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End placing children under three years in institutions- A call to action

UNICEF and OHCHR urge Governments throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia to put an end to sending children below three years, including children with disabilities, into institutional care.
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United against all forms of violence against children

ANKARA/TURKEY - More than 250 officials and experts from all over 27 European countries gathered in Ankara on 27 and 28 November to discuss what more can be done to stamp out violence against children. The conference "Stepping up Progress in Combating Violence against Children" was organized by the Government of Turkey, in collaboration with the Council of Europe, UNICEF and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children.

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Conference in Ankara to step up progress in combating violence against children

Strasbourg- Ankara, 27.11.2012 - How to effectively implement integrated national strategies against violence and strengthen child protection systems? How to improve accountability and responsiveness when safeguarding children's rights and eliminating violence? These questions will be considered at a European conference on 27 and 28 November in Ankara organised by the Government of Turkey, the Council of Europe and UNICEF, and focusing on countries under the EU enlargement and European neighbourhood policy.

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Poverty, Social Policies and Inequalities Meeting held

A Poverty, Social Policies and Inequalities Meeting was held on 23 November 2012 within the scope of the Post-2015 National Consultations in Turkey with the participation of the private sector, academics, NGOs and government partners.
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Call to action to end placing children under three in institutions gains momentum

SOFIA, 21 November 2012 - Eastern European and Central Asian governments are joining forces to boost a growing movement to support vulnerable families and end placing children under three in institutions. At least 1.3 million children in the region are separated from their families often because of poverty or their families` inability to cope due to stressful circumstances, reveals the study of Children under the age of three in formal care in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: a rights-based regional situation analysis. It was launched today at a regional ministerial conference in Bulgaria.

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Child Session held at TGNA on Universal Children's Day

162 child right advocates from 81 provinces of Turkey met at XIII. National Child Forum in Ankara on 18-19 November 2012 and shared their views on the implementation of child rights and concluding observations with the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TGNA). Children met Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and had a photo with Prime Minister to make the day unforgettable.
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Bulgaria and UNICEF join forces to end placement of children under three in institutions

OFIA/GENEVA, 13 November, 2012

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The Republic of Bulgaria will host a two-day regional ministerial conference next week in collaboration with UNICEF to end placing children under three in institutions. Currently, the region of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia has 1.3 million children who are separated from their biological families. Half of them are placed in institutions while the youngest are at risk of severe developmental delays when growing up without a family.

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Life Without Barriers for Every Child

A conference will be organised to bring together national and international participants for exploring specific issues, barriers and solutions for ensuring the rights of Children with Disabilities by the Government of Turkey (Ministry of Family and Social Policies) and UNICEF on 3-4 December 2012 in Ankara, Turkey.
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PNEUMONIA STILL NUMBER ONE KILLER

But there are simple solutions, say global health leaders (BALTIMORE, MARYLAND) - Marking the fourth annual World Pneumonia Day, November 12th, world leaders and the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia are calling for major efforts in the fight against childhood pneumonia, which remains the number one killer of children under age five. Pneumonia claimed 1.3 million lives in 2011 alone, and was responsible for nearly one in five global child deaths.

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