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Hundreds of children released from armed groups in South Sudan - UNICEF
YAMBIO, South Sudan, 18 April 2018 – More than 200 children were released by armed groups in South Sudan on Tuesday. This was the second release of children in a series, supported by UNICEF, that will see almost 1,000 children released from the ranks of armed groups in the coming months.

Military action on and around water infrastructure jeopardizes efforts to prevent another outbreak of cholera in Yemen
AMMAN, 17 April 2018 – “Yemen continues to be one of the world’s most water-scarce countries. Access to drinking water is extremely costly for the most vulnerable people: 8.6 million children in Yemen don’t have sufficient access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.

More than 1,000 children in northeastern Nigeria abducted by Boko Haram since 2013
ABUJA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 13 April 2018 – Since 2013, more than 1,000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, including 276 girls taken from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in 2014 – UNICEF said today. Four years on from that tragic incident, more than 100 of the ‘Chibok girls’ have yet to be returned to their families and the UN children’s agency continues to call for their release.

WHO and UNICEF issue new guidance to promote breastfeeding in health facilities globally
GENEVA 11 April, 2018  - The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF today issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all babies for the first two years would save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age 5 annually.

UNICEF calls for the protection of children in the Gaza Strip
AMMAN, 10 April 2018 - “In the last 10 days, three children were killed and dozens more were seriously injured in the recent tragic events in the Gaza Strip. UNICEF deplores all acts of violence against children.

Latin America and the Caribbean: a decade lost in ending child marriage
PANAMA/NEW YORK, 10 April 2018 - Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is the only region in the world where the prevalence of child marriage and early unions has not decreased in the last decade, UNICEF’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean said today.

Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of children in Afrin and Eastern Ghouta, Syria
GENEVA, 10 April 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Nearly one billion people in Africa to be protected against yellow fever by 2026
ABUJA, 10 April 2018 — Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and more than 50 health partners.

High risk of disease outbreaks in earthquake-hit Papua New Guinea - UNICEF and WHO
PORT MORESBY, 9 April 2018 – UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have cautioned about the high potential of waterborne and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks in earthquake-affected areas of Papua New Guinea.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore on continuing violence in Syria
NEW YORK, 8 April 2018 – “There continues to be no respite for the children of Syria. Shelling on Damascus City has reportedly led to civilian casualties and violence has resumed in the besieged enclave of Douma in Eastern Ghouta, with fatal attacks against civilian infrastructure and damage to health facilities.

Multiple earthquakes in Papua New Guinea leave children traumatized: UNICEF
PORT MORESBY, 28 March 2018 – One month after a series of earthquakes of magnitude 5-7.5 hit four Highlands provinces of Papua New Guinea, children are still in shock and suffering significant trauma and stress which could have negative consequences to their long-term well-being, UNICEF said today.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Indonesia to meet children tackling violence and bullying in the classroom
SEMARANG/LONDON/NEW YORK, 28 MARCH 2018 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Indonesia this week to meet children who have experienced classroom violence and bullying, and to see how 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is supporting anti-bullying programmes in schools.

In Yemen, children’s education devastated after three years of escalating conflict
SANA'A, 27 March 2018 – Nearly half a million children have dropped out of school since the 2015 escalation of conflict in Yemen, bringing the total number of out-of-school children to 2 million, according to a UNICEF assessment released today.  Meanwhile, almost three quarters of public school teachers have not been paid their salaries in over a year, putting the education of an additional 4.5 million children at grave risk.

Lifesaving UNICEF supplies reach Papua New Guinea to help children and families hardest hit by earthquakes
PORT MORESBY/SYDNEY, 23 March 2018 – UNICEF has this week delivered 23 metric tons of relief supplies to Papua New Guinea, including tents and tarpaulins, water purification tablets, hygiene kits, blankets and learning kits as part of ongoing efforts to help children and families who were hardest hit by recent earthquakes.

Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of children in Idlib, Afrin and Eastern Ghouta, Syria
GENEVA, 23 March 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Statement on the release of girls abducted from a school in Dapchi by Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria

ABUJA, 21 March 2018 - “UNICEF welcomes news that the girls abducted on 19 February 2018 from a school in Dapchi, Yobe state, northeast Nigeria were returned to their families. According to unconfirmed reports, over 100 girls have been returned.

Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of children in Afrin and Eastern Ghouta, Syria
GENEVA, 20 March 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNICEF and partners continue to support children in the Caribbean, six months after Hurricanes Irma and María
PANAMA CITY/GENEVA, 19 March 2018 - Thousands of children, adolescents and their families affected by the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, six months ago, in the Eastern Caribbean islands, Cuba and Haiti have been supported by UNICEF and its partners thanks to the US$11.5 million raised through international donations during this time.

Geneva Palais briefing note on UNICEF Rohingya Joint Response Plan
GENEVA, 16 March 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Briefing note on the situation of children in Afrin and Eastern Ghouta, Syria
GENEVA, 16 March 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

No end in sight to seven years of war in Syria: children with disabilities at risk of exclusion
BEIRUT/AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 12 March 2018 – With no end in sight to the war in Syria, children with disabilities risk being excluded and forgotten.

Message from UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on efforts to address sexual misconduct
NEW YORK, 9 March 2018 - This is an important moment in time for UNICEF and all the aid sector – a moment to make swift and tangible changes that guarantee a safe environment for all of those who work at – and with – our organizations.

UNHCR and UNICEF chiefs, on joint visit to Lebanon, call for more action to protect and empower Syrian refugee women and girls as world marks International Women’s Day
BEIRUT, 8 March 2018 – With women and girls making up more than half of the registered Syrian refugee population in Lebanon, and with nearly 40 per cent of refugee households in the country headed by women, Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, called for stronger action to protect and empower women refugees.

UNICEF report: Over half a billion ‘uncounted’ children live in countries unable to measure SDG progress
NEW YORK, 7 MARCH 2018 – Early assessment of progress toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals confirms an alarming lack of data in 64 countries, as well as insufficient progress toward the SDGs for another 37 countries where the data can be tracked. 

25 million child marriages prevented in last decade due to accelerated progress, according to new UNICEF estimates
NEW YORK, 6 March 2018 – The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, UNICEF said today. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as children decreased by 15 per cent in the last decade, from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5.

Statement on the attack against humanitarian workers in northeast Nigeria
DAKAR, 2 March 2018 - “UNICEF is shocked by the attack on 1 March in Rann, Borno State, in which three aid workers lost their lives, three were injured and one is reportedly missing.

Geneva Palais briefing note: Children in Syria
GENEVA, 2 March 2018 - This is a summary of what was said by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa– to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Message from UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore to staff about ending sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment
NEW YORK, 28 February 2018 - These past weeks have given us an opportunity to have frank discussions about how we live up to UNICEF’s core values like care, respect, equality and trust. These values animate everything our staff members do in communities around the world in support of the world’s children.

Nearly 19 million newborns at risk of brain damage every year due to iodine deficiency
NEW YORK, 1 March 2018 – Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 per cent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in the earliest years of life, according to a new joint report by UNICEF and GAIN released today. More than 1 in 4 of these children – 4.3 million – lives in South Asia.

Statement on attack against humanitarian workers in the Central African Republic
DAKAR, 28 February 2018 - “All of us at UNICEF are deeply saddened and shocked by the killing of our colleague, along with five other education workers, who were attacked on February 25 while travelling in the northwestern region of the Central African Republic, near Markounda, a remote area near the Chadian border.

Nearly two-thirds of the population in South Sudan at risk of rising hunger
JUBA, 26 February 2018 – More than 7 million people in South Sudan – almost two-thirds of the population – could become severely food insecure in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, three United Nations agencies warned today.

85 per cent of Syrian children in host communities in Jordan live in poverty - UNICEF
AMMAN, 25 February 2018 – Syrian refugee families living in host communities in Jordan are increasingly struggling to meet their basic needs, including educating and protecting their children, UNICEF said today. 85 per cent of registered Syrian refugee children are living below the poverty line, according to UNICEF’s latest assessment.

Statement on attack against Bursari Government Girls Science Secondary School in northeast Nigeria
DAKAR, 23 February 2018 – “On Monday, an armed group attacked the Bursari Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, northeast Nigeria. According to unconfirmed reports over 90 girls are still unaccounted for.

Cyclone season and threat of violence loom over 720,000 Rohingya children in Myanmar and Bangladesh – UNICEF
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 February 2018 – Urgent efforts are needed to help more than 720,000 Rohingya children who are threatened either by the approaching cyclone season in Bangladesh or by ongoing violence and denial of their basic rights in Myanmar, UNICEF said today.

UNICEF Statement
NEW YORK, 22 February 2018 – “Executive Director Henrietta Fore today accepted Justin Forsyth’s resignation from his position as Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF.

Mongolia’s air pollution causes child health crisis
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, 22 February 2018 – Unless Ulaanbaatar’s air pollution levels rapidly decrease in the coming years, the financial cost of treating diseases in children caused by air pollution will increase by 33 per cent by 2025, costing an additional MNT 4.8 billion per annum to the public health system from 2025, reveals a new report commissioned by the Mongolian National Center for Public Health and UNICEF.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore gives remarks at the #EveryChildALIVE launch
NEW YORK, 20 February 2018 - "Thank you for joining us as we launch “Every Child Alive” — our new campaign to end the tragedy of preventable child deaths. Thanks to many of the people in this room, more children are surviving to their fifth birthdays than at any time in history. But as we celebrate the progress achieved for the young citizens of the world, we must do more for the youngest of all: newborns."

The war on children in Syria: Reports of mass casualties among children in Eastern Ghouta and Damascus
AMMAN, 20 February 2018- “No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones”[1].

World is failing newborn babies, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 February 2018 – Global deaths of newborn babies remain alarmingly high, particularly among the world’s poorest countries, UNICEF said today in a new report on newborn mortality. Babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance at survival, while newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan face the worst odds.

Massive data gaps leave refugee, migrant and displaced children in danger and without access to basic services
NEW YORK, 15 February 2018 – Gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move, warned five UN and partner agencies today. In ‘A call to action: Protecting children on the move starts with better data’, UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, Eurostat and OECD together show how crucial data are to understanding the patterns of global migration and developing policies to support vulnerable groups like children.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore introductory remarks at the Solutions Summit, Stakeholders for End Violence Session
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 14 February 2018 - "Your Majesty Queen Silvia. Your Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria. Prime Minister Löfven. Deputy Secretary General Mohammed. Honoured guests. Young people — young citizens. Welcome, everyone. And a special thank you to Sweden, for hosting this important summit.

Tackling sexual exploitation and abuse of children: Actions and commitments by UNICEF
STOCKHOLM, 14 February 2018 – “Sexual exploitation and abuse of children under any circumstances is reprehensible. No organization is immune from this scourge and we are continuously working to better address it. When it comes to the protection of children, we are determined to act. There is no room for complacency.

UNICEF on standby to support governments of Samoa, Tonga and Fiji as Cyclone Gita intensifies
SUVA, Fiji, 13 February 2018 – As Tropical Cyclone Gita, the strongest storm to ever hit Tonga, intensifies and heads towards Fiji, UNICEF offers its support to the affected Pacific island countries of Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.

In Iraq, years of violence and conflict leave 4 million children in need
AMMAN/CAIRO/BAGHDAD, 11 February 2018 – Violence may have subsided in Iraq, but it has upended the lives of millions across the country, leaving one in four children in poverty and pushing families to extreme measures to survive.

East Ghouta, another reminder that there is no respite from nightmare for children in Syria - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 8 February 2018 – “This week, dozens of children have reportedly been killed and many more injured by extreme and intensifying violence in several parts of Syria.

Violence leaves 750,000 children in Mosul struggling to access basic health services
MOSUL, Iraq, 7 February 2018 – As many as 750,000 children in Mosul and surrounding areas are struggling to access basic health services, UNICEF warned today. While violence has subsided, less than 10 per cent of health facilities in Ninewa governorate are functioning at full capacity, with those that are operational stretched to breaking point.

Hundreds of children released by armed groups in South Sudan
YAMBIO, South Sudan, 7 February 2018– More than 300 children, 87 of them girls, were released by armed groups in South Sudan today, beginning a process that is expected to see at least 700 children freed in the coming weeks.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore remarks at opening of the February 2018 Executive Board Meeting
NEW YORK, 6 February 2018 – “I begin with a heartfelt “thank you” to the Secretary General and members of UNICEF’s Executive Board for giving me the extraordinary opportunity to lead one of the best, and most consequential, organizations in the world. There is no more important cause than children. As they hold our futures in their hands, we hold their futures in ours. Thank you for lending your commitment and ideas to this mission.

Geneva Palais briefing note: Nearly seven years since beginning of war in Syria, children continue to be killed, injured, displaced
GENEVA, 6 February 2018 – In the first month of this year, nearly 60 children were reportedly killed across Syria in relentless violence in East Ghouta, Damascus, Idlib and Afrin. Many more have been injured in the ongoing fighting.

More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, tapping into great opportunities, but facing grave risks
NEW YORK, 6 February 2018 – More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day – a new child every half second – UNICEF said today. Digital access exposes these children to a wealth of benefits and opportunities, but also to a host of risks and harms, including access to harmful content, sexual exploitation and abuse, cyberbullying, and misuse of their private information, the children’s agency warned.

A race against trends
NEW YORK, 6 February 2018 – “Female genital mutilation is many things: A violent act that causes infection, disease, childbirth complications, and even death. A cruel practice that inflicts lasting emotional harm and preys on the most vulnerable, least powerful members of society – girls between infancy and age 15. A violation of human rights that both reflects and perpetuates the low status of girls and women in too many places. A drag on the well-being of communities and economies.

Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa take a brutal toll on children - UNICEF
AMMAN, 5 February 2018 - “In this dark month of January, conflicts and violence in the Middle East and North Africa have once again taken a devastating toll on children. They were killed in ongoing conflicts, suicide attacks, or frozen to death as they fled active warzones.

UNICEF and Netherlands join hands to prevent malnutrition
NEW YORK, 5 February 2018 UNICEF welcomes the US$56 million contribution from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to support UNICEF’s work to improve the nutrition of children, adolescents and women between 2018 and 2021.

3 in 10 young people in conflict or disaster-stricken countries are illiterate - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 31 January 2018 – Nearly 3 in 10 young people aged between 15 and 24 years old – 59 million – living in countries affected by conflict or disaster are illiterate, triple the global rate, UNICEF said today.

UNICEF seeks $3.6 billion in emergency assistance for 48 million children caught up in catastrophic humanitarian crises
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 January 2018 – UNICEF appealed today for $3.6 billion to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance to 48 million children living through conflict, natural disasters and other emergencies in 51 countries in 2018.

'Is the world becoming numb to the killing of children in Syria?'
DAMASCUS, 26 January 2018 – “The grim tally of children killed in Syria in the past two weeks has increased daily as violence escalates in several areas across the country.

In Venezuela, prevalence of malnutrition among children grows as economic crisis deepens
NEW YORK, 26 January 2018 – A growing number of children in Venezuela are suffering from malnutrition as a consequence of the protracted economic crisis affecting the country, UNICEF warned today. While precise figures are unavailable because of very limited official health or nutrition data, there are clear signs that the crisis is limiting children’s access to quality health services, medicines and food. The children’s agency went on to call for the rapid implementation of a short-term response to counter malnutrition, based on disaggregated data and coordinated between the Government and partners.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: violence in Tanganyika and South Kivu fuels one of the world’s worst displacement crises for children – UNICEF
KINSHASA/NEW YORK, 25 January 2018 – At least 1.3 million people, including more than 800,000 children, have been displaced by inter-ethnic violence and clashes between the regular army, militia and armed groups in the provinces of Tanganyika and South Kivu in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UNICEF said today. The DRC is now home to one of the largest displacement crises in the world for children.

More action needed to improve security and humanitarian access in Myanmar if Rohingya children are to return safely - UNICEF
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 24 January 2018 -  Improved security and unimpeded humanitarian access in Myanmar are essential before Rohingya children can be returned from Bangladesh, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth said today.

Statement by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on Syrian children freezing to death while crossing from Syria to Lebanon
AMMAN, 20 January 2018 - “It is tragic that at least 12 Syrians including two children died in Eastern Lebanon near the Masna’ border crossing with Syria." 

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore following two-day visit to conflict-ravaged South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 19 January 2018 – “I have just spent two days in South Sudan where I saw firsthand how four years of conflict have left children sick, hungry and on the brink of death.

At least one in four children in Iraq impacted by conflict and poverty
BAGHDAD/AMMAN, 19 January 2018 – “Iraq today hosts one of UNICEF’s largest operations in the world, responding with humanitarian and development assistance to the needs of the most vulnerable girls and boys across the country.

Statement by Jean Gough, UNICEF South Asia Regional Director denouncing attack on polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan
KATHMANDU, 19 January 2018 – “UNICEF joins the Government of Pakistan in its condemnation of the killing of two polio vaccinators in Balochistan earlier this week.

UN agencies in urgent bid to prevent famine in Kasai, DRC
KINSHASA, 17 January 2018 – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Half a million Rohingya refugee children at risk in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh with cyclone and monsoon season on horizon
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 16 January 2018 – The health and safety of more than 520,000 Rohingya children living in overcrowded camps and informal settlements in Bangladesh is likely to be put at even greater risk ahead of upcoming cyclone and monsoon seasons, UNICEF warned today.

3 million children born into war in Yemen
SANA’A, 16 January 2018 – More than 3 million children have been born in Yemen since the escalation in violence in March 2015 according to a new UNICEF report. Born into War details how children in Yemen have been scarred by years of violence, displacement, disease, poverty, undernutrition and a lack of access to basic services including water, health care and education.

A bloody start to a new year in Syria

AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 14 January 2018 – “At a time when most parents are filled with the new year’s hope for their children’s future, mothers and fathers in Syria are left grieving for the children they have lost. 

Geneva Palais briefing note: The situation of children in Rakhine State, Myanmar
GENEVA, 9 January 2018 – This is a summary of what was said by Marixie Mercado, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Henrietta Fore becomes new UNICEF Executive Director
NEW YORK, 1 January 2018 – Henrietta Fore takes office today as UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director.  Ms. Fore brings to the role more than four decades of private and public sector leadership experience.

Nearly 386,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 January 2018 –  Approximately 386,000 babies will be born on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said today. Of these, over 90 per cent will be born in less developed regions.


 

 

 

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