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POWER OF SYNERGY

UNICEF celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2006. Throughout its history, UNICEF has formed solid partnerships. In 2006, UNICEF strengthened long-standing collaborations and forged new alliances.

A group of UN organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and UNICEF set the stage for a pilot of ‘One UN’ in Viet Nam. These agencies will work as a team to avoid fragmentation and duplication of services. Viet Nam along with Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania and Uruguay were trailblazers in this reform, with the aim of consolidating the UN organizations into a single presence in their work on the ground.

In May 2006, the executive directors of UNICEF and the World Food Programme made a joint visit to Panama, where they met with heads of country offices in the Latin America and Caribbean region to intensify common efforts to help eliminate childhood undernutrition and weaken the grip of AIDS.

The Millennium Development Goals are mutually reinforcing and drive UNICEF’s commitment to cross-sectoral endeavours. For instance, Goal 4, reduce the under-five child mortality rate by two thirds, will not be achieved without also improving maternal health. In 2006, maternal health and child survival took on new meaning as UNICEF brought home-based antenatal and neonatal care to India’s Onge tribe. One of four Stone Age ‘Negrito’ tribes in the Andaman District, the Onge has a population of just 105 people. Keeping mothers and babies alive is more than good health-care practice; it is a fight against extinction.

CHILDREN AND THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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