Press Releases and News Notes
Children’s needs central to response as Gambia uncertainty continues
DAKAR, 19 January 2017 – As the Gambia faces an uncertain political transition, the situation raises concerns for the nearly 26,000 people – half of them children – who have left the country to neighbouring Senegal. The threat of unrest has also left thousands of children in the Gambia without access to education following the closure of schools in parts of the country.
EU and UNICEF inaugurate Gaza’s largest seawater desalination plant
Over 40 per cent of Syrian refugee children in Turkey missing out on education, despite massive increase in enrolment rates - UNICEF
NEW YORK/GAZIANTEP, Turkey, 19 January 2017 – Nearly half a million Syrian refugee children are currently enrolled in schools across Turkey. But despite a more than 50 per cent increase in enrolment since last June, over 40 per cent of children of school-going age – or 380,000 child refugees – are still missing out on an education, UNICEF said today.
Statement by UNICEF Director for Emergency Programmes Manuel Fontaine on the tragic loss of life in the Rann camp for displaced people, northeast Nigeria
NEW YORK, 17 January 2017 – “UNICEF is deeply concerned by the loss of life in Tuesday’s tragic incident in Rann, Borno State. Our thoughts are with all those who were injured.
Joint Statement on Syria- WFP, UNICEF, OCHA, WHO, UNHCR
DAVOS, Switzerland, January 16 2017– While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.
Number of unaccompanied or separated children arriving by sea to Italy doubles in 2016 – UNICEF
LAMPEDUSA, Italy, 13 January 2017 – Some 25,800 unaccompanied or separated children arrived to Italy by sea in 2016 – that’s more than double the 12,360 who arrived during the previous year. These children account for a staggering 91 per cent of all the 28,200 children who reached Italy’s shores in 2016 as refugees or migrants.
Statement attributable to Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF Representative in Yemen, on attacks near a school
SANA’A, Yemen, 10 January 2017 – “One girl is confirmed dead and four others injured in two attacks this morning near a school in the Nihm district outside the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.
'Early Moments Matter' for children’s brain development, UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 January 2017 – UNICEF today launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign supported by the LEGO Foundation to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain.
Three months after Matthew, UNICEF and its partners continue to bring assistance to affected population.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 4 January 2017 – Almost three months after hurricane Matthew, UNICEF and its partners continue to deliver humanitarian aid to those most affected by the category 4 storm.
Statement on the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat on the situation in Rakhine state
YANGON, Myanmar 20 December 2016 – On behalf of the UN system in Myanmar, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Renata Dessallien welcomes the convening by the Government of Myanmar of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat on 19 December in Yangon and its outcome.
Winter is the latest threat to children living on the brink across the Middle East
AMMAN, 20 December 2016 – Unseasonably cold temperatures and winter weather are sweeping across the Middle East, threatening millions of children affected by crisis in the region. UNICEF is facing a $38 million funding gap as it races to provide life-saving assistance – including warm clothing, blankets and winter supplies - to children and families as the cold settles in.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the evacuation of children from an orphanage in East Aleppo
AMMAN, 19 December 2016 – "This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration."
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on children trapped in Aleppo
NEW YORK, 16 December 2016 – “More than 2,700 children have been evacuated from east Aleppo in the past 24 hours, including some who were sick, wounded or without their parents.
European Commissioners mark UNICEF’s birthday with “tiny stories” looking towards a better world for children
BRUSSELS, 16 December 2016 - A quartet of senior European Union Commissioners have joined renowned novelists Paolo Coelho, Chimamanda Adichie and some 200 other writers, poets, and bloggers to pen their hopes for the world’s children in an initiative inspired by this week’s 70th anniversary of the United Nations children’s agency, UNICEF.
Rise in child recruitment as conflict in South Sudan enters fourth year
JUBA, 15 December 2016 – Three years after fighting first erupted in South Sudan, children continue to be recruited by armed forces and armed groups, with 1,300 children recruited in 2016, UNICEF said today. This brings to more than 17,000 the total number of children used in the conflict since 2013.
The Government of Malawi and UNICEF announce first humanitarian drone testing corridor in Africa
LILONGWE, Malawi/NEW YORK, 15 December 2016 – The Government of Malawi and UNICEF have announced the establishment of an air corridor to test potential humanitarian use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) - also known as drones.
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the situation of children in Nigeria
NEW YORK, 13 December 2016 – “The violent conflict in northeast Nigeria has left children severely malnourished and at risk of death.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the children of Aleppo
AMMAN, 13 December 2016 - “As violence continues to escalate in Aleppo today, thousands of children are suffering in silence, and coming under brutal attack as the world watches.
UNICEF’s star-studded 70th anniversary event...
NEW YORK, 12 December 2016 – Ishmael Beah, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Millie Bobby Brown, Jackie Chan, Priyanka Chopra, Angelique Kidjo and Femi Kuti attend UNICEF’s 70th anniversary event and call for a fair chance for every child. UNICEF commemorated 70 years of tireless work for children today with the help of some of the organization’s best-known Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrity advocates at a ‘children’s takeover’ event co-hosted by 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown and featuring children and young people who have benefited directly from UNICEF’s efforts. UNICEF commemorated 70 years of tireless work for children today with the help of some of the organization’s best-known Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrity advocates at a ‘children’s takeover’ event co-hosted by 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown and featuring children and young people who have benefited directly from UNICEF’s efforts.
Malnutrition amongst children in Yemen at an all-time high, warns UNICEF
SANA'A, 12 December 2016 – Nearly 2.2 million children in Yemen are acutely malnourished and require urgent care. At least 462,000 children suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), a drastic increase of almost 200 per cent since 2014. An additional 1.7 million children suffer from Moderate Acute Malnutrition.
Across the Middle East and North Africa, conflict threatens decades of progress for children
AMMAN, 11 December 2016 – Nearly one in five children across the Middle East and North Africa is in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, according to UNICEF.
UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 11 December 2016 – On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.
UN provides vital food and aid to 42,000 people in eastern Mosul
BAGHDAD – 9 December 2016 In the single largest humanitarian aid delivery in eastern Mosul since the current conflict began, the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) yesterday provided food, dignity kits, water purification tablets, jerry cans, baby hygiene kits and more for 42,000 people in eastern Mosul. For the first time in over two weeks, security conditions have allowed humanitarian agencies to reach families living in the suburbs of eastern Mosul, many of whom are in desperate need of assistance.
Nearly a quarter of the world’s children live in conflict or disaster-stricken countries: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 9 December 2016 – An estimated 535 million children – nearly one in four – live in countries affected by conflict or disaster, often without access to medical care, quality education, proper nutrition and protection, UNICEF said today.
Statement by UNICEF Syria Representative, Hanaa Singer, on the deteriorating situation for children in Aleppo and across the country
ALEPPO/DAMASCUS, 7 December 2016 – "I have just travelled back from Aleppo where the situation continues to plummet to even greater lows.
School “as vital as food and medicine” for children caught up in conflict and other emergencies: EU & UNICEF
BRUSSELS / NEW YORK, 6 December 2016 – Braving the consequences of war, natural disaster and other emergencies, nearly 2 million children in 20 countries around the world have been able to continue their schooling over the past four years as a result of a partnership between the European Commission's department for humanitarian aid and civil protection and UNICEF.
New film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham highlights urgent need to end violence against children
NEW YORK, 5 December 2016 – A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released today to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever.
New HIV infections among adolescents projected to rise by nearly 60 per cent by 2030 if progress stalls – UNICEF
NEW YORK/JOHANNESBURG, 1 December 2016 – New HIV infections among adolescents are projected to rise from 250,000 in 2015 to nearly 400,000 annually by 2030 if progress in reaching adolescents stalls, according to a new report released by UNICEF today.
Statement by UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere to the Security Council on the Situation of Children in Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 30 November 2016 – “Thank you, Mr. President, distinguished members, ladies and Gentlemen.
Almost half of Mosul’s children cut off from clean water as fighting intensifies - UNICEF
BAGHDAD, 30 November 2016 – Nearly 300,000 children in Mosul – almost half of all the children in the city – and their families have reportedly been cut off from access to clean water after a major water pipeline was destroyed amid the ongoing conflict.
UNICEF Ambassador Tom Hiddleston returns to South Sudan as the brutal conflict enters its fourth year
JUBA/LONDON, 30 NOVEMBER 2016 – UNICEF Ambassador Tom Hiddleston travelled to South Sudan last week to see how the brutal civil war continues to destroy the lives of vast numbers of children across the country.
Child rights agencies call on EU to put refugee and migrant children first
BRUSSELS, 29 November 2016 – European Union institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 agencies including Save the Children and UNICEF said today to mark the opening of the 10th European Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels.
Half a million children live under siege in Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 27 November 2016 – As violence continues to escalate across Syria, the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year. Nearly 500,000 children now live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from sustained humanitarian aid and basic services.
Statement on Turkey's Draft Bill on sexual abuse against children
ANKARA, Turkey, 21 November 2016 - UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and UNDP in Turkey, are deeply concerned by the draft Bill submitted to the Parliament during the legislative debates on November 17 which may lead to some type of amnesty for child abuse perpetrators on the condition that the perpetrator marries the victim.
Stop bombing schools and hospitals, says UNICEF
AMMAN, 21 November 2016 – “It has been a horrific week for Syria’s children – living and dying under the relentless bombardment of schools, homes and hospitals.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake statement on Universal Children’s Day: Protect the rights of every child
NEW YORK, 20 November 2016 – “Universal Children’s Day is more than a day to celebrate children everywhere. It is an annual opportunity to recommit ourselves to protecting the rights of every child.
FC Barcelona and UNICEF mark 10-year partnership at post-match event
BARCELONA, 19 November 2016 – FC Barcelona and UNICEF today celebrate their 10-year partnership at FC Barcelona’s match against Malaga, and during a post-match event held at the club’s Camp Nou stadium.
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake statement on ceasefire agreement in Yemen
NEW YORK, 19 November 2016 - “The ceasefire announced in Yemen offers new hope in a situation that is increasingly catastrophic for children.
Massive humanitarian needs one month since start of military operations to retake Mosul
BAGHDAD, Iraq, 17 November 2016 – Today marks one month of intensified military operations to retake the city of Mosul. With tens of thousands of families in newly retaken areas urgently requiring life-saving assistance, the humanitarian community in Iraq faces a massive scope of need. These latest developments further exacerbate a humanitarian crisis in a country where 10 million people already were in need of aid.
UNICEF leads convoy into Mosul city with emergency supplies for 15,000 children
BAGHDAD Iraq, 15 November 2016 — A UNICEF-led multi-agency humanitarian convoy was on Sunday the first to enter the Iraqi city of Mosul together with WFP and UNFPA.
Central African Republic: Nearly one in five children is a refugee or internally displaced
Bangui/Dakar, 15 November 2016 – As the fragile recovery continues, more than 850,000 people in Central African Republic – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF makes venture capital investments in emerging market tech start-ups
NEW YORK, 15 November 2016 – UNICEF today announces its first portfolio of investments in open source technology solutions including tools that improve connectivity, real time data collection, identity technology and learning.
Universal Children’s Day: Two hundred world renowned writers come together for children’s rights
NEW YORK, 14 November 2016 – Over 200 prominent writers including novelists, playwrights and poets, have joined a global literary campaign this week, penning ‘tiny stories’ of around seven lines each to highlight Universal Children’s Day and the injustice so many of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children still face. The short story series kicks off UNICEF’s commemoration of its 70th year working to bring help and hope to every child.
Pneumonia and diarrhoea kill 1.4 million children each year, more than all other childhood illnesses combined – UNICEF
MARRAKECH, Morocco, 11 November 2016 – Pneumonia and diarrhoea together kill 1.4 million children each year, the overwhelming majority of whom live in lower and middle-income countries. These childhood deaths occur despite the fact that both illnesses are largely preventable through straightforward and cost effective solutions like exclusive breastfeeding, vaccination, quality primary healthcare and reducing household air pollution.
Measles jab saves over 20 million young lives in 15 years, but hundreds of children still die of the disease every day
NEW YORK/ATLANTA/GENEVA, 10 November 2016 – Despite a 79 per cent worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day, leading health organizations said in a report released today.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson meets with Syrian children and youth in Jordan
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 10 November 2016 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson wrapped up a two-day visit to Jordan this week, along with his eldest son Micheal, where he met with Syrian children, young people and their families whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict - now close to its sixth year.
Delhi is a wakeup call for world on air pollution - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 9 November 2016 - With every breath, children in Delhi are suffering. Air pollution reports have indicated it hit record highs in the past week. Some say it hit 999 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter in one neighborhood, compared to an average of between 150-350 in January 2016. Earlier this week, an estimated 4.41 million children in Delhi missed three days of school following a decision to close the city’s 5,798 schools to minimize the risk for children to be exposed to the polluted air.
UNICEF statement on grave risks to children in Rakhine State, Myanmar
NEW YORK, 8 November 2016 - “Worsening inter-communal conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar is taking a terrible toll on children -- especially those living in the northern part of the state, where thousands of children have been cut off from humanitarian assistance in recent weeks.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF representative in Syria on the killings of children at a kindergarten in Harasta, Rural Damascus
DAMASCUS, 6 November 2016 - “A kindergarten was reportedly hit in an attack today in the town of Harasta, in Rural Damascus, a few kilometres from the capital, killing at least four children and injuring many more.
Statement attributable to Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Iraq on the children of Mosul
ERBIL, 4 November 2016 – “An estimated 2,500 children and their families have arrived in the past 24 hours at camps south east of Mosul as Iraqi forces today for the first time entered the city streets and intensified their battle to retake Mosul.
Hurricane Matthew one month on: More than 600,000 children still in need of aid – UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 4 November 2016 – One month after Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti, nearly 600,000 children remain in need of humanitarian assistance, stalked by disease, hunger and malnutrition, UNICEF said today.
Children and pregnant women among those lost at sea in latest tragedy on the Mediterranean – UNICEF
LAMPEDUSA, Italy, 3 November 2016 – A number of children and pregnant women were among the 240 people reported to have drowned off the coast of Libya Wednesday attempting to reach European shores.
9,700 children displaced since start of Mosul operation – UNICEF
BAGHDAD/NEW YORK, 3 November 2016 – Some 20,700 people have been displaced since the operation to retake Mosul started on 17 October. UNICEF estimates that 9,700 of them are children in urgent need of assistance.
Pollution: 300 million children breathing toxic air - UNICEF report
NEW YORK 31 October 2016 – Almost one in seven of the world’s children, 300 million, live in areas with the most toxic levels of outdoor air pollution – six or more times higher than international guidelines – reveals a new UNICEF report.
UNICEF calls on Italian parliament to pass bill providing support for record number of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children
ROME/LAMPEDUSA, 27 October 2016 –UNICEF is calling on the Italian parliament to urgently pass an historic bill that would strengthen support and protection for the record number of unaccompanied and separated children – at least 20,000 – who have arrived in Italy this year. Near daily reports of migrant drownings on the Mediterranean show clearly that passage of the bill cannot come a moment too soon for children risking their lives to reach Italian shores.
UNICEF calls for urgent protection of all children that remain in the Calais camp
PARIS/LONDON, 27 October, 2016 - “UNICEF is deeply troubled that last night, with the camp on fire, many children were forced to sleep out in exposed and cold conditions. And reports today from volunteers in Calais that some children have been escorted away by police for not having a wristband are shocking.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on multiple attacks on schools in Syria
NEW YORK, 27 October 2016 – “Yesterday, when a school compound in Syria was repeatedly attacked, killing dozens of children and teachers, we thought we had seen the depths of depravity.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on deadly attacks on schools in Idlib, northwest Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 26 October 2016 – “Twenty-two children and six teachers were reportedly murdered today when their school compound was repeatedly attacked in Idlib, Syria.
Haiti funding needs nearly triple following Hurricane Matthew - UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 26 October 2016 – Three weeks since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, UNICEF said it would need an additional $22.5 million to meet the increasing needs of children in the country, including in the hurricane-hit areas.
145 children released armed groups in South Sudan – UNICEF
PIBOR, South Sudan, 26 October 2016 – A total of 145 children were today released by armed groups in South Sudan, UNICEF has announced. This is the largest number of children freed since 2015, when 1,775 children were released in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.
Major campaign launched to immunize 5.8 million Iraqi children against polio
BAGHDAD, Iraq, 24 October 2016 – A five-day polio vaccination campaign is under way in Iraq to reach an estimated 5.8 million children below the age of five in Iraq, regardless of previous vaccination status.
UNICEF and H&M Foundation launch an interactive digital brain development tool for young children
NEW YORK, 24 October 2016 – A digital tool that interactively shows how games and play stimulate brain development during early childhood launches today. The interactive UNI_FORM ‘jacket’ was created by the H&M Foundation and UNICEF as part of a new UNI_FORM campaign to help promote early childhood development.
Children in war-torn Syria risk their lives to go to school
DAMASCUS/ GENEVA, 21 October 2016- With the start of the school year in Syria, over 1.7 million children remain out of school and another 1.3 million are at a risk of dropping out, according to new education data.
UNICEF calls on European Council to address plight of refugee and migrant children
BRUSSELS, 20 October, 2016 - “This week’s meeting of the European Council in Brussels is a perfect opportunity for Europe to begin putting in place specific and measurable actions to address the needs of vulnerable refugee and migrant children.
Supply of children’s five-in-one vaccine secured at lowest-ever price
GENEVA, 19 October 2016 – Breakthrough prices have been achieved with six vaccine suppliers who offered to price pentavalent vaccine at an 84 cents a dose average – half the price that the UN children’s agency currently pays.
Aamir Khan travels to Bhutan with UNICEF to help advocate against malnutrition
THIMPHU, Bhutan 18 October 2016 – UNICEF Regional Goodwill Ambassador and film actor and director Aamir Khan is in Bhutan to meet children affected by malnutrition, and to witness how UNICEF is working to address stunting across the country.
UNICEF statement on the sentencing of Baquer Namazi
NEW YORK, 18 October 2016 – “His friends and colleagues at UNICEF have learned with deep sadness and personal concern that our former colleague Baquer Namazi, who has been incarcerated in Iran since 22 February, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Record numbers of unaccompanied children arrive in Italy – UNICEF
ROME/ GENEVA, 18 October 2016 – Three newborn babies, two born on Italian Coastguard boats in the Central Mediterranean and one at port, are among the newest arrivals of refugee and migrant children in Italy, as numbers of children hit record levels, says UNICEF.
Keep children safe in Mosul operation, UNICEF says
BAGHDAD, 17 October 2016 – More than half a million children and their families in Mosul will be at extreme risk in the coming weeks, UNICEF warned today as a military operation to retake the northern Iraqi city gets under way.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on children killed in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 14 October 2016 - “Yesterday’s attack near the Hatem Al Taai primary school in Aleppo city killed four children and injured three others. The children were on their way to school in the morning hours when mortars hit the area.
Over 300,000 children under five died from diarrhoeal diseases linked to limited access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in 2015 - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 14 October 2016 – With cholera spreading fast in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and with a new outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen, UNICEF urges children, families and communities to make washing hands with soap a habit to help prevent the spread of diseases.
Five in six children under two not getting enough nutrition for growth and brain development - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 14 October 2016 – Five in six children under two years old are not fed enough nutritious food for their age, depriving them of the energy and nutrients they need at the most critical time in their physical and cognitive development, according to a new UNICEF report.
UNICEF condemns attacks on teachers in Kaga-Bandoro, Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 13 October 2016 - Three teachers in training and the director of the Regional Pedagogical Centre were violently killed in Kaga-Bandoro on Wednesday the 12th of October, according to accounts by the Ministry of Education. The Vice President of the Association of Parents was also killed.
Statement on Calais camp attributed to UNICEF special coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant crisis in Europe Marie-Pierre Poirier
GENEVA, 12 October 2016 – The commitment by the UK and France to find urgent solutions for all the hundreds of refugee and migrant children languishing in Calais for months, could not come a minute too soon, said Marie Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on attack on a school in Daraa
DAMASCUS, 12 October 2016 - “UNICEF deplores yesterday’s attack on the “That al-Netaqeen” primary school in the city of Daraa which killed five school children, aged between four and 16, and left 15 other children injured. The conflict in Syria has plummeted to such lows that children are now risking their lives just to attend school.
Massive immunization campaign to reach 41 million children in Nigeria and region to contain polio outbreak
DAKAR, Senegal – 11 October 2016 – A major health campaign is underway in the Lake Chad Basin area to vaccinate over 41 million children against polio to contain the recent outbreak of the disease in north-east Nigeria.
One week after Hurricane Matthew, at least 300 schools damaged in Haiti, over 100,000 children miss out on learning – UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK, 10 October 2016 – One week after Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti, and as schools re-open across the country, more than 100,000 children will be missing out on learning after their schools were either damaged or converted into shelters
Race against time to prevent spread of waterborne diseases in hurricane-hit areas as rainy season starts in Haiti – UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK, 8 October 2016 – With the start of the rainy season, and as the death toll from Hurricane Matthew continues to rise, UNICEF is sounding the alarm on the threat of waterborne diseases to children living in the worst-affected areas.
Thousands of children in urgent need in flood-ravaged North Korea as bitter winter looms
Pyongyang, 7 October, 2016 – After disastrous flooding in North Korea in August and September left tens of thousands of children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, a second wave of danger looms with winter approaching.
Half a million children live in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti – UNICEF
PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK, 7 October 2016 – An estimated 500,000 children live in the Grande Anse and Grand South departments in southern Haiti, the areas worst hit by Hurricane Matthew, UNICEF said today. Three days after the storm, it remains unclear how many of them need urgent assistance as damage to road infrastructure continues to hamper assessment and relief efforts.
UNICEF urges more investment in meeting the basic needs of Afghanistan’s children
BRUSSELS, 7 October 2016 - UNICEF has welcomed the commitment made by donors attending this week’s Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, which promised the country more than US$ 15 billion in assistance over the coming four years.
Girls spend 160 million more hours than boys doing household chores everyday – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 7 October, 2016 – Girls between 5 and 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age, according to a report released by UNICEF ahead of International Day of the Girl on 11 October.
Investing in early childhood development essential to helping more children and communities thrive, new Lancet Series finds
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2016 – An estimated 43 per cent—249 million—of children under five in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) are at an elevated risk of poor development due to extreme poverty and stunting, according to findings from The Lancet’s new Series, Advancing Early Childhood Development: from Science to Scale.
UNICEF calls for safety of schools in Yemen as the new school year opens
SANA’A/GENEVA, 4 October 2016- As schools open this week in Yemen, UNICEF urges all parties to the conflict to protect schools
More than 4 million children at risk as Hurricane Matthew pummels Haiti – UNICEF
NEW YORK/PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 4 October 2016 – More than 4 million children may be exposed to the damage of Hurricane Matthew, UNICEF said today as the Category 4 storm made landfall on the impoverished Caribbean island.
Nearly 385 million children living in extreme poverty, says joint World Bank Group – UNICEF study
NEW YORK, 3 October 2016 – Children are more than twice as likely as adults to live in extreme poverty, according to a new analysis from the World Bank Group and UNICEF. Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children finds that in 2013 19.5 per cent of children in developing countries were living in households that survived on an average of US$1.90 a day or less per person, compared to just 9.2 per cent of adults. Globally, almost 385 million children were living in extreme poverty.
Mobile health teams help save children’s lives in Yemen – UNICEF
SANAA, 28 September 2016 – UNICEF and its partners have completed an ambitious drive to reach children and women in Yemen with critical health and nutrition services to save lives as the conflict continues.
UNICEF more than doubles its funding appeal to provide life-saving assistance for children in northeast Nigeria
ABUJA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 29 September 2016 – UNICEF has revised its humanitarian appeal for Nigeria from US$ 55 million to US$ 115 million to assist an additional 750,000 people who can now be reached across conflict-affected areas in the northeast of the country.
"The murder of the innocents in Aleppo must stop" - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 29 September 2016 – “In Aleppo, 96 children killed and 223 children injured in merciless attacks this week alone. Each one, a daughter or a son.
Children in Aleppo trapped in “living nightmare” - UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth
NEW YORK, 28 September 2016 – At least 96 children have been killed and 223 have been injured in Eastern Aleppo since Friday, UNICEF said.
UNICEF welcomes historic day for children of Colombia
BOGOTÁ, 26 September 2016 – UNICEF welcomes today’s official signing of a final accord between the Government of Colombia and FARC-EP, the country’s largest armed opposition group, to end Colombia’s five-decade war and build sustainable and long-lasting peace.
The LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF launch campaign to celebrate and inspire play and learning
NEW YORK, 26 September 2016 – The LEGO Group, the LEGO Foundation and UNICEF today launch a new campaign to help celebrate parents’ special play moments with their children and to inspire families to explore new ways to help young children play and learn.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on attacks and deliberate water cuts in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 23 September 2016 – “Nearly 2 million people in Aleppo are once again with no running water through the public network.
UNICEF launches ‘World Version’ of John Lennon’s IMAGINE
NEW YORK, 23 September, 2016 – UNICEF launched the world version of John Lennon’s classic song Imagine today with the support of Yoko Ono, David Guetta and people from over 140 countries around the world.
The United Nations welcomes the release of 21 child soldiers by the Government of Sudan
KHARTOUM, 22 September 2016 - The United Nations welcomes the release yesterday by the Government of Sudan of twenty one children allegedly associated with armed groups. These children, who have been in the custody of the government security forces, were captured during fighting between the Government of Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement in Darfur, in 2015.
Global Goals Awards honour champions for women’s and girls’ rights
NEW YORK, 20 September, 2016 – The first annual Global Goals Awards tonight honoured a lawyer who fights against child marriage in Tanzania, a Syrian teen and Olympic swimmer who saved fellow refugees from drowning, and an organization that brings health care to vulnerable girls and women in Pakistan.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on attack on humanitarian convoy in Aleppo, Syria
NEW YORK, 20 September 2016 – “All those with a conscience must condemn the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo that killed and injured humanitarian workers.
UNICEF statement on the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants
NEW YORK, 19 September 2016 – "The New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants represents a first step in addressing the unprecedented level of human mobility the world is facing.
EU-UNICEF partnership helps address learning and protection needs of children and youth affected by the Syria crisis
AMMAN, Jordan/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 19 September 2016 – As a new school year gets under way across the Middle East, a major injection of funds from the European Union is boosting efforts to provide learning opportunities and protection to hundreds of thousands of children and youth who have fled the Syria conflict.
UNICEF calls for an increase in education spending as new report reveals global crisis in learning
NEW YORK, 18 September 2016 – More than two-thirds of schoolchildren in low-income countries will not learn basic primary level skills in 2030 despite an ambitious goal to get every child in school and learning, according to a report launched today by the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity.
UNICEF media opportunities for the 2016 United Nations General Assembly
NEW YORK/UNITED NATIONS, 16 September 2016 – During the course of the opening session of the 71st United Nations General Assembly, UNICEF will host a number of events open to members of the media.
World leaders must invest in better data on children - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 14 September 2016 - UNICEF is calling on world leaders to invest in better data on children, warning in a new analysis that sufficient data is available only for half of the child-related Sustainable Development Goals indicators.
UNICEF experts available for interviews during the UN General Assembly and the Leaders’ Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis
Commentary available on:
• The current situation for refugee and migrant children, the risks young people who are forcibly displaced face and action the international community should take to protect migrant and refugee children and their families.
• The urgent needs of the 246 million boys and girls caught in conflict including in Burundi, Central African Republic, Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, South Sudan and Yemen.
• Turning the Sustainable Development Goals into action for children and adolescents by prioritizing the most vulnerable boys and girls.
UNICEF Colombia receives first group of children released from FARC-EP ranks
BOGOTA, 10 September 2016 - FARC-EP, Colombia's largest armed group, released today eight children from its ranks and handed them over to UNICEF in a temporary reception centre.
New Video: Star footballers from FC Barcelona and Spain’s 5-a-side blind team celebrate the power of inclusive sport for children
Rio de Janerio, BRAZIL/NEW YORK, 8 September, 2016 - A new video featuring star-football players from FC Barcelona and the Spanish National 5-a-side blind football team was released today to celebrate the importance of inclusive play for children and the beginning of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
Nearly 50 million children “uprooted” worldwide – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 7 September 2016 – Across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted – 28 million of them driven from their homes by conflicts not of their making, and millions more migrating in the hope of finding a better, safer life. Often traumatized by the conflicts and violence they are fleeing, they face further dangers along the way, including the risk of drowning on sea crossings, malnourishment and dehydration, trafficking, kidnapping, rape and even murder. In countries they travel through and at their destinations, they often face xenophobia and discrimination
Statement on violence in Narathiwat Province, Thailand
BANGKOK, 6 September 2016 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the continuing violence in Thailand’s restive southernmost provinces and its impact on children, including an explosion that killed a five-year-old girl and her father in Narathiwat Province this morning.
UNICEF Statement on detention of Baquer Namazi
NEW YORK, 6 September 2016 – “It has now been over six months since Baquer Namazi, a respected former employee of UNICEF, was detained in Iran. His colleagues at UNICEF, and especially those who once worked with him, are deeply concerned about his health and well-being – as we stated on 3 March. Our concern has grown ever since.
In 10 countries with highest out-of-school rates, 40 per cent of children are not accessing basic education
NEW YORK, 1 September 2016 –In the top 10 countries with the highest rates of children missing out on primary education, nearly 2 in every 5 children – 18 million - are out of school, UNICEF said today.
Statement on proposed contribution from Sweden by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 31 August 2016 – “We at UNICEF could not appreciate more the proposed contribution by the Government of Sweden to our core resources.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the humanitarian pause in Aleppo, Syria
NEW YORK, 26 August 2016 - “Today is another sad and dangerous day for the children in Syria, in particular those living in Aleppo.
UNICEF: Collecting water is often a colossal waste of time for women and girls
NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 29 August 2016 – UNICEF said the 200 million hours women and girls spend every day collecting water is a colossal waste of their valuable time.
Refugee and migrant children stuck in Greece face double crisis
ATHENS/GENEVA 26 August 2016 – With the sudden increase of arrivals, hundreds more refugee and migrant children are becoming stranded in Greece with critical needs such as education and protection, says UNICEF.
Boko Haram violence in Lake Chad region leaves children displaced and trapped
DAKAR, 25 August 2016 – Years of violence by Boko Haram in Africa’s Lake Chad basin have led to a worsening humanitarian crisis that has displaced 1.4 million children and left at least one million still trapped in hard-to-reach areas, UNICEF said in a report released today.
Risking it all to escape gang violence and poverty
NEW YORK, 23 August 2016 – Every month, thousands of children from Central America risk being kidnapped, trafficked, raped, or killed as they make their way to the United States to seek refuge from brutal gangs and stifling poverty, and there is no sign this trend is letting up, UNICEF said in a report released today.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the situation of children in Aleppo, Syria
NEW YORK, 19 August 2016 –“What human being can see the stunned suffering of Omran Dagneesh, the small boy rescued from a destroyed building in Aleppo, Syria, and not feel an overwhelming sense of empathy?
Hundreds of children recruited by armed groups in South Sudan, as violations against women and children increase - UNICEF
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 19 August 2016 –More than 650 children have been recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since the beginning of this year, UNICEF said today.
Permanent and sustainable solution is key for refugees on Manus Island - UNICEF Australia
SYDNEY, Australia, 17 August 2016 – UNICEF Australia urges Minister Dutton to seriously consider resettlement options in credible third countries that are equipped to respond to the complex needs of refugees and their families, in the wake of news that an agreement has been made to close the Manus Island detention centre.
UNICEF Appoints World Renowned Pianist Zade Dirani as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 15 August 2016 – UNICEF today appointed world famous Jordanian pianist and composer, Zade Dirani, as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on advocating for the most marginalised children especially those caught in conflict, violence and poverty.
UNICEF Statement on the killings of children in Sa’ada, Northern Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen, 13 August 2016 – “An airstrike this morning has killed at least seven children and injured 21 others in a religious school in the Sa’ada governorate in northern Yemen.
UNICEF and partners respond to the cholera outbreak in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 12 August 2016 - At least 16 people have died in the first cholera outbreak in the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2011. The outbreak was declared by the national authorities on 10 August. 66 cases, including at least seven children, are recorded along the Oubangui River.
Two-thirds of young people in more than 18 countries say they have been victims of bullying
NEW YORK, 12 August 2016 - More than nine out of 10 young people believe bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities, and two-thirds say they have experienced bullying first hand - a new poll conducted by UNICEF and their partners shows.
New polio cases in northeastern Nigeria underline risks for children in conflict - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 August 2016 – The sobering news that two children have been paralyzed by wild poliovirus in northeastern Nigeria underscores the urgency of eradicating the disease in conflict-affected areas, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF Australia renews calls for the Federal Government to provide a resettlement plan for asylum seeker children and families on Nauru
SYDNEY, Australia, 10 August 2016 – UNICEF Australia again calls on the Turnbull Government to provide a permanent resettlement solution for asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru as allegations of child sexual abuse, gender based violence and of cruel and inhumane conditions have re-emerged, only weeks after UNICEF released a joint report on the child protection system in Nauru with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Statement on the killings of children in recent escalation of violence in Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen, 9 August 2016 – “Four children were reportedly killed and three were injured on 7 August in the Nihm District, east of the Yemeni Capital, Sana’a.
Taps run dry for 2 million people as fighting intensifies in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, Syria, 9 August 2016 – Two million people in Aleppo are left with no access to running water through the public network, as escalation of attacks and fighting damaged electricity networks essential to pump water supplies throughout the city.
UN agencies deliver urgent relief to people stranded at Syria-Jordan border
AMMAN, 4 August 2016 – World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General William Lacy Swing today announced the successful completion of a relief operation to provide more than 75,000 people with food and humanitarian relief items.
Fans of the Olympic and Paralympic Games urged to help protect children
BRASILIA/NEW YORK, 3 August 2016 – UNICEF today launches a global sports initiative to engage people in its work for children. Sports enthusiasts worldwide can get involved in the Olympic and Paralympic action for free by signing up to Team UNICEF Get Active for Children, a scheme that unlocks a R$5 corporate donation every time participants complete 5km by foot or wheelchair.
UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Saad Houry, calls for the protection of all children in Aleppo
AMMAN, 2 August 2016 – UNICEF is extremely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of all children caught up in the escalating violence in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria.
UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor visits refugee and displaced children on Iraq frontline
LONDON/ERBIL, 2 August 2016 – UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor travelled to northern Iraq last week to see how the conflicts sweeping across Iraq and Syria are devastating children’s lives. Tens of thousands of children have been killed, injured, separated from their parents, forced to work, tortured and recruited into fighting.
Aid continues despite attack on humanitarian convoy in northeast Nigeria: UNICEF
ABUJA, Nigeria, 29 July 2016 - UNICEF continues to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria, despite yesterday’s attack on a humanitarian convoy.
77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 29 July 2016 – Some 77 million newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them of the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protect them from disease and death, UNICEF said.
Children and adolescents should be prioritized in the dialogue about the circumstances Venezuela is currently facing, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 28 July 2016 - UNICEF shares the concerns demonstrated by national authorities of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and relevant social sectors about the consequences of the current circumstances for children and adolescents in the country. Likewise, UNICEF recognizes the efforts of the different branches of the State as well as the appeals of institutions and important sectors of civil society for the full protection of children and adolescents in the current context.
UNICEF statement on attack on humanitarian convoy in northeastern Nigeria
NEW YORK, 28 July 2016 - Today unknown assailants attacked a humanitarian convoy that included staff from UNICEF, UNFPA, and IOM. The convoy was traveling from Bama to Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria, returning from delivering desperately needed humanitarian assistance.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Syria Representative, on attacks in Qamishli and Idlib
DAMASCUS, 28 July 2016 – UNICEF deplores yesterday’s shocking attack which reportedly killed more than 50 people, including many children, in the northern Syrian city of Qamishli. Local hospitals are overwhelmed treating more than 150 injured people. UNICEF is informed that 32 children are being treated at the main hospital in Qamishli city, many with serious injuries.
UNICEF welcomes Human Rights Watch report, Abuses against Children Detained as National Security Threats
NEW YORK, 28 July, 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the Human Rights Watch report Extreme Measures: Abuses against Children Detained as National Security Threats.
UNICEF Statement on attacks on hospitals in Aleppo city
AMMAN, 26 July 2016 – “Four hospitals in eastern Aleppo city – al-Dakkak, al-Bayan, al-Hakim and al-Zahraa – and a blood blank were reportedly hit several times on 23 and 24 July disrupting key life-saving health services for up to 300,000 civilians.
UNICEF concerned about amendments to India’s Child Labour Bill
NEW DELHI, 25 July 2016 - UNICEF India welcomes the Rajya Sabha’s recent approval to amend the Child Labour Bill prohibiting children under the age of 14 from working, but is concerned about one provision that could further disadvantage the most vulnerable children.
Sharp rise in suspected cholera cases in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 20 July 2016 – Amid a rise in the number of suspected cases of cholera in South Sudan, UNICEF is rapidly increasing its response activities.
UNICEF on Syria: "Absolutely nothing justifies attacks on children”
DAMASCUS, Syria, 20 July 2016 – “This week in Syria, more than 20 children were reportedly killed in air strikes in Manbij and a 12-year-old boy was brutally murdered on-camera in Aleppo.
UNICEF statement on recent case of sexual violence in India
NEW YORK, 20 July, 2016 – “The reported gang rape of a young Dalit woman in India by the same five men who had raped her three years ago underlines the heinous culture of impunity that surrounds violence against girls and women.
An estimated quarter of a million children severely malnourished in Borno state, Nigeria - UNICEF
ABUJA/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 19 July 2016 – An estimated quarter of a million children in Borno state, North-East Nigeria, face severe malnourishment and risk death, UNICEF said today, as the scale of the humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram emergency continues to unfold.
Twelvefold increase in Zika cases since Ecuador earthquake
NEW YORK/PANAMA/QUITO, 18 July 2016 – Three months after the Ecuador earthquake, the number of Zika Virus cases increased from 92 to 1,106 country-wide, with the sharpest increase in the quake-hit areas.
HIV/AIDS continues to stalk children and adolescents – UNICEF
DURBAN, South Africa, 18 July 2016 – As the 21st International AIDS Conference gets underway in Durban this week, UNICEF warned that despite remarkable global progress in tackling the HIV/AIDS pandemic, much work remains to be done to protect children and adolescents from infection, sickness and death.
UNICEF providing urgent aid for families displaced by South Sudan fighting
JUBA, South Sudan, 13 July 2016 – UNICEF and partners are providing urgent life-saving assistance to thousands of people displaced by last weekend’s heavy fighting in Juba.
Global leaders and youth advocates launch new partnership and fund to end violence against children everywhere
NEW YORK, 12 July 2016 – Today at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility. End Violence Against Children - The Global Partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.
UNICEF statement on violence in South Sudan
NAIROBI, 9 July 2016 – UNICEF is deeply alarmed by the renewed violence in South Sudan and calls on all parties to respect humanitarian principles and provide unrestricted access to civilians in need.
Award-winning artist Thalía appointed UNICEF Mexico Ambassador
NEW YORK / MEXICO CITY, 8 July 2016 – UNICEF Mexico announced today the appointment of award-winning recording artist Thalía as its newest UNICEF National Ambassador.
El Niño is over but its impact on children is set to worsen as disease, malnutrition continue to spread
NAIROBI/NEW YORK, July 8 2016 – The 2015-2016 El Niño has ended but its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, one of the strongest on record, UNICEF said today
UNICEF-UNRWA condemn bombing of child friendly space in Khan Eishieh Camp in Syria
Amman/Damascus, 5 July 2016- The latest attack on Khan Eishieh Refugee Camp, home to Palestinian refugees and internally displaced Syrians, is the latest example in the Syria conflict of the inhumane disregard for life, particularly that of children and infrastructure on which they depend.
UNICEF Statement on the Killings of Children and Families in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, 3 July 2016— At least 125 people were reportedly killed and hundreds wounded, many of them children, in two separate bombings in Baghdad early this morning.
In South Sudan, children uprooted by recent violence receive measles vaccination
WAU, South Sudan, 2 July 2016 – UNICEF is launching today an urgent measles immunization campaign to protect 13,000 children displaced by fighting in the city of Wau, South Sudan.
Iraq Crisis: 3.6 million children now at risk from increasing violence
BAGHDAD/AMMAN, 30 June 2016 - 3.6 million children in Iraq – one in five in the country - are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new UNICEF report.
Unprecedented level of food insecurity in South Sudan, UN agencies warn
JUBA, 29 June 2016 – Up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan – well over one-third of the population – will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, and the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies warned today.
Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most disadvantaged children: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 28 June 2016 – Based on current trends, 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals – unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a UNICEF report released today.
UNICEF Statement on the Killings of Children in Deir-ez-Zor, eastern Syria
AMMAN, 26 June 2016 - According to UNICEF’s local partners in Syria, 25 children were reportedly killed yesterday in air-strikes on al-Quriyah town, in the eastern countryside of Deir-ez-Zor.
UNICEF welcomes signing of Government of Colombia-FARC ceasefire
NEW YORK/ BOGOTA, 23 June 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the signing today by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, of a bilateral ceasefire and disarmament agreement to end the conflict in the country.
Update on UNICEF response to humanitarian situation of displaced persons in Bama, Borno State, Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 23 June 2016 – UNICEF has been working with partners in Bama, Borno State, since March 2016, providing health, nutrition and water and sanitation support in a camp housing 25,000 people displaced by the conflict, including 15,000 children.
Lions Health and UNICEF announce DigitasLBi as the winner of global award for young creatives and marketers
NEW YORK/CANNES, France, 18 June 2016 – Lions Health, the Festival and Awards that celebrate life-changing creativity in healthcare communications, and UNICEF, have announced the winner of the 2016 Young Lions Health Award.
African youth to African leaders: “You must do more to end conflicts in Africa”
GAMBELLA, Ethiopia/DAKAR, Senegal/NAIROBI, Kenya 16 June 2016 – African leaders are not doing enough to stop conflicts in Africa, said two-thirds of the nearly 86,000 youth surveyed in a recent mobile-based poll conducted in nine African countries.
“Neither safe nor sound”: Sexual exploitation, trafficking and abuse engulfing the lives of children in the camps of Calais and Dunkirk
LONDON/PARIS, 16 June 2016 – Children experience sexual exploitation, violence and forced labour on a daily basis in the camps of Northern France, according to the findings of Neither Safe Nor Sound, a new UNICEF France and UNICEF UK study.
“If you try to run, they shoot you; if you stop working they beat you. It was just like the slave trade.”
GENEVA, 14 June 2016 – More than 9 out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them.
UNICEF official: Attacks on medical facilities in Syria "should shake the moral compass of the world."
AMMAN, 8 June, 2016 – “Everyone must question their humanity when babies have to be taken out of incubators because of attacks on hospitals.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Swaziland to focus attention on children at risk from regional drought crisis
LONDON/MBABANE, Swaziland 8 JUNE 2016 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Swaziland this week to see how 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is helping UNICEF to support and protect HIV-positive children. During his visit Beckham heard and saw how the worst drought in decades - now taking hold of vast swathes of Eastern and Southern Africa - is threatening to wreak havoc on the lives of children and families already made vulnerable by HIV.
Thailand certified for freeing newborns from HIV
BANGKOK, 8 June 2016 – Thailand has been officially certified free of the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mothers to their children.
WHO validates elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Armenia, Belarus and the Republic of Moldova
NEW YORK/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA/ISTANBUL, 7 JUNE 2016 – United Nations agencies congratulate Belarus for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis and Armenia and the Republic of Moldova for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, respectively.
Eighty per cent of 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of online sexual abuse – UNICEF/Ipsos global poll
NEW YORK, 7 June 2016 – Eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, and more than five out of 10 think friends participate in risky behaviours while using the internet, a new UNICEF study shows.
“We came with nothing, we have nothing”: Thousands flee Fallujah as fighting intensifies
BAGHDAD, 6 June 2016 – The UN and partners are in a race against time to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah
Statement attributable to UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 4 June 2016 – "UNICEF is deeply concerned about the arrests, expulsions from school and injuries of children in Burundi.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin traveled to Lebanon to meet refugee children who have fled Syria conflict
BEIRUT, 3 June 2016 - World-renowned singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ricky Martin calls for increased focus on safeguarding the futures of millions of children affected by the Syria conflict, whose lives have been shaped by displacement, violence and a persistent lack of opportunities.
Vaccination campaign at risk as fighting intensifies in Syria
AMMAN/CAIRO, 2 June 2016 - “As fighting and violence escalate across Syria, we risk losing the opportunity to vaccinate and save the lives of more than one million children.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry meets children facing immense challenges in Viet Nam
HANOI/NEW YORK, 1 June 2016 – Following a visit to Viet Nam, internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Katy Perry is calling for increased focus on children being left behind in one of Asia’s fastest growing economies.
Iraq: UNICEF calls for protection of the children of Fallujah
BAGHDAD, 1 June 2016 – “As the violence continues to escalate in Fallujah and across Iraq, we are concerned over the protection of children in the face of extreme and rising danger.
UNICEF steps up response to the migration crisis in Greece
ATHENS/GENEVA, 31 May 2016 – Amid mounting concern over a fresh surge in the number of refugees and migrants bound for Europe, UNICEF is adjusting its strategy in support of the response by the authorities and civil society in Greece, where the humanitarian and longer-term needs of more than 22,000 children are growing.
UNICEF alarmed at refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 29 May 2016 - UNICEF expresses alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past week in the Central Mediterranean, many of whom were believed to be unaccompanied minors.
UNICEF and Government of Italy agree on ways to help refugee and migrant children
ROME, 27 May 2016 – With 16,478 refugee and migrant children having arrived by sea in Italy in 2015 and more than 5,000 having entered the country already this year, UNICEF and the Government of Italy today announced a new collaboration to improve their care and protection.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri and UNICEF Regional Director visit Greece amid ongoing refugee and migrant crisis
GENEVA/ATHENS, Greece, May 25 2016 – The impact of the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis in Europe – and ways of alleviating its impact on children – will be the focus of a visit to Greece this week by Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Regional Director for central and Eastern Europe and Ms Nana Mouskouri, acclaimed singer, humanitarian and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Pioneering new film "The Beginning of Life" to be released across global streaming and multimedia platforms
NEW YORK, 25 May 2016 – The Beginning of Life, a groundbreaking feature documentary that explores the impact of a child’s early environment on their cognitive, social and emotional development, will be released worldwide on Netflix, iTunes and Google Play on 1 June 2016.
UNICEF following operation in Idomeni, Greece
NEW YORK, 24 May 2016 – UNICEF is following today’s operation in Idomeni, on the Greece border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on account of the large number of children who have been living there in dire conditions (there were approximately 3,600 children in Idomeni in mid-May).
Commitment to Action: Moving from delivering aid to ending need
ISTANBUL, 24 May 2016 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of UNICEF, UNHCR, WHO, OCHA, WFP, FAO, UNFPA and UNDP, with the endorsement of the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration, launched today a “Commitment to Action” in which they agreed to put in place a new way of working in crises that will aim to not only meet humanitarian needs but also reduce them over time.
New fund launches to address global education crisis
ISTANBUL, 23 May 2016 – Global and national organisations today launch a new fund to better coordinate support for, and drive investment in, education for children and youth affected by humanitarian emergencies and protracted crises.
UNICEF at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, 23 - 24 May 2016
NEW YORK/ISTANBUL, 20 May 2016 – The world is witnessing the highest level of humanitarian need since the Second World War. For the first time in the 70-year history of the UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.
Teenage football fan from indigenous community in Brazil carries Olympic Torch
PORTO SEGURO, Brazil, 20 May 2016 – Breno Ferreira, 14, holds the Olympic Torch with pride as he takes part in the three-month torch relay marking the Road to Rio 2016.
Launch of UN Data Innovation Lab workshop series
SAN FRANCISCO, 19 May 2016 – On behalf of the broader UN community, WFP and UNICEF facilitated the first Data Innovation Lab workshop at technology think tank Singularity University to harness the power of digital growth and the data revolution for sustainable development.
Four schools or hospitals attacked or occupied every day – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 May 2016 – An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day – according to UNICEF analysis released ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.
UNICEF welcomes FARC’s announcement to release all children in its ranks
BOGOTA, Colombia/NEW YORK, 16 May 2016 – UNICEF welcomes the agreement by the Government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, for the release of all children under the age of 15 from FARC’s ranks.
100 babies born every day in areas worst hit by Ecuador quake – UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 May 2016 – Up to 100 babies on average are born every day in Esmeraldas and Manabí, the provinces worst hit by the Ecuador earthquake, UNICEF said today.
‘#EmergencyLessons’ campaign highlights importance of education for children in conflict and disaster zones
BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 16 May 2016 – The European Union and UNICEF today launched #EmergencyLessons, a new campaign to highlight the importance of education for children affected by emergencies.
New portal providing national level data and resources will bolster worldwide efforts to protect children online - UNICEF and Family Online Safety Institute
LONDON, 10 May, 2016 – A new version of the Global Resource & Information Directory (GRID) launched today will provide governments, industry, law enforcement, educators and academics with a comprehensive digital resource to better protect children online including from sexual exploitation, said UNICEF and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI).
Laws to protect breastfeeding inadequate in most countries
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 9 May 2016 – A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) reveals the status of national laws to protect and promote breastfeeding.
UNICEF with Christian and Islamic leaders in Egypt release studies on FGM and other violence against children
CAIRO, 9 May 2016 - Al-Azhar Al-Sahrief, Al-Azhar University and the Coptic Orthodox Church, in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today launched three publications by religious scholars on Islamic and Christian perspectives on protecting children from violence and harmful practices.
Unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in urgent need of protection, warns UNICEF
GENEVA, 6 May 2016 –– UNICEF today called for urgent measures to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Europe – who are at serious risk of abuse, trafficking and exploitation and whose number reached a record of more than 95,000 last year.
UNICEF: Give children better protection under revised EU asylum procedures
BRUSSELS, 4 May 2016 - As the European Union prepares for critical talks on the rules governing applications from people seeking protection in Europe, UNICEF has called for the interests and rights of children to be given greater priority.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visits conflict-hit Ukraine to highlight the importance of education in emergencies
NEW YORK/ KYIV, 4 May 2016 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom travelled to conflict-hit eastern Ukraine to raise awareness of the global education crisis facing children in humanitarian emergencies.
Statement by Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, and Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director on attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 29 April 2016 - We join the many voices expressing outrage at the attack on Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo. Among those killed were two doctors, including one of the only remaining pediatricians in the city, three paramedics, and numerous patients, among them children.
Ecuador earthquake leaves 120,000 children temporarily out of school - UNICEF
NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/QUITO, Ecuador, 26 April 2016 – More than 280 schools have been damaged by the earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, leaving up to 120,000 children temporarily without education, UNICEF said today.
First airlift of UNICEF relief items reaches quake-hit Ecuador
NEW YORK/PANAMA CITY/QUITO/GENEVA, 22 April 2016 – A first airlift of 86 metric tons of UNICEF relief items landed in Quito, Ecuador, last night, as the number of children affected by the earthquake reached 250,000.
UNICEF Youth Advocate on climate tells UN General Assembly: “We expect more than words on paper and promises”
UNITED NATIONS, 22 April 2016 – Full text of speech by Getrude Clement, 16-year-old radio reporter from Tanzania and UNICEF youth representative and climate advocate, to the opening segment of the Signing Ceremony for Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Two-thirds of unimmunized children live in conflict-affected countries – UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 April 2016 – Almost two-thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, UNICEF said ahead of World Immunization Week.
Teen radio reporter from Tanzania to speak at Paris Climate Agreement signing ceremony
Getrude Clement, 16-year-old radio reporter from Tanzania and UNICEF climate advocate, will give the opening speech at the Paris Climate Agreement signing ceremony in the UN General Assembly Hall on Friday, 22 April 2016.
Invest in better social protection for the most disadvantaged children: UNICEF
GENEVA, 20 April 2016 - Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Report launched today.
UNICEF Statement on the abduction of Ethiopian children
NAIROBI, Kenya, 19 April, 2016 - “UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the abduction on Friday of some 100 children in western Ethiopia during a brutal attack on their community by armed assailants, allegedly cattle raiders from South Sudan. Unverified reports indicate that children are also among the dead and wounded.
At least 150,000 children affected by Ecuador earthquake – UNICEF
NEW YORK/ GENEVA/PANAMA CITY/QUITO, 19 April 2016 – At least 150,000 children are affected by the April 15 earthquake in Ecuador, according to initial UNICEF estimates.
Children in Afghanistan struggle to access education and healthcare
KABUL, Afghanistan, 18 April 2016 – Children in Afghanistan increasingly struggle to access healthcare and education, the UN said in the report released today, ‘Education and Healthcare at Risk – Key trends and incidents affecting children’s access to healthcare and education in Afghanistan.’
UNICEF delivers 20,000 water purification tablets to survivors of Ecuador earthquake
QUITO/PANAMA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 April 2016 - UNICEF delivered today 20,000 water purification tablets to Pedernales, the area worst affected by the earthquake that hit Ecuador last night. A UNICEF team is on the ground assessing the impact of the quake on children.
Polio-Free World in Sight as Largest Vaccine Rollout in History Kicks Off
GENEVA, 14 April 2016 – Next week marks the beginning of the largest and fastest globally coordinated rollout of a vaccine into routine immunization programs in history. Between 17 April and 1 May, 155 countries and territories around the world will stop using the trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV), which protects against all three strains of wild poliovirus, and replace it with bivalent OPV (bOPV), which protects against the remaining two wild polio strains, types 1 and 3. This effort will provide better protection for children against polio, particularly those most vulnerable to infection.
World Bank Group, UNICEF urge greater investment in early childhood development
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today jointly urged global and national leaders to step up and accelerate action and investments in nutrition and early childhood development (ECD) programmes as a critical foundation for equitable development and economic growth.
New figures on growing inequality among children in high-income countries – UNICEF
FLORENCE/NEW YORK, 14 April 2016 – A new UNICEF report presents evidence on how inequality affects children in high income countries.
Nigeria regional conflict: 10-fold increase in number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 April 2016 – The number of children involved in ‘suicide’ attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger has risen sharply over the past year, from 4 in 2014 to 44 in 2015, according to a UNICEF report released today. More than 75 per cent of the children involved in the attacks are girls.
UNICEF and WFP respond to needs of drought-affected people in Somaliland and Puntland
NAIROBI, Kenya, 11 April 2016 – In northern Somalia, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up efforts to help communities cope with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions in Somaliland and Puntland.
Yemen children bearing the brunt of brutal conflict – UN
NEW YORK/AMMAN, Jordan, 10 April 2016 – “The children of Yemen are bearing the brunt of a brutal conflict. The cessation of hostilities that has come into effect today is an opportunity for parties to take action to improve their protection.
UNICEF urges full hearings for refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece
GENEVA, 6 April 2016 - With the process of returning refugees and migrants from the Greek islands to Turkey underway as part of the EU-Turkey agreement, UNICEF reminds States of their duty to care and protect all children and give them a full and fair hearing when deciding on their future.
Yemen’s children on the brink as country risks becoming a failed state
SANA’A/AMMAN, 29 March 2016 - A brutal conflict and a fast-deteriorating humanitarian situation are devastating the lives of millions of children in Yemen and have brought the country to the point of collapse. A UNICEF report “Children on the Brink” highlights the heavy toll that the violence in Yemen is having on children and the deterioration in an already precarious humanitarian situation.
UNICEF launches “Unfairy Tales” of refugee and migrant children
NEW YORK, 29 March 2016 -- UNICEF today launched a series of animated films to help frame positive perceptions towards the tens of millions of children and young people on the move globally.
UN and its Agencies, Funds and Programmes condemn Easter Day attack on civilians in Lahore, Pakistan
"United Nations Country Team in Pakistan condemns in the strongest terms, the murderous attack on hundreds of people at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in Lahore, mainly women and children.
Joint Statement by U.S. Fund for UNICEF President & CEO Caryl M. Stern and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 25 March 2016 – “It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of our dear friend and former colleague Sascha Pinczowski and her brother Alexander. They were among those killed this week during the tragic events in Brussels.”
87 million children under 7 have known nothing but conflict - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 24 March 2016 – More than 86.7 million children under the age of 7 have spent their entire lives in conflict zones, putting their brain development at risk, UNICEF said today.
New EU-Turkey agreement on refugee and migrants could leave children at risk: UNICEF
GENEVA, 22 March 2016 – UNICEF today expressed concern that the new agreement between the EU and Turkey, which comes into effect this week, does not address the pressing humanitarian needs of 19,000 refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece.
Tsinghua University and UNICEF launch innovation partnership to help reach some of the world’s most disadvantaged children
BEIJING, 22 March 2016 – Tsinghua University and UNICEF announced a new long-term partnership to leverage the use of innovation, design and technology, in helping to reach some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children across the world.
Climate change and poor sanitation threaten water safety for millions: UNICEF
New York, 21 March 2016 – On the eve of World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children living in drought- or flood-prone areas.
Over 250,000 children affected by Colombia conflict since 2013, despite peace talks – UNICEF
BOGOTA/NEW YORK, 19 March 2016 – More than 250,000 children have been affected by the conflict in Colombia since peace talks between the Government and the country’s main armed opposition group (FARC-EP) started three years ago, UNICEF said in a report released today.
The Duchess of Cornwall sees how UNICEF protects children from online sexual abuse in Montenegro
PODGORICA, Montenegro, 18 March, 2016 - Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall today visited Montenegro to see how UNICEF is using a new digital application to help children stay safe on the internet and protect themselves from online sexual exploitation.
UNICEF urges EU leaders and Turkey to find common ground for refugee and migrant children
GENEVA, 18 March 2016 – With the lives of more than 20,000 children in Greece and in the Balkans on hold, UNICEF urges leaders of the European Union and Turkey to find common ground for refugee and migrant children when reaching an agreement that could have serious consequences for them.
More than 100 humanitarian agencies call for immediate and sustained access in Syria
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 15 March 2016 – Today, 102 humanitarian agencies urged sustained and unconditional humanitarian access to all Syrians.
Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd, Ethiopian government, UNICEF lead talks on global access to water, sanitation and hygiene
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 15 March 2016 – Government ministers and representatives of development agencies, civil society, private sector and NGOs are gathered in Addis to agree on a way to meet targets on universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene as called for in the new Sustainable Development Goals.
“Team Swachh” uses cricket to take on open defecation in India
NEW DELHI, 15 March 2016 – ICC Cricket For Good, UNICEF and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, along with cricketers from 16 teams in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 have joined forces to educate children on sanitation and toilet use, as one essential step towards ending open defecation in India.
Malawi tests first unmanned aerial vehicle flights for HIV early infant diagnosis
LILONGWE, Malawi 14 March 2016 - The Government of Malawi and UNICEF have started testing the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) to explore cost effective ways of reducing waiting times for HIV testing of infants. The test, which is using simulated samples, will have the potential to cut waiting times dramatically, and if successful, will be integrated into the health system alongside others mechanisms such as road transport and SMS.
1 in 3 Syrian children has grown up knowing only crisis as conflict reaches 5 year point – UNICEF
AMMAN/NEW YORK, 14 March 2016 - An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children - have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report. This figure includes more than 306,000 children born as refugees since 2011.
Race for survival as South Sudan’s children struggle in forgotten crisis
JUBA, South Sudan, 11 March 2016 - Humanitarian funding for the world’s youngest country has collapsed, UNICEF said today, putting the lives of tens of thousands of children at risk.
Lions Health and UNICEF launch global competition aimed at young creatives and marketers
LONDON/NEW YORK, 11 March 2016 – Lions Health, the Festival and Awards that celebrates life-changing creativity in healthcare communications, and UNICEF launch the 2016 Young Lions Health Award.
Nickelodeon International’s Together For Good and UNICEF Partner To Help Every Child Reach Their Full Potential
NEW YORK, 10 March, 2016 – Nickelodeon International’s Together for Good and UNICEF have joined forces to educate and inspire kids around the world to tackle discrimination and inequality in their homes, schools and communities. With the theme of social inclusion at its core, the goal of the partnership is to give kids the knowledge and resources to support UNICEF on their quest to ensure every child can reach their full potential.
UNICEF responds to EU and Turkey summit, calls for protection of refugee and migrant children
GENEVA, 8 March, 2016 - With regard to the outcome of the EU Summit with Turkey, UNICEF reiterates that in the implementation of such decisions the fundamental humanitarian principle of ‘do no harm’ must guide authorities across Europe, the Balkans and Turkey at every step when it comes to the care of refugee and migrant children.
New multi-country initiative will protect millions of girls from child marriage – UNICEF/UNFPA
NEW YORK, 8 March 2016 – A new multi-country initiative to accelerate action to end child marriage will help protect the rights of millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls, UNICEF and UNFPA said on International Women’s Day.
Agnes Chan named UNICEF Regional Ambassador for East Asia and Pacific Region
BANGKOK/TOKYO, 7 March 2016 – UNICEF today announced the appointment of Agnes Chan Miling as its newest Regional Ambassador for East Asia and the Pacific Region.
Water restored to Aleppo after a 48-days deliberate shutdown of water facility
DAMASCUS, 6 March 2016 – The resumption of operations on 4 March of the al-Khafseh water treatment facility is critical for the lives and well-being of more than two million people.
UNICEF Statement on Baquer Namazi
NEW YORK, 3 March 2016 – Current and former UNICEF colleagues are deeply concerned about the health and wellbeing of Baquer Namazi, who was detained in Iran on February 22.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake following his visit to Syria
HOMS, SYRIA – 1 March 2016 – “I complete this visit to Syria, together with Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of this war. My previous trip came on the eve of the third anniversary, two years of suffering ago. Now, the cessation of hostilities offers the Syrian people the possibility of peace.
Child refugees and migrants suffer most by border restrictions: UNICEF
GENEVA, 1 March 2016 – The dire situation unfolding at border points along the Balkan land route, especially in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and in Greece, has left thousands of children stranded, distressed and at risk of poor health and abuse, UNICEF said today.
Over 40 per cent of Fiji’s children affected by Cyclone Winston, as school year begins
SUVA, 1 March 2016 – More than a week has passed since Tropical Cyclone Winston ripped through Fiji, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. The latest data indicates that an estimated 347,000 people (40 per cent of the country’s total population), including 120,000 children, are directly impacted by the second-strongest storm to ever make landfall (second only to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines).
UNHCR, UNICEF launch Blue Dot hubs to boost protection for children and families on the move across Europe
GENEVA, 26 February, 2016 – As part of a joint endeavour to step up protection for the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF are setting up special support centres for children and families along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe.
Murtaza receives signed soccer jerseys and ball donated by Lionel Messi at UNICEF Afghanistan Office in Kabul
KABUL, 25 February 2016 - Five year old Murtaza Ahmadi, an Afghan boy whose photo went viral after he was pictured wearing an Argentine National Team soccer jersey made from a plastic bag with ‘Messi’ and the number ’10’ penned on the back, today received a special package sent by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel Messi. The package, given to Murtaza at the UNICEF Afghanistan Office in Kabul, contained two of Messi’s teams’ soccer jerseys - the Argentine National Team and FC Barcelona - and a ball, to symbolise a child’s right to play. The items were signed by Messi himself.
FC Barcelona, UNICEF mark 10 years of partnership for children and look ahead to next 4 years
BARCELONA, 25 February 2016 – FC Barcelona and UNICEF renewed their commitment to the most vulnerable children today, signing a new 4-year agreement. The renewal comes as the two organizations mark the 10-year anniversary of a partnership that already has helped improve the lives of over 1 million children in seven countries.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in Syria
NEW YORK, 22 February, 2016 - For Syria’s children, today’s agreement on the terms of a cessation of hostilities is welcome news after five years of brutal conflict. UNICEF welcomes this diplomatic progress. Now it must be matched by action.
Children left injured and homeless after violence in Malakal, South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 22 February 2016 - UNICEF is responding to the needs of children in the aftermath of the violence that occurred inside the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal this week. At least 18 people were killed, with children injured, distressed and separated from their parents.
Cyclone Winston, Fiji: UNICEF eyewitness update
NEW YORK, 21 February, 2016 - In the wake of Cyclone Winston, UNICEF's main concern is for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers across Fiji. Little is yet known about the status of communities living on the outer islands of Fiji that were directly under the eye of Tropical Cyclone Winston- as communications remain down for many.
Cyclone Winston, Fiji: UNICEF eyewitness report
NEW YORK, 20 February, 2016 – Alice Clements from UNICEF Pacific is in Suva, Fiji and experienced Cyclone Winston.
With growing numbers of child deaths at sea, UN agencies call for enhancing safety for refugees and migrants
GENEVA, 19 February 2016 – An average of two children have drowned every day since September 2015 as their families try to cross the eastern Mediterranean, and the number of child deaths is growing said IOM, UNHCR, and UNICEF. The agencies are calling for enhancing the safety of those escaping conflict and despair.
Two years on, Ukraine conflict affects over half a million children - UNICEF
GENEVA/ NEW YORK/KYIV, Ukraine, 19 February 2016 – The conflict in Ukraine has deeply affected the lives of 580,000 children living in non-government controlled areas and close to the front line in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today. Of these, 200,000 – or one in three – need psychosocial support.
UNICEF: Malnutrition mounts as El Niño takes hold
JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI, Kenya, 17 February 2016 – Almost one million children are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa, UNICEF said today. Two years of erratic rain and drought have combined with one of the most powerful El Niño events in 50 years to wreak havoc on the lives of the most vulnerable children.
Strikes against children in a hospital in Syria - Statement by the Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 15 February, 2016 – We at UNICEF are appalled by reports of attacks against four medical facilities in Syria – two of which were supported by UNICEF. One is a child and maternal hospital where children were reportedly killed and scores evacuated.
UNICEF: Radio is vital for communicating during emergencies
NEW YORK, 12 February 2016 – “There is no question of the value of radio when disasters occur.
Central African Republic: UNICEF calls upon presidential candidates to make a strong commitment to children
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 12 February, 2016 – As Central African voters prepare to cast their ballot on Sunday to elect their next President and members of Parliament, UNICEF is asking the candidates to place the interests of children at the heart of the political agenda by making strong commitments and investing in survival, education and child protection.
Humanitarian ceasefire and access to Syrian civilians urgently needed – aid agencies
NEW YORK, 10 February 2016 -160 humanitarian agencies are appealing for immediate ceasefire and unimpeded, sustained access to bring lifesaving relief to those affected by worsening violence in Syria.
UNICEF and WHO help fight Lassa Fever outbreak in Benin
COTONOU, Benin, 10 February 2016 – Alarmed by an outbreak of deadly Lassa Fever, UNICEF and World Health Organization officials in Benin are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease.
Statement on children following the Australian High Court finding on offshore detention of asylum seekers
BANGKOK, 9 February 2016 – “The Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia is a signatory, underscores that the best interests of a child must be a primary consideration in all decisions and actions affecting that child.
UN agencies warn of escalating food crisis in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 8 February 2016 – South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people – nearly 25 percent of the country’s population – remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at least 40,000 people are on the brink of catastrophe, three UN agencies warned today.
New statistical report on female genital mutilation shows harmful practice is a global concern – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 5 February 2016 – At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries, according to a new statistical report published ahead of the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation by 2030, say UNFPA and UNICEF
NEW YORK, 5 February 2016 – “FGM is a violent practice, scarring girls for life -- endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.
On articles in the Israeli press related to children and violence
NEW YORK, 5 February, 2016 - With regard to recent articles in the Israeli press quoting UNICEF National Committees about abuse and violence committed against and by children, our National Committees are legally independent non-governmental organizations.
As Zika spreads, UNICEF works to help keep communities safe
NEW YORK/PANAMA/GENEVA, 2 February 2016 – With the Zika virus now a public health emergency affecting more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, UNICEF is working with governments to mobilize communities to protect themselves from infection.
More children and women seek safety in Europe: UNICEF
GENEVA, 2 February 2016 – For the first time since the start of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, there are more children and women on the move than adult males, says UNICEF.
US$1.4 billion needed to get every Syrian child back in school, say aid agencies
AMMAN, Jordan, 2 February 2016 – The future of a generation of Syrian children and youth is in jeopardy unless donors meeting in London this week prioritise the funding needed to get them back to school, say aid agencies leading the response to the brutal conflict ravaging the country.
UNICEF participates in Supporting Syria and the Region conference
AMMAN, 1 February, 2016 - UNICEF experts will be available to speak to media at the Supporting Syria and the Region conference.
UNICEF Innovation Fund to invest in open source technology start-ups
NEW YORK, 1 February 2016 – UNICEF is inviting technology start-ups developing solutions with the potential to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children to apply for funding from its recently launched Innovation Fund.
Pneumonia kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa, UNICEF says as it launches campaign to curb the disease
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 31 January 2016 – UNICEF and global partners launched a campaign today urging African leaders to increase funding for pneumonia interventions and adopt policy changes to strengthen its treatment at the community level. More than 490,000 children under-five died from the disease last year in sub-Saharan Africa.
Series from "The Lancet" provides more evidence that breastfeeding is lifesaving – UNICEF
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, 29 January 2016 – A new series of papers just published by The Lancet provides evidence that improving breastfeeding practices could save the lives of over 820,000 children a year, 9 out of 10 of them infants under 6 months.
UNICEF launches US$2.8 billion humanitarian appeal for children
GENEVA, 26 January 2016 – UNICEF is launching a US$2.8 billion appeal to reach 43 million children in humanitarian emergencies worldwide.
Davos 2016: Humanitarian, philanthropic and insurance leaders call for “paradigm shift” in global response to crises
DAVOS, Friday 22 January - In the face of escalating humanitarian needs and costs, the heads of three of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, along with senior representatives from leading philanthropic and insurance organizations have called for a “paradigm shift” in the world’s approach to humanitarian assistance.
An appeal to end the suffering in Syria
NEW YORK, 21 January, 2016 - More than 120 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a joint appeal today urging the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis.
Slovenia and UNICEF in new partnership for refugee and migrant children on the move
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, 19 January 2016 – With up to 3,000 refugees and migrants passing through Slovenia each day, UNICEF and the Government of Slovenia today announced a partnership aimed at improving the care and protection of children on the move.
Concern over health of children on the move during harsh winter - UNICEF
GENEVA, 19 January 2016 – Children arriving into a harsh winter in southeastern Europe are physically exhausted, scared, distressed and often in need of medical assistance, UNICEF warned.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria on the besieged area of Madaya
DAMASCUS, Syria, 15 January 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the access granted to trapped children this week and can confirm that cases of severe malnutrition were found among children in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya following our participation in the second joint UN/Syrian Arab Red Crescent/ICRC humanitarian mission to the area on Thursday*.
Over 12 million children have better educational opportunities through IKEA Foundation, Save the Children and UNICEF partnership
NEW YORK, 15 January, 2016 – More than 12 million children in over 46 countries have better schools, teachers and learning materials, thanks to a 13-year partnership between the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children and UNICEF.
UNICEF and WHO appeal for the lifting of siege on communities in Syria
AMMAN/CAIRO, 14 January 2016 – “This week’s delivery of urgently-needed humanitarian supplies* to the besieged communities of Madaya, Foua’a and Kafraya is a welcome step for a population in desperate need.
Thousands of children still need care and support in wake of Ebola epidemic
CONAKRY/MONROVIA/FREETOWN/DAKAR, 14 January 2016 – Nearly 23,000 children who lost one or both parents or their primary caregivers to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will continue to need care and support, UNICEF said as it welcomed the declaration that there are no more cases of the disease in West Africa.
War in Yemen poses ever-growing threat to children
SANAA, Yemen, 12 January 2016 – “With no end in sight to the deadly conflict in Yemen, nearly 10 million children inside the country are now facing a new year of pain and suffering.
One in four children in conflict zones are out of school
NEW YORK, 12 January 2016 – In 22 countries affected by conflict, nearly 24 million children living in crisis zones are out of school, UNICEF said today.
Majority of men and women oppose Female Genital Mutilation in countries where practice persists – UNICEF figures
NEW YORK, 14 July, 2016 – Approximately two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end, according to UNICEF data.