Press Releases and News Notes
World leaders commit to tackling global education crisis that is holding back millions of children and threatening progress and stability
NEW YORK, 20 September 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres; United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed; heads of state of France, Norway, Malawi and Senegal; and other global education leaders today committed to tackling the global ‘education crisis’ holding back millions of children and threatening progress, at a high-level event in New York City.
Investing in the early years: a roadmap for sustainable futures
High-level event to discuss how investing early, even before birth, in young children’s development – through nutrition, health, education, sanitation, security, responsive caregiving and early learning – is one of the smartest interventions governments can make to address inequality, break the cycle of poverty, and improve outcomes later in life. The event will mark the start of broad consultations to develop a nurturing care framework for early childhood development – including actions and results that countries can use to guide their investments in early childhood development. In addition, the event will serve as the official launch of UNICEF’s new report Early Moments Matter for Every Child, which details a six-point action agenda for governments and businesses.
High Level Meeting on Accelerating Progress on Ending Child Marriage in Africa
In the context of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia, along with the Government of Canada, UNICEF, UNFPA, and UN Women, will host a High Level Meeting at which African Heads of State, development partners and donor countries will agree to speed up progress to end child marriage in Africa.
27 million children out of school in conflict zones – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 18 September 2017 – Some 27 million children are out of school due to conflict, UNICEF said in a report released today. Focusing on the importance of education for children who have been forced from their homes by conflict and disasters, the report notes that failure to provide learning opportunities for uprooted children has profound consequences for individuals and nations.
27 empty school buses in Manhattan draw attention to 27 million children out-of-school in conflict zones
NEW YORK, 17 September 2017 – A convoy of 27 empty school buses – together with education activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan – travelled through the streets of Manhattan today to shine a spotlight on the 27 million out-of-school children living in conflict zones.
150,000 Rohingya children in Bangladesh to be vaccinated amid threat of disease outbreak
COX’S BAZAR, 17 September 2017 – A vaccination campaign against measles, rubella and polio is underway to immunize 150,000 Rohingya children below the age of 15 in 68 refugee settlements close to the border with Myanmar.
DR Congo: Children’s access to education under threat from ongoing violence in Kasai region
KINSHASA/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 15 September 2017 – A large campaign to get 150,000 primary school-aged children back to the classroom has kicked off in the volatile Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) following months of clashes between militias and security forces that have displaced thousands of families and left 850,000 children without access to essential services like education and healthcare.
Civilian Joint Task Force in Northeast Nigeria Signs Action Plan to End Recruitment of Children
MAIDUGURI/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA 15 September 2017 –The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, and UNICEF in Nigeria welcome today’s signing by the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, of an Action Plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children.
Nutrition crisis deepening across Kenya
GENEVA, NAIROBI, 15 September 2017 – The failure of the March-June long rains – the third consecutive poor rains since early 2016 – has helped push an additional 37,000 children across the country below the threshold of acute malnutrition.
World hunger again on the rise, driven by conflict and climate change, new UN report says
ROME, 15 September 2017, – After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 per cent of the global population, says a new edition of the annual United Nations report on world food security and nutrition released today. At the same time, multiple forms of malnutrition are threatening the health of millions worldwide.
UNICEF emergency supplies for Rohingya children en route to Cox’s Bazar
COX’S BAZAR, 14 September 2017 - UNICEF trucks filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies for thousands of Rohingya children are headed to Cox’s Bazar, with a steady stream of supplies in the pipeline for the coming days and weeks.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra meets with Syrian children and youth in Jordan
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 13 September 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra wrapped up a two-day visit to Jordan this week where she met with Syrian children, young people and their families whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict.
New Rankin film puts spotlight on refugee and migrant children separated from their families
NEW YORK/LONDON, 13 September 2017 – Renowned photographer and director Rankin has joined forces with UNICEF to create a 60-second film highlighting the plight of children uprooted by war, poverty and disaster, especially those separated from their families as they become refugees. The thought-provoking video urges people to see past the refugee and migrant labels and value each child as a child, first and foremost, no matter where they’re from.
Remarks attributable to Jean Lieby, UNICEF Bangladesh Chief of Child Protection: More than 200,000 Rohingya children need urgent support
COX BAZAR, DHAKA, 12 September 2017 - "We are facing an unprecedented influx of Rohingya refugees who are coming from Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh. More than 330,000 people have taken refuge in this district since 25 August."
UNICEF media opportunities during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
New York, September 2017 - UNICEF announces report launches, high-level events and other media opportunities during the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA72).
Up to three quarters of children and youth face abuse, exploitation and trafficking on Mediterranean migration routes – UNICEF, IOM
NEW YORK/BRUSSELS, 12 September 2017 – Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking – UNICEF and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, said today in a new report.
One in five children across the Middle East and North Africa needs humanitarian aid
AMMAN, 11 September 2017 – Nearly one in five children across the Middle East and North Africa need immediate humanitarian assistance, according to latest data and analysis. Over 90 per cent of these children live in countries affected by conflict.
UNICEF beefs up response to survivors of Hurricane Irma as yet another deadly storm looms in the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY/NEW YORK, 9 September 2017 – As the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma becomes clearer, UNICEF is mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children affected while also preparing for the arrival of Hurricane José.
Growing concern for nearly 1.4 million internally displaced people living in cholera ‘hotspots’ as outbreak spreads in northeast Nigeria
MAIDUGURI/DAKAR/NEW YORK 7 September 2017 – There is growing concern for the health and wellbeing of 1.4 million displaced people, including 350,000 children under the age of five, living in cholera ‘hotspots’ in northeast Nigeria, UNICEF warned today.
More than 10 million children live in Caribbean countries threatened by Hurricane Irma
PANAMA CITY/NEW YORK, 7 September 2017 – More than 10.5 million children live in the countries that are likely to be exposed to the damage from Hurricane Irma, UNICEF warned today. Based on the storm's current trajectory, children in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba are at risk, including over 3 million under 5 years old. UNICEF is concerned that hundreds of thousands of children could suffer the worst effects of the storm, with those living in coastal zones at highest risk.
Sierra Leone to begin cholera vaccination drive in disaster-affected areas
FREETOWN, 5 September 2017 - Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced.
Nearly zero progress in reducing the global out-of-school rate over the past decade - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 6 September 2017 – With 11.5 per cent of school-age children – or 123 million – missing out on learning today, compared to 12.8 per cent – or 135 million – in 2007, the percentage of 6-15 year olds who are out of school has barely decreased in the last decade, UNICEF said today.
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on children affected by the violence in Rakhine, Myanmar
NEW YORK, 5 September 2017 – “More than 125,000 Rohingya refugees have fled across the border from Rakhine State, Myanmar, into Bangladesh since 25 August, as many as 80 per cent of them are women and children. Many more children in need of support and protection remain in the areas of northern Rakhine State that have been wracked by violence.
16 million children affected by massive flooding in South Asia, with millions more at risk
KATHMANDU/NEW YORK, 2 September 2017 – Weeks of torrential monsoon rains and catastrophic flooding in three countries of South Asia – Nepal, India, and Bangladesh – have devastated the lives of millions of children and families. UNICEF estimates that almost 16 million children and their families are in urgent need of life-saving support.
UNICEF scaling up its emergency response in Bangladesh
DHAKA, 31 August 2017 - UNICEF with partners are scaling up the emergency response in the flood-affected northern and central parts of Bangladesh. UNICEF is also providing urgent support in Cox’s Bazar district with the recent influx of Rohingya children and their families. Children are the hardest hit and require the support to survive and outlive the physical and mental trauma of flood and displacement.
More than 180 million people lack basic drinking water in countries ravaged by conflict or unrest - UNICEF
NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 29 August 2017 – More than 180 million people do not have access to basic drinking water in countries affected by conflict, violence and instability* around the world, UNICEF warned today, as World Water Week gets under way.
UNICEF statement on the denial of Baquer Namazi’s appeal of his 10-year prison sentence
NEW YORK, 28 August 2017 – “The whole UNICEF family is deeply saddened to learn that the appeal of the 10-year prison sentence of Baquer Namazi, our respected former colleague, has been denied.
Spread of acute watery diarrhoea and suspected cholera slows in Yemen amid unprecedented response efforts from unsung local heroes
AMMAN/SANA’A, 28 August, 2017 – The Yemeni people continue to be hit by an unprecedented and mostly man-made humanitarian crisis. Amid the suffering, ordinary Yemenis are leading a heroic daily fight against acute watery diarrhoea and cholera which is now paying off.
Displaced, disoriented and shocked, children from Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor need urgent assistance and protection
QAMISHLI, Syria, 25 August 2017 - “The impact of war on children across Syria continues to be staggering. Ongoing and heavy fighting has displaced thousands of families from Raqqa city and Deir-ez-Zor.
UNICEF statement on the impact of the drug war on children’s rights in the Philippines
MANILA, 22 August 2017 - UNICEF Philippines is deeply concerned about the impact of the war on drugs on Filipino children.
Use of children as ‘human bombs’ rising in north east Nigeria
ABUJA/GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 22 August 2017 – UNICEF is extremely concerned about an appalling increase in the cruel and calculated use of children, especially girls, as ‘human bombs’ in northeast Nigeria. Children have been used repeatedly in this way over the last few years and so far this year, the number of children used is already four times higher than it was for all of last year.
More than 355,000 children under five years-old vaccinated against polio in hard to reach areas of Syria
DAMASCUS, 18 August 2017 – UNICEF, the World Health Organisation and partners have completed the first round of a vaccination campaign in response to the recent outbreak of vaccine-derived polio in Syria.
UNICEF responds to Sierra Leone mudslide as more than 100 children reported dead
FREETOWN/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 17 August 2017 – UNICEF is on the ground urgently responding to the needs of displaced families affected by the flooding and landslides in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown which have killed several hundred people including at least 109 children, according to government sources. The death-toll is expected to rise, with over 600 people, including many children, still unaccounted for.
Dramatic increase in violence in the Central African Republic - UNICEF
GENEVA/NEW YORK ,15 August 2017 - This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF spokesperson Donaig Le Du – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
More than half a million children in Libya need humanitarian assistance
TRIPOLI, 10 August 2017- “Six years since the crisis began in Libya, over 550,000 children need assistance because of political instability, on-going conflict, displacement, and economic collapse. Heavy violence in some parts of the country has forced families to flee their homes. More than 80,000 children are internally displaced and migrant children in Libya are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, including in detention centres.
“Nothing can justify terrible acts of abuse against women and children in Kasai”: UNICEF
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 7 August 2017 - "The world must not turn a blind eye to the dire situation of children and families in the Grand Kasai region. Over the past 12 months, more than 1.4 million people – including 850,000 children – have been forced from their homes, and their lives turned upside down by widespread acts of extreme violence.
Babies and mothers worldwide failed by lack of investment in breastfeeding
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates.
Clooney Foundation for Justice partners with UNICEF to open seven public schools to Syrian refugee children
NEW YORK, 31 July 2017 – The Clooney Foundation for Justice today announced a $2.25 million partnership, which includes a generous donation from Google.org, and an additional $1 million technology grant from HP, to support formal education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The partnership with UNICEF will help seven public schools to provide critical education opportunities to nearly 3,000 currently out-of-school refugee students this school year, and will also support a pilot of technology tools in these schools to advance learning outcomes for refugee children and Lebanese youth.
850,000 children displaced by violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo’s volatile Kasaï region
KINSHASA/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 28 July 2017 – More than 1 million people have been forced from their homes by waves of violent conflict in the Greater Kasaï region of the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) – making the region one of the largest displacement crises in the world for children, UNICEF said today.
Adoption of a new national Manual on Vital Registration: a major step towards the fulfilment of the rights of every child in Myanmar
YANGON, 28 July 2017 UNICEF hails the endorsement of the revised Manual on Vital Registration by the Ministry of Planning and Finance this week, as a major milestone towards universal birth registration, the realization of the rights of every child in Myanmar, and their ability to access opportunities as adults. "With the adoption of this new national manual, and simplified procedures such as the removal of fees, the Government of Myanmar will be able to operationalize its commitment to universal birth registration for all children up to age 10 born in Myanmar, in all parts of the country, regardless of their parents’ nationality, ethnicity and citizenship status”, said Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, following their joint visit to Yemen
ADEN/SANA’A, 26 July 2017 – “As the heads of three United Nations agencies – UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) – we have travelled together to Yemen to see for ourselves the scale of this humanitarian crisis and to step up our combined efforts to help the people of Yemen.
Children on the move from Africa do not first aim to go to Europe, new UNICEF study shows
GENEVA, 25 July 2017 – Children on the move into Europe from Africa take the decision to leave home on their own and do not initially intend to go to Europe. For the majority the systematic trauma and abuse they witnessed or suffered in Libya caused them to flee to Europe and take the terrifying Central Mediterranean sea route, according to a new study commissioned by UNICEF and carried out by REACH.
UN agencies partner with Government of Djibouti in effort to achieve SDGs
DJIBOUTI, 23 July 2017 – World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake met President Ismail Omar Guelleh today and discussed United Nations cooperation with Djibouti.
UNICEF thanks the State of Kuwait for its support to Yemen’s children
AMMAN, 24 July 2017 – As the humanitarian crisis in Yemen deepens and with no end in sight, UNICEF welcomes the latest contribution of over US$2 million from the State of Kuwait to support children affected by the acute watery diarrhoea /cholera outbreak.
Abused, exploited and abandoned - Children caught up in violence in Mosul and conflicts in the region need immediate care and protection
AMMAN, 22 July 2017 – “The worst of the violence in Mosul may be over but for too many children in Mosul and in the region, extreme suffering continues.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo and Benin’s music stars say NO to child marriage!
COTONOU, Benin, 20 July 2017 - UNICEF international Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo and UNICEF Benin national Goodwill Ambassador Zeynab Abib, along with seven of Benin’s greatest artists have joined forces to create a song calling on the population to say NO to child marriage, as part of the national Zero Tolerance Campaign against child marriage.
Children paying a disproportionate price as famine looms across Somalia, South Sudan, north-east Nigeria and Yemen
WASHINGTON D.C., 18 July 2017 – This is a summary of a prepared statement by Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director – to whom quoted text may be attributed – today to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutional Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy.
Malala visits Nigeria to draw attention to education crisis
MAIDUGURI/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 July 2017 – During her visit to Nigeria, education activist Malala Yousafzai met today with girls displaced by the Boko Haram crisis.
New Indonesia report highlights critical role of ending child poverty and violence to achieving sustainable development
NEW YORK/JAKARTA, 18 July 2017 –The Government of Indonesia and UNICEF today launched a new report showcasing the progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals that the country has made for children, acknowledging challenges and highlighting the crucial role of preventing violence against children in reducing poverty.
Children increasingly targeted in Central African Republic violence
BANGUI/DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 18 July 2017 – Months of renewed fighting in the Central African Republic (CAR) have led to an increasing number of violent acts committed against children, including murders, abductions, rape and recruitment into armed groups – UNICEF warned today.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo meets Syrian and Lebanese youth in refugee settlements
BEIRUT, Lebanon, 18 July 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and three time Grammy Award winner, Angelique Kidjo, met with Syrian and Lebanese youth in refugee settlements in Lebanon to mark World Youth Skills Day on Saturday 15 July.
Radio programs help keep children learning in Lake Chad crisis
DAKAR/BRUSSELS, 18 July 2017 – An innovative radio education programme has begun in the Lake Chad basin as part of a comprehensive effort to support the 1.3 million children who have been displaced by the violence of the conflict with Boko Haram. The radio education programmes offer an alternative platform for the 200,000 children in crisis affected areas who are unable to access schools in the Far North of Cameroon and in the Diffa region of Niger.
Mediterranean rescue vessels must not be prevented from saving refugee and migrant children at sea - UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 July 2017 – With thousands of refugees and migrants being pulled from the Mediterranean Sea each week, UNICEF is warning that a proposed code of conduct for NGOs carrying out search and rescue missions could put many lives at risk – especially those of children.
1 in 10 infants worldwide did not receive any vaccinations in 2016
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 17 JULY 2017 ─ Worldwide, 12.9 million infants, nearly 1 in 10, did not receive any vaccinations in 2016, according to the most recent WHO and UNICEF immunization estimates. This means, critically, that these infants missed the first dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP)-containing vaccine, putting them at serious risk of these potentially fatal diseases.
Lilly Singh appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW DELHI/NEW YORK, 15 July 2017 – Actress, comedian, and author Lilly Singh was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador at a special event today in New Delhi. Lilly, who is known by her digital alias Superwoman, was in India to meet children and young people being supported by UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.
Mosul’s children, sick, alone, wounded and scarred, are in urgent need of assistance and protection
BAGHDAD, 13 July 2017 – “Although the battle for Mosul is coming to an end, children’s deep physical and mental scars will take time to heal. Some 650,000 boys and girls, who have lived through the nightmare of violence in Mosul, have paid a terrible price and endured many horrors over the past three years.
2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation
GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 12 JULY 2017 – Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
Statement by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan
HAMBURG, Germany, 8 July 2017 - "As UNICEF's youngest Goodwill Ambassador, I am grateful to have met so many inspiring leaders at the G20, and for their willingness to commit to education for all, and stand with refugee and migrant children. Now, the world's governments must turn statements of goodwill into concrete action for millions of children -- many on the move and displaced by conflict. Their futures depend on it.
UNICEF statement on Qatari contribution to the Syria crisis response
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 08 July 2017 – “UNICEF welcomes the announcement of a contribution from Qatar to provide assistance to children impacted by the conflict in Syria.
Children and adolescents at risk during violent protests in Venezuela – UNICEF
CARACAS, 7 July 2017 – UNICEF reiterates its concern for the safety and emotional wellbeing of children and adolescents in Venezuela participating in social protests that have in some cases turned violence.
Six years after independence: South Sudan’s children wait for peace and prosperity
JUBA, 8 July 2017 – Ahead of the sixth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, the hopes and dreams for the children of this fledgling nation have not materialised, UNICEF said today. Calling the situation in South Sudan a catastrophe for children, the UN Children’s Fund said children continue to bear the brunt of conflict and collapsing essential services.
Funding shortfalls threaten education for children living in conflict and disaster zones
HAMBURG, Germany/NEW YORK, 7 July 2017 – Funding shortfalls are threatening education for millions of children caught up in conflicts or disasters, UNICEF said today ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg.
Over 7 million children are on the move in West and Central Africa each year
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 5 July 2017 – Children account for over half of the 12 million West and Central African people on the move each year, with some 75 per cent of them remaining in sub-Saharan Africa, and less than one in five heading to Europe - UNICEF announced today as part of a new report.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan available for interviews at G20 Summit
NEW YORK/HAMBURG, 3 July 2017 - Muzoon Almellehan will officially represent UNICEF at the G20 Summit. Muzoon, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, was appointed as UNICEF’s youngest ever Goodwill Ambassador this past June. After fleeing Syria in 2013, Muzoon lived in refugee camps for three years during which time she began campaigning with UNICEF for the rights of children to education. She is a young, credible voice on education in emergencies.
Beyoncé partners with UNICEF to bring safe water to children in remote areas of Burundi
NEW ORLEANS, 30 June 2017 – Global entertainer and humanitarian Beyoncé has teamed up with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi. The partnership will support programmes to improve water, sanitation and basic hygiene practices in the hardest-to-reach areas of the landlocked East African nation.
UNICEF calls for the protection of children trapped in west Mosul’s violence
BAGHDAD, 29 June 2017 – “Thousands of children continue to be trapped in relentless violence in West Mosul’s Old City neighborhoods as the fighting heavily intensified over the past hours.
Africa’s first humanitarian drone testing corridor launched in Malawi by Government and UNICEF
LILONGWE, Malawi/NEW YORK, 29 June 2017 – The Government of Malawi and UNICEF today launched an air corridor to test potential humanitarian use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones. The corridor is the first in Africa and one of the first globally with a focus on humanitarian and development use.
Children continue to bear the brunt of multiple emergencies in Sudan
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 28 June 2017 - Over the last few months, Sudan has faced multiple emergencies with the rapid spread of suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea across 12 of its 18 states, a significant influx of South Sudanese refugees, and high rates of malnutrition, especially in the Jebel Marra Area of Central Darfur.
UNICEF airlifts lifesaving supplies to Yemen to combat cholera as cases surpass 200,000
SANA’A, 28 June 2017 –Three UNICEF charter planes have delivered 36 tons of lifesaving medical and water purification supplies to Yemen to scale up efforts to combat the world’s worst cholera outbreak.
Investments in poor children save more lives per dollar spent, new UNICEF study says
NEW YORK, 28 June 2017 – Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money, saving almost twice as many lives for every US$1 million spent as equivalent investments in less deprived groups, according to a new UNICEF analysis.
Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on the cholera outbreak in Yemen as suspected cases exceed 200,000
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 June 2017 – “The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.
Children caught up in Venezuela protests must be protected – UNICEF
CARACAS, 21 June 2017 – UNICEF is deeply concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children involved in Venezuela’s ongoing street protests and demonstrations.
UNICEF statement on Saudi contribution to Yemen cholera response
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 23 June 2017 – “UNICEF welcomes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s announcement of a contribution to the cholera response in Yemen by WHO and UNICEF.
5.6 million children at risk of waterborne diseases as rainy season hits communities affected by Lake Chad crisis
DAKAR/ GENEVA/ABUJA, 23 June 2017 – More than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrheal infections, as the rainy season begins in conflict-affected areas of countries around Lake Chad, UNICEF warned today. The threat of disease outbreaks in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria coincides with growing regional insecurity and increased population movements particularly in Nigeria’s northeast.
Crisis ‘far from over’ as malnutrition, thirst and disease threaten lives of millions of children in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 23 June 2017 – The welcome announcement of an end to famine conditions in South Sudan this week should not distract from the fact that severe food insecurity continues to put the lives of millions of children at risk in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF warned today.
Nowhere To Go: Children in Iraq trapped in cycles of violence and poverty as conflict reaches unprecedented levels
BAGHDAD/NEW YORK, 22 June 2017 - Three years since the intensification of violence in Iraq, children are trapped in an endless cycle of violence and increasing poverty, according to a UNICEF assessment, Nowhere to Go.
South Sudan famine ebbs, but situation still desperate as hunger spreads
ROME/JUBA, South Sudan, 21 June 2017 - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to six million – up from 4.9 million in February – and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.
EU Trust Fund contribution to UNICEF’s Syria crisis response reaches nearly €200 million
AMMAN/BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 20 June 2017 - On World Refugee Day, the European Union has renewed its commitment to a generation of children affected by the war in Syria. Through a donation of an additional €90 million, UNICEF will be able to provide critical services and support to vulnerable children and young people in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
South Sudan refugee crisis: Over 1,000 children fleeing violence and instability every day
KAMPALA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 20 June 2017 – As more than 1,000 children continue to flee South Sudan, on average every day in search of safety, the region’s refugee crisis has become a children’s crisis, UNICEF said today, on World Refugee Day.
In historic first, UNICEF appoints Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 19 June 2017 – UNICEF announced today, on the eve of World Refugee Day, the appointment of Muzoon Almellehan, a 19-year-old education activist and Syrian refugee, as its newest – and youngest – Goodwill Ambassador. The appointment makes Muzoon the first person with official refugee status to become an Ambassador for UNICEF.
Stars from the world of entertainment and sport joined UNICEF's Super Dads campaign to celebrate fatherhood
NEW YORK, 18 June 2017 – Stars from the world of entertainment and sport including Mahershala Ali, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Daniel Cormier, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Hugh Jackman, Sachin Tendulkar, Thalía and Chris Weidman joined Super Dads, a new UNICEF initiative launched for Father’s Day to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.
Cannes Lions, ‘la Caixa’ Banking Foundation and UNICEF announce the winner of the 2017 Young Lions Health Award
CANNES, France 17 June 2017 – Lions Health, the prestigious event dedicated to creative healthcare and pharma communications has announced the pneumonia awareness campaign “Not available in your country” as the winner of the 2017 Young Lions Health award. The winning campaign was created by Giulia Marchi, Art Director and Giovanni Santoni, Art Director at Sudler International Milan, WPP Health & Wellness, Italy.
750,000 children at risk of being cut off from safe drinking water after increased shelling in eastern Ukraine – UNICEF
KYIV, Ukraine/GENEVA 16 June 2017 – At least 750,000 children are at imminent risk of being cut off from safe drinking water following a surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine, warned UNICEF today.
Severe funding gaps threaten assistance to 9 million children in Syria and neighbouring countries
AMMAN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 16 June 2017- UNICEF-supported programmes for over 9 million children inside Syria and neighbouring countries are on the verge of being cut off due to a critical US$220 million funding gap.
More than half of young children deprived of play and early learning activities with their fathers - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 16 June 2017 – More than half – or 55 per cent - of children aged between 3 and 4 years-old in 74 countries – approximately 40 million – have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new UNICEF analysis.
Myanmar’s investments in children’s early development are paying dividends
YANGON, Myanmar, 15 June 2017- Investments in the health, nutrition and well-being of the youngest children in Myanmar are yielding dividends, UNICEF said as momentum is building up towards the global celebration of Father’s Day on 18 June.
1 in 5 children in rich countries lives in relative income poverty, 1 in 8 faces food insecurity – UNICEF
FLORENCE/NEW YORK, 15 June 2017 – 1 in 5 children in high-income countries lives in relative income poverty and an average of 1 in 8 faces food insecurity, according to the latest Report Card issued by the UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti.
Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF launch new video to highlight fathers' critical role in children's early development
NEW YORK, 14 June 2017 – Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF today released a new video to celebrate fatherhood and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.
Children account for half of all suspected cholera cases in Yemen
SANA’A, 13 June 2017- “The cholera outbreak in Yemen continues to spread at an alarming speed. Over 124,000 cases have been recorded – almost half of them are children.
Global leaders unite to bring polio one step closer to eradication
ATLANTA (12 June 2017) – Today, global health leaders gathered at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta to reaffirm their commitment to eradicating polio and pledge US$ 1.2 billion to finance efforts to end the disease.
150,000 children in Greater Kasai region need emergency support to continue education
KINSHASA/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 9 June 2017 - More than 150,000 children are missing out on school as violence and attacks against civilian populations continue in the Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
More than 40,000 children in the line of fire in Ar-Raqqa, Syria, as fighting intensifies
DAMASCUS/AMMAN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 9 June 2017- “Heavy violence in the Syrian city of Ar-Raqqa is threatening the lives of more than 40,000 children who remain trapped in extremely dangerous conditions. UNICEF has received alarming reports that at least 25 children have been killed and scores injured in the latest violence in Ar-Raqqa city.
Number of suspected cholera cases reaches 100,000 in Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen, 8 June 2017 – The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen continues to rise, reaching 101,820 with 791 deaths as of 7 June 2017. Worst affected are the country’s most vulnerable: children under the age of 15 account for 46 per cent of cases, and those aged over 60 represent 33 per cent of fatalities.
Mahershala Ali, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Daniel Cormier, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Hugh Jackman, Sachin Tendulkar, Thalía and Chris Weidman among stars to join Super Dads campaign to highlight fathers' critical role in children's early development
NEW YORK, 6 June 2017 – Stars from the world of entertainment and sport including Mahershala Ali, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Daniel Cormier, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Hugh Jackman, Sachin Tendulkar, Thalía and Chris Weidman joined Super Dads, a new UNICEF initiative launched today to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the Death of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
NEW YORK, 5 June 2017 –“It was with shock and great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of my cherished friend and colleague, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund.
100,000 children threatened as conflict escalates in west Mosul
ERBIL, 5 June, 2017 – “We are receiving alarming reports of civilians including several children being killed in west Mosul. Some were reportedly killed as they desperately tried to flee the fighting which is intensifying by the hour.
UNICEF statement on the passing of Charlotte (Nana Yaa) Nikoi
NEW YORK, 3 June 2017 - "We learned with great sadness that the remains of our colleague Charlotte (Nana Yaa) Nikoi have been found. All of us at UNICEF are deeply saddened by this news and express our personal sympathies to her family. Nana Yaa was a committed colleague who devoted the past 18 years of her life to the work and values of the United Nations. Her warmth and steadfast support will be missed by all those who knew her.
Unprecedented spread of cholera in Yemen as health workers race against time to save children
SANAA/DJIBOUTI/AMMAN, 2 June, 2017 – “I have just concluded a trip to Yemen to oversee UNICEF’s response to the unprecedented cholera outbreak that is gripping the country.
1.3 million children urgently need humanitarian assistance after storms batter Bay of Bengal
NEW YORK/BANGKOK/KATHMANDU, 1 June 2017 – At least 1.3 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance across the Bay of Bengal region following severe weather over the past six days, UNICEF has warned. Devastation wrought by Cyclone Mora in Myanmar and Bangladesh, and torrential monsoon rains across Sri Lanka have left children homeless and in need of protection, nutrition and health services.
UNICEF reaches children fleeing to Angola from violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
LUANDA, Angola 1 June 2017 – More than 9,000 children who have arrived at two temporary reception centres in Dundo, northern Angola, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) need urgent support, UNICEF said today. To date, more than 25,000 people have arrived in Angola, having fled violence in the Kasai province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Central African Republic: Thousands of children and families in desperate need of humanitarian assistance as violence escalates
BANGUI/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 1 June 2017 – Two planes carrying vital supplies for thousands of families displaced by violence in the Central African Republic were finally able to land earlier today in Bangassou, UNICEF said, after weeks of intensified conflict had blocked the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the southeast.
Data gaps on children in residential care leave the most vulnerable unaccounted for – UNICEF
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 1 June 2017: At least 2.7 million children live in residential care worldwide, according to a new estimate by UNICEF. Yet the figures, published today in Child Abuse & Neglect, are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, with wide gaps in data collection and accurate records found in the majority of countries.
Over 1,000 children seek treatment for watery diarrhoea daily as number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen soars – UNICEF
NEW YORK/SANA’A, 31 May 2017 – In the past 72 hours, the number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has risen by 10,000 to a total of 65,300. Over 1,000 children suffering from acute watery diarrhoea have been reporting to health facilities every day. In just one month, cholera has claimed at least the lives of 532 people, including 109 children. These numbers represent only verified cases and actual figures are expected to be much higher.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere UNICEF Regional Director on the spread of cholera in Yemen
AMMAN, 30 May 2017- “As the UN Security Council yet again holds consultations on the situation in Yemen, UNICEF is reporting an unprecedented increase in the number of suspected cholera cases across the country, many of those affected are children.
At least 200 children lost at sea trying to reach Italian shores so far this year
TAORMINA, Italy, 25 May 2017 – At least 200 children have died along the dangerous Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy so far this year – a rate of more than one child per day – according to the latest estimates from UNICEF. The updated child death figures come as leaders of G7 countries gather in Sicily, a major locus for the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe.
Nearly 400,000 children at risk of severe acute malnutrition in the Greater Kasai due to violence – UNICEF
KINSHASA/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 24 May 2017– The crisis in Greater Kasai in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has severely disrupted life-saving interventions for children in recent months, putting an estimated 400,000 children at risks of severe acute malnutrition, said UNICEF.
From cholera in Yemen to attacks on hospitals in Syria, conflict threatens lives of over 24 million children in the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 24 May 2017 – Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. Damage to health infrastructure is depriving children of essential health care. Water and sanitation services have been compromised, causing waterborne diseases to spread while preventative health care and nutritious food are insufficient to meet children’s needs.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the life of Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore
NEW YORK, 23 May 2017 - "With the passing of Sir Roger Moore, the world has lost one of its great champions for children – and the entire UNICEF family has lost a great friend. In his most famous roles as an actor, Sir Roger was the epitome of cool sophistication; but in his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he was a passionate – and highly persuasive – advocate for children. He once said that it was up to all of us to give children a more peaceful future. Together with Lady Kristina, he worked very hard to do so.
UNICEF Child Alert on Myanmar: Fruits of rapid development and reconciliation efforts yet to reach remote, conflict-affected regions
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 May 2017 – Unresolved conflict, poverty and under-development are preventing children in more remote parts of Myanmar from reaping the benefits of the reform and reconciliation efforts being undertaken by the Government, says the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.
Without urgent investment in education, Iraq’s future generations risk being left behind
BAGHDAD 21 May, 2017 – The future of Iraq, its economic security and prosperity depends on increasing investment in education today.
Five-fold increase in number of refugee and migrant children traveling alone since 2010 – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 17 May 2017 – The global number of refugee and migrant children moving alone has reached a record high, increasing nearly five-fold since 2010, UNICEF said today in a new report. At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children were recorded in some 80 countries in the combined years of 2015 and 2016, up from 66,000 in 2010 and 2011.
UNICEF joins tech giants in artificial intelligence group
NEW YORK, 17 May 2017 – UNICEF joins the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (AI) founded by Amazon, Apple, Google/DeepMind, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft.
At least one in four children live in poverty in the Middle East and North Africa
RABAT, 15 May 2017 – According to a recent UNICEF analysis covering 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, poverty continues to impact at least 29 million children – one in four children in the region. These children are deprived of the minimum requirements in two or more of the most basic life necessities including basic education, decent housing, nutritious food, quality health care, safe water, sanitation and access to information.
Statement attributable to UNICEF’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean on health data in Venezuela
PANAMA CITY, 12 May 2017 - “Data on infant and maternal deaths released last week by the Ministry of Health in Venezuela provides stark evidence of the impact of the prolonged crisis on women and children in the country.
A strong moral compass: how faith-based organizations can tackle online sexual exploitation of children
PANAMA CITY, 11 May 2017 - A new guide published today aims to help religious communities worldwide harness their strengths to prevent, respond to and end online child sexual exploitation. Published by ECPAT International and Religions for Peace in partnership with UNICEF, Protecting Children from Online Sexual Exploitation recognises that religious leaders and communities can provide the moral compass that is needed to end this crime.
Statement attributable to Thomas Davin, Representative, UNICEF Thailand, on the indiscriminate attack in Pattani
Bangkok, 9 May 2017 – “According to reports, children are among the dozens of people injured in the bomb attack on a large and busy shopping centre in Pattani, Thailand, this afternoon. UNICEF condemns such indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas, where children and their families are known to be present. No child’s life should ever be put at risk in this way. This is wholly unacceptable.”
More than one million children have fled escalating violence in South Sudan
JUBA/GENEVA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 8 May 2017 – More than one million children have now fled South Sudan where escalating conflict is ravaging the country, UNICEF and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced today.
UNICEF statement on release of Chibok school girls abducted by Boko Haram
ABUJA, Nigeria, 7 May 2017 – “UNICEF welcomes Saturday’s release of over 80 of the girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents at their school in Chibok over three years ago.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra meets child survivors of sexual violence in Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe/JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK, 7 May 2017 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra has called for increased awareness and support for child victims of sexual violence. The actress made an emotional visit to Zimbabwe this week, where she met child survivors of sexual violence and heard their harrowing stories.
Urgent action needed to protect children in ‘forgotten crisis’ in Central African Republic: UNICEF
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 5 May 2017 – Without increased support, the lives and futures of more than 1 million children in the Central African Republic are under threat, UNICEF said today.
Leo Messi Foundation helps UNICEF get Syrian children back into the classroom
Damascus/Buenos Aires, 2 May 2017 – UNICEF has installed 20 new prefabricated classrooms in Tartus, Syria, and rural areas of Damascus, thanks to a generous donation from the Leo Messi Foundation.
Refugee and migrant children stranded in European transit countries suffer psychologically in the face of uncertain future - UNICEF
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 4 May 2017 – Nearly 75,000 refugees and migrants, including an estimated 24,600 children, currently stranded in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Western Balkans are at risk of psychosocial distress caused by living in a protracted state of limbo, UNICEF warned today. Despite having a legitimate right to join families in destination countries in Western Europe, like Germany or Sweden, most stranded asylum seekers do not know whether or when they will be permitted to move forward.
Projected number of severely malnourished Somali children up 50 percent
GENEVA/NAIROBI, 2 May 2017 – The projected number of children who are or will be acutely malnourished has shot up by 50 per cent since the beginning of the year to 1.4 million, including over 275,000 who have or will suffer life-threatening severe acute malnutrition in 2017.
UNICEF welcomes Indonesian Women’s Ulema recommendation to avoid child marriage
JAKARTA, 28 April 2017 - UNICEF welcomes the recommendation issued by the Indonesian Women’s Ulema Congress to end child marriage and to raise the legal marriage age for girls from 16 to 18.
UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah helps give a voice to young people affected by the conflict in Syria
AMMAN, 27 April 2017– Ishmael Beah, author, former child soldier and UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War, wrapped up a three-day visit to Jordan today to help amplify the voices of vulnerable young people affected by the conflict in Syria.
UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children with life-saving vaccines
NEW YORK, 26 April 2017 – UNICEF procured 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to children in nearly 100 countries in 2016, reaching almost half of the world’s children under the age of five. The figures, released during World Immunization Week, make UNICEF the largest buyer of vaccines for children in the world.
In drought-hit Somalia, children also face potentially deadly measles threat
BAIDOA, Somalia, 25 April 2017 – Almost 30,000 young children, many of them displaced by a searing drought, are being vaccinated against measles this week in an emergency campaign in Baidoa, a town at the heart of one of Somalia’s hardest-hit areas.
Race against time to save millions of lives in Yemen
AMMAN/SANA’A, 25 April 2017- The continuing violence in Yemen is fuelling one of the worst hunger crises in the world, with nearly 7 million people not knowing where their next meal will come from and in desperate need of food assistance. Nearly 2.2 million children are malnourished, including half a million who are severely malnourished and at imminent risk of death if they do not receive urgent care and specialized treatment.
25 million children out of school in conflict zones - UNICEF
N’JDAMENA, Chad/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 24 April 2017 – More than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old, or 22 per cent of children in that age group, are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 countries, UNICEF said today.
1.5 million children affected by violence in Kasaï region of Democratic Republic of Congo
KINSHASA/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 21 April 2017– The crisis in the Greater Kasaï region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is having a devastating impact on children, UNICEF warned today. More than 1.5 million children, including 600,000 who have already been displaced from their homes, are at risk due to the extreme violence.
More than 150 children estimated to have died taking Central Mediterranean migration route this year - UNICEF
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 21 April 2017 – According to UNICEF estimates, more than 150 children have died crossing the Central Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy so far this year. Yet the true number of child casualties is almost certainly higher given that many children on the move are unaccompanied, so their deaths often go unreported.
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on reported child killings in Syria
NEW YORK/DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 16 April 2017 – “After six years of war and human carnage in Syria ... six years of heartbreak for so many Syrian families... there comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one. More than 60 children reportedly killed in an attack on a bus convoy yesterday outside Aleppo. A convoy of families who for so long had already known so much suffering. Now the survivors must bear such a new and terrible loss.
UNICEF and UNHCR welcome EU policy to protect migrant and refugee children
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 12 April 2017 - UNICEF and UNHCR today welcome a new policy guidance from the European Commission as an important milestone for the protection of migrant and refugee children.
Lake Chad conflict: alarming surge in number of children used in Boko Haram bomb attacks this year – UNICEF
DAKAR/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 April 2017 – The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year, UNICEF said in a new report released today.
Nationwide immunization campaign protects 5 million children against polio in war-torn Yemen
SANA’A, 8 April 2017— In an effort to keep Yemen polio-free, nearly 5 million children under the age of five have been vaccinated in a nationwide campaign covering all governorates in the country. The campaign was supported by a partnership between the World Bank, UNICEF and WHO launched in February 2017.
200,000 children need urgent support to overcome trauma of volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine – UNICEF
KYIV/GENEVA, 7 April 2017 – More than 200,000 children – or 1 in 4 - in the two regions most severely affected by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine require urgent and sustained psychosocial support to address the trauma of living through more than three years of violence.
At least 27 children killed in Idlib attack - UNICEF
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 6 April 2017 – At least 27 children were confirmed killed in the attack in Idlib, northwest of Syria, UNICEF said today. A further 546 people, among them many children, have been injured. Casualty figures are expected to rise.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on reports of chemical weapons attacks on children and families in Syria
NEW YORK, 4 April 2017 - “The images of children choking and dying in the streets of Idlib, Syria, following alleged chemical weapons attacks, are as horrific as they are heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Montblanc and UNICEF renew long-standing partnership, helping to empower 5 million children through education
NEW YORK, 3 April 2017 – Montblanc and UNICEF today announced the continuation of their long-standing partnership to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children access education.
As famine looms, malnutrition and disease rise sharply among children in Somalia
MOGADISHU/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 March 2017 – As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) — a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011.
UNICEF hails new Italian law to protect unaccompanied refugee and migrant children as model for Europe
ROME, GENEVA, 29 March 2017 - UNICEF welcomes the Italian Parliament for passing an historic law to boost support and protection for the record number of foreign unaccompanied and separated children who arrived in Italy – nearly 26,000 in 2016. With nearly 2,000 foreign children arriving on the Mediterranean in the first two months of 2017, the upward trend in arrivals is expected to continue this year making this law timely and relevant.
27 million people lack safe water in countries facing or at risk of famine
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF and partners assist more than 145,000 people in famine-hit areas of South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 28 March 2017 – More than one month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, UNICEF - together with the World Food Programme and other partners - has delivered life-saving assistance to 145,000 thousand people, including 33,000 children under the age of five.
Time is running out for children as famine, drought and war threaten millions
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 28 March 2017 – More than a month after famine was declared in South Sudan, time is running out for more than a million children as drought and armed conflict devastate lives in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF statement on killing of aid workers in South Sudan
NEW YORK, 27 March 2017 – “All of us at UNICEF are shocked by the senseless killing of staff belonging to our partner organization, the Grassroots Empowerment and Development Organization. The humanitarian workers were travelling in a car that was clearly marked as belonging to a non–governmental organization.
Families in Yemen turning to extreme survival measures as war hits two-year mark
SANA'A, 27 March 2017 – After two years of brutal conflict, families in Yemen are increasingly resorting to extreme measures to support their children, said UNICEF in a report released today as the war in the Middle East’s poorest country enters its third year.
From coast to coast: Africa unites to tackle threat of polio
GENEVA/BRAZZAVILLE/NEW YORK/DAKAR, 24 March 2017- More than 190,000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, deploring continued attacks on children in Syria
AMMAN, 23 March 2017 –”As another round of peace talks starts in Geneva today, we are appalled that children throughout Syria continue to come under attack.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake following his visit to Iraq
BAGHDAD, 22 March 2017 – “I leave Iraq at a time when the country is facing significant challenges and opportunities.
Nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 22 March 2017 – Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a UNICEF report released on World Water Day.
United Nations, UNICEF and Smurfs team up to celebrate International Day of Happiness
NEW YORK, 18 March 2017 - Voice actors from the upcoming animated movie Smurfs: The Lost Village today joined officials from the United Nations, UNICEF and United Nations Foundation at the world body’s headquarters in New York to celebrate International Day of Happiness with a campaign promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
One year on after EU-Turkey statement the human cost to refugee and migrant children mounts up
GENEVA, 17 March 2017 – One year after the Balkan border closures and the EU-Turkey Statement which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face greater risks of deportation, detention, exploitation and deprivation, says UNICEF.
UNICEF humanitarian airlift arrives in Madagascar in aid of thousands affected by Cyclone Enawo
ANTANANARIVO, 17 March 2017 – A cargo flight carrying 79 tons of humanitarian supplies has arrived in the capital of Madagascar as part of the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) ongoing response to Cyclone Enawo which caused significant damage in the northeastern part of the country and has affected much of the rest of the world’s fourth-largest island.
EU and UNICEF to reach thousands of refugee children in Turkey with Conditional Cash Transfer for Education
ANKARA, 16 March 2017 - The European Union and UNICEF have launched the largest ever EU humanitarian contribution to Education in Emergencies, valued at EUR 34 million. The Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) project aims to increase the number of refugee children enrolled in and attending school in Turkey.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dubai Cares and UNICEF call for investment in childhood development
DUBAI, 15 March 2017 - Dubai Cares, the global philanthropic organization based in United Arab Emirates (UAE) and UNICEF, in coordination with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC), came together today in Dubai at a two-day event to urge greater investment in early childhood development (ECD).
Yemen needs urgent assistance to prevent famine - FAO, WFP, UNICEF
SANA'A/AMMAN, 15 March 2017 - Severe food insecurity threatens more than 17 million people in conflict-ridden Yemen, according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released by the United Nations and humanitarian partners today.
Hitting rock bottom: Children's suffering in Syria at its worst - UNICEF
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 13 March 2017 – Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, said UNICEF in a grim assessment of the conflict’s impact on children, as the war reaches six years.
UNICEF mourns deaths of young girls in Guatemala shelter, calls for end of institutionalization of children
PANAMA CITY, 9 March 2017 – “We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of more than 20 girls in the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción shelter in Guatemala as a result of a fire in which many others were injured. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and to the people of Guatemala.
Statement on impact on children of new law in Hungary - attributed to UNICEF Regional Director and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe, Afshan Khan
GENEVA, 9 March 2017 – "UNICEF is alarmed by the adoption of a new law in Hungary that foresees the mandatory detention of refugee and migrant children over 14 years of age. We appeal to the President to treat all children as children first and foremost, before signing this new law.
National polio immunization campaign reaches five million children in Yemen as conflict intensifies
SANA’A, 8 March 2017 – Amid escalating violence, UNICEF and partners have completed the first round of a nationwide door-to-door vaccination campaign reaching 5 million children under the age of five with oral polio vaccine and vitamin A supplementation.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on new US rules on refugees
NEW YORK, 7 March 2017 – “Refugee children fleeing violence and terror need our support now more than ever. They are among the most vulnerable and traumatized children in the world. UNICEF is committed to continuing our work with the United States and other government partners to help them.
Sweden contributes $80 million to UNICEF’s work in 2017
STOCKHOLM, 7 March 2017 – The Government of Sweden has just announced an $80 million contribution to support UNICEF’s life-saving work around the world. A significant part of the new funds – $20 million– will be allocated to UNICEF’s humanitarian work in countries affected by wars and other emergencies.
New European Union returns policies put children at risk
BRUSSELS, 3 March 2017. The European Commission yesterday adopted a Recommendation and Renewed Action Plan for EU member states to consider in their procedures to return men, women and children staying irregularly in the EU to their countries of origin or transit. It encourages member states to undertake swift returns, which limit basic safeguards and rights that should be guaranteed to all migrants, including in cases involving children.
More than 1 million children affected by drought in Kenya - UNICEF
NAIROBI, Kenya, 2 March 2017 – The onset of a severe drought in 2016 has hit arid and semi-arid regions in Kenya, affecting over 2.7 million people. UNICEF is supporting the Government of Kenya in initiating and implementing emergency response efforts by delivering life-saving assistance to affected households, strengthening coordination activities, assisting in monitoring of vulnerable groups and in advocacy.
UNICEF announces collaboration with telecommunications giant in drive for ‘Big Data’ for social good
NEW YORK, 1 March 2017 –UNICEF and Telefonica, one of the largest European telecommunication companies, will work together on UNICEF's "Magic Box" initiative – an innovative use of data to inform and plan humanitarian responses to emergency situations.
A deadly journey for children: The migration route from North Africa to Europe
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 28 February 2017 – Refugee and migrant children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy, UNICEF warned in a new report.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets children and families affected by Boko Haram violence on Niger trip
NEW YORK/NIAMEY, Niger, 24 February 2017 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom this week travelled to Diffa, south-east Niger, to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin where Boko Haram violence has caused huge population displacements. Hundreds of thousands of children across the region have been forced from their homes, are out of education and at risk of malnutrition.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, urging all parties at Geneva talks to put Syria’s children first
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 23 February 2017 – "The heart-wrenching image of a young boy screaming for his father just minutes after losing both his legs in an apparent assault in Idlib last week is another brutal reminder that children continue to come under attack in Syria’s conflict."
UNICEF statement on Baquer Namazi
NEW YORK, 22 February 2017 – “One year ago today, our respected former UNICEF colleague, Baquer Namazi, was imprisoned in Iran. Our concerns for his health and wellbeing have grown deeper with each passing day.
Life-saving support urgently needed in Greater Unity region
ROME, 21 February 2017 - The latest food security analysis in South Sudan has led to a declaration of famine in Leer and Mayendit counties in Greater Unity region. Two other counties are at risk of famine. The lives of some 100,000 people are threatened.
Nearly 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen – UNICEF
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
At least 65,000 children released from armed forces and groups over the last 10 years, UNICEF
NEW YORK/PARIS, 21 February 2017 – At least 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups in the past 10 years, UNICEF said today as leaders from around the world gather in Paris on the anniversary of the Paris Commitments to end the use of children in conflict.
Famine hits parts of South Sudan
20 February 2017, Juba – War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared today, three UN agencies warned. A further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.
World must act now to save lives in Somalia, U.N. agencies warn
MOGADISHU, 17 February 2017– As a devastating drought grips Somalia, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.
Number of Ukrainian children needing aid nearly doubles to 1 million over the past year – UNICEF
KYIV/GENEVA, 17 February 2017 – As the volatile conflict in eastern Ukraine enters its fourth year, 1 million children are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance - nearly double the number this time last year, said UNICEF.
Statement by UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere on reports of children killed and injured in Syria
AMMAN, 10 February 2017 – ”Violence in Syria this week has reportedly killed at least 20 children and injured others in several areas across the war-torn country.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on killing of ICRC workers in Afghanistan and SARC workers in Syria
NEW YORK, 8 February 2017 – “We are saddened and outraged by the cruel killings today of six workers for the International Committee of the Red Cross in northern Afghanistan, and two workers for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Aleppo, Syria.
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the death of Hans Rosling
NEW YORK, 07 February 2017 - "Hans Rosling was not only a friend to his colleagues at UNICEF; he was a friend to the world’s children. No one used data more persuasively to make the case for why investing in the most disadvantaged children is not only the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. We will miss him."
Thousands of children out of school after classrooms hit by heavy shelling in eastern Ukraine
KYIV/GENEVA, 6 February 2017 – Thousands of children have been forced out of school in eastern Ukraine due to last week’s surge in fighting. At least five schools and two kindergartens have been damaged by heavy shelling and 11 other schools have had to close, according to humanitarian organisations supporting the emergency education response in Ukraine.
UNICEF seeks $42 million emergency assistance for children caught in conflict and crises in East Asia Pacific
BANGKOK, 6 February 2017 – As part of its annual global humanitarian appeal, UNICEF is seeking $42 million to deliver lifesaving aid for children in emergencies in two countries in the East Asia and Pacific region. The two East Asian countries that feature in the 2017 Humanitarian Action for Children report are DPR Korea and Myanmar, where children are affected by conflict, food shortages or natural disaster.
The world must make faster progress to end female genital mutilation by 2030
NEW YORK, 6 February 2017 - “It irreparably damages girls’ bodies, inflicting excruciating pain. It causes extreme emotional trauma that can last a lifetime.
UNICEF concerned about serious violations of children’s rights in the northern part of Rakhine state reported in OHCHR report
YANGON, Myanmar, 3 February 2017 - UNICEF has just seen the report of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and is very concerned about the reported serious violations of children’s rights in the northern part of Rakhine state.
Two refugees, generations apart, tell their story in new UNICEF film
NEW YORK, 3 February 2017 – A powerful new UNICEF film presenting the parallel stories of a young Syrian refugee and a World War II child refugee was released today as a stark illustration of the challenges that refugee children continue to face.
Deadliest winter for refugee and migrant children crossing the Central Mediterranean, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 3 February, 2017 – A record number of refugee and migrant deaths in the Central Mediterranean over the past three months, including an estimated 190 children, has prompted an urgent appeal from UNICEF to leaders of European Union member states meeting in Malta.
Heavy fighting in Ukraine leaves thousands of children cold, thirsty and out of school – UNICEF
KYIV/GENEVA, 1 February 2017 – Following intense fighting over the last two days around the town of Avdiivka, Donetsk region, more than 17,000 people – including 2,500 children – are facing freezing weather without any heating, electricity or water.
New open source app helps protect children displaced by conflict
NEW YORK, 31 January 2017 – A life–saving service for vulnerable children caught up in crises is now available to government, aid agencies and social service workers through an open source app developed by UNICEF and its partners.
Schools in Syria rise from the rubble
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 31 January 2017 - In the past weeks, UNICEF has supported the re-opening of 23 primary schools in the eastern parts of Aleppo city, allowing nearly 6,500 children to return to school.
UNICEF seeks $3.3 billion in emergency assistance for 48 million children caught up in conflict and other crises
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 31 January 2017 – 48 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2017 appeal, which was launched today.
UNICEF statement on child refugees
NEW YORK, 30 January 2017 – “The needs of refugees have never been greater. Worldwide 28 million children have been uprooted by conflict, driven from their homes by violence and terror. They need our help.
4.7 million children in vaccination campaign against measles in northeast Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 26 January 2017 – In a major vaccination campaign concluding this week, 4.7 million children are being vaccinated in response to a measles outbreak in northeast Nigeria. The campaign is covering the three states most affected by the Boko Haram conflict – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – where insecurity has limited vaccination efforts. In 2016, there were approximately 25,000 cases of measles among children in Nigeria; 97 per cent of the cases were in children under the age of ten and at least a hundred children died.
Schools reopen in East Mosul as violence subsides
BAGHDAD, 24 January, 2017 — As fighting subsides in East Mosul, 30 schools reopened on Sunday with help from UNICEF, allowing over 16,000 children to resume their education.
Humanitarians fear for the 750,000 civilians in western Mosul
BAGHDAD, 24 January 2017 - 100 days after military operations to retake Mosul started, humanitarian partners are expressing deep concern about the plight of the estimated 750,000 civilians who are currently living in the western sections of the city where fighting is expected to start in coming weeks.
Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, on the children of Deir Ez Zor
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 23 January 2017 – “Children living in the besieged city of Deir Ez Zor have come under intense attack in the past week.
UNICEF launches interactive glimpse into Syrian children’s struggle for education
BEIRUT, 23 January 2017 – A new interactive documentary providing an intimate look into the lives of Syrian school-aged children living as refugees in Lebanon was launched by UNICEF today. #ImagineaSchool provides a first-hand account of the challenges Syrian refugees face in their struggle to access education.
Young refugee and migrant children at risk as extreme cold weather grips much of Europe – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 January 2017 – With no sign of a let-up in the extreme cold weather and storms sweeping Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses -- and even death from hypothermia, UNICEF said today.
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
GAZA, 19 January 2017 – Today the European Union and UNICEF officially inaugurated the largest seawater desalination plant built in the Gaza Strip so far.
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.
Update on water cuts in Syria
GENEVA, 6 January 2017 – Millions of people in Damascus and surrounding areas have been cut off from running water for two weeks. Fighting in and around Wadi Barada, on the outskirts of Damascus where the two primary water sources are located, has resulted in damages to the water network.
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.
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