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June 2001 - January 2001

Adolescents everywhere have 'A Right to Know The Facts' about HIV and AIDS
Tuesday, 26 June 2001 - Emphasizing that young people and the behaviours they learn are the key to conquering HIV/AIDS, the United Nations Children's Fund said today that young people have a right to know the facts about HIV/AIDS so they can take responsibility for their lives and protect themselves and others.

Harry Belafonte, just back from South Africa, to join UN Special Session on AIDS
Friday, 22 June 2001 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte, fresh from a 10-day visit to South Africa to see first-hand the impact of AIDS and the efforts to fight it, will take part in the UN Special Session on HIV/AIDS next week.

UNICEF chief takes over as chair of GAVI Board
Friday , 22 June 2001 -- UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy became chair of the world's leading alliance for childhood immunization today at a board meeting in London. Assuming the leadership role of GAVI -- the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization -- on the final day of the quarterly board session, Bellamy thanked her predecessor, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director General of the World Health Organization.

UNICEF commends Gates Foundation for AIDS donation
Tuesday, 19 June 2001 -- UNICEF today commended the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for contributing $100 million to the Global AIDS and Health Fund. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said: "The importance of this very generous donation goes way beyond its dollar value, large though that is. It is a recognition of the scale of the HIV/AIDS pandemic that threatens individuals, families, countries and economies -- and the need to build global and broad-based partnerships to address this crisis."

UNICEF praises Winterthur for AIDS Contribution
Thursday, 14 June 2001: UNICEF today praised Winterthur Insurance, a Credit Suisse Group company, for its financial contribution of $1 million to the Global AIDS and Health Fund.
UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy called the gift - the first by a private company - a "true display of leadership."

In India, quake survivors return to school
Thursday, 14 June 2001: Less than 5 months after a devastating earthquake, more than 400,000 children are going back to school for the first time in Gujarat today. As the result of an unprecedented joint effort by the Government of Gujarat and UNICEF, over 2,000 schools, fully equipped, have re-opened.

'Say Yes' pledge campaign racking up votes
Friday, 8 June 2001: With 15 weeks to go before world leaders gather in New York for a summit devoted to children, a grassroots pledge campaign is racking up millions of votes from citizens demanding that world leaders do more for children and young people.

Another 150 child soldiers released in Sierrra Leone
Monday, 4 June 200: UNICEF in Sierra Leone is encouraged by a further release of children by the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Today the RUF released 150 children - 40 of them girls - in the eastern border town of Kailahun, Sierra Leone.

UNICEF mourns Nkosi Johnson
Friday, 1 June 2001:Calling him a “courageous boy who moved a continent,” the United Nations Children’s Fund today mourned the death of Nkosi Johnson, the 12-year-old South African who helped break the silence about HIV and AIDS.

Japan's donation bolsters final push for polio eradication
Friday, 1 June 2001: The Japanese Government has greatly bolstered the final effort to purge the world of polio by donating US$30 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

Some abducted children in Angola released, but worry for others persists
Saturday, 26 May 2001: UNICEF Angola and the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Angola welcome the release of 60 Angolan children and two adults who were abducted from the ADPP Children's Town near Caxito on 5 May 2001.

UNICEF praises release today of child soldiers in Sierra Leone
Friday, 25 May 2001: The head of UNICEF in Sierra Leone commended the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) today for its release of 424 child combatants and abductees in Makeni, Sierra Leone. Friday's release brings the total number of children released by the RUF this month to 591.

UNICEF calls on leaders to protect children from armed conflict and sexual abuse
Friday, 25 May 2001: Although today marks the first anniversary of a crucial step for the protection of children's rights: the adoption by the UN General Assembly of two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child - one addressing the protection of children affected by armed conflict and the other, the protection of children from sexual abuse and exploitation, UNICEF UNICEF is urging countries that have already signed the protocols to ratify them as swiftly as possible.

African leaders meet to map out future agenda for children
Wednesday, 23 May 2001: The United Nations Children's Fund commends the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) for its decision to hold a high-level meeting to review the situation of Africa's children and develop recommendations for ensuring the full realisation of their rights in the 21st century. The Pan-African Forum on the Future of Children in Africa will adopt a common African position on the needs of children for consideration by the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children to be held in New York during 19 - 21 September 2001.

Cease-fire needed in Afghanistan for polio campaign to succeed
Wednesday, 23 May 2001: The next round in the fight against polio in Afghanistan will be from 19 to 21 May. 5.7 million Afghan children need to be vaccinated during the next National Immunisation Days (NIDs), for which a cease-fire is crucial. Both sides had agreed with UNICEF and WHO to respect a cease-fire during the polio immunisation campaigns in 2000 and in March and April 2001. It is trusted that this will be the case again. Every child from birth up to five years of age must be vaccinated.

Berlin meeting pledges to create a world fit for children
Wednesday, 16 May 2001: In the belief that every child, without exception, should be assured the right to dignity, security and self-fulfillment, delegates from 51 countries across Europe and Central Asia and the Holy See, concluded an extraordinary meeting in Berlin today with a special commitment to creating an environment fit for children in the region.

A new future mapped out for children in East Asia and Pacific
Wednesday, 16 May 2001: Governments from across East Asia and the Pacific committed themselves Wednesday to ensuring that the overall well-being of children - "the most important indicator of national and economic social progress" - is at the centre of national agendas.

93 million children represented in youth opinion poll from Europe and Central Asia Wednesday, 16 May 2001: This extensive survey provides a fascinating portrait of the views, concerns, hopes and dreams of children and adolescents from 26 States in transition in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Baltic States and nine countries in Western Europe. It also provides some disturbing insights into a world children and young people see as marked by violence, injustice and discrimination.

Berlin meeting: Improving the lives of children in Europe and Central Asia
Wednesday, 16 May 2001: In an unprecedented effort to improve the lives of children in Europe and Central Asia, delegates from 52 European and Central Asian countries, and the Holy See, gathered in Berlin today, to forge a new agenda for the coming decade. The high-level meeting is organized by the Governments of Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

World's poorest countries falling behind developing world, says UNICEF report
Tuesday, 15 May 2001: The world's poorest countries slipped further behind other developing nations during the 1990s, keeping hundreds of millions - almost half of them children - mired in abject poverty, according to a report released today by the United Nations Children's Fund.

UNICEF survey on AIDS reveals children in East Asia and Pacific regions uninformed
Monday, 14 May 2001: Children and adolescents in East Asia and the Pacific are generally optimistic about the future, but many appear woefully unprepared to deal with the rapidly growing threat of HIV/AIDS in the region, according to the results of a UNICEFsurvey of approximately 10,000 children.

UNICEF: Religious communities central to improving children's lot
Monday, 14 May 2001: The world's religious communities must assume a key role in promoting children's rights and taking action to ensure that all of the world's children are able to achieve their full potential, Religions for Peace (the World Conference on Religion and Peace) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today.

UNICEF announces May meetings in Beijing, Berlin, Cairo and Kathmandu
Wednesday, 16 May 2001:The United Nations Children’s Fund today heralded the start of a three-week period during which four regional meetings on children and young people will take place, involving some 130 governments and hundreds of other organizations in preparation for the Special Session on Children to be held in New York in September 2001. The voices of thousands of participating young people will infuse all four meetings with unusual urgency and relevance

Sixty children abducted in Angola must be returned, says UNICEF
Tuesday, 8 May 2001:UNICEF Angola and the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Angola were shocked and saddened by this past weekend's mass abduction of 60 Angolan children during an attack by an armed group near the town of Caxito, about 54 kms northeast of Luanda.

Mandela, Annan, Gates urge world to Say Yes for Children
Thursday, 26 April 2001: An unprecedented global pledge campaign on behalf of children, led by an impressive array of international personalities including Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan and Bill Gates, begins today in London and numerous other locations worldwide.

UN hails significant progress in fight against malaria
Wednesday, 25 April 2001: In a move that promises to protect millions of people from the danger of malaria, five African countries have recently reduced or abolished taxes on insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) to make them more affordable to their populations. They include: Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

UNICEF resumes humanitarian assistance for children in Makeni, Sierra Leone
On Thursday, 19 April, a UNICEF team headed by Country Representative JoAnna Van Gerpen distributed schools supplies and textbooks to approximately 1,000 students attending school in Makeni. UNICEF also supplied essential drugs, vaccines and equipment for the revitalisation of 5 health clinics serving 10-12,000 people in the Makeni area (Bombali District).

UN successfully negotiates ceasefire in Afghanistan for polio immunization
Wednesay, 18 April 2001: Nearly 35,000 health workers and volunteers will reach 5.7 million children under five in a countrywide polio vaccination campaign from April 17 to 19.The two warring parties, the Taliban and the Northern Alliance, have given written commitments to adhere to the ceasefire. The agreement came after the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) officially requested both sides to respect the cease-fire and inform frontline commanders to remain committed to the agreement.

Bill Gates Senior helps deliver life-saving vaccines to Mozambique
Friday, 6 April 2001: Bill Gates Sr., Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, joined Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, at Boane District Health Clinic, 45 kms from the capital city Maputo, to see infants being immunized with DTP-hepB vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and hepatitis B. The event marks the first round of a global schedule of vaccine delivery, to Mozambique, the first to reach the African continent by GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the Global Fund for Children's Vacci.

Figures released showing polio nearly eliminated
Tuesday, 3 April 2001: The eradication of crippling poliomyelitis is 99% complete according to figures released today by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. In 2000, there were no more than 3500 cases of polio reported worldwide*, a 99% decrease from the 350 000 annual cases estimated in 1988 when the Initiative was launched.

Sebastião Salgado named Special Representative
Tuesday, 3 April 2001: UNICEF announced today the appointment of internationally renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado as a Special Representative. The announcement came at the opening in Brasilia of Mr. Salgado's exhibition Exodus, also called Migrations, the result of a seven-year project documenting the global displacement of people due to economic hardship, conflict and natural disasters.

Two UN workers are freed, two others still captive.
Friday, 30 March 2001: Pierre-Paul Lamotte, 34, a UNICEF logistician from Belgium and Mohamed Mohamedi, 30, a World Health Organization(WHO) operations officer - both working on polio eradication projects - arrived in good health in the Kenyan capital Nairobi Friday afternoon. UN officials are negotiating the release of the other two UN staffers and expressed concern for the "safe and immediate release" for them.

New TV Award Puts Spotlight On Children
Monday, 2 April 2001: A special award to highlight a new initiative called "Say Yes For Children" was announced today at MIP TV 2001 in Cannes by Roger Moore, Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Jacques Hintzy, President of the French Committee for UNICEF, and Fred Cohen, President of The International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

UN Agencies launch new plan to halve measles death rate
Thursday, 29 March 2001: In a concerted move against one of the world's deadliest childhood diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today announced a new initiative designed to halve global measles deaths by 2005.

UNICEF: After 1997 financial crisis millions "on the brink of survival" in Indonesia
Wednesday, 14 March 2001: Nearly four years after the onset of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Indonesia continues to reel from a wide range of social ills, according to a new report from UNICEF. The report, "Beyond Krismon – the social legacy of Indonesia's financial crisis," says millions of Indonesians were pushed into poverty and millions of children still suffer from malnourishment.

UNICEF expresses regret, outrage over school explosion
Wednesday, March 7 2001: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) expresses deep regret and outrage over the deaths of at least 37 children, who were killed by a massive explosion while allegedly assembling fireworks at their primary school in China's Jiangxi province.

UNICEF: Child marriages must stop
Wednesday, 7 March 2001: Armed with statistics showing that half of all girls in some countries are married by the time they reach age 18, the United Nations Children's Fund called today for a global campaign to prevent the widespread phenomenon of child marriage.

UNICEF airlifts over 2,500 demobilized child soldiers out of Sudan combat zone
Tuesday, 27 February 2001: In the largest effort of its kind ever undertaken in southern Sudan, the United Nations Children's Fund announced today that it had airlifted more than 2,500 child combatants out of conflict zones and into safe areas where a rehabilitation and family tracing process can begin.

The world's finance ministers must act now in fight against poverty
Monday, 26 February 2001: Declaring the need for concerted action in the fight against child poverty, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today urged the world's finance ministers to invest in girls' education.

UNICEF-led team finds 163 Congolese child soldiers in Uganda
Tuesday, 20 February 2001: After a three-day mission to Kyankwanzi, Uganda, a UNICEF-led assessment team reported to.day that it had identified and registered 163 children from the Democratic Republic of Congo who had been housed in a political education school since August last year.

UNICEF increases aid to Internally Displaced Children and Women in Afghanistan
Friday, 16 February 2001: UNICEF decided to release $ 650,000 immediately to cover needs of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Mazar and Herat (Afghanistan). This fund will be replenished with donor contributions.

In the wake of quakes, emotional aid proves hardest to deliver
Friday, 16 February 2001: In the small village of Chandia in the India quake zone, it doesn't take much to send a four-year-old boy screaming into his mothers arms - just the visit of a stranger.

UNICEF Executive Director compliments Viet Nam on its commitment to children
Friday, 16 February 2001: Today the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Ms. Carol Bellamy, shared her reflections on the state of Vietnamese children on the final day of her visit to Viet Nam.

UNICEF-led team fielded to assess Congolese child soldiers in Uganda
Wednesday, 14 February 2001: A UNICEF-led team will travel to Kyankwanzi on Thursday to assess the numbers and overall needs of children from the Democratic Republic of Congo who have been housed in a political and military education school in Uganda.

UNICEF Executive Director arriving in Viet Nam
Tuesday, 13 February 2001: Tomorrow the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Ms. Carol Bellamy, will be arriving in Viet Nam for a four-day visit.

Immunizations begin in quake zone
Tuesday, 13 February 2001: In the dry desert landscape of Gujarat, brittle from two years of drought and laid to ruin by an earthquake, even a few drops of water can be hard to come by. A few drops of measles vaccine can be even harder.

A million children saved through vitamin A supplementation
Monday, 12 February 2001: Almost a million child deaths have been averted since 1998 through the distribution of high-dose vitamin A capsules, the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF announced today at the XXth International Vitamin A Consultative Group meeting in Hanoi.

UNICEF applauds agreement with Uganda on child soldiers
Friday, 9 February 2001: The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) applauds the Government of Uganda for granting full access to a political and military training camp housing child soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and for agreeing that all soldiers in the camp under the age of 18 will be handed over to UNICEF for care and protection.

UNICEF wary of post-quake international adoptions
Friday, 9 February 2001: The United Nations Children's Fund cautioned today that international adoptions should serve only as a last resort for children orphaned by the killer earthquake in Gujarat, saying that unscrupulous child traffickers may try to pass themselves off as legitimate agents of good. Training for trauma counsellors also began today.

Injuries will kill more than 20,000 children in rich countries in the next 12 months
Tuesday, 6 February 2001: UNICEF publishes today the first league table of child deaths by injury and concludes that injuries kill over 20,000 children aged 1 to 14 every year in the world's wealthiest nations. The new research, published in the UNICEF Innocenti Report Card, provides the most comprehensive estimates so far of child injury deaths across the member countries of the OECD.

Half of all schools damaged or destroyed in India quake zone
Monday, 5 February 2001: The United Nations Children's Fund said today that as many as 5 million children under the age of 14 may have been impacted in some way by the earthquake in the Indian state of Gujarat, including nearly 2.5 million who have been severely impacted - children who have lost family members, homes, schools, and their sense of security.

No child should die of cold: UNICEF Afghanistan
Thursday, 1 February 2001: In Herat, western Afghanistan, over 110 displaced people died due to the severe cold on the night of 29/30 January. "NGOs and UN agencies have been providing considerable support since the summer of 2000, but this support has simply not been enough," stated UNICEF Afghanistan Representative, Louis Georges Arsenault.

UNICEF delivers drugs to quake area, assesses impact on children
Monday, 29 January 2001: The United Nations Children's Fund has committed itself to at least $8 million in immediate assistance for the earthquake-stricken Indian state of Gujarat, where the relief effort is now focusing on helping families who survived the quake survive its aftermath.

On the ground in India, UNICEF responds to quake
Saturday, 27 January 2001: The United Nations Children's Fund announced today it has mobilized more than $700,000 in immediate assistance for the earthquake-stricken Indian state of Gujarat, supporting the relief effort with critical medical supplies, blankets, chlorine tablets and more. Staff based in Gujarat are assessing needs, speeding in supplies.

2nd Preparatory Meeting Begins for UN Special Session on Children
Friday, 26 January 2001: The second of three preparatory meetings will take place at UN Headquarters between 29 January and 2 February this week and involve Government delegates, a number of Special Representatives sent by Heads of State, and representatives of more than 400 NGOs. On the agenda: review of progress on the end-decade goals; review of draft outcome document; and organizational arrangements for the Special Session in September

Update on UNICEF Executive Board meeting
Thursday, 25 January 2001: The Executive Board yesterday concluded its first regular session of 2001. Members discussed the 2001 work plan and proposed budget of the Private Sector Division, and then turned to a discussion of financial matters.

Update on UNICEF Executive Board meeting
Wednesday, 24 January 2001: On the agenda today: 2001 work plan and proposed budget for the Private Sector Division, followed by a discussion of financial matters and the pledging event, during which Governments in a position to do so announce voluntary contributions to UNICEF regular resources, as well as payment schedules.

UNICEF condemns flogging of Nigerian girl - Statement Attributable to UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy
Tuesday, 23 January 2001

Update on UNICEF Executive Board meeting
Tuesday, 23 January 2001: On the agenda today: continue discussion of the West and Central Africa programmes, followed by consideration of programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia and the Pacific, and South Asia.

Mia Farrow to brief press on Nigeria polio campaign
Monday, 22 January 2001: After her first mission since being appointed UNICEF Special Representative, actress Mia Farrow will brief the international media about her recent visit to Nigeria on Wednesday, 24 January 2001, at the UN Secretariat.

UNICEF Executive Board meets in first session for 2001
Monday, 22 January 2001: The UNICEF Executive Board's first regular session for 2001 at United Nations Headquarters. On the agenda: elections of new officers and representatives; address by Executive Director Carol Bellamy; report to the Economic and Social Council and UNICEF country notes.

Mia Farrow Visits Nigeria, Fights to Eradicate Polio
Saturday, 20 January 2001: In her first mission as UNICEF Special Representative, actress Mia Farrow will help launch a countrywide polio vaccination campaign in Nigeria on Saturday, designed to immunize every single child under age five -- a total of 40 million children.

UNICEF involves youth in quake relief
Friday, 19 January 2001: Even as it rushes in international resources to help the victims of last weekend's earthquake and mudslide in El Salvador, the United Nations Children's Fund is strengthening its relief effort with a bountiful local resource: El Salvador's young people. An update on UNICEF action.

UNICEF Emergency Programme in El Salvador
Wednesday, 17 January 2001: Situational Report on UNICEF's humanitarian assistance programmes covering water, sanitation, hygiene, education, health and psycho-social support for children following 13 January earthquake in El Salvador.

As aftershocks rattle El Salvador, UNICEF focuses on helping children cope
Tuesday, 16 January 2001: UNICEF committed itself today to at least $500,000 in immediate relief aid for El Salvador, saying the money would be spent on preventing disease and helping restore a sense of normalcy for children traumatized and left homeless by Saturday's deadly earthquake and mudslide. Psychosocial support and care for unaccompanied children are in the works.

UNICEF mourns loss of life In Mongolia accident
Monday, 15 January 2001: Staff of the United Nations Children's Fund around the world were in mourning today after the weekend loss of a UNICEF colleague in a tragic helicopter accident in Mongolia. The accident on Sunday claimed the lives of nine people, including four staff members of UN agencies. Fourteen people were injured. "All of us at UNICEF deeply mourn the loss of our colleague and friend Matthew Girvin," said Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF.

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