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70 children break out in a flash mob to mark UNICEF 70 years for every child
SKOPJE, 10 December 2016 – Today, unsuspecting shoppers were surprised when 70 children broke out into songs of hope during a flash mob to mark UNICEF’s 70th Anniversary. Singing John Lennon's Imagine and Tose Proeski’s This World – a song written for UNI

New film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham highlights urgent need to end violence against children
NEW YORK, 5 December 2016 – A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released today to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever.

UNICEF report calls for improved services for children with disabilities
SKOPJE, 2 December 2016 - Government partners, disability persons organisations, parents of children with disabilities and practitioners gathered today to discuss the main findings and recommendations of the report “Assessment of alternative forms of care

Universal Children’s Day: A wake-up call on child rights violations
SKOPJE, 20 November 2016 – Despite enormous progress realized for children since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989, the rights of millions of children around the world are being violated every day, UNICEF said today a

UNICEF joins Roma NGO partners in calling for more efforts to address child marriages
PRILEP, 17 November 2016 - UNICEF joined non-governmental partners led by Roma SOS in their call to accelerate efforts to address the issue of child marriages - a practice affecting approximately one in five girls aged between fifteen and eighteen in Roma

UNICEF makes venture capital investments in emerging market tech start-ups
NEW YORK, 15 November 2016 – UNICEF today announces its first portfolio of investments in open source technology solutions including tools that improve connectivity, real time data collection, identity technology and learning.

Universal Children’s Day: Two hundred world renowned writers come together for children’s rights
NEW YORK, 14 November 2016 – Over 200 prominent writers including novelists, playwrights and poets, have joined a global literary campaign this week, penning ‘tiny stories’ of around seven lines each to highlight Universal Children’s Day and the injustice

Pollution: 300 million children breathing toxic air - UNICEF report
NEW YORK 31 October 2016 – Almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines – reveals a new UNICEF report.

UNICEF and EU partner with civil society organisations to prevent violence against children and promote inclusion of children with disabilities
SKOPJE, 1 November 2016 – Representatives of civil society organisations and government partners came together to discuss coordination of work between implementing partners of the European Union (EU) funded and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) co-f

Refugee and migrant children must be treated as children first, says UNICEF
SKOPJE, 27 October 2016 – Speaking at the OSCE Regional Conference “Promoting Synergies and Common Approaches in Addressing Human Trafficking along the Western Balkan Migration Route”, UNICEF Representative, Dr. Bertrand Desmoulins called for more long-te

Strengthening the capacities of State Education Inspectors to support schools “inclusive” practices
SKOPJE, 14 October 2016 – Over the next two days, twenty-five inspectors from the State Education Inspectorate (SEI) will participate in a training on Inclusive Education. The workshop complements the ongoing efforts to expand the network of schools where

UNICEF calls for greater attention to the plight of unaccompanied children on the move through Southeast Europe
ZAGREB/ GENEVA, 13 October – Hundreds of unaccompanied children are still on the move through Southeast Europe despite official border closures, yet little is known of their fate, says UNICEF, as a sub-regional conference on attending to the needs of this

Partnership on early detection and intervention of children with disabilities launched
Skopje, 13 October 2016: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched partnership with the Association of General Practitioners to increase the knowledge and skills of general practitioners for early detection and intervention of children with disabi

Girls spend 160 million more hours than boys doing household chores everyday – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 7 October, 2016 – Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ah

Investing in early childhood development essential to helping more children and communities thrive, new Lancet Series finds
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2016 – An estimated 43 percent—249 million—of children under five in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to findings from The Lance

Nearly 50 million children “uprooted” worldwide – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 7 September 2016 – Across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted – 28 million of them driven from their homes by conflicts not of their making, and millions more migrating in the hope of finding a better, safer life. Often trau

Half a million children have risked exploitation as refugee and migrant crisis turns into big business for smugglers
GENEVA, 2 September 2016 — New figures reveal that around half a million refugee and migrant children on the move are believed to have turned to smugglers since January 2015, as delays and desperation drive them into the hands of criminals quick to exploi

Two-thirds of young people in more than 14 countries say they have been victims of bullying
NEW YORK, 12 August 2016: More than nine out of 10 young people believe bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities, and two-thirds say they have experienced bullying first hand - a new poll conducted by UNICEF and their partners shows.

EU and UNICEF widen partnership to better protect child rights in South-East Europe
GENEVA/ BRUSSELS, 4 August 2016 – The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have broadened an important regional partnership that aims to protect children from violence and better include children with disabilities into society.

77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 29 July 2016 – Some 77 million newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them of the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protect them from disease and death, U

Governments urged to make the right choices now to reverse fate of the most vulnerable children: UNICEF
GENEVA, 28 June 2016 — Children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia are paying the price for uneven and unfair progress across the region – they are more likely to be poor and more vulnerable than adults, UNICEF said today at the launch of a ne

Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most disadvantaged children: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 28 June 2016 – Based on current trends, 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, the target date for the

“If you try to run, they shoot you, if you stop working they beat you. It was just like the slave trade.”
GENEVA, June 14, 2016 – More than nine out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them.

UNICEF receives go-ahead to scale up its response to the migration crisis in Greece
Athens/Geneva: May 31, 2016: Amid mounting concern over a fresh surge in the number of refugees and migrants bound for Europe, UNICEF is adjusting its strategy in support of the response by the authorities and civil society in Greece, where the humanitari

UNICEF alarmed at refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 29 May 2016 – UNICEF expresses alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past week in the Central Mediterranean, many of whom were believed to be unaccompanied minors.

UNICEF Regional Director and Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri visit Greece amid ongoing refugee and migrant crisis
Geneva/Athens, May 25 2016: The impact of the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis in Europe – and ways of alleviating its impact on children – will be the focus of a visit to Greece this week by Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for central an

New fund launches to address global education crisis
ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – Global and national organisations today launch a new fund to better coordinate support for and drive investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.

Laws to protect breastfeeding inadequate in most countries
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 9 May 2016 – A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals the status of national laws to protect and promote breastfeeding.

Unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in urgent need of protection, warns UNICEF
GENEVA, 6 May 2016 –– UNICEF today called for urgent measures to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Europe – who are at serious risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation and whose number reached a record of more than 95,000 last year.

UNICEF: Give children better protection under revised EU asylum procedures
BRUSSELS, 4 May 2016 - As the European Union prepares for critical talks on the rules governing applications from people seeking protection in Europe, UNICEF has called for the interests and rights of children to be given greater priority.

United Nations agencies express serious concern at conditions in transit and asylum centers
The tightening of entry criteria in February 2016 and the final closure of Western Balkan borders to irregular onward movement on 7 March 2016 have left a group of some 1,000 people in the country, unable to continue towards their intended destination

Invest in better social protection for the most disadvantaged children: UNICEF
Low public spending, ineffective social protection policies and programmes are hampering progress for children in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Japanese Funds Improve Conditions for Refugees, Migrants and Host Communities
Skopje, 31 March 2016: High-level representatives of the UN family in the country undertook a field visit to Kumanovo Municipality and the Tabanovce refugee aid point today, together with the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Makoto Taketoshi, who is on a three-d

“Unfairy Tales”
NEW YORK, 29 March 2016: UNICEF today launches a series of animated films to help frame positive perceptions towards the tens of millions of children and young people on the move globally.

New EU-Turkey agreement on refugee and migrants could leave children at risk: UNICEF
GENEVA, 22 March 2016 – UNICEF today expressed concern that the new agreement between the EU and Turkey, which comes into effect this week, does not address the pressing humanitarian needs of 19,000 refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece.

Statement by UNICEF Representative, Dr. Bertrand Desmoulins on the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day
SKOPJE 21 March 2016: “Today is World Down Syndrome Day, with the global theme “My Friends, My Community - the benefits of inclusive environments for today's children and tomorrow's adults”.

First Early Childhood Development Centre in Kumanovo Suburb
IGO TRICKOVIKJ, KUMANOVO, 17 MARCH 2016: Thanks to the new early childhood development centre opened as part of the initiative “the first 5 are the most important”, some 60 children aged 3 to 6 year old from the sub urban community Igo Trickovikj near Kum

With regard to the outcome of the EU Summit with Turkey
GENEVA, 8 March, 2016 - With regard to the outcome of the EU Summit with Turkey, UNICEF reiterates that in the implementation of such decisions the fundamental humanitarian principle of ‘do no harm’ must guide authorities across Europe, the Balkans and Tu

Child refugees and migrants suffer most by border restrictions, says UNICEF
GENEVA, 1 March, 2016 – The dire situation unfolding at border points along the Balkan land route, especially in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, has left thousands of children stranded, distressed and at risk of poor health and abuse

UNHCR, UNICEF launch Blue Dot hubs to boost protection for children and families on the move across Europe
GENEVA, 26 February, 2016 – As part of a joint endeavour to step up protection for the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF are setting up special support centres for child

With growing numbers of child deaths at sea, UN agencies call for enhancing safety for refugees and migrants
An average of two children have drowned every day since September 2015 as their families try to cross the eastern Mediterranean, and the number of child deaths is growing said IOM, UNHCR, and UNICEF. The agencies are calling for enhancing the safety of

More children and women seek safety in Europe: UNICEF
Geneva, 2 February 2016 – For the first time since the start of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, there are more children and women on the move than adult males, says UNICEF.

UNICEF Innovation Fund to invest in open source technology start-ups
NEW YORK, 1 February 2016 – UNICEF is inviting technology start-ups developing solutions with the potential to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children to apply for funding from its recently launched Innovation Fund. “The purpose of th

Series from The Lancet provides more evidence that breastfeeding is lifesaving – UNICEF
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, 29 January 2015 – A new series of papers just published by The Lancet provides evidence that improving breastfeeding practices could save the lives of over 820,000 children a year, 9 out of 10 of them infants under 6 months.

UNICEF launches US$2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children
GENEVA, 26 January 2016 – UNICEF is launching a US$2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.

Winter: UNICEF Expresses Concern Over the Health of Children on the Move
Geneva, 19 January 2016 – Children arriving into a harsh winter in southeastern Europe are physically exhausted, scared, distressed and often in need of medical assistance, UNICEF warned.



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