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UNICEF Canada Welcomes CIDA's New Strategy Focusing on Children and Youth


TORONTO, ONTARIO- Nov. 20, 2009 - UNICEF Canada congratulates the Government of Canada on the Canadian International Development Agency's new Children and Youth Strategy, unveiled earlier today by Minister of International Cooperation Beverly Oda. The strategy is an important step in ensuring that Canada's overseas development assistance helps fulfill the rights of children, particularly the most vulnerable.

Through previously announced investments in UNICEF, such as the Canadian-led Initiative to Save a Million Lives and the Canadian International Immunization Initiative, CIDA has demonstrated its commitment to building strong support networks and institutions which help to ensure that children have the care and services they need to grow up happy and healthy and to their full potential. Today's announcement is a further signal of CIDA's determination to achieve sustainable results for children.


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and HIV and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF, please visit

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