Press releases and news notes
UNICEF welcomes declaration of the end of Ebola outbreak in Guinea
CONAKRY, 29 December 2015 – Almost two years to the day when a toddler became the first victim of Ebola in West Africa, UNICEF welcomed the declaration that the outbreak has ended in Guinea, but cautioned that the thousands of children orphaned by the disease, as well as those who survived infection, will need continued support.
Nigeria conflict forces more than 1 million children from school
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 22 December 2015 – Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighboring countries have forced more than 1 million children out of school, UNICEF said today.
More than 380,000 children out of school in northern Mali, three months into school year
BAMAKO, Mali/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 December 2015 – More than 380,000 children aged 7 to 15 remain out of school in insecure regions in northern Mali, three months into the new school year and almost four years since the security situation worsened in that part of the country, UNICEF said today.
On the Day of International Migration, UNICEF says children need urgent solutions, solidarity
GENEVA, 18 December 2015 – “The year, 2015, will be remembered for the heart-breaking image of a lifeless little boy on a beach – one of many who came before him; one of many who came after him. It was a year that saw hundreds of thousands of children and their families on the move leaving behind horrors, on an odyssey of hope through Europe. It was the year of mass displacement. And there is no end in sight.
Unicef statement on the report of the independent review on sexual exploitation and abuse of children in the Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 17 December 2015 – “We are reviewing the Independent Panel’s Report, especially references to those instances where UNICEF failed to implement its policy on responding to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, in order to draw practical lessons for the future.
More than 16 million babies born into conflict this year: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 17 December 2015 – More than 16 million babies were born in conflict zones in 2015 – 1 in 8 of all births worldwide this year – UNICEF said today, a figure that underscores the vulnerability faced by increasing numbers of children.
Burundi: Urgent action needed to prevent a humanitarian crisis
NEW YORK, 15 December 2015 - Two United Nations Emergency Directors warned today that urgent action is needed to prevent a descent into catastrophic violence in Burundi.
UNHCR and UNICEF highlight unrelenting children’s crisis
NAIROBI, Kenya, 15 December 2015 – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today that the children of South Sudan remain some of the most vulnerable in the world. Noting the second anniversary since violence erupted in South Sudan, the two UN agencies called for all parties to uphold their commitments to the Peace Agreement, so as to allow the almost 1.5 million South Sudanese children to return home and receive an education, and child soldiers to be released and reintegrated.
UNICEF fears hunger in Malawi, embarks on mass screening for malnutrition across country
LILONGWE, Malawi 15 December 2015 – As Malawi struggles to cope with drought and the first maize deficit in a decade, UNICEF is carrying out a mass screening for malnutrition in children under five across 25 districts – 90 per cent of the country. The response comes as reports from communities and villages indicate an increasing food shortage and hunger problem in the country.
UNICEF: 500 children die every day from lack of safe water, sanitation in sub-Saharan Africa
DAKAR, Senegal, 15 December 2015 – Around 180,000 children under 5 years old die every year – roughly 500 a day – in sub-Saharan Africa due to diarrhoeal diseases linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), UNICEF said ahead of a conference in Dakar on financing for the sector.
Government of Germany and UNICEF join forces for refugee and migrant children in Germany
BERLIN, Germany, 14 December 2015 – With more than 300,000 refugee and migrant children having entered Germany this year, UNICEF and the Government of Germany today announced a new partnership aimed at improving their care and protection.
Saying “children will, and should, judge us,” UNICEF calls for ambitious action on climate change
PARIS, France, 10 December 2015 – Children are already paying a heavy price for the world’s inaction on climate change, UNICEF said.
UNICEF plans to reach 2.6 million Syrian children with winter supplies and cash assistance
AMMAN, Jordan, 7 December 2015 – Another harsh winter is looming for more than eight million Syrian children living inside the war-ravaged country or as refugees around the region and beyond.
In special weather report, Katy Perry calls for action to change the dismal forecast for children
NEW YORK, 7 December 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry reads a unique weather report to draw attention to the devastating effects of climate change on the world’s children.
Closing the gaps in Bulgaria: UNICEF urges greater investment in the youngest and most vulnerable children
SOFIA, Bulgaria, 4 December 2015 –At the conclusion of a three-day visit to Bulgaria, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake commended the government’s commitment to children. He also discussed with the government the importance of prioritizing investments in early childhood development and in reaching the most disadvantaged and marginalized children.
Statement by UNICEF Iraq Representative, Peter Hawkins and UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš
BAGHDAD, Iraq, 3 December 2015 - The ongoing conflict in Iraq is taking a heavy toll on the country’s most vulnerable citizens – its children.
Germany’s €250 million contribution will reach children in the world’s most volatile conflicts - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 December, 2015 – The German Government’s contribution of €250 million this year will reach millions of children caught in conflict, UNICEF said today.
Statement by Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria on airstrikes against the Al-Khafsa water treatment facility in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, Syria, 1 December 2015 - “In Syria, the rules of war, including those meant to protect vital civilian infrastructure, continue to be broken on a daily basis.
Harsh weather, border restrictions – New blow to children on the move, says UNICEF
GENEVA, 1 December 2015 – Unpredictable border restrictions and harsh weather are compounding the hardships and challenges for refugee and migrant children and women who now account for more than half of all arrivals by sea.
P!nk announced as newest UNICEF Ambassador
NEW YORK, 30 November 2015 – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF today announced the appointment of the newest UNICEF Ambassador, GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist P!nk, who will build on her current role as the UNICEF Kid Power National Spokesperson to raise awareness about UNICEF’s lifesaving health and nutrition programs around the world.
Asia-Pacific region facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents, new report finds
BANGKOK, 30 November – The Asia-Pacific region is facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents. There were an estimated 50,000 new HIV infections among adolescents aged 15-19 in 2014, accounting for 15 per cent of new infections.
Nepal: Serious shortage of essential supplies threatens millions of children this winter - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 30 November 2015 – More than 3 million children under the age of 5 in Nepal are at risk of death or disease during the harsh winter months due to a severe shortage of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines – warns UNICEF.
UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah witnesses impact of conflict on children in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 27 November 2015 – Continued violence and the impact of brutal fighting has taken an increasingly heavy toll on the lives of children in South Sudan, Ishmael Beah said today, as the UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War wrapped up a one week visit to the country.
More than 1 million children in urgent need of assistance after three years of fighting in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central Africa Republic, 27 November 2015 – An estimated 1.2 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance nearly three years after conflict erupted in the Central African Republic.
Adolescent deaths from AIDS tripled since 2000 – UNICEF
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK, 27 November 2015 – The number of adolescent deaths from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, according to new data released today by UNICEF.
Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 - UNICEF
NEW YORK/LUSAKA, Zambia, 26 November 2015 – If current levels persist, the total number of child brides in Africa will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050, according to a UNICEF report released at the African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, today.
Children will bear the brunt of climate change: UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 November 2015 – More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the impacts of climate change, UNICEF said in a report released ahead of the 21st United Nations climate change conference, known as COP21.
Statement attributable to Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on Universal Children’s Day
AMMAN, 20 November 2015 - “Twenty-six years ago today, the world made a solemn promise to the children of the world, to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.
Universal Children’s Day: Why fair matters
NEW YORK, 20 November 2015 – The world remains a deeply unfair place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, according to a UNICEF report released today.
UNHCR, IOM, and UNICEF statement on new border restrictions in the Balkans
GENEVA, 20 November 2015 – “In the last couple of days, we have witnessed Governments instituting a range of restrictions against movements of refugees and migrants from Greece through the Western Balkans and further northwards. This includes people being profiled on the basis of nationality.
UNICEF: Without toilets, childhood is even riskier due to malnutrition
NEW YORK, 19 November 2015 – Lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition
4.5 million children reached through Starwood and UNICEF partnership
LONDON, 18 November 2015 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts and UNICEF today celebrate a 20-year partnership that has helped improve the lives of over 4.5 million children.
Children’s futures being compromised as violence escalates in Burundi, says UNICEF
NAIROBI, Kenya, 18 November 2015 – Children risk bearing the brunt of an escalation in violence in Burundi, UNICEF warned today, noting that the crisis has already left 17 children dead and many more injured.
Tech companies and governments pledge to protect millions of children from sexual exploitation online – UNICEF
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 17 November, 2015 – Leading technology companies, governments and international organizations have committed to protecting millions of children from online sexual exploitation at the #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit hosted by the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom in Abu Dhabi, said UNICEF.
UNICEF: Major spike in number of refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe
GENEVA, 13 November 2015 – With record numbers of child refugees and migrants – 700 a day seeking asylum in Europe – UNICEF has identified five groups of vulnerable children and is mobilizing tailored actions to meet their needs.
Protecting children from sexual exploitation online: Expert commentary available
NEW YORK, 12 November, 2015 - UNICEF experts will be available for media interviews from the #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit. Commentary available on the growing risks children face online; strategies to prevent and protect girls and boys from online sexual exploitation; and the critical role young people must play in protecting themselves while using information and communication technologies
A digital necklace and a wearable soap win ‘Wearables for Good’ Design Challenge with UNICEF, ARM and frog
HELSINKI/NEW YORK/LONDON, 12 November 2015 – A necklace that stores electronic health data to track child immunization and a wearable soap that helps limit the spread of infectious viruses by encouraging hand washing, have won the Wearables for Good challenge run by UNICEF, ARM and frog.
Maternal deaths fell 44% since 1990 – UN
NEW YORK/GENEVA/WASHINGTON, 12 November 2015 – Maternal mortality has fallen by 44% since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group reported today.
Children’s lives at stake as El Niño strengthens: UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 10 November 2015 – An estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa as a result of a strengthening El Niño, which is also causing droughts and floods in parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America, UNICEF warned on Tuesday.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham meets child refugees in Djibouti
DJIBOUTI/LONDON, 9 November 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has spent time at a refugee camp in Djibouti, meeting children and families, including those displaced by conflict and violence in neighboring countries.
Innovators determined to advance results for children
HELSINKI, Finland/NEW YORK, 9 November 2015 – Over 500 leading thinkers from the technological, academic, corporate, development and humanitarian world are convening in Helsinki today to unlock the way new technologies can drive change for the world’s most vulnerable children.
UNICEF welcomes end of Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, calls for more support to 11,500+ affected children
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 7 November 2015 – The WHO declaration marking the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone today is welcomed by UNICEF as a major victory for the large-scale and coordinated 18-month response. But enhanced surveillance must continue so that the country is ready for any possible future outbreaks, and work must also intensify to support those affected by the outbreak and to build a resilient recovery.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits children in Nepal six months after earthquake
KATHMANDU, Nepal/LONDON 6 November 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham today met children at a temporary learning centre established with support from UNICEF in Kathmandu after the earthquake hit.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham sees how his Fund is helping children in Papua New Guinea
MOUNT HAGEN, Papua New Guinea/LONDON, 5 November 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham today met children receiving treatment for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported hospital in Papua New Guinea.
UNICEF welcomes Kevin Rudd as chair of global sanitation and water partnership
NEW YORK, 3 November 2015 – “We at UNICEF welcome the appointment of Mr Kevin Rudd as chair of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership.
First Global Summit on Innovation for Children, Helsinki, 9-10 November
NEW YORK, 3 November 2015 – Although the world is now closer than ever to meeting its promises for children, the work for, with and on behalf of children is far from finished. The global summit seeks to look at ways to secure tangible innovations for children around the world.
Violence denies millions of children across Iraq access to education
BAGHDAD, Iraq 30 October 2015– The staggered start of the academic year in Iraq concludes this week with close to two million children nationwide out of school. An additional 1.2 million children age 5 to 14 years old are at risk of dropping out.
UNICEF and WFP launch mass nutrition screening as hunger threatens lives of children in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 29 October 2015 — UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched a mass mobilization campaign today that will screen more than a quarter of a million children for acute malnutrition in Warrap state.
Attack in Yemen: UNICEF appeals to those involved to respect international humanitarian law
NEW YORK, 27 October 2015 – “The health facility reportedly attacked today in Saada, Yemen, is the 39th health centre hit since the violence escalated in March. Critical shortages of fuel, medications, electricity, petrol and water threaten to stop many more from operating.
Afghanistan and Pakistan Earthquake: Children cut off from aid - UNICEF
KABUL, Afghanistan/ ISLAMABAD, Pakistan ,27 October 2015 – Children in earthquake-hit areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan are facing further deadly threats as extreme conditions and insecurity cut off communities from aid - warns UNICEF.
45,000 children reached with early childhood development support through UNICEF/H&M Conscious Foundation partnership
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 October 2015 – More than 45,000 children have benefited from early childhood development (ECD) and education programmes during the first year of the UNICEF/H&M Conscious Foundation partnership.
MTV helps raise vital funds and awareness for UNICEF refugee appeal
MILAN, 25 October 2015 – MTV announced its support for UNICEF’s Refugee Crisis Appeal at the 2015 MTV European Music Awards, held tonight in Milan and broadcast to millions around the world.
All-star line-up announced for Beckham match in aid of UNICEF
LONDON, 23 October 2015 - An all-star line-up of footballing legends has today been announced to play at the David Beckham Match for Children in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford, United Kingdom.
World Polio Day: Fewer children than ever with polio
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 October 2015 – Never before in the history of polio have so few children in so few countries contracted the crippling virus – but we cannot rest until the number of cases is zero, UNICEF said on the eve of World Polio Day.
UN calls for immediate access to conflict-affected areas to prevent catastrophe in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 22 October 2015 – Three UN agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.
International Cricket Council and UNICEF unite for children
NEW YORK, 21 October 2015 – The International Cricket Council (ICC) and UNICEF today announced a five-year partnership to advocate on behalf of the world’s most disadvantaged children.
UNICEF applauds joint call from four main religions in Myanmar for religious tolerance for the sake of children
YANGON, Myanmar 21 October 2015 – UNICEF welcomes the joint statement released by Interfaith for Children, calling for the respect of religious freedom and tolerance as essential conditions for every child to grow and develop to her/his full potential, regardless of their or their parents' religions. The call was made within the inter-faith consensus that children's needs and rights must be put at the centre of the 2015 elections, and as attempts to promote religious divides for political gains are reported.
UNICEF concerned about children in unreached areas affected by Typhoon Koppu, appeals for $2.8 million USD
MANILA, Philippines, 19 October 2015 — UNICEF is on high alert after Typhoon Koppu (local name Lando) made landfall in the Philippines on Sunday morning. The slow moving typhoon has brought torrential rain and strong winds, causing floods, landslides, flying debris, power outages, downed communication lines, and damaged roads and bridges.
Lack of access to hygiene could endanger new Development Agenda – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 15 October 2015 – Handwashing with soap is dangerously low in many countries, UNICEF reports, despite its proven benefits to child health.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 10 October 2015 – Everyone who has the best interests of the Palestinian and Israeli peoples at heart must be increasingly alarmed at the escalating violence in the area
UNICEF and WHO ready to support immediate polio vaccination campaign in Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 9 October 2015 – Six weeks after the polio outbreak in Ukraine, UNICEF and WHO have stepped up calls for an immediate first round of nationwide polio vaccination.
50 years after UNICEF received Nobel Peace Prize, children still face 'conflict and crisis, deprivation and disadvantage' -- UNICEF Chief
NEW YORK, 6 October 2015 – “In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of UNICEF in 1965, UNICEF’s second Executive Director, Henry Labouisse, said that “the welfare of today’s children is inseparably linked with the peace of tomorrow’s world.” Today, in a world of growing turmoil, his words still ring true. And they speak to us all
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Deaths of aid workers and hospital patients in Afghanistan
NEW YORK, 3 October 2015 - “All of us at UNICEF are shocked and saddened by the death of aid workers from Medecins Sans Frontieres and their patients, after an airstrike on a hospital in northern Afghanistan today.
Joint statement on Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 2 October 2015 – “Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a significant and very welcome step toward realizing the rights of the country's 6.5 million children.
Six months of violence in Yemen leave more than 500 children dead, some 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition: UNICEF
GENEVA/SANA’A, Yemen, 2 October 2015 – Six months of unremitting violence in Yemen have left at least 505 children dead, 702 injured and more than 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition, UNICEF said today.
Safer learning for more than 2 million children caught in Syrian conflict
NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, 1 October 2015 – More than 2 million children whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict in Syria will have better access to education in safe environments through an agreement signed today by the European Union (EU) and UNICE
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets refugee and migrant children on the move in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia/GENEVA, 30 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has completed his two-day visit to Serbia to meet refugee and migrant children moving into Europe in the hope of finding a place of safety. Most, with their families, are fleeing war and hardship in their home countries.
Conflicts, instability uproot over 4.5 million children in 5 countries: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 29 September 2015 – Conflicts and instability in five countries alone have uprooted at least 4.5 million children, UNICEF said on the eve of a United Nations high-level meeting on the global migrant and refugee crisis.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom calls for greater protection for refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe
GEVGELIJA/ GENEVA, 29 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has called for greater protection for tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children as they continue their journeys to seek safety in Europe.
Fighting childhood malnutrition: Resource-rich African countries rise to the challenge
NEW YORK, 28 September 2015 – The Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mali and Niger today announced a new fund for the fight against malnutrition. The announcement was made at the launch of UNITLIFE, a new innovative financing mechanism that uses micro levies from extractive industries to increase resources for the fight again malnutrition in sub-Saharan Africa.
Statement on killings of children in Syria, attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria, 28 September 2015 – “As violence increases in Syria, UNICEF once again reiterates its call on all parties to immediately stop indiscriminate attacks in civilian populated areas in accordance with International Humanitarian Law.
Pampers and UNICEF celebrate a decade together helping to save the lives of millions of children and mothers
NEW YORK, 28 September 2015 - An estimated 500,000 newborn lives have been saved and 100 million women and their newborns protected from the deadly disease, maternal and newborn tetanus, thanks to a ten-year long partnership between Pampers® and UNICEF that helped achieve this milestone.
Central African Republic: Children brutally targeted in weekend violence
DAKAR, Senegal, 28 September 2015 – Children were deliberately targeted in the latest flare of violence in Central African Republic that killed three dozen people and wounded more than a hundred in the capital Bangui last Saturday.
Global CEOs sign on to new UN goals at United Nations Private Sector Forum
NEW YORK, 26 September 2015 – More than 300 CEOs, Heads of State, UN and civil society leaders today attended the United Nations Private Sector Forum (PSF) to discuss the role of business in implementing the world's 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
World Health Organization removes Nigeria from polio-endemic list
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 25 September 2015 – The World Health Organization announced today that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria. This is the first time that Nigeria has interrupted transmission of wild poliovirus, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Shakira and Angélique Kidjo raise their voices in support of a new development era for children
NEW YORK 25 September 2015 – Shakira and Angélique Kidjo celebrated today’s adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals with powerful performances before an audience at the United Nations General Assembly that included over 130 heads of state and government.
UNICEF: Sustainable Development Goals beginning of the 'drive to turn commitments into action’
NEW YORK, 25 September 2015 - “Today’s welcome decision marks the end of a process – and a beginning. The drive to turn commitments into action.
UNICEF launches new appeal to support refugee and migrant children in Europe
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 25 September – UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to assist refugee and migrant children in Europe, following an 80 per cent increase in the number of children on the move into the continent – many escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham brings voices of children to the United Nations General Assembly
NEW YORK, 24 September 2015 – A unique installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly is unveiled today by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and two young people from UNICEF Voices of Youth initiative.
UNICEF response to EU summit on refugee and migrant crisis
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 23 September 2015 – "UNICEF welcomes the recognition by the EU that the best interests of children are paramount in their relocation within the EU and that the special needs of children for health care and protection should be a primary concern.
UNICEF and The Philips Foundation, together with partners, launch the Maternal and Newborn Health Innovations Project
NEW YORK, 23 September 2015 – UNICEF and The Philips Foundation, together with Concern Worldwide, Maker and Gearbox, have launched the Maternal and Newborn Health Innovations Project, to help save lives and improve the health of pregnant women and children in Kenya.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic visits refugee and migrant children in Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia, 23 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic visited a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Belgrade and met some of the refugee and migrant children who are passing through the Republic of Serbia on their way to Western Europe.
Shakira and UNICEF call for leaders to join the early childhood revolution
NEW YORK, 22 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira today urged global leaders to invest heavily in early childhood development in the wake of new science that is creating a revolutionary shift in our understanding of the lasting effects of deprivation and stress on the developing brains of young children.
UN Agencies release new data on levels and trends in child malnutrition
22 September 2015 - UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the World Bank Group today released updated estimates on child malnutrition, including stunting, wasting and excessive weight. These figures update the child malnutrition numbers in recently released 2015 Global Nutrition Report and today’s new estimates include data from 62 new surveys from 57 countries.
UNICEF ramps up mobile response for child refugees and migrants in Croatia, as numbers climb
ZAGREB, Croatia/GENEVA, 22 September 2015 – UNICEF has established two mobile units of child protection and welfare experts in Croatia, as an estimated 10,000 women and child refugees and migrants have entered the country in the past week alone.
Announcing the "We the Peoples Hub" at United Nations Headquarters, New York
UNITED NATIONS, 21 September 2015 – As world leaders gather at the United Nations for the UN post-2015 Summit and the 70th General Assembly, UNICEF, the United Nations Millennium Campaign, and the United Nations Development Programme are opening the We the Peoples Hub, a dynamic space intended to help bring together decision-makers and their constituents, especially the children and youth of the world, who will be carrying out the new development agenda.
The World Council of Churches and UNICEF sign global partnership to promote children’s rights
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 September 2015 – The World Council of Churches (WCC) and UNICEF signed a partnership today pledging to work together to support children’s rights, with special initial focus on two major issues: violence against children and climate change.
Over 1.4 million children forced to flee conflict in Nigeria and region
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 September 2015 – A sharp increase in attacks by the armed group commonly known as Boko Haram has uprooted 500,000 children over the past five months, bringing the total number of children on the run in northeast Nigeria and neighbouring countries to 1.4 million, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF: Refugee and migrant children in Hungary “need to be treated with dignity”
NEW YORK, 18 September 2015 - "UNICEF is in touch with the Government of Hungary's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York to discuss how refugee and migrant children can be adequately protected in line with the country’s commitments to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
WHO/UNICEF report: Malaria MDG target achieved amid sharp drop in cases and mortality, but 3 billion people remain at risk
LONDON, 17 September 2015 – Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 per cent since 2000, translating into 6.2 million lives saved, the vast majority of them children, according to a joint WHO-UNICEF report released today.
Mortar attacks which killed children in Aleppo “reprehensible” -- UNICEF
DAMASCUS, 16 September 2015 - “UNICEF condemns, in the strongest terms, yesterday’s mortar attacks on civilian areas of Aleppo which reportedly killed at least 19 children including six in a UNICEF-supported child friendly space.
Millions of children across conflict-hit Syria deprived of education
GENEVA/DAMASCUS, Syria, 15 September 2015 - As children around the world return to school, there are more than two million in Syria who will not be able to join them. According to UNICEF, another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out as a result of conflict, violence and displacement.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham calls on world leaders to #ENDviolence against children
LONDON/NEW YORK, 15 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is championing a letter signed by 18 child survivors of violence that calls on world leaders to end the widespread abuse that affects millions of children around the world. One of the signatories is a 16-year-old boy from Cambodia, where Beckham travelled earlier this year.
Pacific region prepares for strengthening of El Nino: UN
SUAVE, Fiji, 14 September 2015 - The United Nations is urging Pacific Islanders and their governments to prepare now for a looming El Niño emergency with the potential to affect more than four million people.
Finalists selected in Global ‘Wearables for Good’ Design Challenge to Transform Children’s Lives
LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept. 14 2015 – New wearable technologies including a malaria alert bracelet for infants, a water purification band and an ear-worn pneumonia monitor are among the 10 ideas selected for the final stage of the Wearables for Good design challenge.
Progress made but more to be done to ensure all children are born free of HIV & syphilis in Asia-Pacific: UN
BANGKOK, Thailand, 14 September 2015 - The Asia–Pacific region has made significant progress in efforts to eliminate HIV and syphilis, but thousands of mothers and children have yet to feel the benefits.
UNICEF urges European leaders to quickly turn new commitments for refugees and migrants into action for children
NEW YORK, 11 September 2015 - UNICEF welcomes increasing commitments by European leaders to support refugees and migrants – commitments that should now trigger urgent action by all EU Member States to fully protect children.
Child refugee crisis in Europe will only grow if humanitarian needs in Syria and the region are not met, warns UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 September 2015 – The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will only worsen if greater efforts are not made to end the protracted conflict in Syria and address the humanitarian needs of the millions affected by the violence, says UNICEF today.
UNICEF and WFP intensify efforts to defeat malnutrition in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 9 September 2015 - The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF are intensifying their efforts to reverse the dire malnutrition situation in South Sudan, where a brutal conflict has displaced millions of people, destroyed basic services, increased disease and exacerbated hunger.
Nearly 50 million lives saved since 2000; millions more can be saved by 2030: UNICEF report
NEW YORK, 9 September 2015 - The rate of decline in mortality among the world’s youngest children has more than doubled over a generation, and an additional 38 million lives could be saved by 2030 if progress accelerates further, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) world leaders are set to approve later this month.
Child mortality rates plunge by more than half since 1990 but global MDG target missed by wide margin
NEW YORK/GENEVA/WASHINGTON, 9 September 2015 – Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, according to a new report released today. Under-five deaths have dropped from 12.7 million per year in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. This is the first year the figure has gone below the 6 million mark.
Rising numbers of women and children pass through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia to seek refuge in Europe - UNICEF
SKOPJE/BELGRADE/GENEVA, 8 September 2015 – Women and children seeking refuge in Europe continue to pass through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia in growing numbers. Nearly 10,000 people, approximately 40 per cent of whom were women and children, were registered crossing into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at Gevgelija from Greece between 1 and 6 September. More than 7,720 people were also registered crossing into Serbia through Presevo over the same time period.
United action needed now for child refugees: UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 September 2015 – Europe has a brief window of opportunity, before winter approaches, to protect and care for the tens of thousands of children seeking refuge, UNICEF said today.
Neymar, Serena Williams and Kolo Touré join UNICEF and the Global Goals campaign to launch the World’s Largest Lesson
NEW YORK, 4 September 2015 – Today, the Global Goals campaign and UNICEF launched the World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative to teach children in over 100 countries about the new Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by the UN General Assembly later this month.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the child migrant and refugee crisis in Europe
NEW YORK, 3 September 2015 – “Heart-breaking images of children’s bodies washing up on the shores of Europe … lying suffocated in the backs of trucks crossing borders … being passed over barbed wire fences by desperate parents.
As Liberia marks end of Ebola transmission, UNICEF highlights need for better services for children
MONROVIA, Liberia, 3 September 2015 – UNICEF today welcomed the announcement that Liberia has once again achieved zero Ebola transmission, and expressed hope that the country will now be able to focus on recovering from the outbreak, which has taken a severe toll on the lives of thousands of children and their communities.
Conflict drives 13 million children out of school in the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, Jordan, 3 September 2015- Surging conflict and political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa are preventing more than 13 million children from going to school, according to a UNICEF report released today.
Number of women and children passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to seek refuge in Europe triples in three months
GENEVA/SKOPJE, 1 September, 2015 – The number of women and children fleeing violence in their countries of origin and passing through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled in the past three months, UNICEF said today.
New release of children by armed group in Central African Republic brings total to more than 600 since May
BATANGAFO, Central African Republic, August 28 2015 – An additional 163 children – including 5 girls - have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic.
Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus elimination in India will spare thousands of deaths: UNICEF
NEW DELHI, 27 August 2015 – The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, announced today during the Call to Action 2015 Summit that Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) has been eliminated in India. This landmark achievement will save the lives of countless mothers and their newborns, UNICEF said.
World Tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic Takes Centre Court For Children With Appointment as UNICEF’s Newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 26 August 2015 – UNICEF today announced Novak Djokovic’s appointment as a Goodwill Ambassador. Djokovic, the number one ranked tennis player in the world, has focused on the issues of vulnerable children and their communities through his previous position as a UNICEF Serbia Ambassador and his own Novak Djokovic Foundation.
Bringing education to the children of Pibor, South Sudan
PIBOR, South Sudan, 25 August 2015 – A national campaign to increase school attendance and participation was launched today in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.
Severe water shortages compound the misery of millions in war-torn Syria - says UNICEF
AMMAN, Jordan, 25 August 2015- Amid the unremitting brutality of the war in Syria and a scorching summer heat wave, there is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains.
UNICEF supports children fleeing violence and on the move in Europe
GENEVA/SKOPJE MK, 25 August 2015 - UNICEF has established a child-friendly space with a mobile team near Geveglija town, at the border with Greece to provide much needed support to women and children on the move through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director on attack on teachers’ office in Yemen
NEW YORK, 19 August 2015 - Last night, 13 educators and four of their children paid a most terrible price in the continuing conflict in Yemen – killed in an airstrike on a teachers’ office in Amran, just north of Sana’a. Twenty people, including one child, were injured. The latest casualties inflicted by all sides.
Yemen Conflict: Over a thousand child casualties so far – UNICEF
SANAA, Yemen, 19 August 2015 – An average of eight children are being killed or maimed every day in Yemen as a direct result of the conflict gripping the country, according to a report released by UNICEF.
Life-saving HIV treatment for adults and children arrives in Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, Ukraine, 17 August 2015 – The first consignment of vital antiretroviral medications for adults and children living with HIV in conflict-affected zones in eastern Ukraine arrived by air in Ukraine today. Further consignments will follow shortly.
Reported rape of a young girl in the Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 15 August 2015 - Our UNICEF colleagues in the Central African Republic met with the young girl reportedly raped by a UN police officer. While respecting the integrity of the investigation into the incident, it is clear that this child has endured a most brutal ordeal.
Hygiene practices have helped keep Ebola out of the classroom
CONAKRY/FREETOWN/MONROVIA, 12 August 2015 – As students in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone begin their summer vacations, measures put in place to protect them from the Ebola virus are being credited with having helped keep classrooms free from any infections.
Reports of sexual abuse of children in Kasur, Pakistan
KATHMANDU, Nepal 11 August 2015 – “Recent reports of children being sexually abused over a period of several years in the Kasur district of Pakistan are appalling. UNICEF is in contact with the Government authorities to understand the full dimension of this crime. Our sympathies are with the children who have been victims to this abuse. It is vital that the children and families affected are immediately offered the necessary care and protection that will prevent further victimization and allow the difficult process of healing to begin.
UNICEF calls for $9.2 million USD for children affected by Myanmar floods, as supplies arrive
YANGON, Myanmar, 7 August 2015 – UNICEF has called for $9.2 million USD to fund urgent humanitarian assistance for children affected by the Myanmar floods. So far, the floods have killed at least 88 people and affected over 330,000, including over 112,000 children.
Children in Myanmar face a ‘double catastrophe’ as floods hit the most vulnerable, UNICEF says
YANGON, Myanmar, 3 August 2015 – Vulnerable children in Myanmar face a ‘double catastrophe’ as floods add to the hardship faced by children living in poverty and those recovering from violence and conflict, UNICEF has warned. Myanmar has suffered from severe weather for weeks, with winds and rains from Cyclone Komen that made landfall in Bangladesh on 30 July, adding to the damage in recent days.
Better workplace policies needed for breastfeeding
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 1 August, 2015 - Every year, the global community sets aside a week to draw attention to the vital importance of breastfeeding, not only in the lives of the most disadvantaged children but also in the strength of societies. The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, Breastfeeding and Work -- Let’s make it work!, focuses on what we can do to help millions of working mothers give their babies the best possible start in life -- by supporting stronger workplace policies that promote breastfeeding.
UNICEF condemns killing of infant in West Bank attack
NEW YORK, 31 July 2015 - “The death of an 18-month old Palestinian baby in an arson attack on his home in the West Bank is a tragedy - and an outrage.
More than 70,000 children born during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia at risk of exclusion if not registered, warns UNICEF
MONROVIA, Liberia 31 July 2015 – UNICEF is supporting a drive by the Liberian Government to register more than 70,000 children whose births were not recorded during the Ebola crisis, leaving them vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion.
Three months on from first Nepal quake, children still at risk
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 25 July 2015 – Three months after Nepal’s April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks, children continue to face multiple risks as their families have been pushed deeper into poverty and they remain in need of aid.
Violence involving children in conflicts has taken a darker turn -- UNICEF
NEW YORK, 24 July 2015 – “Millions of children around the world today are caught up in adults’ wars – deliberately killed, injured, raped, abducted. Their schools and homes are being destroyed; they are being denied food, water and health care. Tens of thousands are forced to join armed forces and groups.
Amid conflict in Yemen, UNICEF helps get children back to learning
SANA’A Yemen/GENEVA, July 24, 2015- The ongoing conflict in Yemen is having a devastating impact on the country’s education system – and on the chances of millions of children to access learning.
Water cuts in Aleppo threaten children amid intense heat wave
DAMASCUS, Syria, 22 July 2015 – The restoration of water supplies to the war-torn city of Aleppo has come as a welcome relief to residents whose taps have run dry in recent weeks due to the fighting and frequent power cuts. The disruption to piped water supplies – which in some cases was deliberately implemented by parties to the conflict - increased the risk of water-borne disease especially among children.
FC Barcelona’s Iniesta and Ter Stegen meet with children in Los Angeles to discuss sports and values
LOS ANEGELES, USA, 22 July, 2015 – At an event hosted by UNICEF and FC Barcelona, a group of students in Los Angeles, California, met with players Andrés Iniesta and Marc-André Ter Stegen to discuss the critical role that sports play in children’s lives and development around the world.
UNICEF’s U-Report social platform hits 1 million active users
NEW YORK, 16 July 2015 – U-Report, UNICEF’s groundbreaking, text-message based innovation that amplifies the voices and views of young people in developing countries, has reached 1 million active users.
Brazil: Homicides of children and teenagers double in 20 years – UNICEF report
BRASÍLIA, Brazil, 16 July 2015 – The number of children and teenagers murdered in Brazil has more than doubled in 20 years, according to a new UNICEF report marking 25 years since the introduction of the Child and Adolescent Statute.
UNICEF Ambassador Eddie Izzard meets Yemeni refugees fleeing the horror of war by sea
LONDON, 16 July 2015 – Earlier this week, UNICEF UK Ambassador Eddie Izzard met child refugees in Djibouti who have fled the devastating war in Yemen, the country of his birth.
Translate commitments to invest in children into action, UNICEF urges leaders at Financing for Development Conference
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 15 July 2015 – At the close of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, UNICEF challenges the international community to turn its promises to invest in children and young people into concrete action that reduces inequities and provides every child with a fair chance in life.
Eastern Ukraine: Up to 1.3 million people have little or no access to water – UNICEF
GENEVA/KYIV, Ukraine, 14 July 2015 – Up to 1.3 million children and adults are facing a serious water crisis, due to damaged or destroyed water lines and acute water shortages, as the ongoing violence continues in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today.
Amid surging conflict in Yemen, UNICEF mobile teams respond to children’s urgent health needs
ADEN, Yemen, 10 July 2015 - With health services across Yemen disintegrating under the impact of a brutal conflict, UNICEF and its partners are stepping up nutrition screening, vaccinations and other life-saving interventions for millions of children caught up in the ongoing crisis.
Millions of children in Syria at high risk of disease amid water scarcity and summer heat
DAMASCUS, 10 July 2015 – Dwindling supplies of safe drinking water during Syria’s scorching summer months are exposing children to the threat of water-borne diseases, UNICEF warns.
Children’s lives at serious risk if DPR Korea drought continues, UNICEF warns
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 – Children are already suffering as a result of drought in some parts of DPR Korea and many more may be at serious risk of malnutrition and disease if it continues, UNICEF warned today.
Children make up one fifth of cholera deaths in South Sudan: UNICEF
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 7 July 2015 – More than 700 cholera cases have been reported in Juba and Bor so far, resulting in 32 deaths – one in five of which are children under five, UNICEF said today. Stressing the role of education in stemming the cholera outbreak in South Sudan, the UN children’s agency is working with children and teachers throughout the country to raise awareness on how to prevent the disease from spreading further.
UNICEF teams, supplies arrive in areas affected by new Ebola cases in Liberia
MONROVIA/DAKAR/GENEVA, 3 July 2015 – Responding to Liberia’s first confirmed cases of Ebola in more than three months, UNICEF has begun distributing emergency supplies in the affected communities including tents for isolating those under quarantine, hygiene kits and chlorine and buckets for handwashing stations.
Urgent action needed to tackle child labour caused by Syrian Crisis: Save the Children and UNICEF
AMMAN, 2 July 2015 - The conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria are pushing an ever increasing number of children into exploitation in the labour market, and much more needs to be done to reverse the trend, according to a new report released by Save the Children and UNICEF.
UNICEF, WHO: Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people undermining health improvements
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 June 2015 – Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, warn WHO and UNICEF in a report tracking access to drinking water and sanitation against the Millennium Development Goals.
Millions of children in war-torn Yemen at risk of disease and malnutrition – UNICEF
SANA’A, Yemen, 30 June 2015 – The ongoing conflict in Yemen is having a devastating impact on the country’s health system, and exposing millions of children to the threat of preventable diseases, says UNICEF.
Media Advisory: Launch of 2015 Joint Monitoring Report on Water & Sanitation
On Tuesday, 30 June 2015, UNICEF and the World Health Organization will launch Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water: 2015 Update and MDG Assessment, the final report on global progress against the water and sanitation targets in the Millennium Development Goals.
Children at risk from cholera outbreak in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 23 June 2015 – Eighteen people, including two children under 5 years of age, have died from cholera in the most recent outbreak to hit South Sudan. The first cholera case was reported on 27 May in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba. Since then, 170 suspected cases have been reported inside the site and in villages across Central Equatoria State.
Millions of world’s poorest children left behind despite global progress, new UNICEF report says
NEW YORK, 23 June 2015 – The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged in its new 15-year development roadmap, UNICEF warned today.
Young Lions Health Award shortlist of 18 teams announced
CANNES, France, 19 June 2015 – Lions Health, the Festival and Awards for creative excellence in healthcare, has announced the shortlist for the Young Lions Health Award, the new competition launched this year calling on young creatives to devise a marketing campaign on integrated health solutions for developing countries.
Statement attributable to UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, on school attack in Burundi
NAIROBI, 19 June 2015 – "The grenade attack on school grounds in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, which resulted in the injury of a 15-year-old boy is a deplorable assault on a place that should always be safe for every child.
Nepal Earthquakes: UNICEF speeds up response to prevent child trafficking
GENEVA/KATHMANDU, 19 June 2015 - At least 245 children have been intercepted from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children’s care homes since the first earthquake hit Nepal almost two months ago, said UNICEF
Unspeakable violence against children in South Sudan – UNICEF chief
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake: NEW YORK, 17 June 2015 – “The violence against children in South Sudan has reached a new level of brutality.
Media Advisory: Millions of world’s poorest children left behind, says UNICEF MDG report
UNICEF issues its final assessment of the impact of the child-related Millennium Development Goals, Progress for Children 2015: Beyond Averages.
Young African activists share powerful stories on child marriage in first ever UNICEF Twitter takeover
NEW YORK, 16 June 2015 – Five young activists from across Africa are sharing their powerful personal experiences of child marriage in UNICEF’s first ever global Twitter takeover on this year’s Day of the African Child (June 16).
Statement attributable to Julien Harneis, UNICEF Representative in Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen, 16 June 2015 – "The number of children in Yemen who have been killed as a result of conflict over the last 10 weeks is four times that of all those confirmed to have been killed in 2014*. At least 279 children have been killed and 402 injured since the escalation of violence in Yemen which began on 26 March 2015, compared with 74 and 244, respectively, that were reported in the whole of last year.
UN Messenger of Peace Lang Lang wants every child to get the best start in life
BEIJING, 15 June 2015 – United Nations Messenger of Peace and world renowned pianist, Lang Lang, added his voice to ensure every child has the best start in life and make early childhood development a global priority, as he joined UNICEF’s early childhood development campaign.
UNICEF and Hungary sign agreement for UNICEF Global Services Centre
NEW YORK/BUDAPEST, 15 June 2015 – The Government of Hungary and UNICEF today signed an agreement to establish UNICEF’s Global Shared Services Centre in Budapest. The new centre – the first of its kind for the global children’s organisation – aims to improve efficiency and cut costs by centralising key finance and human resources operations.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Cambodia to focus attention on children in danger
LONDON/SIEM REAP, Cambodia, 15 June 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Cambodia to see how UNICEF and its partners are helping children who have endured physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and protecting vulnerable children from danger.
UNICEF welcomes latest Kuwait donation for children of Syria
NEW YORK, 12 June 2015 – Millions of Syrian children will benefit from the generous US$45 million donation made by the Government of Kuwait, UNICEF said today. This brings Kuwait’s total donations to UNICEF in just three years to US$134.5 million to support the humanitarian response for Syrian children.
Children under threat from renewed violence in eastern Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, 12 June 2015 – At least 68 children are reported to have been killed and 180 injured since March last year as a result of conflict in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today. While no children were reportedly killed in the latest escalation near the town of Mariinka, west of Donetsk, there are anecdotal reports of children having been injured by heavy weapons fire.
Children urge world leaders to include them in push on water, sanitation and hygiene
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 10 June 2015 – Some 60 children and young people today told the International High Level Conference on Water for Life here that the world’s youth must be fully engaged in the effort to bring safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene to the most disadvantaged.
New formulation of HIV treatment to save more children’s lives -- UNICEF and UNAIDS
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 June 2015—Children affected by HIV and AIDS will benefit from the decision by the United States Food and Drug Administration to grant approval to a new antiretroviral formulation that can be mixed with food to make it easier for children living with HIV to take the life-saving medicines, UNAIDS and UNICEF said today.
Iraq on the brink of humanitarian disaster due to surging conflict and massive funding shortfall warns UN
BRUSSELS, 4 June, 2015 – Vital aid operations supporting millions of people affected by the conflict in Iraq risk closure unless funds are made available immediately, the official overseeing humanitarian operations in the country said today.
Child victims of violence rarely have access to justice, UNICEF says
BRUSSELS, 3 June 2015 — Most child victims of violence in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia find themselves unable to speak up and file charges in court, according to a new UNICEF regional report launched here today.
Gucci-UNICEF partnership turns 10: Over 7.5 million children reap rewards
NEW YORK, 2 June 2015 – More than 7.5 million children in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia have gained improved access to quality education through a 10-year partnership between Gucci and UNICEF. To mark this milestone, today Gucci released Growing Tall, a short film directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker and cinematographer Christina Voros that highlights the power of education to transform lives, especially for girls and women.
Child maltreatment in Asia-Pacific is costing countries US $209 billion each year, says UNICEF
BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 – Child abuse and violence is costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific around US $209 billion/year, equivalent to 2 percent of the region’s GDP, according to newly published research commissioned by UNICEF. This is the first ever costing of child maltreatment in the region and was conducted by a team of global experts using a proven methodology previously employed in Australia and the US.
Nepal earthquake: race against time to get children back to school
KATHMANDU, 31 May 2015 – Almost 14,000 children whose schools were destroyed or heavily damaged in the two earthquakes are having classes for the first time in five weeks in temporary learning centres.
UNICEF renews call for protection and safety of children amidst violence in Burundi
BUJUMBURA, Burundi / NAIROBI, 27 May 2015 – UNICEF said today it is extremely concerned by evidence of the continued presence of children amidst violent confrontations in Burundi. This situation has led to the death of yet another child in a shooting Monday and the injury of a child struck by a bullet yesterday.
Children face worsening nutrition crisis as South Sudan fighting intensifies
JUBA, South Sudan, 27 May 2015 – The lives of nearly a quarter of a million children are at significant risk as food and nutrition security rapidly deteriorate in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF said today. The crisis comes as a result of ongoing conflict, diminished household food stocks and a shrinking economy.
Northeast Nigeria: Alarming spike in suicide attacks involving women and girls - UNICEF
ABUJA, Nigeria, 26 May 2015 – More women and children have been used as suicide bombers in Northeast Nigeria in the first five months of this year than during the whole of last year, according to reports collated by UNICEF.
Nepal Earthquakes: One month on from first quake, malnutrition a growing threat for children - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 25 May 2015 – One month after the first of two major earthquakes hit Nepal, an estimated 70,000 children under five are at risk of malnutrition and require urgent humanitarian support - according to UNICEF.
Statement on situation in Yemen by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 24 May 2015 – “The toll seems to grow higher by the day. Reports that two more children have been killed and six more children injured in the escalating conflict in Yemen underscore the urgent need for action to protect children -- and to bring an end to the hostilities that are devastating their lives and futures.
Cholera outbreak triggers UNICEF relief operation at Burundi-Tanzania border
BUJUMBURA, Burundi/NAIROBI, Kenya/DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania, 21 May 2015 – UNICEF has rushed relief supplies to Tanzania’s north-western border with Burundi, in response to a devastating cholera outbreak which has so far claimed 27 lives among the 50,000 Burundian refugees gathered on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
World Education Forum adopts Declaration on the Future of Education
INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 21 May 2015 – A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years has been adopted at the World Education Forum, which concluded today in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Incheon Declaration was welcomed by the global education community, including government ministers from more than 100 countries, non-governmental organizations and youth groups.
UNICEF and ARM Unleash Technology to Transform Children’s Lives
LONDON/NEW YORK, 19 May 2015 – UNICEF and ARM have announced a multi-year partnership to accelerate the development of new technologies to overcome the barriers that prevent millions of families from accessing basic health, education and support services. The partnership’s first action is to collaborate with global product strategy and design firm frog on a ‘Wearables for Good’ challenge to generate ideas for new and innovative devices that tackle maternal and child health needs in emerging economies.
Every Newborn Action Plan Progress Report, Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality launch at 68th World Health Assembly
GENEVA, Switzerland, 19 May 2015 — Since the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) was endorsed at the World Health Assembly one year ago, 15 of the 18 countries with some of the highest burden of maternal and newborn mortality have taken steps to improve care for mothers and their newborns.
World Education Forum will set roadmap for global education until 2030
INCEHON, Republic of Korea, 19 May, 2015 – The global education agenda for the next 15 years will be discussed at the World Education Forum 2015 (WEF 2015), which opened today in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The conference will set out a global roadmap for Education until 2030.
Children killed, abducted and raped in South Sudan attacks – UNICEF
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 18 May 2015 - Dozens of children have been killed, at least 12 raped and others abducted and recruited in a series of attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State over a two-week period, according to eyewitness accounts received by UNICEF.
UNICEF’s critical supplies reach affected children and families during Yemen humanitarian pause
SANA’A, Yemen 17 May, 2015 – UNICEF is distributing critical humanitarian aid for hundreds of thousands of children and affected civilians across Yemen during a five day humanitarian pause. Despite reports of heavy fighting in certain parts of the country, lifesaving supplies are reaching hospitals, health centres, affected communities and displaced people. These include medicine for childhood illnesses like diarrhea and acute respiratory infections, nutrition supplies, midwifery and hygiene kits and water tanks.
Tens of thousands of children flee violence in Burundi
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 15 May 2015 - Approximately 100,000 people, the vast majority of whom are women and children, have fled violent clashes in Burundi to neighbouring Great Lakes countries including Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These number of refugees is expected to rise, as the situation in Burundi remains volatile.
Katy Perry calls on Viet Nam’s young professionals to help improve children’s lives
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, 15 May 2015 – Katy Perry, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and global pop superstar, made a special stop-over to Ho Chi Minh City where she gave the keynote speech at Forbes Viet Nam first-ever Under 30 Summit
Situation of children stranded in boats in South East Asia
BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 - UNICEF is very worried about the situation of children and their families stranded on boats in the seas of South East Asia. These children need, and they have a right to, urgent help and protection. UNICEF shares the Secretary-General’s sense of alarm at reports that some countries are refusing entry to boats carrying refugee and migrant children.
Nepal Earthquakes: 12 babies born every hour without basic healthcare in worst hit areas – UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 15 May 2015 – Around twelve babies are being born every hour without access to basic healthcare in the areas of Nepal worst hit by two powerful earthquakes, according to UNICEF, following massive damage to maternity facilities. The children’s organisation warns that over the next month the lives of almost 18,000 babies and mothers could be at risk, unless urgent action is taken to restore key healthcare systems.
Hundreds of children released by armed groups in Central African Republic
BAMBARI, Central African Republic, 14 May 2015 – More than 300 children, including several under 12 years old, have been released from armed groups in the Central African Republic following a UNICEF-facilitated agreement by the groups’ leaders to free all children in their ranks.
Nepal earthquakes: Looming crisis for children’s emotional health - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 14 May 2015 – Children in Nepal are facing an unprecedented emotional toll as they deal with the devastating consequences of two major earthquakes in two and a half weeks, warned UNICEF.
Nepal Earthquake: Eyewitness account from UNICEF emergency staff in Kathmandu
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 12 May, 2015 – An eyewitness account from a UNICEF staff member who experienced today’s 7.4 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. Today’s quake follows the April 25th earthquake that left more than 8,000 dead and thousands more injured.
Put migrant children’s rights on EU agenda, urges UNICEF
BRUSSELS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 May 2015 - On the eve of the adoption of the EU Migration Agenda, UNICEF is calling for the rights and wellbeing of migrant children to be at the heart of Europe’s immigration policy and for the European Union to be guided by the values it cherishes.
“Today it’s young people’s turn to talk”
NEW YORK/BERLIN, 11 May 2015 – Today, just before the heads of state and government of the world’s leading industrialised nations meet in Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, 54 girls and boys aged 14 to 18 from the G7 states, some EU Member States and a number of developing countries are at the Federal Chancellery to present their ideas and demands and discuss how to solve the world’s most pressing problems with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Youth Minister Manuela Schwesig.
UNICEF hails Liberia’s victory over Ebola, but warns against complacency as cases remain in neighbouring countries
MONROVIA, Liberia, 9 May 2015 – Welcoming Liberia’s announcement today that it has reached zero Ebola cases, UNICEF commended the critical role communities have played in beating back the epidemic in that country. The children’s agency went on to warn, however, that the threat posed to the region by the deadly virus will not disappear until there is no longer active transmission in affected neighbouring countries.
Nepal Earthquake: Education for nearly 1 million children in jeopardy - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, 7 May 2015 – At least 950,000 children in Nepal will not be able to return to school, unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces and repair damaged school buildings following the 25 April earthquake – according to UNICEF.
UNICEF Innovation adopts new models of investment to give poorest children better opportunities
NEW YORK, 7 May 2015 – UNICEF today launched a Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund to bring to scale creative and cost-reducing approaches to better the lives of the poorest children.
"Show & Tell" at UNICEF with kick off of new Innovation Centre & Fund
NEW YORK, 7 May 2015 - See UNICEF’s award winning innovations in action, produced by the 14 innovation labs around the world from U-Report to Edu-trac. Included will be the announcement of the kick off of a Global Innovation Centre (GIC) and Innovation Fund (IF) to bring to scale creative and cost-reducing approaches to better the lives of the poorest children.
Media Advisory: J7 International Youth Summit
NEW YORK, 6 May 2015 - J7 International Youth Summit organised by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and UNICEF Germany, ahead of the G7 Summit in Germany.
South Sudan: Put child rights first, UNICEF says
JUBA, South Sudan, May 5, 2015 – UNICEF today welcomed South Sudan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and urged the Government to make child rights the cornerstone of the world’s youngest nation.
Armed groups in Central African Republic agree to release thousands of children
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 5 May 2015 - Leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic agreed today to release all children associated with their forces and to immediately end any new child recruitment.
Nepal Earthquake: UNICEF-EU partnership airlifts emergency supplies
BRUSSELS/KATHMANDU, Nepal, 4 May 2015 – A cargo plane carrying 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies just landed in Kathmandu to provide assistance to some of the 1.7 million children affected by the April 25 earthquake.
Nepal earthquake: Emergency immunisation campaign for hundreds of thousands of children - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 4 May 2015 – More than half a million children are being targeted in an emergency vaccination drive in Nepal – as fears grow of measles outbreaks in the informal camps that have sprung up since the earthquake on 25 April.
One week after Nepal earthquake UNICEF warns of disease risk for children
KATHMANDU, 2 May 2015 – One week on from the earthquake in Nepal, UNICEF says the health and wellbeing of children affected by the disaster are hanging in the balance – as many have been left homeless, in deep shock and with no access to basic care. With the monsoon season only a few weeks away, children will be at heightened risk of diseases like cholera and diarrhoeal infections, as well as being more vulnerable to the threat of landslides and floods.
BURUNDI: UNICEF calls for protection of children amid protests in the capital
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 30 April 2015 – "Children are at risk of bearing the brunt of the confrontations in and around Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.
Children in 15 out of 26 industrialised countries lack easy access to child rights education
GENEVA, 30 April 2015 – Education curricula in 15 industrialised countries fail to meet children’s entitlements to learn about their rights, a new UNICEF report shows. The report, Teaching and learning about child rights: A study of implementation in 26 countries, also finds that none of the countries studied ensure that all teachers are trained in child rights and are familiar with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Life-saving UNICEF supplies reach Nepal to help 1.7 million children severely affected by earthquake
KATHMANDU, Nepal / NEW YORK, 30 April 2015 – Over the past 48 hours, UNICEF has delivered 29 metric tonnes of humanitarian supplies to Nepal including tents and tarpaulins, water purification tablets, first aid and hygiene kits, as part of ongoing efforts to reach at least 1.7 million children living in areas hardest hit by the earthquake. Over the coming days, UNICEF is planning additional aid items to arrive in Kathmandu.
Racing against time for children and families in Nepal: IKEA Foundation gives €3 million to UNICEF emergency relief efforts
GENEVA, 29 April 2015 – In the aftermath of the violent earthquake that hit Nepal with devastating force on 25 April, IKEA Foundation has contributed €3 million to UNICEF to support emergency relief efforts.
Nepal Earthquake: New appeal for children amid growing need - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 29 April 2015 – Around 1.7 million children are now in urgent need of aid in the areas worst-hit by the earthquake in Nepal, according to UNICEF.
UNICEF delivers lifesaving supplies to Aden as Yemen runs out of medicine, equipment
SANA’A, Yemen/AMMAN, Jordan, 28 April 2015 – A UNICEF shipment of urgent medical supplies reached Yemen today and will benefit more than 500,000 people, mostly women and children, for the next three months.
Salma Hayek visits Lebanon with UNICEF to raise funds for Syrian refugees through Gucci’s CHIME FOR CHANGE Campaign
NEW YORK, 27 April 2015 - Hayek visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon on April 25 to draw attention to the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families whose lives have been upended by the brutal conflict in Syria over the last four years. Across the region, UNICEF estimates that 14 million children have been affected and are at risk of becoming a lost generation, including 2.6 million children who are no longer in school, and close to two million who are living as refugees in neighboring countries.
Nearly 1 million children require urgent humanitarian assistance after Nepal earthquake
KATHMANDU, Nepal/NEW YORK, 26 April 2015 – At least 940,000 children living in areas severely affected by yesterday's earthquake in Nepal are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, says UNICEF. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25 April, and nearly 60 aftershocks, caused vast devastation across much of the country, including more than 2,000 deaths and widespread destruction of buildings.
UNICEF fears for wellbeing of children after Nepal earthquake
KATHMANDU, Nepal/NEW YORK, 25 April 2015 - UNICEF is mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children affected by today's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. With children accounting for half the country's population, UNICEF fears the disaster, which is reported to have already killed hundreds of people, will have a severe impact on children.
Measles vaccination campaign aims to immunize over 2.6 million Syrian children
DAMASCUS, Syria, 24 April 2015 - A 10-day measles immunization campaign is underway in Syria to protect children from this deadly disease. Launched on 19 April, the campaign is aimed at children between six months and five years of age. Vaccination will be provided in 1,209 health centres, and nearly 6,000 health staff and mobile teams are participating in the campaign.
282 boys and 1 girl freed in final release of children from Cobra Faction in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya/NEW YORK, 24 April 2015 – 282 boys and 1 girl have been freed in the final release of children associated with the Cobra Faction armed group, in South Sudan.
Hundreds of children killed or maimed in deadly month-long fighting in Yemen - UNICEF
SANA’A, Yemen/AMMAN, Jordan/GENEVA, 24 April 2015 – At least 115 children have been killed and 172 maimed as result of conflict in Yemen since 26 March, UNICEF said today.
Immunization drive under way for 3 million children in Ebola-hit countries
DAKAR/GENEVA, 24 April 2015 – For the first time since the start of the Ebola outbreak, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are conducting major nationwide immunization campaigns to protect millions of children against preventable but potentially deadly diseases.
Malaria kills 1,200 children a day: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 April 2015 – Ahead of World Malaria Day, UNICEF’s ‘Facts about Malaria and Children’ shows the extensive impact of the disease on children and on pregnant women around the world.
Nearly 8 million children in Sudan to be immunized against measles following deadly outbreak – UNICEF
KHARTOUM, Sudan/ GENEVA / NAIROBI 22 April 2015 – Following one of the worst measles outbreaks in Sudan’s recent history, the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF, the Measles and Rubella Initiative (M&RI) and national partners, is launching a massive campaign to immunize 7.9 million children aged six months to 15 years against this life-threatening disease.
Access to education for 1 million children improved through 10-year UNICEF and ING partnership
NEW YORK, 21 April 2015 – UNICEF and ING, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services corporation, today announced the renewal of a decade-long partnership that to date has provided access to better quality education for more than 1 million of the world’s hardest-to-reach children.
UNICEF pays tribute to colleagues killed and injured in Somalia attack
NAIROBI, Kenya 21 APRIL 2015 - With great sadness, UNICEF can now release the names of the four colleagues who were killed in a horrific attack as they travelled to work yesterday in Garowe, northern Somalia.
UNICEF to support Scholas, Pope Francis’ initiative to connect, educate and inspire adolescents
VATICAN CITY/NEW YORK, 21 April 2015 – His Holiness Pope Francis and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake met today in Rome to launch a new partnership that will provide more disadvantaged adolescents with the skills, information and understanding they need to become fully participating citizens of their societies – and the world.
Step up action before more tragedies unfold in the Mediterranean
NEW YORK, 20 April, 2015 - “Reports of tragedies on the Mediterranean Sea - leaving hundreds of people, including children, dead or missing – are becoming all too frequent and the human cost all too high.
Attack in Garowe, Somalia: Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
ROME/NEW YORK, 20 April 2015 - “The horrific attack on our UNICEF colleagues today in northern Somalia is an assault not only on them but on the people they served. Our immediate thoughts are with the families of the four staff members who were killed and with those who were injured. All of us at UNICEF are deeply saddened, and deeply angered.
UNICEF Statement on attack in Somalia
NAIROBI, Kenya, 20 April 2015 – Four UNICEF staff members have reportedly been killed in an attack on a vehicle in which they were riding in Garowe, Somalia. Four other UNICEF colleagues are reportedly in a serious condition.
UNICEF experts available during World Bank Group /IMF Spring Meetings, 17 - 19 April 2015
WASHINGTON, 17 April 2015 – UNICEF experts participating in the World Bank Group/IMF Spring meetings and side events are available for interviews. Spokespersons’ areas of expertise include education in emergencies, nutrition, social policy, child rights, poverty, HIV and AIDS and resource mobilization.
New fund aims to unlock $1 billion for children’s nutrition
WASHINGTON D.C., 16 April 2015 - The Power of Nutrition, a new independent fund launched today, will help millions of children reach their full potential. Backed by leading organisations from private philanthropy and international development, the partnership aims to unlock one billion dollars to tackle child undernutrition in some of the world’s poorest countries.
School enrolment rates up but 21 million children in the Middle East & North Africa risk missing out on an education
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 15 April 2015 – Despite impressive progress in raising school enrolment over the past decade, one in every four children and young adolescents (more than 21 million) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are either out of school or at risk of dropping out.
New UNICEF consignment of essential supplies arrives in war-torn Yemen
SANA’A/AMMAN, 14 April 2015 – A second aircraft loaded with UNICEF lifesaving supplies has arrived at Sana’a International Airport, bringing nearly 76 metric tonnes of antibiotics, bandages, syringes, IV sets and other materials.
Helping keep classrooms safe as schools re-open in Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 14 April 2015 – As around 1.8 million children in Sierra Leone prepare to return to school this week after an eight month break due to Ebola, the Government of Sierra Leone, UNICEF and partners are working to ensure that children are safe through teacher training, hand-washing and regular temperature checks.
800,000 children forced to flee violence in Nigeria and region – UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 13 April 2015 – Around 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups – according to a new report from UNICEF.
Survey shows sharp drop in childhood stunting in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 10 April 2015 – The results of a National Nutrition Survey released in Tanzania show that between 2010 and 2014, chronic malnutrition – stunting, or low height for age – among children under five in the country fell from 42 per cent to 35 per cent.
Medical supplies for children being unloaded now at Sana’a Airport
SANA’A/AMMAN, 10 April 2015 – A first airlift of urgent medical and other supplies from UNICEF is being unloaded now on the tarmac at Sana’a International Airport, as the conflict in Yemen continues to exact a heavy toll on children and their families.
Sudan: Children abducted in Abyei released after UN mediation
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 9 April, 2015 – UNICEF confirms that a group of four children recently abducted by an armed group in Abyei has been released.
World Baby Shower by Shakira and Gerard Pique big hit, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 9 April 2015 – Life-saving gifts from fans and supporters of the World Baby Shower that singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué threw ahead of the birth of their second child has so far raised almost $150,000 – and climbing, UNICEF said today.
Airstrike on Al Rasheedi school in Yemen - Statement
SANA’A/AMMAN, 8 April 2015 – “Yesterday’s airstrike on Al Rasheedi school in Yemen's Ibb governorate, which left at least two children dead and two injured, is a stark reminder of the appalling risks facing children as the conflict in Yemen intensifies.
Increasing violence in Yemen taking intolerable toll on children: UNICEF
SANA’A/AMMAN, 6 April 2015 – With conflict escalating in many parts of Yemen, children continue to be killed, injured, displaced and put at increasing risk from disease, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF prepares response as Typhoon Maysak nears Philippines
MANILA, Philippines, 1 April 2015 – The Philippines is bracing for Super Typhoon Maysak (local name Chedeng) which is expected to make landfall over the country’s Eastern Bicol region within the coming days. UNICEF has prepositioned essential supplies and has staff on standby should a humanitarian response be needed.
Myanmar peace agreement – UNICEF Statement
NEW YORK, 31 March 2015 – “The successful conclusion of a National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) between the Government of Myanmar and representatives of 16 ethnic armed groups is welcome news for children in Myanmar, who have suffered from some of the longest-running civil conflicts in the world.
Protect children from escalating violence in Yemen, UNICEF appeals
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 31 March 2015 – At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured during fighting in Yemen over the past week, according to UNICEF. The fighting is severely damaging basic health services and education, while violence and displacement are leaving children terrified.
UNICEF education assistance to reach 30,000 school-aged children in Vanuatu
PORT VILA, 31 March 2015 – As Vanuatu’s schools officially reopen, UNICEF and its partners are supporting the Government of Vanuatu to provide assistance to 30,000 school-aged children from early childhood to secondary school level who have been affected by Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam. Early assessment data suggests that 50 per cent of the schools in Tafea, Torba, Penama, Malampa and Shefa provinces suffered damage to infrastructure, facilities and resources.
Children killed and injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance in eastern Ukraine - UNICEF
KYIV/GENEVA, 31 March 2015 –At least 109 children are reported to have been injured and 42 killed by landmines and unexploded ordnance in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine since March last year, UNICEF said today.
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.
Yemen: Work for children continues, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 28 March 2015 – “Although the deteriorating situation in Yemen is curtailing operations, UNICEF continues to work to provide vital assistance for children in the country through a small number of international staff and more than 100 national staff, working with local as well as international partners
Sir Roger Moore revealed as Young Lions Health Award judge
LONDON/NEW YORK, 25 March 2015 – Lions Health has announced that UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and 007 Actor, Sir Roger Moore, will be joining the dedicated jury of respected industry leaders judging the Young Lions Health Award, an exciting new competition for young creatives and marketers that aims to improve challenges facing health systems in low-income countries
Cyclone Pam: new appeal for children amid critical funding shortfall - UNICEF
NEW YORK/VANUATU, 24 March 2015 – UNICEF has only around fifteen per cent of the money it needs to get life-saving aid to thousands of children and their families, after Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc in Vanuatu and other Pacific islands. The children’s organisation revealed the huge funding shortfall as it announced a new US$4.8 million humanitarian appeal, as part of a wider United Nations US$29.9 million ask for Vanuatu launched today.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom concludes four-day visit to Liberia
NEW YORK/MONROVIA, Liberia, 23 March 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom concluded a four-day visit to Liberia where he praised the efforts of Ebola-affected communities in combatting the deadly virus.
Easier access to the most reliable and up-to-date stats on children through UNICEF’s revamped data websites
NEW YORK, 23 March 2015 – UNICEF has made all its data on health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation, child protection, and HIV/AIDS publicly available, in an easily searchable format which includes redesigned country profiles and a new data visualisation tool for the creation of charts, maps and graphs. All of which make UNICEF the most reliable and up-to-date source of statistics on women and children.
Cyclone Pam: UNICEF flash alert #4
NEW YORK, 22 March 2015 – New eye witness accounts and key facts on current situation for children and UNICEF’s ongoing response to Cyclone Pam.
Nine year old girl soldier freed in large release of child soldiers in South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 21 March, 2015 – Up to 250 child soldiers including four girls, one as young as nine, were released today in South Sudan from an armed group, the Cobra Faction. Another 400 are being released over the next two days.
UNICEF Yemen statement on yesterday's killings in Sana'a
SANAA, Yemen, 21 March 2015 - "UNICEF strongly condemns yesterday's attacks on mosques in Sana'a in which at least 13 children were killed and 19 were injured. The attacks claimed the lives of at least 137 people and injured more than 300.
UNICEF welcomes new Sendai Framework securing children’s role in shaping disaster risk reduction
NEW YORK, 20 March 2015 – UNICEF welcomes the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted at the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The 2015-2030 framework recognizes the vital role children and youth have to play in reducing risk, strengthening community resilience and shaping legislation to better protect against disasters.
World Water Day: Nearly 750 million people still without adequate drinking water – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 March 2015 – Access to drinking water has been one of the biggest successes of the Millennium Development Goals, UNICEF said ahead of World Water Day, but for 748 million people around the world, just obtaining this essential service remains a challenge.
Urgent action needed to assist people affected by conflict in Nigeria and Ukraine - UNICEF and OCHA
NEW YORK, 19 March 2015 – Addressing the media today after returning from a week-long mission to Nigeria and Ukraine, John Ging of OCHA and Afshan Khan of UNICEF, called on the international community to support efforts under way to assist civilians in both countries.
Cyclone Pam: UNICEF flash alert #3
NEW YORK, 19 March 2015 – New photos, eye witness accounts and key facts on current situation for children and UNICEF’s ongoing response to Cyclone Pam.
Cyclone Pam: UNICEF flash alert #2
NEW YORK, 18 March, 2015 - Key updates, new photos, b-roll and interviews on current situation for children and UNICEF’s ongoing response to Cyclone Pam.
Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: UNICEF Statement
SENDAI, Japan, 18 March, 2015 – UNICEF expresses solidarity and sympathy with the governments and people of Vanuatu and Tuvalu as they address the aftermath of Cyclone Pam. UNICEF has been doing what we can to help people cope, and we will continue to do so.
UNICEF to send emergency supplies for cyclone-affected children and families in Tuvalu
SUVA, 18 March 2015 – UNICEF is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in cyclone-affected Tuvalu. The archipelago nation comprised of nine islands with a population of about 11,000 people has declared a state of emergency, following tidal surges caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
Measles prevention campaign underway in Vanuatu, amid fears of disease outbreak - UNICEF
SUVA, 17 March 2015 – An emergency vaccination drive is under way in Vanuatu to protect children hit by Cyclone Pam, as fears grow of a serious measles outbreak.
1 out of 5 Ebola infections hits a child
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 17 March 2015 –Ebola has had a devastating impact on children, who make up about 20 per cent of infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. To protect them and their communities, it is critical to defeat this scourge, while working to restore basic services, UNICEF said in a report released today.
Cyclone Pam: UNICEF flash alert
NEW YORK, 16 March, 2015 – Key updates, new b-roll and interviews on current situation for children and UNICEF’s ongoing response to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.
UNICEF: Nearly 60,000 children in need of immediate assistance after Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu
SUVA, 15 March 2015 – Tens of thousands of children are in urgent need of assistance in Vanuatu after tropical Cyclone Pam ripped through the island.
At least 54,000 children affected by cyclone Pam in Vanuatu
NEW YORK, 14 March 2015 - It is estimated that at least half the population of Vanuatu has been affected by cyclone Pam. Of these, at least 54,000 are children.
As Syria conflict enters a fifth year, what does it take to end the crisis and end the suffering?
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ROME/AMMAN, 13 March 2015 - “The appalling crisis in Syria is entering a fifth year. A crisis that continues to exact an unconscionable human cost. A crisis that the international community has failed to stop.
Partnering to support children’s rights and development - LEGO Group, LEGO Foundation and UNICEF
NEW YORK, March 13, 2015 - Children’s rights and early learning are to receive a boost through two new global partnerships between the LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF, the celebration of which took place today in New York.
Sendai World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: UNICEF experts available for interviews
UNICEF experts are available at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, taking place in Sendai, Japan. UNICEF will call for increased investments in safer and more protective environments for children, both in humanitarian and development contexts, and for the involvement of children and young people in national and global dialogues.
14 million children impacted by conflict in Syria and Iraq: UNICEF
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 12 March 2015 – Some 14 million children across the region are now suffering from the escalating conflict sweeping Syria and much of Iraq, said UNICEF today.
International Women’s Day: 10 quick facts on girls
NEW YORK, 7 March 2015 – To mark International Women’s Day and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women’s empowerment, UNICEF presents a statistical snapshot of progress and trends for girls and women.
UNICEF expert available for interviews at Ebola Brussels Conference
BRUSSELS, 2 March, 2015 - A senior UNICEF expert will be attending the Ebola high-level conference: From Emergency to Recovery and is available for media interviews.
Children seized from South Sudan school not released yet
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 28 February 2015 – Scores of children seized by armed men from a village in northern South Sudan two weeks ago remain forcibly recruited as child soldiers, despite intensive efforts to locate and free them.
Cholera outbreak in Malawi raises concerns of a large-scale spread: UNICEF
LILONGWE /GENEVA - 27 February 2015 – UNICEF Malawi is on high alert following a cholera outbreak in the southern border areas, where highly-populated camps for people displaced by the floods are located.
UNICEF statement on plight of child migrants in the Mediterranean
BRUSSELS, 26 February 2015 – “Since the beginning of the year, not a single week has gone by without reports of people, mostly from conflict-torn countries, crossing the Mediterranean on unsafe boats in search of sanctuary in Europe.
UNICEF condemns new child abductions by armed group in South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 21 February, 2015 – UNICEF condemns in the strongest terms the abduction of scores of boys, some as young 13, by an armed group near Malakal in the north of South Sudan.
Ukraine: United Nations delivers 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk
GENEVA/KYIV, 19 February 2015 – The United Nations delivered 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk today. This includes essential hygiene items, warm clothes, blankets, condensed milk powder, drinking water, and medical supplies procured by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Amid conflict in South Sudan, 400,000 children will go back to school
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 19 February 2015 – Approximately 400,000 children whose schooling has been interrupted by the conflict in South Sudan will have the chance to return to their studies over the next 12 months.
Lions Health partners with UNICEF and Unilever to create an innovative global health campaign
LONDON, 17 February 2015 – Lions Health together with UNICEF and Unilever today launched the Young Lions Health Award, an exciting new competition for young creatives and marketers that aims to improve challenges facing global health systems in developing countries.
Leaders from around the world are All In to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents
NAIROBI, 17 February 2015—While major advances have been made in almost every area of the response to HIV, progress for adolescents is falling behind, said leaders in the global response to end the AIDS epidemic.
David Beckham supports UNICEF’s campaign to end violence against children and adolescents in El Salvador
LONDON, 16 February 2015 – One week on from launching 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund – a new global initiative that will protect children in danger around the world - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has today added his voice to UNICEF’s ‘¿No te indigna?’ campaign to end violence against children and adolescents in El Salvador.
Schools to reopen in Liberia after 7-month closure due to Ebola
DAKAR, 13 February 2015 – As children in Liberia prepare to return to their classrooms next week, following seven months of Ebola-related school closures, UNICEF and its partners are putting in place safety measures to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus.
Despite deepening political crisis in Yemen, UNICEF to stay and deliver
SANA’A, Yemen/GENEVA, 13 February 2015 – As the political crisis deepens in Yemen, UNICEF reaffirms its commitment to stay and deliver for the children of Yemen.
More brutal and intense conflicts leave children increasingly at risk of recruitment
NEW YORK, 12 February 2015 – Children are increasingly vulnerable to recruitment and use by armed groups as conflicts around the world become more brutal, intense and widespread, UNICEF and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said today to mark the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers.
Auction at Sotheby’s raises £2.7m for ‘1 in 11’
London, 12 February 2015 – Tonight, at Sotheby’s London, a major fundraising auction saw $4,063,050 raised for ‘1 in 11’, a worldwide campaign launched earlier this year by FC Barcelona Foundation, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) and UNICEF. ‘1 in 11’ aims to extend education opportunities to marginalised and vulnerable children, commencing in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal.
More children released from armed group in South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 10 February 2015 – UNICEF and partners are overseeing the release of another 300 children from an armed group in South Sudan.
UNICEF and Hungary announce agreement in principle to establish new UNICEF Global Services Centre in Budapest
NEW YORK/BUDAPEST, 10 February 2015 – The Government of Hungary and UNICEF announced today that they have agreed in principle to establish UNICEF’s first-ever Global Shared Services Centre in Budapest. The new centre will conduct a broad range of UNICEF’s financial and human resources operations worldwide, enabling the children’s organization to realize greater efficiencies and cost savings.
UNICEF and David Beckham launch ‘7’ – a new fund for children in danger across globe
LONDON, 9 February 2015 – David Beckham and UNICEF are today launching a groundbreaking initiative, 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, to protect millions of children around the world from danger.
More than 16,000 children lost parents or caregivers to Ebola - many are taken in by the communities: UNICEF
DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 6 February 2015 – Some 16,600 children are registered as having lost one or both parents, or their primary caregivers to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but less than 3 per cent have had to be placed outside family or community care, UNICEF said today.
A call to action for health workers around the world to mobilize against Female Genital Mutilation
NEW YORK, 6 February 2015 - A call to action for health workers around the world to mobilize against Female Genital Mutilation
UNICEF: South Sudan on the edge of nutrition catastrophe if hostilities don’t end now
JUBA, South Sudan, 4 February 2015 – UNICEF urged warring groups in South Sudan to follow up fast on the ceasefire deal reached Monday or face potentially catastrophic food shortages in the conflict areas of the country.
UNICEF launches US$3.1 billion appeal to reach more children in emergencies
GENEVA, 29 January 2015 - UNICEF is launching a US$3.1 billion appeal – its largest ever – to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide – a US$1 billion jump in funding needs since last year’s appeal.
UNICEF emergency supplies flown in as crisis worsens in Darfur
KHARTOUM, 28 January 2015 – UNICEF flew in today emergency supplies in response to the growing influx of displaced persons into Um Baru locality, north east of the State capital, El Fasher, in North Darfur. Over the last two weeks some 4,000 additional people have arrived to the locality, most of them are women and children. Their number continues to increase daily.
Devastating Middle East polio outbreak on verge of being stopped, say experts
BEIRUT, 27 January 2015 - A 12-month emergency immunization response across the Middle East appears to have halted an outbreak of polio that began in Syria and Iraq, according to health experts meeting in Beirut.
Over 1,000 children in bomb shelters in Ukraine urgently need help: UNICEF
GENEVA/KYIV/NEW YORK, 27 January 2015 – Over 1,000 children are forced to seek refuge in underground bomb shelters in Donetsk city due to ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said.
Thousands of children to be gradually released from armed group in South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 27 January, 2015 – UNICEF and partners have secured the release of approximately 3,000 children from an armed group in South Sudan - one of the largest ever demobilizations of children. The first group of 280 children were released today, at the village of Gumuruk in Jonglei State, eastern South Sudan. Further phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month.
Poorest students receive up to 18 times less public education resources than the wealthiest, says UNICEF
DAVOS, 22 January 2015 – In many countries around the world, significantly less public resources are used to educate children in the poorest 20 per cent of society than their counterparts in the most affluent 20 per cent, according to a new report issued today by UNICEF. This difference can be as much as 18 times.
Children losing homes, schools and lives as result of Nigeria violence
GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 20 January 2015 – Children are suffering the dire consequences of the conflict in Nigeria, losing their homes, missing out on education and risking their lives, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF congratulates Angélique Kidjo for Crystal Award
NEW YORK/DAVOS, Switzerland, 20 January 2015 – “UNICEF congratulates singer-songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo for receiving the Crystal Award – a prize recognising artists not only for their body of work but also their commitment to improving the state of the world.
Government of Somalia signs instrument of ratification of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 20 January 2015 – As the world enters into the 26th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Somalia is set to become the 195th state party to ratify the Convention, setting a course to improve the lives of its youngest citizens.
As schools reopen in Guinea, UNICEF helps efforts to reduce Ebola transmission risk
DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 20 January 2015 – As schools reopen in Guinea, UNICEF and partners are helping reduce as much as possible the risk of Ebola transmission, training teachers to implement safety measures such as daily temperature screening, and supplying thermometers and handwashing kits for schools.
Put children at heart of global agenda, UNICEF challenges Davos
DAVOS, Switzerland, 20 January 2015 – On the eve of the World Economic Forum, UNICEF outlined an ambitious ‘Agenda for Every Child’ that it says must drive the post-2015 sustainable development targets.
Shakira and Gerard Piqué host World Baby Shower to support UNICEF’s work for children
NEW YORK/BARCELONA, 19 January 2015 – Singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira, and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué, are celebrating the imminent arrival of their second child by expanding upon their original concept of a ‘World Baby Shower’ to benefit UNICEF and vulnerable children around the world.
Adolescents twice as likely to be out of school as children of primary school age, say UNESCO and UNICEF
LONDON, 19 January 2015 – Around 63 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 years old are denied their right to an education, according to a new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF, Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children, released today during the Education World Forum.
UNICEF steps up relief efforts for Malawi flood victims as rains continue
LILONGWE/BLANTYRE, Malawi, 19 January 2015 – As heavy rains continue to fall in Malawi, UNICEF is stepping up its relief efforts, airlifting an initial 90 tons of supplies, as it seeks to reach those most in need.
UNICEF Steps Up Assistance for Syrian Children Affected by the Bitter Winter Sweeping through the Middle East
GENEVA/AMMAN, 13 January 2015 – Amidst the harshest conditions of the winter so far, UNICEF has delivered warm clothing, blankets, heating supplies, cash and vouchers to more than 900,000 children in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on escalating violence against children in northern Nigeria
NEW YORK, 11 January 2015 - “These images from Northern Nigeria should be searing the conscience of the world.
FC Barcelona Foundation, Reach Out To Asia and UNICEF launch ‘1 in 11’ campaign
NEW YORK, 9 January 2015 – FC Barcelona Foundation, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) and UNICEF today launched the ‘1 in 11’ campaign to extend educational opportunities to marginalized children in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal, with the goal of expanding to more countries.
UNICEF helps restart measles immunizations in Ebola-hit countries
GENEVA/DAKAR/CONAKRY/FREETOWN/MONROVIA, 9 January 2015 – UNICEF is helping governments and communities restart stalled immunizations amid a surge in measles cases in Ebola-affected countries, where health systems are overwhelmed and tens of thousands of children are left vulnerable to deadly diseases.
UNICEF and WFP partner to help vulnerable Syrian families in Za’atari and Azraq camps protect their children against the winter cold
AMMAN, 7 January 2015 – As Jordan braces for a winter storm in the next few days, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a winter cash assistance programme to provide 41,000 vulnerable Syrian refugee children under the age of 14 in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps with 14 Jordanian Dinars (JOD) each, to allow their families to get them winter clothes.
New Year in Syria offers little chance of children's education as schools remain targets of conflict
GENEVA/DAMASCUS, 6 January 2015 – Continuing conflict and the recent closure of some schools in Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zour governorates and parts of rural Aleppo in Syria is believed to have disrupted education for 670,000 children of primary and lower high school age, said UNICEF today.