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UNICEF highlights deteriorating situation of children and women in eastern DRC
KINSHASA, 31 December 2008 - The escalation of conflict and upheaval of people from their homes and shelters have led to further violations of children's and women’s rights ...

UNICEF statement on situation in Gaza
NEW YORK, 29 December 2008 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the impact of the current violence in Gaza on children. UNICEF urges all parties to the conflict ...

An innovative approach to prevent child malnutrition in Somalia
NAIROBI, 31 December 2008 – UNICEF has introduced an emergency food supplement to prevent malnutrition in over 100,000 of the most vulnerable...

SG statement on continued escalation in and around Gaza
Statement by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, 29 December 2008

Largest ever, life saving campaign to reach 1.5 million Somali children
NAIROBI, 29 December 2008 – Over 1.5 million children under the age of five and women of child-bearing age across the entire country of Somalia will benefit ...

UNICEF supports Ministry of Health to ensure safe and reliable immunization for children
SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 27 December 2008 – UNICEF today pledged to support government efforts to provide lifesaving full immunization ...

UNICEF signs agreement with Sudanese government and partners to work together to protect children in Sudan
KHARTOUM, 23 December 2008 - UNICEF welcomes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), the National...

After string of school collapses in 2008, UNICEF says schools must be made safe for children
NEW YORK, 23 December 2008 – UNICEF called today for more concerted action to make schools safe for children.

More than 16,000 Congolese Children Will Be Saved by 2013 through the ‘Life Savers’ Initiative
BRAZZAVILLE/CONGO, 23 December 2008- Great ideas often have humble beginnings. Such is the story of “Les Gestes qui Sauvent," (Life Savers)...

A year of tragedies and triumphs for South Asia’s children
KATHMANDU, 23 December 2008 -For many of South Asia’s children, 2008 will go down as a year of triumphs and tragedies - a year in which children...

In the wake of dozens of killings of Albinos in Tanzania, UNICEF urges action and respect for human life
DAR ES SALAAM, 23 December 2008 – Following the spate of gruesome murders of albinos in Tanzania, UNICEF has called...

UNICEF airlifts cholera and health supplies to Zimbabwe
HARARE, 22 December 2008 – UNICEF’s first ever airlift of critical emergency supplies to Zimbabwe has landed in Harare, as Zimbabwe grapples with...

Norway contributes $159 million to UNICEF under new cooperation programme
OSLO, 17 December 2008 - The Government of Norway renewed its commitment to children today, signing an agreement to provide an additional....

The Central African Republic starts national anti-measles targeting 745,000 children
BANGUI, 17 December 2008 – Nearly 800,000 children under five are to be immunized in a fresh campaign launched by the Government of...

IKEA and its customers show soft spot for children
NEW YORK, 16 December 2008 – In keeping with a tradition started four years ago, this holiday season the IKEA Social Initiative will use proceeds...

Mia Farrow calls for humanitarian access and protection to be provided immediately in all areas of Eastern Congo
GENEVA, 15 December 2008: Actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow, who’s just returned from a three day visit to the Democratic...

UNICEF urges Uganda to put children first in poverty eradication
ENTEBBE, 13 December 2008 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today providing a set of policy recommendations to be prioritised in Uganda...

UNICEF appeals for US$17.5 million for emergency response in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 12 December 2009 – UNICEF has appealed for US$17.5 million immediate funding to boost its 120-day emergency response as Zimbabwe...

Children to be separated from MILF ranks
NEW YORK, 12 December 2008 – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will enter into an action plan with the United Nations to stop the recruitment...

Good potential of early childhood education and care should not be compromised by poor quality services,according to a new UNICEF study
FLORENCE, 11 December 2008 – A far-reaching change is coming over childhood in the world’s richest countries, says a study released today by the UNICEF Innocenti....

UNICEF, National Assembly of Armenia hold first ever parliamentary hearings on child protection
YEREVAN, 9 December 2008 – Close to 100 representatives of the Armenian parliament, government, international and local non-governmental....

More than 2,000 children die every day as a result of unintentional injury and at least half could be saved
GENEVA/HANOI/NEW YORK, 10 December 2008 - More than 2,000 children die every day as a result of an unintentional, or accidental injury, and every year tens of millions more worldwide....

Countdown to Ratification of the African Youth Charter: Campaign Launches with debut of upbeat public service announcement
JOHANNESBURG, 10 December 2008 - Today, on the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the African Union...

Global measles deaths drop by 74 per cent
ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 4 December 2008 – Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74 per cent between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750 000 to 197 000.

UNICEF and WHO China Statement on contaminated infant formula
BEIJING, 24 September 2008 - UNICEF and WHO Offices in China have observed with great sadness and concern the unfolding story of tainted infant formula produced...

Measles Initiative to announce major achievement in public health
Media Advisory

UNICEF intensifies emergency response in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 2 December 2008 – Amidst an unprecedented cholera outbreak, the collapse of Zimbabwe’s education sector and hospital closures, UNICEF...

Early HIV testing and treatment can save newborn lives, new U.N. report released on World AIDS Day states
NEW YORK, 1 December 2008 – Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the prospects for survival of newborn babies exposed to HIV, according to a report released today...

World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents Comes to a Close in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, 28 November 2008 - The sexual exploitation of children is not inevitable. That was the message coming out of Rio de Janeiro today...

Juvenile justice topic of first regional conference of judges and prosecutors in South East Europe
SKOPJE, 28 November 2008 - UNICEF, Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett and Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Ibrahim Ibrahimi opened today a conference...

UNICEF concerned about situation of children and women amid deteriorating security in the north of CAR
GENEVA, 26 November 2008 - While fighting in neighboring DRC has received a lot of attention, the humanitarian situation in the Central African...

World gathers in Brazil to reinvigorate fight against sexual exploitation of children
RIO DE JANEIRO, 25 November 2008 - Nearly 3,000 participants from over 125 countries are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to exchange lessons and experiences...

President Chissano launches UNICEF report “The State of Africa’s Children 2008”
NAIROBI, 25 November 2008 - UNICEF’s inaugural report The State of Africa’s Children 2008 was launched today by Former President of Mozambique...

World Congress III Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children & Adolescents to Take Place in Rio de Janeiro in November
Media Advisory

On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF welcomes new initiative to aid children affected by conflict
NEW YORK, 20 November 2008 – As the world commemorates Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF today welcomes the launch of a new group that aims...

Young conflict survivors launch network for children caught in war
NEW YORK, 20 November 2008 – “We, a group of former child soldiers and survivors of armed conflict in different capacities, are pleased to announce....

Morocco to host fourth edition of UNICEF’s Regional Media Forum on children’s issues
Amman, 18 November 2008 – Morocco is hosting a 3-day regional media forum from 25-27 November, bringing together leading journalists, broadcasters...

International Development Agencies ‘Unite for Nutrition’ call for continued commitment and leadership
NEW DELHI, 19 November 2008 - On the eve of Universal Children’s Day, International agencies and donors made a joint commitment to support the...

Achieving children’s rights through legislative reform
NEW YORK, 18 November 2008 – Today in New York, UNICEF is bringing together experts, academics, parliamentarians and representatives of governments...

UNICEF inducted into Polio Hall of Fame
WARM SPRINGS, GEORGIA, 14 November 2008 – UNICEF was inducted into the Polio Hall of Fame today in recognition of its role as a founding partner in the Global ...

China and Ghana broadcasters win 2008 International Day of Broadcasting Awards
NEW YORK, 11 November 2008 – UNICEF presented the 2008 International Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards to China Central Television and Ghana ...

First emergency supplies airlifted into Goma
GOMA, 11 November 2008 - The first four planes carrying supplies to curb cholera and respiratory infections have arrived in Goma.  These first...

Measles Initiative supports disease prevention for children in China’s earthquake zone
WASHINGTON, D.C,  10 November  2008 - The Measles Initiative is supporting the government of the People's Republic of China in providing measles...

Don’t let hate Live, say the children of Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda, 11 November 2008 – At the Fourth Annual Children’s Summit, attended by the nation’s highest leadership, the children of Rwanda re-emphasized...

UNICEF is supporting families of victims of the collapsed school in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 8 November 2008 – While search and rescue operations continue to rescue students and teachers from the rubbles of La Promesse...

Almost five million children reached in latest Iraq polio drive
AMMAN/BAGHDAD, 4 November 2008 – In its determination to maintain polio-free status, the Government of Iraq successfully completed another...

UNICEF deplores stoning of child rape victim
NAIROBI, 4 November 2008 - UNICEF has described last week's stoning of a 13-year old girl in Somalia as 'deplorable.' The girl was stoned to death in a...

Up to 100,000 people displaced in the last week in North Kivu, DRC
GOMA, NORTH KIVU, DRC, 3 November, 2008 - Up to 100,000 people, around 60 per cent of which are children, have fled their homes due to heavy...

UNICEF delivers essential supplies for children and families hit by floods in Hadhramout in Yemen
SANA’A, YEMEN, 2 November 2008 – A UNICEF convoy carrying essential supplies has left Sana’a to deliver assistance to children and families devastated...

Pakistan earthquake affects about 108,000 people, half are estimated to be children
GENEVA /NEW YORK, 31 October 2008 – UNICEF is providing immediate life-saving assistance to children and women affected by the earthquake...

180 days after Cyclone Nargis: Relief efforts on track but support is still needed
YANGON/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 31 October, 2008 — Six months after Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta, relief efforts are on track but support...

Children speak out on violence in schools at a UNICEF one minute video workshop
SKOPJE MACEDONIA, 30 October 2008 - Over the last five days, eighteen children aged 12 to14 from three primary schools in Skopje have been working...

Link between student absenteeism, dropout rates and child labour in Armenia
YEREVAN, 30 October 2008 – UNICEF announced today that rapidly increasing student absenteeism and drop-out rates are closely linked to child labour...

A call for action on free, compulsory and quality education for all Latin American Youth
Media Advisory

50,000 displaced receive assistance from UNICEF as fighting intensifies in eastern DRC
KINSHASA, 29 October 2008 - The heavy fighting in North Kivu, DRC, has intensified over the last 48 hours causing massive displacement of tens of thousands of people ...

Project launched to improve mother and child healthcare in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, 27 October 2008 – The Government of Uzbekistan, UNICEF and the European Commission have joined together in an effort to improve maternal...

104 children released from prison in Somaliland
NAIROBI, 24 October 2008 - 104 children aged 15–18 have been released from eight prisons in Somaliland (Northwest Somalia). This event follows...

Parliamentarians call for improved response to domestic violence
SKOPJE, 20 October 2008 – Following a visit to a shelter for victims of domestic violence and a center for social work on Friday, October 17, 2008...

Stop child trafficking: one of the main objectives of UNICEF in Guinea Bissau
BISSAU, 20 October 2008 – According to studies carried out in 2003 in Senegal, most of the 120,000 children begging in the street of Dakar (Senegal) were from Guinea Bissau.

UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Visits UNICEF-Supported Aprendiz City-School in São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo, 24 October 2008– As part of an official state visit to Brazil, UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan...

UNICEF staff member killed in Southern Somalia
NAIROBI, 20 October 2008 – UNICEF today strongly condemned the killing of a Somali staff member who was shot on Sunday, 19 October, in Huddur, southern Somalia.

UNICEF Executive Director visits Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek,  Kyrgyzstan, 16 October 2008 -  Ann M. Veneman, on the first ever visit by a UNICEF Executive Director to Kyrgyzstan, highlighted the plight of...

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan learns about an innovative educational tool during her visit to a school in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, 22 October 2008 – During a working visit to Argentina, Her Majesty Queen Rania visited the Paula Albarracín de Sarmiento school...

Zimbabwe education system in a state of emergency
HARARE, 9 October 2008 – Following disturbing results from routine monitoring visits on the situation in Zimbabwe’s schools in the last two weeks..

UNICEF expresses concern over severe flooding in Central America
HONDURAS, 22 October 2008 – UNICEF expressed concern today over severe flooding that has affected nearly 130,000 people and killed at least 10...

Historic moment expected as millions and millions of South Asian children prepare to make an ordinary act extraordinary
KATHMANDU / NEW DELHI,  9 October 2008 – In what is thought to be the biggest ever exercise of its kind, more than 120 million children across South Asia...

India’s silent tragedy: maternal mortality finds a voice
NEW DELHI, 7 October 2008 – The stories of women who die in India during pregnancy, delivery or from post-partum complications have largely...

International forum calls for improved social services to tackle child poverty in developing countries
DUBLIN, 6 October 2008 -  The 4th Global Forum on Children Affected by HIV and AIDS, taking place in Dublin, has called for a package of social welfare services to...

UNICEF Executive Director visits Roma community in Albania
Tirana, 3 October 2008 -  UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, on a two day visit to Albania, highlighted the plight of Roma children and efforts...

First Lady of Benin, supports the “2008 All Girls to School Campaign”
TOVIKLILN, 2 October 2008 – The First Lady of Benin, presided over the “All Girls to School Campaign,” ceremonies along with representatives from the education...

In the fight to save children’s lives, washing hands takes centre stage
NEW YORK, 15 October 2008 – Today marks the first ever Global Handwashing Day, celebrated in over 70 countries across five continents in an effort...

UN calls for unconditional release of 90 LRA - abducted children in the DRC
NEW YORK, 1 October 2008 - Two weeks ago, the Lord’s Resistance Army attacked a number of villages in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo ...

Private sector representatives vow to help fight the sexual exploitation of children
WINNIPEG, CANADA, 26 September 2008 – Representatives from Canada and around the world held talks over the last two days to discuss the role the private sector plays through socially...

$9 million committed to bolster worldwide measles initiative
WASHINGTON D.C, 25 September, 2008—The Measles Initiative announced today $9 million worth of donations from the Vodafone Foundation-United Nations ...

Development leaders point to significant progress in mother and child health and reduction of Malaria and HIV/AIDS deaths in poorest nations
NEW YORK, 23 September 2008 – Significant progress towards reducing child and maternal mortality is being made but to meet the Millennium Development....

UNICEF demands unconditional release of 90 abducted school children in northeastern DRC
BUNIA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 22 September 2008 - According to local authorities ninety children were kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in...

DRC Rape Survivors Break Their Silence: Call for an End to Sexual Violence in the DRC
Bukavu/Goma, South/North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, 22 September, 2008.  On September 12th and 19th, in Goma and Bukavu respectively...

UNICEF: Report highlights risk of maternal mortality in developing world
GENEVA, 19 September 2008 - A new report on maternal mortality, released by UNICEF today, highlights the risks faced during pregnancy and childbirth by women in....

UNICEF, UNESCO, and WHO call on all factions and communities to take Peace day as an opportunity to renew their commitments and respect for Afghan children’s rights to life and education
KABUL, 18 September 2008, - As the International Day of Peace, 21 September, approaches   The World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural...

Despite insecurity, UNICEF measles campaign in Somalia reaches over 142,000
KENYA, 18 September 2008 –   UNICEF today announced that 142,654 children between the ages of 9 months and 15 years were vaccinated against measles in...

UNICEF scales up emergency response as children suffer from resumed fighting in North Kivu
GOMA, 18 September 2008 - Increased fighting over the last two and a half weeks is causing more suffering to...

UNICEF announces nominees for this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards
NEW YORK, 16 September 2008 – UNICEF today announced the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards.

Joint statement on maternal and newborn health
Statement - 25 September 2008

Joint statement calls for global commitment and accelerated progress to address water and sanitation crisis - From the Governments of Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Tajikistan
NEW YORK, 24 September 2008 – A joint statement issued today, at the special event for water and sanitation, by the Governments of Germany, Japan...

Releasing Declining Numbers for Child Mortality, UNICEF Calls for Increased Efforts to Save Children’s Lives
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 September 2008 – UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five...

UNICEF: More than 2.5 million evacuated in Cuba in the aftermath of two powerful hurricanes
HAVANA/CUBA, 12 September 2008 -  UNICEF expressed concern today over the 2.5 million Cubans who have been evacuated from their homes, and the...

South Africa launches its first ever Vitamin “A” supplementation campaign
PRETORIA, 9 September 2008 - South Africa has launched its first ever national Vitamin “A” campaign, which aims to reach a total of 4 million children over an intensive 12 day period...

UNICEF applauds UK Commitment to protecting rights of immigrant children and those in the justice system
NEW YORK, 22 September 2008 - UNICEF applauds the decision by the British government to grant children seeking asylum, migrant children, and those

Tackling khat consumption in Djibouti: a strong new political commitment
Djibouti, 4 September 2008 – For the first time in the history of Djibouti, there is a firm move towards tackling the issue of khat in the country. On 4 September 2008...

Urgent assistance needed to help Haitian children affected by the hurricanes, says UNICEF
PORT–AU-PRINCE, 22 September 2008 – Urgent assistance is needed to bring life-saving help to children in Haiti affected by the four successive hurricanes.

UNICEF India chief reaffirms commitment towards Bihar’s children
PATNA, 6 September 2008 – With the humanitarian crisis due to unprecedented floods in northern Bihar continuing the UNICEF India Country Representative Karin Hulshof today reaffirmed...

Situation worsens for children as relief measures falter in Horn crisis
Nairobi, 5 September 2008 - Children, already casualties of the complex drought, food price and conflict crisis unfolding in the Horn of Africa, are...

UNICEF relief efforts continue in Bihar, India, as estimates of flood affected rise to over 3 million
NEW YORK, 4 September 2008 - With the number of people affected by the flooding in the Bihar state of India now estimated at 3 million, UNICEF...

UNICEF, HSBC launch joint campaign to help children stay with their families
YEREVAN, 4 September 2008 – UNICEF and HSBC Bank Armenia launched a joint campaign to “Help a Child Stay with a Family!” The goal of the...

Mia Farrow will meet with disaster stricken children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 18 September 2008 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, actress Mia Farrow, will visit Haiti from 19-23 September to witness the devastation...

Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource: Power to Women and Girls in DRC
Media Advisory

African health ministers to introduce new vaccine to prevent deadly meningitis epidemics
YAOUNDE, 4 September 2008 - Health Ministers from countries of the African Meningitis Belt today committed themselves to introduce a highly promising...

UNICEF Executive Director announces $1.7 million for the fight against malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, GHANA, 3 September 2008 - During her three-day visit to Ghana, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman announced an additional $1.7 million...

UNICEF Executive Director’s Togo visit focuses on education
TOGO, 2 September 2008 - Ann M. Veneman, on the first ever visit by a UNICEF Executive Director to Togo, promoted the importance of education to advance development.

UNICEF launches campaign on prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV
PRETORIA, 2 September 2008 – UNICEF has announced the launch of a new advertising campaign aimed at dispelling stigma on HIV transmission from parent to child.

UNICEF is airlifting 11.5 tons of emergency supplies to Haiti to help victims of hurricanes
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 10 September 2008 – UNICEF is airlifting 11.5 tons of relief supplies to Haiti to help victims made homeless and displaced by the recent hurricanes. The first shipment of 8.5...

UNICEF Regional Director returns from visit to Georgia and Russian Federation
GENEVA, 2 September 2008 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the grave impact that the recent conflict in and around South Ossetia has had on children...

120 days after Nargis: Children’s needs are being met but threats remain
YANGON, 1 September 2008 — Children’s needs in Myanmar are being met four months after the cyclone hit the Ayeyarwady delta and the Yangon division, UNICEF said today.

Up to 300,000 Children Affected by Back-to-Back Hurricanes in Haiti, says UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 6 September 2008 – Flooding caused by rains that lashed Haiti after a recent series of back-to-back hurricanes has affected an estimated 650,000 people, of which 300,000 are children.

UNICEF responds to millions affected by floods in India and Nepal with life-saving supplies
GENEVA/ DELHI/ NEW YORK,  29 August 2008 – Severe floods have destroyed almost a quarter of a million homes affecting at least 2.7 million people in northern part ...

Free birth registration for all children under five in Burundi
BUJUMBURA, 30 August 2008 – UNICEF congratulated President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi for announcing free birth registration for all children...

Caribbean youth express themselves through art
GEORGETOWN,  28 August 2008 – Caribbean imagery and creativity took center stage at the first ever CARIFESTA children’s art exhibition and prize ceremony held today.

UNICEF Regional Director visits displaced women and children in Georgia
TBILISI, 28 August 2008 – UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Maria Calivis...

Trapped and neglected - trafficked children in South Asia need the law on their side
KATHMANDU, 27 AUGUST 2008 - All too often child victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking are blamed and punished across South Asia, where...

UNICEF is providing initial assistance to 15,000 persons affected by the tropical storms in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 3 September 2008 – UNICEF is stepping up its assistance to an initial 15,000 Haitians affected by three successive storms in the past few weeks...

Nearly 40,000 children in need of urgent assistance in Georgia
NEW YORK, 22 August 2008 – UNICEF today voiced its concern over the situation of nearly 40,000 children affected by the conflict in Georgia.

Prime Minister and UNICEF MENA Regional Director launch child survey at the Grand Serail
BEIRUT, August 28 2008 – Prime Minister Fouad Seniora together with Mrs. Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, today...

Children most affected by the conflict in Belet Weyne
NAIROBI, 22 August 2008 -  The recent conflict in the town of Belet Weyne (Hiran Region, Central Somalia) calls for immediate humanitarian response...

UNICEF, WFP deliver water, food and hygiene kits to residents of conflict-affected town in Georgia
TBILISI, 19 August 2008  – UNICEF and World Food Programme have rushed 15 tons of food, bottled water and hygiene kits for 400 families to the town...

UN support the Lao Government in its response to the flooding emergency
VIENTIANE, 19 August 2008 - United Nations agencies have commended the Lao government for its successful measures to handle the floods that....

Zambia: Early childhood development in focus
LUSAKA, 18 August 2008 – More than 100 researchers, practitioners, and experts on Early Childhood Development (ECD) will gather in Livingstone...

World Water Week 2008 focuses on sanitation, health and hygiene
NEW YORK, 17 August 2008 – Over 170 collaborating organizations will meet to discuss issues around water and its impact on health, the environment...

Guinea Bissau: UNICEF provides support to fight cholera epidemic
GUINEA BISSAU, 15 August 2008 – UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Health of Guinea Bissau in fighting a cholera epidemic that has quickly...

WFP and UNICEF team up to meet urgent needs of Gustav victims in Haiti
PORT AU PRINCE, 1 September 2008 – UNICEF and the World Food Programme are joining forces to bring life-saving assistance to thousands of people...

UNICEF responds to immediate needs of displaced children and women in Georgia
TBILISI, 14 August 2008 – UNICEF and its partners have distributed hygiene kits and bottled water to 3,600 displaced women and children in and...

UNICEF offers condolences to the families and colleagues of four aid workers killed in Afghanistan
Statement - 14 August 2008

UNICEF: Protection of women & children in the zone of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict
Statement - 11 August 2008

Hurricane Gustav strikes Haiti, forcing 6,300 people from their homes
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 29 August 2008 – An estimated 6,300 Haitians, mostly city-dwellers from Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and Leogane, were forced from their homes by Hurricane ...

Government of Japan donation will improve child health across Sudan
KHARTOUM, 14 August 2007 - Child health in Sudan will receive a critical boost this year as The Government of Japan continues its support to tackling...

Promise of youth in MENA
AMMAN, 12 August 2008 - The Middle East and North Africa is witnessing an unprecedented “youth boom” with more than half of the population...

Youth can help curb climate change effects in Somalia
NAIROBI, 12 August 2008 –   Youth can help curb effects of climate change in Somalia by sharing knowledge, mobilizing communities and taking action...

Strengthening the cold chain system to preserve vaccines in Myanmar
YANGON, 12 August 2008 - UNICEF and WHO handed over a new cold chain facility to the Myanmar Ministry of Health today...

UNICEF "Champions for Children" gala brings stars together to support children's causes
BEIJING, 12 August  2008 – With the world’s attention focusing on the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, UNICEF China hosted a “Champions for Children”...

International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
NEW YORK,  8 August 2008 – The contribution and role of the World's Indigenous people has been celebrated and acknowledged by UNICEF today ...

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

Child Health Days reach Zimbabwe’s children and mothers at a critical time
HARARE, 6 August 2008– Zimbabwe’s national biannual child health days kicked off on Monday, with the aims of providing the country’s two million children (under-five)...

UNICEF Executive Director in Mexico for International AIDS Conference
MEXICO CITY, 3 August 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is in Mexico City on the last leg of a twelve day, three-country mission.  She is leading ...

UNICEF Executive Director announces $3 million for Mozambican children affected by global food price increases
MAPUTO, Mozambique, 1 August 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann. M. Veneman, concluding a 3-day visit to Mozambique ...

Measles Initiative Statement on recent U.S. outbreaks
WASHINGTON,  21 August 2008 — Measles, a highly contagious viral disease, can result in serious complications and death. As a result of a successful vaccination program...

Supporting mothers to breastfeed will improve children’s chances of survival, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 August 2008 – On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week (1 to 7 August), UNICEF, along with the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action ...

UNICEF experts on the impact of HIV and AIDS on children
Media Advisory

UNICEF Executive Director launches tetanus campaign in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, 30 July 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, concluded her visit to Madagascar by launching a tetanus campaign ...

UNICEF Executive Director pays first visit to Madagascar to see cyclone recovery
ANALANJIROFO, Madagascar, 28 July 2008 – Ann M. Veneman, on the first-ever visit by a UNICEF Executive Director to Madagascar, spent Sunday in Analanjirofo ...

UNICEF: Nearly 700,000 children still in need of assistance in Myanmar
YANGON, GENEVA, 25 July 2008 - Close to three months after Cyclone Nargis slammed into Myanmar, nearly 700,000 children under the age of 17 are still in need of longer ...

UNICEF and partners continue delivering nutritional services for Somali children
NAIROBI, 24 July 2008 - While security conditions continue to deteriorate particularly in the Southern parts of Somalia, UNICEF and partners  ...

UNICEF/WHO: Far too few using improved sanitation
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 July 2008 - Every day, over 2.5 billion people suffer from a lack of access to improved sanitation  and nearly 1.2 billion practice open defecation ...

UNICEF statement on Toyako Framework on Global Health
Statement - 15 July 2008

150,000 children in Niger benefit from Dubai Cares and UNICEF Education Project
DUBAI, 16 July 2008 – Dubai Cares, a charitable organization that aims to provide primary education to one million children in developing countries ...

Humanitarian access to the North Eastern Provinces of DPRK resumes
PYONGYANG, 11 July 2008 - Today, UNICEF trucks loaded with nutritional supplies and medicines, intended for children in the isolated North Eastern provinces ...

Young people meet with G8 Leaders
TOYAKO, JAPAN, 8 July 2008 – Young people from Group of 8 (G8) industrialized nations and from the developing world met yesterday with the G8 leaders in Toyako, Japan ...

UNICEF supports Girls' Education Day in Southern Sudan
RUMBEK, 8 July 2008 - On 7 July 2008, Southern Sudan celebrated its annual Girls’ Education Day, an opportunity to acknowledge achievements in girls’ enrollment ...

Djibouti women and children in the spotlight
DJIBOUTI, 7 July 2008 – Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa has concluded a three-day visit to Djibouti ...

UNICEF to support water, sanitation and hygiene in China's quake zone
BEIJING, 1 July 2008 – Now that more than 5 million people have been relocated to temporary shelters due to the 12 May Sichuan earthquake, provision of safe water ...

UNICEF: Soaring child deaths in Greater Horn of Africa must be averted
NAIROBI, 2 July 2008 - A lethal mix of drought, expanding conflict, rising food and energy prices, disease, and high poverty is pushing children and their families ...

Young leaders from around the world convene at Junior 8 Summit
CHITOSE CITY, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN/ GENEVA, 2 July 2008  - In a few hours, young people from G8 countries and the developing world will open the fourth annual  “Junior 8” ...

Life-saving therapeutic supplies arrive in Ethiopia for emergency relief
ADDIS ABABA, GENEVA, 1 July 2008 – A massive airlift of the ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) Plumpy’Nut arrived in Addis Ababa last night as part of UNICEF’s ...

UNICEF urges Sudanese households to prioritize hygiene and prevent disease
KHARTOUM, JUBA 30 June 2008 - With most of Sudan experiencing the onset of the annual rainy season, UNICEF is urging households to prioritize ...

Young filmmakers from UNICEF workshops receive honors
NEW YORK, 30 June 2008 –  UNICEF oneminutesjr. films received 14 nominations for the annual One Minutes Jr. Awards.  The films, all made during ...

European Union & UNICEF to launch major water-sanitation project

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Jackie Chan, wraps up Timor Leste visit
DILI, TIMOR-LESTE, 26 June 2008 — Popular action star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan urged young people in Timor-Leste on...

Justice for children in detention in Afghanistan
KABUL, 24 June 2008 – A new study on the situation of Children in conflict with law by the Afghan Independent Human Right Commission (AIHRC..

Statement on the Humanitarian Situation in Darfur
Statement - 22 June 2008

UNICEF Statement on the continued abduction, torture and rape of children around the world
Statement - 20 June 2008

Japan boosts child survival in Nigeria with $8 million grant
ABUJA, 20 June 2008 - UNICEF today received a grant of N940 Million (US $ 8.04 million) from the Government of Japan for child survival programmes in Nigeria.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson in Ethiopia on drought emergency visit
ADDIS ABABA, 19 June 2008 – UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Johnson has arrived in Addis Ababa for a four day visit to Ethiopia where...

Conflict has defined life for an entire generation of Iraqi children
GENEVA, 17 June 2008 - Conflict has undermined the potential of an entire generation of Iraqi children, UNICEF said today. The organisation urged...

J8 Meets G8 as young people from around the world unite for 2008 Summit
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On The Day of the African Child, UNICEF highlights the importance of child participation
NEW YORK, 16 June 2008 - UNICEF today drew attention to the importance of child participation in schools, community action, media, and governance...

Chechen landmine survivors score goals on the football pitch
GROZNY, 16 June 2008 – Landmines and explosive remnants of war continue to pose a serious threat to civilians in Chechnya, especially children.

UNICEF calls for full resumption of services for children in Zimbabwe
NAIROBI, 13 June 2008 – On the eve of The Day of the African Child, UNICEF today expressed its deep concern at the Zimbabwe...

Education the key to freeing tens of millions of children from hazardous labour
NEW YORK, 12 June 2008 – UNICEF estimates that there are 158 million children under the age of 15 who are trapped in child labour around the world.

Child health week on course in Zambia
LUSAKA, 12 June 2008-  The first round of Child Health Week – held from the 16 - 21 of June –encourages every Zambian family and caregiver...

World experts on girls’ education meet in Kathmandu
KATHMANDU, 11 June 2008 – Education experts representing United Nations agencies, donor countries, national governments and non-governmental...

UNICEF responds to nutritional emergency in Togo
TOGO, 9 June 2008- In Togo, the malnutrition rates for children under five years old is an alarming 14.3 per cent, well  above the emergency malnutrition...

UNICEF signs an agreement with the International Islamic Relief Organization
RIYADH, 9 June 2008 –UNICEF today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIROSA)...

Flash flooding displaces 1600 families in Belize
BELIZE , 9 June, 2008 - Tropical Storm Arthur has affected an estimated 8,000 people, displaced 1600 families, including thousands of children in Belize.

Urgent call to stop violence in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA, 6 June 2008 - Latin America and the Caribbean has earned the unwelcome reputation of being the region with...

More than 10,000 schools in Sichuan badly damaged
BEIJING, 5 June 2008 – According to data recently collected, more than 10,000 school buildings in Sichuan were badly damaged by the 12 May earthquake.

Health drive in Malawi targets two million children
LILONGWE, 6 June 2008 -  A major health campaign is underway in Malawi aiming to reach two million children with Vitamin A supplements and...

UNICEF issues major report on Iodine Deficiency highlighting principles for success
NEW YORK, 26 June 2008 – UNICEF today issued a major report on Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), the single greatest cause of preventable...

Gun control an urgent priority for Jamaica
KINGSTON, 5 June 2008 - UNICEF and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called for increased effort by all stakeholders...

Government of Japan provides US$4.33 million to support maternal and child survival in Afghanistan
KABUL, 5 June 2008 – Health programmes in Afghanistan will receive a boost with a new US$ 4.33 million grant from the Government of Japan.

UNICEF joins in national call to halt the kidnappings of children in Haiti
Port Au Prince, 4 June 2008 - UNICEF joins in today’s national call, and collective condemnation, of crimes being perpetrated against children and...

UNICEF welcomes adoption of international treaty banning cluster munitions
NEW YORK, 2 June 2008 – UNICEF today welcomed the adoption of a comprehensive new international treaty banning the production, use and transfer...

Nearly three million HIV-positive people now receiving life-saving drugs
GENEVA / PARIS, 2 June 2008 — The close of 2007 marks an important step in the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

UNICEF, HAYPOST join efforts to stamp out neonatal mortality in Armenia
YEREVAN, 2 June 2008 – The Ministry of Transport and Communication and the Armenian Postal Service “HayPost” today issued a stamp...

UNICEF welcomes access to children held after justice and equality movement attack on Omdurman
KHARTOUM, 31 May 2008 - UNICEF has welcomed being given access to 89 children detained in connection with the attack by forces of the Justice...

Achievements Offer New Prospects for Success in Global Efforts to Help Africa’s Children
TOKYO, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF today called for large-scale, focused investments in improved health systems for sub-Saharan Africa, to capitalize...

UNICEF to focus on damaged schools in unreached areas of Myanmar
YANGON, MYANMAR, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF will work with the Ministry of Education to reopen schools in some cyclone-affected areas by 2 June.

Violence in Zimbabwe affecting children and relief effort
NAIROBI / JOHANNESBURG, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF today strongly denounced the political violence that has displaced at least 10,000 children in Zimbabwe....

Dina Páucar named UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Peru
LIMA, 29 May 2008 - Singer Dina Páucar was named National Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF today. This appointment reflects her commitment...

UNICEF’s German National Committee launches national conference against the commercial sexual exploitation of children
BERLIN / NEW YORK, 10 June 2008-  A major national conference, charged with finding ways to combat sexual exploitation of children, opened in Berlin...

Experts gather at UNICEF to review major yellow fever campaigns in Africa
NEW YORK, 28 May 2008 – Global health experts who make up the International Coordinating Group set up to fight yellow fever are gathering at...

UNICEF and partners launch voucher fairs for relief items in eastern DRC
KINSHASA, 22 May 2008 - United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and partner organizations, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and Norwegian...

UNICEF responds to emergency needs of children and women affected by xenophobic violence in South Africa
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 27 May 2008 -  UNICEF South Africa has joined forces with the cities of Johannesburg, Ekhuruleni, and Tshwane, areas...

100 tons of UNICEF medical supplies to land in Sichuan
BEIJING, 27 May 2008 –A UNICEF emergency relief shipment containing 100 tons of health and nutritional supplies for children...

UNICEF welcomes decision to allow international aid workers
YANGON, 26 May 2008 – UNICEF hails the government’s decision to grant full access to international aid workers to every part of cyclone-battered Myanmar.

UNICEF responds to emergency needs of children and women affected by xenophobic violence in South Africa
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 27 May 2008 -  UNICEF South Africa has joined forces with the cities of Johannesburg, Ekhuruleni, and Tshwane, areas hardest hit by the violence, to provide...

Too many children still need life-saving relief in Myanmar, says UNICEF welcoming government’s response to ease delivery of aid
NEW YORK, 23  May 2008 –  UNICEF says that too many children still need life-saving assistance in Myanmar three weeks after powerful cyclone Nargis hit the country.

Statement by Ms. Hilde F. Johnson, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, on her visit to Sudan
Statement - 22 May 2008

Visit of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to the Central African Republic
BANGUI,  22 May 2008 – The threat of kidnappings, rape and killings are an everyday part of life for people living in the Central African Republic...

UNICEF assists post-earthquake child support mission
BEIJING, 21 May 2008 – The Government of China has organized a high level mission to Sichuan - with support from UNICEF - to provide immediate...

Ethiopia: Child survival gains threatened by malnutrition
GENEVA /ADDIS ABABA, 20 May 2008 - An estimated 126,000 children are in need of urgent therapeutic care for severe...

Despite global push to end use of child soldiers, reality on the ground for tens of thousands of children remains bleak
NEW YORK, 20 May 2008 – Children continue to be recruited and used in large numbers by armed groups despite widespread political...

UNICEF rushing emergency relief to children in Sichuan
BEIJING, 18 May 2008 – UNICEF is rushing today to pack and ship emergency relief supplies to children affected by the May 12 earthquake which...

UNICEF teams reach remote areas - Myanmar situation dire for children
GENEVA, 16 May 2008 – UNICEF missions throughout the flooded regions of Myanmar report that the destruction of homes, schools and water and...

Rio de Janeiro to Host World Congress III Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents
NEW YORK, 19 May 2008 – The Government of Brazil, UNICEF, ECPAT and the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child officially launched the World Congress III...

UNICEF Highlights Horrific Impact of Cluster Munitions on Children as Governments Meet to Decide on Treaty Banning the Weapon
NEW YORK, 19 May 2008 - The Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions begins today as over 100 governments negotiate an international treaty to ban the indiscriminate weapon.

Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concerning UNICEF support for China’s disaster relief efforts
Statement - 15 May 2008

School collapses as major earthquake hits China
BEIJING, 12 May 2008 - UNICEF China is deeply concerned that large numbers of children could be affected by a major earthquake in Sichuan Province.

UNICEF concerned about emotional distress of children in Myanmar
NEW YORK/BANGKOK, 12 May 2008 - UNICEF is setting up child-friendly spaces in camps giving shelter to people affected by Cyclone Nargis.

UNICEF feeds 44,000 children in Somalia
NAIROBI, 14 May 2008 - Amid worsening drought conditions, soaring food prices and mass displacement of people due to conflict, UNICEF has started...

UNICEF flying in emergency supplies to Myanmar
NEW YORK, May 9, 2008 - A Thai Airways plane carrying UNICEF emergency supplies landed in Yangon today, carrying three million water purification tablets.

UNICEF seeks $8.2 million to meet the critical needs of children and women affected by the cyclone in Myanmar
GENEVA, 8 May 2008 – UNICEF has requested an initial $8.2 million for its emergency operation to assist the survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.

UNICEF on the ground in Myanmar delivering critical supplies
NEW YORK, 6 May 2008 – Some 130 UNICEF technical and operations staff continued to travel to the areas affected...

UNICEF in Myanmar: Rapid response critical to saving lives
NEW YORK, May 5 2008 – UNICEF is undertaking urgent preliminary assessments of the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis...

Djibouti: First country to launch the joint UNFPA/UNICEF global program to accelerate the abandonment of FGM/C
DJIBOUTI, 8 May 2008 – Djibouti First Lady Ms Kadra Mahamoud Haïd launched the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme and Trust Fund to accelerate...

UNICEF expresses deep concern at reports of child casualties in attacks on North Darfur villages
KHARTOUM, 6 May 2008 - UNICEF is deeply concerned at reports that a number of children have been killed during attacks on two villages of North Darfur...

UNICEF and JICA launch partnership for community-based early childhood care and education in Niger
NIAMEY, 6 May 2008 – The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNICEF are joining forces to bring essential early childhood services to...

Malnutrition at emergency levels in Pinga Health Zone, North Kivu, DRC; UNICEF and partners set up emergency nutritional response
GOMA,  7 May 2008 -  Malnutrition rates are at emergency levels in the Pinga health zone in northwestern Masisi Territory, North Kivu, DRC due...

UNICEF welcomes the release of 232 child soldiers in Burundi
BUJUMBURA,BURUNDI/GENEVA, 2 May 2008 – UNICEF praised the release of 232 child soldiers on April 25,  following eight months of negotiations...

Former Child Soldier and current UNICEF Advocate encourages Jamaican Youth
KINGSTON, 30 April 2008 − Wrapping up his first mission as UNICEF’s Advocate for Children Affected by War, former child soldier Ishmael Beah today...

UN Envoy hails progress of Afghan schools during Global Action Week for Education
Kabul, 23 April 2008 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan (SRSG), Kai Eide today lauded the progress made by Afghanistan’s schools during a week of international action calling for the inclusive education of all school age children around the globe.

The Government of the Netherlands grants $13.5 million to support a programming approach to early childhood development
Den Haag, 18 April 2008 - The Government of the Netherlands has announced a grant of $13,5 million, via UNICEF, to support a programme on early childhood development in selected countries.

Irish Aid and UNICEF sign new partnership agreement increasing funding for world’s children
NEW YORK, 23 April 2008 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and Michael Kitt, Minister of State for Overseas Development at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, today signed....

Critical health care fails to reach most women and children in high mortality countries despite gains in fighting child killer diseases
CAPE TOWN, 16 APRIL 2008  – Leading global health experts, policy-makers and parliamentarians are convening in Cape Town today to address the urgent need for accelerated...

Policy-makers in South Asia gather to discuss social protection strategies for children
DHAKA, 15 April 2008 - Policy-makers from eight countries of South Asia today gathered in Dhaka for a symposium organized by UNICEF...

Evaluation “ENLACE” 2008: An effort towards quality education in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, 14 APRIL 2008 - UNICEF today participated in the launch of the third round of “ENLACE” a nationwide test of  education in Mexico with the participation...

Workshop on psychosocial care and protection of children in crisis in Jordan
AMMAN, 13 April 2008 – UNICEF in collaboration with Jordan’s Ministry of Education organized a workshop to provide counsellors with appropriate...

UNICEF and partners organize national peer education workshop on HIV and AIDS in Yemen
SANA’A, 13 April 2008 - Over 120 young people from Aden, Hadhramout, Mahweet, Hodeida, Taiz and Sana’a met here today in a three-day workshop...

Arabic Humanitarian Action Report 2008 launched today in Dubai
AMMAN / DUBAI,  9 April 2008 – UNICEF today launched its annual Arabic version of the Humanitarian Action Report (HAR) 2008...

UNICEF welcomes signing of Children’s Act into law in South Africa
CAPE TOWN,  8 April 2008 -UNICEF today welcomed the signing of the Children’s Amendment Act by the President of the Republic of South Africa...

UNICEF welcomes the ratification of the UN Disabilities Convention
NEW YORK, 12 May 2008 - The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, which came into force on 3 May 2008...

Myung-Whun Chung, appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
PARIS, 7 April 2008 – Myung-Whun Chung, director of Radio-France’s Philharmonic Orchestra and one of the world’s most renowned conductors...

World Health Day 2008 - UNICEF cautions about the impact of climate change on the health of women and children
NEW YORK, 7 April - The impact of climate change could fall disproportionately on women and children, UNICEF cautioned today, on the occasion of World Health Day 2008.

More HIV-positive children and pregnant women getting AIDS treatment, new report says
NEW YORK, 3 April 2008 – More HIV-positive children and pregnant women are receiving treatment but there is still a long way to go before the...

Ecuador becomes the 20th State Party to ratify UN Disability Rights Convention
NEW YORK, 4 April 2008 - UNICEF today welcomes Ecuador’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)...

UNICEF launches State of the World’s Children 2008 in Guinea Bissau
BISSAU, 1 April 2008 – The Portuguese version of UNICEF’s annual flagship report The State of the World’s Children 2008: Child SurvivaL...

Japan allocates US$5 million to WFP and UNICEF in Zambia
LUSAKA, 31 March 2008 - The Government of Japan has decided to allocate US$5 million to the Republic of Zambia through UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Lebanon starts national anti-measles and rubella campaign targeting over 900,000 children
Beirut, 31 March 2008 – Lebanon started a national anti-measles and anti-rubella vaccination campaign today targeting more than 900,000 children, as part of its...

UNICEF relieved at release of state water corporation drivers in Darfur, but repeats call for end to all attacks
KHARTOUM, 28 March 2008 - UNICEF today expresses its relief at the release of four drivers from the State Water Corporation in North Darfur, who...

UNICEF and partners launch Girls’ Education Initiative in Nigeria
BAUCHI /NIGERIA, 28 March 2008 - In a concerted effort to address gender disparity in girls’ education in northern Nigeria, UNICEF and partners today launched...

Statement by the Office of Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan on Attacks Against Humanitarian Actors
Khartoum, 26 March 2008 - The humanitarian community in Sudan is raising its voice today against intolerable attacks that are putting the humanitarian...

UNICEF welcomes spotlight on a major cause of childhood deaths in latest WHO Bulletin
NEW YORK, 1 May 2008 - UNICEF today welcomed the launch of a comprehensive review of research into childhood pneumonia,

UNICEF and Family Health International Expand PMTCT Services in Zambia Province
MANSA/ ZAMBIA, 26 March 2008 – Family Health International (FHI) and UNICEF have joined forces to provide quality services for the prevention...

10,000 health workers stop polio in one of most dangerous places on earth
GENEVA, 25 March 2008 – Somalia is again polio-free, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announced today, calling it a 'historic achievement...

On World Malaria Day, UNICEF Calls for a Sustained Effort to Control Killer Disease
NEW YORK, 25 April 2008 – On World Malaria Day, UNICEF is calling for a sustained effort to control the disease.

The Government of Japan donates US$4 million to support the rehabilitation of schools and health centres in the Republic of the Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, 24 March 2008 -  The Government of Japan has announced a grant of more than US$4 million, or 1.8 billion francs CFA, via UNICEF...

6 in 10 Africans remain without access to proper toilet: poor sanitation threatens public health
GENEVA, 20 March 2008 – Sixty-two percent of Africans do not have access to an improved sanitation facility -- a proper toilet -- which separates human waste from human...

Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on food price increases
Statement - 24 April 2008

Sanitation becoming a luxury in Iraq
AMMAN/ERBIL/GENEVA, 20 March 2008 – Lack of sanitation and polluted water supplies are reaching crisis levels in Iraq, causing illness in children and increased hardship, according...

Adequate sanitation: The key to curbing cholera
SOMALIA, 20 March 2008 - On the occasion of International Water Day, UNICEF Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen, took the time to highlight...

UNICEF sends emergency education supplies to Zambia
LUSAKA, 19 March 2008 – As part of its emergency response to assist flood affected Zambian schools, UNICEF, has flown in 58 schools-in-a-box from its supply division in Copenhagen...

103 children from Abéché return to their families
N’Djamena, 18 March 2008 - Four and a half months after the failed attempt by a French NGO, Zoe’s Ark, to fly them out of Chad to France, 103...

Children’s voices heard at COHSOD in the Caribbean
GEORGETOWN/GUYANA, 17 March 2008 - The voices of Caribbean children were heard loudly on Monday at the official opening of the 2nd Special...

Massive measles vaccination campaign wraps up in Pakistan
WASHINGTON D.C., 17 MARCH 2008 —The final phase of a national vaccination campaign to protect the children of Pakistan against measles is being...

Injury a leading killer for children in Asia
BANGKOK, 11 March 2008 - Children in Asia are at great risk of dying from injuries such as drowning and road accidents. Surveys from Bangladesh...

UNICEF marks International Women’s Day by stressing importance of investing in maternal health
NEW YORK, 7 March 2008 – UNICEF is marking International Women’s Day 2008 (8 March) by drawing attention to the need for improvements in...

UNICEF call for entries for children broadcasting awards
NEW YORK, 10 March 2008 -  UNICEF today called for entries from broadcasters for the 2008 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Awards.

UNICEF supporting the Government of Chad to reunite children taken by French NGO with their families
NEW YORK, 7 March 2008 - The Government of Chad, supported by UNICEF, UNHCR, ICRC and the Chadian Red Cross, is working towards the immediate...

Japan donates close to US $2 million for child survival in Liberia
MONROVIA, 10 March 2008 - The Government of  Japan (GOJ) and UNICEF signed today, in the presence of the Assistant Minister for Curative ServiceS...

Mitigating the impact of armed violence on children and communities in the Caribbean and Central America
KINGSTON, 7 March 2008 – Several Caribbean and Central American countries have called for an expansion of social interventions as a critical way....

Japan donation provides major boost for children in Northern Uganda
KAMPALA, 7 March 2008 – UNICEF today received US$5 million from the Government of Japan to rapidly revitalize two of the most critical community...

Countries must expand services to protect mothers and children from HIV/AIDS, Global Health Organizations Urge
WASHINGTON D.C., 5 March 2008 – Countries must address the critical need to scale up services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission...

UNICEF Statement on situation in Gaza
Statement - 1 March 2008

Integrated Health Strategies Can Save Children’s Lives, says UNICEF Flagship, State of the World’s Children Report 2008
GENEVA, 22 JANUARY 2008 –  Strategies that can help reduce the number of children who die before their fifth birthday were highlighted today, at the launch of UNICEF’s flagship report...

UNICEF Executive Director first UN agency head to visit Sierra Leone since the September 2007 elections
FREETOWN, 29 February 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman today participated in President Ernest Bai Koroma’s launch of...

UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman concludes visit to Liberia announcing more than $19 million in assistance
MONROVIA, 27 February 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, concluded her three day visit to Liberia announcing more than $19 million....

Education is a right, but it’s everybody’s responsibility
BUENOS AIRES, 28 February 2008 - The Argentine Minister of Education, Juan Carlos Tedesco, and the UNICEF Representative in Argentina, Gladys Acosta Vargas...

A national campaign in Zimbabwe against child abuse
HARARE, 27 February 2008 - The number of reported cases of children being raped in Zimbabwe has increased by more than 40 per cent in the...

UNICEF Executive Director announces US$19 million in funding for Liberia
MONROVIA, 25 February 2008 - During her first visit to Liberia, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman announced that US$17 million will become...

Global expert on violence urges Jamaican parliament to focus on children
KINGSTON, 26 February 2008 – A leading authority on violence against children today pressed Parliamentarians to concentrate on the plight of children...

UNICEF says ‘Thank You’ to IKEA customers and co-workers
GENEVA, 25 February 2008 – Between 3 November and 24 December 2007, IKEA donated 1 Euro for every soft toy sold in all its stores globally...

UNICEF-Dubai Cares partnership benefits schoolchildren in Djibouti
DUBAI /NEW YORK, 25 February 2008 – UNICEF and Dubai Cares announced today the launch of new education programmes in Djibouti that will help accelerate access to education...

UNICEF supplies two million yellow fever vaccinations for Paraguay
ASUNCION, 25 February 2008 – UNICEF supplied two million anti-yellow fever vaccinations in response to an emergency declared by the Government...

UNICEF provides US$1 million in emergency supplies to Zambia
LUSAKA, 22 February 2008 – UNICEF will provide more than US$1 million in emergency assistance including tents, school supplies, and basic household items to approximately...

UNICEF Statement on the decision of the German Institute for Social Issues (DZI) to withdraw its seal of approval from the German National Committee for UNICEF
Statement - 20 February 2008

Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concerning the situation of children in Sudan
Statement - 19 February 2008

International Mother Language Day celebrated in Latin America and Caribbean
PANAMA, 21 February 2008 - On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, Nils Kastberg, the Regional Director of UNICEF in Latin America...

Statement on findings about the German National Committee for UNICEF
Statement - 19 February 2008

UNICEF and Dubai Cares join forces to help provide education for one million children
New York/Dubai, 19 February 2008 – UNICEF and Dubai Cares announced today a new partnership to boost access for children to education.

UNICEF Executive Board members visit child friendly school in northern Lao PDR
OUDOMXAY, NORTHERN LAO PDR, 13 February 2008 - Children at Nongboua primary school in Oudomxay’s La district laid on a warm welcome...

UNICEF appeals for $856 million to aid children and women in emergencies
GENEVA, 12 February 2008 - UNICEF launched its Humanitarian Action Report (HAR) 2008 today, calling on donors to provide $856 million to assist...

UNICEF sends emergency supplies to Tajikistan
DUSHANBE , 12 February 2008 – UNICEF has dispatched emergency supplies for more than US $200,000 to meet the immediate life-saving needs...

UNICEF Executive Board members discuss children’s issues with senior government officials
VIENTIANE, 11 February 2008 - A review of the situation of children and women in Lao PDR was at the centre of discussions today between...

HIV/AIDS implementers’ meeting to highlight progress and lessons learned
WASHINGTON, DC, 10 March 2008 – HIV/AIDS implementers from around the world will gather in Kampala, Uganda, from June 3-7 for the 2008 HIV/AIDS...

UNICEF statement on the resignation of Dietrich Garlichs and the ongoing debate about the German National Committee
Statement - 8 February 2008

Statement by UNICEF concerning the case of Omar Khadr
Statement - 2 February 2008

Mumps epidemic sweeps Moldova
CHISINAU, 5 February 2008 – UNICEF and the World Health Organisation(WHO) have launched a joint appeal for $US 1.9 million  to purchase mumps...

The hopes of Kenya’s children hanging in the balance
NAIROBI, 25 January 2008 - The hopes of hundreds of thousands of Kenyan children and their families hang in the balance as the two leaders in...

UNICEF trains Government of Southern Sudan water managers
JUBA, 28 January 2008 - UNICEF and the Government of Southern Sudan are conducting a three weeks intensive capacity-building training programme...

Hundreds of thousands of children suffer the consequences of the post-election crisis in Kenya
NAIROBI, 16 January 2008 - UNICEF estimates that at least 100,000 children have been displaced in Kenya since the crisis began with as...

The Government of Ecuador declares state of emergency due to flooding
ECUADOR, 29 February 2008- The Government of Ecuador has declared a national state of emergency due to extensive flooding caused by heavy...

Turkmenistan Government to fully support flour fortification
TURKMENISTAN, 14 January 2008 – UNICEF welcomes the Turkmenistan Government’s self-sustainable flour fortification programme.

Relief effort underway as number of displaced by Mozambique floods continues to rise
MAPUTO, 14 January 2008 – UNICEF said today it is scaling up its response in central Mozambique as the number of people displaced by...

As violence ebbs, UNICEF joins other agencies in providing aid for up to 100,000 people in Kenya
NAIROBI, 9 January 2008 - As the unrest that rocked Kenya quells, UNICEF and other agencies are rushing to provide aid for up to 100,000 people...

UN agencies unite against female genital mutilation
NEW YORK, 27 February 2008 – Expressing their commitment to the elimination of female genital mutilation, also called female genital cutting and female genital...

UNICEF steps up its emergency response to the Mozambique floods
Maputo, 7 January 2008 – UNICEF is stepping up its emergency response in Mozambique as the country is bracing itself for widespread...

Niger measles drive targets 2.9 million under five children
NIAMEY, 7 January 2008 – President Tandja of Niger today kicked off a major campaign to vaccinate 2.9 million children against measles.

UNICEF ready with critical supplies for children affected by unrest in Kenya
NAIROBI, 4 January 2008 - As roads begin opening in Kenya and transport becomes possible, UNICEF is working with the Kenya Red Cross to....

Launch of UNICEF flagship State of the World’s Children 2008 Report
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UNICEF: Children and AIDS - Second stocktaking report

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UNICEF team visits hurricane ravaged Turks and Caicos Islands
GRAND TURK, September 12 2008 – UNICEF is among international organizations on the ground in Turks and Caicos Islands conducting assessments...

Number of armed groups or forces using child soldiers increases from 40 to 57
NEW YORK, 12 February 2008 - Coinciding with the sixth anniversary of the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, the Security...

UNICEF in Central America to promote of the rights of unaccompanied migrant children
MEXICO CITY, 12 February 2008- UNICEF representatives from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama will visit the border....

Nickelodeon and UNICEF launch a new initiative aimed at motivating children in Latin America
MIAMI / FLORIDA, 25 January 2008 – UNICEF and Nickelodeon Latin America announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at bringing about positive...

2009 Caribbean Games to shine spotlight on Violence against children
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD, TOBAGO, 11 January 2008 –UNICEF has teamed up with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2009 Caribbean...

UNICEF welcomes International Year of Sanitation 2008
NEW YORK, 1 January 2008 – UNICEF today officially welcomed the first day of the International Year of Sanitation 2008. The international year...


 

 

 

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