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Geneva Palais Briefing - UNICEF Rohingya refugee response funding
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 17 October 2017 - Without immediate additional funding, UNICEF will not be able to continue providing lifesaving aid and protection to Rohingya children who have fled horrific violence in Myanmar for refuge in Bangladesh. Almost 60 per cent of the 582,000 refugees who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are children – and thousands more are crossing each week.

All-star line-up announced for Beckham match in aid of UNICEF
LONDON, 23 October 2015 - An all-star line-up of footballing legends has today been announced to play at the David Beckham Match for Children in aid of UNICEF at Old Trafford, United Kingdom.

"Show & Tell" at UNICEF with kick off of new Innovation Centre & Fund
NEW YORK, 7 May 2015 - See UNICEF’s award winning innovations in action, produced by the 14 innovation labs around the world from U-Report to Edu-trac. Included will be the announcement of the kick off of a Global Innovation Centre (GIC) and Innovation Fund (IF) to bring to scale creative and cost-reducing approaches to better the lives of the poorest children.

At least 54,000 children affected by cyclone Pam in Vanuatu
NEW YORK, 14 March 2015 - It is estimated that at least half the population of Vanuatu has been affected by cyclone Pam. Of these, at least 54,000 are children.

Auction at Sotheby’s raises £2.7m for ‘1 in 11’
London, 12 February 2015 – Tonight, at Sotheby’s London, a major fundraising auction saw $4,063,050 raised for ‘1 in 11’, a worldwide campaign launched earlier this year by FC Barcelona Foundation, Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) and UNICEF. ‘1 in 11’ aims to extend education opportunities to marginalised and vulnerable children, commencing in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nepal.

Shakira and Gerard Piqué host World Baby Shower to support UNICEF’s work for children
NEW YORK/BARCELONA, 19 January 2015 – Singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira, and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué, are celebrating the imminent arrival of their second child by expanding upon their original concept of a ‘World Baby Shower’ to benefit UNICEF and vulnerable children around the world.

UNICEF ‘world version’ of John Lennon classic invites all to Imagine a better world for children
CAPE TOWN/LONDON/RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK, 31 December 2014 – On New Year’s Eve, John Lennon’s anthem to hope and peace, Imagine, will take centre stage in capitals across the world to help inspire a global movement towards a better future for every child.

Significant new pledges announced but more resources still required for children affected by the Syria crisis
NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – UNICEF welcomes $347 million in new funding commitments to the No Lost Generation Initiative announced at a meeting held at UNICEF House today.

Fans have a chance to be in Star Wars: Episode VII
LOS ANGELES, 21 May, 2014 - Today in a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announced the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm in collaboration with Bad Robot dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) Innovation Labs and its innovative programs that are benefitting the world’s most vulnerable children.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham launches appeal for children in crisis
LONDON,  21  February2014 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has filmed a personal appeal urging people to support children caught up in emergencies across the globe.

UNICEF to receive €18 million from EU for Syrian crisis
BRUSSELS, 19 December 2013 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Wednesday signed a major contribution agreement with the European Union for €18 million to deliver vitally needed aid to children directly affected by the Syrian crisis.

Leo Messi’s son turns one and celebrates with UNICEF
BUENOS AIRES, 28 October 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi today invited his friends and fans around the world to join in celebrating the birthday of his son Thiago, who will be one year old on Saturday, 2 November.

Olympiacos FC and UNICEF join forces to immunize children
PIRAEUS, Greece, 21 October 2013 - Olympiacos FC and UNICEF today launched their partnership to immunize children in countries that urgently need support. The aim of the partnership is to raise funds and awareness, both in Greece and globally, for UNICEF’s ‘100% Campaign’ to immunize children not currently reached by vaccination programmes.

The IKEA Foundation helps UNICEF bring the gift of play to children affected by emergencies around the world
NEW YORK, 25 July, 2013 – In an innovative collaboration, the IKEA Foundation is donating a range of IKEA toys to UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) kits to help meet the needs of some the most vulnerable young children in the world.

Funding nutrition: a moral imperative, an effective investment
PARIS, 15 May 2013 – An international conference to fight child malnutrition called by UNICEF ended today in Paris with a call to hasten world progress on child nutrition and the funding for it.

Painful choices - funding gap threatens refugee response in Lebanon
BEIRUT, 9 April 2013 - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and partner UN agencies and NGOs today warned that lack of funding is forcing to cut basic programmes and humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Japan pledges record-breaking humanitarian contribution to UNICEF of US$189.5 million for children in 35 countries
TOKYO, 14 March 2013 – UNICEF today announced that Japan will make its largest humanitarian contribution to UNICEF in its 67-year history. The government said it would donate US$189.5 million from its supplementary budget for a wide range of programmes in 35 developing countries and territories.

Shakira, Gerard Piqué and UNICEF thank fans for helping children through World Baby Shower
NEW YORK, 22 February 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué today thanked hundreds of thousands of fans for taking part in their interactive World Baby Shower and buying life-saving items for vulnerable children in support of UNICEF’s work around the world.

England win back their Soccer Aid crown
MANCHESTER, 28 May 2012 - A crowd of nearly 70,000 turned out to Manchester United’s Old Trafford this evening to witness England defeat Rest Of The...

European Union grants 2.4 million Euros to UNICEF in support of the Social Cash Transfer Programme in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 17 November 2011 - Eleven year old Edward from Bomi County is an exceptional student and dreams of becoming an engineer..

Kuwait funds UNICEF for drought affected areas in Somalia
NEW YORK, 10 November 2011 - The State of Kuwait has contributed 250 thousand US dollars to UNICEF in Somalia for humanitarian response to the...

UNICEF: The Berliner Philharmoniker to give benefit concert for Haiti – Live on the Web
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BERLIN 18 February 2010 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador The Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle...

IKEA Soft Toys embrace children’s right to education
GENEVA, 10 November 2009 - IKEA stores worldwide have unwrapped its phenomenally successful Holiday season fundraising campaign, donating...

UNICEF Statement on the decision of the German Institute for Social Issues (DZI) to withdraw its seal of approval from the German National Committee for UNICEF
Statement - 20 February 2008

Children in the Frontline: Launch of UNICEF's Arabic Humanitarian Action Report 2007
Amman, 29 March 2007 – UNICEF's Humanitarian Action Report 2007 calls on donors and the international community to contribute to a USD $635 million appeal...

Displacement and landmines are everyday challenges for children in Colombia
GENEVA, 25 April 2006 – In Colombia, children and adolescents are still severely affected by the ongoing armed conflict, despite the recent decrease in the intensity of armed actions in the country since the 2001-2002 peak of hostilities.  UNICEF said today it does not have adequate resources to respond.  For programs operating this year, UNICEF has a shortfall of US $ 1.7 million, out of a total amount of US $4.8 million necessary for humanitarian action.

UNICEF: Arab world to play important role in emergencies
DUBAI, April 10, 2006 – Speaking at the inauguration of the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Re-Development Conference, DIHAD 2006, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah today stressed the need for enhanced Arab collaboration in the field of humanitarian assistance to crisis countries around the world.

UNICEF calls for enhanced global commitment to support countries in crisis
DUBAI, 5 April 2005 – Speaking from the the Dubai International Convention Centre, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah today launched the Humanitarian Action Report 2005 and called on the donor community, Arab funds and humanitarian agencies to exert improved effort in leveraging the region’s capacity to respond to persisting emergencies around the globe.

Through UNICEF, IKEA supports children’s right to play
NEW YORK, 12 March 2004 – UNICEF today thanked IKEA for a gift of Euros 666,566 (approximately US $829,000) that will sponsor UNICEF programmes in Angola and Uganda supporting “Children’s Right to Play.” 

Global Polio Eradication Partners applaud Rotary’s new US $88,557,000 pledge
Tuesday, 3 June 2003 - The Global Polio Eradication Partners applauded Rotary International for its US $88,557,000 pledge to polio eradication. Rotary International today announced the results of its year long campaign to raise funds for a polio-free world at its international convention in Brisbane, Australia. The news comes 30 days after the announcement that a critical funding gap threatens the global polio eradication initiative. (Press release)

Helping Iraq's children get back to school
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 7 September 2004 - The near US$2 million raised so far as a result of the Back to School telethon, (Dubai TV, September 3) will provide timely and essential support to help rebuild Iraq’s devastated schools.

Japan Committee for UNICEF becomes first to pass $100-million mark
NEW YORK, 9 June 2004 – In a record-setting contribution, the Japan Committee for UNICEF has donated more than $100 million to the children’s agency, UNICEF said today.




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