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Three of the most popular photographs at the UNICEF 70th celebration exhibition at the Fiji Museum in Suva were taken by renowned photographer, Vlad Sokhin.

Suva, FIJI. 18 November 2016 – More than 2,000 school students are due to attend a photo exhibition, launched this week at the Fiji Museum in Suva, to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of UNICEF.

The exhibition charts the UN agency’s evolution since it was established in 1946, to assist children in Europe in the wake of World War II, to a global emergency and development agency active in more than 190 countries worldwide. The exhibit also illustrates how the realisation of the rights of children is central to the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNICEF Pacific’s Representative, Mr Sheldon Yett, stated of the occasion, “UNICEF’s 70th anniversary is a reminder of the reasons our organisation was founded, and the relevance of our continuing global mandate: to bring life-saving aid, long-term support and hope to children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crises, poverty, inequality and discrimination. To protect children’s rights to survive and thrive, to learn and to grow up healthy and safe from harm. To stand up for every child.”

Working together with governments, civil society, and the private sector, UNICEF has helped to drive enormous progress for children. Globally, the number of children dying before they reach their fifth birthday has more than halved in the past 25 years alone. Millions of children have been lifted out of poverty. Millions more have had the opportunity to get an education and to develop their potential.

Mr Yett went on to add, “We have also seen many milestones achieved right here in the Pacific thanks to strong partnerships that put children first.  One important example of this is that the Pacific region has been polio free since 2000 – this is an enormous achievement.”

UNICEF’s 70th anniversary – and Universal Children’s Day 2016 (20 November) – present an opportunity to reinforce UNICEF’s call for governments to do more to protect the rights and improve the lives of every child. Strengthening health, education and protection systems and expanding access to critical services is not only good for individual children and their families. It is also good for societies – helping to break intergenerational cycles of poverty, to reduce inequality, and to achieve more sustainable growth and a better world for all.

The exhibition is on at the Fiji Museum, Suva until 10 December 2016, and has been made possible by the generous support of the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts and the Fiji Museum.

For more information, please contact:

Laura Gibbons, Communication Specialist, on phone (679) 8008383 or email

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