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April 18, 1989 | From Reuters
James Grant, executive director of the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) since 1980, was reappointed Monday for another five-year term beginning next Jan. 1.
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NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Travelers looking to do good during their vacations while relaxing on the beach with margaritas should be careful about where they travel, actress Alyssa Milano said Saturday at the L.A. Times Travel Show. "The scariest thing is going to a resort, and the corrupt government not using any of that tourism money to help the educational system," Milano said during a conversation with Times columnist Patt Morrison.  Milano, a die-hard Dodgers fan raised in New York to a family of Italian heritage, noted she has never visited Italy.
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OPINION
January 6, 1985
For goodness sake, let's not confuse UNICEF with UNESCO! Some people, when approached for support of UNICEF, give responses that indicate they're thinking about UNESCO. Both are United Nations agencies but otherwise they are quite different. The United States is withdrawing from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations. We object to how they spend their (our) money, with high administrative costs and low service delivery. We don't like their "politicization," with too many get-America or Zionism-is-racism resolutions being passed.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Matt Damon and producer Jerry Weintraub teamed up Tuesday to emcee the 2014 UNICEF Ball, so often going off script in their lively, largely impromptu dialogue that at one point Damon turned to Weintraub and, referencing Sunday's Golden Globes telecast, asked if the two were the night's Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The honors: Presented by Baccarat, the black-tie affair at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills honored Michael Douglas, a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and Ghada Irani, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Southern California board chair, with Danny Kaye Humanitarian Awards for their support of UNICEF's mission to save and improve children's lives.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1985
Actress Cicely Tyson has been named to head the 35th annual Halloween "trick or treat" campaign on behalf of the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF).. The announcement was made at a U.N. news conference by television personality Hugh Downs, chairman of the board of the United States Committee for UNICEF.
SPORTS
August 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Hunched down on the ground, Pau Gasol leaned over and extended his hand. In most circumstances, the Lakers forward does that to shoot a mid-range jumper, operate in the low post, dish off a nifty assist or block a shot. But Gasol's versatility goes beyond his basketball skills. In this case, a two-year-old girl named Fatime clutched Gasol's hand on Saturday while lying on a blanket with her older brother and mom at a hospital in Mao, a city in the African nation of Chad. The girl represents a fraction of a sobering statistic.
SPORTS
August 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Among the highlights of my interview in the video above with Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who spent the last  week in the African nation of Chad as a UNICEF ambassador: --Why he described the trip as "intense" --How he processes the suffering he sees around the region --How Gasol helped with feeding and sanitation efforts --Playing pickup basketball games with the citizens there, mostly as a perimeter player --What he plans to do...
NEWS
February 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
The U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) sold a record 135 million greeting cards last year, earning the agency about $40 million to help the world's children, the United Nations said Friday. West Germany accounted for the most sales (15 million), followed by the United States with 14 million.
WORLD
March 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen abducted an American working for the United Nations in southern Somalia, U.N. officials said. Robert McCarthy of the U.N. Children's Fund, or UNICEF, was kidnapped on the outskirts of Afmadow, 70 miles northwest of the southern port of Kismayo, said Sandra Macharia, a U.N. spokeswoman in Somalia. She declined to comment on the circumstances of the abduction, whether the U.N. knew the identity of the kidnappers or if there had been any demands.
NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Travelers looking to do good during their vacations while relaxing on the beach with margaritas should be careful about where they travel, actress Alyssa Milano said Saturday at the L.A. Times Travel Show. "The scariest thing is going to a resort, and the corrupt government not using any of that tourism money to help the educational system," Milano said during a conversation with Times columnist Patt Morrison.  Milano, a die-hard Dodgers fan raised in New York to a family of Italian heritage, noted she has never visited Italy.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers forward Pau Gasol was moved by his recent trip to Dohuk, Iraq, to visit with Syrian refugees. "Most of the people didn't know who I was.  They didn't know what I do," Gasol told The Times on Friday via telephone from Spain.  "They saw someone that cared for them who was there to help them.  That was there to listen to them, to play with children and be their speaker and be their voice and carry a message for them.  It was a great experience....
WORLD
March 12, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- The escalating Syrian conflict risks creating a “lost generation” of  millions of children suffering physical and psychological consequences of the war, UNICEF warned in a report released Tuesday. Children may be the major victims of the almost two-year conflict, says the United Nation's Children's Fund, which provides aid to Syrians both inside and outside the country. Children represent about half of the more than 1 million refugees who have fled Syria.  Inside the country, the young have been killed, injured, left orphaned and traumatized.
WORLD
March 5, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Syria's civil conflict has battered the nation's education system, depriving hundreds of thousands of children of schooling, UNICEF said Tuesday. One in 5 Syrian schools have suffered damage or have been converted into shelters, UNICEF said in a new overview of the parlous state of education in Syria, where an armed rebellion has been raging for almost two years. In some cases, UNICEF said, armed groups have commandeered schools. At least 2,400 schools have been damaged or destroyed, the U.N. children's agency said.
WORLD
September 11, 2012 | By Lutfi Sheriff Mohammed and Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Lawmakers overwhelmingly elected an academic and civic activist as president of Somalia on Monday, in a United Nations-backed effort to put the country's lawless past behind it and forge its first stable central government in more than two decades. Hassan Sheik Mohamud defeated about two dozen other candidates, including two outgoing leaders, President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. The victor, a former UNICEF official and founder of the opposition Peace and Development Party, is seen as a progressive.
SPORTS
August 31, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Among the highlights of my interview in the video above with Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who spent the last  week in the African nation of Chad as a UNICEF ambassador: --Why he described the trip as "intense" --How he processes the suffering he sees around the region --How Gasol helped with feeding and sanitation efforts --Playing pickup basketball games with the citizens there, mostly as a perimeter player --What he plans to do...
WORLD
August 30, 2012 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - When Ishmael Beah looked at the dazed faces of child soldiers in the Central African Republic, dark memories rose inside him. He'd been in a similar situation as a boy soldier in the West African country of Sierra Leone in the 1990s during a war in which combatants routinely chopped off people's limbs. Now he had traveled the corrugated back roads of the Central African Republic to the remote town of Ndele, where he was present last week for negotiations with militia leaders on the release of child combatants.
NEWS
December 21, 1988 | From Reuters
Britain's Midland Bank has donated its entire $800,000 Sudan debt to the U.N. Children's Fund to finance development projects, UNICEF executive director James P. Grant said Tuesday. "The Midland Bank has pioneered a new form of debt relief," Grant said in an interview. "We hope others will follow." He said UNICEF will receive the money in local currency and spend it on water, health and reforestation projects in Sudan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1989 | CHARLES STROUSE, Times Staff Writer
Mickey Mouse has made children laugh for 60 years, but later this year he's moving into a more serious business: saving them. Walt Disney Co., Mickey's creator, and UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, announced Tuesday that they will begin a pilot project in Guatemala by the end of the year using Disney characters to educate parents and children about disease and sanitation.
SPORTS
August 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Hunched down on the ground, Pau Gasol leaned over and extended his hand. In most circumstances, the Lakers forward does that to shoot a mid-range jumper, operate in the low post, dish off a nifty assist or block a shot. But Gasol's versatility goes beyond his basketball skills. In this case, a two-year-old girl named Fatime clutched Gasol's hand on Saturday while lying on a blanket with her older brother and mom at a hospital in Mao, a city in the African nation of Chad. The girl represents a fraction of a sobering statistic.
SPORTS
August 24, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Pau Gasol has experienced a wide range of emotions this off-season. He is excited the Lakers acquired Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in hopes of squeezing out more NBA championships.  He is relieved the Lakers made such deals without trading him. He was filled with pride as the leader of the Spanish men's basketball team and his country's flag bearer in the 2012 London Olympics, though he was disappointed Spain lost in the gold-medal match to the...
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