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Birth registration

Crisis of invisibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: Less than 1 in 2 births registered
Nouakchott/Dakar, 7 December 2017 – 95 million children have not had their births registered across Sub Saharan Africa, and if decisive action is not taken, these numbers will soar to 115 million by 2030, UNICEF said today. 

Adoption of a new national Manual on Vital Registration: a major step towards the fulfilment of the rights of every child in Myanmar
YANGON, 28 July 2017 UNICEF hails the endorsement of the revised Manual on Vital Registration by the Ministry of Planning and Finance this week, as a major milestone towards universal birth registration, the realization of the rights of every child in Myanmar, and their ability to access opportunities as adults. "With the adoption of this new national manual, and simplified procedures such as the removal of fees, the Government of Myanmar will be able to operationalize its commitment to universal birth registration for all children up to age 10 born in Myanmar, in all parts of the country, regardless of their parents’ nationality, ethnicity and citizenship status”, said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar.

More than 70,000 children born during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia at risk of exclusion if not registered, warns UNICEF
MONROVIA, Liberia 31 July 2015 – UNICEF is supporting a drive by the Liberian Government to register more than 70,000 children whose births were not recorded during the Ebola crisis, leaving them vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion.

Preventing newborn deaths must be a global priority: UNICEF
TORONTO, 29 May 2014 - Every minute, 10 babies die or are stillborn across the world, a staggering 5.5 million lives ended every year just as they start.  The majority of those deaths are from preventable causes, including prematurity, childbirth complications and newborn infections.

One in three children under-five does not officially exist - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 December 2013 - On UNICEF’s 67th birthday today, the organization released a new report showing that the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered; approximately one in three of all children under-five around the world.

Media Advisory: Count Every Child - A State Responsibility
Media Advisory

Timor-Leste launches National Birth Registration Campaign
DILI, TIMOR-LESTE, 22 February 2011 – Children in Timor-Leste get a further boost in claiming their rights with the launch of the National Birth Registration Campaign...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

UNICEF, Organization of American States and Inter-American Development Bank launch initiative to grant official identity to millions of unregistered children
BOGOTA, 8 August 2006 - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNICEF and the Organization of American States (OAS) announced a new alliance today to work toward ensuring free, timely, universal birth registration for children in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2015, with 50 per cent progress in that direction by 2010.

Bellamy remarks at launch of Lancet series on newborns
LONDON, 1 March 2005, I am very pleased to be here representing UNICEF and the committed individuals from across UNICEF who played such a key role in the development of this series.  The focus of this series on neonatal deaths is important and timely. 

For every child, a birth certificate
PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, ANTANANRIVO, 4 June 2004 – For the first time in Madagascar, through the combined efforts of the country’s Presidency, eight ministries, civil society and international partners including UNICEF, the Prime Minister launched a national campaign to ensure that every child receives his or her birth certificate.

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)

Belafonte urges West Africa to redouble birth registration efforts
DAKAR, 23 February, 2004 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte today appealed to African countries to redouble their efforts at registering births, calling birth registration a fundamental human right. Fifty million births went unregistered globally in 2000 (out of 130 million). In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 per cent of births - 17 million children - went unregistered.

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.




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