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Press Centre (5/2012)

UNICEF outraged by child massacre in Syria

NEW YORK, 26 MAY 2012 - UNICEF is outraged at the latest killing of 32 children - under the age of 10 - confirmed by United Nations observers, and the wounding of hundreds more in the village of Houla, near Homs. They were among more than 90 killed.

Regional Conference on Supporting Families for Young Child Wellbeing: The Role of Community Nursing, Home Visiting, and Outreach Services

The Regional Conference on Supporting Families for Young Child Wellbeing focusing on the Role of Community Nursing, Home Visiting, and Outreach Services is being organized in Turkey between 14-17 May 2012 as a result of the strong cooperation between the Ministry of Health of Turkey and UNICEF in the area of child health and development.

Investing in nutrition security is key to sustainable development

This article, by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, is reprinted from G8: The Camp David Summit - Route 2012: The Road to Recovery, courtesy of the G8 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The condition known as stunting - the irreversible result of chronic nutritional deprivation during the most critical phase of child development - may be among the least understood and least prioritized development issues today. It represents a huge moral and practical challenge. It is also one of the greatest opportunities for G8 members to help developing countries - and their children - to reach their potential.


UN's First Lady Mrs. Ban Soon-taek meets youth in Turkey to discuss their role in shaping the future

The wife of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek met some of the leaders of the future in Istanbul today, 1 June 2012. Her hosts were the Youth Leadership Academy in which UNICEF is one of the founding partners. She had a chat with young professionals about the future of Turkey, region and the world and the youth's role in shaping it.

How aid got smarter: Academics, donors and some aid agencies have begun measuring what works. Development is becoming a science

"I knew I was going to love this job here," says Anthony Lake, Unicef's executive director, pointing at his heart beneath his suit jacket. But, he points to his head, it is fascinating here too. There are no boring bits. Aid has always been heart-led. Charities tried to move donors by showing pictures of starving children. Donors sent money. Whether the money helped, nobody quite knew. The only thing in aid that was habitually measured was the input: the amounts donated. The output - lives saved or improved - almost never was.


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