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Santo Domingo, 19 June  2012
Management model presented for integrated care units for children and adolescents who are victims and witnesses of violence and sexual offences.
The Dominican Republic Attorney General’s Office presented the new “Management Model for the New Integrated Care Units for Victims of Gender and Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences”, an initiative supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

N'DJAMENA, Chad, 4 April 2012
Break the cycle of disasters for the children of the Sahel and act now, says UNICEF - As malnutrition reaches emergency levels across the Sahel with at least one million children at risk, UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake on a visit to the region today called for an urgent escalation of humanitarian efforts to stop the crisis and the cycle of disasters.



New York/Geneva/Paris, 5 October 2011
Joint Message from UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, ILO and Education International on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day- Today, on World Teachers’ Day, we honour the millions of educators all over the world who devote their lives to teaching children, youth and adults.

New York, 20 September 2011
Tennis ace Serena Williams appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador- UNICEF today announced tennis champion Serena Williams’s appointment as international Goodwill Ambassador. 

Panama City, 21 September 2011
LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GOVERNMENTS AND CIVIL SOCIETY AIM TO ELIMINATE UNDER-REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS BY 2015- Today 250 representatives of governments, civil society and cooperation organizations from 26 countries attended the 2nd Regional Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean on the Right to an Identity and Universal Birth Registration, in order to move forward in their plans to eliminate birth under-registration by 2015.

New York/ Geneva 15 September 2011
12,000 fewer children perish daily in 2010 than in 1990 – UNICEF, WHO- The number of children under five years of age dying each year declined from more than 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010, UNICEF and the World Health Organization said today, releasing the latest estimates on worldwide child mortality.

Santo Domingo, 1 september 2011
PARTICIPATING IN PUBLIC HEARING-Young people make their voice heard in Congress, in defence of their proposals for modifying the National Development Strategy-Young people representing thirty national youth organisations and institutions in the Dominican Republic made their voices heard in the National Congress in defence of their proposals for modifying the bill for the National Development Strategy Law, during the public hearings held at the National Assembly today.

Athens, 27 June 2011
In the Birthplace of the Olympics, Special Olympics and UNICEF Join Efforts to Fight Marginalization of Children with Disabilities- Against the backdrop of Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Special Olympics and UNICEF today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their joint commitment to uphold the rights, dignity and inclusion of children with disabilities.

Santo Domingo, 21 June 2011
Regional Training Workshop for Coordinators of Water and Education Sector Groups, Reorganization and Hygiene (WASH)- Professionals in the Water Reorganization, Hygiene and Education Sectors from 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries participate in Santo Domingo in the Regional Training workshop of sector groups for the strategic coordination and common planning for emergencies.

Santo Domingo, 7 June 2011
Over 41,000 Children and Adolescents Participate in the Elections of Six (6) Youth Town Halls- .     Around 41,000 children and adolescents from six (6) Youth Town Halls, participated in the elections celebrated biannually in the Friends of Infancy Municipalities (*Municipios Amigos de la Niñez) involved in the initiative

New York/London, 5 May 2011
Children’s Rights are at the heart of ‘Business’- UN Global Compact, UNICEF and Save the Children are inviting businesses to take an active role in developing a global standard of business principles pertaining to children’s rights. Through an online consultation process, which is launched today, representatives of the private sector can help shape the Children’s Rights and Business Principles, which aim to set the standard for child-friendly businesses everywhere. At the same time, leading business and civil society representatives are meeting in London for the first of a series of global consultations.

New York, 25 April 2011
UNICEF on World Malaria Day:  Preventable and curable, but still killing 800,000 every year- Malaria is the third single biggest killer of children globally. An estimated 800,000 people die every year from the disease, with approximately ninety per cent of these deaths occurring in Africa, where malaria accounts for about one in six of all childhood deaths.

New York/Tunisia, 2 March 2011
UNICEF mobilizes staff and supplies to respond to the humanitarian needs caused by the unrest in Libya- As concern mounts over the influx of returnees and migrant workers to Tunisia, UNICEF is mobilizing staff and relief supplies to the western and eastern borders of Libya.

Santo Domingo, 1 March 2011
The Central American countries and the Dominican Republic will meet in Santo Domingo to analyse the state of the fight against the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents.- The Sub-Regional Congress on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents will be held in Santo Domingo from 16 to 18 March, with the participation of representatives from the Central American countries and the Dominican Republic.

Geneva/Port au Prince, 7 January 2011
Earthquake anniversary highlights need for basic systems to benefit Haiti’s children- One year after the devastating January 12 earthquake shook their fragile lives, Haiti’s 4 million children continue to suffer from inequitable access to basic water, sanitation, healthcare, and education services and protection from disease, exploitation, and unsanitary conditions, UNICEF said today. 

Santo Domingo,30 November 2010
Ms. María Jesús Conde Zabala, New representative of UNICEF to the Dominican Republic- Effective October 11th, Ms. María Jesús Conde Zabala assumed the position of Representative for UNICEF in the Dominican Republic. Throughout her career within the organization, she has performed duties of Regional Protection Advisor to Latin America and the Caribbean as well as Representative for UNICEF in Nicaragua. 

New York, 15 October 2010
UN experts call for closer examination of the impact of disciplinary practices of children - At a special event held at the United Nations Headquarters today, UN experts called for better data and research on violence against children in order to strengthen government action for prevention and response to violence and to support legal prohibitions.

New York, 7 September 2010
New UNICEF Study shows MDGS for children can be reached faster with focus on most disadvantaged - The global community can save millions of lives by investing first in the most disadvantaged children and communities, according to a new UNICEF study released today. Such an approach would also address the widening disparities that are accompanying progress toward the MDGs.

New York, 30 July 2010
Health facilities are vital in promoting good breastfeeding practices, says UNICEF- In World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and its partners are asking health professionals to encourage new mothers to breastfeed their children.

Vienna, 19 July 2010
UNICEF:  Young of Central Asia and Eastern Europe Suffering Blame and Banishment - An underground HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is intensifying at an alarming pace, fueled by drug use, high-risk sexual behavior and high levels of social stigma that discourage people from seeking prevention information and treatment, according to a new report released today by UNICEF

New York, 24 June 2010
UNICEF welcomes Kiwanis partnership to fight deadly maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide - UNICEF welcomes Kiwanis partnership to fight deadly maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide.

Pretoria, New York, Geneva, 11 June 2010
UNICEF and partners join together to help make the World Cup a win for children- UNICEF cheered the kick off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup today.  A series of partnerships and programmes around the global football championship will provide children with the opportunity to learn about their world, and help harness the power of sport to promote children’s rights.

New York, 26 May 2010
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, on the case of Guantanamo Bay detainee, Omar Khadr- - “UNICEF is concerned about the impending trial of Guantanamo Bay detainee, Omar Khadr.  Omar Khadr was arrested in Afghanistan in 2002 for crimes he is alleged to have committed when he was a child of 15 years of age. He is the last child soldier held in Guantanamo Bay.

New York, 1 May 2010
Anthony Lake begins his tenure as UNICEF's Executive Director- Anthony Lake today begins his tenure as UNICEF’s sixth Executive Director, bringing more than 45 years of public and international service to the position.  “I am excited to be joining UNICEF. I look forward to working with our exceptional staff and our many partners to advance children’s rights around the world,” Mr. Lake remarked on his first day in office.

New York, 30 March 2010
A Haiti fit for its Children and Young People - On the eve of an international donor’s conference for Haiti at the United Nations, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, Plan International, World Vision International, Oxfam and UNICEF have stressed the importance of ensuring children, young people and their families are at the centre of all rebuilding efforts.

New York, 27 January 2010
UNICEF Humanitarian Operation in Haiti Zeroes in on Unaccompanied Children- Assistance to unaccompanied children, who have lost or became separated from their families, is a focus of UNICEF's Haitian humanitarian operations, in the wake of the deadly earthquake which struck on 12 January.

Geneva, 20 January 2010
Haiti earthquake and intercountry adoption of Children- The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law presents its compliments to the National and Contact Organs of the Members and to the Central Authorities designated in accordance with the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption, and has the honour to send them herewith an Information Note about intercountry adoption of children with regard to the recent earthquake in Haiti.

New York, 19 January 2010
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation of children in Haiti- We are extremely concerned about the situation of children in Haiti, many of whom have become separated from their families and caregivers. These children face increased risks of malnutrition and disease, trafficking, sexual exploitation and serious emotional trauma. The race to provide them with life-saving emergency food and medicine, safe shelter, protection, and care is underway.

Jimaní, Dominican Republic. 14 January 2009
Jimaní, key support point for Haiti aid- When we entered the town’s small paediatric ward, we saw six children are lying in beds. They are being treated, but their conditions require a higher degree of monitoring. One of them, 10-year old Surzan Pedro, who has a fracture in his right leg and a left leg that appears to be all swollen, is accompanied by his father, who explains that his legs had been trapped when their house collapsed.

Panama City, Panama, 12 January 2010
UNICEF gears up relief efforts to earthquake-struck Haiti -Despite heavy damages to its own offices in Port-au-Prince UNICEF is ready to provide immediate support to the victims of the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the earthquake that hit Haiti today.

New York, 1 November 2009
WHO/UNICEF launch new action plan against pneumonia, the leading killer of children- More than five million children could be saved over six years if a comprehensive plan to tackle pneumonia is adopted worldwide, according to UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). The comprehensive plan, called the Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP) is being jointly launched by the two agencies at the Global Pneumonia Summit in New York City on Monday.

New York, 10 September 2009
Global Child Mortality Continues to Drop
UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five years of age continued to decline in 2008

Geneva, 12 June 2009
World Day Against Child Labour Marks the Need to Tackle the Worst Forms of Exploitation - On the tenth anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour, UNICEF joins its partners in calling for action to tackle the underlying poverty that leads to child labour. Improving access to quality education, particularly for girls in poor and rural settings, is a key part of an effective overall approach.

New York, 7 April, 2009
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman on World Health Day, 2009- “The critical importance of healthcare to emergency response is the theme for this year’s World Health Day 2009. The annual day commemorates the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO).

New York, 22 March, 2009
World Water Day 2009- "Managing the world’s water resources key for future generations"  - NEW YORK, 22 March 2009 – World Water Day 2009 calls for collective action to tackle the issue of access to safe drinking water and water sharing. This year’s theme -- transboundary waters -- aims to increase global understanding of the need to manage water resources in an integrated manner.

Santo Domingo- 8 March, 2009
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman,International Women’s Day 2009:Women and Men United to End Violence against Women and Girls- This year, International Women's Day addresses an issue which shames the world.  Every day, around the world, women and girls face domestic violence, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and trafficking. Too often, these crimes go unpunished. Rape and sexual violence are increasingly used as a weapon of war in conflict situations

Santo Domingo- 24 February, 2009
UNICEF: pregnant women and newborn babies are at serious risk in developing countries - Women in the world’s least developed countries are 300 times more likely to die during childbirth or as a result of pregnancy-related complications than women in developed countries, according to UNICEF’s latest The State of the World’s Children 2009 report.

Santo Domingo-19 December, 2008
Ministry of Education praises UNICEF - The Primary Education Department at the Ministry of Education – SEE in its Spanish initials – has praised the United Nations Children’s Fund – UNICEF – for its support for the Innovative Multi-grade School Project.



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