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Press Centre (11/2013)

HIV: new hope for adolescents

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.


More than 850,000 infants saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents

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.


UNICEF brings winter clothes to Syrian children.

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.

UNICEF and Rihanna Launch "There for the Philippines" Campaign to Help Children Affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Skylar Diggins, Robinson Cano, Vanessa Hudgens, among celebrities also supporting UNICEF's aid and recovery efforts NEW YORK (November 26, 2013) - UNICEF today launched a new campaign. There for the Philippines to support the immediate and long-term relief efforts for children and families whose lives were upended by Super Typhoon Haiyan. UNICEF Supporter Rihanna helped kick-off the campaign and raise awareness of UNICEF's work in the Philippines via social media. She also made a $100,000 donation to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. WNBA's Skylar Diggins, MLB star Robinson Cano and actress Vanessa Hudgens are also participating.


Luxembourg joins effort to prevent Syrian children from becoming a 'lost generation'

NİZİP, Turkey / November 2013 - Despite the grey morning sky, this was no ordinary day in the Nizip 2 container camp in the province of Gaziantep. Established not far from the Euphrates, and the ancient city of Zeugma, the camp hosts approximately 5,500 Syrians who have fled the violence in their country. Today, a special visitor was coming. While the camp management and personnel, ignoring the drizzle, rushed to complete all the preparations, girl students in UNICEF?s Child Friendly Space were vigorously rehearsing one last time the drama they would perform for the extraordinary occasion.

14th Child Forum gathers at the GNAT

162 children from different parts of Turkey gathered for the 14th Child Forum. Children at ages from 11 to 18 discussed various issues for 2 days and presented their suggestions to Sadık Yakut, Deputy Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (GNAT) and Fatma Şahin, Minister of Family and Social Policies ANKARA, 20 November 2013 - On the occasion of the Universal Children's Day, representatives from Child Rights Committees from all provinces of Turkey come together on November 20th every year for the Child Forum.


On Universal Children's Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF

NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 - As the world marks Universal Children's Day - the anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child - UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed and under-reported. "Too often, abuse occurs in the shadows: undetected, unreported, and - even worse - too often accepted," said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. "We all have a responsibility to - make the invisible, visible -  from governments enacting and enforcing laws to prohibit violence against children, to private citizens refusing to be silent when they witness or suspect abuse."


Major step forward to end violence against children in South East Europe

TIRANA/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 12 November, 2013 - A joint EU and UNICEF initiative aimed at protecting children against violence in four countries in South Eastern Europe has wrapped up with a plea to make the issue a Europe wide priority. The Prime Minister of Albania, Mr. Edi Rama said: "My government and I are committed to help ending violence against children. I invite other key leaders to join me in making this global concern a European priority."


UNICEF appeals for $34 million for the children of the Philippines, as Haiyan crisis deepens

MANILA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 November 2013 - UNICEF is appealing for $34 million to aid the four million children of the Philippines who survived Typhoon Haiyan. The appeal is a first estimate of the requirements needed to help children and their families recover, and is expected to cover 6 months. It is especially pressing because many of the regions slammed by Typhoon Haiyan are reportedly without electricity, clean water, food and medicine.


As number of children affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan rises to 4 million, UNICEF steps up emergency response

MANILA/NEW YORK/COPENHAGEN, 10 November 2013 - UNICEF is rushing emergency supplies to areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November, as the latest estimates indicate that up to 4 million children could now be affected by the disaster.


Let's UNite for Education!

Nov 5, 2013: Syrian children living in Islahiye Refugee camp in Southeastern Turkey warmly greeted the official opening of their UNICEF- built school. Although the sky was unusually overcast and grey Tuesday morning, this did not dampen the spirits or resolve of the colourful mix of Syrian school children, diplomats and Turkish government officials present.


EU Ambassadors observe UNICEF's work in Islahiye Camp

Ayberk Yurtsever / Islahiye, Gaziantep / November 2013

Ambassadors of European Union member states visited the Islahiye camp in order to observe at first hand the work that UNICEF is doing for the camp residents with EU financial support.

The ambassadors visited the UNICEF Child Friendly Space and a prefabricated school constructed by UNICEF.

In the Child Friendly Space, Syrian students presented the visitors with colorful envelopes containing messages of peace. The young Syrians also put on a performance of drama and dance that the ambassadors watched with admiration.


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