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Media advisory

Launch of UNICEF flagship State of the World’s Children 2008 Report

Report is embargoed until 7:30 a.m. EST (12:30 pm GMT)

Ms. Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director General
Ms. Bience P. Gawanas, Commissioner for Social Affairs of the African Union

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Room III
Tuesday, 22 January at 13.30 (Geneva time)

The State of the World’s Children 2008  provides a wide ranging assessment of the current state of child survival and primary health care for mothers, newborns and children. SOWC 08 examines lessons learned in child health over the last few decades and highlights the most important emerging precepts and strategies needed to achieve MDG4 – a two-thirds reduction in under-five mortality between 1990 and 2015.  The report will go live on-line at 13:30 Geneva time at https://www.unicef.org/sowc08

Note to editors: 
Ms. Veneman will be attending the World Economic Forum in Davos and will be available for interviews until Saturday 26 January.

Attention broadcasters: Video footage is available free of charge at www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef

For further information, please contact:

Angela Hawke, UNICEF New York, tel: +1 212 326 7269, ahawke@unicef.org
Jessie Malter, UNICEF New York, Tel:  +1 212 326 7412, jmalter@unicef.org
Michael Klaus, UNICEF Geneva, tel: +41 22 909 5712, mklaus@unicef.org

For WHO, please contact:

Olivia Lawe-Davies, WHO Geneva, tel: +41227911209.Mobile: +41786636044, lawedavieso@who.int




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