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NEW YORK, 18-26 September 2019 – UNICEF media opportunities prior to and during the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

00:01am GMT Wednesday 18 September
• UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore issues an inaugural open letter highlighting the eight biggest, emerging threats to child’s rights, as we mark 30 years since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.
Contact: Georgina Thompson, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 238 1559, gthompson@unicef.org

11am CEST/ 5 am EST/ 9am GMT Thursday 19 September
•UNICEF and WHO, along with UN partners to release the latest estimates for maternal and child mortality, making the case for better quality of care to save millions of mothers and children. Press briefing to take place in Geneva from 10 – 11am CET with UNICEF and WHO experts.
Contact: Sabrina Sidhu, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 476 1537, ssidhu@unicef.org

00:01am GMT Friday 20 September
• UNICEF issues new numbers on babies born into conflict zones in 2018, and raises concern on the long-term impact of exposure to conflict on children’s early development.
Contact: Georgina Thompson, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 238 1559, gthompson@unicef.org  

Saturday 21 September
• Climate change activation: Part of a classroom made out of recycled plastic will be placed at the UNHQ forecourt. UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and UNICEF Youth Advocate and environmental activist Kherann Yao from Cote d’Ivoire will unveil the installation.
Location: United Nations, New York.
Contact: Yemi Lufadeju, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 213 4034, glufadeju@unicef.org

00:01am EST Sunday 22 September
• WHO, along with UNICEF and other partners, will launch the 2019 Global Monitoring Report, Primary Health Care on the Road to Universal Health Coverage, at an event attended by country delegates, heads of global health agencies and civil society groups. The launch takes place ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage at the UN on Monday 23 September. A virtual embargoed press conference will take place at 4.00pm CET on Wednesday 18 September to discuss the status of primary health care and other report findings with UNICEF and WHO experts. Location: Ford Foundation, Nelson Mandela Room, New York, 18:00-20:00.
Contact: Sabrina Sidhu, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 476 1537, ssidhu@unicef.org

10:00-11:00am EST Monday 23 September
• UNICEF and The LEGO Foundation to co-host an event on the impact of humanitarian emergencies on children’s early brain development and showcase interventions that reduce the risk of children’s exposure to toxic stress – a state known to derail brain development in early childhood.
Location: UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza.
Contact: Georgina Thompson, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 238 1559, gthompson@unicef.org  

11:00am EST Monday 23 September
• Press conference where 16 child petitioners will present an official Complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Media must register to attend by Thursday 19 September. A press briefing over the phone will be held at 10.00am EST on 18 September to discuss the Complaint and petitioners.
Location: UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza.
Contact: Helen Wyle, UNICEF New York, +1 917 244 2215, hwylie@unicef.org, Georgina Thompson, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 238 1559, gthompson@unicef.org  

11:30am-1:00pm EST Tuesday 24 September
• UNICEF will join 11 multilateral agencies to launch the Global Action Plan for Healthier Lives and Well-Being to align their ways of working and provide more streamlined support to countries to address health equities, improve quality of care and reach their health targets. Joint press release will include key components of the plan.
Location: United Nations, New York.
Contact: Sabrina Sidhu, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 476 1537, ssidhu@unicef.org

12:00-1:30pm EST Wednesday 25 September
• Generation Unlimited and the Global Business Coalition for Education are co-hosting the event ‘Reimaging Education: Preparing the Next Generation with Skills for the Future’. The event brings together 150 global leaders from business, civil society, government, young people and the United Nations to secure and announce new partnerships, innovative solutions, and new investments.
Location: UNICEF House, 3 United Nations Plaza.
Contact: Georgina Thompson, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 238 1559, gthompson@unicef.org  

12:00-1:30pm EST Wednesday 25 September
• UN-mandated High-Level commemorative event for member states to make new commitments to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Speakers include United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, President of the General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, member states including the first countries to ratify the Convention, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan.
Location: General Assembly Hall, United Nations, New York.
Contact: Georgina Thompson, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 238 1559, gthompson@unicef.org

6:00-9:00pm EST Wednesday 25 September
• UNICEF and The Rockefeller Foundation will host an event to announce a new partnership that will use data to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates in target countries. This event will showcase how policy makers, tech leaders and health advocates can harness the power of data to realize commitments made on universal health coverage. The press release announcing the partnership is embargoed until 6am EST 25 September.
Location: Grand Hyatt, New York City
Contact: Sabrina Sidhu, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 476 1537, ssidhu@unicef.org

11 September to 20 November
A special collection – curated by UNICEF and the World Press Photo Foundation – featuring some of the world’s most iconic photographs to highlight challenges faced by children across the world will be exhibited at UNICEF House.
The thought-provoking photos – many of which have received widespread attention and spurred international debate on issues including climate change, migration and statelessness – were selected from images in receipt of the prestigious World Press Photo award between 2016 and 2019.
Location: UNICEF House, New York.
Contact: Georgina Thompson, UNICEF New York, + 1 917 238 1559, gthompson@unicef.org

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