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Year 2018


The Government of Japan and UNICEF join hands to enhance birth registration system in Timor-Leste
The Government of Japan and UNICEF signed an Exchange of Notes today to strengthen the universal birth registration system in Timor-Leste.

Half of world’s teens experience peer violence in and around school – UNICEF
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.

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life
An estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a new report.

UNICEF CAFÉ Kick Off with Fathers Sharing Experiences
Fathers from various professional backgrounds shared their experiences ina meeting today organised by UNICEF Timor-Leste to celebrate Father’s Day.

UNICEF hands over Cold Chain equipment to the Ministry of Health for Vaccine Management
The equipment includes solar refrigerators, freezers for vaccines; ice line refrigerators; temperature monitoring devices, cold boxes, vaccine carriers; voltage stabiliser and other supportive equipment worth around US$ 250,000 including shipment cost.

On Mother’s Day, UNICEF calls for the narrowing of “breastfeeding gaps” between rich and poor worldwide
The number of babies missing out on breastfeeding remains high, particularly among the world’s richest countries, UNICEF said in a new analysis released today. Worldwide, approximately 7.6 million babies each year are not breastfed.

UNICEF-supported school buildings inaugurated in Ermera: Striving to ensure better learning environments by engaging community
Community members and students of EBF Dato-Soco, Ura-hou suco in administrative post Hatulia of Ermera municipality today celebrated the inauguration of new school buildings supported by UNICEF.

Inauguration of UNICEF-supported school buildings in Ainaro and Maubisse: Efforts to ensure better learning environments for children
With the aim of ensuring better learning environments for students, UNICEF-supported new school buildings were inaugurated in Ainaro and Maubisse administrative posts in Ainaro municipality.

Ministry of Education and Culture inaugurates UNICEF supported new school buildings in Ermera
DILI, 06 March 2018: Two new school buildings of Ensinio Basico Filial Biluli (Biluli Basic Education Filial school) in Ermera Municipality, constructed with the support of UNICEF were inaugurated today.

Sanitation for better health: Ermera municipality declared Open Defecation Free
Ermera municipality has been declared the first of Timor-Leste’s 13 districts to be open defecation free (ODF), as part of the country’s efforts to eradicate open defecation.

World is failing newborn babies, says UNICEF
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.

UNICEF and New Zealand join hands to support the Government to expand pre-school education in Timor-Leste
UNICEF and the Government of New Zealand have combined efforts to support the Ministry of Education and Culture to expand access to pre-school education in remote areas of Timor-Leste.

More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, tapping into great opportunities, but facing grave risks
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 and harms, including access

3 in 10 young people in conflict or disaster-stricken countries are illiterate - UNICEF
Nearly 3 in 10 young people aged between 15 and 24 years old – 59 million – living in countries affected by conflict or disaster are illiterate, triple the global rate, UNICEF said today.

Henrietta Fore becomes new UNICEF Executive Director
Henrietta Fore takes office today as UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director. Ms. Fore brings to the role more than four decades of private and public sector leadership experience.

Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing online access to benefit the most disadvantaged
The UNICEF Flagship report The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world launched today jointly by UNICEF, Secretary of State for Council of Ministers and Social Communication and UNTL in Timor-Leste.

World Children’s Day 2017. President Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo joins “Kids Take Over” event
“For the children, by the children”- the President of Timor-Leste Francisco Guterres Lu-Olo joined the global “Kids Take Over” initiative today by symbolically handing over his job to 14-year-old Gracia Antonia Guterres Sanches Afonso.

UNICEF Country Representative presented credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Valérie Taton, the incoming Representative of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Timor-Leste, presented her credentials today to Aurelio Sergio Cristovão Guterres, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation at his office.

UNICEF and the National University of Timor-Leste join hands to promote child rights
The Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) and UNICEF Timor-Leste join hands to promote child rights in Timor-Leste.

Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF
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.

“Healthy Family Happy Family”: EU-UNICEF supported Integrated Nutrition Project launched comprehensive communication materials
With the slogan of “Healthy Family Happy Family-” a range of communication materials related to nutrition, maternal, new-born and child health and hygiene and sanitation for promoting key care practices and public awareness were launched today.

Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding
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.

EU-UNICEF handed over Equipment and motorbikes to Ministry of Health to strengthen Nutrition programme in 10 municipalities
The European Union (EU) and UNICEF supported Integrated Nutrition Project received 52 motorbikes and equipment for implementation of the Nutrition Programme in 10 more municipalities in Timor-Leste.

Investments in poor children save more lives per dollar spent, new UNICEF study says
Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money, saving almost twice as many lives for every US$1 million spent as equivalent investments in less deprived groups.

Stars around the world to join Super Dads campaign to highlight fathers' critical role in children's early development
Stars from the world of entertainment and sport including Mahershala Ali, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Daniel Cormier, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Hugh Jackman, Sachin Tendulkar, Thalía and Chris Weidman joined Super Dads campaign

Five-fold increase in number of refugee and migrant children traveling alone since 2010 – UNICEF
Ahead of G7, UNICEF urges world leaders to adopt six-point action agenda to keep refugee and migrant children safe

UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children with life-saving vaccines
UNICEF procured 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to children in nearly 100 countries in 2016, reaching almost half of the world’s children under the age of five.

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

EU-UNICEF-WFP expand support to Integrated Nutrition Project for children and women in Timor-Leste
The European Union (EU) extends its support to the Government of Timor-Leste to strengthen the Integrated Nutrition Project in Timor-Leste.

Early Moments Matter for children’s brain development, UNICEF
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 developing brain.

UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children
On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty and inequality

Universal Children’s Day: A wake-up call on child rights violations
Despite enormous progress realized for children since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, the rights of millions of children are being violated every day, UNICEF said today as it marked Universal Children’s Day.

UNICEF supports construction of child friendly schools in remote areas
Community members and students of EBF Urahou 1 School in Hatulia Administrative Post of Ermera Municipality celebrated the first stone-laying ceremony of the new school building.

Pneumonia and diarrhoea kill 1.4 million children each year, more than all other childhood illnesses combined – UNICEF
Pneumonia and diarrhoea together kill 1.4 million children each year, the overwhelming majority of whom live in lower and middle-income countries.

Governments from across Asia-Pacific come together to advance children’s rights for one billion under 18s
Governments from across Asia-Pacific are meeting today to discuss ways to advance children’s rights in a number of critical areas. The event, ‘A Billion Brains: Smarter Children, Healthier Economies’.

Pollution: 300 million children breathing toxic air - UNICEF report
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.

Girls spend 160 million more hours than boys doing household chores everyday – UNICEF
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.

Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale
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 Lancet’s new Series.

Nearly 12 million children in Asia “uprooted” – UNICEF
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.

UNICEF Invites Submissions from Young People to Improve Lives of Children in Asia Pacific
UNICEF is asking young people throughout the Asia-Pacific region to share their innovative ideas to improve the lives of children, families and communities.

77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF
Some 77 million new-borns – 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, UNICEF said.

RTTL and UNICEF Joining hands to promote child rights
Radio -Televisão de Timor-Leste, Empresa Publica (RTTL, E.P.) and UNICEF Timor-Leste have announced a partnership to disseminate and promote child rights in Timor-Leste.

Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most disadvantaged children: UNICEF
Based on current trends, 69 million children 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 Sustainable Development Goals.

In Asia, 78 per cent of 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of online sexual abuse – UNICEF/Ipsos global poll
Eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, and more than five out of 10 think friends participate in risky behaviours while using the internet, a new UNICEF study shows.

International Children’s Day celebrated with a call for ensuring violence free education for every child in Timor-Leste
Children raised their voices emphasizing the importance of violence free education through various activities such as drawing, public speaking, drama during the celebration of the International Children’s Day (ICD) held in Ainaro district, Timor-Leste

World Bank Group, UNICEF urge greater investment in early childhood development
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today jointly urged global and national leaders to step up and accelerate action and investments in nutrition and early childhood development (ECD) programmes

Series from "The Lancet" provides more evidence that breastfeeding is lifesaving – UNICEF
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.

Asia-Pacific region facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents, new report finds
The Asia-Pacific region is facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents

Children will bear the brunt of climate change in East Asia-Pacific and beyond: UNICEF
More than half a billion children worldwide live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the impacts of climate change.

Universal Children’s Day: Why fair matters
The world remains a deeply unfair place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, according to a recent UNICEF report released.

UNICEF: Without toilets, childhood is even riskier due to malnutrition
Lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition.

East Asia boasts most progress on reducing maternal mortality
Maternal mortality has fallen by 44% since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group reported today.

“Global Handwashing Day” observed with a call for raising awareness on handwashing with soap
Timor-Leste observed the Global Hand Washing Day 2015 with a renewed call for action to raise awareness on hand washing with soap and practice hygiene in everyday life.

Water Sanitation project has reached 20,000 people in 10 sub-districts of Timor-Leste
The villagers of the Fahi-Soi suco (village) of Aileu Municipality celebrate the successful implementation of a water and sanitation project in its closing ceremony today.

UNICEF supported newly constructed schools benefit children in Oecusse
Around 800 students and teachers in Oecusse will benefit from two newly constructed school buildings handed over today by UNICEF

500,000 children will be reached by immunization campaign
National Measles, Rubella and Polio Immunization Campaign will be launched on 13 July aiming to reach around 500,000 children

Group Handwashing Facility inaugurated in school to protect children’s health and promote safe hygiene practices
An innovative low cost Group Handwashing Facility was inaugurated today at the Escola Basica Filial Vila Verde in Dili towards protecting children’s health and practicing safe hygiene in school.

Ministry of Health receives equipment and supplies to support Nutrition Programme in Timor-Leste
Important equipment and supplies with a total value of US$ 367,000 were handed over today to the Ministry of Health to support the implementation of the Ministry’s Integrated Nutrition Programme in the districts of Ainaro, Bobonaro and Ermera.

Lack of toilets dangerous for everyone, UNICEF says
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.

Water project ensures access to clean water to rural community in Ermera
Around 4000 people living in the Ermera district will have access to clean water and improved sanitation facilities through the Water System inaugurated today



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