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UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing online access to benefit the most disadvantaged
NEW YORK, 11 December 2017 – Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said

SKOPJE, 4 December 2017 – At a high level conference “Quality Education for Growth, Achievements and Better Future” over 600 participants opened a public debate on the best ways to accelerate the education system reform and improve the quality of educatio

New “Be Fair! For a childhood without barriers” video gives hope that society is becoming more open to inclusion of children with disabilities
SKOPJE, 27 November 2017: A second hidden camera video - filmed a year after the first video captured how people react to being served by assistant pharmacist with Down syndrome - shows positive signs of change in attitudes towards disability.

Caravan for childhood without barriers
SKOPJE, November 21 – Starting tomorrow, November 22, in the course of next month and in partnership with Skopje Film Festival, UNICEF is organizing a mini film festival named “caravan for Childhood without Barriers” in six municipalities across the count

Kids Takeover Schools to mark World Children’s Day
VELES, 20 November 2017: Today, the Mayor of Veles - Mr Ace Kocevski, UNICEF Representative - Mr Benjamin Perks, the Deputy Minister of Local Self-Government – Mr. Dejan Pavleski and representatives from the Ministry of Education engaged with children fr

Government made a pledge that no child under 3 is placed in large scale institutions by 2020
SKOPJE, 16 November 2017 – Today, at a conference “Every Child Needs a Family”, under the leadership of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the government pledged to bring an end to the placement of children under 3 in large scale institutions, by

Violent discipline, sexual abuse and bullying stalk millions of children worldwide – UNICEF
GENEVA, 1 November 2017 – Staggering numbers of children – some as young as 12 months old – are experiencing violence, often by those entrusted to take care of them, UNICEF said in a new report released today.

Social protection for children: Investing in an efficient and effective social protection system for all children in poverty
Sarajevo 18 October 2017: At the conference "Social Welfare for Children - Exchange of Good Practices" closing today in Sarajevo, decision-makers, influencers and experts working in the field of social protection from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Ser

Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 21 September 2017 – Only 15 countries worldwide have three basic national policies that help guarantee the time and resources parents need to support their young children’s healthy brain development, UNICEF said today in a new report. Worse, 32

Open call to put children at the heart of the democratic debate
The priorities we set in elections today determine the world our children will live in tomorrow. October 15th is a chance to ask if we as a society have done enough so our children and grandchildren will have a prosperous and happy future. There has been

See the child, not the disability – Government, UNICEF and partners united on inclusion of children with disabilities.
SKOPJE, 11 September 2017 – At an event to launch the Macedonian language version of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, the Government, UNICEF and partners united on the need for systematic reforms and attitudinal chan

UNICEF and State Statistic Office agree to participate in global survey on the situation of children
Skopje, 1 August 2017 – Today, UNICEF and the State Statistical Office signed an agreement to participate in one of the largest international household survey programmes – the sixth round of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). This is the third

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 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 init

UNICEF Country Representative presented credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
SKOPJE, 4 July 2017: Mr. Benjamin Perks, the incoming UNICEF Representative, today presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Nikola Dimitrov.

More than half of young children deprived of play and early learning activities with their fathers - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 16 June 2017 – More than half – or 55 per cent - of children aged between 3 and 4 years-old in 74 countries – approximately 40 million – have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new UNICEF ana

Data gaps on children in residential care leave the most vulnerable unaccounted for – UNICEF
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 1 June 2017: At least 2.7 million children live in residential care worldwide, according to a new estimate by UNICEF. Yet the figures, published today in Child Abuse & Neglect, are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, with wide gaps

Opening of Early Childhood Development Centre in Vaksince
Skopje, 23 May 2017 - A new early childhood development centre was officially opened in the village of Vaksince, Municipality of Lipkovo. For the first time ever some 50 children aged 3 to 6 from the village have the opportunity to attend a quality early

Five-fold increase in number of refugee and migrant children traveling alone since 2010 – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 17 May 2017 – The global number of refugee and migrant children moving alone has reached a record high, increasing nearly five-fold since 2010, UNICEF said today in a new report. At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children were recorde

Flying High For Kids Hot Air Balloon visits 500 children at the inclusive primary school Lazo Angelovski in Skopje
Skopje, 8 May 2017: Some five hundred children from Lazo Angelovski Primary School, Skopje were overjoyed when a giant UNICEF branded hot air balloon was inflated in their schoolyard. Waving their own banners and flags with messages of peace and happiness

Children unite to deliver a message “for every child” before participating in the 2017 Skopje “Children's Mini Marathon”
SKOPJE, 6 May 2017 – Today, children participating in the 2017 “Children’s Mini Marathon” stood united with UNICEF and partners in sending a strong message on the need to give every child, a fair chance.

Launch of a Parenting Guide on Child’s Health, Growth and Development
Skopje, 5 May 2017: The Association of Nurses and Midwifes presented a first of its kind guide for parents of children 0 to 3. The guide was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Association of Pediatricians, the Association of Neonat

Inclusive Children’s Festival “Creating Together” at the Skopje Film Festival
21 April, Skopje – This year the “Skopje Film Festival” introduced a new inclusive Children’s Film Program “Creating Together” which started today at the “Cinematheque of Macedonia”.

Nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 - UNICEF
New York, 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.

Hitting rock bottom: children’s suffering in Syria at its worst - UNICEF
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 13 March 2017 – Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, said UNICEF in a grim assessment of the conflict’s impact on children, as the war reaches six years.

Be fair - for a childhood without barriers
Skopje, 2 March 2017: Today at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in Skopje the campaign “Be fair. For a childhood without barriers” was launched by UNICEF, the European Union and partners.

Lessons learned from the refugee and migrant crisis
Skopje, 23 February, 2017 –The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in partnership with UNICEF organised a conference for government and non-governmental partners who were actively involved in the refugee and migrant response in 2015 and 2016 to discuss

Two refugees, generations apart, tell their story in new UNICEF film
NEW YORK, 3 February 2017 – A powerful new UNICEF film presenting the parallel stories of a young Syrian refugee and a World War II child refugee was released today as a stark illustration of the challenges that refugee children continue to face.

Protecting the rights of child victims and witnesses in the legal proceedings
Skopje, 2 February, 2017 –Representatives from the Academy of Judges and Prosecutors, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, social services, judges, prosecutors and lawyers attended a conference focusing on protec

Young refugee and migrant children at risk as extreme cold weather grips much of Europe – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 January, 2017 – With no sign of a let-up in the extreme cold weather and storms sweeping Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses -- and even death from hypot

Early Moments Matter for children’s brain development, UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 January 2017 – UNICEF today launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign supported by the LEGO Foundation to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the d



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