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12 Pacific island countries commit to improve child protection services at regional workshop
SUVA, 31 May 2019 – This week in Fiji, at the Pacific Regional Workshop on Child Protection for the Social Welfare Sector, participants from government ministries across 12 Pacific island countries have joined together for the first time to develop a fra

UNICEF launches #VaccinesWork campaign to inspire support for vaccines
SUVA, 24 April 2019 – UNICEF is launching a new global campaign on 24 April to emphasize the power and safety of vaccines among parents and wider social media users.

Four out of every 10 children in the Pacific islands are not enrolled in pre-primary education – UNICEF
SUVA, 10 April 2019 – About four in every 10 children in the Pacific islands are not enrolled in pre-primary school, contributing to the more than 175 million children – around half of pre-primary-age children globally – not enrolled in pre-primary educat

Official confirmation of diphtheria cases in Vanuatu
Port Vila, 8 April 2019: The Ministry of Health today officially confirms two cases of diphtheria in Vanuatu and is working with its partners, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to take necessary steps for

Safer Internet Day: UNICEF calls for concerted action to prevent bullying and harassment for the over 70 per cent of young people online worldwide
SUVA, 5 February 2019 – UNICEF warned today of the dangers posed by online violence, cyberbullying and digital harassment for the 70.6 per cent of young people aged 15 to 24 years old who are online globally, and called for concerted action to tackle...

New Year’s Babies: Over 740 children will be born in the Pacific islands on New Year’s Day - UNICEF
SUVA, 1 January 2019 – An estimated 740 babies will be born in the Pacific islands on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said today, with one of the first babies in the world born at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, Fiji, between 12 – 12.01am to proud moth

Drones take to the Vanuatu sky to test ‘last mile’ vaccine delivery to children
5 December 2018, Port Vila: In Vanuatu today, the Minister of Health, Norris Jack Kalmet, officially opened the drone trials for vaccine delivery to children living on remote islands. The event was held at the old Takara Airstrip, about an hour from the c

Workshop brings participants from 12 countries together to improve quality of preschool education in the Pacific
NADI, 22 November, 2018 – This week, more than 30 Ministry and teacher training participants from 12 countries in the Pacific are meeting in Fiji to review the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Teacher Competency Framework for the Pacific, draft c

Children across the Pacific islands “takeover” in a sea of blue on World Children’s Day
SUVA, 20 November 2018 – Today across the Pacific islands, children united to “takeover” and raise their voices on issues that matter to them. Joining the millions of children around the world on World Children’s Day, children from Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon

Solomon Islands government and partners commit to new strategies and resources to give children best start in life
HONIARA, 26 October, 2018 – Today at a National Early Childhood Forum held in Honiara, the Solomon Islands government and partners committed to investing in early childhood development over the next 40 years to ensure all Solomon Islands children are give

Vanuatu awards international drone companies with commercial contracts for vaccine delivery
Port Vila, 25 October 2018: In a global first, the Vanuatu Government has awarded two international drone companies, Swoop Aero and Wingcopter, with commercial contracts to trial the use of drones to bring lifesaving vaccines to children living in remote

Fijian students design superheroes to tackle supervillian in new global comic contest
SUVA, 16 October, 2018 – Students at Holy Trinity Primary School in Suva, Fiji, today proudly presented their superheroes designed during a UNICEF workshop held on Monday.

Half of world’s teens experience peer violence in and around school: in the Pacific islands the situation is even worse - UNICEF
UVA, 6 September 2018 – Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million – report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school, according to a new report released by UNICEF today.

Vanuatu Government Hosts United Nations Joint Presence Office
Port Vila, 21 September 2018: Today marks a historic event in the calendar of the young nation of Vanuatu as the Government together with the United Nations sign an agreement for hosting arrangements of the UN Joint Presence Office.

A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world – UN report
NEW YORK/SUVA, 18 September 2018 – An estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes, according to new mortality estimates released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the

New UNICEF Pacific Ambassador Pita Taufatofua inspires Tongan children at his old primary school in Nuku’alofa
TONGA, 17 July 2018 – Today, hundreds of Tonga Side School students excitedly welcomed back an old student, Pita Taufatofua, two-time Olympian and flag bearer, to their primary school in Nuku’alofa, Tonga.

Fiji Ministries and partners commit to ‘WASH for Quality Life’
NADI, 25 May 2018 – Today, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Summit will conclude, where eighteen Government agencies and non-government partner organizations undertook exhaustive consultations to determine key activities and strategies in order to streng

Vaccination campaign launched to protect every child and adolescent in Fiji against meningococcal disease
SUVA, 14 May 2018 – Soon every child and adolescent in Fiji will have the chance to be protected against meningococcal C after a recent outbreak of the disease, with the Government of Fiji’s vaccination campaign set to launch on 14 May, supported by the U

On Mother’s Day, the best gift for both mother and baby is breastfeeding, says UNICEF
SUVA, 11 May 2018 – On Mother’s Day, and on every day, the best gift for both mother and baby is breastfeeding, says UNICEF. In the Pacific islands, breastfeeding rates remain high with almost all babies breastfed at least once, although this number reduc

Pacific children at greater risk of illness as they miss life-saving vitamin A supplements
SUVA, 2 May 2018 – Over 140 million children are at greater risk of illness, hearing loss, blindness and even death globally if urgent action is not taken to provide them with life-saving vitamin A supplements, warns UNICEF in a new report released today

Reaching every child in the Pacific with vaccines vital to save lives
25 April 2018, Suva - Vaccines keep children alive and healthy by protecting them against disease. Yet in 2016, an estimated 1.4 million children under five died globally from vaccine-preventable diseases, including 1,700 children under five in the Pacifi

UNICEF and New Zealand government sign NZ$7 million partnership to improve children’s health in the Pacific
SUVA, 16 April 2018 - Today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) signed a NZ$7 million agreement to support the prevention and reduction of newborn mortality in Kiribati, the Solomon

Workshop brings 10 Pacific Island governments together to strengthen data collection and planning to improve women and children’s lives
SUVA, 19 March 2018 – Government participants from ten countries in the Pacific region will work with experts this week from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Pacific Community (SPC) to strengthen data

NZ Prime Minister to students in Tonga: With a good education, anything is possible.
TONGA, 8 March, 2018: About 200 primary school students sitting under their UNICEF tents and shelters cheered and clapped as the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Ms Jacinda Ardern, visited their Government Primary School Fasi, in Nuku’alofa, on Wednesday.

UNICEF report: Not enough data to measure development progress undermines success in Pacific countries
SUVA, 07 March 2018 – UNICEF’s first assessment of achievements toward the Sustainable Development Goals for children in several Pacific Island countries reveals an alarming lack of data to measure progress in these countries.

Three vehicles to boost Government outreach of safe water and birth registration services to children
Port Vila, 2 February 2018: Today, UNICEF completes official handover of three vehicles in Luganville, Santo to Vanuatu Government Ministries of Internal Affairs and Lands & Natural Resources to support the provision of safe and adequate water for childre

UNICEF and NZ team up to get 14,000 kids in Tonga back in school
SUVA, 21 February, 2018: About 14,000 children will have the chance to continue their education, after Cyclone Gita damaged their schools, when UNICEF education in emergencies supplies are airlifted into Tonga today

World is failing newborn babies, says UNICEF
SUVA, 20 February 2018 – Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Babies born in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore have a high chan

UNICEF on standby to support governments of Samoa, Tonga and Fiji as Cyclone Gita intensifies
SUVA, 13 February 2018 – As Tropical Cyclone Gita intensifies, the strongest storm to ever hit Tonga, and heads towards Fiji, UNICEF offers its support to the affected Pacific island countries of Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.

More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, tapping into great opportunities, but facing grave risks
UVA, 6 February 2018 – More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day – a new child every half second – UNICEF said today. Digital access exposes these children to a wealth of benefits and opportunities, but also to a host of risks...

UNICEF and the Fiji Judiciary partner to protect children in contact with the law
SUVA, 6 February 2018 – A three day training on justice for children is currently underway with 41 judges and magistrates from throughout Fiji. The training, with technical support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), focuses on the treatment

WHO and UNICEF Joint Statement Kiribati Butiraoi ferry disaster 31 January 2018
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) send their deepest condolences to the people of Kiribati following the recent Butiraoi ferry disaster. This is a tragic event for the country of Kiribati...

About 770 babies to be born on New Year’s Day in the Pacific Island countries, says UNICEF
SUVA, 1 January 2018: About 770 babies will be born in the Pacific Islands on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said today. Worldwide, it is estimated 385,793 babies will be born globally on New Year’s Day.

UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing online access to benefit the most disadvantaged
Flagship report highlights digital divides and explores current debates about the impact of the internet and social media on children’s safety and wellbeing

Queen's Baton debuts in Vanuatu on island of fire
Port Vila, 9 December 2017: On 9 December the Queen’s Baton arrived on the island of fire, Ambae, Vanuatu. Awaiting its arrival were more than 600 children from the Just Play Emergency Programme, at the base of the Manaro volcano.

Global complacency threatens the lives of children and adolescents as world set to miss global AIDS target - UNICEF
SUVA/ NEW YORK/JOHANNESBURG, 01 December 2017 – In 2016, 120,000 children under the age of 14 died of AIDS related causes, and 18 children were infected with HIV every single hour. If current trends persist, there will be 3.5 million new adolescent HIV in

More than 2,000 people on Malo Island benefit from largest Vanuatu water system
Port Vila, 28 November 2017: Today is a day of celebration for Vanuatu, particularly children and women on Malo Island, as the largest water system in Vanuatu spanning 44km benefitting over 2,000 people is launched.

Children to ‘take over’media and entertainment on World Children’s Day
SUVA, 17 November 2017 – Three days from today, children from around the Pacific will kick off World Children’s Day and take over key roles in media and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected ...

Pacific Island students call for climate action at COP23 global conference
BONN, GERMANY, 15 November 2017 – Timoci Naulusala, 12, and Shalvi Shakshi, 10, together with their proud parents arrived in Bonn, Germany, this week to tell their stories of climate change impacts in Fiji, and how they coped with the devastation ...

Violent discipline, sexual abuse and violence in schools among key issues facing children in the Pacific – UNICEF
Violence against children – some as young as one year old – is pervasive in homes, schools and communities, new global report with disturbing data reveals

A birth certificate isn’t just a piece of paper
4 October, 2017, SUVA – If a cyclone or flood happened today and your child was separated from their family, what is the one thing that could bring them back to you? A birth certificate isn’t just a piece of paper.

Thousands of children displaced from Ambae Island volcano in urgent need of support
In Vanuatu, almost 12000 people at threat from a volcano, including thousands of children, were evacuated from Ambae Island and urgently need support in the temporary evacuation centres set up on neighbouring islands.

Pacific governments commit to advance early childhood development to provide the best start to life for all children
NADI, 21 September 2017 – For the first time in the Pacific region, government officials, including Ministers of Education and Ministers of Finance, from 15 Pacific Island Countries came together to declare their support for young children and provide the

2,500 people in Erromango access safe water
Port Vila, 15 September 2017: Today, about 2500 people in Erromango will access safer and more secure water supplies, thanks to the Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources and its partners, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), United Na

Pacific screening of ‘The Beginning of Life’ highlights role of society in giving children the best possible start to life
SUVA, 31 August 2017 – The first Pacific screening of the documentary, The Beginning of Life – It takes a village to raise a child in Suva on Wednesday brought together education leaders, government, parents, teachers, as well as the University of the Sou

Seventeen new WASH stars added to Fiji’s primary school constellation
Schools recognized for ensuring water and sanitation facilities are working, accessible and for encouraging healthy hygiene habits even after disasters

Handover of water system to Lamap community
Port Vila, 2 August 2017: The Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources and its partners, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT), United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF) together with ADRA Vanuatu, today handed over the completed water supp

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding
GENEVA/NEW YORK/SUVA, 1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new

Vanuatu announces drone trial participants to assess vaccine delivery in remote islands
Port Vila, 27 July 2017: The Government of Vanuatu, with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), announced today the selected participants who will take part in the first phase of the Vanuatu drone trial in August.

2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation
14 JULY 2017| GENEVA | NEW YORK | SUVA – Some three in ten people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and six in ten, or 4.4 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by the World Healt

Fiji ratifies international disability agreement
SUVA, 15 June 2017 – UNICEF welcomes Fiji’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), making Fiji the eleventh country in the Pacific to do so.

Vanuatu launches Pacific’s first drone trial: Delivering lifesaving vaccines and health supplies to remote communities
Port Vila, 14 June 2017: The Vanuatu Government will make history today by launching what may be the first ever trial in the Pacific to test the capacity, efficiency and effectiveness of drones to deliver lifesaving vaccines to inaccessible remote commun

The Ocean State of Fiji - Turning the Tide
Ocean Conference co-host Fiji will soon share the voices of the Pacific people and their children. They know the ocean as the connective tissue linking the planets entire population. Heeding their warnings of its health will safeguard humanity’s future.

Using solar power to protect life-saving vaccines for children of Fiji: Cheaper environmentally friendly solar refrigerators for Fiji
SUVA, 8 May 2017 – No electricity, no problem. Seventy-four solar refrigerators will be distributed to more than 100 health centers in Cyclone Winston affected areas in Fiji, to ensure life-saving vaccines or medicines stay effective even without electric

Vehicles provided by UNICEF to support immunisation outreach in remote Vanuatu
SUVA, 28 April 2017 - UNICEF is providing four vehicles to the Vanuatu Ministry of Health to support health workers in their efforts to keep infants safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. The vehicles are being presented on the occasion of World Immunisa

Vehicles provided by UNICEF to support immunisation outreach in Vanuatu
PORT VILA, 26 April 2017 - To commemorate World Immunisation Week that runs annually from 24 – 30 April and to support routine immunisation outreach so babies from birth to 12 months receive all vital vaccines, UNICEF is providing four vehicles to the Van

Nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 - UNICEF
New York & Suva, 22 March 2017 – Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a UNICEF report released on World Water Day.

SUVA – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) signed a Letter of Understanding (LOU) governing the use of the RapidPro platform, in Suva on 8th March 2017.

WHO and UNICEF join forces to continue emergency response efforts in Makira province
HONIARA, 3 February 2017 -- WHO and UNICEF are partnering with local civil society and the provincial government to deliver health and education supplies to those affected by the 7.8 magnitude December earthquake in Makira province.

UNICEF Education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) emergency supplies dispatched to Makira province
Honiara, 3 January 2017 - UNICEF continues to support the current emergency response efforts to affected communities in Makira province with the provision of education, water and hygiene supplies, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in early December 2

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.

UNICEF and Government of Fiji vow to reach most vulnerable children through social protection networks
SUVA, 4 NOVEMBER 2016: UNICEF and the Government of Fiji will accelerate efforts in reaching the most vulnerable children through social protection networks. The statement was issued at the departure to Kuala Lumpur of a delegation from UNICEF Pacific and

Education Supplies delivered to Winston affected schools in fiji
RA, FIJI. 1 November 2016 – The Honourable Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Dr. Mahendra Reddy, today attended a launch at Nabau District School in Ra, to mark the start of the distribution of 100 photocopiers and 73 generators to 118 schools af

UNICEF Pacific representative presentation of credentials today with chief secrteary for foreign affairs
NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA. 25 October 2016 – The recently appointed UNICEF Representative for the Pacific Island Countries, Mr. Sheldon Yett, today presented his credentials to the Chief Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Va'inga Tone.

NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA. 24 October 2016 – UNICEF Representative for the Pacific Island Countries, Mr. Sheldon Yett, who is on his first visit to the Kingdom of Tonga, was welcomed today by high level government officials, church leaders and partners at the Uni

SUVA, FIJI. 9 September 2016 – Recognising the important role that sport can play in supporting emotional recovery after an emergency, UNICEF and the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) have completed a 6-month programme in Fiji to disseminate critical m

SUVA, FIJI. 26 August 2016 – UNICEF is pleased to announce the arrival of Mr. Sheldon Yett as the new UNICEF Pacific Representative, replacing Dr. Karen Allen.

Milestone report on “Sanitation, Drinking water and Health in Pacific Island countries” reveals troubling information
A regional report entitled “Sanitation, Drinking-water and Health in Pacific Island Countries: 2015 update and future outlook” has found that almost 70% of people living in the Pacific are without access to improved sanitation, and almost 50% lack access

UNICEF welcomes Nauru Child Protection Act
SUVA, 14 June 2016 – The Government of Nauru has reinforced its commitment to children’s rights by adopting a comprehensive and forward-looking Child Protection Act.

Vanuatu joins global switch to new vaccine in push to eradicate polio.
ORT VILA, 11 May, 2016 – When it was confirmed late last year that one of the three most common forms of polio had been permanently eradicated, global polio experts celebrated … and quickly returned to work.

Materials developed to help children heal after Cyclone Winston
SUVA, 11 April 2016 – Following the destructive Cyclone Winston that hit Fiji, a group of people from Government, non-governmental organisations and the creative and design industry produced a set of materials to help children heal and to support their re

UNICEF: New cyclone threatens children and families in Fiji
UVA, 06 April 2016 – Only weeks after Category 5 Cyclone Winston ripped through the country, affecting 40% of the population, Fiji is once again facing extreme weather conditions due to the presence of three tropical disturbances, one of which has formed

OFC and UNICEF work with sporting role models to launch #ENDviolence Campaign
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, 8 March 2016 – The #ENDviolence campaign launches today to mark International Women’s Day, in the most recent collaboration between the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF emergency supply plane reaches cyclone-affected Fiji
Suva Fiji, 8 March 2016 – Nearly 100 metric tonnes of urgently-needed supplies for affected children and communities arrived in Fiji yesterday as part of UNICEF’s response to Cyclone Winston, one of the World’s strongest-ever storms.

UNICEF continues to support Government of Fiji’s efforts in reaching children in worst affected areas after the devastation of Cyclone Winston
SUVA, 25 February 2016 – As the full picture of the worst cyclone ever to hit Fiji becomes more apparent, UNICEF Pacific estimates that up to 120,000 children across the county may be worst affected.

UNICEF Pacific urgently responding to Government appeal and needs of children after worst ever Cyclone Winston in Fiji
22 February 2016 – Less than 36 hours after Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, UNICEF Pacific has begun assisting those most affected, in partnership with the Government of Fiji.

The child behind the 'Poster Child' of Climate Change
SUVA, FIJI. 30 November 2015 – Imagine for a moment, a baby girl named Tien, born today in Kiribati – the Central Pacific nation often referred to as the ‘poster child’ for the relentless impacts of climate change. The arrival of a new baby should bring w

SUVA, FIJI. 20 November 2015 – Universal Children’s Day 2015 is an opportunity to reflect on a year of huge significance for children in the Pacific.

Nauru submits first report to the UN committee on the Rights of the Child
SUVA, 31 May 2019 – This week in Fiji, at the Pacific Regional Workshop on Child Protection for the Social Welfare Sector, participants from government ministries across 12 Pacific island countries have joined together for the first time to develop a fra

The United Nations at 70: Progress in the Pacific
1945 was a momentous year that saw the end of World War II and the birth of the United Nations. In the 70 years that followed, the UN family has continued to grow...

Celebrating 70 years of the United Nations
SUVA, FIJI. 23 OCTOBER 2015 – Over the next week, the Pacific will mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations with celebrations across the region.

SUVA, FIJI. 15 October 2015 – Handwashing with soap is a lifesaving but often ignored health measure in the Pacific that can help the region achieve the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development says UNICEF.

Joint Media Release: Australian commitment to UN joint programme for Pacific mother, child and adolescent health kicks off investment in Global Goals for Sustainable Development
SUVA, FIJI. 30 SEPTEMBER 2015 – Three Pacific Island countries using integrated approaches to health delivery for women, new-borns, children and adolescents will benefit from a nearly AU$7 million UN Joint Programme announced in New York as part of a meet

SUVA, FIJI. 30 SEPTEMBER 2015 It can be all too easy to think of adverse weather events such as El Niño as simply that – a cyclical warming of Pacific ocean waters that causes varying types of unseasonal weather; rain, flooding and elevated sea levels aff

SUVA, FIJI. 26 SEPTEMBER 2015 – Today is one for the history books. On this day, 193 world leaders, have committed to pursue 17 Global Goals, intended to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: end extreme poverty; fight inequality and i

The United Nations is urging Pacific Islanders and their governments to prepare now for a looming El Niño emergency with the potential to affect more than four million people.

Samoan Children Join in the Commonwealth Youth Games Fun
APIA, SAMOA, 8 September 2015 – More than 1,000 children from across Samoa are taking part in OFC Just Play Festivals celebrating the power and potential of sport, as part of the Commonwealth Youth Games Athlete Personal Development programme.

Kiribati passes Juvenile Justice Bill to ensure safety of children in contact with the law
SUVA, 31 August 2015 – UNICEF has welcomed Kiribati’s move to pass the new Juvenile Justice Bill, ensuring that all children and youth charged with, or alleged to have committed, an offence are treated with respect and protected.

New vaccine helps to protect children from diarrhoea in Kiribati
SUVA, 5 August 2015 – Kiribati children will be better protected from a potentially killer virus when the small island nation becomes one of the first countries in the Pacific to introduce the rotavirus vaccine.

Care & Protection Allowance reaches 5,000 children
A new report has found that Fiji is at forefront in the Pacific with social protection programmes, in particular the Care and Protection allowance that reaches at least 5,000 vulnerable children throughout Fiji.

Translate commitments to invest in children into action, UNICEF urges leaders at Financing for Development Conference
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 15 July 2015 – At the close of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UNICEF challenges the international community to turn its promises to invest in children and young people into concrete action...

UNICEF International Partners the All Blacks visit Samoan children ahead of momentous game
UNICEF International partners, the All Blacks, today took time out before their historic game against Manu Samoa in Apia to meet and play with local Samoan children.

The worlds of sport and music join together for children at XV Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea
PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 3 July 2015 – More than 1,300 children from across Papua New Guinea welcomed the arrival of the relay baton at the opening ceremonies of the XV Pacific Games at Hubert Murray Stadium in Port Moresby by singing John Lennon’s

OPINION EDITORIAL Delaying action for children and communities is not an option
More than 140 people from across the Pacific region and around the world gathered in Auckland for the World Humanitarian Summit Pacific Consultations in Auckland, New Zealand.

Vanuatu Women’s Beach Volleyball Team is UNICEF Pacific newest Ambassador
SUVA, 30 June 2015 – UNICEF Pacific has warmly welcomed the appointment of its newest ambassadors, the Vanuatu Women’s Beach Volleyball team.

Millions of world’s poorest children left behind despite global progress, new UNICEF report says
‘Progress for Children’ report highlights lessons from the MDGs

UNICEF Regional Director visits Tanna and meets children affected by TC Pam
PORT VILA, 04 June 2015 – Mr Daniel Toole, UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, visited Tanna Island in Vanuatu at the end of May, meeting with local authorities and ‘pikininis’ or children, recovering from Cyclone Pam.

UN special Representative on violence Against Children, Ms Marta Santos Piais acknioledges Solomon Islands government commitment in enacting shild protection legisllstion
HONIARA, 21 May 2015 - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary- General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais commended the Government for its commitment towards eliminating violence against children in Solomon Islands during a

Pacific conference delegates renew regional commitment to ending violence against children.
NADI, FIJI 20 May 2015 – As the Pacific conference on Ending Violence Against Children came to a close today, UNICEF East Asia Pacific Regional Director, Mr. Daniel Toole reminded delegates that “Raising awareness about violence is not about blame, it is

‘Violence against children is not inevitable, it can be prevented’ Pacific conference on ending violence against children begins in Fiji
NADI, FIJI 18 May 2015 – The President of Fiji, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, sent a strong and unified message at the start

FIFA, OFC make generous donation to UNICEF
A substantial US$100,000 from the FIFA Humanitarian Fund has been presented to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) by OFC Vice-President Rajesh Patel on behalf of FIFA and the OFC in support of the Vanuatu Cyclone Appeal.

Young people play important role as peer counselors for psychosocial recovery after Cyclone Pam
Tanna, Vanuatu, 27 April 2015 – Young people from across Vanuatu are leading peer-to-peer orientation and outreach activities in their communities, supporting recovery efforts following Category 5 tropical Cyclone Pam, which devastated the island nation j

UNICEF working with Vanuatu Government to support national birth registration campaign
Port Vila, 20 April 2015 – Thousands of children affected by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu will receive new birth certificates through a national campaign launched this month by UNICEF and the Government of Vanuatu - via the Ministries of Justice, Internal Affai

UNICEF and Vanuatu Football Federation help children to play and recover from Cyclone Pam
Port Vila, 16 April 2015 – UNICEF and the Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) through the Just Play programme, are collaborating to use existing networks and sport to assist with emergency relief activities in Vanuatu following the category 5 Tropical Cyclo

100 metric tonnes of UNICEF essential emergency supplies arrive in Port Vila
9 APRIL 2015, PORT VILA, VANUATU – UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, has received another large shipment of essential emergency supplies worth more than US$1 million for cyclone-affected families and communities in Vanuatu.

UNICEF responds to the needs of children emotionally affected by Cyclone Pam
Port Vila, 10 April 2015 – The UN agency for children, UNICEF, this week trained more than 50 professionals from diverse backgrounds to help address the psychosocial needs of children following stressful and traumatising experiences, less than a month aft

Joint Press Release: OFC and UNICEF join forces in support of the Pacific Cyclone Appeal
SUVA, 10 April 2015 – The successful partnership between the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) continues with the two organisations teaming up to appeal for funds in support of children affected by two re

UNICEF education assistance to reach 30,000 affected school-aged children in Vanuatu but big challenges remain.
Port Vila, 30 March 2015 – As Vanuatu’s schools officially reopen UNICEF and its partners are supporting the Government of Vanuatu to provide assistance to 30,000 school-aged children from early childhood to secondary school level who have been affected b

Cyclone Pam: New appeal for children amid critical funding shortfall - UNICEF
NEW YORK/VANUATU, 24 March 2015 – UNICEF has only around fifteen per cent of the money it needs to get life-saving aid to thousands of children and their families, after Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc in Vanuatu and other Pacific islands, the organisation warn

UNICEF reaching children affected by Cyclone Pam on remote Pacific islands
SUVA, 21 March 2015 - Despite logistical challenges posed by the impact of Tropical Cyclone Pam on small island countries in the Pacific, UN children’s agency, UNICEF, is delivering essential supplies to children who need them most in Kiribati, Solomon Is

UNICEF to send emergency supplies for cyclone-affected children and families in Tuvalu
SUVA, 18 March 2015 – UNICEF is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in cyclone-affected Tuvalu. The archipelago nation comprising of nine islands with about 11,000 people has declared a state of emergency, following tidal surges caus

Measles prevention campaign gets underway in Vanuatu, with support from UNICEF and WHO
SUVA, 17 March 2015 – The Ministry of Health, Vanuatu today began a measles prevention campaign in Vanuatu with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is critically important given the low routine immunisation rates and a recent

UNICEF ships emergency supplies for Cyclone-affected children in Vanuatu
SUVA, 16 March 2015 – While distributing its pre-positioned emergency supplies in Vanuatu, UNICEF also has dispatched additional life-saving supplies for affected communities from its Pacific regional warehouse in Suva, Fiji. This includes health, educati

60,000 children in need of immediate assistance after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu; at least 72,000 out of school
SUVA, 15 March 2015 – With Tropical Cyclone Pam ripping through Vanuatu from late Friday night (13 March) into the early hours of Saturday morning, UNICEF Pacific reminds that 45% of the population is children and they are particularly vulnerable in any e

UNICEF on Standby to Assist Government of Vanuatu as TC Pam approaches Vanuatu
SUVA, 13 March 2015 – As Vanuatu braces itself for Tropical Cyclone Pam, UNICEF remains on standby to assist the Government of Vanuatu.

UNICEF Pacific works with Ministry of Health & Medical Services, towards increasing capacity for monitoring of WASH activities
SUVA, 27 January, 2015 – The Ministry of Health and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific office will hold a training on mobile phone based data collection on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities from January 26 -30 in Suva, Fiji.

Poorest students receive up to 18 times less public education resources than the wealthiest, says UNICEF
DAVOS, 22 January 2015 – In many countries around the world, significantly less public resources are used to educate children in the poorest 20 per cent of society than their counterparts in the most affluent 20 per cent, according to a new report issued

Put children at heart of global agenda, UNICEF challenges Davos
UN children’s agency sets out a 2015 agenda to end violence, preventable death and poverty among hardest-to-reach children

Roll Out of Vaccine to Prevent Pneumonia and Other Illnesses to Begin in February
In February, 63,000 doses of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines (PCV) worth USD 207,900 (approximately 1.5 million SBD) will be available in all clinics providing immunization services. This is to ensure that all children especially those under 1 year of age

Adolescents twice as likely to be out of school as children of primary school age, say UNESCO and UNICEF
LONDON, 19 January 2015 – Around 63 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 years old are denied their right to an education, according to a new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF, Fixing the Broken Promise of Educat

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.

More than 200 children celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Solomon Islands
HONIARA, 11 December 2014- More than 200 children from the Solomon Islands Football Federation’s Just Play programme and primary schools around Honiara and Guadalcanal province celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (

UNICEF Pacific collaborates with Stan Antas and local artists in Vanuatu for Anti-Bullying Campaign
Port Vila, 5 December 2014 – UNICEF Pacific together with Vanuatu local artists including Stan Antas, have produced a new song called “Respecting One Another” as part of a campaign aimed at raising awareness about violence in school.

UNICEF Pacific newest Ambassador: Krishneer Sen
UNICEF Pacific today announced their newest Pacific Ambassador, Mr. Krishneer Sen, an advocate for children, with a focus on children with disabilities.

Kiribati Launches Child Poverty Report as part of CRC and UCD celebrations
TARAWA, 24 November 2014 – A report commissioned by UNICEF and the Government of Kiribati was launched last Thursday as part of the celebrations for 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Universal Children’s Day (UCD).

UNICEF and Government Call for Action to Realise the Rights of All Children
Suva, November 20 2014 – Twenty five years ago the world’s youngest citizens were finally recognised by an international treaty – The Convention on the Rights of the Child. Until then there was no acknowledgement of the fundamental connection between the

UNICEF and OFC celebrate 25 years of children’s rights with Just Play Sports Days
On Universal Children’s Day (20 November) and as part of the Oceania Football Confederation’s (OFC) inaugural President’s Cup, UNICEF will celebrate 25 years of children’s rights by hosting Just Play Sports Days in ten Pacific Island nations.

Lack of toilets dangerous for everyone, UNICEF says
NEW YORK & SUVA, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.

World Prematurity Day Highlights Effective, Low-Cost Care for Saving Preterm Babies in the Pacific
SUVA, 17 November 2014 – With preterm birth complications contributing 36% of neonatal deaths recorded, the Pacific is observing World Prematurity Day today to show its commitment to reduce prematurity and premature babies.

Child Protection in Emergencies Training
Koror, 13 November 2014 – Recognising the frequency and severity of natural disasters in the Pacific, as well as the special vulnerability of our children, Government and civil society staff from Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Republic of Marshall

Child Health Services All Month for Children in Vanuatu
PORT VILA, 3 November 2013 – This November, children under five years old in Port Vila, Luganville, and Lenakel will receive life-saving health services including immunisation, vitamin A and deworming free of charge thanks to the Government of Vanuatu wit

Two reports on children’s issues in FSM launched today
The National Government of Micronesia and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today launched two new publications of importance for children.

Handwashing with soap: a simple practice that saves lives
“People under-estimate the importance of handwashing. Handwashing with soap prevents infections and saves lives,” said UNICEF Pacific Representative, Dr, Karen Allen. She added, “The annual Global Handwashing Day celebrations emphasise that hands need t

Trainees on statistical literacy will strengthen child friendly planning, decision making and advocacy
23 September - More than 20 participants comprising of government, non-government officials and members of civil society groups attended a two-day training in Honiara this week to build capacity in statistical literacy and data use to support planning, de

Early Childhood Guidelines for Pacific launched today
NADI, 25 September 2014 – Research shows that providing high quality care and education for children before they turn five produces significant immediate and long-term benefits. Therefore, it is very valuable to have guidelines to help governments strengt

Despite dramatic progress on child survival, 1 million children die during their first day of life from mostly preventable causes
New York, Bangkok, 16 September 2014 – Child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, during which time the absolute number of under-five deaths has been slashed in half from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, according to a report released today

Fiji supports measles outbreak response efforts in Solomon Islands by making 50,000 Measles and Rubella Vaccines available
HONIARA, 15 September 2014 - Following efforts by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and other partners to accelerate a nation- wide measles campaign, UNICEF this week air lifted to Honiara a total of 50,000 doses of Measles and Rubella (M

New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF
The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country an

CRC@25 Activities Kick Off With Amazing Race and Banner Design
SUVA, 20 August 2014 – Children and young people were part of the Amazing Race Competition and Banner Design Activity which kicked off celebrations in Fiji for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The event was held yes

Cyber-Safety a Priority for Partners in Tonga
Nuku’alofa, 18 August 2014 – As Tonga’s access to mobile and internet technology continues to grow rapidly, cyber-safety has become an important priority and was the focus of consultations held by key stakeholders last week in Nuku’alofa.

Solomon Islands health workers trained on management of severe acute malnutrition
HONIARA, 04 August 2014 – Around 30 health workers throughout Solomon Islands were trained last week on the integrated management of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). The training is the first of its kind in Solomon Islands.

Ministry of Health Palau receives Vital Medical Equipment for Babies
SUVA, 09 July 2014 – A baby incubator and baby warmer resuscitation table was donated to the Ministry of Health in Palau last week. The vital medical equipment was placed in the maternity ward of Palau’s hospital.

1st Pacific Islander invited to join the CRC Committee in Geneva
SUVA, 07 July 2014 – In his 22 years of legal experience, Justice Vui Clarence Joseph Nelson has been a staunch campaigner for the rights of the child. Therefore it is a well deserved honour that he was successfully elected to sit on the Committee on the

Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony first to feature a Commonwealth-wide fundraiser for children
International singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger and Scottish football legend Sir Alex Ferguson are two of the star-studded names who will appear in a global fundraising first at the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony on 23 July.

UNICEF Partnerships Provide 14.5 Million Dollars Assistance to Solomon Islands
Honiara, 23 June 2014 – UNICEF has today signed programme agreements with key partners in Solomon Islands that amount to SBD 14.5 million (USD 2 million) to provide safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

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

First OFC Mascot Unveiled at FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil
After 48 years of existence, Oceania Football Confederation now have their first ever mascot, Pasifi-ika, which made its debut at the FIFA World Cup™ in Sao Paulo, Brazil this week.

United Nations releases $1.8 million to support life-saving activities in flood affected Solomon Islands
(Suva, 29 May 2014): The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has released US$1.8 million (SBD 13.1 million) to provide critical humanitarian support to floodaffected people in the Solomon Islands.

Children to benefit from supplementary immunisation programme
Approximately 24,000 children under 5 years of age living in flash flood affected areas and transitional centers in Honiara and Guadalcanal provinces are targeted through an emergency integrated supplementary immunization activity (SIA). This is a post di

Australia and UNICEF Support Ministry of Education for Better Health and Learning
19 May: Students of Ratu Meli Memorial School can now enjoy new water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities thanks to assistance received through the Ministry of Education, Live and Learn Environmental Education, UNICEF Pacific and the Australian g

UNICEF helps schools recover from disaster with distribution of education kits
HONIARA, 12 May 2014 –The devastating 4th of April flash flood had initially affected over 80 schools in Honiara and Guadalcanal combined, with 52,318 school children affected. 14 of these schools were initially used as evacuation centers but this has now

Joint Press Release: 15 Primary Schools in Fiji Have Improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Facilities
Tiled floors, a mirror and a washbasin with soap – these seem like the basic ingredients for a school bathroom. For students of Nasautoka District School and many others in Fiji, this was not always so.

Pacific has a regional cold storage facility for vaccines
SUVA, 2 May 2014 – For the first time, the Pacific has a regional cold storage facility for all vaccines. The facility, which is based at Yee’s Cold Storage in Nadi, Fiji, accommodates vaccines for 12 Pacific Island Countries – Cook Islands, Federated Sta

Are your children up to date? Immunisation Saves Lives
SUVA, 24 April 2014 – Vaccination immunises children against killer childhood diseases and is perhaps one of the most cost-effective health interventions. Widespread coverage by Pacific immunisation programmes is a significant reason why deaths

UNICEF Global Release of Pacific Music Video Against Violence
SUVA, 23 April 2014 –Research data shows that a high proportion of adolescent boys in the Pacific are supportive of wife beating. This corresponds with UNICEF estimates that as many as 7 in 10 women and 8 in 10 children in the Pacific

OFC, Fiji FA, UNICEF Pacific and the Fiji Government join forces for the “Kick Dengue Out!” campaign
SUVA, 04 April 2014 - The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League, set to kick-off in Ba on Monday 7 April, marks another social responsibility milestone in OFC history.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene are essential for the Health of Our Children
Charlie (Description of a real boy but not his real name) doesn’t care much about washing his hands. In fact, he never thinks about it because he has no water supply, no soap, and no knowledge about its importance in preventing disease. He is a ten year o

UNICEF and OFC join hands to move Just Play Programme forward
SUVA, 13 March 2014 - The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific office have signed a Programme Cooperation Agreement for collaboration on the award-winning Just Play Programme.

Solomon Islands witness the launch of its new electronic civil registration system
Honiara, 10th February 2013 - Solomon Islands has taken another step forward in improving its services to citizens with the official launching of its new Electronic Civil Registration Database System, replacing the previous paper- based system, on Friday

Opinion Editorial: No child should be left behind: As we progress, everyone pull forward together!
By Dr. Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative Twenty five years ago something wonderful happened for children of every nation and generation with the launch of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 193 countries –including every country in the P

Tabiteuea North Island Declared Open Defecation Free
Kiribati, January 10, 2014 – A total of 682 households with a population of 3,689 (Census 2010), residing in 12 villages are now open defecation free. Tabiteuea North is the sixth and latest Island in Kiribati to be declared open defecation free (ODF) - t

Solomon Islands Civil Registration System Goes Digital
HONIARA, December 20, 2013 - The establishment of the new Civil Registration database software in Solomon Islands last week guarantees improved registration of all children across the country. This was finalized with a two-day training for staff of the Mi

New opportunities to strengthen immunization programme in Pacific Island countries
NADI, 22 November, 2013 –Participants at the Eighth Pacific Immunization Programme Strengthening (PIPS) workshop, supported the adaptation of the Global Vaccine Action Plan to the Pacific region in order to improve immunization coverage. Based on this reg

Reducing Deaths related to Premature Births in the Pacific
SUVA, 30 November 2013 –A leading cause of death of newborn babies in the Pacific is premature or preterm births. As fewer babies die from other preventable causes – which is good news – the percentage of deaths from prematurity increases. Having successf

The New Delhi Declaration on South - South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific
The New Delhi Declaration on South - South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific

Asia Pacific Governments adopt New Delhi Declaration on cooperation for children’s rights
Bangkok, Kathmandu, 25 October 2013: A New Delhi Declaration, renewing governments’ commitments to the rights of children and pledging to support each other in the achievement of those rights, was adopted unanimously today by Asian and Pacific States atte

Government Delegates Highlight Best Practices for Child Rights at High Level Meeting in India
SUVA, 25 October, 2013 – A Vice President, Ministers and Government officials from Pacific Island Countries are attending a three day meeting to renew political commitments to child rights and exchange experiences among 32 countries in Asia and the Pacifi

Celebrating UN Day with a Difference with Hilton Special School
SUVA, 24 October, 2013 – Today UN agencies in Fiji celebrated UN day with Hilton Special School in Suva. “UN day falls on October 24 every year. In previous years, the UN has commemorated this special day by bringing visibility to our contributions and p

UNICEF Provides Cold Room Facility for Solomon Islands
HONIARA, 27 September 2013 – Children in Solomon Islands will benefit from a Cold Room facility that preserves the quality, potency and safety of vaccines.

New Zealand supports improved health for Pacific children
SUVA, 18 September 2013 –Children in the Pacific will have access to more vaccines and a better health system thanks to funding from the New Zealand Government.

Fiji Airways and UNICEF announce $72,000 Partnership
NADI, 12 JULY 2013 (FIJI AIRWAYS) --- Fiji Airways has announced a new partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve water and sanitation needs in two primary schools – Lautoka Primary School and Ratu Saimoni Memorial in Fiji.

Young Pacific islanders to envision the future they want at “My World, My SIDS: YES”
NADI, Fiji, 4 July, 2013 – Thirty young Pacific islanders aged from 12 to 30 years old gathered in Nadi today to discuss issues close to their heart and envision the future they want.

See the child – before the disability, UNICEF says Inclusion of children with disabilities benefits society as a whole
Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report.

RMI Drought: UNICEF calls for attention to health and hygiene needs
SUVA, 13 May 2013 – With thousands of people in the north of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) experiencing severe drought conditions, it is essential that access to clean and safe drinking water, proper sanitation and nutritious food is provide

Kiribati: First Open Defecation Free (ODF) Island in the Pacific
North Tarawa, 11 May 2013 – Today, North Tarawa Island is the first island in Kiribati and the Pacific to be declared open defecation free (ODF) - thanks to the initiatives of the “Kiriwatsan I Project” ...

UNICEF and SPC join hands to support 14 Pacific Island Countries
NADI, 2 May 2013 – The needs and priorities expressed by Pacific Island Countries and Territories will guide the renewed partnership between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Pacific Office and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

Palau Launches Comprehensive Report on Child Protection
Treat children equally, be a good example to them and show them love and affection are the simple things that children in Palau asked of grown-ups as part of UNICEF’s first assessment on child protection issues for Palau.

An Open Defecation Free Solomon Islands is Possible by 2015
World Water Day is celebrated on 22 March all over the world. It is a day for celebrating achievements in managing and supplying fresh water in our countries and a day for reflecting on the state of safe and clean water as a public good we all depend on f

Pacific Early Childhood Education Boosted by New Guidelines
Education specialists from across the Pacific, development agencies and donors converged in Nadi last week to agree on best practices for early childhood education.

Ground Breaking Report on Child Protection for the Marshall Islands
“Ajiri in Ibunini: Value and Protect Our Precious Children” the report brings together insights from children, teachers, health workers, youth, religious leaders, police and legal workers, and was launched today. In receiving the report, the President of

350 Pacific – Warrior Day of Action
01 MARCH 2013 SUVA (350.ORG) ---- “We are not drowning. We are fighting” – will be the key message when organisers across 14 Pacific Island Nations will come together in mass numbers on their islands, at prominent locations to perform their unique war cha

UNICEF Sends Emergency Supplies to Santa Cruz Islands
SUVA, 08 February 2013 – Pre-positioned emergency supplies in Honiara, Solomon Islands were sent to the Santa Cruz Islands yesterday, as part of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) support to those affected by the 8.0–magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsu

Fire Safety Curriculum for Primary Students Launched Today
SUVA, 07 February 2013 – Several fires last year in which seven children were killed has prompted the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ministry of Education and the National Fire Authority to work together and launch a Fire Safety Curriculum.

Educational Materials for children affected by Tropical Cyclone Evan
UNICEF recognises the importance of education in emergencies. Education eases the emotional impact of conflict and disasters by giving stability, structure and hope for the future.

UNICEF Supports Government and Families in Samoa and Fiji
SUVA, 20 December 2012 – In an effort to keep children safe and protected in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Evan, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has offered initial support to Government and families in Samoa and Fiji through the provision of

Vila Central Hospital is Mother-Baby Friendly
SUVA, 31 May 2019 – This week in Fiji, at the Pacific Regional Workshop on Child Protection for the Social Welfare Sector, participants from government ministries across 12 Pacific island countries have joined together for the first time to develop a fra





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