Press releases and news notes
The final countdown to a polio-free world
Polio is poised to become the first disease of the twenty-first century to be eradicated. Polio transmission levels are now at their lowest ever, with the virus beaten back to only a few remaining reservoirs in India, Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan and Niger, presenting an unprecedented opportunity to eradicate a disease that once crippled hundreds of thousands of children each year.
Cold, illness, and trauma stalk the children of Bam
TEHERAN / GENEVA, 31 December 2003 – UNICEF relief workers on the ground in Bam say that children who escaped the earthquake are still facing a major struggle to survive. Thousands of children are without proper clothing and shelter, exposing them to severe cold at night. Cases of diarrhoea are on the rise as children drink dirty water. And the clean-up effort in devastated Bam is kicking up so much dust that children are beginning to suffer from acute respiratory infections.
UNICEF appeals for $1 million for children of Bam
NEW YORK, 30 December 2003 – UNICEF today appealed for nearly $1 million in emergency funds to help children who survived last week’s massive earthquake in Iran. According to initial estimates, the earthquake killed 20,000 people, injured 30,000 others and left 70,000 people homeless – of whom some 40,000 are still living on the streets.
UNICEF names top five concerns for children in 2004
NEW YORK, 31 December 2003 – Marking the New Year by calling attention to the immediate needs of children in developing countries, UNICEF today named the top five concerns for children in 2004: child survival, the effects of HIV/AIDS, children caught in war, exploitation, and insufficient investment.
UNICEF Afghanistan speeds emergency support to Iran
KABUL, 28 December 2003 – Following the devastating earthquake that hit the city of Bam in south-east Iran on Friday 26th December, the Afghanistan office of the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has despatched urgently needed medical and shelter supplies to the stricken region today.
UNICEF rushes relief supplies to Iran quake zone
NEW YORK, 28 December 2003 -- UNICEF is rushing over 40 tonnes of relief supplies to Iran to help tens of thousands of children affected by Thursday's earthquake near the town of Bam, the agency confirmed today.Two UNICEF relief flights will arrive in Iran on Sunday. The first will come from neighboring Afghanistan, where UNICEF's ongoing relief effort is making available vital emergency supplies from its stocks. That flight will land in Bam on Sunday morning carrying medicines and medical equipment, tents, tarps and children's blankets. The flight will be accompanied by a medical doctor from UNICEF's staff in Kabul.
Polio in West Africa at crisis point, says Bellamy
ACCRA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 December 2003 – The alarming spread of polio in West Africa is now the biggest threat to global eradication of the disease, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy told leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) today.
UNICEF calls for ‘Fair Play for Girls’ in South Asia
NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU, 17 December 2003 – The extraordinarily high numbers of children out of school in South Asia, and the disproportionate number of girls, is causing immense damage to the region’s development, UNICEF’s Regional Director, Dr Sadig Rasheed, has told a consultation on education in New Delhi organised by the Baha’I community.
Madagascar launches campaign to end child sex exploitation
MADAGASCAR, 10 December 2003 - At the official launch of a national campaign to end child sexual exploitation in Madagascar, UNICEF and ILO presented the resumes of three studies that highlighted the sexual exploitation of children in Madagascar. According to the UNICEF-sponsored study, between 30 per cent to 50 per cent of all sex workers in two of country's main cities, Nosy Be and Tamatave, were children under the age of 18.
Statement by UNICEF on death of six children in Gardez
KABUL, 11 December 2003, – Following the announcement yesterday that six children were killed as the result of Coalition military activities in Gardez on Friday 5 December, the Afghanistan Country Office of the United Nations Children’s Fund has released a statement.
UNICEF welcomes WHO's AIDS plan for developing world
Geneva / New York, 9 December 2003 – Welcoming WHO’s initiative to treat 3 million people living with AIDS with life-prolonging medicines by 2005, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said today that the children’s agency is uniquely well-positioned to help accelerate the effort.
Getting girls into school is first step to reaching MDGs
GENEVA / CAIRO / NEW YORK, 11 December 2003 – International development efforts are drastically short-changing girls, leaving hundreds of millions of girls and women uneducated and unable to contribute to positive change for themselves, their children, or their communities, a major UNICEF report released today contends.
Iran and Turkey launch world's largest measles campaigns
TEHRAN/ANKARA/GENEVA, 9 December 2003 – UNICEF said today that Iran and Turkey have launched the largest and most ambitious measles campaigns in the world, reaching a combined total of 53 million people over the next year.
South Asia faith representatives pledge action on HIV/AIDS
KATHMANDU Nepal, 6 December 2003 - A pledge for action to protect children and young people from the ravages of the HIV and AIDS epidemic has been made by religious and faith based groups from 8 South Asian countries. More than a 140 figures from religious communities, faith based groups and young people have been attending a three-day summit in Kathmandu. The meeting, organised by the regional office of the UN Children’s Fund, was the first to be held in South Asia for spiritual leaders to discuss HIV and AIDS and the unique contribution they can make to alleviate the effects of the epidemic on children and young people
Milestone: 50 Years of Goodwill Ambassadors for Children
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, 3 December 2003 – UNICEF today marks 50 years of celebrity goodwill for children, honoring the global stars who for five decades have carried on a trail-blazing tradition of service that brings hope to hundreds of millions of children worldwide.
Gala celebrates 50 years of celebrities helping children
UNICEF (the US Fund for UNICEF) is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Goodwill Ambassadors with a gala dinner and awards ceremony honoring the excellent work celebrities have made on behalf of children.
Colombia’s Television 13 wins award from TV Academy
NEW YORK, November 24, 2003 – Television 13 of Colombia has been named the winner of the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award, conferred jointly by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and UNICEF.
HIV-positive Muppet appointed as "Champion for Children"
NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 24 November 2003 - UNICEF today formally appointed Kami, the HIV-positive Muppet who appears regularly on the South African co-production of Sesame Street called Takalani Sesame, as a global “Champion for Children.”
UNICEF to celebrate 50 years of celebrity advocacy
LOS ANGELES, 21 November 2003 – On 3 December, at the UNICEF Goodwill Gala, UNICEF will celebrate 50 years of celebrity advocacy and honor the esteemed individuals – stars from stage, screen, sport and music – who have followed in Mr. Kaye’s footsteps. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Whoopi Goldberg tol host the Gala and Halle Berry will serve as honorary event chair.
Increasing number of orphaned need care and support
MAPUTO, 20 November 2003 – Half of those affected by the combined impact of drought and HIV/AIDS in southern and central Mozambique are children. The additional analysis of data collected by the national Vulnerability Assessment Committee (VAC) in May and June shows that the situation of orphaned children has become particularly worrying.
Dutch donates over $3 million for girls' education in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 20 November 2003 – The Dutch Government has donated almost $3.4 million to UNICEF to be used over the next three years to enhance and promote girls' education in six regions of Ethiopia and the rights of all children in the country to quality learning opportunities.
Children's rights at heart of Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, 20 November 2003 - On the 14th anniversary today of the international adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy called on world leaders to put children at the heart of their development agendas.
Two years of progress for Afghan women and children
KABUL, 20 November 2003, – Two years since the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, UNICEF this week highlights some of the progress that has been made for the country’s women and children since the start of the reconstruction process.
UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy cordially invites members of the press to the media launches for the UNICEF report: "Africa’s Orphaned Generations"
Africa’s Orphaned Generations provides new, data-driven insight into the daily circumstances of the millions of children who have lost parents to AIDS, and into the households that they turn to for care and support. Africa’s orphan crisis – massive, growing and long-term, will get worse before it gets any better. The report argues for immediate, comprehensive support to the increasingly desperate families at the frontlines of the orphan crisis to ensure that all of Africa’s orphans have a secure and healthy childhood.
UNICEF Snowflake, brightening the world for children
NEW YORK, 20 November 2003 - The illumination of the unique snowflake that has graced the intersection of 57th Street and Fifth Avenue for the past 18 years will kick off the 2003 holiday season. This event is open to the public on Thursday, November 20, 2003, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Africa's Orphan Crisis: Worst Is Yet to Come
JOHANNESBURG/GENEVA, 26 November 2003 – The staggering number of African children already orphaned due to AIDS is only the beginning of a crisis of gargantuan proportions, and “the worst is yet to come,” warned a UNICEF report issued today.
UNICEF director appeals for emergency humanitarian aid
WASHINGTON DC, 19 November 2003 — Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF, today led a call for donor countries to contribute more aid to the humanitarian crises impacting millions of people around the world.
Nane Annan delivers keynote at World of Children Awards
NEW YORK, 18 November 2003 – International and regional school children brought together at UNICEF headquarters for a Global Town Hall meeting challenged the three 2003 World of Children honorees on issues critical to children’s rights. At the session, Mrs. Nane Annan, a lawyer, painter, children’s book author and wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, gave the keynote address and participated in the vibrant discussion.
Gates gives UNICEF $10 million to fight maternal tetanus
NEW YORK, 17 November 2003 - UNICEF today received a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight maternal and neonatal tetanus, a major killer of newborns and their mothers. As an extension of the $26 million given in 1999, this gift is a challenge grant to encourage other donors and foundations to contribute to UNICEF’s effort to eliminate the disease.
Nane Annan to speak at 2003 World of Children Awards
NEW YORK, 14 November 2003 - The U.S. Fund for UNICEF and The World of Children will host the first Global Agenda for Kids Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, November 18th from 9:30 AM – Noon. The morning will provide an open forum with school children to discuss the plight of children around the world and the children’s advocates who are making great strides to impact the lives of children.
SG bids for indigenous children's rights, citing UNICEF report
LIMA, PERU/PANAMA CITY, 12 November 2003 – Welcoming the statement on indigenous children made earlier today in Cuzco, Peru, by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UNICEF called for urgent, far-reaching action in response to the “genuine emergency” facing millions of children from indigenous communities in Latin America.
Measles vaccination for 3.5 million children in Guinea
CONAKRY, 8 November 2003 - UNICEF Guinea, working in close cooperation with WHO and the Ministry of Health, is launching a nationwide measles vaccination campaign targeting all children in the countryside between the ages of 6 months and 14 years old. The aim of the campaign is to reduce the incidence of death from measles to zero in Guinea. Worldwide, this campaign aims to eliminate measles for good.
Iberoamerican Communication Children's Rights Awards
SAN SALVADOR, 7 November 2003 - Journalists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, México, Nicaragua and the United States are the winners of the 2003 Iberoamerican Communication Awards for the Rights of Children and Adolescents, an internacional jury announced here today.
UNICEF applauds progress on women's health in Afghanistan
KABUL, 7 November 2003, – Exactly twelve months after the publication of a milestone report on the situation of maternal health in Afghanistan, UNICEF today has applauded its partners on the important progress made in safeguarding the lives of Afghanistan’s women.
Bellamy travel to spotlight education, AIDS orphans
NEW YORK, 31 October 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will visit ten cities over the next six weeks in the lead-up to the release of the annual State of the World’s Children report on December 11. Bellamy’s travels, including stops in India and South Africa, will spotlight child survival, AIDS orphans, and humanitarian emergencies – themes connected by the underlying urgency of getting all children into school, especially girls.
The State of the World's Children 2004
The 2004 report presents girls' education as one of the most crucial issues facing the international development community.
Is the world walking away from universal education?
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 6 November 2003 – Reacting to a global monitoring report that shows most countries are not on track to meet a 2005 goal for gender parity in education, UNICEF said today that it was not too late for governments to launch “credible efforts” to get more girls into school.
Guinea: a window on West Africa’s war-weary children
CONAKRY/GENEVA, 4 November 2003 -- UNICEF today said that reports from border monitors and NGOs reveal that Guinea is becoming a burgeoning refuge for thousands of children fleeing West Africa’s wars.
After war, it’s Back-to-School for Liberian children
GENEVA/NEW YORK/MONROVIA, 3 November 2003 - UNICEF today said that it expects hundreds of thousands of children to return to studies during Liberia’s Back-to-School campaign – thousands of them for the first time in their lives.
Japan donates $2 million for immunization coverage in OPT
Jerusalem, 31 October 2003 – The Government of Japan has donated US$2 million to UNICEF in support of the prevention of infectious diseases for Palestinian Children and Women in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
Massive teacher training to send 1 million Angolan children back to school
LUANDA/GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 24 OCTOBER 2003 – Angola will take one of its strongest peacetime strides next week when the first stage of the country’s massive teacher training is launched.
Nana Mouskouri: 10 years as Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 27 October 2003 – UNICEF today marks 10 years of one of its hardest working and best-loved global Goodwill Ambassadors, Greek singer and songwriter Nana Mouskouri.
Trick or Treat for UNICEF, an American tradition
NEW YORK, 27 October 2003 - Good ideas often have humble beginnings. Such is the story of "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF," which started in 1950 when a group of young trick-or-treaters went door-to-door on Halloween with their pastor in Philadelphia. At each door, they not only opened their bags for candy, but held out empty milk cartons to collect coins for children in need overseas. They collected $17 and sent it to UNICEF. The result was much bigger than those children ever imagined.
Vaccines and logistical support to boost services in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 23 October 2003 - The British Department for International Development (DFID) pledged 1.88 million pounds to UNICEF Zimbabwe today to secure urgently needed vaccines and logistical support for the country’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) from January to June 2004. The funding comes at a time when the health system, once one of the best in the region, is deteriorating as the combination of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the economic crisis and the severe food shortages have left drugs and health workers in short supply and unable to cope with growing needs.
Singer and songwriter Shakira appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK/GENEVA/MADRID, 24 October 2003 -- Grammy Award-winning musician Shakira has been appointed a global Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the world’s leading organization for children, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy announced today.
UNICEF to celebrate 50 years of Celebrity Goodwill
NEW YORK, 23 October 2003 – UNICEF has announced plans for a star-studded “Goodwill Gala” to celebrate UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors and their leading role in advancing UNICEF’s mission for children around the world over the past 50 years.
UNICEF, WFP distribute food to poor families after a week of political turmoil in Bolivia
LA PAZ, 21 October 2003 – After a week of social and political turmoil in Bolivia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), together with the archdiocese of El Alto, are assisting poor families who lack food security and were unable to get any revenues during the crisis.
15 million children to be immunized against polio in Nigeria as disease spreads
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 October 2003 - A new polio outbreak spreading from Nigeria to neighbouring countries is putting 15 million children at risk, requiring a massive immunization campaign across five countries in west and central Africa. Beginning today, hundreds of thousands of volunteers and healthworkers in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger and Togo will aim to reach every child in those countries with polio vaccine in just three days.
Over a half-million children get polio vaccination in Northeast Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, 21 October 2003 - Over half a million children in Northeast Sri Lanka were immunized against polio last Saturday during the UNICEF-supported Subnational Immunization Day. The day marked the final round of this year's polio vaccinations, the first of which took place six weeks ago and achieved 96 per cent coverage.
New study shows one billion children suffer effects of poverty
LONDON, 21 October 2003 - Drawing from the largest, most accurate survey sample of children ever assembled, a new UNICEF-sponsored report has found that over one billion children suffer the severe effects of poverty.
UNICEF, UNAIDS applaud milestone in coordinated global response to children orphaned due to AIDS
GENEVA, 21 October 2003 – A consensus agreement on how to significantly scale up the global response to the millions of children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS marks critical progress, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy and UNAIDS Chief Peter Piot said today.
Girl Scouts hosts 11th annual Women of Distinction Breakfast
NEW YORK, 17 October 2003 - Now an autumn institution, the 11th annual Women of Distinction Breakfast, sponsored by The Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, will be held Thursday, October 30, 2003 at the New York Marriott Marquis. The event honors seven exceptional women leaders in New York City who, as role models, exemplify the Council’s mission to help girls grow into outstanding women. Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition and a Council Board Member, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.
Thirteen children released by LTTE in Batticaloa
BATTICALOA, 17 October 2003 - UNICEF today witnessed the release of 13 children by the LTTE in the eastern district of Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Andrea James, Head of UNICEF Batticaloa, who was present at the release said, “These thirteen children can now go back to their families, back to their schools and back to a normal childhood. UNICEF staff here in Batticaloa will follow up to ensure each child’s safe return home to their families."
Global Polio Eradication Initiative welcomes OIC decision to step up effort to eradicate polio
MALAYSIA, 20 October 2003 – The spearheading partners in the global fight to eradicate polio – World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF – today welcomed a landmark resolution by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to wipe out polio from remaining polio-infected OIC countries.
Maternal deaths disproportionately high in developing countries
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 20 October 2003 - New findings on maternal mortality by WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA show that a woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth. This compares with a 1 in 2,800 risk for a woman from a developed region.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore to Visit Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, 16 October 2003 – Sir Roger Moore, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and popular actor, will visit Cambodia October 22-26 to promote the increased consumption and production of iodized salt to combat the threat of mental retardation and other disabilities caused by iodine deficiency.
74 additional trafficked children repatriated from Nigeria to Benin
BENIN, 16 October 2003 - Another group of 74 trafficked children, between the ages of 4 and 17 years old, was repatriated to Benin on Wednesday, 15 October. Like the first group of 116 children who were repatriated on 26 September, these children worked in Nigerian quarries in Abeokuta. At the border, the children were handed over to the Beninese Minister of Family, accompanied by representatives of UNICEF, Terre des hommes and the European Commission.
Polio campaign targets 2.1 million Ethiopian children
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 16 October 2003 – A house-to-house polio campaign targeting 2.1 million children under five years of age is being launched tomorrow by the Ministry of Health as part of the Sub-National Immunisation Days (SNIDs).
UNICEF condemns Nepal school bloodshed
BEIJING / NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 16 October 2003 - UNICEF said today that it is shocked by reports of a military engagement in a school in Nepal that left a number of children dead and wounded.
Canadian money for Iraq marks way forward
BEIJING/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 October 2003 – UNICEF said today that a large Canadian cash contribution will be used to expand and strengthen the delivery of health and education services to Iraqi children and women.
Iodine deficiency still leaves millions of children at risk of mental retardation
BEIJING, 15 October 2003 – Despite major advances over the last 12 years, millions of children are still being born in households where iodized salt is not consumed, putting them at risk of developing the mental disabilities caused by Iodine Deficiency Disorder, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said today.
Global leaders intensify commitment to prevent leading childhood killer - measles
CAPE TOWN, 17 October 2003 - By 2005, almost half a million children will be saved every year, if there are expanded efforts to immunize and protect all children against measles, international health experts declared today.
UNICEF says 'Nobel Prize is like a gift to children'
NEW YORK, 10 October 2003 – UNICEF today trumpeted the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi, saying the selection “is like a gift to children everywhere.”
Eliminating Iodine Deficiency Disorders
BEIJING, 13 October 2003 - The Network for Sustained Elimination of Iodine Deficiency Disorders will hold an international conference this week in Beijing (15-17 October). Through the work of the partner organizations and their alliances, the Network will advocate for creating the conditions necessary to sustain the national elimination of iodine deficiency and offer technical backstopping as needed.
UNICEF, WHO call for Uganda cease-fire for mass immunisation against measles
KAMPALA, 7 October 2003 - The Country Representatives of UNICEF and of WHO in Uganda appeal to all belligerents in Uganda to cease all hostilities between 14th and 21st October to allow for the mass immunisation of children against measles.
Global Girls Football Day Panel Discussion: The role of sports in child development
LOS ANGELES, 8 October - Leading experts in sports and child development will discuss the realities that rob children of the chance to play sports and get an education, and explore the powerful role of sports in restoring these basic rights. UNICEF and FIFA will reaffirm their joint commitment to reach and improve more young lives through the power of football.
UNICEF and FIFA join with children to celebrate "Global Girls Football Day"
NEW YORK, 8 October 2003 – As excitement builds to a fever pitch in the last week of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003, children around the world will be celebrating Global Girls Football Day, jointly designated as 11 October by UNICEF and FIFA.
UNICEF chief applauds Afghan birth registration effort
KABUL/NEW YORK, 6 October 2003 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, speaking on the second day of a visit to Afghanistan, today congratulated the Afghan Transitional Government for an “unparalleled success” in registering the births of 775,000 children under the age of one.
UNICEF opens transit centre for child soldiers freed by LTTE
COLUMBO/GENEVA, 3 October 2003 - The first of three transit centres for child soldiers released from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was opened today in a ceremony attended by senior LTTE figures, high-level officials of the Government of Sri Lanka, Save the Children and UNICEF. The ceremony marks the first stage of a complex programme aimed at releasing children from the LTTE and bringing them back to their families, implemented under the Action Plan approved by the Government and LTTE in August 2003.
UNICEF celebrates Afghanistan's 'million girl mark'
KABUL/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 2 October 2003 - UNICEF said today the entrance of more than 1 million girls into the Afghan school system since the fall of the Taliban is “a testament to the courage and wisdom of the Afghan people, and the generosity of the international community.”
Mexican Supreme Court and UNICEF sign agreement to promote child rights
MEXICO, 1 October 2003 – The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice and UNICEF yesterday signed an agreement of collaboration to promote respect for human rights, particularly the rights of children and adolescents, among judges, magistrates, officials of the judicial branch of government and society in general.
UNICEF praises Bolivia’s pledge to invest in nation’s children
SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, BOLIVIA, 19 September 2003 - UNICEF hailed Bolivia’s leaders today as they agreed to a groundbreaking pledge to invest in all of the nation’s children – including the indigenous, those of African descent, and those stricken by poverty.
UNICEF appeals for support in severely under-funded programs in Angola
LUANDA/GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 30 SEPTEMBER 2003 – UNICEF says that a critical shortage of donor funds risks limiting the work it does for millions of Angolans who have returned to their homes following three decades of war.
UNICEF organises roundtable for Islamic leaders, experts, civil society and NGOs
AMMAN, 30 September 2003 - The Chief of Islamic Justice and Special Advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II, Sheikh Izzidin Khatib Tamimi, today called for the establishment of a specialised division for family guidance and counseling in local law courts. At a one-day roundtable discussion on ”Mechanisms to Protect Family Unity from Divorce,” Tamimi emphasized the importance of reaching family reconciliation through counseling before reverting to the courts.
Sebastião Salgado publishes 'The End of Polio' as global eradication campaign goes down to the wire
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 September 2003 – Two years ago, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and world-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado joined the largest public health initiative in history - the global effort, begun in 1988, to rid the world of poliomyelitis.
UNICEF hails Canada's move to expand access to AIDS drugs
NEW YORK, 29 September 2003 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy praised Canada’s push to quickly enact legislation allowing Canadian generic medicine companies to export cheaper versions of patented medicines to poor countries hard hit by the AIDS pandemic.
UNICEF, WHO, and Acumen Fund announce new technology in Africa to fight malaria
TOKYO / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 26 September 2003 – An innovative Japanese product that has the potential to save millions of people from malaria every year is for the first time being manufactured in Africa – the continent where 90 per cent of the world’s malaria deaths occur.
The promise of Liberia's back-to-school effort
MONROVIA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 September 2003 - UNICEF today urged the war-weary people of Liberia to fully support the campaign to return Liberian children to school.
Sebastião Salgado in NY to launch 'The End of Polio'
NEW YORK, 25 September 2003 - Celebrated Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado is in New York to launch The End of Polio: A Global Effort to End a Disease – a new book showcasing his two-year photographic record of the epic polio eradication campaign. (Media Advisory)
UNICEF expresses concern over reports of child abduction and trafficking in Afghanistan
KABUL, 25 September 2003 - The United Nations Children’s Fund today expresses its serious concern over reported incidents of abduction and trafficking of children in Afghanistan.
UN agencies urge governments to scale up action to ensure appropriate infant feeding practices
NAIROBI, 25 September 25 2003 – With the achievement of broad consensus on the appropriate ways to feed infants and young children in the context of HIV/AIDS, four UN agencies today urged governments to immediately scale up action in five priority areas to save lives and ensure the growth, health, development and well-being of all children.
Somalia could halt spread of AIDS, says UNICEF representative
NAIROBI, Wednesday, 24 September 2003 - Somali communities, local authorities and international partners have an opportunity to ensure that HIV/AIDS does not spiral out of control in their country, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch said today at the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA).
UNICEF praises Afghan child-soldier innovation
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 September 2003 - UNICEF has hailed Afghanistan’s formal ratification of an international agreement to curb the recruitment of child soldiers.
UNICEF launches emergency vaccination campaign against hepatitis B in Peru
GENEVA, September 2003 - UNICEF has launched an emergency vaccination campaign against hepatitis B for two ethnic groups in a remote region of the Peruvian Amazon, whose existence could be threatened by a prolonged outbreak of the disease.
Angola launches bold plan to roll out routine immunisation
LUANDA/New York, 22 SEPTEMBER 2003 – In an audacious move to reduce Angola’s child mortality, the Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO have launched a program to fast-track the implementation of routine immunisation across Angola.
UNICEF Chief urges UN General Assembly to focus on young people in deliberations on HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, 22 September 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said that when the UN General Assembly meets today to review the international community’s performance in crafting and financing the global response to the HIV/AIDS crisis, one thing should focus people’s minds: “We are not reaching the two billion children and young people who will determine the future course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.”
FIFA 2003 Women's World Cup to champion girls' education
NEW YORK, 19 September 2003 - UNICEF today hailed the start of the FIFA 2003 Women's World Cup, this year dedicated to Go Girls! Education for Every Child, UNICEF's campaign to rally support and resources to get more girls into school.
One year later, children must be priority in Cote D'Ivoire
ABIDJAN, September 19, 2003 - One year after the crisis broke out, the children and the women of Cote d’Ivoire keep bearing its political, social and economic consequences.
Child abuse leads to 3,500 annual deaths in developed nations
BERLIN, 18 September 2003 – New research on child maltreatment, published today by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, finds that almost 3,500 children under the age of 15 die every year from child abuse in developed nations.
The Catholic Church and UNICEF in Latin America strengthen cooperation bond
Bogota, 5 September 2003 - The new directors of the Latin American Episcopal Council - CELAM - and of the United Nations Children’s Fund for Latin America –UNICEF, reaffirmed the co operation bond that has existed between the organisations for the past 20 years.
Young people meet at an ICASA Youth Forum on HIV/AIDS
The young people will meet at a Youth Forum to share their experiences, ideas and strategies for responding to HIV/AIDS, and to reinforce their crucial role to overcoming the spiral of HIV/AIDS. The Forum will open on Saturday, 20 September at 15:00hrs at the Grand Regency Hotel. Key speakers will include Stephen Lewis, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa and a senior representative of the Kenyan Government.
UN looks to sports to advance Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, 17 September 2003 - The world would be a healthier and less dangerous place if nations invested more seriously in their citizens’ right to participate in sports, according to a report launched today by 10 United Nations agencies.
Schools open again, but where are the children?
NEW YORK, 16 September 2003 – Over the last two weeks schools around the world have opened their doors for the start of the new school year, but UNICEF said today that recent household surveys show that some 123 million children are currently being left out – perhaps never to see the inside of a classroom.
UNICEF, WHO pledge to continue work on global health issues threatening children
NEW YORK, 15 September 2003 - In her first public briefing with Dr. Jong Wook Lee since his appointment as WHO Director General, Carol Bellamy today warned that the two agencies were witnessing a “great gulf” open in child survival between the developed and developing worlds.
Biography: H.E. Mr. Anand Panyarachun
Mr. Anand Panyarachun was appointed UNICEF Ambassador for Thailand on 17 January, 1996. Since then he has been an outstanding advocate for children, speaking on child rights issues, child abuse, HIV/AIDS and education reform. He has been actively involved in fund raising bringing in more than US$10 million.
Former Prime Minister of Thailand leads the fight against HIV/AIDS
NEW YORK, BANGKOK, 15 September 2003 - At a ceremony today at UNICEF'S New York Headquarters, former Prime Minister of Thailand, Anand Panyarachun, received an award honouring his years of service to the children of Thailand. UNICEF presented the award to Panyarachun at its Executive Board meeting.
Jessica Lange in NY to discuss her experiences in war-torn DRC
NEW YORK, 8 SEPTEMBER 2003 - Oscar-award winning Jessica Lange, newly apointed Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, will be in New York Monday and Tuesday to discuss her experiences in the wartorn Democratic Republic of Congo.
New UNICEF Director for Latin America
GENEVA/NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY, 3 September 2003 – UNICEF today announced the appointment of Mr Nils Kastberg as its new Regional Director for Latin America and the Carribean.
Funeral service held for UNICEF staff member killed in Baghdad
COURTENAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, 31 AUGUST 2003 – The funeral of Chris Klein-Beekman, the Canadian serving as UNICEF programme coordinator in Iraq when he was killed by last week’s bomb explosion at UN headquarters in Baghdad, was held today at the Comox Recreation Centre, near his parents’ hometown of Courtenay on Vancouver Island.
One million go back to school in Occupied Palestinian Territory
Jerusalem, 01 September 2003 - About one million students returned to school today in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after a summer break during a “Back to School” campaign supported by UNICEF.
First mass measles vaccination in 3 years in Tubmanburg, Liberia
MONROVIA, 29 AUGUST 2003 - The first mass immunization measles campaign following the cessation of hostilities in Liberia will be launched today in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, by UNICEF and its partners. Tubmanburg is a base of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), one of the two rebel groups in Liberia, and is home to thousands of displaced persons, the majority of whom are women and children, from Gbarpolu and Lofa Counties.
Zambia's measles campaign reaches record numbers
LUSAKA, 26 August 2003 – In one of the biggest health campaigns in Zambia’s history, nearly 5 million children between the ages of 6 months and 14 years were successfully vaccinated against measles. During a Measles Campaign Awards ceremony on 21 August, the Minister of Health, Dr. Brian Chituwo, announced that 4,955,647 children had been immunized, representing coverage of 108 per cent (Target: 4,600,916). The National Measles Campaign, which was held from 7-13 June, is part of a larger global effort to halve the number of measles deaths by 2005.
Buddhist monks and nuns fight against HIV/AIDS
BANGKOK, 22 August 2003 – Across the Mekong sub-region Buddhist monks and nuns are responding to the threat of HIV/AIDS with the support of their governments and a little help from the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF. A seminar in Bangkok starting Monday brings together monks and government officials from five Mekong countries to review the Buddhist response to HIV/AIDS. It is taking place at the Maxx Hotel, Rama 9 Road, 25-29 August.
Pictorial tribute to UNICEF staff in Iraq
We would like to pay tribute to our colleagues in Iraq. UNICEF has had a permanent presence in Iraq since 1983 and remains commited to its humanitarian mission. We regret the loss of our colleague Chris Klein-Beekman, who was killed in the UN bombing in Baghad, and hope for a quick recovery by Polly Brennan, who was injured as a result of the bombing.
Interview with Polly Brennan, UNICEF Global Landmines Coordinator
NEW YORK, 21 August 2003 - Polly Brennan is the UNICEF Global Landmines Coordinator, based in New York. She was on mission in Baghdad and was at the UN headquarters Tuesday 19 August when the attack took place. She suffered a shrapnel wound in the arm, for which she has undergone surgery, and numerous other cuts and bruises.
Carol Bellamy: On the tragedy in Iraq
Statement by Carol Bellamy on the tragedy in Iraq.
UNICEF and Salvadorian government campaign to prevent illegal immigration of children
SAN SALVADOR, 19 August 2003 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, and the Representative of UNICEF in El Salvador, Juan Carlos Espínola, launched the Central American radio campaign called “La Ruta del Norte” (The Route to the North) on Monday, a programme aimed to persuade mothers, fathers or guardians not to send their children to the United States illegally.
UNICEF mourns loss of staff member in Baghdad blast
NEW YORK, 19 August 2003 – UNICEF expressed deep sorrow at the deaths of United Nations staff members today, including one of its own, in the blast at UN headquarters in Baghdad. The UNICEF Programme Coordinator in Iraq, Mr. Christopher Klein-Beekman, age 32, was killed when the blast tore through the main UN facility in Baghdad. Mr. Klein-Beekman held a senior position in Iraq and was Officer-in-Charge for UNICEF at the time of his death.
Iraq: UNICEF repairs pipeline damaged by explosion
BAGHDAD, 18 August 2003 - A major water pipeline in Baghdad that was blown up yesterday cutting off vital water supplies to over 300,000 people has been repaired by UNICEF just 24 hours after it was damaged.
After war, child friendly space give Iraqi children a chance to play
BAGHDAD/ 7 August 2003 – With Iraq still in a state of post-war crisis, UNICEF and Italian NGO – INTERSOS, are spending the summer break providing Iraqi children with a chance to play.
Young journalists, their projects on MAGIC
NEW YORK, 15 August 2003 - UNICEF is sponsoring a web site to showcase a range of TV programmes, radio shows, newspapers, websites and other media projects produced by and for children and young people around the world.
UNICEF support continues as Pakistan flood waters recede
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI, 9 AUGUST 2003 - Over a million people in Sindh and the neighboring Provinces of Punjab and Balochistan have been affected by the worst monsoon rains in recent history which have so far caused nearly 200 deaths, left thousands homeless and transformed drought riven land into vast interior lakes of stagnant water.
UN agencies and NGOs appeal for $8.63 million to help victims of severe flooding in Sudan
KHARTOUM/GENEVA, 11 August 2003 - The United Nations and non-governmental agencies in Sudan today appeal for $8.63 million to provide emergency aid to 100,000 flood-affected people in the eastern state of Kassala, and for other flooded areas.
UNICEF Ambassador Jessica Lange shocked and deeply moved by systematic rape of women and children in eastern DRC
LONDON/NEW YORK/GENEVA/KINSHASA, 11 August 2003 – Shocked and deeply moved by the brutal and sometimes systematic rape of women and children in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Lange said today that the world can no longer ignore the atrocities that are being committed daily against the women and children of DRC.
UNICEF: Jessica Lange returns from DRC, B-Roll available Monday
UNICEF's Goodwill Ambassador actress Jessica Lange has been visiting war-stricken eastern Congo this week, meeting children and women affected by the conflict. The focus of her visit is on sexual exploitation and rape of women and children in DRC. Lange became a goodwill ambassador for the U.N.'s children's agency in June, and the four-day trip to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is her first assignment. Northeastern Congo is still reeling from heavy fighting and brutal human rights abuses. Rebels and soldiers prey on defenceless civilians, killing, raping, looting and even eating parts of their victims.
Mobilizing religious leaders in Afghanistan
May 2003 - In Afghanistan, which for years was associated with the fundamentalist regime of the Taliban, Islamic leaders have been developing positive partnerships with UNICEF in recent months to promote core services and programmes for women and children.
WFP and UNICEF strengthen cooperation to reduce child malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY, 6 AUGUST 2003 – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the UNICEF signed a new agreement today to strengthen their cooperation in reducing child malnutrition in Latin American and the Caribbean. The agreement was signed by Per Engebak, UNICEF's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Zoraida Mesa, WFP's Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
San Salvador is declared child-friendly city
SAN SALVADOR, 1 August 2003 – On July 30th, 2003, San Salvador, the capital city of the Central American country of El Salvador, was declared a “Child Friendly City”. According to the formal agreement signed between the Mayor of San Salvador, Carlos Rivas Zamora, and a child representative from the capital, Fátima Marielos Navarrete, the most important city of El Salvador will now guarantee the development of local activities focused on the promotion of children’s rights.
Marking 'World Breastfeeding Week,' UNICEF says breastfeeding saves lives even amid war
New York, 6 August 2003 – As part of the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week 2003, UNICEF today called for continued commitment to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
UNICEF Executive Director praises Ecuador for increased investment in children
QUITO, ECUADOR, 5 August 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today applauded the commitment of Ecuador’s government to improving children’s lives through increased social spending, but said that more investment is necessary to reach all children with basic services.
More Afghan children protected against measles thanks to immunization campaigns
KABUL, 3 August 2003 - Even more of Afghanistan’s children are protected against measles today, thanks to a one-month immunization campaign spearheaded by the Ministry of Health, and supported by UNICEF, WHO and other partners. The campaign, which was held across the country in June 2003, reached more than 5 million children aged nine months to five years.
UNICEF UK report reveals changing face of child trafficking
LONDON, 30 July 2003 - The face of child trafficking to the UK is changing, with children being transported from an increasing number of countries and traffickers widening their operations with new methods and destinations, said UNICEF UK in a new report published today as part of its End Child Exploitation campaign.
Freezing temperatures in Peru threaten children
NEW YORK, 28 July 2003 – UNICEF is rushing emergency medicine, blankets and baby bodysuits to children in Puno, Peru, where thousands of young lives are in danger because of extreme weather.
Manchester United on UN Lawn to support UNICEF’s work to end child exploitation
NEW YORK, 29 July 2003 – Surrounded by aspiring young soccer stars, manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson and four players will lead a soccer clinic today on the UN Lawn. The event celebrates the United for UNICEF partnership, which raised more than £1 million to support UNICEF’s programmes around the globe since 1999.
Nigeria – Carol Bellamy visits polio’s last stand in Africa
ABUJA/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 July 2003 - UNICEF’s Executive Director, Carol Bellamy, will tell the Nigerian government tomorrow that the eradication of polio in Africa is close, but still hangs in the balance in Nigeria’s northern states.
Peace process falters for child soldiers of Sierra Leone
FREETOWN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 July 2003 - UNICEF says that the re-integration into civilian life of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone is under threat by flagging support from international donors.
UN calls for cessation of hostilities and protection of children in Liberia
DAKAR, MONROVIA, Tuesday, 22 July 2003. "We urgently appeal to the leaders of all parties involved in the conflict in Liberia to stop all hostilities immediately. We are deeply concerned by the dramatic deterioration of the situation in Monrovia and by the unacceptable mobilisation of children and women, in violation of all agreed international norms and standards. Some of the actions against children and women constitute crimes of war under the Statute of the International Criminal Court.
UNICEF report finds ‘Child Survival Crisis’ in Caucasus and Central Asia
ROME, 22 July 2003 – Infant mortality rates in nine countries of Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States are much higher than official figures have long claimed, according to a new report by UNICEF released today. UNICEF found that in some countries deaths among children less than one year old were four times higher than the official counts.
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador visits Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, 14 July 2003 - UNICEF’s most outstanding child advocate, actress and Goodwill Ambassador, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, will be conducting a goodwill journey to Sierra Leone from the 17th – 21st July to gain first hand experience on the plight of Sierra Leone’s children after a decade of civil conflict and to urge a greater global response. Her visit, which will receive extensive media coverage in Japan, is expected to reinforce Sierra Leone’s urgent need for recovery and reconstruction on the world’s agenda.
New Zealand donation to aid Afghanistan, other forgotten emergencies
NEW YORK, 18 July 2003 - UNICEF thanks the government and people of New Zealand for their generous contribution of NZ$ 2 million (US$ 1,150,000) to assist women and children in Afghanistan and “forgotten emergency” countries.
In Iraq, unexploded munitions become child’s play
BAGHDAD/GENEVA, 17 July 2003 – UNICEF says that although the conflict may be largely over, Iraqi children continue to be maimed and killed at a steady pace by the remnants of war.
New report calls for broad response to address impact of conflict on Afghan children
KABUL, 1 July 2003 - Afghan children and their families have shown amazing resilience in the face of the ills of war, according to The Children of Kabul, a new report published today by UNICEF and Save the Children. It is the coping mechanisms identified in the research for the report that the Government of Afghanistan and other development partners need to build on to meet the psycho-social needs of Afghan children, notes the report.
Bellamy to African Union: Investing in children must be Africa's first priority
MAPUTO / GENEVA, 8 July 2003 – A day before arriving in Mozambique to attend a summit of African leaders, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said that the only chance for sustaining development and progress in African countries is for their leaders to invest in children – and to do so "early and often."
With Bush in Africa, UNICEF spotlights the sobering situation of children
NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 8 July 2003 – UNICEF today released statistics on the life-and-death challenges facing children in the five African countries to be visited this week by U.S. President George Bush. The statistics show that beyond the motorcades and TV cameras, children in Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria face enormous risks from childhood diseases, lack of education, AIDS, exploitation, and poor basic services – all of them linked to poverty and discrimination.
Sweden donates US $ 5.6 million to UNICEF actions in Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 11 July 2003 – The Government of Sweden has donated US $ 3.9 million for UNICEF emergency programmes in drought-affected areas. The donation will support emergency interventions targeting millions of children in acute need of food, safe water, shelter and protection against preventable diseases. This is the second emergency contribution to UNICEF Ethiopia from the Swedish Government this year, bringing the total amount of assistance to nearly US $ 5.6 million.
UNICEF Executive Director launches campaign to combat exclusion of children
Monday, 16 June 2003 – Arguing that the exclusion of millions of children in the countries of Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States is undermining the development of those nations, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy joined civil society representatives from 27 countries at the launch of a major regional campaign to “Leave No Child Out“
Day of the African Child, 2003: For each child, an identity
NEW YORK, 16 June 2003 - UNICEF offices in dozens of countries are set to celebrate the Day of the African Child today, calling for the need to ensure all children are registered at birth. (Press Release)
One in every eight girls out of school in Turkey
Tuesday, 17 June 2003 - One in every eight girls is out of school in Turkey on the eve of the launch of a major new campaign to get girls back into the classroom. The Advocacy Campaign for Girls' Education launched by UNICEF and The Turkish Ministry of National Education today aims to have every girl in school by 2005.(News note)
Teaming up for Girls' Education at Football Finals
ROTTERDAM/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 June 2003 - Under the banner Go Girls! Education for Every Child, young football competitors today kicked off finals week of the Fox Kids Cup in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, bringing to a climax the first in a series of UNICEF campaigns focusing attention on girls' education though the power of sport.
UNICEF Launches Girls’ Education Initiative in Western and Central Africa
Monday, 23 June 2003 - As a number of countries in Western and Central Africa struggle to achieve their development goals, UNICEF is calling on donors and governments in the region to assign greater weight to the role of education and to invest far more in the education of girls. (Press release)
Successful partnerships drive development in Angola
LUANDA-GENEVA 23 June 2003 – Just 15 months after a cease-fire ended three decades of devastating civil war, Angola has taken two significant steps on its long road to recovery. Campaigns in health and education, backed by UNICEF and supported by all levels of Government, are proving vital in restarting the development of social services in Angola. (Press Release)
Executive Board proceedings - June 2003
Monday 2 June 2003 - Opening the UNICEF Executive Board’s Annual Session for 2003, Executive Director Carol Bellamy stressed that in the wide range of crises in the world today, civilians, and especially children and women, are most at risk, affected by poverty, conflict, food shortages and HIV/AIDS. UNICEF staff, she said, are “on the front lines of the battle for child rights” in countries like Indonesia, Iraq, Pakistan and Peru, all of which she had recently visited.
UNICEF deplores increased targeting of children in Somalia
Nairobi, 20 June 2003 - The targeted killing of three girls in Baidoa on Wednesday and the hijacking of a busload of children in Mogadishu last week are abominable acts that require the strongest condemnation by all Somalis, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch, said today.
Mozambique: 55 children perish daily from unsafe water
MAPUTO/ GENEVA, 20 June 2003 - In Mozambique, unsafe water and poor sanitation is killing almost 55 children every day. The country has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world: 246 out of every 1000 live births die within their first five years. Thirteen per cent of these deaths are directly attributable to a lack of access to clean water, proper sanitation and poor hygiene practices. (Press Release)
New study to assist Iraq’s most vulnerable children launched
BAGHDAD 26 June 2003 – UNICEF has teamed up with five international aid organizations to investigate the situation in which children live in Iraq today. The study will focus on the risks to children’s wellbeing and the coping mechanisms that exist within their families and communities to help them overcome the current challenges they face in post-war Iraq.
DRC: UNICEF supports the return to school of children in Bunia and Beni
16 June 2003 - UNICEF has announced that more than 1000 primary school children will be assisted to sit for their final examinations in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s towns of Bunia and Beni, despite the violence plaguing the region. (Press Releases)
Iraq: Restore public health system for malnourished children
25 May 2003 - UNICEF recently conducted a rapid assessment survey to determine the current rate of malnutrition among children under the age of five, with the results being released 10 days ago. (News Note)
School exams: A real test for security in Iraq
17 June 2003 - In Iraq, getting all children back to school continues to be the goal that UNICEF and its partners strive for. However, UNICEF is deeply concerned by the lack of security prevailing in most parts of the country. (News note)
Routine immunization of children re-established across Iraq
Monday, 16 June 2003 – With support from UNICEF, the Iraqi Ministry of Health has begun the process of immunizing the country’s 4.2 million children under the age of five against preventable diseases such as polio, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, measles and tuberculosis. 200,000 children have been born in the past 90 days. The World Health Organization is also contributing to the reactivation of the Iraq’s Expanded Programme of Immunization by re-establishing the country’s vital disease surveillance system. (News note)
To end child labour nations must fight trafficking of children, UNICEF says
Thursday, 12 June 2003 – UNICEF said today that efforts to end the worst forms of child labour would not succeed without effective cooperative efforts to fight the trafficking of children and women within and across national borders. On World Day Against Child Labour, UNICEF pointed to estimates that the global trade in human beings is beginning to rival the illicit trafficking of arms and drugs. (Press release)
Bellamy to Africa leaders: Use child well-being as measure of progress
Wednesday, 11 June 2003 – The Executive Director of UNICEF today called on African leaders attending an economic summit here to embrace child-centred standards as the primary measure for gauging progress across their continent. (Press release)
UNICEF deeply concerned about children caught in the conflict in Liberia
Saturday, 7 June 2003 – UNICEF today expressed concern for children caught up in the escalation of civil war in Liberia and appealed to all warring parties to ensure that civilians, especially children, are protected from harm."As heavy fighting forces thousands of civilians to flee the shelter of camps on the outskirts of Monrovia, we are deeply troubled about the plight of Liberian children and the civilian population caught up in the mayhem,” said Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF. (Press release)
UNICEF deplores violence against children and women in DRC
Friday, 6 June 2003 – Alarmed by recent reports that thousands of women and girls are being brutally raped, mutilated and killed in the Ituri province of Eastern Congo, UNICEF said today that all actors - political and military – must put an end to such acts. (Press release)
Japan becomes UNICEF’s #1 donor on Iraq relief
Monday, 2 June 2003 – The Government of Japan has donated $10.2 million to UNICEF to support the reopening of schools across the country, bringing its total contributions to UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts in Iraq to more than $15 million and making Japan the leading governmental donor to UNICEF’s appeal for Iraqi children so far. (Press release)
Global Polio Eradication Partners applaud Rotary’s new US $88,557,000 pledge
Tuesday, 3 June 2003 - The Global Polio Eradication Partners applauded Rotary International for its US $88,557,000 pledge to polio eradication. Rotary International today announced the results of its year long campaign to raise funds for a polio-free world at its international convention in Brisbane, Australia. The news comes 30 days after the announcement that a critical funding gap threatens the global polio eradication initiative. (Press release)
UNICEF hails new research on missing children in Sudan
Wednesday, 28 May 2003 – UNICEF praised new research released today by the Rift Valley Institute that shows that over 10,000 children and adults abducted by militia groups in Sudan over the past 20 years are still missing. UNICEF said the new information would make the ongoing search for those still missing “far more effective, far more meaningful, and far more hopeful.” (Press release)
Children’s Voice from Ukraine wins 2002 OneWorld/UNICEF Award
Friday, 23 May 2003 - Children’s Voice from Ukraine has been named the winner of the 2002 OneWorld/UNICEF award for outstanding radio produced by and for children. The award recognizes radio programming that gives a central role to children – as producers, editors, reporters and presenters – and allows them to give their own perspective on the world around them. It also recognises the great reach of radio into communities often unreachable by other media. The prize was launched for the first time last year by UNICEF and OneWorld Radio. Entries were received from all over the globe. (Press release)
UNICEF salutes the election of WHO chief
21 May 2003 - UNICEF hailed the election of Dr. Jong-Wook Lee as Director-General of the World Health Organisation Wednesday, declaring that his proven leadership would make children’s lives safer and healthier. “Dr. Lee is a dedicated leader and a great friend of UNICEF,” said UNICEF Executive Director, Carol Bellamy. (Press release)
Executive Director of UNICEF says girls in South Asia “cannot afford to wait”
Wednesday, 21 May 2003– UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today arrived in Pakistan, carrying a strong message that until girls’ education becomes an urgent priority in South Asia, the region’s economic and social development will be hindered.Bellamy is in Pakistan for a three-day visit to concentrate attention on education in the region, as part of a global campaign to scale up efforts to achieve the Education for All (EFA) goals. (Press release)
Afghanistan declares “National Day of Unity for Children”; polio eradication near
20 May 2003 – Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has designated today, Tuesday 20 May, “National Day of Unity for Children”. The announcement comes as the drive towards a polio-free Afghanistan enters the last mile with the start of the second “National Immunization Days” campaign for 2003, which aims to vaccinate 6 million Afghan children from 20-22 May. The National Day of Unity for Children commemorates the work done so far on immunization, education and other child rights and commits to several important initiatives for children. Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF, joined other UN agencies in welcoming the declaration. “Promoting unity through child rights is one long-term solution to problems of ethnic conflict and political instability,” she says, “But to be effective those rights must kept at the top of the agenda today and every day. That means taking action and delivering the services these children need.” (Press release)
Bellamy to Baghdad to see Iraqi children, thank UNICEF staff
16 May 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will visit Iraq this weekend to draw attention to the difficult situation of children. Her three-day stay will encompass activities in Baghdad and the north of the country. (Press release)
UNICEF: Iraq survey finds child health sliding
BAGHDAD / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 14 May 2003 – Two months after the start of the Iraq war, UNICEF has called for urgent action to halt what it believes is the plummeting nutritional status of Iraqi children. (Press Release)
Tactical shift in drive to end polio
Tuesday, 13 May 2003 - The Polio Eradication Initiative announced today that leading experts deem an unprecedented tactical shift essential in the campaign to free the world of polio. Immunization campaigns will be revised in 93 countries where polio transmission has already been stopped in order to commit more resources to the remaining seven polio-endemic countries, and six countries considered at high risk of reinfection. (Joint press release)
A year later, children still waiting for leaders to deliver
NEW YORK, 8 May 2003 – Goals agreed to at a United Nations summit in May of 2002 have barely begun to be implemented by the nations of the world, UNICEF reported today, saying that only half of the world’s governments had even taken the first step of developing a plan of action for children in their countries. (Press Release)
War is over, but the battle to protect Iraq’s children is far from won
BAGHDAD / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 2 May 2003 – Iraqi children still face grave threats to their survival, health and general well-being, despite the end of the war and the rapid process of change underway in the country, UNICEF warned today. (Press Release)
UNICEF lauds White House leadership on AIDS bill
Tuesday, 29 April 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy commended the White House for its leadership in endorsing a $15 billion emergency bill to tackle AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean today. The bill promotes an “ABC” prevention package (Abstinence, Be Faithful, Consistently use Condoms) that sidelines efforts by some to keep condoms out of the final legislation. (Press release)
With chlorine supplies dwindling, children face onslaught of water-borne diseases
Tuesday, 29 April 2003 – UNICEF warned today that rapidly dwindling supplies of chlorine gas in southern Iraq will leave drinking water untreated within weeks, with potentially calamitous effects on the lives of Iraqis. (Press release)
UNICEF lauds Iraqi "commonsense" push to return to school
Friday, 25 April 2003 -Iraqi children must be allowed to resume their schooling without delay, the Executive Director of UNICEF, Carol Bellamy, said today. The UNICEF chief praised what she called "the innate wisdom" of Iraqi parents and educators who are pushing for the prompt resumption of classes throughout Iraq. They must be "supported, encouraged, lauded, and imitated" for the speed with which children have already begun to return to school throughout the country. (Press release)
UNICEF calls on Angola to lead by example
Monday, 21 April 2003 - UNICEF today urged the Angolan government to support the nation's nascent peace process with increased spending on health and education for children.(Press release)
UNICEF warns of worsening situation for children in Iraq
Wednesday, 9 April 2003 - UNICEF issued a warning today that despite significant progress in humanitarian cross-border trucking operations, early attempts by UNICEF to reach Iraqi children and women were being significantly hampered by what it called "a residue of fear and chaos." (Press release)
Pledge! Fox Kids, UNICEF drive for girls' education
Friday, 4 April 2003 - Fox Kids Europe (FKE), the leading pan-European integrated children's entertainment company, today announced the launch of an online campaign to collect pledges in support of UNICEF's Go Girls! Education for Every Child campaign, a major part of UNICEF's '25 by 2005' initiative to get more girls into school in 25 priority countries by 2005. (Press release)
UNICEF: Protecting children is key to their health
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 4 April 2003 - As the world prepares to mark World Health Day this Monday UNICEF said today that tens of millions of children suffer long-term damage to their health every year from exploitation, abuse, and violence - hazards that are often overlooked in public health planning. (Press Release)
Amidst Iraq war, UNICEF spotlights ongoing crisis in southern Africa
Thursday, 3 April 2003 -- With global attention zeroed in on Iraq, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy traveled to Southern Africa this week to focus on a humanitarian crisis reshaping the lives of millions of children and women far beyond the lenses of most cameras. Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, six predominantly agricultural societies, are battling a lethal mix of drought-induced food shortages, and massive AIDS epidemics. About 1 in 4 adults in the six countries now live with HIV or AIDS; increasing deaths and sickness have ground social safety nets way below the reach of poor households. The outlook for children is particularly bleak: the six countries are home to 2.35 million children who have lost one or both parents to AIDS, and 600,000 children under 15 who are HIV positive themselves. (Press release)
UNICEF seeks $166 million to help Iraq's children
Friday, 28 March 2003 - With more than 200 staff still on the ground throughout Iraq working to meet emergency needs, UNICEF today appealed for $166 million to support urgent humanitarian aid for children and women most at risk from the war. (Press release)
U.N. hails South Korean support for aid programmes in North
Thursday, 27 March 2003 - Three United Nations agencies today welcomed a substantial pledge of support by the Republic of Korea for emergency feeding and healthcare programmes to assist millions of vulnerable children, women and elderly people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. (Joint press release)
March 19, 2003: The Situation of Iraq's Children
19 March 2003 - UNICEF today issued a stark warning that the most vulnerable of Iraq's children may not have the strength to survive the impact of war. A day after UN international staff left Iraq for their own safety, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy catalogued what her agency had done -and what it had run out of time to do - to improve the survival chances of Iraq children. (Press release)
Away from the Iraqi spotlight, millions of children are in peril
18 March 2003 - With the potential of conflict in Iraq just days away, UNICEF said today that months of tension and debate over Iraq has eaten into donor support for millions of children struggling to survive in other crisis situations around the world. Of the $501 million UNICEF had requested for emergency relief programs in more than 30 countries and territories for 2003, less than 14 per cent had been received by the end of February. Last year at the same time, more than 30 percent of the UNICEF appeal had already been met. (Press release)
UNICEF racing to bolster 400,000 malnourished children in Iraq
Tuesday, 11 March 2003 - With the threat of war looming over Iraq, UNICEF is providing special therapeutic food for over 400,000 malnourished children across the country in an urgent effort to bolster their chances of survival in the event of a conflict. Working closely with the Ministry of Health, UNICEF has trucked more than 1,000 metric tonnes of high-protein biscuits into Iraq in recent days. The biscuits, which the government is now delivering to health centres across the country, are part of an ongoing UNICEF campaign to reach Iraqi children with life-protecting nutrients and vaccines ahead of a possible conflict. (Press release)
Lack of clean water robs children of health, education
Monday, 10 March 2003 - Lack of clean water in households causes millions of children in the developing world to suffer needlessly from disease, UNICEF said today, adding that millions of girls are deterred from getting an education because of a dearth of sanitation facilities in schools. UNICEF said that a lack of access to clean water causes waterborne illnesses that kill more than 1.6 million young children each year. (Press release)
Every Day, 1400 Girls and Women Die Giving Birth
Friday, 7 March 2003 - More girls and women die from the complications of childbirth in developing countries than from any other cause, UNICEF said today, calling the figures "a shameful record of discrimination and apathy toward women and their rights." Speaking on the eve of International Women's Day, UNICEF said that some 1400 girls and women die each day from causes related to childbirth, 99 per cent of them in developing countries. (Press release)
Child nutrition in DPRK, improved, but UN agencies concerned
Thursday, 20 February 2003 - Malnutrition rates among children in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have improved considerably over the past four years, according to a new survey, but the UN agencies that announced the findings today said the gains could be lost if international support for humanitarian assistance to the country continues to slacken. (Press release)
UNICEF and Partners Push Ahead With Polio and Measles Campaigns for Iraqi Children
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 18 February 2003 - In the shadow of ongoing international debate over a potential conflict in Iraq, health workers are expected to fan out across the country from 23-27 February to immunize more than 4 million Iraqi children against polio, UNICEF announced today. (Press Release)
UNICEF report reveals millions of urban children in poverty
Friday, 7 February 2003 - Asserting that tens of millions of urban children around the world are living in poverty and life-threatening environments, UNICEF said today that municipal authorities need to place the best interest of the child at the forefront of their decision-making. (Press release)
UNICEF to governments: End female genital multilation
Thursday, 6 February 2003 – Troubled by figures indicating that between 100 million and 130 million women suffered female genital mutilation or cutting as girls, UNICEF said today governments must abide by commitments they made at the UN Special Session on Children and move immediately to end the disturbing phenomenon by 2010. (Press release)
India launches largest ever campaign to tackle polio epidemic
Wednesday 5 February 2003 - To combat the largest polio epidemic in recent history, on 9 February India will launch the largest ever mass immunization campaign against polio, targeting 165 million children. (Joint Press release)
FOX Kids Europe announces partnership with UNICEF to promote girls' education
Wednesday, 5 February 2003 - Fox Kids Europe the leading pan-European integrated children’s entertainment company, today announced a partnership with UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund) to promote UNICEF’s Go Girls! Education for Every Child campaign via the Fox Kids Cup, FKE’s global six-a-side football tournament for boys and girls under 13 years of age. The Go Girls! campaign is a major part of UNICEF’s initiative to get girls into school in 25 priority countries by 2005. (Press release)
UNICEF chief urges Nepal to make peace for the sake of its children
Tuesday, 4 February 2003 – For the sake of Nepal’s children, UNICEF today urged parties to the country’s conflict to ensure that the recently announced cease-fire is swiftly followed by a peaceful resolution to a conflict that has had an increasingly severe impact on children and women. (Press release)
Immediate action needed to prevent spread of HIV/AIDS in South Asia
Tuesday, 4 February 2003 - Speaking at a meeting of South Asian governments today, two United Nations leaders declared that AIDS was stalking South Asians and warned that the region has only a narrow window of opportunity for turning back the disease. (Joint press release)
Afghan women and their new-borns immunized for tetanus
Friday, 31 January 2003 - UNICEF today announced a week-long campaign to immunize thousands of Afghan women against tetanus as part of a global campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus by 2005. Running from February 2-8, health workers and volunteers aim to reach some 740,000 Afghan women aged 15 to 45. (Press release)
UNICEF hands over first consignment of supplies to support free education in Kenya
Friday, 31 January - UNICEF today handed over the first consignment of school supplies to the government of Kenya - just two weeks after it pledged the US 2.5. million dollar contribution to support the country’s initiative to provide free primary education. (Press release)
First ever campaign to immunize Afghan women against tetanus set to begin
Sunday , 26 January 2003 - A groundbreaking campaign to immunize Afghan women against the killer disease tetanus will be launched on Saturday, 1 February by His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan. The campaign, which is supported by UNICEF, aims to reach every woman of child-bearing age between now and the end of 2005 as part of a worldwide effort to eliminate the disease by that date. (Press release)
Bellamy urges Security Council to consider children in all its deliberations
Tuesday, 14 January 2003- UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today urged the United Nations Security Council to establish a "culture of accountability" by holding those who use children in armed conflicts responsible for their actions. (Press Release)
Girls' education in Afghanistan lifts off with school supply shipment
Thursday, 6 February 2003 - Six weeks before Afghanistan's children return to the classroom at the start of the second full year of learning, the Afghan Ministry of Education is taking delivery of new school materials supplied by UNICEF as part of the Back to School 2003 campaign. (News note)
Angola's biggest-ever education campaign introduces 250,000 children back to school
LUANDA, 6 February 2003 - On Monday 10 February, the biggest education campaign in Angola's history takes its most important step when almost 250,000 Angolan children return to school. The size and scope of 'Back to School' underlines the fact that education is being unswervingly endorsed as the engine to drive Angola's long-term recovery. (News Note)
MOE and UNICEF host workshop to promote keeping Ethiopian girls' in school
19 February 2003, NAZRETH, Ethiopia - The Ministry of Education (MOE) and UNICEF are kicking off a workshop today to develop innovative strategies and an action plan to promote girls' education in five regions that have wide gender gaps and low girls' school enrolment rates. (News Note)
First national teacher training programme in Afghanistan gets underway
KABUL, 16 February 2003 - A major step towards enhancing the quality of education in Afghanistan is made today with the start of the first nationwide teacher training programme, run by the Afghan Ministry of Education with the support of UNICEF. (News Note)
School rehabilitation programme to increase learning spaces across Afghanistan
KABUL, 23 February 2003 - Efforts to increase the number of learning spaces in Afghanistan are underway in a drive to improve physical facilities for children expected to flood back to the classrooms when the new term begins in March. (News Note)
UNICEF, Tamil Tigers agree to new steps forward for children
COLOMBO, 4 March 2003, The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and UNICEF agreed to the following in the development of the Action Plan on children affected by war in the North East including children involved in child labour, civilian or military. (News Note)
UNICEF reports 4 million children vaccinated against polio in Iraq
BAGHDAD, 4 March 2003 - Preliminary results from UNICEF and the Iraqi Ministry of Health revealed today that 98 per cent of 4.2 million children under five were successfully reached in a nationwide polio immunization campaign last week. This result was achieved through the dedication of 14,000 volunteer Iraqi health workers from over 880 health clinics in the country. (News Note)
Afghan school supply operation moves into top gear
KABUL, 9 March 2003 - With just two weeks to go before schools in Afghanistan throw open their doors for another full year of education, the Afghan Ministry of Education - supported by UNICEF - is redoubling efforts to ensure that stationery and teaching supplies reach children and teachers in time for the first day of school. (News Note)
Francesco Totti, Italian football star, joins up with UNICEF
ROME, 23 March 2003, The Italian National Committee for UNICEF today officially appointed Italian football star Francesco Totti as Goodwill Ambassador. (News Note)
Côte d'Ivoire: New Prime Minister Supports UNICEF Work
Abidjan, April 1, 2003 - Côte d'Ivoire's new Prime Minister Seydou Diarra has pledged full cooperation with UNICEF to ensure that the needs of children and other vulnerable groups in the Ivorian crisis receive priority attention. (News Note)
UNICEF wary of post-war child trafficking in Iraq
13 June 2003 - Noting a flurry of news reports indicating an increase in the number of children on the streets in Baghdad, UNICEF says the situation is ripe for exploitation of children.In the chaos of the post-war environment, in Iraq normal community networks that protect children are not fully functioning. That can leave children exposed to exploitation. Hundreds of thousands of children are trafficked each year around the world for brutal child labour and sexual abuse. (News note)
2 April 2003: Latest on Iraq Relief Efforts
AMMAN, 2 April 2003 - UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports about the Humanitarian Daily Rations, or HDR, being handed out by coalition forces in southern Iraq. The rations are covered in bright yellow plastic wrap which is identical to the colour of a bomblet currently being air-dropped called BLU 97. (News Note)
Schoolchildren join AIDS campaign in occupied Côte d'Ivoire zone
Abidjan, April 2, 2003 - Nearly two thousand school children turned out in their Sunday best for sing-songs, poetry, stand-up plays and comic relief to launch a major HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in the occupied zone of northern Cote d'Ivoire at the weekend. The 1,850 school children who took part in the opening ceremony at the Chateau d'Ahougnanssou School, Bouake, are the spearhead of the Unicef-assisted campaign that will reach 50,000 learners in the district with life-saving and peer-support messages. (News Note)
Study on violence against children welcomed by UN agencies
NEW YORK, 3 April 2003 - UNICEF welcomes the appointment of Mr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro of Brazil by the Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, as the independent expert to lead a UN study on violence against children. The joint UNICEF, WHO, and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the first of its kind. (News Note)
World Health Day, plight of Afghanistan's children cause for concern
KABUL, 6 April 2003 - On the occasion of World Health Day, which is celebrated on 7 April, the United Nations Children's Fund is drawing attention to the continuing health and nutritional problems faced by millions of children and women in Afghanistan. (News Note)
Young people facing huge health risks from drug-taking and AIDS
CHIANG MAI, THAILAND, 8 April 2003 - Children and young people in Asia are facing unprecedented health risks from HIV/AIDS and other diseases due to the rapid spread of amphetamine-type drug abuse, UNICEF warned today. (News Note)
School children in Côte d'Ivoire draw a future without HIV/AIDS
ABIJIAN, 9 April 2003 - Armed with colours, creativity and hope, schoolchildren in a Afbijian neighborhood drew a future without HIV/AIDS. The contest was sponsored by the government ministries and UNICEF and designed to encourage young people to come to terms with the deadly threat of the disease. (News Note)
UNICEF calls for changes in how drug treatment programmes work
CHIANG MAI, 10 April 2003 – UNICEF is calling for changes in the way drug treatment programmes care for young people with drug addiction problems. (News Note)
UNICEF convoy brings relief to forgotten children in Côte d'Ivoire
ABIJIAN, April 10, 2003 - After seven months of isolation due to fighting, a UNICEF convoy delivered a consignment of medical supplies and relief food for children in the severely-stricken north-eastern district of Bouna, 600 km north-east of Abidjan. (News Note)
Government and LTTE agree on action plan for children
COLOMBO, 11 April 2003 - The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Government of Sri Lanka, local and international organisations met in Kilinochchi on the 10th and 11th April 2003, to agree on an Action Plan to address the needs and care of children affected by war in the North East. The workshop was jointly inaugurated by Mr. Sutha Thangan, Deputy Head of the LTTE Political Wing and Dr. John Gooneratne, the Deputy Director General of the Secretariat for co-ordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) and was facilitated by UNICEF. (News Note)
Year's first nationwide polio immunizations to continue fight against debilitating diseases
KABUL, 13 April 2003 - A three-day immunization campaign against polio, the leading cause of disability in Afghanistan, is poised to start across the country this Tuesday, 15 April. This nation-wide operation is led by the Ministry of Health, with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). (News Note)
UNICEF Iran sends 40 tons of high protein biscuits and medical supplies for Iraqi children to Baghdad today
Tehran, 30 April 2003 – Two trucks carrying high protein biscuits and medical supplies provided by UNICEF Iran crossed the Khosravi border point in western Iran today en route for Baghdad. (News Note)
UNICEF urges all parties to protect Iraqi children
AMMAN/GENEVA/ NEW YORK - "UNICEF is deeply concerned about the impact of this war on Iraqi children and women. We know that in wartime children are the most vulnerable population. This is especially so in Iraq, where poor governance, two prior wars, and years of international sanctions have combined to weaken the Iraqi population. (News Note)
Angola's biggest-ever health campaign launched
LUANDA 21 April 2003 - Angola today launched the biggest health campaign in the country's history. The National Measles Campaign will inoculate seven million Angolan children against a highly contagious disease the kills more young Angolans than any other preventable ailment. (News Note)
UN international staff re-enter Iraq
23 April 2003 - United Nations international staff have re-entered Iraq for the first time since the outbreak of the conflict.
UNICEF fears for Ugandan children as cease-fire collapses
NAIROBI / GENEVA, 30 April 2003 – I am deeply concerned by the recent breakdown of the limited cease-fire in northern Uganda and by reports in the past few days of renewed abductions of children and women by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). (News Note)
Leaders urge East Asia and Pacific to do their utmost for children
BALI, 5 May 2003 – President of Indonesia, H.E. Megawati Sukarnoputri, opened today the Sixth East Asia and Pacific Ministerial Consultation on Children calling on all nations of the world to work hard for the protection and well-being of children. (News Note)
First UNICEF awards for youth leadership announced
BALI, 6 May 2003 - UNICEF today announced the winners of the inaugural UNICEF Award for Youth Leadership in East Asia and the Pacific. (News Note)
East Asian and Pacific nations act for children
BALI, 7 May 2003 - Twenty five nations in the East Asia and Pacific Region Wednesday, May 7, decided to step-up action against child sexual exploitation and trafficking. (News Note)
UNICEF donates relief items worth KSHS 1.3 million to flood victims in western Kenya
NAIROBI, May 7, 2003 -The United Nation’s Children’s Fund has today made a donation of relief items for flood victims in Western Kenya worth $ 17,500 (Kenya Shillings 1,312,500). The donation made to the Government of Kenya includes life-saving oral redydration salts, drugs for cholera, intra-venous fluids, de-worming syrups, 5000 mosquito nets and 100 cooking sets. An earlier consignment of 400 cooking sets has already been delivered. These items will benefit the residents of the areas identified as critical, which include Budalangi (Busia), Nyando, Kisumu, Rachuonyo, Baringo and Nyatike (Migori). (News Note)
Iraq: Unsafe water making children unhealthy
Basra/Amman - 10 May 2003 -The lack of clean drinking water is posing a very real threat in the south to Iraq's most vulnerable population - its children. (News Note)
DRC : UNICEF dispatches essential materials to Bunia to assist victims of renewed fighting
13 May 2003 - UNICEF has sent two plane-loads of relief items from Goma to Bunia in the north east of the Democratic Republic of Congo to assist the victims of the resumed fighting in the area. (News Note)
Airlifts carry humanitarian assistance to Bunia, DRC
16 May 2003 - Since Sunday 11 May 2003, UNICEF has been involved in regular airlifts of essential humanitarian aid to Bunia, as an immediate response to the acute on-going crisis. So far, six flights carrying 8.5 tons of humanitarian assistance have been dispatched from Goma with the assistance of the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO,) MONUC and UNICEF. (News Note)
Angola's measles campaign a standout success
LUANDA 17 May 2003 – With just a few days remaining before the end of Angola’s National Measles Campaign, UNICEF looks set to reach records numbers of children. (News Note)
Eyes on Bunia
BUNIA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, 21 May 2003 - Since Sunday, 11 May when UNICEF and partners began the first airlift of emergency humanitarian aid into Bunia to assist, UNICEF has been moving swiftly to ensure the safety and protection of children.
UNICEF lauds Japanese government gift to Iraq
NEW YORK, 23 May 2003 - UNICEF thanked the Japanese government for its generous gift of $10.2 million for Iraq to be used in the rebuilding and supply of schools devastated by the war. (News Note)
Humanitarian aid needed for children in Aceh
BANGKOK/JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 23 May 2003 - A humanitarian crisis is exploding in the Indonesian province of Aceh, where 23,000 children have been displaced and 425 schools destroyed because of renewed fighting in the province. (News Note)
National diarrhoea week gets underway in Afghanistan
KABUL, 25 May 2003 -- This week is National Diarrhoea Prevention Week in Afghanistan, a country where diarrhoeal disease is responsible for over 50 per cent of deaths amongst children under the age of five. The summer months are traditionally those when the disease is at its height, and so prevention campaigns are of critical importance in reducing the risk of death at this time of year. (News Note)
UNICEF calls on donors for emergency aid for Algeria's earthquake victims
GENEVA / ALGIERS, 26 May 2003 - UNICEF launched on Monday an emergency appeal to donors for help in providing emergency relief supplies to victims of the massive earthquake that struck Algeria on May 21, killing more than 2,000 people and injuring 9,000 others. (News Note)
Dialogue with children top of agenda in Peru
LIMA, 22 May 2003 - Invited by Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy arrived today in Lima May 27, 2003, to participate in the Dialogue for Children between the Public and Private Sectors, a replica of the Global Dialogue of Special Session on Children in New York, held in May 2002. (News Note)
IRAQ: Cleaning up neglected, damaged water system, clearing away garbage
BAGHDAD, 27 May 2003 - UNICEF recently supported an assessment of Baghdad’s water distribution network. The survey was conducted by staff from the Mayoralty of Baghdad water authorities. They found that 40 per cent of the network was damaged, and that there were over 500 separate “breaks” in the distribution system. Estimates are that up to 50 per cent of the city’s water supply is lost as a result of these breaks. (News Note)
UNICEF calls on G8 leaders to meet challenge of HIV/AIDS, and to focus prevention efforts among the young
Geneva / New York, 30 May 2003 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy challenged leaders from the world’s richest nations meeting at the G8 summit next week to summon the collective leadership, resources and political will needed for a “tide-turning approach” to the global AIDS crisis. She said they would otherwise be held accountable for allowing millions more people – increasingly children and young people – to needlessly suffer and die under their watch. (News Note)
UNICEF responds to heat wave in India
NEW DELHI, 6 June 2003 - Severe heat wave conditions in several coastal south districts of Andhra Pradesh and adjoining coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu since 20 May and interior parts of Orissa since 27 May are imperiling the lives of people in the region. Heat wave conditions have also developed in parts of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Rajsthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. The maximum temperature recorded in Andhra Pradesh was 47.5 degree centigrade at Gannavaran in East Godavari district on 22 May 2003 while in Orissa it touched 48.1 degree centigrade at Titlagarh on 3 June 2003. (News Note)
UNICEF supports $2 million campaign to immunize Rwandan children against measles
KIGALI, RWANDA, 18 February 2003 - UNICEF is supporting a major campaign in Rwanda to immunise over 3 million children against measles. The campaign is part of a global initiative to reduce child mortality and morbidity caused by the disease. The campaign, which runs from 10th to 23rd February 2003, targets children age 9 months to 15 years. Children below 5 years will also receive a supplementary dose of vitamin A. (News Note)