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Children to ‘take over’ business, government and entertainment on World Children’s Day
NEW YORK, 24 October 2017 – In a month’s time, children from around the world will be taking over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted, UNICEF said today. The takeover, set for November 20, marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the mobilisation of the first World Children’s Day.

Nickelodeon International’s Together For Good and UNICEF Partner To Help Every Child Reach Their Full Potential
NEW YORK, 10 March, 2016 – Nickelodeon International’s Together for Good and UNICEF have joined forces to educate and inspire kids around the world to tackle discrimination and inequality in their homes, schools and communities. With the theme of social inclusion at its core, the goal of the partnership is to give kids the knowledge and resources to support UNICEF on their quest to ensure every child can reach their full potential.

Children urge world leaders to include them in push on water, sanitation and hygiene
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 10 June 2015 – Some 60 children and young people today told the International High Level Conference on Water for Life here that the world’s youth must be fully engaged in the effort to bring safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene to the most disadvantaged.

UNICEF report: Silent threat emerging among Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
BEIRUT, 25 February 2014 – A UNICEF-led joint nutrition assessment on the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon was launched today, revealing malnutrition as a silent, emerging threat.

Join an inclusive world for children with disabilities, urge Stevie Wonder and young Vietnamese advocate Nguyen Phuong Anh ‘Crystal’
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 – Around the United Nations General Assembly high level meeting on disabilities, global music icon and UN Messenger of Peace, Stevie Wonder, met with Vietnamese advocate and performer Nguyen Phoung Anh, ‘Crystal’, to push jointly for greater inclusion for children with disabilities.

UNICEF Tasks New York City Students with Solving Pressing Challenges to Child Survival
NEW YORK, 12 March 2013 – The City University of New York (CUNY) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 “Design for UNICEF” Challenge.

Developing skills and providing employment opportunities for youth in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka 18 November 2010 – Marking the 21st anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Youth Affairs Ministry and...

The opportunities of adolescent girls as agents of social change
NEW YORK, 26 April 2010 - A major conference on adolescent girls, hosted by UNICEF and the New School University in New York, begins today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On The Day of the African Child, UNICEF highlights the importance of child participation
NEW YORK, 16 June 2008 - UNICEF today drew attention to the importance of child participation in schools, community action, media, and governance...

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

UNICEF in Latin America and Caribbean looks ahead, behind at challenges
PANAMA CITY, 31 December 2007  – As 2007 comes to a close, UNICEF is looking back at the work achieved for children and preparing for the challenges...

GA youth speaker to address press at GA stakeout, following closing of session
NEW YORK, 13 December 2007 - Millicent Orondo, 15, of Kenya, will speak to the press today following her closing statement in the General Assembly...

Young people debate G8 issues at Junior 8 Summit in Germany
BERLIN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 5 June 2007 – Young people from Group of 8 (G8) industrialized nations and from the developing world are meeting with German Chancellor...

National Children’s Forum strengthens the voice of Turkmenistan children
ASHGABAT, 31 May 2007 – About 200 children drawn from across Turkmenistan have gathered in Ashgabat today to debate and discuss child rights, as part of the Third National Children’s Forum.

Children as BioVisionaries: We call on you to join us
LYON, 14 March 2007 –  Ten children from developing countries today challenged scientists, business leaders and civil society at the BioVision World Life Sciences Forum to work with...

Children gather in Lyon to call for sustainable development
9 March 2007 - Media Advisory

Despite progress, girls subjected to violence and discrimination
NEW YORK, 5 March 2007 – Violence against women and girls is one of the most extreme forms of inequality, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman...

UAE commits $9 million to help former camel jockeys
NEW YORK, 18 December 2006 – UNICEF today welcomed the allocation of $9 million by the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to assist former camel jockeys who have returned home to their communities.

Malaysian website to empower young people to resist experimenting with drugs
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 June 2006 - Young people in Malaysia can now log-on to www.whatareyoudoing.net to learn about drugs and why ‘using is for losers’.  The website is part of the ‘Keep the Music Clean’ campaign designed to engage, educate and empower young people to resist the temptation to experiment with drugs.

Goals for children last a lifetime
PALENCIA/MADRID, 19 June 2006 - UNICEF says poverty, violence and exclusion still dominate the lives of millions of children in Europe and Central Asia, despite progress on legal and institutional reforms.

World’s children to be given voice at G8 Summit
For the first time in the history of the G8 children will get the chance to share their views directly with the world’s leaders and influence the outcome of their deliberations.  Children from G8 member countries will attend an official working meeting of this year’s G8 summit, hosted by the Russian Federation Government, to discuss HIV/AIDS, Education, Tolerance and Energy.  The children will also consider other issues they think should be prioritized and draw up recommendations, which they will present to the G8 leadership.

Angolan youth combat HIV/AIDS in their meeting places
LUANDA, 8 June 2006 – About 1,000 children and adolescents from 13 to 18 years old were enthusiastically crying “Enjoy Life with Safety” during a rally to launch a National AIDS Awareness Campaign for Youth on 7 June at the Independence Square in Luanda.

UNICEF calls for entries for UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize
NEW YORK, 28 April 2006 – UNICEF and OneWorld Radio Africa today called for entries for the UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Contest, which seeks to highlight youth participation in media. The UNICEF/OneWorld Radio Prize 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 recognizes the importance of radio in communities often unreachable by other media.

UNICEF calls for entries for Children’s Broadcasting Award
NEW YORK, 18 April 2006 -  UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today called for entries from broadcasters for the 2006 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award.  The ICDB Award will go to the broadcaster with the best programming that reflects the 2005 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting theme: Sport for Development and Peace.

Channeling adolescent potential to bring about change
BAMAKO, 23 May 2005 - Mr. Ezio Murzi, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa, launched today in Bamako the new publication Adolescent Programming in Conflict and Post Conflict Situations. The publication provides a set of recommendations to encourage adolescent participation in community development and peace building during crises.

New Afghan leadership urged to put children first
KABUL, 18 November 2004 – On Saturday 20 November, the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Afghanistan’s children will ask their newly elected leaders to put child rights top of the agenda, with the presentation of a new Children’s Manifesto for Afghanistan.

UNICEF challenges global media: 'Harness your power for the world's children'
NEW YORK, 16 April 2004 – UNICEF will issue a strong challenge next week to the world’s mass media to harness their power for the good of all children, millions of whom are currently excluded from the potential benefits of globalization and the Information/Communication Revolution.

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)

State of the World's Children Launch: Why Children Must Be Heard
MEXICO CITY / BRUSSELS, 11 December 2002 - Asserting that tens of millions of children around the world feel disconnected from political institutions and lack trust in their governments, UNICEF said today that children must be given more of a voice and more ways to participate in decisions affecting their lives.

In a first for Madagascar, 90 school children present action plan to National Assembly
ANTANANARIVO, 13 May 2004 -  In a first for Madagascar, 90 students from schools in Fianarantsoa and Antananarivo, two of the country’s six provinces, arrived at the National Assembly this morning to present their “dossiers” to both the President and Deputies of the National Assembly.

UNICEF Executive Director in Seoul, following DPRK visit
MEDIA ADVISORY, 10 March 2004 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy’s visit will highlight results for children that are being achieved with UNICEF support in DPRK, as well as the challenges that remain.

UNICEF launches new Voices of Youth website
NEW YORK, 15 April – UNICEF will launch the new Voices of Youth (VOY) website, upgraded and redesigned with new interactive features, on 19 April at the International Forum for Adolescents, taking place in conjunction with the 4th World Summit on Media for Children and Adolescents in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new VOY represents a unique opportunity to ensure that children and adolescents can make their voices heard and that UNICEF is well positioned to hear them.




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