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On Universal Children’s Day UNICEF reaffirms all-out support to the children of Philippines

MANILA, 20 November 2013 – As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, millions of children in the Philippines are facing immense challenges to their wellbeing and safety. Over five million children, 1.7 million of them internally displaced, are struggling to recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan.

It has been a difficult year.

“The children of the Philippines have faced three major emergencies within a span of two months. UNICEF stands by the affected children and their families with life-saving support and sustenance,” said Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF Philippines Representative.

“Today, on the twelfth day after the typhoon, children who survived continue to face many dangers. While children across affected areas are being reached with life-saving aid by government and the humanitarian community, urgent attention is needed to protect them from secondary separation from their families, from trafficking, abuse and exploitation and to restoring their education with minimum disruption.”

Just in the two months prior to Typhoon Haiyan struck, an ongoing conflict in Zamboanga and a major earthquake in Bohol have caused major disruption in the lives of tens of thousands of children. 

UNICEF is also working to provide those children with much needed assistance. 

Universal Children’s Day also marks the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which this year celebrates its 24th anniversary. The Philippines was one of the first signatories of the UN Convention, adopted in 1989, which became the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children. It specifies that every child, everywhere, has the right to survive, grow and be protected from all forms of violence.

UNICEF has been working in the Philippines since 1947.

Note to Editors

In 1954, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the first Universal Children’s Day and encouraged all nations to observe an annual day to promote mutual understanding among children and global action on their behalf.  20 November, observed as Universal Children’s Day by many countries, marks the day on which the General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. 

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For further information, please contact:

Zafrin Chowdhury, UNICEF Philippines in Manila, Tel +632 901 01 77, Mobile: +63 917 867 8366,

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Philippines in Manila Tel: +63 947787158,

Kent Page, UNICEF Philippines in Tacloban, Tel +63-929-768-2367, Tel: +1-917-302-1735

Marge Francia, UNICEF Philippines in Manila, Tel: +632 901 01 73, Mobile: +62 917 858 9447,



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