Press releases and news notes
New competition aims to find creative solutions to education challenges in conflict zones
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 31 March 2015 – UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR today announced the launch of a new Amplify challenge – a call for ideas and innovations that could improve the delivery and quality of education for children and adults displaced by violent conflict.
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).
Significant new pledges announced but more resources still required for children affected by the Syria crisis
NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – UNICEF welcomes $347 million in new funding commitments to the No Lost Generation Initiative announced at a meeting held at UNICEF House today.
UNICEF welcomes new Kuwait donation for children of Syria
NEW YORK, 7 April 2014 – Millions of Syrian children will benefit from a generous US$ 34.5 million donation by the government of Kuwait, UNICEF said today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IKEA Foundation donates Euro 2 million to UNICEF to reach children and families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan with critical supplies
GENEVA, 11 November 2013 – IKEA Foundation has donated Euro 2 million to UNICEF to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on 8 November.
NBA and NBPA team up to donate $250,000 to support critical UNICEF relief efforts in hard-hit areas of Philippines
NEW YORK, 10 November 10, 2013 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) today have teamed up to donate $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts in areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The latest estimates indicate that as many as four million children could now be affected by the disaster, and the donation will aid UNICEF in providing children and families with immediate necessities including food, water, and medicine.
Additional US$45 million contribution to Syria’s children, as EU becomes largest donor to UNICEF appeal
NEW YORK, 24 September 2013 – UNICEF and the European Union (EU) signed a new cooperation agreement today that provides an additional US$45 million (€ 34. 2 million) to protect children affected by the Syria crisis and promote access to learning in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
USD $1.15 Billion Commitment Over Three Years to Help Save the Lives of Children and Women Secured Through World Bank, UNICEF, USAID and Norway
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 - Today, the World Bank Group, UNICEF, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Norway announced a collective total of USD $1.15 billion in funding over the next three years to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, and to ensure essential services and medicines reach women and children who need them in developing countries with the highest burdens of maternal and child deaths.
Well-being of more children in India will improve as IKEA Foundation contributes Euro 60 million to UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 – UNICEF today announced that the IKEA Foundation has contributed Є 60 million to its programmes in India to improve the health, survival, education and protection of tens of millions of vulnerable children and women.
Japan pledges record-breaking humanitarian contribution to UNICEF of US$189.5 million for children in 35 countries
TOKYO, 14 March 2013 – UNICEF today announced that Japan will make its largest humanitarian contribution to UNICEF in its 67-year history. The government said it would donate US$189.5 million from its supplementary budget for a wide range of programmes in 35 developing countries and territories.
UNICEF: Saudi Arabia provides critical support for polio eradication in Niger
NIAMEY, 16 December 2011 – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has contributed US$1,588,000 to UNICEF Niger to support polio eradication. The funds...
UK Government boosts funding for UNICEF to improve children's health and education
NEW YORK, 6 March 2011 – The UK Government will almost double its core funding for UNICEF, after a recent aid review found the agency highly effective in...
UNICEF and Save the Children thank IKEA customers for 11.4 million euro donation
NEW YORK, 24 January 2011 - The IKEA Foundation is donating 1 euro for each of the record 8.6 million soft toys and children’s books sold in over 300 IKEA stores...
DRC : Government of Japan grants US$6.68 million to support Child-Friendly Environment through Community Participation in Provinces of Equateur, Kasai Oriental and Kasai Occidental
KINSHASA, 29 April, 2010 – Under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Maker MWANGU FWAMBA Minister for Primary and Secondary Education...
Japan commits $2 million to boost immunization in Haiti, bringing post-quake total for UNICEF to $8.5 million
TOKYO/JAPAN, 23 February 2010 – The Government of Japan committed US$2 million (JPY180 million) to UNICEF to reinforce immunization...
The Netherlands donates $23.5 million for safe water in Sudan
KHARTOUM/JUBA, 6 November 2009 – The Dutch Government has given $23.5 million to UNICEF in Sudan which will be used to provide safe...
IKEA and UNICEF lighten up children’s lives in the developing world
GENEVA, 28 May 2009 – Here’s a real sunshine story! Starting in June 2009, for every SUNNAN solar powered lamp sold in IKEA...
Iraq commits $30 million for children
BAGHDAD, 4 May 2009 - Iraq’s Ministry of State for Marshlands has committed $30 million for projects to assist children in rural areas of the...
Government of Japan donates $6 million to UNICEF Ethiopia for children affected by the global food crisis
ADDIS ABABA, 15 April 2009 – The Government of Japan today announced a $6 million donation to UNICEF Ethiopia for reducing the...
IKEA social initiative adds $48 million to UNICEF's child health programme
NEW YORK, 23 February 2009 - UNICEF today announced that IKEA, through its corporate philanthropy arm, IKEA Social Initiative, is further expanding its support for children with a $48...
Japan provides US$2.9 million in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, 11 February 2009 - The Government of Japan provided US$ 2.9 million for “the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases” in support...
Japan and UNICEF sign agreement for US$ 7.5 million to rebuild Rwanda’s earthquake affected western province
Kigali, 30 January 2009 - The Government of Japan and UNICEF signed an agreement today for US$ 7.5 million to rebuild the earthquake affected western province of Rwanda.
Japan first government to donate to UNICEF for Gaza crisis
GENEVA, 23 January 2009 – The Government of Japan has stepped up with a donation of $3 million to support UNICEF’s relief work in Gaza following the recent crisis.
Norway contributes $159 million to UNICEF under new cooperation programme
OSLO, 17 December 2008 - The Government of Norway renewed its commitment to children today, signing an agreement to provide an additional....
Government of Japan provides US$4.33 million to support maternal and child survival in Afghanistan
KABUL, 5 June 2008 – Health programmes in Afghanistan will receive a boost with a new US$ 4.33 million grant from the Government of Japan.
Japan donates close to US $2 million for child survival in Liberia
MONROVIA, 10 March 2008 - The Government of Japan (GOJ) and UNICEF signed today, in the presence of the Assistant Minister for Curative ServiceS...
Japan donation provides major boost for children in Northern Uganda
KAMPALA, 7 March 2008 – UNICEF today received US$5 million from the Government of Japan to rapidly revitalize two of the most critical community...
UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman concludes visit to Liberia announcing more than $19 million in assistance
MONROVIA, 27 February 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, concluded her three day visit to Liberia announcing more than $19 million....
UNICEF Executive Director announces US$19 million in funding for Liberia
MONROVIA, 25 February 2008 - During her first visit to Liberia, UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman announced that US$17 million will become...
Netherlands donates US $41 million for safe water and Sanitation in Kenya
NAIROBI, 6 December 2007 - More than 1.3 million Kenyans will gain access to safe water and sanitation for the first time, thanks to the Government of...
The Government of Japan donates over US$ 2 Million to reduce child and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, 28 November 2007 - The Government of Japan donated US$ 2,249,751 for “Infectious Diseases Prevention” prevention in children under five years, pregnant women and...
George Harrison fund for UNICEF announces donation for Bangladesh Cyclone Relief
NEW YORK, 3 December 2007 – The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF today announced a donation of $450,000 for relief and recovery efforts for...
UN health sector partners launch an appeal to meet the health needs of Iraqis displaced in neighbouring countries
GENEVA, 18 September 2007 - Today, UN health sector partners, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UNICEF...
UNICEF welcomes USAID donation of US$3.9 million for the forgotten children of Somalia
NAIROBI, 3 September 2007 - In the midst of a deteriorating humanitarian situation for the children of Somalia, UNICEF received...
Pakistan needs funds now to restore children’s education in flooded southwest
ISLAMABAD, 3 August 2007 – UNICEF is concerned that primary school education could become a casualty of the floods that have affected southwest Pakistan in the wake of cyclone Yemyin in late June.
UNHCR and UNICEF issue joint appeal to get Iraqi children back to school
GENEVA, 27 July 2007 - UNICEF and the UN refugee agency today issued a $129 million joint appeal aimed at getting tens of thousands of uprooted Iraqi children back in school.
Pierrette Vu Thi on UNICEF, UNHCR appeal for education of Iraqi children in host countries
GENEVA, 27 July 2007 - Over the past year and a half, we have the seen the conflict in Iraq spill over its borders, pushing families in distress to neighbouring countries like Syria and Jordan. In these situations, children often suffer the most.
Water and sanitation to be provided to thousands of displaced children in Eastern Chad
TOKYO, 20 July 2007 - Some 30,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Eastern Chad, including 18,000 children, will have better access to clean water and sanitation as a result of emergency funding of $1.18 million from the Government of Japan to build new boreholes and communal latrines.
MoU signed between the Saudi Public Campaign, UNICEF Gulf Area Office
JEDDAH, 10 July 2007 - A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Saudi Public Campaign for the Assistance of Pakistan Earthquake Victims represented by Said Al-Arabi Al Harthy Advisor to HRH Minister of Interior and Head of the Campaign and UNICEF Gulf Area Office represented by Dr. Ayman A. Abu Laban for a total amount of $2 million.
Statement by Dan Toole, Acting Deputy Executive Director, on OPT, Zimbabwe
GENEVA, 16 July 2007 - First, many thanks for joining me today. I want to take advantage of being here for ECOSOC to really talk about a couple of emergencies.
UNICEF highlights toll on children from Asian floods
NEW YORK, 11 JULY 2007 - UNICEF today highlighted the immense toll placed on the millions of children in South and East Asia who have been impacted by flooding caused by the monsoon season and cyclones.
Syrian Arab Red Crescent and UNICEF agree on humanitarian support to Iraqi children refugees
SYRIA, 9 July 2007 – The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and UNICEF Syria signed a cooperation agreement providing humanitarian support to children and women refugees from Iraq.
Japanese Ambassador to Sudan sees progress in education
RUMBEK, 9 July 2007 – His Excellency Yuichi Ishii, Japanese Ambassador to Sudan, has seen first hand the progress being made in education in Southern Sudan with the support of Japan.
VIVACELL donates over $100,000 in support of children with disabilities
YEREVAN, 2 July 2007 – VivaCell, Armenia’s leading mobile operator is joining UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Science to support on-going efforts to include children with disabilities into basic education.
UNICEF Uganda thanks European Commission for latest contribution
KAMPALA, 26 June 2007 – UNICEF in Uganda today expressed its appreciation to the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission (ECHO) for its recent contribution of €700,000...
Irish Aid announces new Strategic Partnerships with United Nations’ development agencies
Dublin, 3 April 2007 – Conor Lenihan TD, Minister of State for Irish Aid and Human Rights, today announced new strategic partnerships with key UN development agencies. He was joined at the announcement by the Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF, Dan Toole.
Children in the Frontline: Launch of UNICEF's Arabic Humanitarian Action Report 2007
Amman, 29 March 2007 – UNICEF's Humanitarian Action Report 2007 calls on donors and the international community to contribute to a USD $635 million appeal...
Netherlands gives UNICEF largest single donation ever
GENEVA/THE HAGUE, 22 December 2006 - Millions of children in the developing world have a new ray of hope as the Dutch government today announced it has pledged $201 million to UNICEF to radically expand the...
Spain donates 1 million Euros to UNICEF Angola
LUANDA, 18 December 2006 – The Spanish Government has made a timely donation to UNICEF Angola – to support scaling up effective interventions, crucial for maternal, newborn and child survival.
IKEA, Save the Children and UNICEF joint campaign: ‘A smile is worth so much’
IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children will join forces for children worldwide again this year, following a successful 2005 effort that raised over €2 million euro for life-saving programs through its “€1 is a fortune. . . A child’s smile is worth so much” campaign.
Government of Japan provides US$1.604 million to Liberia’s children
MONROVIA/LIBERIA, 13 November 2006 - The Government of Japan has contributed US$1.604 million to UNICEF to support life-saving child immunization coverage.
160 children document their surroundings after their villages were destroyed one year ago
NEW YORK, 5 October 2006 – UNICEF today launched an exhibition of children’s photos in New York to mark the one year anniversary of the earthquake which killed over 70,000 people in Pakistan.
UNICEF praises donation from Spanish Government
MADRID, 27 September 2006 – UNICEF thanked the Government of Spain for the generous donation of €21 million Euro toward the agency’s work on behalf of children that was announced today.
Orange, France Telecom and UNICEF unite for girls education in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 7 September 2006 - Orange Madagascar, France Telecom and UNICEF Madagascar signed a US$ 20,000, two-year partnership this morning to promote the education of girls in Madagascar.
UNICEF thanks Bahrain for Lebanon donation
BEIRUT, 24 August 2006 – UNICEF said today that it had received an unprecedented donation from the Kingdom of Bahrain for its relief operation in Lebanon.
UNICEF: Arab world to play important role in emergencies
DUBAI, April 10, 2006 – Speaking at the inauguration of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Re-Development Conference, DIHAD 2006, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah today stressed the need for enhanced Arab collaboration in the field of humanitarian assistance to crisis countries around the world.
Japan Provides $6.78 Million to Liberia’s Children
MONROVIA, Liberia, 1 March 2006 - The Government of Japan has contributed US$6.78 million to UNICEF to help provide more than 5,000 demobilized children associated with fighting forces with a basic primary school education or vocational skills training. The funding will also be used by UNICEF and its partners to provide 300 Liberian schools and 50 health centres with new water and environmental sanitation services.
Government of Japan provides US$2.256 million to Liberia’s children
MONROVIA, Liberia, 12 January 2006 -- The Government of Japan has contributed US$2.256 million to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, to protect Liberian children from infectious diseases, including malaria and acute respiratory infections.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman on her visit to quake-ravaged Pakistan
MUZZAFARABAD, Sunday 30th October, 2005 - Ladies and Gentlemen, today I witnessed the extraordinary scale of devastation and the breadth of human suffering during this short visit to the heart of the earthquake zone. The impact this has had on the children of this vast and ruggedly beautiful land is of particular concern.
Japan donates US$ 5 million to counter malaria outbreak and spread of polio in Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, 15 August 2005 – The Government of Japan today donated US$ 5 million to UNICEF to help wipe out polio and prevent an epidemic of malaria across Ethiopia.
Canadian government donates $10 million (Cdn) to UNICEF Niger
NIGER, 5 August 2005 - Today in Maradi, Niger, the Honorable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, announced that Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, will increase its contribution by $10 million (Cdn) to fight under-nutrition and hunger in the Sahel region of Africa, including Niger. In the presence of UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Rima Salah, the Minister said that $6 million (Cdn) of that money would go to support UNICEF’s immediate aim of treating an estimated 32,000 suffering from severe malnutrition and 160,000 children suffering from moderate malnutrition in Niger.
UNICEF praises generous gift for indigenous Amazonian children threatened by disease, poverty, exclusion
GENEVA/LIMA, 3 June 2005 – UNICEF today announced two groundbreaking donations totaling almost $11.7 million from the Finnish government that aims to boost living standards of some of the world’s poorest and most excluded children – those of the Amazonian basin of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia.
UNICEF calls for enhanced global commitment to support countries in crisis
DUBAI, 5 April 2005 – Speaking from the the Dubai International Convention Centre, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah today launched the Humanitarian Action Report 2005 and called on the donor community, Arab funds and humanitarian agencies to exert improved effort in leveraging the region’s capacity to respond to persisting emergencies around the globe.
Zimbabwe’s forgotten children
HARARE / JONANNESBURG, 17 March 2005 – As the world focuses on the upcoming Zimbabwean elections, UNICEF today released startling new statistics which call for politicians and donors to defend children as rigorously as they defend democracy.
UNICEF hails Gates and Norway vaccine contribution
NEW YORK, 25 January 2005 – UNICEF today welcomed the major new contributions from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Government of Norway to global immunization programs, totaling more than $1 billion over ten years.
ATP commits $25,000 to UNICEF relief effort
CHENNAI, INDIA, 31 December 2004 – Tournament organizers of the Chennai Open have joined with the ATP to commit financial support to relief efforts benefiting victims of the tsunami which has devastated Southern Asia. The ATP, governing body of the international men’s professional tennis circuit, will donate the $25,000 sanction fee for the tournament and direct it in full to UNICEF emergency relief efforts in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, of which Chennai is the capital.
Canadian money for Iraq marks way forward
BEIJING/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 October 2003 – UNICEF said today that a large Canadian cash contribution will be used to expand and strengthen the delivery of health and education services to Iraqi children and women.
UNICEF lauds Japanese government gift to Iraq
NEW YORK, 23 May 2003 - UNICEF thanked the Japanese government for its generous gift of $10.2 million for Iraq to be used in the rebuilding and supply of schools devastated by the war. (News Note)
Tunisia helps restore normalcy among Palestinian school children
TUNIS/RAMALLAH, 3 November 2004 – A Tunisian non-governmental organization ‘Children First’ is giving US 65,000 to UNICEF in support of emergency education activities for Palestinian children in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT).
UNICEF thanks Italian government for 1.8 million euro donation
NEW YORK, 18 June 2004 – UNICEF today thanked the Italian government for a 1.8 million euro donation aimed at putting an end to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), a procedure that is still performed on some 2 million girls each year.
Improved health system for returnees in Burundi
A Memorandum of Understanding on Health Interventions and Health System Reinforcement related to the voluntary repatriation of refugees and reintegration of the affected populations to Burundi was signed today by UNICEF, UNHCR and WHO.
Japan becomes UNICEF’s #1 donor on Iraq relief
Monday, 2 June 2003 – The Government of Japan has donated $10.2 million to UNICEF to support the reopening of schools across the country, bringing its total contributions to UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts in Iraq to more than $15 million and making Japan the leading governmental donor to UNICEF’s appeal for Iraqi children so far. (Press release)
U.N. hails South Korean support for aid programmes in North
Thursday, 27 March 2003 - Three United Nations agencies today welcomed a substantial pledge of support by the Republic of Korea for emergency feeding and healthcare programmes to assist millions of vulnerable children, women and elderly people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. (Joint press release)
Japan donates $2 million to UNICEF to get children out of orphanages in Central Asia
TOKYO/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 31 August 2004 – The Government of Japan is donating more than US$ 2 million to UNICEF to get children out of orphanages and other residential institutions across Central Asia. The announcement coincides with a tour of Central Asia by Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi, which ended today.
UNICEF donates relief items worth KSHS 1.3 million to flood victims in western Kenya
NAIROBI, May 7, 2003 -The United Nation’s Children’s Fund has today made a donation of relief items for flood victims in Western Kenya worth $ 17,500 (Kenya Shillings 1,312,500). The donation made to the Government of Kenya includes life-saving oral redydration salts, drugs for cholera, intra-venous fluids, de-worming syrups, 5000 mosquito nets and 100 cooking sets. An earlier consignment of 400 cooking sets has already been delivered. These items will benefit the residents of the areas identified as critical, which include Budalangi (Busia), Nyando, Kisumu, Rachuonyo, Baringo and Nyatike (Migori). (News Note)
Gates gives UNICEF $10 million to fight maternal tetanus
NEW YORK, 17 November 2003 - UNICEF today received a $10 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight maternal and neonatal tetanus, a major killer of newborns and their mothers. As an extension of the $26 million given in 1999, this gift is a challenge grant to encourage other donors and foundations to contribute to UNICEF’s effort to eliminate the disease.
Japan offers lifeline to Bangladesh flood victims
DHAKA, BANGLASESH - The Government of Japan has agreed to provide 103 million Japanese Yen (approximately US$940,000) to UNICEF Bangladesh for emergency water and sanitation activities, as part of Japan’s $5.9 million flood assistance package for Bangladesh.
UNICEF donation helps Ethiopia dig for water
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 19 October 2004 – UNICEF handed over two shallow well drilling rigs to the Government today to be used in the drought-prone regions of Afar and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).
UNICEF Uganda thanks Italy for funding to humanitarian response
KAMPALA, 10 August 2004 – UNICEF in Uganda today expresses its appreciation to the Government of Italy for its recent contribution of US$624,220, made toward the United Nations Consolidated Interagency Emergency Appeal for 2004. UNICEF is pleased to announce that the contribution will strengthen the agency’s ongoing accelerated response to the most urgent humanitarian needs of the internally displaced population (IDP) in northern and eastern Uganda, including the most vulnerable children and women.