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Unicef Essay Contest 2013

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.

*This program is an activity of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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For further inquiries concerning the International Essay Contest for Young People, please contact essay@goipeace.or.jp

Organized by

The Goi Peace Foundation

Endorsed by

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Japan Private High School Federation
Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc.

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Essay Contest 2018 Flyer (PDF)


Past Winning Essays


Q1Are there any exceptions to the age limit for participating in the contest?

A1No, you must be 25 years old or younger as of June 15, 2018, which is the entry deadline date. That means you must be born after June 15, 1993. On the other hand, there is no minimum age requirement.

Q2Is there a fee for participating in this contest?

A2No, participation is free of charge.

Q3Do I have to be Japanese or Asian to join the contest?

A3A3: No, all nationalities can participate from anywhere in the world.

Q4My essay is a little over 700 words. Is it acceptable?

A4No, essays must be 700 words or less in order to qualify. However, the cover page and essay title are excluded from the word count. There is no minimum word count.

Q5Are the title and cover page included in the word count limit?

A5No, the 700 word count limit is for the body of the essay only.

Q6Do I need a cover page for my essay submitted online?

A6No, a cover page is only required for entries submitted by postal mail. For online entries, all required information is submitted through the registration form, and therefore, you do not need to include a cover page in your essay file.

Q7Can I give any title to my essay?

A7Yes, you can give your essay an original title as long as the content is in line with the theme.

Q8Is there a specific format for the essay (font style, size, line space, etc.)?

A8There are no particular rules regarding formatting. However, your essay file should be submitted in either MS Word(DOC/DOCX) or PDF format.

Q9Can I quote from books or websites? If so, where should I write the reference?

A9If you use quotations, please include the reference at the bottom of the essay. The reference should not be included in the word count.

Q10Can I add photos, images, or my biography to my essay?

A10No. Please send your essay only.

Q11Can I submit my essay via email?

A11No, we do not accept entries by email. Please submit your essay either by postal mail or through the online registration page: http://goipeace-essaycontest.org/* This link will be activated soon.

Q12Can I submit a hand-written essay?

A12Yes, we accept hand-written essays. You can either send it by postal mail or submit a scanned PDF copy through the online registration page: http://goipeace-essaycontest.org/* This link will be activated soon.

Q13Can I submit more than one essay?

A13Yes, you can submit more than one essay as long as the contents are different. They can also be written in different languages. Please use the same account to submit multiple essays online.

Q14Can I submit my essay in my native language?

A14Essays are accepted in English, French, Spanish, German or Japanese only, since these are the only languages the contest organizers and judges can read. However, we can accept essays written in other languages, if they are accompanied by translations in one of the accepted languages.

Q15Can we co-write and submit one essay as a team?

A15No. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.

Press releases and news notes

Americas and the Caribbean

In Venezuela, prevalence of malnutrition among children grows as economic crisis deepens
NEW YORK, 26 January 2018 – A growing number of children in Venezuela are suffering from malnutrition as a consequence of the protracted economic crisis affecting the country, UNICEF warned today. While precise figures are unavailable because of very limited official health or nutrition data, there are clear signs that the crisis is limiting children’s access to quality health services, medicines and food. The children’s agency went on to call for the rapid implementation of a short-term response to counter malnutrition, based on disaggregated data and coordinated between the Government and partners.

Three months after deadly hurricanes hit Caribbean islands, thousands of children still in need of assistance
PANAMA CITY, 13 December 2017 – Three months after two category-5 hurricanes - Irma and Maria - barreled through the Caribbean, causing widespread damage and loss of life, thousands of children remain in need of support across the region.

One year after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti’s children still vulnerable to natural disasters
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 4 October 2017 - One year after Hurricane Matthew, a category 4 hurricane, devastated the Southwest of Haiti, causing loss of life and considerable damage, children and adolescents in the Caribbean country are still incredibly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and extreme weather events, UNICEF warned today.

UNICEF needs $6.2 million to meet urgent needs of 20,000 children affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica

PANAMA CITY, 3 October 2017 – UNICEF said it needs $6.2 million to meet the urgent needs of children affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica. The category 5 storm, which hit the Caribbean island on September 19, forced 65,000 people, including 20,000 children, away from their homes.

UNICEF expands relief efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean to reach more children and families following 'relentless' month

NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY, 27 September 2017 – UNICEF has scaled up its humanitarian response in Latin America and the Caribbean to help children and families affected by the series of natural disasters that have devastated countries in the region.

UNICEF beefs up response to survivors of Hurricane Irma as yet another deadly storm looms in the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY/NEW YORK, 9 September 2017 – As the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma becomes clearer, UNICEF is mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children affected while also preparing for the arrival of Hurricane José.

More than 10 million children live in Caribbean countries threatened by Hurricane Irma
PANAMA CITY/NEW YORK, 7 September 2017 – More than 10.5 million children live in the countries that are likely to be exposed to the damage from Hurricane Irma, UNICEF warned today. Based on the storm's current trajectory, children in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba are at risk, including over 3 million under 5 years old. UNICEF is concerned that hundreds of thousands of children could suffer the worst effects of the storm, with those living in coastal zones at highest risk.

Children and adolescents at risk during violent protests in Venezuela – UNICEF
CARACAS, 7 July 2017 – UNICEF reiterates its concern for the safety and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents in Venezuela participating in social protests that have in some cases turned violence.

Children caught up in Venezuela protests must be protected – UNICEF
CARACAS, 21 June 2017 – UNICEF is deeply concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children involved in Venezuela’s ongoing street protests and demonstrations.

Statement attributable to UNICEF’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean on health data in Venezuela
PANAMA CITY, 12 May 2017 - “Data on infant and maternal deaths released last week by the Ministry of Health in Venezuela provides stark evidence of the impact of the prolonged crisis on women and children in the country.

UNICEF statement on killing of aid workers in South Sudan
NEW YORK, 27 March 2017 – “All of us at UNICEF are shocked by the senseless killing of staff belonging to our partner organization, the Grassroots Empowerment and Development Organization. The humanitarian workers were travelling in a car that was clearly marked as belonging to a non–governmental organization.

UNICEF mourns deaths of young girls in Guatemala shelter, calls for end of institutionalization of children
PANAMA CITY, 9 March 2017 – “We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of more than 20 girls in the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción shelter in Guatemala as a result of a fire in which many others were injured. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the people of Guatemala.

Three months after Matthew, UNICEF and its partners continue to bring assistance to affected population.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 4 January 2017 – Almost three months after hurricane Matthew, UNICEF and its partners continue to deliver humanitarian aid to those most affected by the category 4 storm.

Hurricane Matthew one month on: More than 600,000 children still in need of aid – UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 4 November 2016 – One month after Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti, nearly 600,000 children remain in need of humanitarian assistance, stalked by disease, hunger and malnutrition, UNICEF said today.

Haiti funding needs nearly triple following Hurricane Matthew - UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 26 October 2016 – Three weeks since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, UNICEF said it would need an additional $22.5 million to meet the increasing needs of children in the country, including in the hurricane-hit areas.

One week after Hurricane Matthew, at least 300 schools damaged in Haiti, over 100,000 children miss out on learning – UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK, 10 October 2016 – One week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, and as schools re-open across the country, more than 100,000 children will be missing out on learning after their schools were either damaged or converted into shelters

Race against time to prevent spread of waterborne diseases in hurricane-hit areas as rainy season starts in Haiti – UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK, 8 October 2016 – With the start of the rainy season, and as the death toll from Hurricane Matthew continues to rise, UNICEF is sounding the alarm on the threat of waterborne diseases to children living in the worst-affected areas.

Half a million children live in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti – UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK, 7 October 2016 – An estimated 500,000 children live in the Grande Anse and Grand South departments in southern Haiti, the areas worst hit by Hurricane Matthew, UNICEF said today. Three days after the storm, it remains unclear how many of them need urgent assistance as damage to road infrastructure continues to hamper assessment and relief efforts.

More than 4 million children at risk as Hurricane Matthew pummels Haiti – UNICEF
NEW YORK/PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 4 October 2016 – More than 4 million children may be exposed to the damage of Hurricane Matthew, UNICEF said today as the Category 4 storm made landfall on the impoverished Caribbean island.

UNICEF Colombia receives first group of children released from FARC-EP ranks
BOGOTA, 10 September 2016 - FARC-EP, Colombia's largest armed group,  released today eight children from its ranks and handed them over to UNICEF in a temporary reception centre.

Fans of the Olympic and Paralympic Games urged to help protect children
BRASILIA/NEW YORK, 3 August 2016 – UNICEF today launches a global sports initiative to engage people in its work for children. Sports enthusiasts worldwide can get involved in the Olympic and Paralympic action for free by signing up to Team UNICEF Get Active for Children, a scheme that unlocks a R$5 corporate donation every time participants complete 5km by foot or wheelchair.

Twelvefold increase in Zika cases since Ecuador earthquake
NEW YORK/PANAMA/QUITO, 18 July 2016 – Three months after the Ecuador earthquake, the number of Zika Virus cases increased from 92 to 1,106 country-wide, with the sharpest increase in the quake-hit areas.

UNICEF welcomes signing of Government of Colombia-FARC ceasefire
NEW YORK/ BOGOTA, 23 June 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the signing today by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, of a bilateral ceasefire and disarmament agreement to end the conflict in the country.

100 babies born every day in areas worst hit by Ecuador quake – UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 May 2016 – Up to 100 babies on average are born every day in Esmeraldas and Manabí, the provinces worst hit by the Ecuador earthquake, UNICEF said today.

UNICEF welcomes FARC’s announcement to release all children in its ranks
BOGOTA, Colombia/NEW YORK, 16 May 2016 – UNICEF welcomes the agreement by the Government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, for the release of all children under the age of 15 from FARC’s ranks.

Ecuador earthquake leaves 120,000 children temporarily out of school - UNICEF
NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/QUITO, Ecuador, 26 April 2016 – More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education, UNICEF said today.  

First airlift of UNICEF relief items reaches quake-hit Ecuador
NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/QUITO/GENEVA, 22 April 2016 – A first airlift of 86 metric tons of UNICEF relief items landed in Quito, Ecuador, last night, as the number of children affected by the earthquake reached 250,000.

At least 150,000 children affected by Ecuador earthquake – UNICEF
NEW YORK/ GENEVA/PANAMA CITY/QUITO, 19 April 2016 – At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 15 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates.

Over 250,000 children affected by Colombia conflict since 2013, despite peace talks – UNICEF
BOGOTA/NEW YORK, 19 March 2016 – More than 250,000 children have been affected by the conflict in Colombia since peace talks between the Government and the country’s main armed opposition group (FARC-EP) started three years ago, UNICEF said in a report released today.

As Zika spreads, UNICEF works to help keep communities safe
NEW YORK/PANAMA/GENEVA, 2 February 2016 – With the Zika virus now a public health emergency affecting more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF is working with governments to mobilize communities to protect themselves from infection.

UNICEF and Shakira: press briefing on early childhood development
NEW YORK, 18 September, 2015 - Upcoming UNICEF and Shakira: press briefing on early childhood development

FC Barcelona’s Iniesta and Ter Stegen meet with children in Los Angeles to discuss sports and values
LOS ANEGELES, USA, 22 July, 2015 – At an event hosted by UNICEF and FC Barcelona, a group of students in Los Angeles, California, met with players Andrés Iniesta and Marc-André Ter Stegen to discuss the critical role that sports play in children’s lives and development around the world.

Brazil: Homicides of children and teenagers double in 20 years – UNICEF report
BRASÍLIA, Brazil, 16 July 2015 – The number of children and teenagers murdered in Brazil has more than doubled in 20 years, according to a new UNICEF report marking 25 years since the introduction of the Child and Adolescent Statute. 

David Beckham supports UNICEF’s campaign to end violence against children and adolescents in El Salvador
LONDON, 16 February 2015 – One week on from launching 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund – a new global initiative that will protect children in danger around the world - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has today added his voice to UNICEF’s ‘¿No te indigna?’ campaign  to end violence against children and adolescents in El Salvador.

2.6 million more children plunged into poverty in rich countries during Great Recession
ROME/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 28 October 2014 – A new UNICEF report shows that 2.6 million children have sunk below the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries since 2008, bringing the total number of children in the developed world living in poverty to an estimated 76.5 million.

UNICEF: Indigenous children left behind in their countries’ progress
NEW YORK, 8 August 2014 – Indigenous children continue to miss out on their rights and face discrimination on a daily basis, UNICEF said today to mark the 2014 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

Bolivia’s new Code on Children welcome, but concerns remain -- UNICEF
PANAMA CITY, 23 July 2014 – UNICEF welcomes Bolivia’s new Code for Children and Adolescents but remains concerned about two exemptions that leave children as young as 10 at risk of child labour.

New sanitation campaign aims to end cholera in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, July 16, 2014 – UNICEF and the Haitian government have intensified the fight against cholera, with the launch this week of the National Sanitation Campaign, aiming to eliminate open defecation in the country.

Campaign by UNICEF and Save the Dream calls on people to report violence against children
BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, 20 June 2014 - The campaign "It's in your hands to protect” invites people to call “Disque 100” and other organizations that specialize in child protection to report incidents of violence against children and adolescents

UNICEF statement on Tweet by National Ambassador of the Dutch National Committee for UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 June 2014 – The football related tweet issued yesterday in her private capacity by Nicolette Van Dam, who is also a national ambassador for the Dutch National Committee for UNICEF, was inappropriate and highly offensive.  UNICEF condemns its content.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits more than 150 children participating in a ‘sports for development’ focused project in Brazil
SALVADOR/BRASILIA, Brazil, 16 June 2014 - One hundred and fifty children and adolescents from communities in Salvador and neighboring municipalities welcomed today’s visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Boca do Rio beach-side sports field in Salvador.

UNICEF Spain appoints Sergio Ramos as its newest National Ambassador
CURITIBA, Brazil, 10 June 2014 - Real Madrid and Spanish National Team star football player, Sergio Ramos, was appointed today as UNICEF Spain’s newest ambassador during an event with youth in the Brazilian city of Curitiba where he is participating in a UNICEF program for the promotion of fair play and the right to sport.

Dramatic increase of unaccompanied children seeking to enter the United States
NEW YORK, 10 June 2014 – “UNICEF welcomes the urgent relief efforts by the Government of the United States to address a record increase in the number of unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, seeking to enter the US.

Cartoon Network Latin America joins the UNICEF initiative 'Vamos Jogar' to promote the right to safe and inclusive sport and play of children in Latin America and the Caribbean
ATLANTA, United States / PANAMA CITY, 4 June 2014 – The children’s television channel Cartoon Network, through its social responsibility program 'Cartoon Movement', today joined ‘Vamos Jogar’, an initiative of social mobilization and political commitment promoted by UNICEF and the City of Rio de Janeiro to foster the right to safe and inclusive sports, recreation and play for all children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thus, Cartoon Network Latin America becomes the first media partner of this initiative.

UNICEF appoints Parreira as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports
BRASÍLIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, 22 May 2014 - UNICEF today appointed Carlos Alberto Parreira, the technical director of Brazil’s national football team, as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports. As of today, Parreira becomes part of the team of celebrities supporting UNICEF's work in Brazil in defending and promoting the rights of children and adolescents.

Fans have a chance to be in Star Wars: Episode VII
LOS ANGELES, 21 May, 2014 - Today in a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announced the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its innovative programs that are benefitting the world’s most vulnerable children.

Statement on the United States Government’s announcement on vaccination campaigns
NEW YORK, 20 May 2014 - “WHO and UNICEF appreciate the commitment by the U.S. Government to stop making operational use of immunization campaigns.

UNICEF calls on football fans to take the protection of children into their own hands
NEW YORK/BRASILIA, 16 May 2014 – UNICEF Brazil has launched an app that allows users, with a few taps on their smartphones or tablets, to report cases of abuse, violence or exploitation of children.

Worrying trend of violence against children emerging in Honduras, warns UNICEF
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, 15 May 2014 – UNICEF is alarmed by the increasing generalized violence against children in Honduras. In a series of incidents, including domestic and gang-related violence, some 24 children are reported to have been murdered across the country in the past month.

UNICEF chief praises and calls for more progress for disadvantaged children in Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia, 2 May 2014 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake travelled to Bolivia this week to meet with children, families and government officials, to advocate for further progress in overcoming Bolivia's historic inequities.

Progress made for children in Peru, but equity gap remains visible, says UNICEF chief
LIMA, Peru, 28 April 2014 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake travelled to Peru this week where he met with children, community members, government officials and civil society partners to see how education, health and social protection programmes are bridging the equity gap between indigenous and non-indigenous children.

Statement attributable to UNICEF on the Constitutional Court decision on Dominican-born persons of Haitian descent
NEW YORK, 9 October 2013 – “The ruling by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic depriving Dominican-born persons of Haitian descent of their right to citizenship could have a devastating impact on thousands of children. Without a nationality, stateless children can be denied access to basic social protection programmes, cannot earn education certificates or graduate, or obtain an identity card or a passport. Without these basic protections and opportunities, these children are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

UNICEF and CECC-SICA report reveals that school failure affects more than 3.5 million children and adolescents
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, April 17, 2013 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination of Central American Integration System (CECC / SICA) launched today, in a joint effort, the report Finishing school in Central America: the pending challenges.

Mexico: Government and UNICEF launch ground-breaking study addressing child poverty
Mexico City, Mexico, 3 April 2013 - In a country known for its economic growth and financial integration, inequity remains an Achilles’ heel. Mexico’s national averages hide a reality of poverty and marginalization for millions of people, including children. In this context UNICEF, together with the national social policy evaluation agency CONEVAL, launched the study Child and Adolescent Poverty and Social Rights in Mexico.

Speed up progress for Guatemala’s children or risk a generation, says UNICEF
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, 22 March 2013 - Children belong in loving families and communities and not in institutions, no matter how well run, said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, on his visit to Guatemala.

UNICEF Tasks New York City Students with Solving Pressing Challenges to Child Survival
NEW YORK, 12 March 2013 – The City University of New York (CUNY) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 “Design for UNICEF” Challenge.

UNICEF campaigns for children’s rights in Mexico election period
MEXICO CITY, 5 July 2012 – On 1 July, almost 50 million Mexicans voted for a new president and other office-holders. They also voted for children as the...

WFP, UNICEF WHO and FAO Hail REACH Initiative on child undernutrition as foundation for sustainable development goals
RIO DE JANEIRO, 20 June 2012 – Rio + 20 presents an opportunity for agreement on the future we want. It is a future that will be determined by global...

Footballer “Chicharito” named UNICEF National Ambassador for Mexico
MÉXICO CITY, 26 May 2012 - Mr. Javier Hernández, also known as “Chicharito” or “Little Pea”, was named a UNICEF National Ambassador for Mexico...

Calle 13, MTV and UNICEF, launch “MTV EXIT”
MANAGUA, 14 March 2012 - Thirteen-time Latin Grammy winners Calle 13 joined forces with UNICEF and MTV Latin America to launch MTV EXIT...

Time to focus on urban childhoods, UNICEF says in flagship report
Media advisory

Call to Action: A Cholera-Free Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic)
Media Advisory

Two years after earthquake, little victories for children in Haiti recovery — UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 9 January 2012 – UNICEF today released a report showing that two years after the earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti, the situation for children in...

Amidst widespread inequity, Mexico leads efforts to plan and monitor investment in children
MEXICO CITY, 23 December 2011 - The 2012 federal budget for Mexico will contain a critical innovation to improve equity for children and adolescents...

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo, visits a UNICEF-supported facility that provides medical, psychological and legal assistance to children
Mexico City / New York, 19 October 2011 - During a visit to Mexico in the context of a concert later today, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo...

Empowering women and girls is key to address world’s challenges
NEW YORK, 13 September 2011 – Empowering women and girls will have a profound impact on the survival and well-being of children, UNICEF said today...

UNICEF focuses on the rights of indigenous children
NEW YORK, 23 May 2011 - UNICEF today reiterated its commitment to promote the rights of indigenous children during a Comprehensive Dialogue with the UN...

UNICEF: Investing in adolescents can break cycles of poverty and inequity
NEW YORK 25 February 2011 - Investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 now can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity, said UNICEF...

UN Adolescent Girls Task Force to brief governments, civil society
Media advisory

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM/C
Joint statement - 6 February 2011

UNICEF and Save the Children thank IKEA customers for 11.4 million euro donation
NEW YORK, 24 January 2011 - The IKEA Foundation is donating 1 euro for each of the record 8.6 million soft toys and children’s books sold in over 300 IKEA stores...

Donors act quickly to save lives in Central Africa
WASHINGTON, DC, 24 January 2011 – Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, PSI (Population Services International), and UNICEF announced...

Child trafficking film premiere spotlights grave child rights abuse
NEW YORK, 19 January 2011 – Not my Life, an independent documentary on child exploitation and abuse today premiered at New York’s Lincoln Centre. The film...

Earthquake anniversary highlights need for basic systems to benefit Haiti’s children
GENEVA/PORT-AU-PRINCE, 7 January 2011 – One year after the devastating January 12 earthquake shook their fragile lives, Haiti’s 4 million children continue to...

UNICEF Executive Director visits cholera-impacted residents at Haiti Treatment Centre
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 16 December 2010 – During a visit to the Haitian capital yesterday, Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, spoke with cholera patients and heard...

UNICEF ready to assist children affected by floods in Colombia, Panama and Venezuela
PANAMA CITY/BOGOTA/CARACAS, 14 December 2010 - UNICEF today said the children’s agency is poised to support children and their families affected by...

UNICEF: Children as the conscience of the climate change process
CANCUN, 9 December 2010 – As the UN climate conference is entering its final days, children from Latin America and Indonesia reminded delegates of...

UNICEF supports Strategic Nutrition Framework for cholera response in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 6 December 2010 - The Ministry of Health (MSPP) with technical support from UNICEF has launched the Strategic Nutrition Framework...

UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Statement - 3 December 2010

Bringing the voices of youth to COP 16 in Mexico
NEW YORK, 1 December 2010 - The outcome of the global Climate Change conference (COP 16) being held in Cancun, Mexico will have an important impact on...

Norway renews large scale support for UNICEF’s education programmes and focus on equal rights for girls
NEW YORK, 29 November 2010 - The Norwegian Government renewed its long commitment to children today, by signing a new cooperation agreement to provide...

UNICEF expands its cholera response in Haiti and launches a massive social mobilisation campaign
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 23 November 2010 – UNICEF, alongside international NGO partners, is reinforcing its outbreak response by assisting cholera medical...

Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 21
NEW YORK, 20 November 2010 – 21 years ago today a remarkable milestone for the protection and realization of the rights of all children - the Convention...

UNICEF expands response to cholera outbreak in Haiti with supply distributions to communities and health centres
PORT AU PRINCE/GENEVA, 16 November 2010 - UNICEF is mobilizing all its staff and resources in an effort to stem the spread of cholera in Haiti...

UNICEF focuses response on children in storm-ravaged Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, 7 November 2010 – UNICEF teams are in the field and in Port-au-Prince conducting assessments and preparing to deploy...

IKEA stores launch the 2010 Soft Toys campaign
NEW YORK, 4 November 2010 - Between 1 November and 24 December 2010, IKEA Social Initiative will donate 1 euro for every soft toy and children’s...

UNICEF positions emergency supplies for tropical storm as cholera outbreak continues in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, 3 November 2010 – UNICEF is rushing to ensure adequate emergency supplies in preparation for a severe tropical storm, as it...

UNICEF assists in disseminating cholera prevention information in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 28 October 2010 – In addition to providing medical supplies, UNICEF is assisting government and humanitarian aid partners in...

UNICEF expands response to cholera outbreak in Haiti with supply distributions to communities and health centres
ST. MARC, HAITI, 25 October, 2010 – UNICEF, alongside the Ministry of Health, DINEPA (Direction Nationale de l’Eau Potable et de l’Assainissement) and...

UNICEF urgently responds to Haiti cholera outbreak
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, October 22, 2010 – UNICEF and its partners are working with urgency on the ground, responding to a recent outbreak of...

UNICEF is distributing medical and sanitation supplies in Artibonite, Haiti where cases of acute diarrhea are reported
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, October 21, 2010 – UNICEF, alongside the Ministry of Health, DINEPA (Direction Nationale de l’Eau et de l’Assainissement) and...

Achieving the MDGs with equity
Media advisory

Capturing the voices of young people at the World Youth Conference
LEON, MEXICO, 26 August 2010 - Engaging with adolescents and young people and discussing pressing issues they face in their lives is the goal of...

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi visits Haiti to highlight plight of children six months after the earthquake
PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI, 15 July 2010 – Leo Messi, renowned FC Barcelona and Argentina national team soccer player completed his first field visit...

Haiti six months after the quake: risks, support and opportunities impact the lives of children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK, 12 July 2010 – Six months after the strongest earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years, the challenges to meet the needs of more than...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, welcoming the G8 Muskoka Initiative on maternal, newborn and under-five child health
Statement - 25 June 2010

Children are everyone’s business
NEW YORK, 24 June 2010 – At the opening of a major meeting of business leaders organized by the United Nations today, UNICEF, the UN Global Compact...

UNICEF welcomes Kiwanis partnership to fight deadly maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide
NEW YORK, 24 June 2010 – UNICEF today welcomed the announcement of a new partnership with global volunteer network Kiwanis International...

The United Nations calls on all countries to take extra steps to prevent the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and to protect children during armed conflicts
NEW YORK, 25 May 2010 – UN experts called for universal ratification of the two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child...

Sixty thousand Haitian children to receive life-saving vaccination as part of Vaccination Week of the Americas
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 29 April 2010 - An estimated 60,000 Haitian children under the age of five will receive life-saving immunization in the next...

The opportunities of adolescent girls as agents of social change
NEW YORK, 26 April 2010 - A major conference on adolescent girls, hosted by UNICEF and the New School University in New York, begins today.

Sanitation and water must no longer play second fiddle to other priorities
WASHINGTON, D.C. 21 April 2010 – Between 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to...

After January’s quake, humanitarian action in Haiti averts worse crisis for children, but much remains to be done
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 13 April 2010 - Three months after the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti and left its mark on over a million children, UNICEF...

Three months after earthquake, more children have chance to return to learning in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 5 April 2010 - Less than three months after a devastating earthquake that shook the lives of many children in the Haitian capital...

UNICEF marks International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
NEW YORK, April 4 2010 – UNICEF is marking the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action (4 April) by calling for more decisive...

A Haiti fit for its children and young people
NEW YORK, 30 March 2010 – On the eve of an international donor’s conference for Haiti at the United Nations, Save the Children, SOS Children’s...

UNICEF welcomes announcement of next Executive Director
NEW YORK, 16 March 2010 – UNICEF today welcomed the UN Secretary-General’s announcement that Anthony Lake will take over as Executive...

UNICEF to provide support to nearly one million children affected by earthquake in Chile
SANTIAGO, 11 March 2010 - UNICEF will provide assistance to the estimated one million children and their families affected by the earthquake in...

Much more needs to be done to help Haiti’s children, says UNICEF Deputy Executive Director
PORT-AU-PRINCE, February 26, 2010 - Six weeks after the massive earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti, UNICEF is urgently scaling...

Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser appointed as UNICEF Jamaica Goodwill Ambassador
KINGSTON, 22 February 2010 – UNICEF Jamaica today named 23-year-old Shelly-Ann Fraser, one of the nation’s most accomplished female...

UNICEF Executive Director visits Haitian earthquake victims
NEW YORK, 8 February 2010 – Following a visit to Haiti, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman spent two days in the Dominican...

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits quake struck Port-au-Prince
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, 4 February 2010 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visited Haiti’s capital city of Port-au-Prince, which...

UNICEF Executive Director in visit to Haiti
NEW YORK, 3 February 2010 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is departing today for the Dominican Republic as the first stop on...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman applauding Gates Foundation $10 billion pledge for vaccines
Statement - 2 February 2010

UNICEF: Canada’s G8 focus on maternal and child health will help global efforts
NEW YORK, 29 January 2010 – This week’s announcement by Canada that it will make maternal and child health a priority when it hosts the...

Call for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding in Haiti
NEW YORK, 21 January 2010 - During emergency situations, disease and death rates among under-five children are higher than for any other age group...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation of children in Haiti
Statement - 19 January 2010

More UNICEF life-saving emergency supplies, experts arrive in Port-au-Prince
NEW YORK, 16 January 2010 – Another plane loaded with UNICEF emergency relief supplies arrived in Port-au-Prince this morning, carrying...

UN Appeals for $562 million for humanitarian operation in quake-struck Haiti
NEW YORK, 15 January 2010 - UNICEF joined the United Nations appeal for $562 million for humanitarian operation in Haiti launched today...

UNICEF rushing supplies to quake-stricken Haiti
NEW YORK, 13 January 2010 – UNICEF is rushing life-saving supplies and funding into the hardest-hit communities in Haiti...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the earthquake in Haiti
Statement - 13 January 2010

UNICEF calls for universal ban of landmines at 10 year review of the Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention
Statement - 4 December 2009

UNICEF study unmasks child sexual abuse in Eastern Caribbean
BARBADOS, 25 November 2009 - A comprehensive study on child sexual abuse in the Eastern Caribbean has concluded that the practice is a...

Children share with presidential candidates in Costa Rica
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, 20 November 2009.- As part of the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child...

UNICEF awards Brazilian and Kenyan broadcasters the ICDB Awards
NEW YORK, 10 November 2009 – UNICEF awarded the 2009 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards to Rádio Justiça...

Future generations in jeopardy unless urgent efforts are made to tackle undernutrition, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 November 2009 – Approximately 200 million children under the age of five in the developing world suffer from stunted growth as a...

UNICEF assisting victims of flooding in El Salvador
EL SALVADOR, 10 November 2009 - UNICEF´s office in El Salvador has begun the first phase of humanitarian assistance to children affected...

Presidential candidates sign a declaration for children and adolescents in Uruguay
MONTEVIDEO, 12 October 2009 - In response to a call from UNICEF, the Presidential candidates from the political parties currently represented in the...

Her Majesty Queen Rania and Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director visit girls' school in East Harlem
NEW YORK, 21 September 2009 - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today met with...

Schools for Africa campaign expands to help millions more children
NEW YORK, 15 September 2009 - Education for millions of children in Africa received a major boost today as UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation...

Costa Rica seeks to achieve the guarantee of all child rights by 2021: President of Costa Rica approves first Child Public Policy
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, 9 September 2009 - As part of the celebration for the National Day of Children, the President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sánchez...

UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman defends UNICEF’s voice for children in Sri Lanka
Statement - 7 September 2009

New Security Council resolution enhances accountability and responses to violations against children in situations of armed conflict
NEW YORK, 5 August 2009 – UNICEF welcomes the UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption yesterday of a new resolution, Resolution 1882...

New Regional Director for UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean
GENEVA/NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY, 3 August, 2009 – UNICEF announced today the appointment of Mr. Bernt Aasen as its new Regional Director...

UNICEF mourns death of Professor Peter Townsend
NEW YORK, 15 June 2009 - With great sadness,  UNICEF has learned that Professor Peter Townsend, a champion for children everywhere...

UNICEF Peru condemns the participation of children and adolescents in any situation of armed violence
LIMA, 1 June 2009 - As a result of the numerous complaints made with regard to children involved with armed groups in Peru, UNICEF Peru condemns the...

UNICEF statement welcoming the appointment of Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children
Statement - 1 May 2009

UNICEF: Grave violations of children’s rights during armed conflicts must end
NEW YORK, 29 April 2009 – UNICEF today joined the Secretary-General’s call for an end to the recruitment and sexual exploitation of children by armed groups in theatres of....

Global health visionaries gather to launch 'One World Against Malaria' Campaign
Media Advisory

Global health leaders to address urgent crisis of prematurity and stillbirth
SEATTLE, 21 April 2009 - Every year around the world, more than three million stillbirths occur, and more than one million babies die...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Child Marriage
Statement - 13 April 2009

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on World Health Day 2009
Statement – 7 April 2009

UNICEF announces fifth annual young people’s summit, event linked to G8
NEW YORK, 26 March 2009 - UNICEF National Committees and country offices have begun the selection process for the fifth annual Junior 8 Summit...

World Water Day 2009
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....

Experts meet to discuss water scarcity issues at the fifth World Water Forum
NEW YORK, 19 March 2009 – UNICEF will raise the need to provide life-saving water and sanitation support to children, particularly during emergencies...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on International Women’s Day 2009
Statement - 8 March 2009

IKEA social initiative adds $48 million to UNICEF's child health programme
NEW YORK, 23 February 2009 - UNICEF today announced that IKEA, through its corporate philanthropy arm, IKEA Social Initiative, is further expanding its support for children with a $48...

Fourth annual Global Immunization Meeting opens in New York
NEW YORK, 17 February 2009 – Partners in the global fight against vaccine-preventable diseases gathered today in New York for the fourth annual...

UNICEF hosts conference on innovation and development
NEW YORK, 11 February 2009 – Experts in technology, academics, UN officials and development professionals joined forces today at a conference...

UNICEF: Female genital cutting must stop
NEW YORK, 6 February 2009 – UNICEF today called for increased efforts to end female genital cutting, as the world marks International Day against Female Genital Mutilation.

Columbia University and UNICEF awarded top honour in USAID innovation competition
WASHINGTON D.C., 8 January 2009 – Columbia University and UNICEF received first-prize in the U.S. Agency for International Development ...

After string of school collapses in 2008, UNICEF says schools must be made safe for children
NEW YORK, 23 December 2008 – UNICEF called today for more concerted action to make schools safe for children.

IKEA and its customers show soft spot for children
NEW YORK, 16 December 2008 – In keeping with a tradition started four years ago, this holiday season the IKEA Social Initiative will use proceeds...

Global measles deaths drop by 74 per cent
ATLANTA/GENEVA/NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, 4 December 2008 – Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74 per cent between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750 000 to 197 000.

Early HIV testing and treatment can save newborn lives, new U.N. report released on World AIDS Day states
NEW YORK, 1 December 2008 – Early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve the prospects for survival of newborn babies exposed to HIV, according to a report released today...

World gathers in Brazil to reinvigorate fight against sexual exploitation of children
RIO DE JANEIRO, 25 November 2008 - Nearly 3,000 participants from over 125 countries are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to exchange lessons and experiences...

On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF welcomes new initiative to aid children affected by conflict
NEW YORK, 20 November 2008 – As the world commemorates Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF today welcomes the launch of a new group that aims...

UNICEF is supporting families of victims of the collapsed school in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 8 November 2008 – While search and rescue operations continue to rescue students and teachers from the rubbles of La Promesse...

Measles Initiative supports disease prevention for children in China’s earthquake zone
WASHINGTON, D.C,  10 November  2008 - The Measles Initiative is supporting the government of the People's Republic of China in providing measles...

A call for action on free, compulsory and quality education for all Latin American Youth
Media Advisory

UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan Visits UNICEF-Supported Aprendiz City-School in São Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo, 24 October 2008– As part of an official state visit to Brazil, UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan...

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan learns about an innovative educational tool during her visit to a school in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, 22 October 2008 – During a working visit to Argentina, Her Majesty Queen Rania visited the Paula Albarracín de Sarmiento school...

UNICEF expresses concern over severe flooding in Central America
HONDURAS, 22 October 2008 – UNICEF expressed concern today over severe flooding that has affected nearly 130,000 people and killed at least 10...

In the fight to save children’s lives, washing hands takes centre stage
NEW YORK, 15 October 2008 – Today marks the first ever Global Handwashing Day, celebrated in over 70 countries across five continents in an effort...

Joint statement on maternal and newborn health
Statement - 25 September 2008

Joint statement calls for global commitment and accelerated progress to address water and sanitation crisis - From the Governments of Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Tajikistan
NEW YORK, 24 September 2008 – A joint statement issued today, at the special event for water and sanitation, by the Governments of Germany, Japan...

UNICEF applauds UK Commitment to protecting rights of immigrant children and those in the justice system
NEW YORK, 22 September 2008 - UNICEF applauds the decision by the British government to grant children seeking asylum, migrant children, and those

Urgent assistance needed to help Haitian children affected by the hurricanes, says UNICEF
PORT–AU-PRINCE, 22 September 2008 – Urgent assistance is needed to bring life-saving help to children in Haiti affected by the four successive hurricanes.

Mia Farrow will meet with disaster stricken children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 18 September 2008 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, actress Mia Farrow, will visit Haiti from 19-23 September to witness the devastation...

UNICEF announces nominees for this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards
NEW YORK, 16 September 2008 – UNICEF today announced the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards.

Releasing Declining Numbers for Child Mortality, UNICEF Calls for Increased Efforts to Save Children’s Lives
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 September 2008 – UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five...

UNICEF is airlifting 11.5 tons of emergency supplies to Haiti to help victims of hurricanes
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 10 September 2008 – UNICEF is airlifting 11.5 tons of relief supplies to Haiti to help victims made homeless and displaced by the recent hurricanes. The first shipment of 8.5...

Up to 300,000 Children Affected by Back-to-Back Hurricanes in Haiti, says UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 6 September 2008 – Flooding caused by rains that lashed Haiti after a recent series of back-to-back hurricanes has affected an estimated 650,000 people, of which 300,000 are children.

UNICEF is providing initial assistance to 15,000 persons affected by the tropical storms in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 3 September 2008 – UNICEF is stepping up its assistance to an initial 15,000 Haitians affected by three successive storms in the past few weeks...

WFP and UNICEF team up to meet urgent needs of Gustav victims in Haiti
PORT AU PRINCE, 1 September 2008 – UNICEF and the World Food Programme are joining forces to bring life-saving assistance to thousands of people...

Hurricane Gustav strikes Haiti, forcing 6,300 people from their homes
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 29 August 2008 – An estimated 6,300 Haitians, mostly city-dwellers from Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and Leogane, were forced from their homes by Hurricane ...

Measles Initiative Statement on recent U.S. outbreaks
WASHINGTON,  21 August 2008 — Measles, a highly contagious viral disease, can result in serious complications and death. As a result of a successful vaccination program...

World Water Week 2008 focuses on sanitation, health and hygiene
NEW YORK, 17 August 2008 – Over 170 collaborating organizations will meet to discuss issues around water and its impact on health, the environment...

UNICEF issues major report on Iodine Deficiency highlighting principles for success
NEW YORK, 26 June 2008 – UNICEF today issued a major report on Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD), the single greatest cause of preventable...

UNICEF Statement on the continued abduction, torture and rape of children around the world
Statement - 20 June 2008

On The Day of the African Child, UNICEF highlights the importance of child participation
NEW YORK, 16 June 2008 - UNICEF today drew attention to the importance of child participation in schools, community action, media, and governance...

UNICEF’s German National Committee launches national conference against the commercial sexual exploitation of children
BERLIN / NEW YORK, 10 June 2008-  A major national conference, charged with finding ways to combat sexual exploitation of children, opened in Berlin...

Flash flooding displaces 1600 families in Belize
BELIZE , 9 June, 2008 - Tropical Storm Arthur has affected an estimated 8,000 people, displaced 1600 families, including thousands of children in Belize.

Urgent call to stop violence in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA, 6 June 2008 - Latin America and the Caribbean has earned the unwelcome reputation of being the region with...

UNICEF joins in national call to halt the kidnappings of children in Haiti
Port Au Prince, 4 June 2008 - UNICEF joins in today’s national call, and collective condemnation, of crimes being perpetrated against children and...

Dina Páucar named UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador for Peru
LIMA, 29 May 2008 - Singer Dina Páucar was named National Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF today. This appointment reflects her commitment...

Despite global push to end use of child soldiers, reality on the ground for tens of thousands of children remains bleak
NEW YORK, 20 May 2008 – Children continue to be recruited and used in large numbers by armed groups despite widespread political...

Rio de Janeiro to Host World Congress III Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents
NEW YORK, 19 May 2008 – The Government of Brazil, UNICEF, ECPAT and the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child officially launched the World Congress III...

UNICEF Highlights Horrific Impact of Cluster Munitions on Children as Governments Meet to Decide on Treaty Banning the Weapon
NEW YORK, 19 May 2008 - The Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions begins today as over 100 governments negotiate an international treaty to ban the indiscriminate weapon.

UNICEF welcomes the ratification of the UN Disabilities Convention
NEW YORK, 12 May 2008 - The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, which came into force on 3 May 2008...

UNICEF welcomes spotlight on a major cause of childhood deaths in latest WHO Bulletin
NEW YORK, 1 May 2008 - UNICEF today welcomed the launch of a comprehensive review of research into childhood pneumonia,

Former Child Soldier and current UNICEF Advocate encourages Jamaican Youth
KINGSTON, 30 April 2008 − Wrapping up his first mission as UNICEF’s Advocate for Children Affected by War, former child soldier Ishmael Beah today...

On World Malaria Day, UNICEF Calls for a Sustained Effort to Control Killer Disease
NEW YORK, 25 April 2008 – On World Malaria Day, UNICEF is calling for a sustained effort to control the disease.

Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on food price increases
Statement - 24 April 2008

Evaluation “ENLACE” 2008: An effort towards quality education in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, 14 APRIL 2008 - UNICEF today participated in the launch of the third round of “ENLACE” a nationwide test of  education in Mexico with the participation...

World Health Day 2008 - UNICEF cautions about the impact of climate change on the health of women and children
NEW YORK, 7 April - The impact of climate change could fall disproportionately on women and children, UNICEF cautioned today, on the occasion of World Health Day 2008.

More HIV-positive children and pregnant women getting AIDS treatment, new report says
NEW YORK, 3 April 2008 – More HIV-positive children and pregnant women are receiving treatment but there is still a long way to go before the...

Children’s voices heard at COHSOD in the Caribbean
GEORGETOWN/GUYANA, 17 March 2008 - The voices of Caribbean children were heard loudly on Monday at the official opening of the 2nd Special...

HIV/AIDS implementers’ meeting to highlight progress and lessons learned
WASHINGTON, DC, 10 March 2008 – HIV/AIDS implementers from around the world will gather in Kampala, Uganda, from June 3-7 for the 2008 HIV/AIDS...

UNICEF marks International Women’s Day by stressing importance of investing in maternal health
NEW YORK, 7 March 2008 – UNICEF is marking International Women’s Day 2008 (8 March) by drawing attention to the need for improvements in...

Mitigating the impact of armed violence on children and communities in the Caribbean and Central America
KINGSTON, 7 March 2008 – Several Caribbean and Central American countries have called for an expansion of social interventions as a critical way....

The Government of Ecuador declares state of emergency due to flooding
ECUADOR, 29 February 2008- The Government of Ecuador has declared a national state of emergency due to extensive flooding caused by heavy...

UN agencies unite against female genital mutilation
NEW YORK, 27 February 2008 – Expressing their commitment to the elimination of female genital mutilation, also called female genital cutting and female genital...

Global expert on violence urges Jamaican parliament to focus on children

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