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New fund launches to address global education crisis
ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – Global and national organisations today launch a new fund to better coordinate support for and drive investment in education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.

Laws to protect breastfeeding inadequate in most countries
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 9 May 2016 – A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals the status of national laws to protect and promote breastfeeding.

Unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in urgent need of protection, warns UNICEF
GENEVA, 6 May 2016 –– UNICEF today called for urgent measures to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Europe – who are at serious risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation and whose number reached a record of more than 95,000 last year.

UNICEF: Give children better protection under revised EU asylum procedures
BRUSSELS, 4 May 2016 - As the European Union prepares for critical talks on the rules governing applications from people seeking protection in Europe, UNICEF has called for the interests and rights of children to be given greater priority.

United Nations agencies express serious concern at conditions in transit and asylum centers
The tightening of entry criteria in February 2016 and the final closure of Western Balkan borders to irregular onward movement on 7 March 2016 have left a group of some 1,000 people in the country, unable to continue towards their intended destination

Invest in better social protection for the most disadvantaged children: UNICEF
Low public spending, ineffective social protection policies and programmes are hampering progress for children in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia

Japanese Funds Improve Conditions for Refugees, Migrants and Host Communities
Skopje, 31 March 2016: High-level representatives of the UN family in the country undertook a field visit to Kumanovo Municipality and the Tabanovce refugee aid point today, together with the Ambassador of Japan, H.E. Makoto Taketoshi, who is on a three-d

“Unfairy Tales”
NEW YORK, 29 March 2016: UNICEF today launches a series of animated films to help frame positive perceptions towards the tens of millions of children and young people on the move globally.

New EU-Turkey agreement on refugee and migrants could leave children at risk: UNICEF
GENEVA, 22 March 2016 – UNICEF today expressed concern that the new agreement between the EU and Turkey, which comes into effect this week, does not address the pressing humanitarian needs of 19,000 refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece.

Statement by UNICEF Representative, Dr. Bertrand Desmoulins on the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day
SKOPJE 21 March 2016: “Today is World Down Syndrome Day, with the global theme “My Friends, My Community - the benefits of inclusive environments for today's children and tomorrow's adults”.

First Early Childhood Development Centre in Kumanovo Suburb
IGO TRICKOVIKJ, KUMANOVO, 17 MARCH 2016: Thanks to the new early childhood development centre opened as part of the initiative “the first 5 are the most important”, some 60 children aged 3 to 6 year old from the sub urban community Igo Trickovikj near Kum

With regard to the outcome of the EU Summit with Turkey
GENEVA, 8 March, 2016 - With regard to the outcome of the EU Summit with Turkey, UNICEF reiterates that in the implementation of such decisions the fundamental humanitarian principle of ‘do no harm’ must guide authorities across Europe, the Balkans and Tu

Child refugees and migrants suffer most by border restrictions, says UNICEF
GENEVA, 1 March, 2016 – The dire situation unfolding at border points along the Balkan land route, especially in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, has left thousands of children stranded, distressed and at risk of poor health and abuse

UNHCR, UNICEF launch Blue Dot hubs to boost protection for children and families on the move across Europe
GENEVA, 26 February, 2016 – As part of a joint endeavour to step up protection for the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF are setting up special support centres for child

With growing numbers of child deaths at sea, UN agencies call for enhancing safety for refugees and migrants
An average of two children have drowned every day since September 2015 as their families try to cross the eastern Mediterranean, and the number of child deaths is growing said IOM, UNHCR, and UNICEF. The agencies are calling for enhancing the safety of

More children and women seek safety in Europe: UNICEF
Geneva, 2 February 2016 – For the first time since the start of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, there are more children and women on the move than adult males, says UNICEF.

UNICEF Innovation Fund to invest in open source technology start-ups
NEW YORK, 1 February 2016 – UNICEF is inviting technology start-ups developing solutions with the potential to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children to apply for funding from its recently launched Innovation Fund. “The purpose of th

Series from The Lancet provides more evidence that breastfeeding is lifesaving – UNICEF
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, 29 January 2015 – A new series of papers just published by The Lancet provides evidence that improving breastfeeding practices could save the lives of over 820,000 children a year, 9 out of 10 of them infants under 6 months.

UNICEF launches US$2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children
GENEVA, 26 January 2016 – UNICEF is launching a US$2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.

Winter: UNICEF Expresses Concern Over the Health of Children on the Move
Geneva, 19 January 2016 – Children arriving into a harsh winter in southeastern Europe are physically exhausted, scared, distressed and often in need of medical assistance, UNICEF warned.



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