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Press Centre (7/2013)

Make the Invisible Visible: UNICEF urges louder voices and urgent action to fight violence against children

NEW YORK, 31 July 2013 - Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF today, announcing an initiative that urges ordinary citizens, lawmakers and governments to speak out more forcefully to fight violence against children

The initiative builds on growing popular outrage that erupted following horrific attacks against children, such as the October 2012 shooting of then 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, the fatal shooting of 26 pupils and teachers in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012 and gang rapes of girls in India and in South Africa in 2013.

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Life-saving supplies reach children and families in conflict-affected Aleppo

AMMAN/DAMASCUS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 July 2013 - UNICEF and partners have just completed delivery of life-saving supplies to the embattled city of Aleppo in north-western Syria.

The mission, which also included the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and United Nations agencies, was part of a 15-truck convoy that travelled from Damascus to Aleppo. UNICEF's supplies included diarrhoeal disease kits to treat 30,000 people, medical kits for 20,000 people, 2,000 family hygiene kits, cooking stoves, high energy biscuits and school supplies.

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UNICEF's story in 2012: unrelenting efforts for world's most vulnerable children

NEW YORK, 15 July 2013 - Despite financial concerns in much of the world and complex emergencies affecting children in nearly 80 countries in 2012, global progress was still made for millions of children last year, according to UNICEFs Annual Report 2012.

"As the Millennium Development Goals deadline approaches, we have cause to celebrate declining poverty rates, the near eradication of polio, increased immunizations, more girls attending school, improved access to clean water and nutrition, and more children surviving and thriving beyond their fifth birthdays than ever before," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. "But these results are no excuse for rest."

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In Turkey, teachers learn how to work better with their Syrian refugee pupils

Syrian volunteer teachers - men and women, old and young - participate in a teacher training session to learn how to work best with their pupils in Turkey's camps for Syrian refugees.

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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013

Big strides on Millennium Development Goals with more targets achievable by 2015: UN report AID MONEY FALLS AND GAPS PERSIST, BUT MGD MOMENTUM GAINS SPEED Geneva, 1 July 2013 - With some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) already met, more targets are within reach by the 2015 target date, while challenges to achieving others must be urgently addressed, according to a new report launched today by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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