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UNICEF at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, 23 - 24 May 2016

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Aysha and Malak, both 6, whose families fled violence in Mosul, at UNICEF-supported Al-Harith Primary School in Kirkuk Governorate, Iraq, November 2015

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.

He has put forward an Agenda for Humanity, calling on global leaders to commit to action and reduce humanitarian suffering.

UNICEF will be:

  • Launching a new fund with partners, Education Cannot Wait, to give access to learning to children in need in emergencies. Nearly a quarter of the world’s school-aged children – 462 million – now live in countries affected by crisis.  Around 1 in 6 children – or 75 million - from pre-primary to upper secondary age (3-18) in humanitarian crises worldwide are in desperate need of educational support.  The fund aims to raise US$3.85 billion over 5 years – to reach 13.6 million children in need of education, before reaching 75 million children by 2030.
  • Calling for action to make sure children are safe and protected in schools and hospitals.  New analysis shows that every day four schools or hospitals are attacked or taken over by armed forces or groups.  Governments and other actors must urgently protect schools and hospitals by upholding the provisions of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.  States must sign the Safe Schools Declaration.
  • Working on a new agreement to stop children from suffering because the world doesn’t provide enough money to fund humanitarian responses.  Only a quarter of UNICEF’s global humanitarian appeal for 2016 is funded. The “Grand Bargain” is designed to free up resources by making systems more efficient, and by securing long-term commitments from donors.  

Interviews are available with UNICEF representatives:


UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

For further information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Rose Foley, UNICEF New York (in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit), Mobile: +1917 340-2582, rfoley@unicef.org,




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