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Remembering Nelson Mandela (July 1918 – December 2013)

Nelson Mandela and his wife Graça Machel arrive at the Afrika Cultural Centre to announce a global partnership for children in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. © UNICEF/AFGA000863/Giacomo Pirozzi

— Nelson Mandela believed education is “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As we learn the sad news of his death, we remember Mandela’s legacy and profound contribution to education in Africa. “Today we have all lost a hero, a powerful champion for children,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director. […]

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Donate Delta SkyMiles to help UNICEF

— While Delta helps 160 million travelers get to the places they need to go each year, UNICEF helps millions of children worldwide survive and thrive. With your help, we can turn unused frequent flyer miles into lifesaving support for children. With Delta’s SkyWish program, SkyMiles members can donate their miles to many participating charity organizations, […]

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Mia Farrow Reports from Conflict-Torn Central African Republic

Mia Farrow, A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visits Central African Republic

— UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visited the Central African Republic last month to call attention to children’s needs in that conflict-torn country. She witnessed “ghost villages” emptied of inhabitants as well as UNICEF’S efforts to help the displaced with shelters, schools and health centers. On return, she gave a long interview to the Washington Post […]

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UNICEF Relief Efforts in Central African Republic

A girl is vaccinated against measles at one of the many UNICEF-supported immunization sites in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. ©UNICEF/NYHQ2013-0287/Matas

— The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is severely deteriorating as armed groups commit “indescribable atrocities” and civilians desperately seek refuge. Next week, the U.N. Security Council is expected to vote on the authorization of a reinforced peacekeeping force. U.N. Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson called for decisive international action to stem the […]

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The New York Foundling to Help Children
of the Philippines on #GivingTuesday

Women and children in Tacloban City, Philippines, who have been displaced by Typhoon Haiyan. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1099/ADAM DEAN

— The New York Foundling, one of the leading children’s charities in NYC, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have joined forces during this year’s #GivingTuesday holiday fundraising campaign to help children in the Philippines affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. In the spirit of giving, The New York Foundling will donate all funds raised on Dec. […]

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World AIDS Day: Big Strides Towards an
AIDS-Free Generation

Lexina, right, speaks with a health worker at Kasungu District hospital in Malawi. The 24-year-old is pregnant and HIV-positive. To prevent mother-to-child transmission, Lexina has been taking the ‘Option B+’ antiretroviral medication once a day, as pioneered by the government of Malawi. © UNICEF/PFPG2013P-0131/Marinovich

— A new UNICEF report shows significant progress in the fight against AIDS in children. New HIV infections among children under 15 declined by 35% from 2009 to 2012—more than the entire preceding decade. The Children and AIDS: Sixth Stocktaking Report 2013 was released on Friday, just in time for World AIDS Day. It highlights recent […]

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