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UNICEF Sudan calls on young people to become ambassadors for peace
KHARTOUM/JUBA, 31 December 2009 – UNICEF Sudan is urging young people to sign up as “peace ambassadors” during this year’s National...

UNICEF laments death of children in Bauchi, and deplores the exploitation of vulnerable children
ABUJA, NIGERIA, 30 December 2009 — UNICEF laments the death of the children in clashes that erupted in Bauchi on 28 December. Observers...

Executive Director's letter to colleagues
Statement - 23 December 2009

Statement by the Secretary-General on Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF
Statement - 23 December 2009

Tsunami: Reflection and progress five years later
26 December 2009 - Five years ago the world watched in horror as nearly 230,000 people, particularly women and children, perished in the tsunami...

UNICEF’s five-year tsunami report highlights goals reached in relief and recovery efforts
GENEVA, 18 December 2009 - Five years after an earthquake off the coast of Indonesia triggered a massive tsunami that spread throughout...

2010: In Romania, one in three to be born in a Baby-Friendly Maternity Hospital
BUCHAREST, 17 December 2009 – UNICEF Romania and the World Health Organization announced 23 maternity facilities have been awarded...

Government of Japan officials hand over school supplies to Somali students and teachers
HARGEISA, SOMALIA, 16 December 2009 - Over 180,000 Somali children and 3,000 teachers across the country received textbooks and...

UNICEF Pacific on stand by to support cyclone affected children and families in Fiji
SUVA, 15 December 2009 - UNICEF in the Pacific is on stand by to support children and their families affected by Cyclone Mick that hit all major...

UNICEF supports health campaigns for improved child survival in Rwanda
KIGALI, 17 December 2009 - During the launch of two campaigns to improve environmental health and sustain child survival in Rwanda...

United Nations, Government of Nepal and UCPN-M sign Action Plan for discharge of minors disqualified from the Maoist army
KATHMANDU, 16 December 2009 - The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Radhika...

Afghanistan first in world to use new vaccine against polio
Kabul, 15 December 2009 – A new vaccine against polio will be used for the first time today in polio immunization campaigns in Afghanistan...

Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, on the occasion of Human Rights Day
Statement - 10 December 2009

1.3 million Insecticide treated mosquito nets urgently needed to arrest under five deaths in Sierra Leone
Freetown, 10 December 2009 - Significant efforts have been made by both government and development partners to address child survival...

Spain commits €228 million for children
MADRID, SPAIN, 9 December 2009 – UNICEF and the Government of Spain today signed a special agreement that will provide some...

On first official visit to the UAE, UNICEF Regional Director Sigrid Kaag discusses children’s rights with HH Sheikha Fatima
ABU DHABI, 9 December 2009 – The situation of women and children in the United Arab Emirates was at the center of discussions that UNICEF...

UNICEF calls for universal ban of landmines at 10 year review of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention
Statement - 4 December 2009

Children’s Climate Forum Declaration
Declaration

Young people commit to and demand action on climate change
COPENHAGEN, 4 December 2009 – Gathered from all over the world, 164 young people, aged 14 to 17, issued a Declaration in Copenhagen...

UNICEF congratulates Rwanda on being declared first landmine-free country in the world
KIGALI, December 4, 2009 - UNICEF extended its congratulations to the Government of Rwanda today for being the first country in the world to...

UN Ministerial Conference meets to review social policy options for a region, hard hit by the global economic crisis
ALMATY, 7 December 2009 – “The global economic and financial crisis has affected all countries, and Kazakhstan was no exception. In early...

Global measles deaths drop by 78 per cent, but resurgence likely
ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 3 December 2009 – The Measles Initiative announced today that measles deaths worldwide fell...

UNICEF applauds South African Government’s new HIV strategy
PRETORIA, 3 December 2009 - UNICEF welcomes the momentous and historic decision by the Government of South Africa to greatly expand...

UNICEF hosts panel discussion on challenges to polio eradication
NEW YORK, 2 December 2009 - UNICEF today hosted a panel discussion to address current initiatives and remaining challenges in the fight to...

Children’s Climate Forum – Closing Session
Media Advisory

Statement attributable to UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on confirmation of the death of Teshome Mandefro Ergete
Statement - 30 November 2009

UN Report: Data shows progress needed on HIV testing and treatment for children and mothers
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ BARCELONA 30 November 2009 – National efforts to combat AIDS, particularly by preventing mother-to-child...

Launch of the Fourth Stocktaking report On Children and AIDS
Media advisory

Governments pledge to tackle increasing child separation from families
CHISINAU, MOLDOVA, 26 November 2009 – Governments of five eastern European countries have agreed to start the long-term work of developing community-based services and phasing...

Progress as Africa marks ten years since the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child came into force
ADDIS ABABA, 26 November 2009 – “Significant strides have been made in the promotion of child survival, development, protection...

On eve of Eid holiday, UNICEF draws attention to plight of children in northern Yemen
SANAA/AMMAN, 26 November 2009 - UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Sigrid Kaag has just concluded a...

UNICEF study unmasks child sexual abuse in Eastern Caribbean
BARBADOS, 25 November 2009 - A comprehensive study on child sexual abuse in the Eastern Caribbean has concluded that the practice is a...

Key outcomes of Rwanda First National Nutrition Summit
KIGALI, November 30, 2009 - At the end of a historic three day Summit to discuss nutrition as a foundation of sustainable development...

33 million children in Bangladesh live in poverty
DHAKA, 25 November 2009 - 33 million children in Bangladesh - about half of all Bangladeshi children - are living in poverty while about one in...

Children’s Climate Forum
Media advisory

UNICEF and Government of Zimbabwe release new social sectors data
HARARE 24 November 2009 – UNICEF together with the Government of Zimbabwe today released new social development data which revealed...

Remarks of Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
Statement - 20 November 2009

UNICEF welcomes renewed commitment by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army to prevent and end its association with children
JUBA, SUDAN, 23 November 2009 – UNICEF has hailed as a key milestone the signing of a new action plan by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army...

UNICEF’s State of The World’s Children report commemorates 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 19 November 2009 – A special edition issue of UNICEF's flagship The State of the World's Children report, tracking the impact of...

Rwanda holds First National Summit on Nutrition
KIGALI, 24 November 2009 – At the opening of the nation’s First National Summit on Nutrition, attended by the Minister of Health and Lady Ida...

UNICEF Azerbaijan launched special edition of State of the World’s Children to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Parliament
BAKU, 20 November 2009 – Today, during a special session in the Parliament of Azerbaijan (Milli Mejlis), UNICEF released its flagship report...

Children share with presidential candidates in Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, 20 November 2009.- As part of the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child...

UNICEF calls for action on road safety
GENEVA, November 19, 2009 - UNICEF’s Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States...

Georgia commemorates 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child with creation of Child Rights’ Council at the Parliament
TBILISI, 20 November 2009 – A joint initiative of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee of the Parliament of Georgia and UNICEF to...

UNICEF welcomes decision by the Somali Transitional Federal Government to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NAIROBI, KENYA, 20 November 2009 - UNICEF today welcomed the announcement by the Somali Transitional Federal Government that it...

Bosnia and Herzegovina marks the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
SARAJEVO, 19 November 2009 – As the world celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Ms. Florence Bauer...

Twenty years later: Progress being made for children but much more work lies ahead
19 November 2009 – The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a universal standard for building a better world – a world in which the best...

Future generations in jeopardy unless urgent efforts are made to tackle malnutrition
16 November 2009 – Today, nearly 200 million children under the age of five who live in the developing world suffer from stunted growth as a...

UNICEF Sudan calls for religious leaders to support A World Day of Prayer and Action for Children
KHARTOUM/JUBA, SUDAN, 18 November 2009 – UNICEF’s Representative in Sudan Nils Kastberg is appealing for religious leaders to pray...

UNICEF to launch special edition of State of the World’s Children to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK/GENEVA, for immediate release – With a press conference at its headquarters, UNICEF will release its flagship report focussing on the 20th...

On the day of marking 20th anniversary of CRC UNICEF in Kazakhstan nominates artist Batyrkhan Shukenov as first Goodwill Ambassador
ALMATY, 20 November 2009 - UNICEF has nominated well-known Kazakh artist Batyrkhan Shukenov first ever National Goodwill Ambassador in...

Largest-ever yellow fever vaccination campaign targets nearly 12 million people
Geneva / New York, 17 November 2009 – The largest-ever yellow fever mass vaccination campaign is set to kick off next week across three...

Paediatric Conference on HIV focuses on reaching global targets
KIGALI, 16 November 2009 - At the opening of the fifth national conference on children and AIDS, delegates were reminded through a...

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: President marks child rights 20th year
Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 16 November 2009 - During a panel discussion celebrating the 20th Anniversary...

President Kagame, UNICEF representative, and key guests at nation’s fifth Children’s Summit
KIGALI, November 12, 2009 - In the presence of the nation’s top leadership, including the President of the Republic of Rwanda and...

Benin: UNICEF supports successful repatriation of 26 trafficked children to their home country
COTONOU, November 14, 2009 – Following collaboration between the authorities of Benin and Gabon, and with the technical and financial support...

Statement by Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa about the escalation in Northern Yemen
Statement - 13 November 2009

Future generations in jeopardy unless urgent efforts are made to tackle undernutrition, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 November 2009 – Approximately 200 million children under the age of five in the developing world suffer from stunted growth as a...

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director calls for immediate action to tackle food shortages in areas of Southern Sudan
JUBA, SUDAN, 12 November 2009 – UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director, Hilde F. Johnson, today urged for more action to be taken in Southern...

UNICEF awards Brazilian and Kenyan broadcasters the ICDB Awards
NEW YORK, 10 November 2009 – UNICEF awarded the 2009 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards to Rádio Justiça...

For the first time, Child Health Days reach displaced communities in Afgoye, south Somalia
NAIROBI, KENYA, 11 November 2009 - Somali children and women received a high-impact life-saving health package during the Child health Days...

UNICEF assisting victims of flooding in El Salvador
EL SALVADOR, 10 November 2009 - UNICEF´s office in El Salvador has begun the first phase of humanitarian assistance to children affected...

IKEA Soft Toys embrace children’s right to education
GENEVA, 10 November 2009 - IKEA stores worldwide have unwrapped its phenomenally successful Holiday season fundraising campaign, donating...

UNICEF Executive Director raises child health and child rights in Mali
NEW YORK, 9 November, 2009 - On a three day trip to Mali, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman met with Government officials, visited...

UNICEF reaffirms vital importance of two-dose measles control strategy
NEW DELHI, 9 NOVEMBER 2009 – In an article published today, UNICEF reiterated the vital importance of administering a second dose of...

UNICEF announces 2009 winners of Media Awards on Child Rights for Middle East and North Africa
BEIRUT/AMMAN, 5 November 2009 – UNICEF’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa announced today the winners of the...

Under-nutrition causes poverty however solutions exist
PORT VILA, 12 November 2009 – Under-nutrition is both a consequence and a cause of poverty. Childhood under-nutrition makes learning more...

UNICEF and Xinhua join forces to promote children’s rights
BEIJING, 5 November 2009 – UNICEF and Xinhua News Agency today signed a Memorandum of Understanding outlining joint plans to promote...

The Netherlands donates $23.5 million for safe water in Sudan
KHARTOUM/JUBA, 6 November 2009 – The Dutch Government has given $23.5 million to UNICEF in Sudan which will be used to provide safe...

MTV EXIT wins Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award 2009
HONG KONG, 4 November 2009 – MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) has won this year’s Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for...

CFSI and the Government of Andhra Pradesh partner with UNICEF to support child rights at the launch of the 16th Golden Elephant Festival 2009
DELHI, 4 November 2009 – In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, the Children’s Film Society (CFSI) is...

WHO/UNICEF launch new action plan against pneumonia, the leading killer of children
NEW YORK, 1 November 2009 – More than five million children could be saved over six years if a comprehensive plan to tackle pneumonia is adopted...

UNICEF conference rings alarm bells on child poverty in South Asia
DHAKA, BANGLADESH 1 November 2009 – New data presented by UNICEF here today shows that 300 million children are trapped in poverty in...

Statement attributable to UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the attack on the UN guest house in Kabul
Statement - 28 October 2009

Zambia launches campaign against gender-based violence
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA 29 October 2009 – Zambian President, His Excellency, Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda, today launched the National Communication...

Over 100 schools now constructed by UNICEF Pakistan in response to the 2005 earthquake
ISLAMABAD, 28 October 2009 – More than 100 new schools have now been constructed and handed over to the government in Pakistan...

UNICEF Pakistan responds to new wave of displaced children and families from South Waziristan
GENEVA, 23 October 2009 – As conflict moves to the tribal area of South Waziristan, UNICEF and partners are working to ensure that displaced children...

UNICEF provides cars to strengthen services for street children in Rwanda
KIGALI, RWANDA, 22 October, 2009 - UNICEF today provided two jeeps to FIDESCO to facilitate the re-integration of street children in their..

Global health experts report childhood vaccines at all-time high, but access not yet equitable
WASHINGTON, D.C. 21 October 2009 — Reversing a downward trend, immunization rates are now at their highest ever and vaccine development...

UNICEF appoints singer Nancy Ajram as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa
BEIRUT/AMMAN, 22 October 2009 – UNICEF’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa announced today the appointment of Lebanese star...

Needs of children and women prominent in appeal for communities devastated by recent floods in southern Laos
VIENTIANE, 22 October 2009 - UNICEF and other UN agencies have joined the Government of the Lao PDR to launch an international appeal for funds to...

UNICEF Regional Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil appeals for urgent aid to displaced children in northern Yemen
AMMAN/SANAA, 20 October 2009 – UNICEF Regional goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa, Mahmoud Kabil has just concluded...

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow concludes visit to Israel and occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
JERUSALEM, 18 October 2009 – World renowned actress Mia Farrow ended today a six-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel...

Social inclusion and integration of children and youth of immigrant families is of critical relevance for affluent societies in future years, according to a UNICEF study issued today
GENEVA, 22 October 2009 – The Innocenti Insight presents for the first time, internationally comparable data addressing the number, share and...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October 2009)
Statement - 16 October 2009

World Food Day: more than one billion people suffering from hunger
NEW YORK, 16 October 2009 - On this World Food Day more than one billion people are suffering from malnutrition and hunger, an increase of 100 million...

Over 80 countries celebrate the second annual Global Handwashing Day
WASHINGTON DC, 15 October 2009 – Each year, diarrhoeal diseases and acute respiratory infections are responsible for the deaths of more than 3.5...

Diarrhoea - Why children are still dying and what can be done: UNICEF and WHO launch report on the second greatest killer of children
NEW YORK, 14 October 2009 – Despite the existence of inexpensive and efficient means of treatment, diarrhoea kills more children than AIDS, malaria...

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Mia Farrow and Mahmoud Kabil meet in Gaza to put focus on the plight of children
GAZA, 15 October 2009 – World renowned actress Mia Farrow and award winning Egyptian actor Mahmoud Kabil, both UNICEF Goodwill...

UNICEF concerned about the worsening impact on children of the humanitarian situation in the Horn of Africa
NAIROBI, 14 October 2009 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the increasing number of children affected by drought and hunger in the Horn of Africa...

60,000 people leave displacement camps in eastern DRC, about one million in need of humanitarian assistance
GOMA, DRC, 14 October 2009 – 60,000 people or ninety per cent of those living in six official displacement camps near Goma in North Kivu have returned...

UNICEF alarmed by deteriorating humanitarian situation in northern Yemen
AMMAN/SANAA/GENEVA, 13 October 2009 – It has been eight weeks since fighting escalated in northern Yemen and humanitarian agencies are yet to be...

More than two million children in Tajikistan vaccinated against measles and rubella
DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN, 12 October 2009 – More than 2.2 million children in Tajikistan have been vaccinated during a national measles and rubella...

UNICEF Regional Director visits Burkina Faso in support of victims of the recent floods
OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO, 13 October 2009 - Regional Director Gianfranco Rotigliano visited Burkina Faso from 11 to 14 October to renew UNICEF’s...

Orlando Bloom named UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, 12 October 2009 - Actor Orlando Bloom was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador today, in recognition of his...

Presidential candidates sign a declaration for children and adolescents in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, 12 October 2009 - In response to a call from UNICEF, the Presidential candidates from the political parties currently represented in the...

Benin: $1 million of essential supplies and equipment to encourage efforts for reducing maternal and child mortality
COTONOU, October 8, 2009 – UNICEF Representative in Benin, Dr. Souleymane Diallo, handed over to the Minister of Health, Dr. Issifou Takpara, a set...

UNICEF seeks $3 million to meet immediate needs of children affected by Indonesian earthquake
JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 9 October 2009 — As part of the UN Humanitarian Response Plan to last week’s earthquake in Indonesia, which was launched...

UN Flash Appeal of nearly $75 million for assistance to victims of Ketsana/Ondoy
MANILA, 7 October 2009 - The United Nations and the Government of the Philippines  presented today in Manila a joint appeal seeking $74,021,809...

UNICEF: Without a protective environment, it’s a harsh life for children
TOKYO, 6 October 2009 - While progress is being made in reducing some violations of children’s rights, not enough is yet known about the extent of...

UNICEF supports national measles campaign in Rwanda
BUGESERA, RWANDA, 6 October 2009 - To continue a tradition launched in 2008, Rwanda today organized the third round of Mother and Child Health...

UNICEF rapid response team on the ground in Samoa
SUVA, 5 October 2009 – A team of six emergency personnel are currently conducting rapid assessments in Samoa to ensure that the urgent needs of children...

Nearly 70,000 children return to classes following Indonesia earthquake
JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 5 October 2009 – Less than one week after a major earthquake devastated the Indonesian province of West Sumatra, nearly 70,000...

UNICEF advancing child priorities Africa-wide through African Union
ADDIS ABABA, 5 October 2009 - Partnership with the African Union (AU) is crucial for the advancement of priorities for children in Africa...

UNICEF ready to meet urgent needs of children affected by Indonesia quake
JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 2 October 2009 – UNICEF emergency personnel are on the ground in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra to ensure that the...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1888 on sexual violence in conflict
Statement - 30 September 2009

Tens of thousands of Indonesians forced to flee homes after deadly quake
JAKARTA, 1 October 2009 – UNICEF Indonesia is deploying emergency staff to the province of West Sumatra to assess the immediate health, water...

UNICEF Pacific is mobilising $200.000 for supplies and assistance to Samoa and Tonga
SUVA, 1 October 2009 - UNICEF Pacific office based in Suva, Fiji, is sending a team to Samoa and Tonga to assist with a rapid assessment on the needs of...

More than four million HIV-positive people now receiving life-saving treatment
NEW YORK, 30 SEPTEMBER 2009 - More than 4 million people in low- and middle-income countries were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the close of...

UNICEF Pacific to provide support to children and families of Samoa and Tonga
SUVA, 1 October 2009 - UNICEF Pacific office based in Suva, Fiji has mobilised its emergency response team following the Pacific tsunami and...

Member States commit to greater efforts to release and reintegrate child soldiers
NEW YORK, 29 September 2009 – A number of United Nations Member States added their names to the ‘Paris Commitments’ to protect children from...

UNICEF provides immediate assistance to children affected by tropical storm Ondoy
MANILA, 28 September 2009 - UNICEF has provided $143,000 in supplies to address the urgent needs of affected children and their families in the...

New initiative to address sexual violence against girls launched at Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York
NEW YORK, 25 September 2009 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five United Nations organizations (UNICEF, UNAIDS...

Ministerial follow-up forum to the Paris Commitments on children in armed groups
Media advisory

Government of the Republic of Korea and UNICEF sign agreement to strengthen collaboration
NEW YORK, 22 September 2009 - The Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and UNICEF signed a new agreement today to strengthen collaboration...

Her Majesty Queen Rania and Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director visit girls' school in East Harlem
NEW YORK, 21 September 2009 - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today met with...

Government of Lao PDR and UNICEF reaffirm their commitment to children
VIENTIANE, 23 September 2009 - The needs and rights of children will remain a key priority as Lao PDR moves towards its broader development goals...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the death of 12-year-old child bride from Yemen
Statement - 14 September 2009

Statement by Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on death of children in air raid on Yemen camp
Statement - 17 September 2009

Schools for Africa campaign expands to help millions more children
NEW YORK, 15 September 2009 - Education for millions of children in Africa received a major boost today as UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation...

UNICEF announces nominees for the 2009 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards
NEW YORK, 15 September 2009 – UNICEF today announced the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards.

Zimbabwe’s children receive vital education support
HARARE, 14 September 2009 – The Government of Zimbabwe, UNICEF and the international donor community today unveiled a $70 million partnership...

UNICEF: Mia Farrow highlights Cameroon’s forgotten victims of child malnutrition
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON 13 September 2009 - The internationally acclaimed actress and humanitarian activist Mia Farrow, arrived in Cameroon today with a...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman statement on the passing of Norman Borlaug
Statement - 13 September 2009

Global child mortality continues to drop
NEW YORK, 10 September 2009 – UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five years of age continued to decline...

UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman defends UNICEF’s voice for children in Sri Lanka
Statement - 7 September 2009

UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Sigrid Kaag on the situation in northern Yemen
Statement - 8 September 2009

Costa Rica seeks to achieve the guarantee of all child rights by 2021: President of Costa Rica approves first Child Public Policy
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, 9 September 2009 - As part of the celebration for the National Day of Children, the President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sánchez...

UNICEF and health authorities join forces to tackle malaria in Sudan
KHARTOUM, 10 September 2009 – A renewed effort to reduce the risk of malaria in Sudan will get underway on Sunday 13 September, as the...

Despite regional efforts, trafficking continues to take heavy toll on children
BANGKOK/WELLINGTON, 1 September, 2009 – A recent assessment of child trafficking programmes in seven countries in East and Southeast Asia...

UNICEF appeals for over $6 million to help women and children in northern Yemen
AMMAN/GENEVA, 2 September 2009 – UNICEF launched today an appeal for $6.1 million to meet the needs of women and children affected by the current...

Government of Japan provides $2.95 million to health programmes to fight infectious diseases in DR Congo
KINSHASA, 4 September 2009 – Under the patronage of Mr Mwami MOPIPI MUKULUMANYA, Minister for Public Health in the Democratic Republic...

UNICEF and Australia team up for children with disabilities: Education is a right for all
CANBERRA, 3 September 2009 - Globally fewer than five percent of children with disabilities are attending school, and in some cases the figure is less than...

UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman visits Dungu, a community terrorized by the LRA
LONDON, 31 August, 2009 - On the final day of her five-day visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman met...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman calls for peace and security for the people of eastern DRC
Goma, DRC, 29 August 2009 – On her second day in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF Executive Director...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman decries continued rape and violence against women and children in the DRC
BUKAVU, DRC, 27 August 2009 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman met with victims of rape and violence in the eastern provinces of the Democratic...

NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and BD commemorate opening of new center to improve HIV/AIDS treatment in the DRC
KINSHASA, DRC, 26 August 2009 – The Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital and Research Center (BMMH), in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo and...

UNICEF Executive Director announces $500,000 for social protection programs in The Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville)
BRAZZAVILLE, The Republic of the Congo, 24 August 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, in her visit to The Republic of the Congo...

Statement by Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, on the situation in Yemen
Statement - 24 August 2009

UNICEF concerned about deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen
AMMAN/ GENEVA, 21 August 2009 – UNICEF expressed concern today about the impact on children and women of the current crisis in Yemen...

Children, young people unite online to address climate change
DAEJEON, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, 20 August 2009 - Children and young people across the world are joining forces to address climate change with a new...

New Regional Director for UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa
GENEVA/NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 25 August 2009 - UNICEF is pleased to welcome Elhadj Amadou Gueye Sy as the new Regional Director for Eastern...

Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day
Statement - 19 August 2009

UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman to visit Democratic Republic of Congo
Media advisory

Zambia: MPs pledge action on rights of disabled
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA 19 August 2009 -- Members of influential parliamentary committees in Zambia have pledged to ensure full rights of people living with...

Asia and Pacific database on education launched by UNICEF and UNESCO
BANGKOK, 17 August — UNICEF and UNESCO go online today with a one-stop Education for All database for Asia and the Pacific that enables governments...

2009 World Water Week: "Responding to Global Changes: Accessing Water for the Common Good”
STOCKHOLM, 16 August 2009 - Access to water is becoming more challenging every year due to a rising water demand and unreliable availability...

Somali children at high risk as escalating hostilities against aid work cause postponement of life-saving supply delivery
NAIROBI, KENYA, 13 August 2009 – UNICEF today had to postpone the dispatch of hundreds of tons of life-saving nutritional supplies for the prevention...

UNICEF: Malnutrition among children in southern CAR alarming
BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, 11 August 2009 – UNICEF today expressed alarm at the rising rates of acute malnutrition among children...

Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
Statement - 9 August 2009

New Security Council resolution enhances accountability and responses to violations against children in situations of armed conflict
NEW YORK, 5 August 2009 – UNICEF welcomes the UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption yesterday of a new resolution, Resolution 1882...

A treasure chest of hope for children impacted by disasters and war
By Ann M. Veneman, 5 August 2009 - Last March on a visit to Gaza after the region was devastated by constant bombing and conflict, I toured a...

World Breastfeeding Week celebrated in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, 5 August 2009 – The Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, WHO, UNICEF and other partners today joined over 120 countries worldwide to...

New Regional Director for UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean
GENEVA/NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY, 3 August, 2009 – UNICEF announced today the appointment of Mr. Bernt Aasen as its new Regional Director...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits northern Nigeria and announces $1.8 million to address malnutrition
ABUJA, NIGERIA, 3 AUGUST 2009  – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, concluding a visit to the northern states of Kebbi and Sokoto in Nigeria...

UNICEF Chief commemorates Breastfeeding Week by promoting better nutrition and child health in Nigeria
KEBBI STATE, NIGERIA, 31 July 2009 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman emphasized the contribution that breastfeeding can...

UNICEF Executive Director launches first-ever National Child Health Week in Nigeria
ABUJA, 31 July 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman and the Nigerian Health Minister, Professor Babatunde Osotimehin...

Government of Japan provides $5.6 million to health programmes in Sudan
KHARTOUM, 29 July 2009 – The Government of Japan will sign a new agreement with UNICEF tomorrow, making available US$ 5.6 million...

UN welcomes access to legal aid for child detainees in Rwanda
KIGALI, RWANDA, July 27 2009 - As part of a new initiative launched by the Ministry of Justice, supported by UNICEF and the Dutch Government...

Renewed efforts underway to increase level of birth registration in Sudan
KHARTOUM, 28 July 2009 – Partners from Sudan’s Government of National Unity, state-level authorities, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations...

Global Polio Eradication Initiative intensifies its activities
NEW YORK, 17 July 2009 – UNICEF convened a meeting of partners today to review progress in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative...

Ministry of Health and UNICEF Zambia join with mobile phone companies for Child Health Week
LUSAKA, 16 July 2009 – To highlight Zambia’s Child Health Week activities, which this year focus on preventing polio, the Ministry of Health and...

UNICEF launches kit to help young children caught in emergencies
GENEVA, 15 July, 2009 - A new kit to help meet the developmental needs of young children affected by emergencies was launched in Geneva...

Findings on access to anti-HIV drugs discussed at international conference
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, 22 July 2009 — An estimated 4 million people were receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the end...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on July 9 bomb attack in Afghanistan
NEW YORK, 10 July 2009 - "On 9 July, an explosion in the vicinity of a school south of Kabul reportedly killed at least 25 people, including 15 children. This appalling incident follows...

Junior 8 Summit 2009 - Rome Declaration
Rome Declaration

UNICEF: J8 meets G8
ROME, L’AQUILA, July 9 2009 - Fourteen young people from countries attending the G8 today called on their respective leaders to get tough with...

Women religious leaders in Algeria spread the word about maternal and child health
ALGIERS, 13 July 2009 – UNICEF and the Algerian ministries of Religious Affairs and Health launched a series of training sessions for mourchidates...

UNICEF welcomes release of child soldiers and urges further demobilizations in Central African Republic
BANGUI, 7 July 2009 – UNICEF today confirmed the demobilization of 182 children who have been released by the rebel group...

UNICEF supports Child Health Days in Guinea Bissau that provide key interventions
BISSAU, 6 July 2009 – UNICEF Bissau is supporting a nation-wide vaccination campaign aimed at protecting children against killer diseases...

Alternative rock band The Killers and MTV EXIT collaborate to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking
NEW YORK/LONDON, 6 July 2009 – In an exclusive collaboration, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and alternative rock band...

UNICEF: Children and women displaced by conflict in Pakistan need urgent and ongoing support
GENEVA, 3 July 2009 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the condition of thousands of children who have been displaced by conflict, or who remain...

Panel discussion on education and minorities on the occasion of the launch of the Minority Rights Group's State of the World's Minorities Report 2009
Media Advisory

$10 million European Community water and sanitation project underway in Iraq; UNICEF relocates Country Office to Baghdad
BAGHDAD, 30 June 2009 - A $10 million project funded by the European Community to improve Iraq’s water and sanitation services is underway...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits Syrian Arab Republic
DAMASCUS, 29 June 2009 – On the first visit ever of a UNICEF Executive Director to the Syrian Arab Republic, Ann M. Veneman met with Syrian President...

Young leaders head for Junior 8/G8 Summit in Rome
Media Advisory

New education institute inaugurated in Southern Sudan
RUMBEK, 25 June 2009 – The first education institute in Southern Sudan will be inaugurated today, marking an important step in strengthening...

UNICEF urges fortification of staple foods to improve child and maternal health and economic gains
SKOPJE, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, 23 June 2009 - Opening a regional workshop on flour fortification, UNICEF Representative...

Is West Africa ready for children’s Ombudsmen?
BAMAKO, 23 June 2009 - This is the question being posed in Bamako by experts as they meet to encourage the development of Ombudsmen for...

WHO and UNICEF call for strengthened risk reduction measures to protect hospitals and schools from the impact of disasters
GENEVA, 18 June 2009 – The World Health Organization and UNICEF today called on governments to strengthen risk reduction measures in four key areas...

Hostilities against aid work in Jowhar put lives of Somali children and women at risk
NAIROBI, 17 June 2009 - UNICEF Somalia is gravely disturbed by the new wave of aggression and hostilities against humanitarian aid work in Somalia which is putting lives of...

New Machel Report calls for urgent action to protect children affected by armed conflict
NEW YORK, 16 June 2009 – UNICEF and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict launched the Machel Study...

UNICEF highlights child survival on the Day of the African Child
NEW YORK, 16 June 2009 – Several African countries have made impressive gains in child survival in recent years but much more needs to be done...

African Youth seek more opportunity to voice their opinion
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA / JOHANNESBURG 16 June 2009 – On average, 30 per cent of young people, aged 15 to 17 are afraid to voice their...

Japan will assist children and families in IDP camps and host communities of northwest Pakistan
TOKYO, 15 June 2009 – Internally displaced children and their families affected by conflict in northwest Pakistan will receive $4 million in...

UNICEF mourns death of Professor Peter Townsend
NEW YORK, 15 June 2009 - With great sadness,  UNICEF has learned that Professor Peter Townsend, a champion for children everywhere...

HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting concludes in Windhoek, Namibia
WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA 14 June 2009 – The 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers’ Meeting concluded after four days of discussions, presentations, and plenary sessions...

UNICEF and Ministry of Health launch national vitamin A supplementation and de-worming campaign in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN 12 June 2009 – The ten-day national campaign on vitamin A supplementation and de-worming among...

Global commitment announced in fight against leading killer of children
NEW YORK/LECCE, ITALY, 12 JUNE 2009 – A new strategy in the fight against pneumonia, the world’s greatest killer of children, was announced today...

World Day Against Child Labour marks the need to tackle the worst forms of exploitation
GENEVA, 12 June 2009 – On the tenth anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour, UNICEF joins its partners in calling for action to...

Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the loss of a staff member in the Peshawar blast
NEW YORK, 9 June 2009 - “UNICEF is greatly saddened by the death of a much-loved colleague, Perseveranda So, as a result of the bombing of the...

Swaziland: Fit for children, one day at a time
MBABANE/SWAZILAND, 1 June 2009  – UNICEF gathered with more than 100 children, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, 7 cabinet ministers...

IKEA and UNICEF lighten up children’s lives in the developing world
GENEVA, 28 May 2009 – Here’s a real sunshine story! Starting in June 2009, for every SUNNAN solar powered lamp sold in IKEA...

UNICEF appeals for funding to urgently assist displaced children and women in northwest Pakistan
NEW YORK/ISLAMABAD, 26 May 2009 - UNICEF has appealed for an additional $41.4 million to provide urgent assistance to people displaced by...

UNICEF Peru condemns the participation of children and adolescents in any situation of armed violence
LIMA, 1 June 2009 - As a result of the numerous complaints made with regard to children involved with armed groups in Peru, UNICEF Peru condemns the...

International Health Organizations Urge more Funding for Yellow Fever Vaccine Stockpile
GENEVA/PARIS/NEW YORK, 26 May 2009 – The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Yellow Fever Vaccine Provision is warning...

UNICEF Morocco supports First Social Policies and Child Rights forum
RABAT, 25 May 2009 - To mark National Day of Child Rights, Morocco hosted the First Social Policies and Child Rights Forum to discuss...

Futbol Club Barcelona, Fundació Futbol Club Barcelona Unveil Photo exhibition at UNICEF House
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UNICEF condemns looting of life-saving humanitarian supplies in Jowhar, Somalia
NAIROBI, 20 May 2009 - UNICEF Somalia strongly condemns the looting and destruction of humanitarian supplies and its facilities in Jowhar by...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Sri Lanka
NEW YORK, 19 May 2009 - "It is reported that access to some camps for internally displaced persons within Sri Lanka has become restricted.

UNICEF welcomes signing of Child Justice Bill into Law
PRETORIA, 18 May 2009 -  UNICEF today welcomed the signing into law of the Child Justice Bill by the President of the Republic for South Africa...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation of children in Sri Lanka
Statement - 12 May 2009

A catastrophe for Sri Lanka’s children
KATHMANDU, 12 May 2009 – With more children killed and injured in the past 48 hours, UNICEF today denounced the disastrous impact of...

Striving for an AIDS Free Generation: Experts gather to map out plan to reduce HIV infection in young children
Media Advisory

Newest child-friendly school, better access to basic education marks UNICEF's 4th year support in Nias, Indonesia
GUNUNGSITOLI, NIAS, 15 May 2009 - The inauguration of the newest and largest child-friendly school marked the fourth year of UNICEF...

Global aid agencies call for greater investment in life-saving vitamins and minerals
BEIJING, CHINA, 12 May 2009 – Seven of the world’s leading development agencies are calling on governments and other partners around...

UNICEF continues support for China earthquake recovery, detailed report on aid for children and women released at one year anniversary
BEIJING, 11 May 2009 – One year after a devastating 8.0 Richter scale earthquake hit China's Sichuan province, extensive assistance from...

On First Visit to Saudi Arabia, UNICEF Regional Director discusses children’s rights with King Abdullah
RIYADH, 11 May 2009 – The situation of children in Saudi Arabia was at the center of discussions between Ms. Sigrid Kaag...

UNICEF and EU complete Education Support Project with Syrian Ministry of Education
DAMASCUS, 10 May 2009- The Ministry of Education and UNICEF have completed an education project to rehabilitate and provide...

Children displaced by conflict in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, 8 May 2009- UNICEF Pakistan expresses deep concern about the situation of several thousand people who have recently fled armed conflict between...

Chronic food insecurity, conflict and political instability threaten the lives of more and more children in the Horn of Africa
NAIROBI/GENEVA, 8 May 2009 – The ongoing combination of chronic food insecurity, conflict and political instability is threatening the well being and lives of millions....

UNICEF deeply concerned at impact on children of recent fighting in Southern Sudan
GENEVA, 5 May 2009 – UNICEF is deeply concerned at the impact on children of continuing violence and localized conflict in a number of states of Southern Sudan.

Iraq commits $30 million for children
BAGHDAD, 4 May 2009 -  Iraq’s Ministry of State for Marshlands has committed $30 million for projects to assist children in rural areas of the...

Kenya convenes experts and advocates on child-friendly schools
NAIROBI, KENYA,  4 May 2009 – UNICEF, government officials and partners from several African nations today kicked off a three-day meeting...

UNICEF statement welcoming the appointment of Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children
Statement - 1 May 2009

Report calls for increased investment in the health of mothers and children in Asia and the Pacific
3 MAY 2009 | DENPASAR/GENEVA - Financial and fiscal measures to stimulate the ailing global economy should include significant and sustained funding to improve the health...

One year after Cyclone Nargis: Myanmar on hard road to recovery
Yangon/Geneva, 1 May 2009 — Communities devastated by Cyclone Nargis one year ago have faced formidable challenges during the year of recovery and rebuilding.

UNICEF: Grave violations of children’s rights during armed conflicts must end
NEW YORK, 29 April 2009 – UNICEF today joined the Secretary-General’s call for an end to the recruitment and sexual exploitation of children by armed groups in theatres of....

UNICEF: Education experts meet on Child-Friendly Schools
GENEVA, 28 April 2009 – Education experts from Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) are...

Situation of children in Gaza remains precarious 100 days after end of conflict
GAZA, 28 April 2009 – More than three months after the cessation of hostilities in Gaza, the Israeli blockade and inter-Palestinian tension...

Crisis in Sri Lanka: UNICEF airlifts 50 tonnes of emergency supplies as numbers in urgent need swell
COLOMBO, 27 April 2009 – UNICEF said that 50 metric tonnes of airlifted emergency relief supplies landed today in Colombo. The supplies will...

On World Malaria Day, UNICEF highlights successes but calls for greater effort
WASHINGTON, D.C. - 24 April 2009 – Progress has been made in combating malaria, particularly in Africa where the disease is most...

Children emerge as winners in Twitter challenge between Ashton Kutcher and CNN
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON D.C., April 24, 2009— UNICEF today announced that it will be the recipient of a $100,000 gift from CNN Worldwide designated for the provision of...

Tajikistan and UNICEF launch EU-backed project on disaster risk reduction
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 24 April 2009 – The Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education, the Committee of Emergency...

UNICEF Regional Director greets Morocco’s progress for children
Rabat, 22 April  2009 – In her first official visit to Morocco, Mrs Sigrid Kaag, Regional director of UNICEF for Middle East and North Africa Region met the Prime Minister...

Global health visionaries gather to launch 'One World Against Malaria' Campaign
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Emergency measures launched in Horn of Africa to stop spreading polio outbreak
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 22 April 2009 – Emergency measures have been launched by the Government of Southern Sudan to stop a polio...

Global health leaders to address urgent crisis of prematurity and stillbirth
SEATTLE, 21 April 2009 - Every year around the world, more than three million stillbirths occur, and more than one million babies die...

Children will be released from armed forces and groups in the East
New York/Kinshasa, 21 April 2009 – “Child soldiers associated with the Congrès National pour la Défense du Peuple (CNDP) and other armed..

UNICEF fears for thousands of children trapped in Sri Lanka’s conflict
KATHMANDU, 20 April 2009 – As 35,000 people today fled Sri Lanka’s conflict zone, UNICEF said it held grave fears for those children who...

Ministry of health and UNICEF launch a national campaign against cholera in Guinea Bissau
GUINEA BISSAU, Bissau, 20 April 2009 – A nationwide cholera prevention campaign is underway in Guinea Bissau, which last year saw an...

UNICEF launches campaign to protect children and women from bird flu in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 16 April 2009 – A media campaign launched by UNICEF in Dushanbe today aims to protect children and women in...

Investing in early learning & development essential to get children on track
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 16 April 2009 - Following a two-year development process, today the Ministry of...

1,200,000 children live with less than 1 USD a day, states the White Paper on Social protection of Children in the Rep of Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, 15 April 2009 - Fifty-four percent of Congolese children are affected by poverty, or one million two hundred thousand children who suffer not only monetary deprivation....

Government of Japan donates $6 million to UNICEF Ethiopia for children affected by the global food crisis
ADDIS ABABA, 15 April 2009 – The Government of Japan today announced a $6 million donation to UNICEF Ethiopia for reducing the...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Child Marriage
Statement - 13 April 2009

UNICEF and partners mobilise to counter meningitis outbreaks
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 9 April 2009 – In an effort to save lives and contain the spread of meningitis, the GAVI Alliance has agreed to fast-track...

UNICEF applauds the launch of first Child Act for Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 8 April 2009 – The President of the Government of Southern Sudan H.E. General Salva Kiir Mayardit will tomorrow...

Securing rights of adolescent girls is critical for achieving development goals
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 8 April 2009 – Parliamentarians are convening today to address the urgent need for accelerated progress in protecting...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on World Health Day 2009
Statement – 7 April 2009

Landmines and explosive remnants of war continue to threaten children
GENEVA, 3 April 2009 – Landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) continue to pose an enormous threat to children worldwide, UNICEF...

Chad: UNICEF Responds As Children Escape Conflict
N’ DJAMENA, Chad/ Geneva, 3 April 2009 – UNICEF is assisting thousands of children who are fleeing the conflict in the neighboring...

Southern Sudan’s ‘Go To School’ campaign aims at education for all
JUBA, 31 March 2009 - Southern Sudan will tomorrow mark the fourth anniversary of the ‘Go To School’ initiative as the school gates open on...

Child malnutrition and household food insecurity remain major concerns for Bangladesh
DHAKA, 29 March 2009 - One in four households in Bangladesh is food insecure while two million children aged six months to five years are...

UNICEF announces fifth annual young people’s summit, event linked to G8
NEW YORK, 26 March 2009 - UNICEF National Committees and country offices have begun the selection process for the fifth annual Junior 8 Summit...

Photo exhibition of conflict affected children’s photos in Georgia
TBILISI, 26 March 2009 - A UNICEF supported photo-exhibition of children from Gori and nearby villages opened today at the Cinema Hall Amirani.

New education strategies in North of Sudan to boost enrolment of girls and nomadic children
KHARTOUM, 24 March 2009 – The Federal Ministry of General Education is taking another step on the road towards the Millennium....

UNICEF and Department of Education host regional workshop on child-friendly schools in East Asia
MANILA, 24 March 2009 - UNICEF and the Department of Education (DepEd) are opening a four day on child-friendly schools (CFS) in East Asia and the Pacific.

Four million Rwandan children targeted for life-saving interventions
RWANDA, 24 March 2009 - During a week long campaign launched today by the Minister of Health, children and women across Rwanda will be reached...

World Water Day 2009
NEW YORK, 22 March 2009 – World Water Day 2009 calls for collective action to tackle the issue of access to safe drinking water and water sharing. This year’s theme....

World Water Day in Sudan focuses on shared responsibility for management of vital resources
KHARTOUM, 21 March 2009 - The celebration of World Water Day 2009 in Sudan tomorrow, 22 March will provide an opportunity to focus on the...

Somali children have little to cheer about as world marks Water Day
NAIROBI, 20 March 2009 – The International community and Somalis need to ensure peace and stability in the country to enable the provision of adequate supplies of clean drinking water...

Piped water and clean toilets for half a million Rwandans by 2013
RUBAVU/ RWANDA, 20 March 2009 -  To mark the celebration of World Water Day, the Government of Rwanda officially inaugurated the MIZINGO water supply system in the Western....

New initiative to reduce child and maternal mortality gets underway in Southern Sudan
TORIT, 20 March 2009 – The Ministry of Health of the Government of Southern Sudan, backed by UNICEF and other partners, today will ...

Second phase of Sudan national polio immunization campaign intensifies efforts against the virus
KHARTOUM, 22 March 2009 - The second round of National Immunization Days against polio will get underway on Monday 23 March in Sudan, as...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation in Sri Lanka
Statement - 17 March 2009

Experts meet to discuss water scarcity issues at the fifth World Water Forum
NEW YORK, 19 March 2009 – UNICEF will raise the need to provide life-saving water and sanitation support to children, particularly during emergencies...

Education experts meet to discuss Child-Friendly Schools in South Asia
KATHMANDU, 18 March 2009 – Education experts from the South Asia region are meeting this week in Kathmandu to discuss and determine what...

UNICEF committed to meeting most urgent life-saving needs in Sudan following suspension of key partners
NEW YORK, 16 March 2009 - UNICEF is working urgently with government and remaining non-governmental partners to address immediate gaps...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day 2009
Statement - 8 March 2009

UNICEF Executive Director visits Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory
JERUSALEM, 7 March  2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Saturday concluded a week-long Middle-East mission that included field visits to the West Bank, southern...

Statement on the Humanitarian Situation in Darfur
Statement - 6 March 2009

Pacific region turning spotlight on achieving justice for children
PORT MORESBY / PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 10 March 2009 – The Government of Papua New Guinea in partnership with UNICEF is hosting for the first time...

UNICEF in LAO PDR: Challenges in reducing maternal and newborn mortality
Vientiane, 10 March 2009 – Strategies to improve standards of maternal and newborn health in one of South East Asia’s poorest countries were...

UNICEF Executive Director in visit to Jordan on first leg of regional mission
AMMAN, 3 March 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, concluded a 2-day visit to Jordan which focused on the country’s...

In DRC, unprecedented opportunity to release all children from armed groups
KINSHASA, 27 February 2009 – UNICEF today urged the release of all children currently associated with armed groups in the Democratic...

Synchronized polio campaign kicks off across eight countries in West Africa
DAKAR / Senegal, 27 February 2009 - Fifty-three million children under five are expected to be reached across eight West African countries in a...

Six million Euros for food and nutrition security in Congo
BRAZZAVILLE / REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 24 February 2009 – The food and nutrition security project in Congo was officially launched today, during...

IKEA social initiative adds $48 million to UNICEF's child health programme
NEW YORK, 23 February 2009 - UNICEF today announced that IKEA, through its corporate philanthropy arm, IKEA Social Initiative, is further expanding its support for children with a $48...

Building back better: 200th school opened in Indonesia
BANDA ACEH, 19 February 2009 – UNICEF and the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency for Aceh-Nias (BRR) today opened SDN 34, the 200th school built by UNICEF.

New nutrition policy for northern states of Sudan to strengthen child health, reduce mortality
KHARTOUM, 19 February 2009 -  Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health will unveil a new nutrition policy covering the 15 northern states of the country...

Academy Award recognition for India’s fight to eradicate polio
NEW DELHI, 18 February 2009 - The Final Inch, a film documenting the historic effort to eradicate polio in India, has been nominated for an Academy....

Fourth annual Global Immunization Meeting opens in New York
NEW YORK, 17 February 2009 – Partners in the global fight against vaccine-preventable diseases gathered today in New York for the fourth annual...

Sri Lanka: More children victims of the conflict, says UNICEF
Colombo, 17 February 2009  – With a growing number of children being recruited by the LTTE and scores of children being killed or injured in fighting...

Caribbean education experts meet on child-friendly schools
PANAMA CITY, 16 February 2009 – Over 50 education experts from across the Caribbean are converging in Jamaica from 16-19 February to determine...

Renewed immunization efforts aim to make Sudan "Polio Free"
KHARTOUM, 12 February 2009 - Renewed efforts are being made to eradicate polio in Sudan, as the first mass immunization campaign of 2009, targeting nine...

UNICEF hosts conference on innovation and development
NEW YORK, 11 February 2009 – Experts in technology, academics, UN officials and development professionals joined forces today at a conference...

UNICEF hosts global conference on new technologies and development
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What bloggers are saying about Web4Dev
New York, 11 February 2009 – Bloggers are among the key participants in Web4Dev, the fifth United Nations conference on...

Japan provides US$2.9 million in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, 11 February 2009 - The Government of Japan provided US$ 2.9 million for “the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases” in support...

Stop Rape in the DRC V-Day’s “Turning Pain to Power” Tour Kick Off Press Conference
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Launch of the State of the World's Children 2009 in Morocco
RABAT/MOROCCO,  9 February 2009 – “The State of the World's Children 2009: Maternal and newborn health” was launched today in Morocco by...

Zimbabwe education crisis worsens
HARARE, 10 February 2009 – As the world focuses on the inauguration of Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister and the commencement of a government of national unity...

UNICEF: Female genital cutting must stop
NEW YORK, 6 February 2009 – UNICEF today called for increased efforts to end female genital cutting, as the world marks International Day against Female Genital Mutilation.

Sudan commemorates International Day against Female Genital Mutilation
KHARTOUM, 6 February 2009 - As the world commemorates International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation today, UNICEF has...

UNICEF welcomes release of 85 children from armed forces in North Kivu
GOMA/GENEVA, 3 February 2009 - UNICEF welcomed today the release of 85 children by the Mayi Mayi armed group in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UNICEF seeks $34.5 million to address urgent recovery needs for children and families in Gaza
AMMAN/GENEVA, 3 February 2009 – UNICEF is seeking $34.5 million to address urgent recovery needs for children and their families in Gaza.

Increasing number of children injured in fighting in Sri Lanka
Kathmandu, 30 January 2009  – Calling the situation a crisis for children, UNICEF today said that an increasing number of children, some just months old, had been injured in the fighting...

UNICEF appeals for just over $1 billion to help children and women suffering in emergencies
GENEVA, 27 January 2009 – UNICEF’s 2009 Humanitarian Action Report (HAR) highlights the plight of children and women around the globe in humanitarian emergencies.

Japan and UNICEF sign agreement for US$ 7.5 million to rebuild Rwanda’s earthquake affected western province
Kigali, 30 January 2009 - The Government of Japan and UNICEF signed an agreement today for US$ 7.5 million to rebuild the earthquake affected western province of Rwanda.

UNICEF calls for an end to LRA abductions and attacks in DR Congo; extends emergency responses for separated children and internally displaced persons
KINSHASA/KAMPALA, 27 January 2009 – UNICEF today called for an immediate end to abductions, forced recruitment and extreme violence against...

Children at the centre of local planning in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 28 January 2009 - A manual for the development of local plans of action for children along with...

UNICEF provides educational supplies and safe spaces for children in Gaza
NEW YORK, 26 January 2009 – With the return of hundreds of thousands of children to school in Gaza, UNICEF is providing essential educational...

UNICEF condemns attacks on schools in Pakistan
GENEVA, 23 January 2009 - UNICEF is deeply concerned about increasing number of attacks on school buildings in north-western Pakistan.

Launch of UNICEF Humanitarian Action Report 2009
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Japan first government to donate to UNICEF for Gaza crisis
GENEVA, 23 January 2009 – The Government of Japan has stepped up with a donation of $3 million to support UNICEF’s relief work in Gaza following the recent crisis.

UNICEF Executive Director visits Zimbabwe
HARARE, 17 January 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, today announced that the United Nations will make available $5 million for the health sector ...

UNICEF: In Gaza, nearly one-third of fatalities are children; massive destruction of homes, schools and health facilities
NEW YORK, 16 January 2009 -  After three weeks of fighting, the Office of the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator (OCHA) reports that nearly one-third of those killed ...

UNICEF: Extreme Risks for Pregnant Women and Newborn Babies in Developing Countries
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 January 2009 - Women in the world’s least developed countries are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth ...

UNICEF aid for Gaza arriving, despite challenges
GENEVA, 15 January 2009 - The humanitarian operation in Gaza has been dealt a blow by the strike today that devastated warehouses in the United Nations compound ...

Remarks by Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director at the Global launch and Press Briefing State of the World’s Children Report 2009
JOHANNESBURG, 15 January 2009

Bangladesh introduces new vaccine to prevent severe forms of child pneumonia and meningitis
KHULNA, BANGLADESH, 15 January, 2009 - Today, Bangladesh introduces a new combination vaccine that will protect its children against five killer diseases ...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman regarding the humanitarian situation in Gaza
Statement - 14 January 2009

New curriculum to protect young people from HIV and AIDS in Northern Sudan
KHARTOUM, 13 January 2009 – A new curriculum for schools, focusing on the risks from HIV and AIDS, will be launched in the northern states of Sudan ...

UNICEF: Number of child casualties still rising in Gaza
JERUSALEM/NEW YORK, 9 January 2009 - The number of children being killed and injured in the fighting in Gaza continues to climb and the humanitarian situation ...

Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman regarding the humanitarian operation in Gaza
8 January 2009

Columbia University and UNICEF awarded top honour in USAID innovation competition
WASHINGTON D.C., 8 January 2009 – Columbia University and UNICEF received first-prize in the U.S. Agency for International Development ...

UNICEF: During short ceasefire, some life-saving supplies delivered in Gaza
AMMAN, 7 January 2009 – A three-hour ceasefire today provided a limited opportunity for UNICEF to release some life-saving supplies for delivery to families in Gaza ...

HM Queen Rania on the children of Gaza
Statement - 5 January 2009

UNICEF Statement on the crisis in Gaza
AMMAN, 5 JANUARY 2009 – The humanitarian crisis caused by the current violence in Gaza is hitting children and women the most. Children form over half...

East Asia and Pacific countries discuss measures to address economic crisis on children
SINGAPORE, 6 January 2009 — At the start of a new year mired by a worsening economic crisis, key leaders in East Asia and the Pacific began discussions ...

UNICEF delivers supplies for children suffering as a result of critical shortages of food, fuel and medicine in Gaza
AMMAN / JORDAN, 5 January 2009 -  In an effort to reduce the suffering faced by children in Gaza, UNICEF is delivering urgent supplies of food, fuel and medicine to Gaza hospitals.

Launch of UNICEF Flagship 2009 Report
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