María Cristina Perceval has taken office as UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, whose offices are located at the City of Knowledge. A national of Argentina, Mrs. Perceval arrives at UNICEF after a long career of over 30 years as a Human Rights advocate, Senator and Diplomat and extensive work aimed at safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable. She replaces Bernt Aasen, who is retiring after 28 years of service in the organization.
This March, the Regional Directors of the Latin American and Caribbean offices of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), RET-Protecting Through Education, World Vision, Plan International and Save the Children, all with regional headquarters at the City of Knowledge, have signed the Framework Partnership Agreement (FPA) on the Resilience of children and youth in Latin America and the Caribbean – CORELAC.
Plan and UNICEF, both with regional headquarters at the City of Knowledge, called for a greater coordination between education and sectors of disaster risk management at regional, national and local levels, which is necessary for children and adolescents to have better access to education in emergency situations.
In recent days the presentation of the project "Education Statistics for the Construction of Indicators" organized by UNICEF and SENACYT, took place at UNICEF’s Regional Office at the City of Knowledge.
The Concert "Panama for the Children of Syria", an initiative of the Organization Music For Life International, and performed at the City of Knowledge Athenaeum, raised $ 7,460 to support UNICEF's efforts to meet the immediate needs of the children of Syria.
The dialogue about Environmental Education, part of the conversation cycle entitled: Panama on the Road to Sustainable Development, was held with great success, at the Oropéndolas Salon of the Metropolitan National Park.
Urbanization leaves hundreds of millions of children in cities and towns excluded from vital services, UNICEF warns in The State of the World’s Children 2012: Children in an Urban World.
On December 13 the Information Center of the United Nations in Panama (CINUP), located inside the City of Knowledge, held the closing ceremony in commemoration of the United Nations International Year of People of African Descendants.