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Pacific Humanitarian Partnership Meeting Puts Focus on Women and Children in Disasters

Two hundred people involved in disaster response across the region are gathered in Suva for the annual Pacific Humanitarian Partnership meeting where the impact of disasters on women and children has been on the agenda today. The meeting was addressed by HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan on the role of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) programs in building resilience to disaster and climate change. Continue reading

UN backs new vaccine to protect Kiribati children from life-threatening diarrhoea

Kiribati children will be better protected from a potentially killer virus when the small island nation becomes one of the first countries in the Pacific to introduce the rotavirus vaccine. The Kiribati Ministry of Health and Medical Services announced the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine in its routine immunisation schedule today as part of a comprehensive child survival package.  Continue reading

Child Sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance Report

Care_Protection_Allowance_reaches_5000childrenA new report has found that Fiji is at forefront in the Pacific with social protection programmes, in particular the Care and Protection allowance that reaches at least 5,000 vulnerable children throughout Fiji. The Child Sensitive Social Protection in Fiji: Assessment of the Care and Protection Allowance Report (pdf) was launched today by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Rosy Akbar. Continue reading

ABC Teaching Human Rights: Practical Activities for Primary and Secondary Schools

Teaching Human Rights booklet coverABC: Teaching Human Rights aims to serve as a user -friendly tool for human rights education and a multi-coloured umbrella covering a number of basic human rights areas. It offers practical advice to teachers and other educators who want to foster human rights awareness and action among primary and secondary school children, including suggestions for developing learning activities. It is not meant to place an extra burden on an already overloaded curriculum but to assist in infusing human rights issues into subjects already taught in schools. Continue reading

Child maltreatment costing Asia-Pacific US $209 billion

Child abuse and violence is costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific around US $209 billion/year, equivalent to 2 percent of the region’s GDP, according to newly published research commissioned by UNICEF. This is the first ever costing of child maltreatment in the region and was conducted by a team of global experts using a proven methodology previously employed in Australia and the US. Continue reading

Violence against children is not inevitable, it can be prevented

The President of Fiji, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, sent a strong and unified message at the start of a three-day conference on ending violence against children today, saying “Violence against children is not inevitable, it can be prevented.” Senior government officials, child protection experts and donors from 15 Pacific Island countries have come together with international experts to develop country plans, review and share good practices and ensure data and information on child protection is available, shared and acted upon when they return to their countries. Continue reading

Protection of the rights of children who may be transferred from Nauru to Cambodia

UNICEF is concerned by reports of a decision by the Governments of Australia and Cambodia to start transferring refugees currently in an Australian-funded processing centre in Nauru to Cambodia for settlement. According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia and Cambodia are both parties, the rights of children are paramount and must be guaranteed in every situation. Article 3 of the CRC obliges States to ensure that in all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child are a primary consideration. Continue reading

UNICEF and Vanuatu Football Federation help children to play and recover from Cyclone Pam

juggling_soccer_ballUNICEF and the Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) through the Just Play programme, are collaborating to use existing networks and sport to assist with emergency relief activities in Vanuatu following the category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam that struck Vanuatu four weeks ago. “The work we are doing through this partnership with the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and working through Continue reading