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Innocenti Report Card 12 "Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries

Ankara, 28 October - “Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries”, UNICEF Innocenti Report Card 12, launched today, reveals a strong and multifaceted correlation between the impact of the Great Recession on national economies and a decline in children’s well-being since 2008. Children are suffering most, and will bear the consequences longest, in countries where the recession has hit hardest. 

Ten million childhood disabilities prevented in campaign to end polio - UNICEF

NEW YORK, 23 October – Every day, a thousand or so children have been protected from disability during a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio.  The worldwide campaign has immunised millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, UNICEF said on the eve of World Polio Day.

Turkey increases precautions against polio in Istanbul

İSTANBUL, Turkey, 21 October 2014 – The old Istanbul district of Fatih, lies on the city’s historical peninsula, and is one of its longest inhabited areas. In among the historical walls, touristic gems like the Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet Mosque and the Grand Bazaar are interspersed between the cosmopolitan infrastructure. The Syrian refugees are just the latest arrivals in Fatih district and add to the numerous nationalities already here. 

Conference on child rights in a digital future opens in Istanbul today

 ISTANBUL/GENEVA, 16 October 2014 — An international conference on children, youth, and digital media co-hosted by UNICEF and 12 Turkish universities kicked off/started today at Istanbul.

UNICEF Statement on Award of Nobel Prize to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

UNICEF congratulates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, two powerful child rights advocates, on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The award demonstrates the unshakeable conviction that children are a force for change.

Syrian sisters play to forget

SURUÇ, Turkey, 9 October 2014 -Crammed into old classrooms, mattresses strewn on the floor Sirin and her two sisters are in high spirits.



Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence

NEW YORK, 10 October 2014 – Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF is issuing a new compilation of data revealing the magnitude of violence against adolescent girls and the alarming attitudes that perpetuate such abuse.  

No matter how, no matter where: Syrian children fight to continue their education

KİLİS, Turkey, October 2014 – The small town of Kilis on the Turkish-Syrian border is the first stop for thousands of Syrian refugees, and many of them have gone no further into Turkey.  The town’s population has risen from 90,000 to 210,000 since the start of the conflict.

Syrian volunteer teachers are determined to get back to the classroom

ANTAKYA – OSMANİYE, Turkey, October 2014 – In front of a single-floor, humble house on a sidestreet of the suburbs of Antakya city, in the southern Turkey, a narrow garden is bordered by a small wall and iron wires. 

UNICEF Turkey Country Office, Yukarı Dikmen Mah. Alexsander Dubçek Cd. 7/106, 06450 Çankaya/Ankara. Telephone: +90 312 454 1000 Fax: +90 312 496 1461 E-mail: ankara@unicef.org