Continuing violence in Yemeni city

Continuing violence in Yemeni city

TAIZ, Yemen, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- U.N. agencies Wednesday demanded an immediate halt to fighting between the Yemeni army and tribal factions in the southern city of Taiz.
UNICEF pressures DRC ahead of vote

UNICEF pressures DRC ahead of vote

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The next government in the Democratic Republic of Congo will only be able to usher in a new era if it does more to protect its children, an activist said.

Tuvalu grapples with drought

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The drought in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, which declared a state of emergency because of a shortage of fresh water, is likely to last until January.

Group funded to boost U.S. breastfeeding

ATLANTA, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- An effort to help U.S. hospitals better support mothers in breastfeeding their babies has been awarded $6 million from the federal government, advocates say.

U.S. hopeful about Yemeni transition

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- While all parties in Yemen are expected to refrain from further violence, Washington is hopeful transition efforts will bear fruit, the State Department said.

Global child mortality rate drops

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The world's annual mortality rate for children 5 years old or younger fell sharply to 7.6 million last year from over 12 million in 1990, U.N. figures show.
Gadhafi's message to Libyan rebels: 'We will fight'

Gadhafi's message to Libyan rebels: 'We will fight'

TRIPOLI, Libya, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A message purported to be from fugitive Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said his forces are prepared to fight "a long, drawn-out war" against rebel troops.
Libya running out of water

Libya running out of water

TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- UNICEF is working in war-torn Libya to make up for a water shortage, which the aid agency said could lead to serious health problems if it continues.
Canada, Colombia free trade deal a go

Canada, Colombia free trade deal a go

BOGOTA, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A free trade agreement between Canada and Colombia will go into effect Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in Bogota Wednesday.
Famine relief hurt by food delays

Famine relief hurt by food delays

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Famine relief efforts in Somalia are hampered more by delays in procuring food and funds than by militants banning access to certain areas, organizers said.

Al-Shabaab appears split on foreign aid

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A United Nations relief group has been able, for the first time in two years, to land a load of supplies at a Somali airstrip controlled by al-Shabaab.

U.N. begins food airlifts to Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 27 (UPI) -- Airlifts of food to famine-stricken Somalia were beginning Wednesday, the U.N. World Food Program said.

World called to task on Somali famine

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- With famine declared for parts of the Horn of Africa, the U.S. State Department is calling donors to supply emergency aid.
No word on Wozniacki, Clijsters injuries

No word on Wozniacki, Clijsters injuries

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- There was no word on when Caroline Wozniacki or Kim Clijsters, the top two ranked women's tennis players, would return to tournament action.
Vinci wins UNICEF Open

Vinci wins UNICEF Open

'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, June 18 (UPI) -- Roberta Vinci collected her second WTA title of the year Saturday when she defeated Jelena Dokic at the UNICEF Open tennis tournament in the Netherlands.
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An Afghan child looks on as a health worker administers polio vaccine on the second day of a vaccination campaign in Kabul on March 15, 2010. A three-day nationwide polio eradication signature project is a joint initiative implemented by the Public Health Ministry, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organiztion (WHO). Afghanistan is one of only of a handful of countries in the world that still has the crippling polio virus with new cases reported every year. UPI/Hossein Fatemi

United Nations Children's Fund (or UNICEF; pronounced /ˈjuːnɨsɛf/ yew-ni-sef [1]) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System and its name was shortened from the original United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund but it has continued to be known by the popular acronym based on this old name. Headquartered in New York City, UNICEF provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It is one of the members of the United Nations Development Group and its Executive Committee.[2] UNICEF relies on contributions from governments and private donors and UNICEF's total income for 2006 was $2,781,000,000. Governments contribute two thirds of the organization's resources; private groups and some 6 million individuals contribute the rest through the National Committees. UNICEF's programs emphasize developing community-level services to promote the health and well-being of children. UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965 and the Prince of Asturias Award of Concord in 2006. Most of UNICEF's work is in the field, with staff in over 190 countries and territories. More than 200 country offices carry out UNICEF's mission through a program developed with host governments. Seven regional offices provide technical assistance to country offices as needed. Overall management and administration of the organization takes place at its headquarters in New York. UNICEF's Supply Division is based in Copenhagen and serves as the primary point of distribution for such essential items as vaccines, antiretroviral medicines for children and mothers with HIV, nutritional supplements, emergency shelters, educational supplies, among others. A 36-member Executive Board establishes policies, approves programs and oversees administrative and financial plans. The Executive Board is made up of government representatives who are elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, usually for three-year terms. Following the reaching of term limits by Executive Director of UNICEF Carol Bellamy, former United States Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman became executive director of the organization in May 2005, with an agenda to increase the organization's focus on the Millennium Development Goals. She was succeeded in May 2010, by Anthony Lake. UNICEF is an inter-governmental organization and thus is accountable to governments. UNICEF’s salary and benefits package[3] is based on the United Nations Common System.

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