Archive | June, 2010

Prince Harry visits UNICEF’s Emergency Operation Centre

Credit: © UNICEF/ NYHQ2010-1253/Susan Markisz
(Second from right) His Royal Highness Prince Harry of the United Kingdom meets with UNICEF OPSCEN staff and guests, in OPSCEN at UNICEF House. Beside him are (left-right) UNICEF Emergency Programmes Director Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Hilde Frafjord Johnson, and Chief Executive Nigel Woof from NGO partner Map Action.

NEW YORK, 26 June 2010 – During a visit to New York this week, Prince Harry visited UNICEF Emergency Operations Centre in New York today. The visit enabled the Prince to gain a better understanding of how geospatial mapping is used to coordinate relief and rescue after a disaster and gain a deeper understanding of the effect of emergencies on children globally.

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In post-earthquake Haiti, children’s voices are integrated into reconstruction effort

© UNICEF Haiti/2010/Van den Brule
Haitian girls listen as a youth facilitator explains how their voices will be incorporated in the post-earthquake reconstruction process.

By Jill Van den Brule

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 21 June 2010 – Over the buzz of children chatting excitedly in Creole, nine-year-old Marie-Ange hunches over her poster paper, meticulously tracing the outline of a school. “This is the school of my dreams,” she says.

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Chad and five other Central African countries pledge to end use of children in armed conflict – ‘N’Djaména Declaration’ adopted

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International recording artist and former child soldier Emmanuel Jal (left) and UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War Ishmael Beah give the peace sign during a free concert held in N’Djaména, Chad, in conjuction with the regional conference on ending the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict.

By Salma Zulfiqar and Hector Calderon

N’DJAMENA, Chad, 11 June 2010 – At a regional conference here this week, Chad and five other Central African nations signed a declaration on ending the use of child soldiers. In a recorded video address to the participants, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake offered fervent support for the move.

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INEE Tools Launch 2010

Geneva, New York, Paris: 23 June 2010 – Today we are thrilled to announce the global launch of four major new inter-agency tools that have been developed by literally hundreds of INEE members over the past year.

The tools

INEE Minimum Standards for Education Preparedness Response Recovery, 2010(updated 2010 edition) is the only global tool that articulates the minimum level of educational quality and access in emergencies through to recovery, providing good practices for coordinated action by education practitioners and policy makers in governments and international and national agencies.

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Gender Matters – Achieving Equality in Education and Emergencies

Haiti, 2010

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Haiti, 2010.

22 June 2010 – Prioritising gender equality in educational systems is vital to addressing the needs and concerns of women, girls, boys and men alike. Programmes that integrate gender equality are also effectively undertaking issues of access to power and resources. Ignoring gender equality, particularly in times of crisis, can hinder a students’ ability to learn and engage, and thus negatively impact broader recovery efforts, not only within education systems, but also for entire communities.

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Aid reaches displaced and refugee families in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

© UNICEF Uzbekistan/2010/Toshmatov
A UNICEF team joins Maftuna, 7, Lorchinbek, 6, and Abrorbek, 6, who are playing near their new temporary home at a camp in Uzbekistan, where most of the refugee population consists women and children.

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, and KURGANPATA, Uzbekistan, 22 June 2010 – Despite continuing concerns about security, UNICEF has organized an airlift and overland distribution of supplies to people displaced by violence in Kyrgyzstan. At the same time, some of the ethnic Uzbek families that fled the country into neighbouring Uzbekistan have now moved from transit points into bigger camps supported by UNICEF.

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