled in the north-east of the Central...

Nigeria launches a national action plan for orphans and vulnerable children
ABUJA, 17 May  2007-  A five-year national plan of action for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) was launched today by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in Abuja.

Children’s Rights for Roma children
BELGRADE,16 May 2007 – UNICEF’s study Breaking the Cycle of Exclusion: Roma Children in South East Europe focuses on the 1.7 million Roma children living in South...

Turkmenistan children produce One Minute Junior video films on child rights
ASHGABAT/TURKMENISTAN, 14 May 2007 – Young people from the National Institute of Culture and the Youth Organization of Turkmenistan will use their creativity and artistic skills to...

UNICEF congratulates the Government of Nigeria for achieving Universal Salt Iodization
ABUJA, 11 May 2007 – UNICEF today congratulated the Government of Nigeria for achieving Universal Salt Iodization, a recognition given in April by the Global Network for Sustained Elimination...

UNICEF and Chad sign agreement to demobilize child soldiers
N’Djamena, Chad, 9 May 2007 – UNICEF and the Government of Chad signed an agreement today for the demobilization of child soldiers throughout the country. The accord, signed by UNICEF Representative...

WHO-UNICEF multi-country infant and young child feeding workshop in Damascus
DAMASCUS, 10 May 2007– A four-day regional workshop initiated by WHO and UNICEF ended today with agreement to significantly...

British Airways staff visit street children centres in Cairo
CAIRO, 10 May 2007 – This week, a group of British Airways staff members are visiting Egypt to witness projects for children supported through money collected from the Change for Good...

Addressing the global sanitation crisis
NEW YORK, 7 May 2007 – The topic of toilets often makes people uncomfortable.  But a reluctance to talk about sanitation is part of the reason why an estimated 2.6 billion people world...

UNICEF and IPU Join Forces to Stop Violence against Children
BALI / INDONESIA, 2 May 2007 - At the 116th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), meeting in Nusa Dua (Indonesia), UNICEF and IPU members said more...

UNICEF urges leaders to increase commitment to education
BRUSSELS, 2 May 2007 – UNICEF today joins political leaders and education advocates in their call for more and faster aid for education. The call comes at a...

On Labour Day, Lao Trade Union leaders call on working dads to protect their families from HIV
VIENTIANE, 1 May 2007 – Leaders of the Lao Trade Union today launched the “Caring Dads” campaign aimed at inspiring working fathers to care for children and..

Executive Board visits the Kyrgyz Republic
KYRGYZSTAN, 28 April 2007, The Kyrgyz Republic welcomed four members of the UNICEF Executive Board, who visited the Central Asian country to learn more about UNICEF’s work there.

UNICEF says Karuna faction “not serious” about child releases
COLOMBO/GENEVA, 27 April 2007 - UNICEF today said that one of Sri Lanka’s battling factions is not taking seriously its public assurances that it is not recruiting child soldiers.

Millions lose out in Eastern European and Central Asian growth
GENEVA, April 27 2007 - Millions of citizens across Eastern Europe and Central Asia are not benefiting from the marked economic growth in the region, according to a newly published set...

UNICEF condemns shelling of Mogadishu hospital and calls for full access for humanitarian aid to displaced families
GENEVA, 27 April 2007 - UNICEF today condemned the mortar shelling of the SOS hospital in Somalia's capital and called for full access for humanitarian aid to the...

Days of Peace campaign begins to reach remote conflict affected areas
MANILA, 27 April 2007 - UNICEF Representative Dr. Nicholas Alipui, Tuesday, led an unprecedented field mission to remote communities in Mindanao to deliver essential child health services under the Days of Peace...

Memorandum of Understanding and expansion of cooperation agreement on Children Formerly Involved in Camel Racing
ABU DHABI, 25 April 2007 – UNICEF and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, together with delegates from Pakistan...

On Global Action Week on Education, millions of children still not in school
NEW YORK, 23 April 2007 – As the world celebrates Global Action Week on Education, UNICEF urges donors and governments to keep their promises on...

Efforts to eradicate polio in Afghanistan move forward
KABUL/NEW YORK, 25 April 2007 - Afghanistan continues its efforts to eradicate polio in the country. In a nation-wide campaign held from 22-24 April...

UNICEF condemns use of a minor in Taliban execution
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 April 2007 - UNICEF today condemned the use of a minor in a Taliban execution as a criminal act.  A video circulating in Pakistan shows a young boy beheading an adult. The act was a terrible example of how children can be used by adults to commit heinous crimes in times of conflict.

Violence causes the deaths of at least two children under 15 every day in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, 19 April 2007 – Two studies aimed at preventing and eliminating all forms of violence against children have been launched in Mexico, where at least two...

UNICEF calls for entries for children’s broadcasting award
NEW YORK, 7 March 2007 - UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today called for entries from broadcasters for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award.

More than 16 million children and adults rapidly vaccinated against measles following major outbreak in DPRK
PYONGYANG, 20 April 2007 — In one of the fastest responses to a major outbreak of measles, 16 million children and adults in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have now been...

Lifesaving immunization drive for 3.9 million children in Iraq
AMMAN, 20 April 2007 – In one of the biggest humanitarian operations in Iraq in the last two years, a wave of 8,000 vaccinators will set out across the country starting this...

UNICEF says conflict and lack of access hinder response to displaced thousands in Mogadishu
NAIROBI/KENYA, 20 April 2007 - UNICEF and other UN agencies, eager to assist children and their families affected and displaced by ongoing conflict in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, are...

HRH Grand Duchess of Luxembourg becomes Eminent Advocate for Children
GENEVA, 19 April 2007 – UNICEF today named Her Royal Highness Grand Duchess of Luxembourg Maria Teresa as an Eminent Advocate for Children...

European Immunization Week marked in Bosnia and Herzegovina
SARAJEVO, 19 April 2007 - European Immunization Week is being marked this year in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first time with the declarative slogan “Every child has the...

UNICEF issues urgent humanitarian call for Iraqi children
GENEVA, April 18 2007 - Citing the consequences of rising security risks to Iraqi children and families, UNICEF asked Wednesday to step up support to the country’s most vulnerable...

Damavand Mineral Water Company and UNICEF team up for girls’ education in Iran
TEHRAN, 18 April 2007 – Iranian Mineral Water Company Damavand and UNICEF Iran launched a new partnership today whereby Damavand will donate a portion of the revenues of...

Access to HIV therapy grew significantly in 2006, but significant obstacles remain to approaching universal access to HIV services
London, 17 April, 2007 – Access to antiretroviral therapy for advanced HIV infection in low- and middle-income countries continued to grow throughout 2006...

Italians collect signatures for children affected by HIV and AIDS
ROME, 14 April 2007 – Italian organizations have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the needs of children affected by HIV and AIDS at a ceremony today at Rome’s Colosseum.

HRH Grand Duchess of Luxembourg and UNICEF together for children
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UNICEF supports Days of Peace Campaign
MANILA, 16 April 2007- Children in Mindanao communities who have experienced the worst ravages of conflict will soon be reached with vital health and nutrition services...

Scaling up Child Survival in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN/SIERRA LEONE, 16 April 2007 - The Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, WHO, UNICEF and other partners are launching a week long Integrated Child Survival Campaign on Maternal and...

UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken draws attention to the critical needs of children in Afganistan
KABUL/NEW YORK, 12 April 12 2007 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Clay Aiken concluded a recent trip to Afghanistan today by heralding the progress being made in children’s education.

Actor Khaled Abol Naga is appointed UNICEF Egypt Ambassador
CAIRO, 10 April 2007 - UNICEF Egypt has announced the appointment of leading actor Khaled Abol Naga as an Ambassador.

UNICEF, Canadian Government support ‘Vital markers for a safer living environment’
SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HEREGOVINA, 4 April 2007 – An additional 133 square kilometers of suspected mine areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)...

UNICEF: Urgent appeal for funds for hard hit Solomon Islands
GENEVA,  4 April 2007 – UNICEF appealed for urgent funding to respond to the people affected by the devastating tsunami that swept through coastal villages...

Irish Aid announces new Strategic Partnerships with United Nations’ development agencies
Dublin, 3 April 2007 – Conor Lenihan TD, Minister of State for Irish Aid and Human Rights, today announced new strategic partnerships with key UN development agencies. He was joined at the announcement by the Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF, Dan Toole.

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

School enrolment more than doubles in Southern Sudan as new academic year opens
JUBA/SUDAN, 2 April 2007 – Some 850,000 children are enrolled in school today in Southern Sudan – a major increase from an estimated 343,000 during the war.

Sixth cyclone of the season about to hit Madagascar
Antananarivo, 2 April 2007 – Since December 2006, approximately 450,000 people have become the victims of natural disasters across Madagascar.

Children in the Frontline: Launch of UNICEF's Arabic Humanitarian Action Report 2007
Amman, 29 March 2007 – UNICEF's Humanitarian Action Report 2007 calls on donors and the international community to contribute to a USD $635 million appeal...

April 4 is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
NEW YORK, 28 March 200 7 - Journalists are invited to events here and other cities on April 4, which the UN General Assembly has declared the International Day for...

Eighty-One Countries Sign New Global Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
NEW YORK, 30 March 2007 – UNICEF has welcomed the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by 81 countries and the European Community as a major step toward protecting the rights of children with disabilities.

Spread the Net purchases 33,000 anti-malarial bed nets for Liberia
OTTAWA, 28 March 2007  - 33,000 anti-malarial bed nets are being purchased by Spread the Net to protect children in Liberia announced Spread the Net Co-Founders...

M.A.C. Cosmetics to support HIV/AIDS Youth and Children’s Campaign in China
BEIJING, 29 March 2007 - M.A.C AIDS Fund today announced a 1 million RMB [129,000USD] donation to UNICEF-China in support of the “Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS” global campaign, launched last...

Uganda to expand back-to-school campaign to war-affected north
KAMPALA/UGANDA, 28 March 2007 – UNICEF, other United Nations agencies, the Ugandan government and civil society organizations launched a campaign today to...

UNICEF Commends IKEA for Partnership
NEW YORK, 27 March 2007- UNICEF today thanked IKEA for the Swedish company’s donation of Euros 1.75 million toward the health and well-being of children around...

Children are still being trafficked 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade
NEW YORK, 25 March 2007 - Although 25 March marks the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, slavery still exists today as children are trafficked into bonded labour and the sex trade.

UNICEF receives award for work in Afghanistan
JALALABAD/AFGANISTAN, 25 March 2007 - UNICEF was chosen as the top UN agency for its work in the field of education in the Eastern region of Afghanistan by...

UNICEF Executive Board visits Latin America
PANAMA, 26 March 2007 - A high-level delegation of UNICEF’s Executive Board will officially visit two Latin American countries, Panama and Peru, through 31 March.  It will be an opportunity for...

Anti-polio drive to immunize more than seven million children in Afghanistan
TORONTO, 25 March 2007 - A massive four-stage campaign to vaccinate more than seven million children under five years of age against the deadly polio virus will get...

National Immunization days aim to keep Sudan polio-free
KHARTOUM/JUBA, 25 March 2007 - The first round of Sudan’s National Immunization Days against polio in 2007 gets underway on Monday 26 March, with a focus on ensuring that no eligible child is...

Mozambique explosion highlights risks for children
MAPUTO, 23 March 2007 – UNICEF expressed concern today following Thursday’s massive explosion at an ammunition depot in the outskirts of the capital, Maputo. The explosion resulted...

Clashes over land result in increased viotations against chidren
NAIROBI, 22 March 2007 - UNICEF is concerned that the land crisis, which has persisted for more than 30 years, continues to cause violence and suffering. UNICEF has expressed deep concern about...

Despite progress, malnutrition still a major challenge to child survival in Niger
NIAMEY/NIGER, 23 March 2007 – Malnutrition rates among children in Niger have improved significantly over the last year, according to a new survey, but the gains could be lost...

An alliance for a better childhood
TBILISI, 22 March 2007 - The National Alliance on early childhood development is being launched today at the Parliament of Georgia by the Committee on Health and...

UNICEF highlights water scarcity on World Water Day
NEW YORK, 22 March 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, today helped kick-off the Walk for Water Event in New York City to mark World Water Day and show support for the...

UNICEF mounts an emergency response in Birao following the humanitarian coordination appeal
BANGUI, 21 March 2007 – A major humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the Central African Republic (CAR) is prompting UNICEF to launch an emergency response to provide immediate...

Juvenile Justice system in Kosovo kicks off
PRISTINA, 22 March 2007 - The European Agency for Reconstruction (EAR) and UNICEF jointly launch a 1.2 million Euro project to support the development of the juvenile justice...

Millions of Afghan children head back to school
NEW YORK, 21 March 2007 – More than six million children in Afghanistan are heading back to school this week, as UNICEF and partners are distributing essential school supplies and teaching materials around the country to meet their needs.

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

UNICEF and WHO respond to measles outbreak in DPRK
14 March 2007 – In response to a major outbreak of measles in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), UNICEF...

UNICEF welcomes government action against violence in Moldova
CHISINAU, 12 March 2007 - UNICEF has welcomed the recent adoption of a law by the Parliament of Moldova which aims at preventing and combating domestic violence. This new law provides for legal...

Largest-ever survey on situation of children and women in Thailand shows progress and challenges
BANGKOK, 9 March 2007 – Thailand has made significant progress in improving the situation of children and women in recent years, however...

Children gather in Lyon to call for sustainable development
9 March 2007 - Media Advisory

No excuse for violence against women and girls
SARAJEVO, 8 March 2007 -  The launch of a new project to improve gender-based violence and child abuse referral mechanisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) is the expected result of a joint project in...

ICC Cricket World Cup West Indies 2007 to shine spotlight on children and young people affected by HIV
DUBAI/NEW YORK/GENEVA/ KINGSTON/BRIDGETOWN, 6 March, 2007 – The International Cricket Council (ICC) will team up with UNAIDS, UNICEF and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership on HIV/AIDS at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 to highlight the situation of children...

In Bolivia, 40 per cent of Trinidad flood victims are children
LA PAZ, March 5 2007 – Recent analyses show that 40 per cent of flood victims in the municipality of Trinidad, in the Amazonian Department of Beni, are children living with their parents in...

Despite progress, girls subjected to violence and discrimination
NEW YORK, 5 March 2007 – Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman...

UNICEF makes a call to prioritise children in recent flooding in Bolivia
LA PAZ/BOLIVIA, February 28, 2007 – Families affected by recent floods in Bolivia, where waters from the Rio Grande and Rio Mamoré continue to rise, face an imminent risk of infectious...

Floods and food insecurity threaten Madagascar’s children
ANTANANARIVO, 28 February, 2007 – Since December 2006, Madagascar has been hit by two cyclones, a tropical storm, unprecedented flooding and a drought – the latter affecting 582,000 people including 7,000 children under five with acute malnutrition in the south of the country.

Nominees sought for children’s Advocate Awards
NEW YORK, 1 March 2007 - UNICEF is calling for nominations on behalf of the 2007 World of Children Awards, which honor people...

Rwanda launches campaign to keep girls in school
RUHENGERI/RWANDA, 1 March 2007 – A new campaign promoting gender parity in Rwandan schools was launched today by the First Lady of Rwanda and the Rwandan...

Musicians campaign for a clean Ghana
ACCRA, 1 March 2007 – During a recent three-day trip to the Northern Region of Ghana, renowned musical artistes Rocky Dawuni, Samini (formerly Batman) and a host of other...

“Broken Dreams”: Film director Idrissa Ouédraogo supports birth registration campaign in West and Central Africa
OUAGADOUGOU/DAKAR, 28 February 2007 - A new film promoting birth registration debuted in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso this week as part of FESPACO...

Nationwide communication campaign on immunization kicks off in Georgia
TBILISI, 27 February 2007 - A campaign to improve immunization coverage for children below one year of age and reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases began today in Georgia.

Dual emergencies hit Mozambique
MOZAMBIQUE, 27 February 2007 - An additional 10,000 Mozambican children have been made homeless in the last few days by flooding, according to Mozambican authorities, thus...

Justice system in Moldova becomes more youth-friendly and moves closer to international standards
MOLDOVA, 26 February 2007 - UNICEF and the Supreme Court Justice of Moldova announced that the justice system in Moldova has become more youth-friendly and...

Young people speak up on the status of girls
26 February 2007 - Media Advisory

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

Liberia: Visit of the Executive Boards of UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and WFP
MONROVIA, 23 February 2007 - The Executive Boards of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population...

UNICEF and Mia Farrow call for security and expanded humanitarian action for Sudanese refugees and displaced Chadians in eastern Chad
N’DJAMENA/CHAD, 23 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow accompanied by UNICEF Chad Representative, Stephen Adkisson, concluded her trip in eastern Chad to camps of Sudanese refugees and...

Unlikely partners unite to fight preventable disease in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 23 February 2007 – Yesterday, the Expanded Programme of Immunization (EPI) support plan was launched in Port-au-Prince. The EPI support...

Children hardest hit by Cyclone Favio
MAPUTO, 22 February 2007 – Children will bear the brunt of tropical Cyclone Favio, the UNICEF said today as the organisation prepared to respond to the second disaster to hit central...

UNICEF Executive Director commends Egypt’s progress towards Millennium Development Goals
CAIRO/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 20 February 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today ended a three-day visit to Egypt which included discussions with government officials and...

UNICEF mourns death of staff member
NEW YORK, 20 February, 2007 - UNICEF is mourning the tragic loss of staff member Maria-Solange Auteri, 32, who died Friday in New York after suffering a sudden and unexpected brain aneurysm.

UNICEF and Mia Farrow draw attention to critical needs of children in looming humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR, 19 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow and UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Esther Guluma, concluded a trip...

Guyanese asked to “Put children first” as children take to the streets during Mashramani celebrations 2007
GEORGETOWN/GUYANA, 19 February 2007 -  as Guyanese prepare to celebrate the annual festival of Mashramani on 23 February, all sectors were asked to “Put Children First” by the children themselves when...

Massive injection for Zimbabwe’s orphans and vulnerable children
HARARE, 15 February 2007 – An historic national partnership was sealed today when 21 non-governmental organizations signed agreements with the...

Former child soldier launches memoirs
NEW YORK, 15 February 2007 – A Long Way Gone, by former child soldier Ishmael Beah, is being launched today at UNICEF. The book is a first hand account of Ishmael’s...

In rich countries children’s basic needs have been generally met but there is scope for further progress in child well-being
BERLIN/FLORENCE, 14 February 2007 – The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre today releases the Report Card 7 which focuses on the well-being of children and young people in the world’s...

Presidential Medal of Honour awarded to Mia Farrow during mission to Central African Republic
BANGUI, 13 February 2007 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow was today decorated by Central African Republic President, His Excellency Francois Boizize, with...

New classroom supplies give welcome boost to Iraq’s schoolchildren
AMMAN, 14 February 2007 – Millions of school bags, books, pencils and other essential learning materials are now being delivered to Iraq’s primary schoolchildren...

UN joins forces with government of Mozambique to help flood victims
MAPUTO, 13 February 2007 – The United Nations is stepping up its emergency response in central Mozambique as the number of people seeking refuge in temporary accommodation...

Partners meet to discuss education and national reconstruction in Liberia
NEW YORK, 12 February 2007 – Representatives from major bilateral foundations, civil society groups and other education partners will meet in New York this week to...

EU donation saves lives in Ethiopian child survival campaign
ADDIS ABABA, 13 February 2007 - A dramatic coverage increase for a UNICEF- backed Child Survival initiative has been achieved in Ethiopia.

UNICEF and Morgan Stanley Begin Selection Process for Junior 8 Summit
NEW YORK/LONDON  9 February 2007 - UNICEF and the Morgan Stanley International Foundation announced today the beginning of the selection process for 13 to 17 year-old young people to attend  the Junior 8 2007 Summit...

UN responds to flood-related disease outbreak in Central Somalia
NAIROBI/KENYA, 13 February 2007 – Despite insecurity in Central/Southern Somalia, the UN is continuing to respond to the needs of people affected by an outbreak of acute watery...

Media critical in fight to prevent pandemic flu
GENEVA, 13 February 2007 - As the threat of bird flu once again confronts Europe and Central Asia, UNICEF is holding a series of high-level symposia on pandemic flu with...

UNICEF: Interviews available on occasion of Liberia Partners’ Forum
12 February 2007 - Media Advisory

Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to visit Central African Republic and Chad
8 February 2007 - Media Advisory

UN agencies and Belgian government combine efforts to bolster food security in Northern Uganda
KAMPALA, 8 February 2007 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Uganda today formalised their partnership to strengthen...

Launch of the State of Children in Serbia Report 2006
BELGRADE, 8 February 2007 – Despite the  important steps that have been taken to improve the status of children in Serbia since the late 1990s,  there are still over 300,000 children today who are living in poverty...

Paris conference on child soldiers concludes with commitment to stop the recruitment of children
PARIS/GENEVA, 6  February 2007 - Representatives of 58 countries meeting in Paris today committed themselves to putting an end to the unlawful recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts.

UNICEF launches EU-sponsored 240000-euro project against avian flu in Kazakhstan
ASTANA/KAZAKSTAN, 6 February 2007 - The European Commission announced this week it will allocate 240,000 Euros to prevent the spread of avian flu in Kazakhstan...

4.5 million children across Ghana to be dewormed
ACCRA, 5 February 2007 – The Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Service, with support from UNICEF, today launched National Deworming Day, the start of Ghana’s first nationwide...

UNICEF issues call to eliminate female genital mutilation/cutting within a generation
NEW YORK, 6 February 2007 – In spite of a global commitment following the 2002 UN Special Session on Children to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2010...

Statement on Gaza by the United Nations Agencies working in the occupied Palestinian territory
5 February 2007 - Statement

UN decries deaths of children in Mogadishu conflict
NAIROBI / KENYA , 5 February 2007 - Forces involved in the Somalia conflict must engage in dialogue to avoid deaths of children and innocent civilians as happened last week when three children were killed in...

Global conference to end the recruitment of children by armed groups and forces in Paris
PARIS/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 February 2007– A global conference hosted by the Government of France and UNICEF convened in Paris today to address the issue of children in armed conflict.

Republic of San Marino honours UNICEF
1 February 2007 - On February 1, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman was presented with a plaque from the Minister of Political and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of San Marino, Mr. Fiorenzo Stolfi, recognizing the commitment of the children’s agency to achieving results for children.

Limited knowledge of HIV risk and prevention among high risk groups increases AIDS menace in Armenia
YEREVAN, 30 January 2007 -- Adolescents and young people aged 10-24 from vulnerable and higher risk groups in Armenia have insufficient levels of...

Ralph Fiennes & Sharmila Tagore join the fight against AIDS
MUMBAI, 31 January 2007 - At the end of a five day mission to rural Mahrastra investigating the impact of HIV and AIDs, Ralph Fiennes, UNICEF UK Ambassador and Sharmila Tagore, UNICEF India Ambassador, called for an...

UNICEF supports continuing International Criminal Court process
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 29 January 2007 -- Today the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed the charges against Thomas Lubanga, former commander-in-chief of the Union of Congolese Patriots' military wing...

UNICEF appeals for $635 million in humanitarian assistance
GENEVA / NEW YORK – 29 January 2007 – UNICEF today launched its Humanitarian Action Report (HAR) 2007, calling on donors to provide $635 million to assist children and women in 33 humanitarian...

Queen Rania becomes UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children at the World Economic Forum
DAVOS, 26 January 2007 – UNICEF and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah signed an agreement at the World Economic Forum in Davos today naming the Queen of Jordan as UNICEF’s...

UNICEF completes construction of first health and development centre in Aceh
BANDA ACEH, 26 January 2007 – UNICEF has completed construction of the first of the 227 mother-and-child health centres it is building in Indonesia’s tsunami-devastated Aceh province and earthquake-hit Nias Island.

UNICEF and Council of Europe agree to cooperate to improve the lives of children
STRASBOURG, FRANCE/GENEVA, 23 January 2007 - UNICEF and the Council of Europe today signed a Joint Declaration to strengthen their partnership to maximize results for children.

UNICEF calls for entries for one-minute video contest
NEW YORK, 23 January 2007 – UNICEF is calling for submissions to its Media Magic Make a Difference! one-minute video contest.  Youth under age 25 are invited...

30 million people across Bangladesh to benefit from DFID/UNICEF partnership on water and sanitation
DHAKA, 23 January 2007 - The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF signed an agreement worth US$ 62.8 million to support the Government of Bangladesh to implement...

Global goal to reduce measles deaths in children surpassed
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 January 2007 — Measles deaths have fallen by 60 per cent worldwide since 1999 – a major public health success. This exceeds the United Nations goal...

Joint Statement on Darfur
17 January 2007 - Over the last two years the efforts of humanitarian agencies in Darfur have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians caught up in the region’s conflict.

Signs of progress and momentum in global response to children and AIDS
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 January 2007 – A year ago, UNICEF and its partners launched Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS to highlight the missing face of the child in the AIDS pandemic.

Myanmar joins global measles-control effort
YANGON, 14 January 2007 – A brightly-painted papier-mâché doll sold in the shops outside pagodas has become the symbol for Myanmar’s national measles vaccination campaign, part of a national measles strategy launched today in Yangon.

UNICEF launches global web site in Chinese
NEW YORK/BEIJING, 15 January 2007 – UNICEF launched its Chinese-language web site today bringing information about HIV/AIDS prevention, girls’ education...

End the suffering of Somali children
NAIROBI, 12 January 2007 - Peace and stability are urgently needed in Somalia to end the suffering of thousands of Somali children affected by the recent conflict, UNICEF and Save the Children UK said today.

UNICEF-supported report on Maternal and Child Survival in China Launched
BEIJING, 11 January 2007.The report launched today confirms that while China is on-track for reaching MDG's four and five, there remain serious concerns about slowing progress...

Telebriefing on “Children and AIDS: A Stocktaking Report”
11 January 2007 - Media Advisory

UN General Assembly adopts powerful definition of child poverty
NEW YORK, 10 January 2007 - The UN General Assembly has adopted a powerful definition of child poverty, acknowledging that while poverty harms everyone, children experience poverty differently.

UNICEF Mourns Staff Member Killed in Iraq
AMMAN, 9 January 2007 - UNICEF today confirms that staff member Mr. Janan Jabero has been killed in Iraq. Initial reports from local authorities indicate that Mr. Jabero, a 52 year-old Iraqi national...

Addressing the Global Sanitation Crisis
Media Advisory

UNICEF to call for aid to Iraqi children
Media Advisory


 

 

 

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