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Press Centre (8/2013)

Regional consultation with youth opens next week on the future they want

ISTANBUL/GENEVA, 29 August 2013

WHAT: A major regional consultation with adolescents and youth on Post 2015 Development Goals and on Education will be held on 2-6 September with the participation of 22 countries in Europe and Central Asia. Young people with and without disabilities, from remote areas, from ethnic minorities will also voice their opinions. Journalists are invited to a press conference held on the last day of the consultation.


UNHCR/UNICEF JOINT PRESS RELEASE A million refugee children mark shameful milestone in Syria crisis

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 August 2013 - With Syria's war well into its third year, the number of Syrian children forced to flee their homeland as refugees has now reached one million.

"This one millionth child refugee is not just another number," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. "This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend."


Statement attributable to UNICEF on alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria

NEW YORK, 21 August 2013 - "The reports of attacks on civilians, presumably including children, on the outskirts of Damascus are deeply disturbing.

"Such horrific acts should be a reminder to all the parties and all who have influence on them that this terrible conflict has gone on far too long and children have suffered more than enough.


Governments Commit to Inclusion in Central Asia

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Five Governments in Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - made strong commitments to reform their national policies and practices for the inclusion of children with disabilities at a UNICEF supported Child Protection Forum.


Training of Turkey's justice professionals will end tragedies, says judge

A sad sad story from years ago, and the troubled recollection of a judge, thrust UNICEF's Justice for Children programme to the top of the national agenda one hot weekend in July.

'Musa's Legacy' was the main front-page headline in the best-selling national daily Hurriyet, which has hundreds of thousands of subscribers and millions of Internet viewers.


Syrian children in Turkey build bridges to the future

A safe space, discussion about the arts - and art, supplies, a hopeful theme. What will the participants of the new art classes in Turkish refugee camps for Syrians explore, and what will they create? OSMANIYE AND SARIÇAM CAMPS, Turkey, 2 August 2013 -  "Expressing my opinions without pressure; living in freedom and safety." This is how one Syrian child, displaced by war and living in a camp in Turkey, defined the rights of the child during an art class organized with the support of UNICEF Turkey.


Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history - UNICEF

NEW YORK, 1 August 2013 - During World Breastfeeding Week starting today, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child's life. But with less than half of all children under six months benefitting from exclusive breastfeeding, strong leadership in promoting the practice is essential.

Child Protection Forum for Central Asia paves the way forward to include children with disabilities

DUSHANBE, 1 August 2013 - A Child Protection Forum began today to discuss the road ahead for governments and partners to realize the rights of children with disabilities, who are among the most vulnerable, excluded and invisible groups in society. The Fourth Child Protection Forum for Central Asia on 1-3 August is being hosted by the Government of Tajikistan and UNICEF. It serves as a high-level platform to advocate for inclusion through strengthening family support and tailored responses, which will benefit everyone - children with and without disabilities, their families and societies.


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