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July 2000 - December 2000

"Breakthrough for children" contained in peace report from Guatemala
19 December 2000: The United Nations Children's Fund today hailed as a "major breakthrough" a report from the UN Peace Mission in Guatemala that focuses on children's rights as a crucial element of peace-building efforts. The report, issued last week by the United Nations Mission for the Verification of Human Rights in Guatemala (MINUGUA), analyzes how children's rights have been fulfilled – or left unfulfilled – as part of the legal, social and economic reforms that lie at the core of peace-building efforts underway in Guatemala.

Preventing the Spread of HIV Through Breastfeeding
14 December 2000: Several recent media reports on the subject of preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV through breast milk have presented an incomplete and in some cases erroneous set of facts. Because this subject is so important to women and children throughout the world, and because UNICEF is playing a leading role in prevention efforts, we believe the public should have all the available information. In a nutshell: UNICEF continues to support breastfeeding for most mothers, but continues to provide formula to HIV-positive women who choose it.

UNICEF'S Bellamy says waste of human potential is a global tragedy
State of World's Children Report Says Key To Progress Lies With Very Youngest
NEW YORK, 12 December 2000 - Declaring that "investment in the development and care of our youngest children is the most fundamental form of good leadership," Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, argued today that the world is squandering human potential on a massive scale as hundreds of millions of the world's youngest citizens flounder in poverty and neglect in their first years of life.

UNICEF HIV/AIDS campaign calls for abolishment of school fees and charges
Wednesday, 6 December 2000: In a bold initiative to put education at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today called on African leaders to join a global campaign to abolish all education fees and other costs for primary school-age children.

Brazil's TV Cultura Wins Third International Council/UNICEF Award
Wednesday, 6 December 2000: TV Cultura of Brazil won its third straight special award from the International Council of NATAS, the group that awards International Emmys, and UNICEF for its outstanding participation during the 1999 International Children's Day of Broadcasting.

UNICEF launches appeal for at-risk children
Monday, 4 December 2000: Seeking to protect children in crisis zones from disease, starvation, and exploitation, as well as to provide them with education and "a chance to make it in the world," the United Nations Children's Fund appealed today for $207 million to help the world's most vulnerable children throughout the coming year.

In fight against AIDS, UNICEF challenges leaders to do more with schools
Tuesday, 28 November 2000: Citing new figures on the staggering impact of HIV/AIDS on children, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today challenged AIDS-ravaged countries to devote more resources, energy and creativity to using schools in the battle against the epidemic. The latest global statistics were released today in the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Update 2000, published by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.

Norway donation advances girl's education in Africa
Tuesday, 21 November 2000: The Government of Norway has donated $21.2 million to UNICEF to support education programmes for girls in Africa. Education, especially for girls, is a major area of emphasis for UNICEF globally.

Chess champion Karpov makes move to help children
Monday, 13 November 2000: Former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov declared today that he would campaign vigorously for children's rights in a friendly tête-à-tête with UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. Karpov was recently made UNICEF's Regional Ambassador for Central and Eastern Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic States.

UNICEF launches new report on East European youth
Wednesday, 8 November 2000: The transition from communist systems to market economies has opened up social and economic opportunities for young people living in the CEE/CIS region but disease, school drop-out, and unemployment are on the rise, according to a report issued today by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Japanese actress wins UNICEF leadership award
Tuesday, 24 October 2000: Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Japan's much-loved TV personality and best-selling author, received UNICEF's first-ever Leadership Award for Children on October 24 for her unsurpassed record in advocacy and fundraising for children worldwide. "We couldn't think of anyone who deserved this award more than Tetsuko-san", UNICEF Deputy Director Kul Gautam said during the presentation of the award at UNICEF House in New York.

Initiative to vaccinate 70 million children against polio
Monday, 16 October 2000: Leaders from West and Central Africa have launched the largest public health initiative in the region's history. Over the next ten days, health workers and hundreds of thousands of volunteers in 17 countries in the region will join forces to immunize 70 million children against poliomyelitis. The effort is part of the global initiative to eradicate the crippling disease and certify the world polio-free by 2005.

Statement by Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director, to the Special Session of the Commission on Human Rights regarding the situation in the Middle East
Thursday, 12 October 2000

UNICEF condemns violence, regrets deaths of children in Middle East
Thursday, 12 October 2000: UNICEF strongly supports UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's call for a negotiated end to the conflict that continues to rage in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel. UNICEF is deeply concerned about the continuing loss of life, especially among children, and calls upon the adults of the region to do everything in their power to protect minors and to reach a negotiated end to violence.

Reaching the last child with polio vaccine
Wednesday, 27 September 2000: Backed by a broad spectrum of leaders from business, governments, UN agencies and humanitarian groups, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that the world could win the race against polio so long as health workers are able to vaccinate every child.

UNICEF Mexico, nominated for the Erica 2000 award, needs your vote
Friday, 22 September 2000: UNICEF Mexico is among 20 organizations nominated for the Ericsson Erica 2000 People's Choice award for innovative use of Internet technology. Click here to vote for UNICEF Mexico.

Global fund to give $150m in vaccines to 13 countries
Wednesday, 20 September 2000: The Global Fund for Children’s Vaccines will give more than US$150 million worth of vaccines and funding over five years to improve immunization programmess in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Graça Machel calls for an end to impunity for war crimes against children and women
Wednesday, 13 September: Graça Machel, the former first lady of Mozambique and South Africa, today called on the international community to develop a new sense of urgency in protecting children affected by armed conflict.

First spouses gather today for teach-in on girls' education
Thursday, 7 September: The spouses of about 70 Heads of State attending this week's Millennium Summit are gathering today to exchange information, share experiences and draw attention to the gender gap that leaves millions of girls out of school around the world.

UNICEF to world leaders: 'Do what's best for children'
Tuesday, 5 September 2000: UNICEF today urged heads of state convening at the UN's Millennium Summit in New York to focus on the health, development and well-being of the world's children as the chief measuring stick of global progress.

Girls' Education Forum at the Millennium Summit
Tuesday, 5 September 2000: With the historic Millennium Summit taking place at the United Nations 6 to 8 September 2000, the world community has a unique opportunity to renew its commitment to girls' education.

UNICEF Japan to webcast children's symposium (this link will take you to the UNICEF Japan site)
Monday, 21 August 2000: The Japan Committee for UNICEF is organizing a children's symposium on the topic of East Timor. A webcast of the symposium (in Japanese and English) will take place on Monday 21 August at 18.30 - 20.30 Japan time. The participants will include three children from East Timor. Interested persons can access the webcast and submit comments and questions through the UNICEF Japan Website (in Japanese).

Results of the Progress of Nations 2000 opinion poll on AIDS
Friday, 11 August 2000: The Progress of Nations 2000 online opinion poll posed the question: "Do you think enough is being done to stop AIDS?" View the results here.

UNICEF hails new Security Council resolution on children and war
Friday, 11 August 2000: UNICEF welcomes Resolution No. 1314 (2000) on children and conflict adopted by the UN Security Council today. The resolution represents a renewed commitment by the United Nations to protect children affected by war, following the Council's adoption of Resolution 1261 a year ago.

Bellamy visits DR Congo for polio campaign
Tuesday, 8 August 2000: Hoping to boost the global effort to wipe out polio, especially in countries affected by conflict, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy begins a three-day visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo this week to take part in a major immunization campaign that is crucial to eradicating the disease. She will also briefly visit neighbouring Congo.

World Breastfeeding Week
Tuesday, August 1 2000: Every year in early August, UNICEF proudly participates in World Breastfeeding Week -- a time to celebrate breastfeeding's undeniable health benefits. This natural way to feed an infant saves the lives of an estimated 1.5 million children each year and improves the growth and development of millions more.

Security council debates issue of children in war
Wednesday, 26 July 2000: UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today called on the UN Security Council to ensure that all those who violate children's rights in times of war -- whether governments, rebel groups or corporations -- are held accountable.

Call for immediate release of 21 abducted children
Friday, 14 July 2000: The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Angola and UNICEF Angola are shocked and saddened by this weekend's attack by a group of about 100 armed bandits on Children's Town in Quissala, Huambo Province, Angola.

'War of liberation' needed against HIV/AIDS
Wednesday, 12 July 2000: Armed with findings that HIV/AIDS infects six people under the age of 25 every minute, UNICEF said today that if nations hope to defeat the disease they must commit to the "largest mobilization of resources in their history" and organize themselves as if they were fighting "a full-blown war of liberation," with young people in the forefront.

UNICEF applauds as Clinton signs key protocols on child rights
Wednesday, 5 July 2000: The United Nations Children’s Fund today hailed U.S. President Bill Clinton’s signing of two UN protocols that strengthen global standards for the protection of children.

UK Committee for UNICEF launches second phase of Growing Up Alone campaign
Monday, 3 July: Robbie Williams leads the call to Break the Silence on HIV/AIDS, as part of the UK Commitee's Growing Up Alone campaign. An audio-visual animation based on his recent visit to Mozambique highlights how the silent emergency of HIV/AIDS is devastating sub-Saharan Africa.

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