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Caryl Stern: On the eve of an important journey

— Famine was declared in the East Africa in July, creating an acute child survival crisis for those caught in the drought-affected regions. My inbox was host to unimaginable updates from colleagues based in Nairobi, Mogadishu and Addis Ababa. Veteran UNICEF staff members who had experiened decades of manmade and natural disasters were reduced to tears when recounting the children and conditions they were witnessing.

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Caryl Stern: I’m joining Royal relief mission for East Africa

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— I’m leaving today for UNICEF’s Emergency Supply Center in Copenhagen. There, emergency medical supplies will be packed and I will accompany the transport flight to Kenya – to raise awareness of the incredible need, and to help save lives. While I’m in Copenhagen, I’ll be joining the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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September 11, 2011

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— On this day, we join peace-loving people around the world in remembrance and solidarity.

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The case for vaccine price transparency

— What does a decision to publish supply data have to do with saving children’s lives? A lot more than you’d think at first glance. On Friday, UNICEF published specific pricing information about the vaccines we use to protect much of the world’s children against killer diseases.

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Pau Gasol: A champion on and off the court

I recently had the pleasure of joining Los Angeles area supporters at an event graciously hosted by newly elected board member, Marisa Zanuck. It was a joy to come together with supporters and share the experiences and sentiments that unite us for children; we were fortunate to have in attendance a very special guest, NBA Los Angeles Laker and UNICEF Spain Ambassador Pau Gasol.

Pau was named UNICEF Spain Ambassador in 2003. Since then, he has been an unyielding partner in our mission to save children’s lives having visited UNICEF programs in South Africa, Angola and Ethiopia, supporting UNICEF’s lifesaving work in the aftermath of emergencies, and leading the 2010 KIMBO campaign in Spain.

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Network and Nibble

— On the evening of February 23, I was joined by colleagues, partners, and fellow attendees of the 55th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the beautiful Landmark View at the UN Millennium Hotel for a few cocktails, some nibbles, and inspiring discussion, hosted by U.S. Fund’s own NGO Department of the Program and Strategic Partnerships Division. Men and women from innovative organizations engaged in rich conversation surrounding the theme of this year’s CSW, which was to improve the access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including the promotion of women’s equal access to employment and decent work. Organizations like Zonta International, UMC, GFWC, Soroptimist International, and Malaria No More (to name just a handful) and U.S. Delegates were all brought together in the spirit of gender equality and the advancement of women.

The evening, overflowing with energy and lively discussion, filled me with inspiration and gratitude. I was reminded that the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is joined by individuals and organizations across the world in believing in zero – the day when zero children die from preventable causes.

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