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Press Centre (12/2014)

UNICEF "world version" of John Lennon classic invites all to Imagine a better world for children

CAPE TOWN/LONDON/RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK, 31 December 2014 – On New Year’s Eve, John Lennon’s anthem to hope and peace, Imagine, will take centre stage in capitals across the world to help inspire a global movement towards a better future for every child.

Parenting training for the Syrian people in Turkey

ADANA, Turkey, December 2014 – A group of Syrian volunteers have received special training in Adana, southern Turkey, in a bid to tackle family and social difficulties faced by their country’s refugees. The Training of Trainers (ToT) session held in Adana on December 9-12 as part of the Parenting Training Program has been specially designed for Syrian people.

Every Child Counts - Every Voice Counts...

While Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Our Goodwill Ambassador Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ Invites Us All to Sing the “IMAGINE” 


A story of a new life, a new language: Azize from Latakia

MERSIN, Turkey, December 2014– Hers was a happy, peaceful, tranquil life — just like any other childs’. She used to lead a “normal” life with her mother, her father and her seven siblings. They had a house in both Latakia and in their village one and a half hours from the city.

The Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-16

Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-16


AMMAN, December 18, 2014 -“The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago. 


Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of children in Peshawar, Pakistan

NEW YORK, 16 December 2014. The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will. 

It must also summon us, all the more, to support the parents of Pakistan who wish for their children the best possible education – and all those who are working to provide it.

UNICEF extends our heartfelt sympathy to the families of the children who have been lost.  We mourn with them.


Does economic crisis affect the well-being of children in developed countries?

ANKARA, December 11, 2014-With the participation of youth, the panel discussion “Being Chid and Young at the Time of Economic Recession” will take place with Volkan Yılmaz (Bilgi University) as moderator. On the basis of data presented by the Innocenti Report Card 12, the panel discussion aims at increasing youth participation to decisions that affect them by focusing on problems and opportunities that youth face at times of economic recession. 


We are deeply saddened by the loss of Prof. Talat Halman, President of UNICEF National Committee for Turkey.

With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences, forcibly recruited and deliberately targeted by warring groups, UNICEF said today. Yet many crises no longer capture the world’s attention, warned the children’s agency.

Roya wants a smart phone

SURUÇ, Türkiye, December 2014 - At 15 years old, Roya has already seen her share of hardship. Paralysed after an accident at 6 months, the teenager has now had to flee fighting in her hometown of Ayn Al-Arab, known as Kobane to the Kurds. 

Children's rights and roles in emergency are discussed at Children's Forum

From Ankara to New York, Turkey celebrates the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by actively listening to children affected by emergencies and disasters.

ANKARA, Turkey, December 2014 – In the outskirts of Turkey’s capital, Turkish and Syrian children came together in meeting rooms usually reserved for politicians, academics, businessmen and NGOs. 


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