MEDIA ADVISORY : Invitation to a Press Conference

30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – how conflict has reversed decades of progress for children’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa

11 November 2019

WhoTed Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

          Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Chief of Communications, Middle East and North Africa
When: 17 November 2019, 11:00AM

Where: UNICEF Regional Office, Tla’a Al Ali, Amman, Jordan (Location map)
Why: Since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted on 20 November 1989, the Middle East and North Africa has seen tremendous progress in children’s rights, including access to healthcare, education and safe water.

Every country in the region has ratified the Convention – the most widely ratified treaty in the world. But since its adoption, progress for children in the region has been uneven. In conflict countries, fighting, displacement and poverty have reversed hard-won gains, while violence in homes and schools and inequality persist everywhere else in the region.


Ted Chaiban, UNICEF’s new Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, will highlight major progress in children’s rights in the region and explain how conflict, violence, poverty, and inequality have upended opportunities for children to realize their rights.

For every child, every right.


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Media Contacts

Juliette Touma
Regional Chief of Communications
UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office
Tel: 00962798674628
Tamara Kummer
Communications Specialist
UNICEF Middle East and North Africa
Tel: 00962 797 588 550


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