UNICEF joins millions of people around the world who mourn the loss of
Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
Today we have all lost a hero, a powerful champion for children.
The father of his nation, Nelson Mandela devoted much of his work to children. In 2002, he urged that Heads of State at the UN Special Session for Children endorse increased health and education resources for children. In 2004, through his Foundation and in partnership with the Hamburg Society and UNICEF, Mandela launched the Schools for Africa campaign to enroll two million African children in school. He started his own children’s fund and fought passionately, with his wife, Graça Machel, and the Global Movement for Children and UNICEF, to put children at the heart of the global development agenda.
Madiba touched the lives of millions of children. They are a central part of his legacy.
Our deepest condolences go to his wife, Graça Machel, his family and his nation.
NEW YORK, 3 December 2013 – At a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents.
“Katy Perry is already a champion for children, and we look forward to hearing her “roar” on behalf of UNICEF,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We are delighted that she is joining us as UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador and lending her remarkable voice to amplify the voices of children and young people around the world.”
By Ayberk Yurtsever / Osmaniye / 27 November 2013
With temperatures starting to fall across Turkey, efforts are accelerating to protect the Syrian refugees from the impact of the cold weather this coming winter.
UNICEF has contributed to these efforts by procuring and distributing winter clothing for the very youngest of the Syrians currently sheltered in 20 camps spread over ten different provinces.
BAKU/GENEVA, 29 November 2013 — As the number of people infected with HIV continues to climb in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, five countries are paving the way to overcome a major hurdle: making it easier for adolescents to talk about HIV and take a test to find out their HIV status.
Today host Azerbaijan with Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine concluded a three -day conference to advocate for adolescent testing ahead of World’s AIDS Day next week. The conference coincided with the first ever European HIV Testing Week, which also ended this Friday.
UNICEF report shows that new infections among adolescents could be halved by 2020 with targeted and increased investment
NEW YORK, 29 November 2013 – A new report released today by UNICEF shows great progress has been made to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, with more than 850,000 new childhood infections averted between 2005 and 2012 in low- and middle-income countries.
However, the new 2013 Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS raises the alarm on adolescents, citing the need for increased global and national efforts to address HIV and AIDS among this vulnerable age group.