Press releases and news notes
FC Barcelona and UNICEF mark 10-year partnership at post-match event
BARCELONA, 19 November 2016 – FC Barcelona and UNICEF today celebrate their 10-year partnership at FC Barcelona’s match against Malaga, and during a post-match event held at the club’s Camp Nou stadium.
The LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF launch campaign to celebrate and inspire play and learning
NEW YORK, 26 September 2016 – The LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF today launch a new campaign to help celebrate parents’ special play moments with their children and to inspire families to explore new ways to help young children play and learn.
New Video: Star footballers from FC Barcelona and Spain’s 5-a-side blind team celebrate the power of inclusive sport for children
Rio de Janerio, BRAZIL/NEW YORK, 8 September, 2016 - A new video featuring star-football players from FC Barcelona and the Spanish National 5-a-side blind football team was released today to celebrate the importance of inclusive play for children and the beginning of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
UNICEF and Government of Italy agree on ways to help refugee and migrant children
ROME, 27 May 2016 – With 16,478 refugee and migrant children having arrived by sea in Italy in 2015 and more than 5,000 having entered the country already this year, UNICEF and the Government of Italy today announced a new collaboration to improve their care and protection.
Launch of UN Data Innovation Lab workshop series
SAN FRANCISCO, 19 May 2016 – On behalf of the broader UN community, WFP and UNICEF facilitated the first Data Innovation Lab workshop at technology think tank Singularity University to harness the power of digital growth and the data revolution for sustainable development.
‘#EmergencyLessons’ campaign highlights importance of education for children in conflict and disaster zones
BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 16 May 2016 – The European Union and UNICEF today launched #EmergencyLessons, a new campaign to highlight the importance of education for children affected by emergencies.
Laws to protect breastfeeding inadequate in most countries
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 9 May 2016 – A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals the status of national laws to protect and promote breastfeeding.
World Bank Group, UNICEF urge greater investment in early childhood development
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today jointly urged global and national leaders to step up and accelerate action and investments in nutrition and early childhood development (ECD) programmes as a critical foundation for equitable development and economic growth.
“Team Swachh” uses cricket to take on open defecation in India
NEW DELHI, 15 March 2016 – ICC Cricket For Good, UNICEF and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, along with cricketers from 16 teams in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 have joined forces to educate children on sanitation and toilet use, as one essential step towards ending open defecation in India.
Lions Health and UNICEF launch global competition aimed at young creatives and marketers
LONDON/NEW YORK, 11 March 2016 – Lions Health, the Festival and Awards that celebrates life-changing creativity in healthcare communications, and UNICEF launch the 2016 Young Lions Health Award.
FC Barcelona, UNICEF mark 10 years of partnership for children and look ahead to next 4 years
BARCELONA, 25 February 2016 – FC Barcelona and UNICEF renewed their commitment to the most vulnerable children today, signing a new 4-year agreement. The renewal comes as the two organizations mark the 10-year anniversary of a partnership that already has helped improve the lives of over 1 million children in seven countries.
Pampers and UNICEF mark the impact of a 10-Year Public-Private Partnership at the World Economic Forum in Davos
DAVOS, 21 January 2016 – At this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Pampers® and UNICEF will bring together leading experts to discuss the lasting impact of their decade-long collaboration to protect mothers and their babies from maternal and newborn tetanus (MNT).
Over 12 million children have better educational opportunities through IKEA Foundation, Save the Children and UNICEF partnership
NEW YORK, 15 January, 2016 – More than 12 million children in over 46 countries have better schools, teachers and learning materials, thanks to a 13-year partnership between the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children and UNICEF.
UNICEF: 500 children die every day from lack of safe water, sanitation in sub-Saharan Africa
DAKAR, Senegal, 15 December 2015 – Around 180,000 children under 5 years old die every year – roughly 500 a day – in sub-Saharan Africa due to diarrhoeal diseases linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), UNICEF said ahead of a conference in Dakar on financing for the sector.
4.5 million children reached through Starwood and UNICEF partnership
LONDON, 18 November 2015 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts and UNICEF today celebrate a 20-year partnership that has helped improve the lives of over 4.5 million children.
Tech companies and governments pledge to protect millions of children from sexual exploitation online – UNICEF
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 17 November, 2015 – Leading technology companies, governments and international organizations have committed to protecting millions of children from online sexual exploitation at the #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit hosted by the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom in Abu Dhabi, said UNICEF.
A digital necklace and a wearable soap win ‘Wearables for Good’ Design Challenge with UNICEF, ARM and frog
HELSINKI/NEW YORK/LONDON, 12 November 2015 – A necklace that stores electronic health data to track child immunization and a wearable soap that helps limit the spread of infectious viruses by encouraging hand washing, have won the Wearables for Good challenge run by UNICEF, ARM and frog.
UNICEF welcomes Kevin Rudd as chair of global sanitation and water partnership
NEW YORK, 3 November 2015 – “We at UNICEF welcome the appointment of Mr Kevin Rudd as chair of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership.
45,000 children reached with early childhood development support through UNICEF/H&M Conscious Foundation partnership
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 October 2015 – More than 45,000 children have benefited from early childhood development (ECD) and education programmes during the first year of the UNICEF/H&M Conscious Foundation partnership.
MTV helps raise vital funds and awareness for UNICEF refugee appeal
MILAN, 25 October 2015 – MTV announced its support for UNICEF’s Refugee Crisis Appeal at the 2015 MTV European Music Awards, held tonight in Milan and broadcast to millions around the world.
All-star line-up announced for Beckham match in aid of UNICEF
LONDON, 23 October 2015 - An all-star line-up of footballing legends has today been announced to play at the David Beckham Match for Children in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford, United Kingdom.
International Cricket Council and UNICEF unite for children
NEW YORK, 21 October 2015 – The International Cricket Council (ICC) and UNICEF today announced a five-year partnership to advocate on behalf of the world’s most disadvantaged children.
Fighting childhood malnutrition: Resource-rich African countries rise to the challenge
NEW YORK, 28 September 2015 – The Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mali and Niger today announced a new fund for the fight against malnutrition. The announcement was made at the launch of UNITLIFE, a new innovative financing mechanism that uses micro levies from extractive industries to increase resources for the fight again malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa.
Global CEOs sign on to new UN goals at United Nations Private Sector Forum
NEW YORK, 26 September 2015 – More than 300 CEOs, Heads of State, UN and civil society leaders today attended the United Nations Private Sector Forum (PSF) to discuss the role of business in implementing the world's 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The World Council of Churches and UNICEF sign global partnership to promote children’s rights
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 September 2015 – The World Council of Churches (WCC) and UNICEF signed a partnership today pledging to work together to support children’s rights, with special initial focus on two major issues: violence against children and climate change.
FC Barcelona’s Iniesta and Ter Stegen meet with children in Los Angeles to discuss sports and values
LOS ANEGELES, USA, 22 July, 2015 – At an event hosted by UNICEF and FC Barcelona, a group of students in Los Angeles, California, met with players Andrés Iniesta and Marc-André Ter Stegen to discuss the critical role that sports play in children’s lives and development around the world.
Gucci-UNICEF partnership turns 10: Over 7.5 million children reap rewards
NEW YORK, 2 June 2015 – More than 7.5 million children in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia have gained improved access to quality education through a 10-year partnership between Gucci and UNICEF. To mark this milestone, today Gucci released Growing Tall, a short film directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker and cinematographer Christina Voros that highlights the power of education to transform lives, especially for girls and women.
Nepal Earthquake: UNICEF-EU partnership airlifts emergency supplies
BRUSSELS/KATHMANDU, Nepal, 4 May 2015 – A cargo plane carrying 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies just landed in Kathmandu to provide assistance to some of the 1.7 million children affected by the April 25 earthquake.
Access to education for 1 million children improved through 10-year UNICEF and ING partnership
NEW YORK, 21 April 2015 – UNICEF and ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, today announced the renewal of a decade-long partnership that to date has provided access to better quality education for more than 1 million of the world’s hardest-to-reach children.
UNICEF to support Scholas, Pope Francis’ initiative to connect, educate and inspire adolescents
VATICAN CITY/NEW YORK, 21 April 2015 – His Holiness Pope Francis and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake met today in Rome to launch a new partnership that will provide more disadvantaged adolescents with the skills, information and understanding they need to become fully participating citizens of their societies – and the world.
Partnering to support children’s rights and development - LEGO Group, LEGO Foundation and UNICEF
NEW YORK, March 13, 2015 - Children’s rights and early learning are to receive a boost through two new global partnerships between the LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF, the celebration of which took place today in New York.
UNICEF and WFP partner to help vulnerable Syrian families in Za’atari and Azraq camps protect their children against the winter cold
AMMAN, 7 January 2015 – As Jordan braces for a winter storm in the next few days, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a winter cash assistance programme to provide 41,000 vulnerable Syrian refugee children under the age of 14 in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps with 14 Jordanian Dinars (JOD) each, to allow their families to get them winter clothes.
UNICEF ‘world version’ of John Lennon classic invites all to Imagine a better world for children
CAPE TOWN/LONDON/RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK, 31 December 2014 – On New Year’s Eve, John Lennon’s anthem to hope and peace, Imagine, will take centre stage in capitals across the world to help inspire a global movement towards a better future for every child.
UNICEF staff on UN data experts group
New York, 29 August 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the establishment of an Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The Group will advise the Secretary-General on measures required to close the data gaps and strengthen national statistical capacities.
New Zealand Rugby and UNICEF announce new international partnership for children
AUCKLAND, 20 June 2014 - New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and UNICEF today announced an international partnership which will see the All Blacks, and all other New Zealand Rugby teams, support UNICEF’s work in improving the lives of children and communities around the world.
Norway proves itself a true champion of children’s rights with record donation
NEW YORK, 9 June 2014 - Norway contributed $98.5 million to UNICEF in a record-breaking agreement, signed today. The funds, which will be used thematically, will help UNICEF to reach even more of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Pampers and UNICEF unveil ground-breaking achievements in the fight against maternal and newborn tetanus
NEW YORK, 5 June 2014 – UNICEF and Pampers celebrated today their ground-breaking partnership to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus, a deadly but entirely preventable disease that claims the lives of 58,000 newborns every year.
Telenor Group and UNICEF partnering for children
OSLO, 17 February 2014 – Telenor Group and UNICEF have signed a global partnership agreement and are joining forces to promote children’s development. The five-year agreement includes both financial support and access to a range of mobile technology solutions that will help advance children’s rights.
Katy Perry is UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 3 December 2013 – At a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents.
Sir Roger Moore calls for more help for the Philippines
COPENHAGEN/NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore today visited UNICEF’s global humanitarian supply warehouse in Copenhagen and called for continued support for children and their families in the Philippines whose lives have been devastated by super typhoon Haiyan.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to visit Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 1 November 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow will travel to Central African Republic next week to help highlight the plight of children as new fighting is making an already dire humanitarian situation even more precarious.
Olympiacos FC and UNICEF join forces to immunize children
PIRAEUS, Greece, 21 October 2013 - Olympiacos FC and UNICEF today launched their partnership to immunize children in countries that urgently need support. The aim of the partnership is to raise funds and awareness, both in Greece and globally, for UNICEF’s ‘100% Campaign’ to immunize children not currently reached by vaccination programmes.
Additional US$45 million contribution to Syria’s children, as EU becomes largest donor to UNICEF appeal
NEW YORK, 24 September 2013 – UNICEF and the European Union (EU) signed a new cooperation agreement today that provides an additional US$45 million (€ 34. 2 million) to protect children affected by the Syria crisis and promote access to learning in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
Well-being of more children in India will improve as IKEA Foundation contributes Euro 60 million to UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 – UNICEF today announced that the IKEA Foundation has contributed Є 60 million to its programmes in India to improve the health, survival, education and protection of tens of millions of vulnerable children and women.
ING employees worldwide run for the children of Zambia
LUSAKA, Zambia, 26 June, 2013 – Today is a special day for the children of Zambia as over 1,000 men and women across the world get together for a common and meaningful purpose: running for children. These runners are employees of one of UNICEF’s global corporate partners, the ING Bank. For the past eight years ING employees have been the cornerstone of the continued success of the partnership with UNICEF, enthusiastically giving their valuable time and money.
Shakira, Gerard Piqué and UNICEF thank fans for helping children through World Baby Shower
NEW YORK, 22 February 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué today thanked hundreds of thousands of fans for taking part in their interactive World Baby Shower and buying life-saving items for vulnerable children in support of UNICEF’s work around the world.
Irish golfer Rory McIlroy and UNICEF in global partnership
DUBLIN/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 3 April 2012 - Irish golfer Rory McIlroy and UNICEF today announced a major extension of their global partnership...
UNICEF and Sansiri announce partnership for children
BANGKOK, 8 September 2011 – Under the theme of “Children are everyone’s business”, UNICEF and Sansiri Plc, one of the largest real estate companies in Thailand...
In the Birthplace of the Olympics, Special Olympics and UNICEF Join Efforts to Fight Marginalization of Children with Disabilities
ATHENS, 27 JUNE, 2011 – Against the backdrop of Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Special Olympics and UNICEF today signed a...
Partnership Framework Agreements signed between the Government of Luxembourg, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNCDF to foster harmonization among UN agencies and increase predictability of aid
NEW YORK, 8 June 2011 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Capital...
The Cathal Ryan Trust invests $14 million in UNICEF programmes focusing on education
NEW YORK/DUBLIN, 28 February 2011 – UNICEF announced today that The Cathal Ryan Trust will contribute $14 million to help some of the most vulnerable...
IKEA stores launch the 2010 Soft Toys campaign
NEW YORK, 4 November 2010 - Between 1 November and 24 December 2010, IKEA Social Initiative will donate 1 euro for every soft toy and children’s...
Spain commits €228 million for children
MADRID, SPAIN, 9 December 2009 – UNICEF and the Government of Spain today signed a special agreement that will provide some...
CFSI and the Government of Andhra Pradesh partner with UNICEF to support child rights at the launch of the 16th Golden Elephant Festival 2009
DELHI, 4 November 2009 – In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, the Children’s Film Society (CFSI) is...
Government of the Republic of Korea and UNICEF sign agreement to strengthen collaboration
NEW YORK, 22 September 2009 - The Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and UNICEF signed a new agreement today to strengthen collaboration...
Government of Japan provides $5.6 million to health programmes in Sudan
KHARTOUM, 29 July 2009 – The Government of Japan will sign a new agreement with UNICEF tomorrow, making available US$ 5.6 million...
Ministry of Health and UNICEF Zambia join with mobile phone companies for Child Health Week
LUSAKA, 16 July 2009 – To highlight Zambia’s Child Health Week activities, which this year focus on preventing polio, the Ministry of Health and...
Women religious leaders in Algeria spread the word about maternal and child health
ALGIERS, 13 July 2009 – UNICEF and the Algerian ministries of Religious Affairs and Health launched a series of training sessions for mourchidates...
UNICEF: J8 meets G8
ROME, L’AQUILA, July 9 2009 - Fourteen young people from countries attending the G8 today called on their respective leaders to get tough with...
Alternative rock band The Killers and MTV EXIT collaborate to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking
NEW YORK/LONDON, 6 July 2009 – In an exclusive collaboration, MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) and alternative rock band...
WHO and UNICEF call for strengthened risk reduction measures to protect hospitals and schools from the impact of disasters
GENEVA, 18 June 2009 – The World Health Organization and UNICEF today called on governments to strengthen risk reduction measures in four key areas...
IKEA and UNICEF lighten up children’s lives in the developing world
GENEVA, 28 May 2009 – Here’s a real sunshine story! Starting in June 2009, for every SUNNAN solar powered lamp sold in IKEA...
IKEA social initiative adds $48 million to UNICEF's child health programme
NEW YORK, 23 February 2009 - UNICEF today announced that IKEA, through its corporate philanthropy arm, IKEA Social Initiative, is further expanding its support for children with a $48...
Columbia University and UNICEF awarded top honour in USAID innovation competition
WASHINGTON D.C., 8 January 2009 – Columbia University and UNICEF received first-prize in the U.S. Agency for International Development ...
IKEA and its customers show soft spot for children
NEW YORK, 16 December 2008 – In keeping with a tradition started four years ago, this holiday season the IKEA Social Initiative will use proceeds...
150,000 children in Niger benefit from Dubai Cares and UNICEF Education Project
DUBAI, 16 July 2008 – Dubai Cares, a charitable organization that aims to provide primary education to one million children in developing countries ...
UNICEF signs an agreement with the International Islamic Relief Organization
RIYADH, 9 June 2008 –UNICEF today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIROSA)...
UNICEF-Dubai Cares partnership benefits schoolchildren in Djibouti
DUBAI /NEW YORK, 25 February 2008 – UNICEF and Dubai Cares announced today the launch of new education programmes in Djibouti that will help accelerate access to education...
UNICEF says ‘Thank You’ to IKEA customers and co-workers
GENEVA, 25 February 2008 – Between 3 November and 24 December 2007, IKEA donated 1 Euro for every soft toy sold in all its stores globally...
Nickelodeon and UNICEF launch a new initiative aimed at motivating children in Latin America
MIAMI / FLORIDA, 25 January 2008 – UNICEF and Nickelodeon Latin America announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at bringing about positive...
UNICEF and Hungary sign new cooperation agreement
New York, 14 December 2007 – Hungary has become the first of the twelve new EU members to sign a Framework Agreement on Cooperation in...
IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children team up to provide quality education
NEW YORK, 27 November 2007 - Between November 3 and December 24, 2007, IKEA will donate 1 Euro for every Soft Toy sold. The donations...
UNICEF and FC Barcelona unite for children in Geneva
GENEVA, 26 September 2007 – UNICEF and Futbol Club Barcelona renewed the second year of their five year partnership with the handing over of...
Mobinil and UNICEF join hands during Ramadan to assist Egyptian children
CAIRO, 19 September 2007 - UNICEF and Mobinil, Egypt's largest mobile telecommunications provider, launched a partnership during this Ramadan called "Caring for...
Young voices crucial to fighting AIDS, says MTV Networks International and UNICEF
LONDON/NEW YORK, 25 July 2007 – Today UNICEF and MTV Networks International’s Staying Alive launched a series of online video blogs, called vlogs, as the first phase of Vlogit, a global video project encouraging young people to share through new media how they experience and perceive HIV and AIDS.
Yemen's religious leaders increase support for children
SANA’A, 3 July 2007 – UNICEF’s goal of partnering with religious leaders received a strong boost yesterday when the Minister for Endowment and Guidance, Hamoud Bin Abdulhamid Al-Hitar, offered unequivocal support for the well-being of children.
MTV Latin America and UNICEF unite efforts to present a reality which many adolescents and young people live in Latin America
Buenos Aires/Mexico D.F., June 26 2007 – MTV Latin America announced the premiere of the special “MTV News Forum: Bullying, the Terror in School” ...
Child survival messages take to the skies in Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT/TURKMENISTAN, 20 June 2007 – Child survival messages are to be promoted among millions of Turkmenistan Airlines passengers thanks to a new partnership between the air...
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...
British Airways staff visit street children centres in Cairo
CAIRO, 10 May 2007 – This week, a group of British Airways staff members are visiting Egypt to witness projects for children supported through money collected from the Change for Good...
Damavand Mineral Water Company and UNICEF team up for girls’ education in Iran
TEHRAN, 18 April 2007 – Iranian Mineral Water Company Damavand and UNICEF Iran launched a new partnership today whereby Damavand will donate a portion of the revenues of...
Irish Aid announces new Strategic Partnerships with United Nations’ development agencies
Dublin, 3 April 2007 – Conor Lenihan TD, Minister of State for Irish Aid and Human Rights, today announced new strategic partnerships with key UN development agencies. He was joined at the announcement by the Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF, Dan Toole.
UNICEF Commends IKEA for Partnership
NEW YORK, 27 March 2007- UNICEF today thanked IKEA for the Swedish company’s donation of Euros 1.75 million toward the health and well-being of children around...
European Aquatics and UNICEF agree to work together on safe drinking water and sanitation for all children
HELSINKI, 21 November 2006 - The Ligue Européene de Natation (LEN) and UNICEF have agreed to develop a partnership to raise awareness on the importance of clean water for every child.
Belinda Stronach and Rick Mercer launch anti-malarial bednet campaign:“Spread the Net” with UNICEF Canada
MONTREAL, 9 November 2006 – “1 Net. 10 Bucks. Save Lives. Spreadthenet.org.” It’s a mantra that Belinda Stronach and satirist Rick Mercer want everyone to understand, repeat and do something about over the next two years.
UNICEF, World YWCA join forces
New York, 12 October 2006 – UNICEF and World YWCA announced today the establishment of a new partnership to promote gender equality, youth leadership and the meaningful involvement of young women and girls in creating a more gender sensitive society.
Eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace endorses declaration on violence against children
KYOTO/JAPAN, 28 August, 2006 – Delegates of the Religions for Peace Eighth World Assembly today endorsed the Declaration on Violence against Children, which commits religious and faith communities to confront violence against children and protect children in their communities.
Remarks of Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF, at the FIFA Press Conference on Racism in Football
BERLIN, 28 June 2006 – Thank you so much for that introduction. It is a great pleasure to be here at this conference on discrimination and racism, and an important opportunity to highlight our partnership with FIFA.
Asian Cricket Council and UNICEF take the field for children and against AIDS
KATHMANDU/ KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June 2006 - The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and UNICEF have renewed their international partnership for children. The new agreement continues to promote Girls Education in South Asia and the right of all children to enjoy healthy recreation, but will also now support the Global Campaign on HIV/AIDS ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’.
Childhood and AIDS: Rolling Back AIDS in Developing Countries
AIDS is shattering the lives of children worldwide. Today around 2.3 million children are living with HIV, and 540,000 children were infected in 2005 alone. The time has come for innovative solutions to combat the epidemic. The Childhood and AIDS: Rolling Back AIDS in Developing Countries conference in Paris, 15-16 June, will bring the private and public sectors together to stimulate thought and generate action to turn the tide.
Cameroon launches community programme for home-based care of families affected by HIV/AIDS
YAOUNDE, 2 June 2006 – Cameroonian Professor Dominique Obounou Akong, the Representative of the Minister of Public Health, presided over the launch of a community programme for home-based care of families affected by HIV/AIDS at the Chantal Biya’s Foundation’s headquarters in Yaounde. Among the two hundred people attending the ceremony were representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, community volunteers and officials from the Ministry of Public Health as well as Chantal Biya’s Foundation.
UNOPS and UNICEF rebuild schools in four counties
MONROVIA, 17 May 2006 – UNICEF and its partner, the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), have completed the rehabilitation and refurbishment of 13 government schools in four Liberian counties.
“NBA Cares” announces support of Unite For Children, Unite Against AIDS Campaign
NEW YORK, May 31 May 2006 – The NBA and UNICEF today joined forces in support of Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS, a global campaign to limit the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and halt the spread of the virus.
International community must do more to treat HIV-positive children
NEW YORK/LONDON, 26 May 2006 – Only one child in twenty who needs HIV treatment receives it, according to a report launched today by seven of the world’s leading child advocacy organizations. The Global Movement for Children (GMC) issued an urgent appeal for the international community to recognize that children with HIV and AIDS have a right to treatment that must be addressed to save their lives and beat the epidemic.
NBA and UNICEF to launch campaign for Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS
31 May 2006 - Press Conference to announce the NBA and UNICEF support for Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS, a global campaign to limit the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and halt the spread of the disease.
Parliamentarians Should Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 10 May 2006 – Parliamentarians are uniquely placed to make a profound difference for children affected by HIV/AIDS by breaking the silence about the disease’s impact on children and embracing legislation to defend their rights to healthcare, protection and support according to UNICEF, UNAIDS and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).
Arab media enthusiasm to promote girls' education enjoys renewed momentum
DUBAI, May 4, 2006 – Media representatives and experts at the Second Arab Regional Media Forum today concluded an extensive review of the situation surrounding Arab girls' access to education and remaining challenges in several countries to ensure sustained enrolment and retention in school.
UNICEF and WFP Executive Directors Make First Joint Visit to Latin America/Caribbean region
PANAMA CITY, 8 May 2006 – On their first joint visit to the region, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James T. Morris and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman will meet in Panama City tomorrow with the heads of their Latin America and Caribbean country offices to intensify common efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the international community.
President Obasanjo echoes civil society call for less declarations and more action in the global fight against malaria
ABUJA, 4 May 2006 – Addressing the African Union (AU) Summit and its Permanent Delegation, African Ambassadors and representatives from the global health sector, Nigeria’s President Olusegun Obasanjo called for renewed vigour in the continent’s fight against malaria.
Second Arab Regional Media Forum on child rights kicks off in Dubai
DUBAI, May 2, 2006 – Arab media professionals, human rights organizations, academia and UN agencies today initiated an in-depth dialogue on the issue of girls' education in the Arab world, with expectations to leverage enhanced commitment from governments, civil society and communities to support girls’ sustained access to quality education.
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.
Second Arab Regional Media Forum to Address Girls' Education
UNICEF, in partnership with the World Food Programme, UNESCO, the Dubai Humanitarian, the Dubai Press Club, Al Bayan Newspaper, the Arab Institute for Human Rights and the Center for Arab Women for Training & Research are holding the Second Arab Regional Media Forum from 2-4 May 2006, an event calling for enhanced partnerships between media professionals, development agencies and humanitarian partners to promote sustainable opportunities for girls' primary and secondary schooling in the region.
UNICEF commends Fuji TV for award
LUCERNE, NEW YORK, 28 April 2006 – UNICEF applauded Fuji Television as the Japanese network was honoured at the Bal d’Or tonight and will officially receive the Rose d’Or Charity Award tomorrow night for corporate philanthropy in recognition of 33 years of fundraising on behalf of UNICEF.
Africa Malaria Day – All partners in malaria fight urged to get their ‘ACT’ together
GENEVA, 24 April 2006 – Representatives of the African Union Permanent Delegation, African ambassadors and other Roll Back Malaria partners meeting in Geneva to commemorate Africa Malaria Day called for accelerated action to make sure that life-saving Artemisinin-based Combination Treatments (ACT) get to those who urgently need them - especially in Africa. With a child dying from malaria every 30 seconds, they urged the entire malaria community to support countries to roll out ACTs as quickly as possible.
New Malaria Treatment Introduced in Somalia
NAIROBI, 25 April 2006 – A new effective treatment has been introduced in Somalia to curb the incidence of malaria, one of the leading killers of children and women, UNICEF Somalia Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen announced today on the occasion of Africa Malaria Day.
UNICEF, YMCA Team Up to Promote Youth Leadership
GENEVA, 14 March 2006 – UNICEF and the World Alliance of YMCAs announced the launch of a formal alliance to work together to support and promote child development, health, education and values of equality, respect and tolerance. The two organizations will support activities that enhance youth leadership and the meaningful involvement of young people in creating a more just and peaceful society.
UNICEF and WSSCC Launch “WASH Partnership”
NEW YORK, 3 March 2006 – UNICEF and the Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) are forging links and raising their collaboration to a new level by entering into a “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Partnership” to be announced at a special event on Monday, 6 March at UNICEF House.
UNICEF, Baylor College Agreement to Improve Access to Pediatric AIDS Treatment in Africa
The UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa and the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) signed an agreement today to work together to improve access to antiretrovirals and other treatments for children living with HIV/AIDS in the region.
Bangladesh prepares for its largest public health campaign: 33.5 million children vaccinated against measles in three weeks
DHAKA / GENEVA, 17th February 2006: Bangladesh is getting ready to mount the biggest Measles vaccination campaign in the world from 25th February-16th March 2006. An estimated 33.5 million children aged between 9 months and under 10 years will be vaccinated during the 20 day period.
Joint mission praises Rwanda’s AIDS response, urges continued leadership, coordination
KIGALI, RWANDA, 14 February 2006 – Leaders from Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, UNICEF and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS today heralded the progress Rwanda is making in their AIDS response and pressed for continued leadership and improved coordination to ensure further success.
With an Additional US $1 Billion Per Year, Immunization Could Save Ten Million More Lives in a Decade
NEW DELHI, 9 December, 2005 — According to global immunization experts, ten million additional lives could be saved through child and maternal immunization between 2006-2015 at an average annual cost of US $1 billion, according to a new study by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
Ministers from Islamic countries take strong stand in favour of children
RABAT, 8 November 2005 – On issuing a Declaration calling for an end to harmful traditional practices, elimination of gender disparity in education and urgent action to address the unacceptably high rates of child and maternal mortality in some Islamic countries, the more than 200 participants of The First Islamic Ministerial Conference on the Child hailed the meeting as a major success and a ground-breaking initiative for the Islamic world.
Manchester United announces four year plan to lend sports leadership to UNICEF to deliver development targets for children
BEIJING, 26 July 2005 – Manchester United today announced a four-year pledge to use their leadership in sport to assist UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, in achieving its development targets for children. Speaking at a press conference in Beijing Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill was joined by Manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs and Chinese player Dong Fangzhuo *.
Make poverty history
DUNBLANE, SCOTLAND, 5 July 2005 - Scottish First Minister, Jack McConnell, today joined young people from both the northern and southern hemispheres to hear their views and receive recommendations on what they think the G8 leaders need to do make child poverty history. On this, the eve of G8, the children made an urgent and united call on the G8 leaders to put children first when making their decisions at the G8.
UNICEF and scouts join forces to support children and young people’s participation in decision-making processes
GENEVA, 8 April 2005 – UNICEF and the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) are pleased to announce the launch of a new formal alliance to promote the participation of young people in decision-making processes at all levels (global, regional and local).
UNICEF hails Clinton Foundation plan for children with AIDS
NEW YORK, 11 April 2004 – UNICEF today praised a Clinton Foundation plan that will significantly increase the number of children receiving life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) drugs specifically formulated for them.
Harnessing the power of tennis for child immunization
PALM SPRINGS, California, U.S.A. 11 March 2005 – UNICEF and ATP, the governing body of the men’s professional tennis circuit, announce today a new global partnership aimed at harnessing the power of tennis to help ensure the health, education and protection of children everywhere.
African health leaders vow to keep polio eradication goal
GENEVA, 13 January 2005 — Following a year in which Africa grappled with an escalating polio epidemic, ministers of health of the key affected countries today concluded that the spread of polio was slowing in most countries.
Buddhist art promotes compassion for people living with HIV/AIDS
VIENTIANE, 20 December 2004 –Over this year’s festive season in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Buddhist monks will be encouraging the Lao people to show love, sympathetic joy, compassion and equanimity to all, including those living with HIV.
UNICEF and Cathay Pacific celebrate 13-year partnership
NEW YORK, 9 June 2004 – Celebrating the 13-year partnership between UNICEF and Cathay Pacific Airways, which has raised more than US$ 6.5 million since 1991 on behalf of UNICEF as part of its ‘Change for Good’ programme, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy honoured Cathay Pacific Chief Operating Officer Phil Chen at a ceremony Wednesday here at UNICEF headquarters.
Through UNICEF, IKEA supports children’s right to play
NEW YORK, 12 March 2004 – UNICEF today thanked IKEA for a gift of Euros 666,566 (approximately US $829,000) that will sponsor UNICEF programmes in Angola and Uganda supporting “Children’s Right to Play.”
UNICEF and Stora Enso in partnership to promote basic education for all
LONDON, 6 April 2004 – UNICEF and Stora Enso, the global forest products company, today entered into a five-year agreement to help UNICEF achieve quality basic education for children everywhere. With annual cash contributions and voluntary initiatives, Stora Enso intends to contribute USD 2.5 million during the five-year period.
Improved health system for returnees in Burundi
A Memorandum of Understanding on Health Interventions and Health System Reinforcement related to the voluntary repatriation of refugees and reintegration of the affected populations to Burundi was signed today by UNICEF, UNHCR and WHO.
2004 America Cup dedicated to Peruvian children
ASUNCIÓN-PARAGUAY, 7 May 2004 - The America Cup/Peru 2004 will be dedicated to the children of Peru. The announcement was made today by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the South American Soccer Federation (CONMEBOL). The international soccer tournament -- one of the region's most important biennial sports' events -- will take place in July in six cities of Peru.
Rotary and UNICEF celebrate groundbeaking partnership for children
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, 1 November, 2004 - Glenn Estess, President of Rotary International, and Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF, said today that their groundbreaking partnership, which has brought polio to the brink of eradication, proves that the public and private sectors can unite to deliver incredible results for children.
Eigth World Assembly for Religions for Peace
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)
UNICEF and H&M in partnership for girls' education and HIV/AIDS awareness
UNICEF today announced a new partnership and thanked the global fashion company H&M for its donation of $1.5 million toward UNICEF girls’ education programmes worldwide and HIV/AIDS prevention programmes in Cambodia. The donation will be given over a three-year period.