Press releases and news notes
UNICEF ‘world version’ of John Lennon classic invites all to Imagine a better world for children
CAPE TOWN/LONDON/RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK, 31 December 2014 – On New Year’s Eve, John Lennon’s anthem to hope and peace, Imagine, will take centre stage in capitals across the world to help inspire a global movement towards a better future for every child.
‘Build back better’ has worked in Aceh – UNICEF
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia, 25 December 2014 - Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami, UNICEF commended the people of Aceh, Indonesia’s western-most province, for their resilience and their achievements in rising from devastation.
UNICEF Ebola response: 400+ survivors receive psycho-social support and kits to restart their lives
KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 24 December 2014 – More than 400 Ebola survivors have taken part in four separate survivor conferences over the past few days in the districts of Kailahun, Kenema and Bo, where they learned more about protecting their communities, were informed as to how their bodies defeated the disease, and received psycho-social support.
From space, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti sings #Imagine
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION/ROME, 22 December 2014 – From the vast distance of space, Italian astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, today joined the UNICEF #IMAGINE campaign, adding her voice to an expanding global chorus of John Lennon’s anthem to peace and hope, Imagine.
UNICEF – Tsunami 10 years on
NEW YORK, 23 December 2014 - “The Indian Ocean tsunami changed lives around the world forever. Entire communities were obliterated in moments. Families were robbed of children, sisters, brothers and parents. In an unprecedented expression of international grief and solidarity, millions of people across the globe mobilised in support of one of the largest relief efforts in history.
Conflict in Ukraine leaves almost 150 schools closed: UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV, 19 December 2014 – Conflict in Ukraine has left 147 schools closed in parts of Donetsk Oblast where fighting is ongoing, and disrupted the education of some 50,000 children since September 1.
Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan - 2015-16
AMMAN, December 18, 2014 - “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago.
Central African Republic: Two out of five children without vital aid - UNICEF
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK – A year after extreme violence tore through the Central African Republic, two out of five children in urgent need of UNICEF’s support are without vital humanitarian aid – according to the agency.
UNICEF Statement on deadly attacks on children in Yemen and Pakistan
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 – The massacre today of more than 100 children in an attack on a school in Pakistan, and the reported killing of at least 15 school girls in a car bombing in Yemen, mark a dark day in the closing weeks of a bleak year for children around the world.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of children in Peshawar, Pakistan
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 - The horrific, callous killing of more than one hundred children today in Peshawar, Pakistan must do more than shock the conscience of the world – as it will.
One year after conflict, children still under daily threat in South Sudan
JUBA/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – The future for a generation of children in South Sudan is being stolen by the year-long conflict in the country, which has driven hundreds of thousands of children from their homes, schools and communities; subjecting them to violence, malnutrition and disease, the UNICEF said today.
To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based services for the future, UNICEF raises appeal to US$500 million
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – UNICEF today announced an expanded fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa over the next six months, costing a total of US$500 million – of which just 24 per cent ($125.7 million) has been secured.
UNICEF mobilizes to reach children and families affected by Typhoon Hagupit
MANILA/NEW YORK, 8 December 2014 – As Typhoon Hagupit wreaks havoc through the Philippines, UNICEF is acting quickly to support the Filipino government’s response to the emergency, providing lifesaving supplies and services for children and women in the areas hardest hit by cyclone-force winds and heavy rains.
With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences, forcibly recruited and deliberately targeted by warring groups, UNICEF said today. Yet many crises no longer capture the world’s attention, warned the children’s agency.
UNICEF gears up to respond as Typhoon Hagupit heads to the Philippines
TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE, Philippines, 5 December 2014 – Merely thirteen months after the coastal communities were ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, Super Typhoon Hagupit (locally named Ruby) is gaining strength to hit the Philippines within the next few days.
Sierra Leone: In communities at risk, the fight against Ebola and malaria goes hand in hand
FREETOWN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 5 December 2014 - Around 2.4 million people will receive anti-malarial drugs during a UNICEF-supported campaign that begins today. As the malaria transmission season peaks in Sierra Leone, the move aims to reduce cases of malaria, ease the strain on the health system and allow true cases of Ebola to be found and treated.
Hundreds of thousands of children in war-torn Central African Republic have chance to restart education - UNICEF
BANGUI/ DAKAR/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 5 December 2014 – Hundreds of thousands of children in conflict-hit Central African Republic – some of whom have missed up to two years of formal education – will have the chance to get back to school as a campaign gets underway. The initiative, supported by UNICEF, aims to help 662,000 children resume their studies, as schools gradually reopen in safer areas of the country.
UNICEF: 1.1 million HIV infections in children averted
NEW YORK, 28 November 2014 – An estimated 1.1 million HIV infections among children under 15 have been averted, as new cases declined by over 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, according to data released by UNICEF today ahead of World AIDS Day.
Thai media continues to violate children’s rights, including the regular disclosure of the identify of child victims
BANGKOK, 27 November 2014 – Children’s rights continue to be regularly violated in Thai newspaper and television news coverage, according to a media study supported by UNICEF Thailand and released today.
European Parliament celebrates CRC@25 and renews EU commitments for children
STRASBOURG, 27 November 2014 - In a special plenary session, the European Parliament adopted a resolution marking the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) with a call to place children’s rights at the heart of the European Union’s internal and external policies.
ECHO provides additional €4 million to keep Syrian children healthy
AMMAN, Jordan, 25 November 2014 – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has contributed an additional €4 million (approximately $5 million USD) to UNICEF’s emergency response supporting children affected by the on-going conflict inside Syria, and in neighboring Jordan.
In West Africa, countries at risk of Ebola remain on high alert: UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 21 November 2014 – With new Ebola cases in Mali and a continuing surge in Sierra Leone, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to help other West African countries at risk prepare for potential outbreaks.
Raise your voice with UNICEF and Imagine a better world for children
NEW YORK, 20 November, 2014 – During a musical event at the United Nations General Assembly today, UNICEF will unveil the #IMAGINE project as part of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Innovation can drive change for most disadvantaged children - UNICEF Report
NEW YORK, 20 November 2014 – Urgent action is needed to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation, UNICEF said in a new report launched on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Connectivity and collaboration can fuel new global networks to leverage innovation to reach every child, according to the children’s agency.
Lack of toilets dangerous for everyone, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.
Statement on the death of Marcel Rudasingwa, former UNICEF Representative in Kenya
NEW YORK/CONAKRY/KIGALI/NAIROBI, 18 November 2014 - UNICEF mourns the sudden death of our colleague and friend, Mr. Marcel Rudasingwa.
IKEA Foundation contributes US$31.5 million to UNICEF
NEW YORK/LEIDEN, 18 November 2014 – To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, IKEA Foundation is boosting its commitment to children with six new grants to UNICEF, amounting to US $31.5 million (€24.9 million).
Scotland and England unite to protect children from Ebola
LONDON, UK, 16 November 2014 - An urgent television appeal to help protect children in danger from the deadliest ever Ebola outbreak will be broadcast during the England v Scotland international on Tuesday night to raise money for Unicef’s Emergency Ebola Appeal.
Mali: Emergency Directors emphasize critical contribution of humanitarian assistance and call for urgent funds to maintain the UN humanitarian air service
NEW YORK, 14 November 2014 - Addressing the media today following a three-day visit to Mali last week, the Emergency Directors of three humanitarian agencies, John Ging of OCHA, Afshan Khan of UNICEF, and Mabingue Ngom of UNFPA, said that Mali is at a crucial crossroads and that failure to act now to meet humanitarian needs may jeopardise the prospects for peace and stability in the country.
UNICEF: Ten Ebola Community Care Centers to open in Bombali district, Sierra Leone
GENEVA/FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 14 November 2014 – Ten new Ebola Community Care Centers are due to open this week in Sierra Leone’s Bombali district as part of a new drive to bring Ebola care closer to communities.
Children’s winter needs are greater than ever in Middle East but limited access and funds hamper UNICEF response
AMMAN/GENEVA, 14 November 2014 – As seasonal cold winds, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures close in on conflict-torn parts of the Middle East, UNICEF and partners have begun the distribution of warm clothes and other winter items to ensure that one million of the most vulnerable children are kept warm and healthy.
Spike in measles deaths among children troubling, UNICEF says
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 November 2014 – UNICEF today expressed alarm at new data showing that the number of child deaths from measles jumped from an estimated 122,000 in 2012 to 145,700 in 2013.
Battle against Ebola being waged at community level: UNICEF
NEW YORK/DAKAR, 13 November 2014 – UNICEF said today the battle against Ebola must be waged, and will be won, at the heart of the community.
Steep drop in pneumonia deaths in last decade, but much further to go – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 12 November 2014 – Significant declines in child deaths from pneumonia prove that strategies to defeat the disease are working, UNICEF said on the sixth World Pneumonia Day. But much more is needed to stop hundreds of thousands of children from succumbing to this preventable illness each year.
Pneumonia prevention and care available for every child is key to defeat world’s #1 infectious killer of children
LONDON, UK, 12 November 2014 - Every day, more than 2,500 children under age five die of pneumonia, which is close to one million each year. This is nearly 1 in 6 of the total deaths in that age group. Today, the world commemorates the sixth annual World Pneumonia Day by calling on leaders to increase universal access for pneumonia prevention and care in order to end preventable child deaths by 2030.
UNICEF Statement on the suicide bombing of a school in northeast Nigeria
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 10 November 2014 – “UNICEF condemns the cruel attack today on the Government Science Technical School Potiskum in Yobe State, Nigeria, which killed dozens of children and injured many more.
Statement on release of kidnapped UNICEF staff member in Yemen
NEW YORK/SANA'A, 8 November 2014 – Colleagues at UNICEF are delighted that James Massaquoi, who was abducted in Yemen in October 2013, has today been released and is safe and well.
One year after Typhoon Haiyan: building stronger, resilient communities
MANILA, Philippines, 8 November 2014 – A year after Typhoon Haiyan left more than 6 million children in need of emergency assistance, UNICEF is helping build stronger more resilient communities that are better prepared for future disasters.
Statement on the protection of children during the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, 7 November 2014 – The senseless killing of two children and injury of four others in the shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday is a shocking reminder of the price being paid by children and families in the ongoing violence in Eastern Ukraine.
Statement by Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative for Syria on attack on the Al Hayat Primary School in Eastern Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syria, 7 November 2014 – The attack on the Al Hayat Primary School in the district of Qaboun in eastern Damascus on Wednesday killed 11 children and injured many more – yet another horrific reminder of the terrible price Syria’s children are paying in a brutal conflict now well into its fourth year.
Massive UNICEF shipments of supplies to fight Ebola reach 3,000MT mark
GENEVA/COPENHAGEN/NEW YORK, 7 November 2014 – UNICEF has sent almost 3,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies including protective equipment and essential medicine in the past three months to fight the spread of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The children’s agency is among the largest source of supplies in the Ebola response.
UNICEF statement on deaths of children in Donetsk, Ukraine
KYIV/GENEVA, 6 November 2014 - UNICEF is saddened to learn that at least two children were killed and four have been injured as a result of shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk city on 5 November 2014. We at UNICEF express our deepest sympathies to the families of the children who have lost their lives or been injured. UNICEF reminds all parties to the conflict that they have a responsibility to keep children out of harm’s way.
UNICEF reaching “forgotten children” in Central African Republic
BANGUI, 31 October 2014 – UNICEF is rushing critical supplies to thousands of children forced to flee their homes in Central African Republic (CAR), amid worsening violence and increased attacks against aid workers.
#EbolaResponse: Emergency health equipment flown to Guinea under UNICEF-EU partnership
BRUSSELS/ZARAGOZA, Guinea Conakry, 29 October 2014 – A cargo plane transporting 14 ambulance cars took off today from Zaragoza airport in Spain to Guinea Conakry, part of UNICEF’s efforts to send in life-saving health equipment to the Ebola-affected country. This is the third cargo airlift funded by a €1 million contribution from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid budget.
2.6 million more children plunged into poverty in rich countries during Great Recession
ROME/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 28 October 2014 – A new UNICEF report shows that 2.6 million children have sunk below the poverty line in the world’s most affluent countries since 2008, bringing the total number of children in the developed world living in poverty to an estimated 76.5 million.
Ten million childhood disabilities prevented in campaign to end polio – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 October 2014 – Every day, a thousand or so children have been protected from disability during a 26-year global effort to eradicate polio. The worldwide campaign has immunised millions of previously-unreached children across the globe, UNICEF said on the eve of World Polio Day.
UNICEF supplies reach children displaced by fighting in Ain Al Arab/Kobane
ALEPPO Syria, 21 October 2014 - Lifesaving UNICEF supplies including hygiene kits, blankets, water and high energy biscuits have been delivered to northern Aleppo where thousands of children from the besieged Syrian border city of Ain Al Arab/Kobane have taken refuge.
UNICEF Ebola response: Survivors to join fight against deadly virus in Sierra Leone
GENEVA/KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 15 October 2014 – Thirty-five Ebola survivors are meeting this week in Kenema, one of the epicentres of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, to share their experience of Ebola, learn how to deal with its psychological aftermath, and find ways to help infected community members.
Handwashing one important tool in the Ebola fight – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 15 October 2014 – As the world celebrates the seventh Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF said the fight against Ebola further underscores the practice of handwashing in disease prevention.
Give South Sudan’s Children a Healthy Start
JUBA, South Sudan, 14 October 2014 – The South Sudan National and State Ministry of Health, Sanitation and Environment, UNICEF and WFP kicked off a new outreach and a mass-screening campaign today to address the nutrition crisis, which UNICEF says is threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on awarding of Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi
NEW YORK, 10 October 2014 – “In a year that has seen so many crises affecting children around the world, the Nobel Committee’s decision is a welcome affirmation of the rights of every child to an education, to live free from violence, exploitation, and abuse, and to be heard.
Frontline health workers and families in Sierra Leone to receive vital supplies through UNICEF-EU partnership
BRUSSELS/FREETOWN, 10 October 2014 – A cargo plane with nearly 100 metric tons of essential medical supplies left Amsterdam today en route to Sierra Leone as part of UNICEF’s continuing response to the Ebola outbreak ravaging parts of West Africa. Similar flights are planned for Liberia and Guinea, part of a €1 million donation from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO).
UNICEF Statement on Award of Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi
NEW YORK, 10 October, 2014 - UNICEF congratulates Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, two powerful child advocates, on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The award demonstrates the unshakeable conviction that children are a force for change
Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence
NEW YORK, 10 October 2014 – Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF is issuing a new compilation of data revealing the magnitude of violence against adolescent girls and the alarming attitudes that perpetuate such abuse.
New UNICEF Ambassador Aamir Khan vows to fight stunting in South Asia
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 9 October 2014 – Film actor, director and producer Aamir Khan became Ambassador for UNICEF in South Asia today. In his new role Mr. Khan will focus on supporting child nutrition to end stunting across the region.
UNICEF welcomes release of 70 Kurdish children
GENEVA / DAMASCUS, 3 October 2014 - “UNICEF welcomes the release of 70 Kurdish children after 120 days of captivity. These children were kidnapped on 29 May 2014 while traveling from their home-town of Ai’n Al Arab in the northern Syrian governorate of Aleppo to take their final school examinations.
8 Million Europeans lend their voices in support of children in emergencies together with the EU and UNICEF
ROME Italy, 2 October 2014 – ‘Voices of Children in Emergencies’, a joint campaign of the EU and UNICEF for children in emergencies was introduced to EU member states in Rome today during an informal meeting of the working group on humanitarian assistance of the EU Council. The ceremony was hosted by the Italian EU Presidency, taking place at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation.
Statement by Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on double bombing in Homs
DAMASCUS, 1 October 2014 – “Today’s double vehicle-born bombing close to Akrama Al Makhzomi Elementary School in the Akrama neighbourhood of Homs city was a despicable act against innocent children.
UNICEF and WFP: Missions reach more than 500,000 in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 30 September 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF are wrapping up their 25th joint emergency mission to deliver lifesaving supplies and services in the most remote and conflict-hit regions of South Sudan.
Thousands of children orphaned by Ebola: UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 September 2014 – At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the start of the outbreak in West Africa, according to preliminary UNICEF estimates, and many are being rejected by their surviving relatives for fear of infection.
As 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child approaches, UNICEF asks: Is the world a better place for children?
NEW YORK, 26 September 2014 – Looking ahead to the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20, UNICEF today released new trend data and essays that ask a critical question: “Is the world a better place for children?”
First batch of 50,000 household protection kits arrives in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 25 September 2014 – With Ebola cases in Liberia spiralling upwards – now over 3,500 cases – UNICEF’s first shipment of new household protection kits landed in the Liberian capital on Wednesday.
Myanmar Military releases more than 100 children from armed forces
YANGON, Myanmar 25 September, 2014 – The Myanmar Armed Forces (“Tatmadaw”) released 109 children today, demonstrating its continued commitment to professionalize its security forces, ensuring that they become and remain ‘child free’.
Significant new pledges announced but more resources still required for children affected by the Syria crisis
NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – UNICEF welcomes $347 million in new funding commitments to the No Lost Generation Initiative announced at a meeting held at UNICEF House today.
Increased investment in education and protection helps safeguard the future of a generation of children affected by Syria crisis
NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – Over the last year, an additional 770,000 children affected by the Syria crisis benefitted from some form of education and almost 660,000 children received psychological support.
No Lost Generation Initiative: One Year On
NEW YORK, 23 September, 2014 - Press briefing following a high-level meeting on the No Lost Generation Initiative. Progress and achievements of the initiative to date and the objectives for 2014/15, plus major new donor commitments will be announced.
Leaders pledge to put early child development at the centre of sustainable development
NEW YORK, 23 September 2014 – Today, world leading scientists and economists, along with high-level representatives from business, civil society, academia, UN agencies and a host of countries, committed to making early childhood development central to sustainable development at a breakfast meeting for champions of early childhood development (ECD), on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly.
UNICEF lauds commitment to child rights by World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
NEW YORK, 23 September 2014 – As the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples concluded today in New York, UNICEF said the commitment to children’s rights in the outcome document signified a major step forward for indigenous children.
Child malnutrition emergency in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 23 September 2014 – Tens of thousands of children under the age of five remain at risk of malnutrition-related death in South Sudan, despite temporary improvements in the food security situation that were released today by the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) group of experts.
UNICEF launches ‘app store for good’
NEW YORK, 22 September 2014 – UNICEF today launched RapidPro – an open-source platform of applications that can help governments deliver rapid and vital real-time information and connect communities to lifesaving services.
Sierra Leone launches three-day, door-to-door Ebola prevention campaign
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 18 September 2014 – An ambitious public information campaign aiming to reach every household in Sierra Leone with life-saving messages on Ebola will take place 19-21 September in a bid to reduce the spread of the disease with the help of community members. UNICEF has provided the Government-led campaign with technical and financial support, including information materials.
Joint WHO – UNICEF statement regarding deaths of children in Idlib, northern Syria
AMMAN/CAIRO, 17 September 2014 - “UNICEF and WHO have been shocked and saddened to learn of the deaths of at least 15 young children in Idlib, Syria. The deaths of the children occurred in areas where a measles immunization campaign had been under way.
UNICEF appeals for $200 million for Ebola response in West Africa
GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – UNICEF said today it needs over $200 million to respond to the Ebola outbreak that has claimed over 2,200 lives and ravaged communities across West Africa. This is part of a broader, six-month appeal for $979 million that governments and humanitarian agencies require to fight the disease.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on announcement of support for Ebola prevention and treatment by the US Government
NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 - “This is great news for the millions of people in West Africa, particularly Liberia, threatened by Ebola. A rapidly escalating emergency like this requires a massive, urgent and global response.
Despite dramatic progress on child survival, 1 million children die during their first day of life from mostly preventable causes
New York, 16 September 2014 – Child survival rates have increased dramatically since 1990, during which time the absolute number of under-five deaths has been slashed in half from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, according to a report released today by UNICEF.
New data show child mortality rates falling faster than ever
NEW YORK, 16 September 2014 – New data released today by the United Nations show that under-five mortality rates have dropped by 49 per cent between 1990 and 2013. The average annual reduction has accelerated – in some countries it has even tripled – but overall progress is still short of meeting the global target of a two-thirds decrease in under-five mortality by 2015.
More than half a million Gaza students return to school after a shattering summer
GAZA, 14 September 2014 – More than half a million students are returning to school in Gaza today, with memories still fresh of 50 days of intense violence that engulfed the territory during July and August, say 11 members of the education cluster. The violence – which ended with a ceasefire on August 26 - left more than 500 children killed, 3,300 injured and many thousands more distressed by their traumatic experiences.
Pre-embargo briefing on latest child mortality figures and how faster progress can be achieved
NEW YORK, 12 September, 2014 - Briefing on latest global, regional and national child mortality estimates and UNICEF’s annual A Promise Renewed report.
Ebola crisis in Liberia hits child health and well-being
GENEVA/MONROVIA, Liberia, 12 September 2014 - As efforts to halt the spread of the Ebola virus intensify, UNICEF warns of its far-reaching impact on children. In Liberia, Ebola has severely disrupted health services for children, caused schools to close and left thousands of children without a parent. Children are dying from measles and other vaccine preventable diseases and pregnant women have few places to deliver their babies safely.
Progress for children in South Asia, but inequalities still exist: UNICEF report
New York, 11 September 2014 – According to a new UNICEF report released today, over the last 25 years, there has been progress in the health and well-being of children in South Asia, but glaring inequalities remain.
Support vulnerable families to reduce reliance on institutional care: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 September 2014 – At least 1.4 million children in 26 countries across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia are growing up apart from their biological parents, often in institutional settings that can affect their development. Supporting families at risk of separation can reduce the need for institutional care and promote the right of all children to be raised in a nurturing family environment.
UNICEF provides emergency support to get Gaza’s children back in school
GENEVA/AMMAN/GAZA, 9 September 2014 - UNICEF is playing a key role in urgent preparations underway in Gaza ahead of the start of a new academic year beginning this Sunday.
All Blacks rugby stars descend on New York to support #TeamUNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 September, 2014 - Two of the stars of the World Champion All Blacks rugby side are making a flying visit to New York to recognise New Zealand Rugby’s partnership with UNICEF.
No “back to school” for 30 million children affected by conflict and crisis: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 September 2014 – As students around the world return to school, a record number of conflicts and crises are depriving millions of children of their right to an education.
New guidelines for industry on protecting children online
GENEVA, 5 September 2014 – The International Telecommunication Union, UNICEF and partners of the Child Online Protection Initiative, released updated guidelines to strengthen online protection for children today.
Ebola outbreak: UNICEF continues to rush critical supplies to protect health workers and families
GENEVA/DAKAR/FREETOWN/NEW YORK, 5 September 2014 – A cargo plane of UNICEF medical supplies including protective equipment and essential medicine has just landed in Sierra Leone, part of the children's agency's continued drive to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 4 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country and community in the world.
UNICEF takes part in UN inter-agency mission to Amerli, northern Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq, 3 September 2014 – A team of UNICEF technical officers – including health, water, sanitation and hygiene, protection and emergency experts, was on inter-agency assessment mission today to the town of Amerli in the Salah Al-Din Governorate, northern Iraq.
Amid ongoing conflict, Iraq successfully implements polio campaign supported by UNICEF and WHO
ERBIL / AMMAN, 1 September 2014 – A mass polio immunization campaign across Iraq earlier this month succeeded in reaching 3.75 out of the 4 million children under the age of 5, despite the ongoing violence sweeping much of the country.
UNICEF staff on UN data experts group
New York, 29 August 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the establishment of an Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development. The Group will advise the Secretary-General on measures required to close the data gaps and strengthen national statistical capacities.
UNICEF briefing on largest global compilation of data on violence against children
NEW YORK, 29 August 2014 - A new, unprecedented statistical analysis on global patterns of violence against children – an issue largely undocumented and underreported.
UNICEF distributes half a million mosquito nets amid heavy rains and violence in CAR
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 27 August 2014 – Amid heavy rains and violence UNICEF and partners have distributed more than half a million mosquito bed nets reaching every home in Bangui to protect families from malaria - the leading killer of children under 5 in Central African Republic.
UNICEF deploys its largest emergency supply operation ever in a single month
COPENHAGEN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 26 August 2014 – This August UNICEF shipped 1,000 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies for children caught in the world’s most urgent crises -- the largest emergency supply operation in the organization’s history in a single month. The amount delivered would fill 19 cargo jumbo jets.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the life of Goodwill Ambassador Lord Richard Attenborough
NEW YORK, 25 August 2014 - "With the passing of Lord Richard Attenborough, the world has lost not only a great voice, but a great soul.
UNICEF Statement on latest deaths of children in Israel and Gaza
NEW YORK, 23 August 2014 - "The death of a four year old Israeli child in a rocket attack yesterday and the reported deaths of two Palestinian children in Gaza in an airstrike this morning, add to those of 478 other Palestinian children killed in attacks in Gaza over the last month. The deaths of children on all sides constitute further tragic evidence of the terrible impact the conflict is having on children and their families on all sides.
UNICEF airlifts 68 tonnes of supplies to Liberia, ramping up Ebola response
MONROVIA, Liberia, 23 August 2014 – A cargo plane carrying 68 metric tonnes of health and hygiene supplies from UNICEF landed in Monrovia early Saturday morning, bringing urgently needed supplies to combat the worst Ebola outbreak in global history.
UNICEF to provide cash assistance to displaced Iraqis
ERBIL, Iraq 20 August, 2014 – In response to the continuing humanitarian crisis in Iraq, UNICEF and the Governorate of Dahuk have signed a USD $5 million dollar agreement supporting one-time direct cash assistance to vulnerable, displaced families in the Governorate.
Horrifying accounts of child rights violations emerge from survivors of violence in north-western Iraq
DOHUK, Iraq, 20 August 2014 – Testimonies gathered from civilians who fled the recent offensive by armed groups in the Sinjar district of north-western Iraq have revealed appalling accounts of killing, abduction and sexual violence perpetrated against women and children, according to UNICEF.
Protect those who work to protect children and families: UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 19 August 2014 – “The nature of humanitarian work is often dangerous. Aid workers endure harsh conditions and risk harm to save lives, rebuild communities, and bear witness in conflicts, catastrophes, and crises.
Aid agencies work to improve conditions for Iraqi refugees arriving in neighbouring Syria
AL MALKIYA, Syria-Iraq border, 18 August 2014 – Several thousand children are among an estimated 12,000 Iraqi refugees now sheltering at a camp in neighbouring Syria after crossing the remote border between the two countries.
More than 100 children released from armed groups in Central African Republic over past week
BANGUI CAR/DARKAR Senegal, 18 August 2014 – One hundred and three children age 8 to 17 were released over the past week from armed groups in Bangui following negotiations with armed group leaders.
UNICEF scaling up support and protection to children in Gaza amid fragile cease-fire
GAZA, 16 August 2014 – A pause in fighting has helped UNICEF bring life-saving assistance to children in Gaza, but a sustained peace is needed to reach hundreds of thousands more children who desperately need support to rebuild their lives.
UNICEF Steps up Humanitarian Response in Northern Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq 12 August, 2014 – As the humanitarian crisis continues to unfold in Iraq, UNICEF and other humanitarian actors are stepping up efforts to meet the urgent needs of up to 30,000 members of the ethnic Yazidi minority who are being extracted from Sinjar Mountain, in addition to helping meet the needs of a further 12,000 displaced people who are now sheltering in the Kurdish capital, Erbil.
Africa will be home to 2 in 5 children by 2050: UNICEF Report
JOHANNESBURG, 12 August 2014 – An unprecedented projected increase in Africa’s child population size provides policymakers with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to craft a child-focused investment strategy that enables the continent, and the world, to reap the benefits of Africa’s demographic transition, UNICEF said in a report issued today.
Bollywood Actress and International Recording Artist Priyanka Chopra inspires teenage girls to aim high with UNICEF
NEW YORK/LONDON/MUMBAI, India, 11 August 2014 - New Bollywood Actress, International Recording Artist and UNICEF India Ambassador Priyanka Chopra met with young women in Chandrapur, India, to mark International Youth Day and to witness how their lives are being transformed through the Building Young Futures programme, which is run in partnership with Barclays.
Mass Polio Vaccination Campaign Supported by WHO and UNICEF Kicks Off in Iraq
ERBIL/AMMMAN, 11 August 2014 – Iraq has launched a polio immunization campaign aiming to protect over four million children under the age of 5 throughout the country against the crippling disease.
UNICEF concerned about amendment to India’s Juvenile Justice Act
NEW DELHI, India, 11 August 2014 – UNICEF is concerned about the recent Union Cabinet approval of the Juvenile Justice Act amendment to empower the Juvenile Justice Board to decide whether a juvenile above the age of 16 years involved in a heinous crime is to be tried in a regular court.
UNICEF: Indigenous children left behind in their countries’ progress
NEW YORK, 8 August 2014 – Indigenous children continue to miss out on their rights and face discrimination on a daily basis, UNICEF said today to mark the 2014 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Reality of Gaza destruction haunts families and children amid ceasefire
JERUSALEM, 7 August 2014 – As the three-day ceasefire in Gaza draws to a close, families are struggling to cope with the aftermath of 28 days of violence and destruction that has left an estimated 65,000 people homeless.
Statement on child deaths in Iraq; attributable to Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative
ERBIL, 5 August 2014 – The reported deaths of 40 children from minority groups who were displaced from Sinjar city and district by armed violence are of extreme concern.
UNICEF China expresses solidarity with children of Yunnan affected by the earthquake
BEIJING, 4 August 2014 - UNICEF China expresses its condolences to families who have lost loved ones in the earthquake in Yunnan province on Sunday and are ready to work with the Government of China to provide emergency relief.
A letter from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week 2014
NEW YORK, 1 August 2014 -- "Giving all children the best start in life begins with breastfeeding – one of the simplest, smartest, and most cost-effective ways we have of supporting healthier children, stronger families, and sustainable growth.
UNICEF on Gaza, Israel: “Outrage has become commonplace”
NEW YORK, 30 July 2014 - “Another school in Gaza has come under fire, killing more children in a conflict where such an outrage has become commonplace.
Report on climate change and child rights released by UNICEF
FLORENCE, 30 July 2014 - As evidence of the increase in greenhouse gasses mounts, children – the most vulnerable and largest population affected by climate change – continue to be ignored in high level climate negotiations. In response, top climate change thinkers have joined forces to analyze a range of dilemmas and challenges for children thrown up by the unabated warming of the world.
Children in South Sudan cannot wait for famine before world acts
JUBA, South Sudan, 25 July 2014 - The Executive Directors of UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action, as they met severely malnourished children and their mothers affected by the conflict in the world's newest country.
Children affected by crisis in Ukraine tell their stories in one-minute videos
LVIV, Ukraine, 25 July 2014 – UNICEF Ukraine today released the latest in UNICEF’s OneMinutesJr video series, featuring stories by 14 internally displaced children 6 to 17 years old from Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
UNICEF on Gaza: Using or attacking school premises is unacceptable
AMMAN, 25 July 2014 – "Yesterday’s attack on Beit Hanoun Elementary Co-Ed A and D School – the third school hit this week – is proof that much more needs to be done to protect innocent children.
UNICEF Romania releases music video to support #EndViolence
BUCHAREST, Romania, 24 July 2014 - UNICEF Romania today launched a new music video dedicated to the prevention of violence against children as part of the global campaign #ENDviolence.
Bolivia’s new Code on Children welcome, but concerns remain -- UNICEF
PANAMA CITY, 23 July 2014 – UNICEF welcomes Bolivia’s new Code for Children and Adolescents but remains concerned about two exemptions that leave children as young as 10 at risk of child labour.
Mass global action needed to protect children against polio in Syria, Iraq and region
AMMAN/CAIRO, 22 July 2014 – In a report released today, WHO and UNICEF announced completion of the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the history of the Middle East. Twenty-five million children under the age of five were reached in seven countries in 37 rounds.
Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony first to feature a Commonwealth-wide fundraiser for children
LONDON, 22 July 2014 – International singing superstar Nicole Scherzinger and cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy are two of the star-studded names who will appear in a global fundraising first at the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony on 23 July to help UNICEF save and change the lives of millions of children across the Commonwealth.
No time to lose: New UNICEF data show need for urgent action on female genital mutilation and child marriage
LONDON/NEW YORK, 22 July 2014 – The UK Government and UNICEF are hosting today a first-ever Girl Summit to rally support for much faster progress to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.
Three humanitarian workers released in North Darfur
EL FASHER, 19 July 2014 – Three Sudanese humanitarian workers abducted in Kutum, North Darfur, on 18 June 2014, were freed today in the same locality after 32 days in captivity.
Basic services for children under assault in Gaza
NEW YORK, 18 July 2014 – As the violence in Gaza claims even more young lives and as its toll on children on both sides deepens, basic services for children are under assault, UNICEF says
Media Advisory - Girl Summit: Ending female genital mutilation and child marriage within a generation
Girls who undergo FGM/C are at risk of prolonged bleeding, infection including HIV, infertility, and death. A girl who is married as a child is more likely to be out of school, experience domestic abuse and contract sexually transmitted infections. She will have children when she herself is still a child, and is far more likely to die due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth than women in their twenties.
Agencies welcome UN Security Council Resolution on humanitarian access in Syria
NEW YORK/ROME, 16 July, 2014 -- We welcome Security Council Resolution 2165 on humanitarian access in Syria, which should enable us to reach up to 2.9 million more people with vital aid. This resolution represents a breakthrough in our efforts to get aid to Syrians in need.
Child marriage shows no sign of abating in Jordan, UNICEF study shows
AMMAN, Jordan, 16 July 2014 -- More than 1 out of 10 girls in Jordan marries before the age of 18, a rate that has been relatively consistent over the past decade, despite a sharp increase among Syrian refugees in the country, according to the findings of a new UNICEF study.
New sanitation campaign aims to end cholera in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, July 16, 2014 – UNICEF and the Haitian government have intensified the fight against cholera, with the launch this week of the National Sanitation Campaign, aiming to eliminate open defecation in the country.
Over 10 million Yemenis struggle for food, UNICEF and WFP food security survey shows
SANA’A, Yemen, 15 July 2014 – Preliminary findings of a new survey by UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) show that while food security has improved in some areas, over 10 million Yemenis – more than 40 percent of the population – don’t know where their next meal will come from.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on impact of violence on children in Gaza and Israel
NEW YORK, 13 July 2014 - Children are bearing the brunt of the worsening violence in Gaza and Israel with at least 33 children killed in Gaza in recent days, and hundreds more injured.
UNICEF teams up with musician BANKS to empower girls through football
NEW YORK, 11 July 2014 - As the 2014 World Cup winds down in Brazil, UNICEF today released a unique new music video which highlights how football has the power to transform and improve the lives of children. The video is part of the global #TeamUNICEF campaign and features the song ‘Goddess’ by the musician BANKS, focusing on the experiences of adolescent girls on and off the football field.
Misconceptions fuel Ebola outbreak in West Africa
GENEVA/DAKAR, Senegal, 11 July 2014 – As the Ebola-related death toll rises above 500 in West Africa, UNICEF and its partners are expanding their activities across the region to halt the spread of the disease by combating rumours, fears and misconceptions.
Escalating violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel threatens devastating harm for children - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 July 2014 – The escalating violence in Gaza and Israel threatens devastating harm for children on all sides, UNICEF said today, urging restraint to protect all children.
UNICEF and WFP stepping up assistance to desperate people in remote areas of South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 8 July 2014 – UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up joint missions to reach desperate people in remote areas of South Sudan where the number of children at risk of death from malnutrition-related causes has increased dramatically and a hunger catastrophe is looming.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow: “I must have left my heart in the Central African Republic.”
NEW YORK/BANGUI, Central African Republic, 8 July 2014 – Mia Farrow, renowned actress, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has just completed her fourth visit to the Central African Republic where she saw the impact of extreme violence and met people with stories of inspiring courage.
Number of Syrian children in need increased by 2 million while UNICEF’s funding crisis looms
AMMAN, 5 July 2014 – Well into the fourth year of the Syrian crisis, its impact on children is becoming ever more devastating, newly-released United Nations data shows.
Urgent need to improve the situation of children in Myanmar's Rakhine State
NEW YORK, 4 July 2014 - More than 105,000 children in Myanmar’s Rakhine State have been affected by inter-communal violence, including 78,000 displaced children living in rural camps in appalling conditions. They, and other vulnerable children, cannot wait. Their needs demand an urgent response.
USAID and UNICEF partner to get urgent supplies to conflict-affected children in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 3 July 2014 – A cargo plane carrying over 186 metric tons of emergency supplies for children in conflict-affected Central African Republic (CAR) arrived this week in Bangui. The airlift and supplies, provided by USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), include 24,080 buckets, 24,000 wool blankets, 12,000 kitchen sets, 1,090 rolls of plastic sheeting and 28 crates of water bladder kits which will be distributed to highly vulnerable populations. The flight is the first of a two-part airlift to benefit 60,000 vulnerable people. The second airlift is scheduled to arrive in two weeks.
Cameroon: Alarming levels of malnutrition among refugee children and women from Central African Republic
YAOUNDE, Cameroon/DAKAR, 3 July 2014 – In Cameroon, up to 1 out of 3 refugee children from Central African Republic suffer from malnutrition, a recent United Nations assessment found.
UNICEF Statement on violence against children in Jerusalem and the West Bank
NEW YORK, 2 July 2014 – “The justified outrage at the killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem today, and that seen at the funerals yesterday of three young Israelis murdered in the West Bank, are a reminder that we must never become accustomed to such attacks against children, anywhere, in any way, and at any time.
UNICEF reaches displaced children in Iraq's Sinjar Province
DOHUK, Iraq, 2 July 2014 – UNICEF said today it made its first delivery of essential humanitarian supplies to Sinjar, a town in the western Ninevah Governorate of Iraq, to assist some of the thousands of people who fled there over the past few days.
Concerted international efforts needed to avert crisis in Somalia and Yemen, say UN emergency directors
NEW YORK, 2 July 2014 - John Ging, Operations Director for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Ted Chaiban, Emergency Director of UNICEF, told media after a week-long mission to Somalia and Yemen that urgent action is needed to prevent worsening in crises in both of these fragile contexts, addressing both immediate needs and long term drivers of instability.
UNICEF statement on killing of school girls in Rural Homs
DAMASCUS, 2 July 2014 – UNICEF is appalled at the senseless deaths of four young girls who were killed by a mortar explosion as they left their school in Homs governorate earlier this week (29 June).
One month on, UNICEF calls for immediate and safe return of abducted school boys in Syria
AMMAN, 1 July 2014 – “UNICEF is following with grave concern the situation of some 140 Kurdish schoolboys between 14 and 16 years old who were reportedly kidnapped in northern Syria last month by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
UNICEF and EU improve access to safe water for 800,000 people in Bangui
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 1 July 2014 -The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection Department (ECHO) and UNICEF have improved access to clean water for around 800,000 people in the conflict-hit capital of Bangui in May and June.
Newborns move to the top of the child survival agenda
JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 – At the conclusion of a global forum here focused on preventing maternal, child and newborn deaths, UNICEF said the commitments made by governments and public and private sector organizations have the potential to transform the outlook for newborn babies, millions of whom die each year.
UNICEF condemns killing of teenagers in West Bank
NEW YORK, 30 June 2014 – “UNICEF strongly condemns the abduction and killing of three Israeli young people in the West Bank. We join the UN Secretary-General in expressing our deepest sympathy to their families.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow returns to Central African Republic
Media Advisory: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow returns to Central African Republic
UNICEF: Children on the frontlines of Iraq conflict
NEW YORK/ERBIL, Iraq, 27 June 2014 – Homeless, scared and destitute – this is the reality for many children displaced by the last two weeks of violence in Iraq, UNICEF said today.
Population displacement in Sudan – a Children’s crisis
GENEVA / KHARTOUM, 27 June 2014 - The current IDP and refugee crisis in Sudan is manifesting itself clearly as a children’s crisis, with up to 70 per cent or more of people on the move being children; active conflict in nine of the country’s 18 states; and more than a hundred locations with people in need of humanitarian assistance. Since the beginning of the year, the Darfur region alone has seen 267,600 new IDPs.
Statement by UNICEF Iraq Representative Marzio Babille on the Latest Displacement of Civilians including Children in Northern Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq, 26 June 2014 – “UNICEF is alarmed by the latest mass displacement of civilians in northern Iraq. Approximately 1,500 people, including large numbers of children and elderly, arrived in Erbil yesterday from Hamdaniya, Ninevah Governorate, and reports indicate a significantly larger group of displaced is on the move. Many of these displaced people have travelled long distances on foot and some bear injuries sustained in the recent violence.
Action and investment needed to universalize education: UNICEF
BRUSSELS, 26 June 2014 – Recent data show that progress in making education truly universal and inclusive, and the investment required to do so, have stalled. Today’s Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Second Replenishment conference calls on the international community to commit to giving all children access to school and learning.
Government of South Sudan Recommits to Action Plan to End Recruitment and Use of Children
JUBA, South Sudan, 24 June, 2014 – In a ceremony at the headquarters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Juba this morning, the Government of South Sudan formally renewed its commitment to the Action Plan signed in 2012 with the United Nations to end the recruitment and use of children in Government armed forces and other grave violations against children.
More than 3 million children in Thailand do not live with their parents: UNICEF
BANGKOK, Thailand, 23 June 2014 - About 21 per cent of children or more than three million children in Thailand do not live with either of their parents due to internal migration, a significant phenomenon that may have a long-term impact on the children’s development and well-being, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.
Action and investment needed to universalize education: UNICEF
Media advisory: UNICEF to participate in the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Second Replenishment Pledging Conference 2015-2018, hosted by the European Union on 26 June 2014.
UNICEF scales up humanitarian assistance to displaced Iraqi children
ERBIL, Iraq, 24 June 2014 – Safe water and hygiene are at the centre of UNICEF’s humanitarian response to children and families affected by the on-going conflict in Iraq. The latest crisis, which began on 11 June, resulted in the displacement of an estimated 500,000 people, half of them children.
New Zealand Rugby and UNICEF announce new international partnership for children
AUCKLAND, 20 June 2014 - New Zealand Rugby (NZR) and UNICEF today announced an international partnership which will see the All Blacks, and all other New Zealand Rugby teams, support UNICEF’s work in improving the lives of children and communities around the world.
Campaign by UNICEF and Save the Dream calls on people to report violence against children
BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, 20 June 2014 - The campaign "It's in your hands to protect” invites people to call “Disque 100” and other organizations that specialize in child protection to report incidents of violence against children and adolescents
UNICEF STATEMENT ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY: On the run and at risk
NEW YORK, 20 June 2014 – “As violence plagues Syria and other countries across the region, record numbers of displaced children are seeking sanctuary in Europe, putting them at increased risk – both from the perils of the Mediterranean crossing and the uncertainty of what awaits them in host countries. Many more child refugees are expected as ‘boat season’ increases the number of people attempting to make their desperate journey.
UNICEF to roll out mass vaccination campaign in Kurdistan region of Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq, 19 June 2014 – UNICEF and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) authorities have agreed to urgent measures to prevent the spread of polio and other diseases among the large number of children displaced by continuing violence into the Kurdish Region of Iraq.
UNICEF statement on Tweet by National Ambassador of the Dutch National Committee for UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 June 2014 – The football related tweet issued yesterday in her private capacity by Nicolette Van Dam, who is also a national ambassador for the Dutch National Committee for UNICEF, was inappropriate and highly offensive. UNICEF condemns its content.
UNICEF airlifts humanitarian supplies for displaced, conflict-affected children in Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq, 18 June 2014 – A cargo plane carrying emergency supplies for children affected by the conflict in Iraq arrived in Erbil on Tuesday.
UNICEF steps up lifesaving interventions in north-eastern Nigeria
BAUCHI, Nigeria, 18 June 2014 – UNICEF is scaling up its support to conflict-affected communities in north-eastern Nigeria to improve health, nutrition, and water and sanitation services.
New Yemen report shows girls lagging behind
SANA’A, Yemen, 17 June 2014 – Girls in Yemen continue to lag behind boys, with fewer chances to go to school and reach their potential and increased vulnerability to early marriage and maternal mortality, according to new research by UNICEF and the Government of Yemen launched today.
UNICEF and partners vaccinating over 1.1 million people in Guinea to halt meningitis outbreak
CONAKRY, Guinea, 16 June 2014 – This weekend, the Government of Guinea, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF completed a vaccination campaign in the country’s Eastern Region where a recent meningitis outbreak has already caused at least 52 deaths since the beginning of the year.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits more than 150 children participating in a ‘sports for development’ focused project in Brazil
SALVADOR/BRASILIA, Brazil, 16 June 2014 - One hundred and fifty children and adolescents from communities in Salvador and neighboring municipalities welcomed today’s visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Boca do Rio beach-side sports field in Salvador.
Out of school and out of luck
16 June 2014 – Despite major progress over the past decade, sub-Saharan Africa
is still home to more than half of all the out-of-school children of primary
school-age in the world. Moreover, millions who are in school are learning
UNICEF reaction to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
LONDON/NEW YORK, 13 June 2014 - UNICEF welcomes commitments made at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict to stop the rape and abuse of children and women – and calls for more countries to take practical action.
Six months after fighting reaches capital, no end to horror for children in Central African Republic violence: UNICEF
GENEVA/BANGUI, Central African Republic, 13 June 2014 – Six months since intense fighting reached Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, scores of children have been killed, hundreds have been maimed and thousands have been displaced.
Thousands of children at risk as families flee Iraqi city of Mosul: UNICEF
NEW YORK/AMMAN/BAGHDAD, 11 June 2014 – Around 500,000 people, up to half of them children, have been forced to flee their homes since violence erupted on 5 June in the Iraqi city of Mosul, authorities say, and the violence is spreading.
Measles threatens thousands of Somali children
MOGADISHU/GAROWE/HARGEISA, Somalia, 10 June 2014 – Outbreaks of measles in several regions have left thousands of Somali children at risk of disability or death if they are not urgently vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.
Dramatic increase of unaccompanied children seeking to enter the United States
NEW YORK, 10 June 2014 – “UNICEF welcomes the urgent relief efforts by the Government of the United States to address a record increase in the number of unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, seeking to enter the US.
UNICEF statement on the gang-rape and killing of teenaged girls in Uttar Pradesh, India
NEW YORK, 10 June 2014 - Last week the United Nations spoke as one to condemn the horrific gang-rape and killing of two young girls in Uttar Pradesh, India. Today, as we hear reports of yet another rape and murder of a 13-year old girl in the same state, UNICEF renews the call for justice: justice for the victims of these brutal crimes, for their families, and for the millions of girls and victims around the world who fall prey to brutal sexual violence.
UNICEF Spain appoints Sergio Ramos as its newest National Ambassador
CURITIBA, Brazil, 10 June 2014 - Real Madrid and Spanish National Team star football player, Sergio Ramos, was appointed today as UNICEF Spain’s newest ambassador during an event with youth in the Brazilian city of Curitiba where he is participating in a UNICEF program for the promotion of fair play and the right to sport.
Norway proves itself a true champion of children’s rights with record donation
NEW YORK, 9 June 2014 - Norway contributed $98.5 million to UNICEF in a record-breaking agreement, signed today. The funds, which will be used thematically, will help UNICEF to reach even more of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Media advisory: Addressing sexual violence is life-saving, not optional
“Sexual violence is the weapon of war that ceases to die. It is a global tragedy that destroys the lives of the women, girls and boys who are raped and abused. Sexual violence during conflict also engrains itself into society, so that when war is over it continues alone, causing unbearable suffering. Programmes that prevent sexual violence are life-saving. This has to be recognized. To have results though they have to be implemented within the whole response package as soon as conflict hits.” said Susan Bissell, UNICEF Chief of Child Protection.
Attack on school in Mosul, Iraq
Baghdad/Erbil, IRAQ, 8 June 2014 – UNICEF is horrified by reports from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul of multiple child casualties when a school was directly targeted by mortar fire during clashes between militants and government forces on Saturday 7 June. Any attack which targets children or schools is a grave violation against the rights of the child as outlined in Security Council Resolutions 1612 and 1882.
Liberia’s immunization programme gets a 15-generator boost from UNICEF and GAVI
MONROVIA, Liberia, 6 June 2014 – UNICEF has officially handed over 15 generators to the Government of Liberia to help ensure all children are immunized with vaccines that have been properly and safely stored.
Lowest rainfall in over 50 years is latest threat to children in Syria and region
AMMAN/GENEVA, 6 June 2014 – Parts of Syria are suffering their lowest levels of rainfall in more than half a century, placing more than 4 million children in the war-torn country at even greater risk, UNICEF warned today. The agency said its own work aimed at mitigating the region’s worsening water and sanitation crisis is only 20 per cent funded for 2014.
Pampers and UNICEF unveil ground-breaking achievements in the fight against maternal and newborn tetanus
NEW YORK, 5 June 2014 – UNICEF and Pampers celebrated today their ground-breaking partnership to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus, a deadly but entirely preventable disease that claims the lives of 58,000 newborns every year.
UNICEF Activate Talks: Child Rights and Disabilities
The latest in the UNICEF Activate Talk Series, bringing together innovators, experts and activists across the world to discuss how advances in innovation can offer solutions to global challenges affecting children.
Cartoon Network Latin America joins the UNICEF initiative 'Vamos Jogar' to promote the right to safe and inclusive sport and play of children in Latin America and the Caribbean
ATLANTA, United States / PANAMA CITY, 4 June 2014 – The children’s television channel Cartoon Network, through its social responsibility program 'Cartoon Movement', today joined ‘Vamos Jogar’, an initiative of social mobilization and political commitment promoted by UNICEF and the City of Rio de Janeiro to foster the right to safe and inclusive sports, recreation and play for all children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thus, Cartoon Network Latin America becomes the first media partner of this initiative.
UNICEF raises alarm about children caught up in Ukraine violence
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ KYIV, Ukraine, 2 June 2014 – “Seven children have sustained gunshot and shrapnel injuries during violent clashes in East Ukraine since May 9.
United Nations condemns gang-rape and murder of teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh and calls for justice
NEW DELHI, 1 June 2014 - The UN in India condemns the brutal gang-rape and murder of two teenaged girls on the night of May 28 in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district and calls for immediate action against the perpetrators and to address violence against women and girls across India.
UNICEF, UNFPA stand behind Africa’s biggest anti child marriage push
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 29 May 2014 – UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) welcomed the first African Union campaign to end child marriage launched in Addis Ababa today.
Preventing newborn deaths must be a global priority: UNICEF
TORONTO, 29 May 2014 - Every minute, 10 babies die or are stillborn across the world, a staggering 5.5 million lives ended every year just as they start. The majority of those deaths are from preventable causes, including prematurity, childbirth complications and newborn infections.
UNICEF and Socialab announce winners of "First 72 Hours" – a global innovation challenge for emergencies
NEW YORK/SANTIAGO, Chile, 27 May 2014 – UNICEF and Socialab, a leading Chilean innovation non-profit, today announced the winners of a four–month-long innovation challenge aimed at creating new solutions for people hit by disasters.
Ending violence against children: Translating data into action
MBABANE, Swaziland, 26 May 2014 – Ways to translate data on violence against boys and girls into concrete measures to stop it will be discussed at a global meeting to be held in the capital of Swaziland, 28-30 May 2014.
Rising costs in Myanmar put strain on UNICEF’s resources in Yangon
YANGON, Myanmar, 22 May 2014 - The end of foreign sanctions and the opening up of Myanmar has benefitted millions of children paving the way for greater progress, however they have also led to higher operational costs for UN agencies and other aid organizations.
UNICEF appoints Parreira as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports
BRASÍLIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, 22 May 2014 - UNICEF today appointed Carlos Alberto Parreira, the technical director of Brazil’s national football team, as UNICEF Brazil Champion for the Right to Safe and Inclusive Sports. As of today, Parreira becomes part of the team of celebrities supporting UNICEF's work in Brazil in defending and promoting the rights of children and adolescents.
Fans have a chance to be in Star Wars: Episode VII
LOS ANGELES, 21 May, 2014 - Today in a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announced the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its innovative programs that are benefitting the world’s most vulnerable children.
Statement on the United States Government’s announcement on vaccination campaigns
NEW YORK, 20 May 2014 - “WHO and UNICEF appreciate the commitment by the U.S. Government to stop making operational use of immunization campaigns.
Almost 3 million newborns could be saved each year – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 May 2014 – A ground-breaking series of papers released by The Lancet at UNICEF Headquarters today shows that the majority of the almost 3 million children who die before they turn one month old could be saved if they received quality care around the time of birth – with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and under-served.
New Lancet Series finds counting births and deaths is an indicator of progress towards ending 3 million preventable infant deaths
LONDON, 20 May 2014 - Each year, 5.5 million babies enter and leave the world without being recorded and one in three newborns—over 45 million babies—do not have a birth certificate by their first birthday. Babies who are stillborn, born too early, or who die soon after birth are least likely to be registered, even in high-income countries.
Cholera cases rapidly multiplying in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 19 May 2014 – The caseload of cholera is rapidly increasing in South Sudan and the deadly, highly contagious disease appears to be spreading, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF fears the worst for hundreds of thousands of children in South Sudan
OSLO, 18 May 2014 – On the eve of the Oslo Humanitarian Pledging Conference, UNICEF warned that hundreds of thousands of children in South Sudan’s three most conflict-affected states are at imminent risk of death and disease, including the threat of cholera.
UNICEF calls on football fans to take the protection of children into their own hands
NEW YORK/BRASILIA, 16 May 2014 – UNICEF Brazil has launched an app that allows users, with a few taps on their smartphones or tablets, to report cases of abuse, violence or exploitation of children.
Going the last mile for children in China
BEIJING, 16 May 2014 - At the conclusion of a five day visit to China, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake commended the Government of China for its commitment to address socio-economic disparities facing the country. He also discussed with the Government, the continued need to prioritize efforts to reduce inequity, especially for children in the remotest corners of the country.
Over 1,000 children released from armed groups in Central African Republic this year
BANGUI, Central African Republic / GENEVA, 16 May 2014 - UNICEF and partners have secured the release of over 1,000 children from armed groups in the Central African Republic this year, more than five times the total number of children released in 2013.
Worrying trend of violence against children emerging in Honduras, warns UNICEF
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, 15 May 2014 – UNICEF is alarmed by the increasing generalized violence against children in Honduras. In a series of incidents, including domestic and gang-related violence, some 24 children are reported to have been murdered across the country in the past month.
The European Union and UNICEF launch ‘Voices of Children in Emergencies’ campaign
BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 15 May 2014 - The European Union and UNICEF today launched a campaign to highlight the situation of millions of children around the world affected by disasters, catastrophes and conflicts -- by giving some of these boys and girls the opportunity to tell their stories.
Children swept up in violence in Ukraine, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV, 15 May 2014 - “UNICEF is deeply concerned about the unrest in Ukraine and its damaging impact on the lives of children. We know that children have been involved in violent demonstrations and we are examining reports of children being killed and injured in Odessa. UNICEF condemns these grave violations of children’s rights in the strongest possible terms.
Children, Not Soldiers: Yemen Signs Action Plan to End Recruitment and Use of Children by Armed Forces
SANAA, Yemen, 14 May – In a landmark development for the protection of children today, the Government of Yemen signed an action plan with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment of children by the Yemeni Armed Forces.
Over six months into academic year, most schools remain closed in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 9 May 2014 – More than half way through the 12-month school year, almost two thirds of schools in the Central African Republic remain closed, a recent survey by UNICEF and partners reveals.
UNICEF/WHO highlight need to further reduce gaps in access to improved drinking water and sanitation
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 8 May 2014 – Since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved sources. Some 1.6 billion of these people have piped water connections in their homes or compounds, according to a new report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, entitled Progress on drinking water and sanitation: 2014 Update, which also highlights a narrowing disparity in access to cleaner water and better sanitation between rural and urban areas.
Six months after Typhoon Haiyan: Promising signs on the long road to recovery
TACLOBAN/MANILA, Philippines, 7 May 2014 – Six months after Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines, signs of recovery have started to emerge. UNICEF has brought children back to school, reached the most vulnerable with life-saving vaccinations and provided one million people with safe water
UNICEF statement on second abduction of Nigerian school girls
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK, 6 May 2014 – “The abduction of eight more girls in Nigeria is an outrage and a worsening nightmare for the girls themselves and for the families of the more than 200 girls who have been stolen from their communities in the last several weeks.
United Nations agencies report steady progress in saving mothers’ lives
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 6 May 2014 - New United Nations* data show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990. An estimated 289 000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, down from 523 000 in 1990.
UNICEF Syria statement on killing of children in Hama and Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 4 May 2014 – UNICEF calls on all parties to the Syrian conflict to stop the continuous spiral of deadly violence, which is taking an unacceptable toll on civilians, particularly children.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reappoints Anthony Lake Executive Director of UNICEF
UNITED NATIONS, 2 May 2014 – Following consultations with the UNICEF Executive Board, the Secretary-General is pleased to reappoint Mr. Anthony Lake as Executive Director of UNICEF.
UNICEF chief praises and calls for more progress for disadvantaged children in Bolivia
LA PAZ, Bolivia, 2 May 2014 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake travelled to Bolivia this week to meet with children, families and government officials, to advocate for further progress in overcoming Bolivia's historic inequities.
UNICEF condemns latest attacks on children in Syria
AMMAN, 30 April 2014 – UNICEF is outraged by the latest wave of indiscriminate attacks perpetrated against schools and other civilian targets across Syria which left dozens of children killed and injured.
UNICEF condemns attack on health facility, killing of aid staff in Central African Republic
DAKAR, Senegal/BANGUI, Central African Republic, 29 April 2014 – “UNICEF is outraged by the attack on a health centre that killed 22 civilians, including three aid workers with the medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), in the northern town of Boguila, Central African Republic, on Saturday 26 April.
Progress made for children in Peru, but equity gap remains visible, says UNICEF chief
LIMA, Peru, 28 April 2014 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake travelled to Peru this week where he met with children, community members, government officials and civil society partners to see how education, health and social protection programmes are bridging the equity gap between indigenous and non-indigenous children.
Three times more children treated for severe acute malnutrition in Bangui hospital than this time last year
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 25 April 2014 – The number of children being treated for severe acute malnutrition in Bangui’s largest in-patient centre during the first quarter of 2014 has tripled compared to last year, UNICEF said today.
Equatorial Guinea Kicks Off Polio Campaign with UNICEF and partners
BATA, Equatorial Guinea, 24 April 2014 – In response to the third confirmed case of poliovirus in Equatorial Guinea, the government, UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners have launched a national polio immunization campaign of children under 15.
Joint statement by heads of UN humanitarian agencies on Syria
NEW YORK, GENEVA, ROME, 23 April 2014 - One year ago, as leaders of UN agencies struggling to deal with the growing human impact of the Syrian crisis, we issued an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people whose lives and futures hang in the balance: Enough, we said, enough!
UNICEF Statement on released national staff in Karachi
KARACHI, 22 April 2014 - UNICEF is pleased to confirm that two of its national staff who were abducted on Thursday evening in Karachi are now safe and well.
UNICEF: Desperate water shortages facing children in Bentiu, South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 22 April 2014 – Tens of thousands of people who fled targeted ethnic violence in Bentiu last week are receiving just one litre of safe drinking water per day in the desperately overcrowded UN base, UNICEF said today.
Children of Kachin need protection and have a right to peace, says UNICEF
YANGON, Myanmar, 22 April 2014 - Recent fighting between the Myanmar National Army and the Kachin Independence Army in the vicinity of Man Win Gyi and Momauk areas (Southern Kachin State) has forced thousands of people, including an estimated 1,000 children, to leave their temporary homes. For many of them, it is the second or third time that they have been forced to take to the road in the past year. Although reports state that the fighting has slowed in the past few days, the situation remains tense.
Boston Activate Talk: Innovating to Connect the Unconnected, 30 April 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
Media Advisory: The Boston Activate Talk will look at creative ways to increase Internet access for underserved and marginalised communities, especially focusing on children and young people.
UNICEF and Global Fund coordinate efforts to reach mothers, newborns and children
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 April 2014 – UNICEF and the Global Fund today reinforced their long-standing partnership through a new agreement to better coordinate efforts aimed at reducing the burden of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria and improving the health of mothers, newborns, and children.
Children killed in brutal South Sudan fighting
JUBA, South Sudan, 18 April 2014 – A number of children have been killed in this week’s fighting in South Sudan - some in an attack on displaced civilians while others have been caught in the crossfire or died as a result of being recruited by armed groups and forces, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 April 2014 - UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in Chibok Borno State on Monday night, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.
UNICEF condemns attack on school in Damascus, Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria, 16 April 2014 - The latest reported mortar attack on a school inside the old city of Damascus on Tuesday during school hours is a stark and horrific reminder of the violence that children across Syria are enduring on a daily basis. The attack is reported to have resulted in the death of one child and the injury of many others.
Yemen takes a major first step in reaching marginalized communities
SANA’A Yemen, 15 April 2014 - UNICEF and the Social Welfare Fund (SWF) of Yemen’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour today launched the mapping of muhamasheen communities (locally known as Akhdam) in Taiz Governorate. The first of its kind survey is expected to reach some 10,000 households in Yemen’s most marginalized population.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets with Syrian children
NEW YORK/AMMAN, Jordan, 12 April 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom wrapped up a visit this week to Jordan where he met with children from Syria and their families whose lives have been devastated by the conflict - now in its fourth year.
New commitments in water and sanitation will transform children’s lives
WASHINGTON, DC, 11 April 2014 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim today joined over 50 countries in setting concrete targets to reach the 2.5 billion people across the globe still without adequate sanitation, and the almost 750 million without safe drinking water.
Child malnutrition in South Sudan could double, warns UNICEF
JUBA, South Sudan, 11 April 2014 - The youngest citizens of the world’s newest nation are on the verge of a nutrition crisis and nearly a quarter of a million children will suffer severe acute malnutrition by the end of the year if more is not done now, says UNICEF.
Life-saving information helps reduce spread of Ebola across West Africa
DAKAR, Senegal, 10 April 2014 – Together with Ministries of Health and other partners across seven countries in West Africa, UNICEF is using text messaging through mobile phones, radio shows, TV programmes and door-to-door campaigns to disseminate life-saving information in an effort to contain the often-fatal Ebola virus.
Bridging the gaps: Leaders to map future of investments in water, sanitation and hygiene
WASHINGTON, DC, 10 April 2014 – Government ministers from 50 countries are expected this week to pledge concrete commitments to bring safe water, sanitation and hygiene to those who need it most.
UNICEF welcomes new Kuwait donation for children of Syria
NEW YORK, 7 April 2014 – Millions of Syrian children will benefit from a generous US$ 34.5 million donation by the government of Kuwait, UNICEF said today.
First mass vaccination campaigns start since polio found in Iraq
AMMAN, 6 April 2014 – Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt today, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over the next five days.
Statement by UNICEF Syria on Reported Deaths of Children in Recent Violence
DAMASCUS, 4 April 2014 - The reported killing of 11 children in two separate attacks this week in Rural Damascus and in Al Qalamoun Mountains in Syria is a horrific and tragic reminder of the human cost of the conflict inflicted by all sides in the fighting.
UNICEF: Prioritize children to speed up Roma inclusion in Europe
BRUSSELS/GENEVA, 3 April 2014 - On the eve of the third Roma summit in Brussels today, UNICEF calls on European governments to firmly place children at the centre of Roma inclusion policies.
Renewed violence threatens thousands of trapped children in Central African Republic
DAKAR, Senegal 28 March 2014 – With a new wave of fighting and vicious attacks in Central African Republic this week threatening vulnerable families, UNICEF warns that thousands of children, from both Muslim and Christian communities, are especially at risk. UNICEF has confirmed reports of the deaths of at least three children in an attack last night. In the past week of violence, eight children injured by grenade and gunfire have been treated.
UNICEF steps up response in Guinea as Ebola reaches capital
CONAKRY, Guinea/DAKAR, Senegal, 28 March 2014 – Amid an Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF) outbreak, four cases in Conakry have been confirmed yesterday by the Guinean Government. In Guinea’s capital and across the rest of the country, UNICEF is ramping up its activities in support of Guinean authorities to prevent the often fatal disease from claiming even more lives.
Racing against time for children in South Sudan: IKEA Foundation supports UNICEF
GENEVA, 28 March 2014 – The IKEA Foundation today announced a contribution of Euro 1 million to UNICEF in support of its efforts to scale up the emergency response in South Sudan ahead of the imminent rainy season.
Urgent Supplies Reach Remote Areas in South Sudan, with Joint Operation
JUBA, South Sudan, 28 March 2014 – An urgent operation to deliver food, vaccines, nutrition supplements and other vital relief supplies to one of the most isolated areas of conflict-affected South Sudan has begun today, as part of a joint response by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).
UNICEF swiftly responds to Ebola outbreak in Guinea
CONAKRY, Guinea/DAKAR, Senegal, 26 March 2014 – With an Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF) outbreak declared in the Southern part of Guinea, 11 suspected cases of children infected have been reported, three of whom have died. In an effort to prevent the severe, often-fatal disease from spreading further, UNICEF immediately rushed in aid and delivered health supplies to the most affected areas.
Time running out for children in South Sudan says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 25 March 2014 - Unless the humanitarian situation inside South Sudan improves rapidly and radically for children and families, nearly a million people - mostly women and children - will face an even greater crisis both inside the South Sudan and in neighbouring countries, UNICEF said today.
World Water Day: World’s poorest have least access to safe water – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 21 March 2014 – Almost four years after the world met the global target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe drinking water, and after the UN General Assembly declared that water was a human right, over three-quarters of a billion people, most of them poor, still do not have this basic necessity, UNICEF said to mark World Water Day.
Japanese Government supports UNICEF’s programmes in Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen, 20 March 2014 – The Government of Japan has announced significant new funding to support UNICEF’s programmes for women and children in Yemen.
Three years of Syria conflict have devastated lives of millions of children
BEIRUT, 15 March 2014 – As the crisis in Syria reaches the end of another year of brutal violence today, five of the world’s leading aid organizations say that the three-year old conflict has devastated the lives of millions of children and young people – and a generation is at risk of being lost forever.
UNICEF supplies 150,000 mosquito nets in Bangui as rainy season approaches
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal, 14 March 2014 – Ahead of the rainy season due to start next month in the Central African Republic (CAR), UNICEF is providing 150,000 mosquito bed nets for 75,000 people displaced in the capital, who have lost their homes because of the conflict.
UNICEF: Justice still out of reach for millions of children
GENEVA, 13 March 2014 — Millions of children across the globe have their rights violated, but only a few are able to seek recourse to improve their situation in a timely, fair and effective way, UNICEF said today.
European parliamentarians mark third year of Syrian conflict and mobilize for children of Syria
STRASBOURG, France, 12 March 2014 - Leading Members of the European Parliament today joined ‘No Lost Generation’, the global initiative launched by UNICEF and other organisations to mark the third year of the Syrian conflict, with a call on world leaders to support the children of Syria.
Number of children suffering more than doubles in third year of Syria conflict
AMMAN, Jordan/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 11 March 2014 – As the conflict in Syria approaches another sombre milestone, more than twice as many children are now affected compared to 12 months ago, says a new report by UNICEF published today. Particularly hard hit are up to a million children who are trapped in areas of Syria that are under siege or that are hard to reach with humanitarian assistance due to continued violence.
UNICEF: Progress for children in Philippines after typhoon; long road ahead
MANILA, 7 March 2014 – Four months after Super Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the central Philippines on 8 November 2013, a growing sense of recovery is notable in the reopening of health centres, clean water flowing again through community taps, children back to learning in temporary schools.
Recruitment and use of children in government forces in conflict must end
NEW YORK, 6 March 2014 – Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Ms Leila Zerrougui and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today unveiled a new effort to end the recruitment and use of children in government forces in conflict by 2016.
Central African Republic: Drinking water restored to over 183,000 people ahead of the rainy season
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal 5 March 2014 – Just ahead of the onset of the rainy season, which increases the risk of water-borne diseases like cholera, UNICEF and its partners have restored safe and chlorinated drinking water for more than 183,000 displaced people across the Central African Republic (CAR).
Over 76,000 people displaced from Central African Republic into Chad facing crisis
N’DJAMENA, Chad/DAKAR, Senegal, 4 March 2014 – As the humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic continues to spill over into neighboring countries, UNICEF is raising the alert that more than 76,000 people, mostly women and children, fleeing the violence from CAR into Chad are in urgent need of additional assistance.
Abducted children reunited with family in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 3 March 2014 - Four children – two girls and two boys – were reunited with their father by officials from UNICEF and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), after being abducted by a militia, during which time they were threatened to be killed.
Fresh attacks in South Sudan squeeze humanitarian efforts
JUBA, South Sudan, 3 March 2014 – With fresh outbreaks of fighting in South Sudan likely to displace tens of thousands of additional people, UNICEF said today the emergency in the world’s newest nation risks becoming overwhelming. Nearly 900,000 people – half of them children – have already been forced from their homes in South Sudan.
Joint GPEI-GAVI Statement on the Availability and Price of Inactivated Polio Vaccine
COPENHAGEN/NEW YORK, 28 February 2014 - The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and the GAVI Alliance welcome the conclusion of UNICEF’s tender process, which makes accessible sufficient quantities of affordable inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) to support country introductions, in line with the ambitious timeline of GPEI’s Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018.
UNICEF condemns killing of students in northeastern Nigeria
DAKAR, Senegal, 26 February 2014 - UNICEF expressed its outrage at the brutal killing yesterday of some 45 children, between 13 and 17 years old, by unidentified gunmen at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi, Yobe State, Nigeria.
UNICEF report: Silent threat emerging among Syrian refugee children in Lebanon
BEIRUT, 25 February 2014 – A UNICEF-led joint nutrition assessment on the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon was launched today, revealing malnutrition as a silent, emerging threat.
UNICEF urges "child-free" protest sites after violence claims three young lives
BANGKOK, 24 February 2014– The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today urged the Government, pro- and anti-government protest leaders and parents to protect children by keeping them away from all protest sites after the latest round of deadly political violence claimed the lives of three children and severely injured two others.
Public urged to voice their outrage and demand action to prevent a lost generation in Syria
NEW YORK, 24 February 2014 – UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision today issued an impassioned appeal to the general public, urging it to voice its outrage at the devastating impact on children and alarming long-term consequences of a lost generation as the conflict in Syria approaches its fourth year.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham launches appeal for children in crisis
LONDON, 21 February2014 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has filmed a personal appeal urging people to support children caught up in emergencies across the globe.
UNICEF calls for US$2.2 billion to help 59 million children in emergencies
GENEVA, 21 February 2014 – UNICEF appealed today for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies in 50 countries.
UNICEF statement on the impact of the violence in Ukraine on children
KYIV, Ukraine/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 20 February 2014 - The impact of the heightened violence in Ukraine on children and their families is a matter of growing concern.
Telenor Group and UNICEF partnering for children
OSLO, 17 February 2014 – Telenor Group and UNICEF have signed a global partnership agreement and are joining forces to promote children’s development. The five-year agreement includes both financial support and access to a range of mobile technology solutions that will help advance children’s rights.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham applauds public’s response to Typhoon Haiyan
MANILA, Philippines, 14 February 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has made an emotional journey to the Philippines to meet children saved from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan almost 100 days after the super storm landed.
Horrific cruelty and violence against children in Central African Republic must end: UNICEF
NEW YORK/DAKAR, Senegal, 13 February 2014 – UNICEF officials in the West Africa region said today they are horrified by the cruelty and impunity with which children are being killed and mutilated in the Central African Republic.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham meets children in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban
TACLOBAN, Philippines, 13 February 2014 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham journeyed to Tacloban in the Philippines today to meet children saved from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.
UNICEF gets assistance to children evacuated from besieged area of Homs
HOMS, Syria, 11 February 2014 – At least 500 women and children were among civilians evacuated from the besieged old city of Homs over the past few days during the ongoing humanitarian operation being undertaken by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.
UNICEF, government vaccinating over 1.7 million children in Guinea amid measles outbreak
CONAKRY, Guinea/DAKAR, Senegal, 11 February 2014 – As the death toll and the number of suspected cases of measles continue to rise in Guinea, UNICEF and the Government of Guinea have kicked off a massive emergency campaign to vaccinate over 1.7 million children in an effort to stop the spread of measles throughout the country.
Healthier future for millions of children as India becomes polio-free
NEW YORK/NEW DELHI, 11 February 2014 – Today, millions of children have a better chance of a healthier future, as India marks the achievement of moving from being a polio-endemic country to polio-free.
African leaders commit to the rights of people with disabilities
LILONGWE, Malawi, 10 February 2014 – The rights of people living with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities, received a boost today at the conclusion of the first ever African Leaders Forum on Disability, as government, civil society and development actors committed to challenge stigma and inequity by seeking their inclusion in the continent’s development agenda.
UNICEF prioritizes the hardest hit children as Typhoon-damaged communities move down the road to recovery
MANILA, Philippines, 7 February 2014 – Three months after a massive Typhoon devastated the central Philippines, the long trek back to normalcy for children hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan has begun.
UNICEF notes strong results in new global estimates for measles mortality 2000 – 2012
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 6 February 2014 – UNICEF today noted that the drop in measles demonstrates the importance of investing in vaccines and immunisation - both routine and mass campaigns - as estimated global measles deaths decreased by 78 per cent from more than 562,000 in 2000 to 122,000 in 2012.
UNICEF statement on Report of the UN Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic
NEW YORK, 5 February 2014 – The first report of the UN Secretary General on children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic provides a chilling account of the brutality and abuses that children have suffered for nearly three years, and a clear reminder of why this horrific conflict must end.
Thailand: UNICEF expresses ‘deep concern’ about violence against children in the far south
BANGKOK, 5 February 2014 – UNICEF today said it was deeply concerned about the continuing violence against children in Thailand’s restive southernmost provinces, including the killing of three young boys in Narathiwat Province on Monday night.
New handbook to enhance new-born and child care in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 4 February 2014 – Over 30 community health workers, county health directors, senior health ministry officials and programme staff are field testing the new World Health Organization/UNICEF handbook on new born and child care. The three-day workshop is facilitated by experts from UNICEF, WHO and Save the Children.
Central African Republic: UNICEF and partners set up temporary classrooms for over 20,000 displaced children in capital
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA, 4 February 2014 - More than 20,000 children in Central African Republic (CAR) capital, Bangui, will start classes in temporary learning spaces after violence forced them to flee their homes and closed down their schools.
EU and UNICEF boost their partnership to improve child and maternal health and to save more children
NEW YORK, 4 February 2014 – The European Union announced today that it has allocated €320 million ($431 million) through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
UNICEF’s latest data reveal disparities, show need to innovate to advance children’s rights
NEW YORK, 30 January 2014 – Declaring that 'every child counts', UNICEF today urged greater effort and innovation to identify and address the gaps that prevent the most disadvantaged of the world's 2.2 billion children from enjoying their rights.
IKEA’s Soft Toys for Education campaign raises €10.1 million for education programmes for UNICEF and Save the Children
NEW YORK, 30 January 2014 – The annual IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign ran from November through December 2013 in all IKEA stores around the world. For each soft toy or children’s book purchased, €1 will be donated to UNICEF and Save the Children by the IKEA Foundation.
New data on child malnutrition in Sudan a gold mine, UNICEF says
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 29 January 2014 – Data collected in Sudan is revealing for the first time the difference in performance of health and nutrition services in each of Sudan’s 18 states. This has been thanks to the Simple Spatial Survey Methodology (S3M) used to collect data on child malnutrition.
EU Parliamentarians agree to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children
BRUSSELS, 28 January 2014 - Members of the European Parliament today committed to continue the European Union’s work in supporting children in emergencies, including efforts led by UNICEF to prevent a lost generation of children in Syria.
Dire humanitarian crisis emerging in South Sudan, says UNICEF
BOR, South Sudan, 26 January 2014 – In the wake of the ceasefire signed late last week, UNICEF is warning of a humanitarian crisis unfolding outside Bor town in Jonglei state and other towns in South Sudan.
European Commission’s Humanitarian Office supports fight against child malnutrition in Sudan with grant of €2 million for UNICEF
KHARTOUM, Sudan/ BRUSSELS, 22 January 2014 - UNICEF Sudan will receive €2 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office to help in the fight against child malnutrition in Sudan.
Measles outbreak threatens children's lives in Guinea
CONAKRY, 21 January 2014 – UNICEF and its partners have begun to organize a campaign to vaccinate over 1.6 million children to stop a measles outbreak in Guinea amid growing number of cases among children especially in the capital Conakry.
UNICEF airlifts urgent supplies to humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 21 January 2014 – The first of two UNICEF charter planes, each carrying 35 tons of urgently needed supplies for children and women in South Sudan, landed this morning at Juba International Airport.
Central African Republic’s children urgently need healing, hope and funding, says UNICEF chief
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 20 January 2014 – Over the past 72 hours, senseless violence has resulted in many deaths and created tension throughout the Central African Republic in the lead-up to today’s vote to select an interim president of the country.
UNICEF statement on the loss of staff members in the Kabul bombing
NEW YORK , 18 January 2014 – Less than one year ago, UNICEF paid tribute to colleagues who have lost their lives for the sake of a better future for all children, with a memorial at UNICEF House. Today, with great sadness and anger, we must add two more names to that list of heroes.
UNICEF: Child combatants reported in South Sudan conflict
JUBA, South Sudan, 17 January 2014 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern about the use of children as combatants in the ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan.
Central African Republic: 23 children released from armed groups
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA, 17 January 2014 – Twenty-three children between 14 and 17 years old were released from armed groups in Bangui on Thursday, with many more identified for release in the coming days.
'Breaking Views with UNICEF' hits the airwaves
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa/NAIROBI, Kenya/FLORENCE, Italy, 16 January 2014 - UNICEF today launched a groundbreaking new TV series: Breaking Views with UNICEF. The series of 26 interviews will air on prime time television from Thursday 16 January, on E News Channel Africa, ENCA, across East and Southern Africa, and on BSkyB in the UK.
ECHO and UNICEF join forces for crisis affected children to go back to school
BAMAKO/BRUSSELS, 15 January 2014 - The Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission (ECHO) is providing EUR 3 million for children’s education in crisis affected in Mali.
Candidates sit for primary school graduation exams while sheltering at UN compounds in Juba
JUBA, 14 January 2014 – Hundreds of students in the capital of South Sudan are this week sitting their primary school graduation exam at the United Nations compounds where they have been living since violence erupted in the city almost a month ago.
UNICEF participates in 2nd High Level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, January 15, 2014
Media Advisory: UNICEF participates in 2nd High Level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, January 15, 2014
Statement by UNICEF Syria Representative, Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, on car bombing in Al-Kafat, Syria
Damascus, 10 January 2014 – UNICEF deplores yesterday’s car bombing near a school in Al-Kafat village, Hama governorate, in which as many as 20 people were reportedly killed and around 100 reportedly injured. Although details of the attack are still filtering out, many children from Al-Kafat school -- less than 100 metres away from the blast -- are believed to be among the dead and injured. A number of children had just finished exams and were leaving the school to return to their homes when the car bomb was detonated.
Liberia begins protecting its children against pneumococcal disease
MONROVIA, Liberia, 9 January 2014 – Children across Liberia are now receiving protection against one of the leading vaccine-preventable killers of children as the country today celebrates the introduction of pneumococcal vaccine (PCV).
UNICEF and partners race to prevent disease outbreak among children in the Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic / DAKAR, Senegal / GENEVA, 8 January 2014 – An emergency vaccination campaign to reach over 210,000 children displaced by violence in Bangui is underway at major displacement sites in the capital.
Secretary-General supports Children of Syria as No Lost Generation initiative launched
NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon today added his support to a campaign led by UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children and UNICEF that calls for Champions for the Children of Syria as part of the new No Lost Generation strategy.
Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children
NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 - UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the “No Lost Generation” strategy, which aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future.