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Unicef using social media to help eradicate neo-natal tetanus - Telegraph.co.uk
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UNICEF lauds progress in protecting child rights - Arab News
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AFGHANISTAN: Thousands of schools lack drinking water, sanitation - IRINnews.org
KABUL, 12 May 2009 (IRIN) - About two million state school students do not have access to safe drinking water and about 75 percent of these schools in Afghanistan do not have safe sanitation facilities, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)....
UNICEF Concerned by Child Abductions in Southern Sudan - Voice of America
UNICEF Spokeswoman Veronique Taveau says two of the worst attacks occurred in March and April in the Pibor district of Jonglei State. She says about 600 people were killed, including many women and children. She says more than 140 children reportedly...
BD Extends Decade-Long Support for UNICEF's Campaign to Eliminate ... - PR Newswire (press release)
Representatives from BD and UNICEF highlighted this collaboration today by ringing the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange. "Observation of Mother's Day here in the US is the perfect opportunity to reflect upon the toll tetanus takes on mothers...

UNICEF in Brazil

The mission of UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) is to ensure that the rights of each and every child and adolescent are fulfilled, respected and protected. Established in 1946 to help in the reconstruction of countries that had suffered most during the Second World War, UNICEF started to work in other countries four years later. Today, UNICEF is the leading advocate for children’s rights, active in 190 countries through country programmes and National Committees.

UNICEF has been working in Brazil since 1950, in partnership with municipal, state and federal governments, civil society, religious groups, the private sector, the media, and international organizations, including other United Nations agencies, to defend the rights of all Brazilian girls and boys.

UNICEF’s work includes a substantive contribution to development through the articulation, monitoring and evaluation, and promotion of public policies for children and adolescents. UNICEF carries out its role objectively and responsibly, guaranteeing the transparency of its actions and developing its programme based on up-to-date survey data. These data enable UNICEF to carry out an accurate diagnosis and analysis of the current situation of children and adolescents in the country.

In the countries in which it operates, UNICEF builds its five-year Programme of Cooperation together with government, civil society, and children and adolescents. UNICEF Country Programmes aim to provide positive, sustainable solutions to the problems faced by children and adolescents in the country, with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) used as a benchmark for UNICEF’s work during the five year period of the Programme.

To establish goals, targets and cooperation priorities with Brazil for the 2007–2011 period, UNICEF set up a highly participative programme involving partners and actors who are relevant to the ‘childhood rights guarantee system’. Due to the vast, continental size of the country, a series of regional meetings were held with the aim of constructing an overview of how children and adolescents live in the different regions of Brazil. The programme fits within the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which aims to bring synergy and strengthen partnerships and joint programmes undertaken by UNICEF and other United Nations agencies that operate in the country.

During the process of defining solutions for childhood-related problems, the Country Programme goals and objectives for 2007–2011 converged directly with the recommendations expressed in national policy documents designed to positively transform the lives of Brazilian children and adolescents. The partnership between UNICEF and the Brazilian government, with its focus on childhood and adolescence, reflects the commitments of the Millennium Declaration, the MDGs, the ’Pacto Pela Paz’, and the Child Friendly President's Plan of Action.

This goal is directly linked to UNICEF’s mission to help reduce the infant mortality rate. Therefore, it is UNICEF’s priority to guarantee that 21 million Brazilian children, from the prenatal stage up to 6 years of age, are ensured their rights to survive, to have a birth certificate, to be given care and protection, and to fully develop. Investing in early childhood has a decisive impact on children’s survival, growth and on the development of their learning potential. Studies have shown, for example, that for every dollar invested in early childhood, seven dollars will be saved in public compensation and social welfare policies.

Brazil has a high rate of children who have access to school. However, there are still 660,000 boys and girls who are not attending school, of whom 450,000 are afro-descendant children. Therefore, the country has to meet the challenge of effectively universalizing the right to access quality education, and also to ensuring that every child and adolescent has his or her right to learn guaranteed.

The Brazilian response to HIV/AIDS has been recognized as one of the best in the world. Major challenges remain, however, and these must be faced to ensure the universal coverage of prevention, treatment and care for Brazilian children, adolescents and their families.

Violence against children and adolescents can be found in the family, the community, the school and in socio-educational institutions. Many cases are neither reported nor investigated. This vulnerability is even greater amongst children and adolescents with special needs, as well as others, including afro-descendants, indigenous people, adolescents in conflict with the law, street children, and those living in the poor communities of large urban centres. UNICEF works to mobilize governments and society to transform this situation. In addition, UNICEF has supported improved reporting systems and stimulated specialized care, which strengthen both family and community life.

For there to be a true social transformation in the lives of children and adolescents, public policy priorities must include improving the lives and well-being of all children and adolescents. This is why UNICEF works to mobilize society to listen to and give opportunities to adolescents, and to teach adults to monitor and evaluate the correct allocation of resources going towards child and adolescent budgets in the federal, state and municipal level of government. This programme component has the clear goal of influencing the adoption of affirmative public policies to improve gender, race and ethnic equality.

The efforts put into guaranteeing children’s rights must also be understood from the point of view of historical regional disparities. Therefore, one cannot forget that to universalize rights, it is necessary to focus on the geographical areas of Brazil where the worst social indicators are concentrated, and where between 60% to more than 70% of children and adolescents live in poverty.

UNICEF works throughout the country, but puts the majority of its human and institutional resources in these three priority geographical areas, to strengthen and stimulate Brazilian citizens to exercise their citizenship rights, transforming them into politically and socially active actors who can participate in the search for solutions to the problems affecting Brazilian children and adolescents.

UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

This is why UNICEF works on leveraging and mobilizing the resources and experience of a variety of different actors to help guarantee the rights of each and every child and adolescent in Brazil.

Around 50% of UNICEF’s budget in Brazil is obtained from the support of companies and individuals through donations, the purchase of UNICEF greeting cards and gifts, and other related actions.

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Music for UNICEF Concert

The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song was a benefit concert of popular music held in the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on January 9, 1979. It was intended to raise money for UNICEF world hunger programs and to mark the beginning of the International Year of the Child. The concert was videotaped and broadcast the following day on NBC in the U.S. and around the world. The moderator was David Frost, with Gilda Radner and Henry Winkler also introducing some of the performers. Henry Fonda made a short appearance. Each performer signed a large parchment declaring support for UNICEF's goals.

The concert was the idea of impresario Robert Stigwood, the Bee Gees, and David Frost, who originally conceived it as an annual event. Not all of the performances were truly live, with ABBA lip-synching their new song "Chiquitita." It raised less than one million dollars at the time for UNICEF, although this figure did not include longer-term royalties from the songs and repeat performances.

The Music for UNICEF Concert featured some of the biggest names in pop music at the time, and the performers donated their performance royalties and those from one song each to UNICEF. (The Bee Gees' song "Too Much Heaven", for example, had earned more than seven million dollars for UNICEF as of 2003). However, some artists released the royalties for only a limited time. Most of the songs performed were not specifically about the issue of child poverty.

Elton John was scheduled to perform but did not appear.

A recording of the concert was released on an LP on Polydor Records several weeks later, with the performances in a different running order.

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Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a fund-raising program for children sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Started on Halloween, 1950 as a local event in a Philadelphia suburb, the program historically involves the distribution of small orange boxes by schools to trick-or-treaters, in which they can solicit small change donations from the houses they visit. Millions of children in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, and Hong Kong participate in Halloween-related fund-raising events for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, and the program has raised over US$188 million worldwide.

The tradition known as Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began on the Halloween of 1950, when five children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania went door-to-door on Halloween night, collecting money in decorated milk cartons to help children in post-World War II Europe. They collected a total of $17 and donated all of it to UNICEF. The concept soon expanded throughout the United States, with small orange collection boxes distributed to trick-or-treaters. When UNICEF won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson said in his congratulatory letter: "Your UNICEF Trick or Treat Day has helped turn a holiday too often marred by youthful vandalism into a program of basic training in world citizenship." In 1967, Johnson declared Halloween, October 31, to be 'UNICEF Day' in the United States; by 1969, 3.5 million American children were trick or treating for donations. Children in the U.S. have collected over US$119 million for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

The program has also expanded outside of the United States. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in Canada, which started in 1955, has raised more than C$96 million. A Canadian proclamation declared October 31 of each year 'National UNICEF Day' in 2000. In 2006, UNICEF Canada discontinued the collection box part of their program, citing safety and administrative concerns. However, the program in Canada continues, with the 2008 program featuring events including pumpkin-carving contests, pumpkin art tours, and reading marathons. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in Hong Kong was launched in 2001, and has raised more than HK$5 million.

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UNICEF Ireland

UNICEF Ireland is the Irish branch of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), one of 36 UNICEF National Committees based in industrialised countries. It was established in 1962 and focuses exclusively on providing assistance to and for the world’s poorest children. UNICEF Ireland has a driving passion that builds a better world for children in which every child’s right to dignity, security and self-fulfilment is achieved.

Every day, across the world, funds raised in Ireland are helping forge a better future for children whose lives have been torn apart by poverty, war and natural disasters.

UNICEF Ireland provides funding for UNICEF’s work worldwide as well as directly funding a growing number of country specific programmes in the areas of health, water and sanitation, education, child protection and emergency relief.

UNICEF Ireland advises the Irish Government and other bodies on policies and legislation which support the above programmes and commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

UNICEF Ireland Ambassadors have the ability to focus the world’s attention on the needs of children, helping them to reach a wider audience, allowing them to further highlight the work they undertake to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children around the world.

All of their Ambassadors dedicate time and energy to UNICEF Ireland in a variety of ways; visiting field projects throughout the world, speaking to the media about what they have seen, or lobbying and raising money on their behalf.

Pierce Brosnan was appointed a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador in 2001. He is committed to helping UNICEF Ireland highlight the plight of children affected by war.

Irish Dreamtime, the film Production Company that he co-owns donated the US$25,000 MovieGuide Award prize money to UNICEF Ireland to help the children of Iraq.

Pierce recently recorded a special announcement to mark the launch of UNICEF's "Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS" Campaign with Liam Neeson.

Irish Actor Gabriel Byrne was appointed a UNICEF Ireland Ambassador in November 2004.

He is particularly interested in helping UNICEF Ireland highlight the plight of children whose lives have been devastated by HIV/AIDS.

Gabriel recently held an Exhibition of his own Photographs in aid of UNICEF in New York and was the very special guest at UNICEF Ireland's Mother's Day Lunch in the Conrad Dublin.

Irish actor Stephen Rea and author Cathy Kelly are Ambassadors for UNICEF Ireland's Global Parent Programme. Stephen and Cathy visited Mozambique on a fact finding mission to learn about UNICEF's work and in particular find out how HIV/AIDS is impacting on children's lives and futures in Mozambique.

Last year's Corporate Lunch took place on Friday, 9 November 2007 at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.

MC on the day was RTÉ's Miriam O'Callaghan and special guest was UNICEF High Profile Supporter Charley Boorman, who had recently completed another biking adventure. This time, Charley travelled the "Long Way Down" from John O’Groats to Cape Town, with UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor.

For eleven years now, UNICEF Ireland has held a Mother's Day Lunch fundraiser.

Gabriel Byrne, Roger Moore, Jeremy Irons, Felicity Kendal and Vanessa Redgrave are just some of the surprise celebrity guests who have turned up at the Lunch over the past few years.

Given that Sarah Jessica Parker is an existing UNICEF ambassador, UNICEF Ireland wanted to do something to mark the release of the movie. So on June 5, 400 ladies, and a handful of brave men, attended a private UNICEF screening of Sex & The City.

Just over €30,000 for UNICEF’s Child Survival Programmes was raised from the event.

More than 30 teams of Golfing Enthusiasts turned out to support the UNICEF Ireland Golf Tournament 2008 at the Castle Golf Club on May 15 2008.

Over €50,000 was raised from the event, with the funds going directly to the Schools For Africa Campaign – a programme run jointly with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and UNICEF.

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