22 March 2024

Young people help to secure reliable access to adequate clean water in Central Asia

Climate change has already irreversibly changed the lives of everyone worldwide, with children carrying the heaviest burden. With concerns over water scarcity, air pollution and increased heatwaves, children and young people in Central Asian countries are taking steps to safeguard their futures., Saving water in the classroom, Fifth-grade students from Shchuchinsk, Kazakhstan recently created an eco-project as part of a programme to develop social entrepreneurship in their schools and communities. Yaroslav, who led the team of students was driven by his concern over problems caused by attitudes towards natural resources "Watching TV programmes about drying rivers and…, Choosing to live in a beautiful world, Children in Tajikistan are using art to express the importance of access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Fotima is a sixth-grade student in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and one of the winners of a nationwide art competition dedicated to Youth and Children’s Water Forum, hosted by UNICEF. “My drawing has a main key message” Fotima says. “The choice…, Creating innovative technology for water, Shakhzoda and her team recently took the first place in a regional competition #SeedsForTheFuture for the best #TECH4GOOD project. “In Uzbekistan, we face a significant issue with water scarcity, leading some farmers to rely on groundwater for irrigation. Unfortunately, this water often contains high levels of salt and heavy metals, making it…
09 September 2022

6 months of war in Ukraine

After six months of devastation and displacement for the people of Ukraine, it is children who are suffering the deadly consequence of a brutal war not of their making. In areas across eastern and southern Ukraine, they continue to be caught in the crossfire of ongoing hostilities, while schools, hospitals, and other civilian infrastructure on which they depend continue to be damaged or destroyed. In the central and western parts of the country, children and their families have had to flee their homes, their lives uprooted and access to learning and essential services disrupted. In any situation of conflict and displacement, children face increased risks of violence, exploitation and separation from family. The services and support on which they rely – safe places to play and learn, health care and clean water, warm clothes and shelter are no longer functional, available or are destroyed. The war in Ukraine is no exception. Yet while children now need protection and support more than ever, access to child and social protection, health, education and water and sanitation services has been severely reduced by the conflict’s destructive path. The war has also caused enormous mental distress for children, who have witnessed family and friends killed and injured, their homes, schools and neighbourhoods shelled and burnt to the ground. Six months into this brutal conflict, children continue to live with fear, anxiety and the grief of losing loved ones, separation from family, forced displacement from their homes, isolation, and complete upheaval of their childhoods. i OHCHR Ukraine civilian casualty update on 22 August 2022  ii https://extranet.who.int/ssa/LeftMenu/Index.aspx?utm_source=Stopping%20attacks%20on%20health%20care%20QandA&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=Link_who iii https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/start-uncertain-school-year-four-million-schoolchildren-ukraine Building on UNICEF’s unique position at the nexus of the humanitarian and development sectors, we are partnering with governments, United Nations and international organizations, local organizations, youth groups and communities who are working tirelessly on the frontlines of this response. In Ukraine, we are on the ground and have expanded our presence to 10 locations across the country to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of children and families. We work with 92 government and civil society partners to deliver at scale and reach as many children and families as possible. In refugee-hosting countries, to respond to the needs of children, we are leveraging partnerships established through longstanding country programmes, relationships with governments, and a strong network of National Committees. UNICEF continues to expand our close relationships with municipal authorities, partner with NGOs and civil society organizations, and develop new multi- country relationships with key networks. We have also worked at pace to establish and scale up capacities to provide support in European Union countries bordering Ukraine. In Poland, for example, partnerships with local municipalities now enable UNICEF to reach more than 700,000 refugee children and women with essential services. In more than 13 refugee-hosting countries, with well-established systems and service provision, UNICEF focuses on policy change and systems strengthening. Our strategic partnerships not only serve the immediate needs of Ukraine’s children and families, but they also contribute to strengthening national and local child protection systems, expanding pre-school and national education capacities, improving health systems, and integrating refugee children. This enables structural systemic changes that will provide improved support to all children, regardless of their origin, in these countries beyond this emergency. Read the full report here.
04 April 2022

UNICEF mobilizes one of world’s largest planes to airlift supplies for children in Ukraine

A Ukrainian aircraft, the Antonov-124, which was specifically designed to carry heavy or bulky loads. The war in Ukraine is having a devastating impact on the country’s 7.5 million children. As fighting continues, the humanitarian needs escalate. UNICEF is on the ground with partners providing essential services and support to children and…, UNICEF partners step up emergency support , On 29 March, the logistics company Kuehne + Nagel provided UNICEF with a donated charter flight to ship 111 metric tonnes of critical supplies from the United Arab Emirates to Poland. Within 48 hours of touchdown, the first deliveries reached UNICEF’s warehouse in Lviv, western Ukraine, for onward dispatch throughout the country. The Ukrainian…, Rapid scale-up for emergency response, Despite the challenging security situation, UNICEF managed to quickly establish a supply pipeline into Ukraine, and now has rolling deliveries arriving on a daily basis at the newly established warehouse in Lviv. Most emergency supplies are being trucked from UNICEF’s Global Supply and Logistics Hub in Copenhagen.  UNICEF is distributing supplies…, A  snapshot of UNICEF’s support for children in Ukraine, UNICEF is working around the clock to scale up life-saving programmes for children. This includes: Ramping up efforts to meet critical and escalating needs for safe water, health care, education and protection. Delivering family hygiene kits, baby diapers, maternal health kits, institutional hygiene kits, disinfectants, bottled water, winter…