Press releases and news notes
UNICEF denounces killing of children in Burundi
NAIROBI, 15 May 2018 - UNICEF has denounced an attack that killed more than 25 people including 11 children, on 11 May in northwest Burundi.
“Stop attacks on children”
NEW YORK, 15 May 2018 – “From the Central African Republic to South Sudan, and from Syria to Afghanistan, attacks on children in conflict have continued unabated during the first four months of the year.
More than 1,000 children in northeastern Nigeria abducted by Boko Haram since 2013
ABUJA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 13 April 2018 – Since 2013, more than 1,000 children have been abducted by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, including 276 girls taken from their secondary school in the town of Chibok in 2014 – UNICEF said today. Four years on from that tragic incident, more than 100 of the ‘Chibok girls’ have yet to be returned to their families and the UN children’s agency continues to call for their release.
Latin America and the Caribbean: a decade lost in ending child marriage
PANAMA/NEW YORK, 10 April 2018 - Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is the only region in the world where the prevalence of child marriage and early unions has not decreased in the last decade, UNICEF’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean said today.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Indonesia to meet children tackling violence and bullying in the classroom
SEMARANG/LONDON/NEW YORK, 28 MARCH 2018 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Indonesia this week to meet children who have experienced classroom violence and bullying, and to see how 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is supporting anti-bullying programmes in schools.
Statement on the release of girls abducted from a school in Dapchi by Mohamed Malick Fall, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria
ABUJA, 21 March 2018 - “UNICEF welcomes news that the girls abducted on 19 February 2018 from a school in Dapchi, Yobe state, northeast Nigeria were returned to their families. According to unconfirmed reports, over 100 girls have been returned.
25 million child marriages prevented in last decade due to accelerated progress, according to new UNICEF estimates
NEW YORK, 6 March 2018 – The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, UNICEF said today. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as children decreased by 15 per cent in the last decade, from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5.
Statement on attack against Bursari Government Girls Science Secondary School in northeast Nigeria
DAKAR, 23 February 2018 – “On Monday, an armed group attacked the Bursari Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, northeast Nigeria. According to unconfirmed reports over 90 girls are still unaccounted for.
Massive data gaps leave refugee, migrant and displaced children in danger and without access to basic services
NEW YORK, 15 February 2018 – Gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move, warned five UN and partner agencies today. In ‘A call to action: Protecting children on the move starts with better data’, UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, Eurostat and OECD together show how crucial data are to understanding the patterns of global migration and developing policies to support vulnerable groups like children.
Tackling sexual exploitation and abuse of children: Actions and commitments by UNICEF
STOCKHOLM, 14 February 2018 – “Sexual exploitation and abuse of children under any circumstances is reprehensible. No organization is immune from this scourge and we are continuously working to better address it. When it comes to the protection of children, we are determined to act. There is no room for complacency.
More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, tapping into great opportunities, but facing grave risks
NEW YORK, 6 February 2018 – More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day – a new child every half second – UNICEF said today. Digital access exposes these children to a wealth of benefits and opportunities, but also to a host of risks and harms, including access to harmful content, sexual exploitation and abuse, cyberbullying, and misuse of their private information, the children’s agency warned.
Statement by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on Syrian children freezing to death while crossing from Syria to Lebanon
AMMAN, 20 January 2018 - “It is tragic that at least 12 Syrians including two children died in Eastern Lebanon near the Masna’ border crossing with Syria."
Children under attack at shocking scale in conflicts around the world, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 28 December 2017 – Children in conflict zones around the world have come under attack at a shocking scale throughout the year, UNICEF warned today, with parties to conflicts blatantly disregarding international laws designed to protect the most vulnerable.
UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing online access to benefit the most disadvantaged
NEW YORK, 11 December 2017 – Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said in its annual flagship report released today.
Intense violence in Syria’s East Ghouta shuts schools, deprives children of medical care - UNICEF
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 10 December 2017 – Continuing violence across East Ghouta, some 10km outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, has reportedly led to the closure of most schools in the area over the past month and stranded scores of children in need of medical evacuation.
Crisis of invisibility in Sub-Saharan Africa: Less than 1 in 2 births registered
Nouakchott/Dakar, 7 December 2017 – 95 million children have not had their births registered across Sub Saharan Africa, and if decisive action is not taken, these numbers will soar to 115 million by 2030, UNICEF said today.
Violent discipline, sexual abuse and homicides stalk millions of children worldwide – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 November 2017 – Staggering numbers of children – some as young as 12 months old – are experiencing violence, often by those entrusted to take care of them, UNICEF said in a new report released today.
1.5 million vulnerable children in the Middle East threatened as winter approaches
AMMAN, 26 October 2017 – The coming winter is the latest threat to children affected by crises in the Middle East. As UNICEF races to provide warm clothing, winter supplies and blankets before the cold sets in, the organisation is facing a $60 million gap that could leave up to 1.5 million children exposed to the cold.
At current rates of reduction, it will take over 100 years to end child marriage in West and Central Africa
Dakar, 23 October 2017 – Unless progress is seriously accelerated, it will take over 100 years to end child marriage in West and Central Africa, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences for millions of child brides and crippling impact on the region’s prosperity, UNICEF said today.
South Sudan Conflict: 5,000 children reunited with family by Save the Children, UNICEF and partners
JUBA, 18 October 2017 – Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013, Save the Children, UNICEF and partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Statement on the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat on the situation in Rakhine state
YANGON, Myanmar 20 December 2016 – On behalf of the UN system in Myanmar, the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ms. Renata Dessallien welcomes the convening by the Government of Myanmar of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat on 19 December in Yangon and its outcome.
Winter is the latest threat to children living on the brink across the Middle East
AMMAN, 20 December 2016 – Unseasonably cold temperatures and winter weather are sweeping across the Middle East, threatening millions of children affected by crisis in the region. UNICEF is facing a $38 million funding gap as it races to provide life-saving assistance – including warm clothing, blankets and winter supplies - to children and families as the cold settles in.
Rise in child recruitment as conflict in South Sudan enters fourth year
JUBA, 15 December 2016 – Three years after fighting first erupted in South Sudan, children continue to be recruited by armed forces and armed groups, with 1,300 children recruited in 2016, UNICEF said today. This brings to more than 17,000 the total number of children used in the conflict since 2013.
Statement by UNICEF Syria Representative, Hanaa Singer, on the deteriorating situation for children in Aleppo and across the country
ALEPPO/DAMASCUS, 7 December 2016 – "I have just travelled back from Aleppo where the situation continues to plummet to even greater lows.
New film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham highlights urgent need to end violence against children
NEW YORK, 5 December 2016 – A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released today to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever.
Statement by UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere to the Security Council on the Situation of Children in Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 30 November 2016 – “Thank you, Mr. President, distinguished members, ladies and Gentlemen.
Almost half of Mosul’s children cut off from clean water as fighting intensifies - UNICEF
BAGHDAD, 30 November 2016 – Nearly 300,000 children in Mosul – almost half of all the children in the city – and their families have reportedly been cut off from access to clean water after a major water pipeline was destroyed amid the ongoing conflict.
Child rights agencies call on EU to put refugee and migrant children first
BRUSSELS, 29 November 2016 – European Union institutions and Member States must do more to protect refugee and migrant children, a statement signed by 78 agencies including Save the Children and UNICEF said today to mark the opening of the 10th European Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels.
Half a million children live under siege in Syria
NEW YORK/AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 27 November 2016 – As violence continues to escalate across Syria, the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year. Nearly 500,000 children now live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from sustained humanitarian aid and basic services.
Stop bombing schools and hospitals, says UNICEF
AMMAN, 21 November 2016 – “It has been a horrific week for Syria’s children – living and dying under the relentless bombardment of schools, homes and hospitals.
Statement on Turkey's Draft Bill on sexual abuse against children
ANKARA, Turkey, 21 November 2016 - UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women and UNDP in Turkey, are deeply concerned by the draft Bill submitted to the Parliament during the legislative debates on November 17 which may lead to some type of amnesty for child abuse perpetrators on the condition that the perpetrator marries the victim.
Central African Republic: Nearly one in five children is a refugee or internally displaced
Bangui/Dakar, 15 November 2016 – As the fragile recovery continues, more than 850,000 people in Central African Republic – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighbouring countries, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF calls on Italian parliament to pass bill providing support for record number of unaccompanied refugee and migrant children
ROME/LAMPEDUSA, 27 October 2016 –UNICEF is calling on the Italian parliament to urgently pass an historic bill that would strengthen support and protection for the record number of unaccompanied and separated children – at least 20,000 – who have arrived in Italy this year. Near daily reports of migrant drownings on the Mediterranean show clearly that passage of the bill cannot come a moment too soon for children risking their lives to reach Italian shores.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on multiple attacks on schools in Syria
NEW YORK, 27 October 2016 – “Yesterday, when a school compound in Syria was repeatedly attacked, killing dozens of children and teachers, we thought we had seen the depths of depravity.
145 children released armed groups in South Sudan – UNICEF
PIBOR, South Sudan, 26 October 2016 – A total of 145 children were today released by armed groups in South Sudan, UNICEF has announced. This is the largest number of children freed since 2015, when 1,775 children were released in the Greater Pibor Administrative Area.
Record numbers of unaccompanied children arrive in Italy – UNICEF
ROME/ GENEVA, 18 October 2016 – Three newborn babies, two born on Italian Coastguard boats in the Central Mediterranean and one at port, are among the newest arrivals of refugee and migrant children in Italy, as numbers of children hit record levels, says UNICEF.
Keep children safe in Mosul operation, UNICEF says
BAGHDAD, 17 October 2016 – More than half a million children and their families in Mosul will be at extreme risk in the coming weeks, UNICEF warned today as a military operation to retake the northern Iraqi city gets under way.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on children killed in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 14 October 2016 - “Yesterday’s attack near the Hatem Al Taai primary school in Aleppo city killed four children and injured three others. The children were on their way to school in the morning hours when mortars hit the area.
UNICEF urges more investment in meeting the basic needs of Afghanistan’s children
BRUSSELS, 7 October 2016 - UNICEF has welcomed the commitment made by donors attending this week’s Brussels Conference on Afghanistan, which promised the country more than US$ 15 billion in assistance over the coming four years.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria, on attacks and deliberate water cuts in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 23 September 2016 – “Nearly 2 million people in Aleppo are once again with no running water through the public network.
The United Nations welcomes the release of 21 child soldiers by the Government of Sudan
KHARTOUM, 22 September 2016 - The United Nations welcomes the release yesterday by the Government of Sudan of twenty one children allegedly associated with armed groups. These children, who have been in the custody of the government security forces, were captured during fighting between the Government of Sudan and the Justice and Equality Movement in Darfur, in 2015.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on attack on humanitarian convoy in Aleppo, Syria
NEW YORK, 20 September 2016 – “All those with a conscience must condemn the attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo that killed and injured humanitarian workers.
Nearly 50 million children “uprooted” worldwide – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 7 September 2016 – Across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted – 28 million of them driven from their homes by conflicts not of their making, and millions more migrating in the hope of finding a better, safer life. Often traumatized by the conflicts and violence they are fleeing, they face further dangers along the way, including the risk of drowning on sea crossings, malnourishment and dehydration, trafficking, kidnapping, rape and even murder. In countries they travel through and at their destinations, they often face xenophobia and discrimination
Statement on violence in Narathiwat Province, Thailand
BANGKOK, 6 September 2016 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the continuing violence in Thailand’s restive southernmost provinces and its impact on children, including an explosion that killed a five-year-old girl and her father in Narathiwat Province this morning.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the humanitarian pause in Aleppo, Syria
NEW YORK, 26 August 2016 - “Today is another sad and dangerous day for the children in Syria, in particular those living in Aleppo.
Refugee and migrant children stuck in Greece face double crisis
ATHENS/GENEVA 26 August 2016 – With the sudden increase of arrivals, hundreds more refugee and migrant children are becoming stranded in Greece with critical needs such as education and protection, says UNICEF.
Risking it all to escape gang violence and poverty
NEW YORK, 23 August 2016 – Every month, thousands of children from Central America risk being kidnapped, trafficked, raped, or killed as they make their way to the United States to seek refuge from brutal gangs and stifling poverty, and there is no sign this trend is letting up, UNICEF said in a report released today.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the situation of children in Aleppo, Syria
NEW YORK, 19 August 2016 –“What human being can see the stunned suffering of Omran Dagneesh, the small boy rescued from a destroyed building in Aleppo, Syria, and not feel an overwhelming sense of empathy?
Hundreds of children recruited by armed groups in South Sudan, as violations against women and children increase - UNICEF
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 19 August 2016 –More than 650 children have been recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since the beginning of this year, UNICEF said today.
Permanent and sustainable solution is key for refugees on Manus Island - UNICEF Australia
SYDNEY, Australia, 17 August 2016 – UNICEF Australia urges Minister Dutton to seriously consider resettlement options in credible third countries that are equipped to respond to the complex needs of refugees and their families, in the wake of news that an agreement has been made to close the Manus Island detention centre.
Two-thirds of young people in more than 18 countries say they have been victims of bullying
NEW YORK, 12 August 2016 - More than nine out of 10 young people believe bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities, and two-thirds say they have experienced bullying first hand - a new poll conducted by UNICEF and their partners shows.
UNICEF Australia renews calls for the Federal Government to provide a resettlement plan for asylum seeker children and families on Nauru
SYDNEY, Australia, 10 August 2016 – UNICEF Australia again calls on the Turnbull Government to provide a permanent resettlement solution for asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru as allegations of child sexual abuse, gender based violence and of cruel and inhumane conditions have re-emerged, only weeks after UNICEF released a joint report on the child protection system in Nauru with the Ministry of Home Affairs.
UN agencies deliver urgent relief to people stranded at Syria-Jordan border
AMMAN, 4 August 2016 – World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General William Lacy Swing today announced the successful completion of a relief operation to provide more than 75,000 people with food and humanitarian relief items.
Fans of the Olympic and Paralympic Games urged to help protect children
BRASILIA/NEW YORK, 3 August 2016 – UNICEF today launches a global sports initiative to engage people in its work for children. Sports enthusiasts worldwide can get involved in the Olympic and Paralympic action for free by signing up to Team UNICEF Get Active for Children, a scheme that unlocks a R$5 corporate donation every time participants complete 5km by foot or wheelchair.
UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Saad Houry, calls for the protection of all children in Aleppo
AMMAN, 2 August 2016 – UNICEF is extremely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of all children caught up in the escalating violence in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria.
Statement attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Syria Representative, on attacks in Qamishli and Idlib
DAMASCUS, 28 July 2016 – UNICEF deplores yesterday’s shocking attack which reportedly killed more than 50 people, including many children, in the northern Syrian city of Qamishli. Local hospitals are overwhelmed treating more than 150 injured people. UNICEF is informed that 32 children are being treated at the main hospital in Qamishli city, many with serious injuries.
UNICEF Statement on attacks on hospitals in Aleppo city
AMMAN, 26 July 2016 – “Four hospitals in eastern Aleppo city – al-Dakkak, al-Bayan, al-Hakim and al-Zahraa – and a blood blank were reportedly hit several times on 23 and 24 July disrupting key life-saving health services for up to 300,000 civilians.
UNICEF concerned about amendments to India’s Child Labour Bill
NEW DELHI, 25 July 2016 - UNICEF India welcomes the Rajya Sabha’s recent approval to amend the Child Labour Bill prohibiting children under the age of 14 from working, but is concerned about one provision that could further disadvantage the most vulnerable children.
UNICEF statement on recent case of sexual violence in India
NEW YORK, 20 July, 2016 – “The reported gang rape of a young Dalit woman in India by the same five men who had raped her three years ago underlines the heinous culture of impunity that surrounds violence against girls and women.
UNICEF on Syria: "Absolutely nothing justifies attacks on children”
DAMASCUS, Syria, 20 July 2016 – “This week in Syria, more than 20 children were reportedly killed in air strikes in Manbij and a 12-year-old boy was brutally murdered on-camera in Aleppo.
Majority of men and women oppose Female Genital Mutilation in countries where practice persists – UNICEF figures
NEW YORK, 14 July, 2016 – Approximately two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end, according to UNICEF data.
Global leaders and youth advocates launch new partnership and fund to end violence against children everywhere
NEW YORK, 12 July 2016 – Today at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility. End Violence Against Children - The Global Partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.
El Niño is over but its impact on children is set to worsen as disease, malnutrition continue to spread
NAIROBI/NEW YORK, July 8 2016 – The 2015-2016 El Niño has ended but its devastating impact on children is worsening, as hunger, malnutrition and disease continue to increase following the severe droughts and floods spawned by the event, one of the strongest on record, UNICEF said today
UNICEF-UNRWA condemn bombing of child friendly space in Khan Eishieh Camp in Syria
Amman/Damascus, 5 July 2016- The latest attack on Khan Eishieh Refugee Camp, home to Palestinian refugees and internally displaced Syrians, is the latest example in the Syria conflict of the inhumane disregard for life, particularly that of children and infrastructure on which they depend.
UNICEF Statement on the Killings of Children and Families in Baghdad
BAGHDAD, 3 July 2016— At least 125 people were reportedly killed and hundreds wounded, many of them children, in two separate bombings in Baghdad early this morning.
Iraq Crisis: 3.6 million children now at risk from increasing violence
BAGHDAD/AMMAN, 30 June 2016 - 3.6 million children in Iraq – one in five in the country - are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups, according to a new UNICEF report.
Unprecedented level of food insecurity in South Sudan, UN agencies warn
JUBA, 29 June 2016 – Up to 4.8 million people in South Sudan – well over one-third of the population – will be facing severe food shortages over the coming months, and the risk of a hunger catastrophe continues to threaten parts of the country, three UN agencies warned today.
Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most disadvantaged children: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 28 June 2016 – Based on current trends, 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals – unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a UNICEF report released today.
UNICEF Statement on the Killings of Children in Deir-ez-Zor, eastern Syria
AMMAN, 26 June 2016 - According to UNICEF’s local partners in Syria, 25 children were reportedly killed yesterday in air-strikes on al-Quriyah town, in the eastern countryside of Deir-ez-Zor.
Update on UNICEF response to humanitarian situation of displaced persons in Bama, Borno State, Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria, 23 June 2016 – UNICEF has been working with partners in Bama, Borno State, since March 2016, providing health, nutrition and water and sanitation support in a camp housing 25,000 people displaced by the conflict, including 15,000 children.
UNICEF welcomes signing of Government of Colombia-FARC ceasefire
NEW YORK/ BOGOTA, 23 June 2016 – “UNICEF welcomes the signing today by the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, of a bilateral ceasefire and disarmament agreement to end the conflict in the country.
“Neither safe nor sound”: Sexual exploitation, trafficking and abuse engulfing the lives of children in the camps of Calais and Dunkirk
LONDON/PARIS, 16 June 2016 – Children experience sexual exploitation, violence and forced labour on a daily basis in the camps of Northern France, according to the findings of Neither Safe Nor Sound, a new UNICEF France and UNICEF UK study.
“If you try to run, they shoot you; if you stop working they beat you. It was just like the slave trade.”
GENEVA, 14 June 2016 – More than 9 out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them.
UNICEF official: Attacks on medical facilities in Syria "should shake the moral compass of the world."
AMMAN, 8 June, 2016 – “Everyone must question their humanity when babies have to be taken out of incubators because of attacks on hospitals.
“We came with nothing, we have nothing”: Thousands flee Fallujah as fighting intensifies
BAGHDAD, 6 June 2016 – The UN and partners are in a race against time to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah
Statement attributable to UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 4 June 2016 – "UNICEF is deeply concerned about the arrests, expulsions from school and injuries of children in Burundi.
Iraq: UNICEF calls for protection of the children of Fallujah
BAGHDAD, 1 June 2016 – “As the violence continues to escalate in Fallujah and across Iraq, we are concerned over the protection of children in the face of extreme and rising danger.
UNICEF alarmed at refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 29 May 2016 - UNICEF expresses alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past week in the Central Mediterranean, many of whom were believed to be unaccompanied minors.
Commitment to Action: Moving from delivering aid to ending need
ISTANBUL, 24 May 2016 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of UNICEF, UNHCR, WHO, OCHA, WFP, FAO, UNFPA and UNDP, with the endorsement of the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration, launched today a “Commitment to Action” in which they agreed to put in place a new way of working in crises that will aim to not only meet humanitarian needs but also reduce them over time.
Four schools or hospitals attacked or occupied every day – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 May 2016 – An average of four schools or hospitals are attacked or occupied by armed forces and groups every day – according to UNICEF analysis released ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit.
UNICEF welcomes FARC’s announcement to release all children in its ranks
BOGOTA, Colombia/NEW YORK, 16 May 2016 – UNICEF welcomes the agreement by the Government of Colombia and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia – Ejército del Pueblo (FARC-EP), Colombia’s main armed opposition group, for the release of all children under the age of 15 from FARC’s ranks.
New portal providing national level data and resources will bolster worldwide efforts to protect children online - UNICEF and Family Online Safety Institute
LONDON, 10 May, 2016 – A new version of the Global Resource & Information Directory (GRID) launched today will provide governments, industry, law enforcement, educators and academics with a comprehensive digital resource to better protect children online including from sexual exploitation, said UNICEF and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI).
UNICEF with Christian and Islamic leaders in Egypt release studies on FGM and other violence against children
CAIRO, 9 May 2016 - Al-Azhar Al-Sahrief, Al-Azhar University and the Coptic Orthodox Church, in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today launched three publications by religious scholars on Islamic and Christian perspectives on protecting children from violence and harmful practices.
UNICEF: Give children better protection under revised EU asylum procedures
BRUSSELS, 4 May 2016 - As the European Union prepares for critical talks on the rules governing applications from people seeking protection in Europe, UNICEF has called for the interests and rights of children to be given greater priority.
Statement by Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, and Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director on attacks on medical facilities and personnel in Syria
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 29 April 2016 - We join the many voices expressing outrage at the attack on Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo. Among those killed were two doctors, including one of the only remaining pediatricians in the city, three paramedics, and numerous patients, among them children.
Nigeria regional conflict: 10-fold increase in number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 April 2016 – The number of children involved in ‘suicide’ attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger has risen sharply over the past year, from 4 in 2014 to 44 in 2015, according to a UNICEF report released today. More than 75 per cent of the children involved in the attacks are girls.
Yemen children bearing the brunt of brutal conflict – UN
NEW YORK/AMMAN, Jordan, 10 April 2016 – “The children of Yemen are bearing the brunt of a brutal conflict. The cessation of hostilities that has come into effect today is an opportunity for parties to take action to improve their protection.
UNICEF urges full hearings for refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece
GENEVA, 6 April 2016 - With the process of returning refugees and migrants from the Greek islands to Turkey underway as part of the EU-Turkey agreement, UNICEF reminds States of their duty to care and protect all children and give them a full and fair hearing when deciding on their future.
UN and its Agencies, Funds and Programmes condemn Easter Day attack on civilians in Lahore, Pakistan
"United Nations Country Team in Pakistan condemns in the strongest terms, the murderous attack on hundreds of people at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in Lahore, mainly women and children.
The Duchess of Cornwall sees how UNICEF protects children from online sexual abuse in Montenegro
PODGORICA, Montenegro, 18 March, 2016 - Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall today visited Montenegro to see how UNICEF is using a new digital application to help children stay safe on the internet and protect themselves from online sexual exploitation.
New multi-country initiative will protect millions of girls from child marriage – UNICEF/UNFPA
NEW YORK, 8 March 2016 – A new multi-country initiative to accelerate action to end child marriage will help protect the rights of millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls, UNICEF and UNFPA said on International Women’s Day.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake following his visit to Syria
HOMS, SYRIA – 1 March 2016 – “I complete this visit to Syria, together with Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of this war. My previous trip came on the eve of the third anniversary, two years of suffering ago. Now, the cessation of hostilities offers the Syrian people the possibility of peace.
Over 40 per cent of Fiji’s children affected by Cyclone Winston, as school year begins
SUVA, 1 March 2016 – More than a week has passed since Tropical Cyclone Winston ripped through Fiji, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. The latest data indicates that an estimated 347,000 people (40 per cent of the country’s total population), including 120,000 children, are directly impacted by the second-strongest storm to ever make landfall (second only to Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines).
Children left injured and homeless after violence in Malakal, South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 22 February 2016 - UNICEF is responding to the needs of children in the aftermath of the violence that occurred inside the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal this week. At least 18 people were killed, with children injured, distressed and separated from their parents.
Two years on, Ukraine conflict affects over half a million children - UNICEF
GENEVA/ NEW YORK/KYIV, Ukraine, 19 February 2016 – The conflict in Ukraine has deeply affected the lives of 580,000 children living in non-government controlled areas and close to the front line in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today. Of these, 200,000 – or one in three – need psychosocial support.
Statement on children following the Australian High Court finding on offshore detention of asylum seekers
BANGKOK, 9 February 2016 – “The Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Australia is a signatory, underscores that the best interests of a child must be a primary consideration in all decisions and actions affecting that child.
Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation by 2030, say UNFPA and UNICEF
NEW YORK, 5 February 2016 – “FGM is a violent practice, scarring girls for life -- endangering their health, depriving them of their rights, and denying them the chance to reach their full potential.
New statistical report on female genital mutilation shows harmful practice is a global concern – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 5 February 2016 – At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries, according to a new statistical report published ahead of the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
Unicef statement on the report of the independent review on sexual exploitation and abuse of children in the Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 17 December 2015 – “We are reviewing the Independent Panel’s Report, especially references to those instances where UNICEF failed to implement its policy on responding to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, in order to draw practical lessons for the future.
Closing the gaps in Bulgaria: UNICEF urges greater investment in the youngest and most vulnerable children
SOFIA, Bulgaria, 4 December 2015 –At the conclusion of a three-day visit to Bulgaria, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake commended the government’s commitment to children. He also discussed with the government the importance of prioritizing investments in early childhood development and in reaching the most disadvantaged and marginalized children.
UNICEF Advocate Ishmael Beah witnesses impact of conflict on children in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 27 November 2015 – Continued violence and the impact of brutal fighting has taken an increasingly heavy toll on the lives of children in South Sudan, Ishmael Beah said today, as the UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War wrapped up a one week visit to the country.
Child brides in Africa could more than double to 310 million by 2050 - UNICEF
NEW YORK/LUSAKA, Zambia, 26 November 2015 – If current levels persist, the total number of child brides in Africa will rise from 125 million to 310 million by 2050, according to a UNICEF report released at the African Union Girls Summit in Lusaka, Zambia, today.
Universal Children’s Day: Why fair matters
NEW YORK, 20 November 2015 – The world remains a deeply unfair place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, according to a UNICEF report released today.
Children’s futures being compromised as violence escalates in Burundi, says UNICEF
NAIROBI, Kenya, 18 November 2015 – Children risk bearing the brunt of an escalation in violence in Burundi, UNICEF warned today, noting that the crisis has already left 17 children dead and many more injured.
Tech companies and governments pledge to protect millions of children from sexual exploitation online – UNICEF
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 17 November, 2015 – Leading technology companies, governments and international organizations have committed to protecting millions of children from online sexual exploitation at the #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit hosted by the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom in Abu Dhabi, said UNICEF.
UNICEF: Major spike in number of refugee and migrant children on the move in Europe
GENEVA, 13 November 2015 – With record numbers of child refugees and migrants – 700 a day seeking asylum in Europe – UNICEF has identified five groups of vulnerable children and is mobilizing tailored actions to meet their needs.
Protecting children from sexual exploitation online: Expert commentary available
NEW YORK, 12 November, 2015 - UNICEF experts will be available for media interviews from the #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit. Commentary available on the growing risks children face online; strategies to prevent and protect girls and boys from online sexual exploitation; and the critical role young people must play in protecting themselves while using information and communication technologies
UN calls for immediate access to conflict-affected areas to prevent catastrophe in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 22 October 2015 – Three UN agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.
50 years after UNICEF received Nobel Peace Prize, children still face 'conflict and crisis, deprivation and disadvantage' -- UNICEF Chief
NEW YORK, 6 October 2015 – “In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of UNICEF in 1965, UNICEF’s second Executive Director, Henry Labouisse, said that “the welfare of today’s children is inseparably linked with the peace of tomorrow’s world.” Today, in a world of growing turmoil, his words still ring true. And they speak to us all
Joint statement on Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 2 October 2015 – “Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a significant and very welcome step toward realizing the rights of the country's 6.5 million children.
Six months of violence in Yemen leave more than 500 children dead, some 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition: UNICEF
GENEVA/SANA’A, Yemen, 2 October 2015 – Six months of unremitting violence in Yemen have left at least 505 children dead, 702 injured and more than 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition, UNICEF said today.
Pampers and UNICEF celebrate a decade together helping to save the lives of millions of children and mothers
NEW YORK, 28 September 2015 - An estimated 500,000 newborn lives have been saved and 100 million women and their newborns protected from the deadly disease, maternal and newborn tetanus, thanks to a ten-year long partnership between Pampers® and UNICEF that helped achieve this milestone.
UNICEF response to EU summit on refugee and migrant crisis
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 23 September 2015 – "UNICEF welcomes the recognition by the EU that the best interests of children are paramount in their relocation within the EU and that the special needs of children for health care and protection should be a primary concern.
UNICEF ramps up mobile response for child refugees and migrants in Croatia, as numbers climb
ZAGREB, Croatia/GENEVA, 22 September 2015 – UNICEF has established two mobile units of child protection and welfare experts in Croatia, as an estimated 10,000 women and child refugees and migrants have entered the country in the past week alone.
The World Council of Churches and UNICEF sign global partnership to promote children’s rights
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 September 2015 – The World Council of Churches (WCC) and UNICEF signed a partnership today pledging to work together to support children’s rights, with special initial focus on two major issues: violence against children and climate change.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham calls on world leaders to #ENDviolence against children
LONDON/NEW YORK, 15 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is championing a letter signed by 18 child survivors of violence that calls on world leaders to end the widespread abuse that affects millions of children around the world. One of the signatories is a 16-year-old boy from Cambodia, where Beckham travelled earlier this year.
New release of children by armed group in Central African Republic brings total to more than 600 since May
BATANGAFO, Central African Republic, August 28 2015 – An additional 163 children – including 5 girls - have been released by an armed group in the Central African Republic.
UNICEF supports children fleeing violence and on the move in Europe
GENEVA/SKOPJE MK, 25 August 2015 - UNICEF has established a child-friendly space with a mobile team near Geveglija town, at the border with Greece to provide much needed support to women and children on the move through the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Yemen Conflict: Over a thousand child casualties so far – UNICEF
SANAA, Yemen, 19 August 2015 – An average of eight children are being killed or maimed every day in Yemen as a direct result of the conflict gripping the country, according to a report released by UNICEF.
Reported rape of a young girl in the Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 15 August 2015 - Our UNICEF colleagues in the Central African Republic met with the young girl reportedly raped by a UN police officer. While respecting the integrity of the investigation into the incident, it is clear that this child has endured a most brutal ordeal.
Reports of sexual abuse of children in Kasur, Pakistan
KATHMANDU, Nepal 11 August 2015 – “Recent reports of children being sexually abused over a period of several years in the Kasur district of Pakistan are appalling. UNICEF is in contact with the Government authorities to understand the full dimension of this crime. Our sympathies are with the children who have been victims to this abuse. It is vital that the children and families affected are immediately offered the necessary care and protection that will prevent further victimization and allow the difficult process of healing to begin.
Violence involving children in conflicts has taken a darker turn -- UNICEF
NEW YORK, 24 July 2015 – “Millions of children around the world today are caught up in adults’ wars – deliberately killed, injured, raped, abducted. Their schools and homes are being destroyed; they are being denied food, water and health care. Tens of thousands are forced to join armed forces and groups.
Brazil: Homicides of children and teenagers double in 20 years – UNICEF report
BRASÍLIA, Brazil, 16 July 2015 – The number of children and teenagers murdered in Brazil has more than doubled in 20 years, according to a new UNICEF report marking 25 years since the introduction of the Child and Adolescent Statute.
Children’s lives at serious risk if DPR Korea drought continues, UNICEF warns
BANGKOK, 8 July 2015 – Children are already suffering as a result of drought in some parts of DPR Korea and many more may be at serious risk of malnutrition and disease if it continues, UNICEF warned today.
Statement attributable to UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern & Southern Africa, Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, on school attack in Burundi
NAIROBI, 19 June 2015 – "The grenade attack on school grounds in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, which resulted in the injury of a 15-year-old boy is a deplorable assault on a place that should always be safe for every child.
Nepal Earthquakes: UNICEF speeds up response to prevent child trafficking
GENEVA/KATHMANDU, 19 June 2015 - At least 245 children have been intercepted from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children’s care homes since the first earthquake hit Nepal almost two months ago, said UNICEF
Unspeakable violence against children in South Sudan – UNICEF chief
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake: NEW YORK, 17 June 2015 – “The violence against children in South Sudan has reached a new level of brutality.
Statement attributable to Julien Harneis, UNICEF Representative in Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen, 16 June 2015 – "The number of children in Yemen who have been killed as a result of conflict over the last 10 weeks is four times that of all those confirmed to have been killed in 2014*. At least 279 children have been killed and 402 injured since the escalation of violence in Yemen which began on 26 March 2015, compared with 74 and 244, respectively, that were reported in the whole of last year.
Young African activists share powerful stories on child marriage in first ever UNICEF Twitter takeover
NEW YORK, 16 June 2015 – Five young activists from across Africa are sharing their powerful personal experiences of child marriage in UNICEF’s first ever global Twitter takeover on this year’s Day of the African Child (June 16).
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Cambodia to focus attention on children in danger
LONDON/SIEM REAP, Cambodia, 15 June 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Cambodia to see how UNICEF and its partners are helping children who have endured physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and protecting vulnerable children from danger.
Children under threat from renewed violence in eastern Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, 12 June 2015 – At least 68 children are reported to have been killed and 180 injured since March last year as a result of conflict in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today. While no children were reportedly killed in the latest escalation near the town of Mariinka, west of Donetsk, there are anecdotal reports of children having been injured by heavy weapons fire.
Child victims of violence rarely have access to justice, UNICEF says
BRUSSELS, 3 June 2015 — Most child victims of violence in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia find themselves unable to speak up and file charges in court, according to a new UNICEF regional report launched here today.
Child maltreatment in Asia-Pacific is costing countries US $209 billion each year, says UNICEF
BANGKOK, 2 June 2015 – Child abuse and violence is costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific around US $209 billion/year, equivalent to 2 percent of the region’s GDP, according to newly published research commissioned by UNICEF. This is the first ever costing of child maltreatment in the region and was conducted by a team of global experts using a proven methodology previously employed in Australia and the US.
UNICEF renews call for protection and safety of children amidst violence in Burundi
BUJUMBURA, Burundi / NAIROBI, 27 May 2015 – UNICEF said today it is extremely concerned by evidence of the continued presence of children amidst violent confrontations in Burundi. This situation has led to the death of yet another child in a shooting Monday and the injury of a child struck by a bullet yesterday.
Northeast Nigeria: Alarming spike in suicide attacks involving women and girls - UNICEF
ABUJA, Nigeria, 26 May 2015 – More women and children have been used as suicide bombers in Northeast Nigeria in the first five months of this year than during the whole of last year, according to reports collated by UNICEF.
Statement on situation in Yemen by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 24 May 2015 – “The toll seems to grow higher by the day. Reports that two more children have been killed and six more children injured in the escalating conflict in Yemen underscore the urgent need for action to protect children -- and to bring an end to the hostilities that are devastating their lives and futures.
Children killed, abducted and raped in South Sudan attacks – UNICEF
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 18 May 2015 - Dozens of children have been killed, at least 12 raped and others abducted and recruited in a series of attacks in South Sudan’s Unity State over a two-week period, according to eyewitness accounts received by UNICEF.
Situation of children stranded in boats in South East Asia
BANGKOK, 15 May 2015 - UNICEF is very worried about the situation of children and their families stranded on boats in the seas of South East Asia. These children need, and they have a right to, urgent help and protection. UNICEF shares the Secretary-General’s sense of alarm at reports that some countries are refusing entry to boats carrying refugee and migrant children.
Tens of thousands of children flee violence in Burundi
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 15 May 2015 - Approximately 100,000 people, the vast majority of whom are women and children, have fled violent clashes in Burundi to neighbouring Great Lakes countries including Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). These number of refugees is expected to rise, as the situation in Burundi remains volatile.
Hundreds of children released by armed groups in Central African Republic
BAMBARI, Central African Republic, 14 May 2015 – More than 300 children, including several under 12 years old, have been released from armed groups in the Central African Republic following a UNICEF-facilitated agreement by the groups’ leaders to free all children in their ranks.
Nepal earthquakes: Looming crisis for children’s emotional health - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 14 May 2015 – Children in Nepal are facing an unprecedented emotional toll as they deal with the devastating consequences of two major earthquakes in two and a half weeks, warned UNICEF.
Put migrant children’s rights on EU agenda, urges UNICEF
BRUSSELS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 May 2015 - On the eve of the adoption of the EU Migration Agenda, UNICEF is calling for the rights and wellbeing of migrant children to be at the heart of Europe’s immigration policy and for the European Union to be guided by the values it cherishes.
“Today it’s young people’s turn to talk”
NEW YORK/BERLIN, 11 May 2015 – Today, just before the heads of state and government of the world’s leading industrialised nations meet in Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, 54 girls and boys aged 14 to 18 from the G7 states, some EU Member States and a number of developing countries are at the Federal Chancellery to present their ideas and demands and discuss how to solve the world’s most pressing problems with Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Youth Minister Manuela Schwesig.
UNICEF Innovation adopts new models of investment to give poorest children better opportunities
NEW YORK, 7 May 2015 – UNICEF today launched a Global Innovation Centre and Innovation Fund to bring to scale creative and cost-reducing approaches to better the lives of the poorest children.
"Show & Tell" at UNICEF with kick off of new Innovation Centre & Fund
NEW YORK, 7 May 2015 - See UNICEF’s award winning innovations in action, produced by the 14 innovation labs around the world from U-Report to Edu-trac. Included will be the announcement of the kick off of a Global Innovation Centre (GIC) and Innovation Fund (IF) to bring to scale creative and cost-reducing approaches to better the lives of the poorest children.
South Sudan: Put child rights first, UNICEF says
JUBA, South Sudan, May 5, 2015 – UNICEF today welcomed South Sudan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and urged the Government to make child rights the cornerstone of the world’s youngest nation.
Armed groups in Central African Republic agree to release thousands of children
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 5 May 2015 - Leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic agreed today to release all children associated with their forces and to immediately end any new child recruitment.
BURUNDI: UNICEF calls for protection of children amid protests in the capital
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, 30 April 2015 – "Children are at risk of bearing the brunt of the confrontations in and around Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.
282 boys and 1 girl freed in final release of children from Cobra Faction in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya/NEW YORK, 24 April 2015 – 282 boys and 1 girl have been freed in the final release of children associated with the Cobra Faction armed group, in South Sudan.
Hundreds of children killed or maimed in deadly month-long fighting in Yemen - UNICEF
SANA’A, Yemen/AMMAN, Jordan/GENEVA, 24 April 2015 – At least 115 children have been killed and 172 maimed as result of conflict in Yemen since 26 March, UNICEF said today.
Step up action before more tragedies unfold in the Mediterranean
NEW YORK, 20 April, 2015 - “Reports of tragedies on the Mediterranean Sea - leaving hundreds of people, including children, dead or missing – are becoming all too frequent and the human cost all too high.
800,000 children forced to flee violence in Nigeria and region – UNICEF
DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 13 April 2015 – Around 800,000 children have been forced to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups – according to a new report from UNICEF.
Sudan: Children abducted in Abyei released after UN mediation
KHARTOUM, Sudan, 9 April, 2015 – UNICEF confirms that a group of four children recently abducted by an armed group in Abyei has been released.
Airstrike on Al Rasheedi school in Yemen - Statement
SANA’A/AMMAN, 8 April 2015 – “Yesterday’s airstrike on Al Rasheedi school in Yemen's Ibb governorate, which left at least two children dead and two injured, is a stark reminder of the appalling risks facing children as the conflict in Yemen intensifies.
Myanmar peace agreement – UNICEF Statement
NEW YORK, 31 March 2015 – “The successful conclusion of a National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) between the Government of Myanmar and representatives of 16 ethnic armed groups is welcome news for children in Myanmar, who have suffered from some of the longest-running civil conflicts in the world.
Children killed and injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance in eastern Ukraine - UNICEF
KYIV/GENEVA, 31 March 2015 –At least 109 children are reported to have been injured and 42 killed by landmines and unexploded ordnance in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine since March last year, UNICEF said today.
Protect children from escalating violence in Yemen, UNICEF appeals
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 31 March 2015 – At least 62 children have been killed and 30 injured during fighting in Yemen over the past week, according to UNICEF. The fighting is severely damaging basic health services and education, while violence and displacement are leaving children terrified.
UNICEF Yemen statement on yesterday's killings in Sana'a
SANAA, Yemen, 21 March 2015 - "UNICEF strongly condemns yesterday's attacks on mosques in Sana'a in which at least 13 children were killed and 19 were injured. The attacks claimed the lives of at least 137 people and injured more than 300.
Nine year old girl soldier freed in large release of child soldiers in South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 21 March, 2015 – Up to 250 child soldiers including four girls, one as young as nine, were released today in South Sudan from an armed group, the Cobra Faction. Another 400 are being released over the next two days.
Urgent action needed to assist people affected by conflict in Nigeria and Ukraine - UNICEF and OCHA
NEW YORK, 19 March 2015 – Addressing the media today after returning from a week-long mission to Nigeria and Ukraine, John Ging of OCHA and Afshan Khan of UNICEF, called on the international community to support efforts under way to assist civilians in both countries.
As Syria conflict enters a fifth year, what does it take to end the crisis and end the suffering?
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ROME/AMMAN, 13 March 2015 - “The appalling crisis in Syria is entering a fifth year. A crisis that continues to exact an unconscionable human cost. A crisis that the international community has failed to stop.
14 million children impacted by conflict in Syria and Iraq: UNICEF
NEW YORK/AMMAN, 12 March 2015 – Some 14 million children across the region are now suffering from the escalating conflict sweeping Syria and much of Iraq, said UNICEF today.
Children seized from South Sudan school not released yet
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 28 February 2015 – Scores of children seized by armed men from a village in northern South Sudan two weeks ago remain forcibly recruited as child soldiers, despite intensive efforts to locate and free them.
UNICEF statement on plight of child migrants in the Mediterranean
BRUSSELS, 26 February 2015 – “Since the beginning of the year, not a single week has gone by without reports of people, mostly from conflict-torn countries, crossing the Mediterranean on unsafe boats in search of sanctuary in Europe.
UNICEF condemns new child abductions by armed group in South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/NEW YORK, 21 February, 2015 – UNICEF condemns in the strongest terms the abduction of scores of boys, some as young 13, by an armed group near Malakal in the north of South Sudan.
Ukraine: United Nations delivers 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk
GENEVA/KYIV, 19 February 2015 – The United Nations delivered 62 metric tons of humanitarian aid to Donetsk today. This includes essential hygiene items, warm clothes, blankets, condensed milk powder, drinking water, and medical supplies procured by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).
UNICEF and Hungary announce agreement in principle to establish new UNICEF Global Services Centre in Budapest
NEW YORK/BUDAPEST, 10 February 2015 – The Government of Hungary and UNICEF announced today that they have agreed in principle to establish UNICEF’s first-ever Global Shared Services Centre in Budapest. The new centre will conduct a broad range of UNICEF’s financial and human resources operations worldwide, enabling the children’s organization to realize greater efficiencies and cost savings.
More children released from armed group in South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 10 February 2015 – UNICEF and partners are overseeing the release of another 300 children from an armed group in South Sudan.
UNICEF and David Beckham launch ‘7’ – a new fund for children in danger across globe
LONDON, 9 February 2015 – David Beckham and UNICEF are today launching a groundbreaking initiative, 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund, to protect millions of children around the world from danger.
More than 16,000 children lost parents or caregivers to Ebola - many are taken in by the communities: UNICEF
DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 6 February 2015 – Some 16,600 children are registered as having lost one or both parents, or their primary caregivers to Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but less than 3 per cent have had to be placed outside family or community care, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF launches US$3.1 billion appeal to reach more children in emergencies
GENEVA, 29 January 2015 - UNICEF is launching a US$3.1 billion appeal – its largest ever – to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide – a US$1 billion jump in funding needs since last year’s appeal.
UNICEF emergency supplies flown in as crisis worsens in Darfur
KHARTOUM, 28 January 2015 – UNICEF flew in today emergency supplies in response to the growing influx of displaced persons into Um Baru locality, north east of the State capital, El Fasher, in North Darfur. Over the last two weeks some 4,000 additional people have arrived to the locality, most of them are women and children. Their number continues to increase daily.
Thousands of children to be gradually released from armed group in South Sudan
JUBA/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 27 January, 2015 – UNICEF and partners have secured the release of approximately 3,000 children from an armed group in South Sudan - one of the largest ever demobilizations of children. The first group of 280 children were released today, at the village of Gumuruk in Jonglei State, eastern South Sudan. Further phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month.
Over 1,000 children in bomb shelters in Ukraine urgently need help: UNICEF
GENEVA/KYIV/NEW YORK, 27 January 2015 – Over 1,000 children are forced to seek refuge in underground bomb shelters in Donetsk city due to ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said.
Children losing homes, schools and lives as result of Nigeria violence
GENEVA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 20 January 2015 – Children are suffering the dire consequences of the conflict in Nigeria, losing their homes, missing out on education and risking their lives, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF steps up relief efforts for Malawi flood victims as rains continue
LILONGWE/BLANTYRE, Malawi, 19 January 2015 – As heavy rains continue to fall in Malawi, UNICEF is stepping up its relief efforts, airlifting an initial 90 tons of supplies, as it seeks to reach those most in need.
UNICEF Steps Up Assistance for Syrian Children Affected by the Bitter Winter Sweeping through the Middle East
GENEVA/AMMAN, 13 January 2015 – Amidst the harshest conditions of the winter so far, UNICEF has delivered warm clothing, blankets, heating supplies, cash and vouchers to more than 900,000 children in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on escalating violence against children in northern Nigeria
NEW YORK, 11 January 2015 - “These images from Northern Nigeria should be searing the conscience of the world.
UNICEF and WFP partner to help vulnerable Syrian families in Za’atari and Azraq camps protect their children against the winter cold
AMMAN, 7 January 2015 – As Jordan braces for a winter storm in the next few days, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a winter cash assistance programme to provide 41,000 vulnerable Syrian refugee children under the age of 14 in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps with 14 Jordanian Dinars (JOD) each, to allow their families to get them winter clothes.
New Year in Syria offers little chance of children's education as schools remain targets of conflict
GENEVA/DAMASCUS, 6 January 2015 – Continuing conflict and the recent closure of some schools in Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zour governorates and parts of rural Aleppo in Syria is believed to have disrupted education for 670,000 children of primary and lower high school age, said UNICEF today.
UNICEF Statement on deadly attacks on children in Yemen and Pakistan
NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 – The massacre today of more than 100 children in an attack on a school in Pakistan, and the reported killing of at least 15 school girls in a car bombing in Yemen, mark a dark day in the closing weeks of a bleak year for children around the world.
UNICEF gears up to respond as Typhoon Hagupit heads to the Philippines
TACLOBAN CITY, LEYTE, Philippines, 5 December 2014 – Merely thirteen months after the coastal communities were ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, Super Typhoon Hagupit (locally named Ruby) is gaining strength to hit the Philippines within the next few days.
European Parliament celebrates CRC@25 and renews EU commitments for children
STRASBOURG, 27 November 2014 - In a special plenary session, the European Parliament adopted a resolution marking the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) with a call to place children’s rights at the heart of the European Union’s internal and external policies.
Thai media continues to violate children’s rights, including the regular disclosure of the identify of child victims
BANGKOK, 27 November 2014 – Children’s rights continue to be regularly violated in Thai newspaper and television news coverage, according to a media study supported by UNICEF Thailand and released today.
Children’s winter needs are greater than ever in Middle East but limited access and funds hamper UNICEF response
AMMAN/GENEVA, 14 November 2014 – As seasonal cold winds, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures close in on conflict-torn parts of the Middle East, UNICEF and partners have begun the distribution of warm clothes and other winter items to ensure that one million of the most vulnerable children are kept warm and healthy.
UNICEF Statement on the suicide bombing of a school in northeast Nigeria
DAKAR/NEW YORK, 10 November 2014 – “UNICEF condemns the cruel attack today on the Government Science Technical School Potiskum in Yobe State, Nigeria, which killed dozens of children and injured many more.
Statement on the protection of children during the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine
GENEVA/KYIV, 7 November 2014 – The senseless killing of two children and injury of four others in the shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday is a shocking reminder of the price being paid by children and families in the ongoing violence in Eastern Ukraine.
Statement by Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative for Syria on attack on the Al Hayat Primary School in Eastern Damascus
DAMASCUS, Syria, 7 November 2014 – The attack on the Al Hayat Primary School in the district of Qaboun in eastern Damascus on Wednesday killed 11 children and injured many more – yet another horrific reminder of the terrible price Syria’s children are paying in a brutal conflict now well into its fourth year.
UNICEF statement on deaths of children in Donetsk, Ukraine
KYIV/GENEVA, 6 November 2014 - UNICEF is saddened to learn that at least two children were killed and four have been injured as a result of shelling of a school sports field in Donetsk city on 5 November 2014. We at UNICEF express our deepest sympathies to the families of the children who have lost their lives or been injured. UNICEF reminds all parties to the conflict that they have a responsibility to keep children out of harm’s way.
UNICEF Ebola response: Survivors to join fight against deadly virus in Sierra Leone
GENEVA/KENEMA, Sierra Leone, 15 October 2014 – Thirty-five Ebola survivors are meeting this week in Kenema, one of the epicentres of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, to share their experience of Ebola, learn how to deal with its psychological aftermath, and find ways to help infected community members.
Nearly one in four adolescent girls experience physical violence
NEW YORK, 10 October 2014 – Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF is issuing a new compilation of data revealing the magnitude of violence against adolescent girls and the alarming attitudes that perpetuate such abuse.
UNICEF welcomes release of 70 Kurdish children
GENEVA / DAMASCUS, 3 October 2014 - “UNICEF welcomes the release of 70 Kurdish children after 120 days of captivity. These children were kidnapped on 29 May 2014 while traveling from their home-town of Ai’n Al Arab in the northern Syrian governorate of Aleppo to take their final school examinations.
UNICEF and WFP: Missions reach more than 500,000 in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 30 September 2014 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF are wrapping up their 25th joint emergency mission to deliver lifesaving supplies and services in the most remote and conflict-hit regions of South Sudan.
First batch of 50,000 household protection kits arrives in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia, 25 September 2014 – With Ebola cases in Liberia spiralling upwards – now over 3,500 cases – UNICEF’s first shipment of new household protection kits landed in the Liberian capital on Wednesday.
Increased investment in education and protection helps safeguard the future of a generation of children affected by Syria crisis
NEW YORK, 24 September 2014 – Over the last year, an additional 770,000 children affected by the Syria crisis benefitted from some form of education and almost 660,000 children received psychological support.
Leaders pledge to put early child development at the centre of sustainable development
NEW YORK, 23 September 2014 – Today, world leading scientists and economists, along with high-level representatives from business, civil society, academia, UN agencies and a host of countries, committed to making early childhood development central to sustainable development at a breakfast meeting for champions of early childhood development (ECD), on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly.
UNICEF launches ‘app store for good’
NEW YORK, 22 September 2014 – UNICEF today launched RapidPro – an open-source platform of applications that can help governments deliver rapid and vital real-time information and connect communities to lifesaving services.
Support vulnerable families to reduce reliance on institutional care: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 10 September 2014 – At least 1.4 million children in 26 countries across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia are growing up apart from their biological parents, often in institutional settings that can affect their development. Supporting families at risk of separation can reduce the need for institutional care and promote the right of all children to be raised in a nurturing family environment.
Ebola outbreak: UNICEF continues to rush critical supplies to protect health workers and families
GENEVA/DAKAR/FREETOWN/NEW YORK, 5 September 2014 – A cargo plane of UNICEF medical supplies including protective equipment and essential medicine has just landed in Sierra Leone, part of the children's agency's continued drive to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
New guidelines for industry on protecting children online
GENEVA, 5 September 2014 – The International Telecommunication Union, UNICEF and partners of the Child Online Protection Initiative, released updated guidelines to strengthen online protection for children today.
New global data expose acute prevalence of violence against children: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 4 September 2014 – The largest-ever compilation of data on violence against children shows the staggering extent of physical, sexual and emotional abuse -- and reveals the attitudes that perpetuate and justify violence, keeping it ‘hidden in plain sight’ in every country and community in the world.
Amid ongoing conflict, Iraq successfully implements polio campaign supported by UNICEF and WHO
ERBIL / AMMAN, 1 September 2014 – A mass polio immunization campaign across Iraq earlier this month succeeded in reaching 3.75 out of the 4 million children under the age of 5, despite the ongoing violence sweeping much of the country.
UNICEF briefing on largest global compilation of data on violence against children
NEW YORK, 29 August 2014 - A new, unprecedented statistical analysis on global patterns of violence against children – an issue largely undocumented and underreported.
Horrifying accounts of child rights violations emerge from survivors of violence in north-western Iraq
DOHUK, Iraq, 20 August 2014 – Testimonies gathered from civilians who fled the recent offensive by armed groups in the Sinjar district of north-western Iraq have revealed appalling accounts of killing, abduction and sexual violence perpetrated against women and children, according to UNICEF.
More than 100 children released from armed groups in Central African Republic over past week
BANGUI CAR/DARKAR Senegal, 18 August 2014 – One hundred and three children age 8 to 17 were released over the past week from armed groups in Bangui following negotiations with armed group leaders.
UNICEF scaling up support and protection to children in Gaza amid fragile cease-fire
GAZA, 16 August 2014 – A pause in fighting has helped UNICEF bring life-saving assistance to children in Gaza, but a sustained peace is needed to reach hundreds of thousands more children who desperately need support to rebuild their lives.
Bollywood Actress and International Recording Artist Priyanka Chopra inspires teenage girls to aim high with UNICEF
NEW YORK/LONDON/MUMBAI, India, 11 August 2014 - New Bollywood Actress, International Recording Artist and UNICEF India Ambassador Priyanka Chopra met with young women in Chandrapur, India, to mark International Youth Day and to witness how their lives are being transformed through the Building Young Futures programme, which is run in partnership with Barclays.
UNICEF: Indigenous children left behind in their countries’ progress
NEW YORK, 8 August 2014 – Indigenous children continue to miss out on their rights and face discrimination on a daily basis, UNICEF said today to mark the 2014 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Reality of Gaza destruction haunts families and children amid ceasefire
JERUSALEM, 7 August 2014 – As the three-day ceasefire in Gaza draws to a close, families are struggling to cope with the aftermath of 28 days of violence and destruction that has left an estimated 65,000 people homeless.
Statement on child deaths in Iraq; attributable to Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative
ERBIL, 5 August 2014 – The reported deaths of 40 children from minority groups who were displaced from Sinjar city and district by armed violence are of extreme concern.
UNICEF China expresses solidarity with children of Yunnan affected by the earthquake
BEIJING, 4 August 2014 - UNICEF China expresses its condolences to families who have lost loved ones in the earthquake in Yunnan province on Sunday and are ready to work with the Government of China to provide emergency relief.
UNICEF on Gaza, Israel: “Outrage has become commonplace”
NEW YORK, 30 July 2014 - “Another school in Gaza has come under fire, killing more children in a conflict where such an outrage has become commonplace.
Children affected by crisis in Ukraine tell their stories in one-minute videos
LVIV, Ukraine, 25 July 2014 – UNICEF Ukraine today released the latest in UNICEF’s OneMinutesJr video series, featuring stories by 14 internally displaced children 6 to 17 years old from Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
UNICEF on Gaza: Using or attacking school premises is unacceptable
AMMAN, 25 July 2014 – "Yesterday’s attack on Beit Hanoun Elementary Co-Ed A and D School – the third school hit this week – is proof that much more needs to be done to protect innocent children.
UNICEF Romania releases music video to support #EndViolence
BUCHAREST, Romania, 24 July 2014 - UNICEF Romania today launched a new music video dedicated to the prevention of violence against children as part of the global campaign #ENDviolence.
Bolivia’s new Code on Children welcome, but concerns remain -- UNICEF
PANAMA CITY, 23 July 2014 – UNICEF welcomes Bolivia’s new Code for Children and Adolescents but remains concerned about two exemptions that leave children as young as 10 at risk of child labour.
No time to lose: New UNICEF data show need for urgent action on female genital mutilation and child marriage
LONDON/NEW YORK, 22 July 2014 – The UK Government and UNICEF are hosting today a first-ever Girl Summit to rally support for much faster progress to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage – two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.
Three humanitarian workers released in North Darfur
EL FASHER, 19 July 2014 – Three Sudanese humanitarian workers abducted in Kutum, North Darfur, on 18 June 2014, were freed today in the same locality after 32 days in captivity.
Media Advisory - Girl Summit: Ending female genital mutilation and child marriage within a generation
Girls who undergo FGM/C are at risk of prolonged bleeding, infection including HIV, infertility, and death. A girl who is married as a child is more likely to be out of school, experience domestic abuse and contract sexually transmitted infections. She will have children when she herself is still a child, and is far more likely to die due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth than women in their twenties.
Child marriage shows no sign of abating in Jordan, UNICEF study shows
AMMAN, Jordan, 16 July 2014 -- More than 1 out of 10 girls in Jordan marries before the age of 18, a rate that has been relatively consistent over the past decade, despite a sharp increase among Syrian refugees in the country, according to the findings of a new UNICEF study.
Agencies welcome UN Security Council Resolution on humanitarian access in Syria
NEW YORK/ROME, 16 July, 2014 -- We welcome Security Council Resolution 2165 on humanitarian access in Syria, which should enable us to reach up to 2.9 million more people with vital aid. This resolution represents a breakthrough in our efforts to get aid to Syrians in need.
UNICEF Statement on violence against children in Jerusalem and the West Bank
NEW YORK, 2 July 2014 – “The justified outrage at the killing of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem today, and that seen at the funerals yesterday of three young Israelis murdered in the West Bank, are a reminder that we must never become accustomed to such attacks against children, anywhere, in any way, and at any time.
UNICEF condemns killing of teenagers in West Bank
NEW YORK, 30 June 2014 – “UNICEF strongly condemns the abduction and killing of three Israeli young people in the West Bank. We join the UN Secretary-General in expressing our deepest sympathy to their families.
UNICEF: Children on the frontlines of Iraq conflict
NEW YORK/ERBIL, Iraq, 27 June 2014 – Homeless, scared and destitute – this is the reality for many children displaced by the last two weeks of violence in Iraq, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow returns to Central African Republic
Media Advisory: UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow returns to Central African Republic
Population displacement in Sudan – a Children’s crisis
GENEVA / KHARTOUM, 27 June 2014 - The current IDP and refugee crisis in Sudan is manifesting itself clearly as a children’s crisis, with up to 70 per cent or more of people on the move being children; active conflict in nine of the country’s 18 states; and more than a hundred locations with people in need of humanitarian assistance. Since the beginning of the year, the Darfur region alone has seen 267,600 new IDPs.
Action and investment needed to universalize education: UNICEF
BRUSSELS, 26 June 2014 – Recent data show that progress in making education truly universal and inclusive, and the investment required to do so, have stalled. Today’s Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Second Replenishment conference calls on the international community to commit to giving all children access to school and learning.
Statement by UNICEF Iraq Representative Marzio Babille on the Latest Displacement of Civilians including Children in Northern Iraq
ERBIL, Iraq, 26 June 2014 – “UNICEF is alarmed by the latest mass displacement of civilians in northern Iraq. Approximately 1,500 people, including large numbers of children and elderly, arrived in Erbil yesterday from Hamdaniya, Ninevah Governorate, and reports indicate a significantly larger group of displaced is on the move. Many of these displaced people have travelled long distances on foot and some bear injuries sustained in the recent violence.
UNICEF scales up humanitarian assistance to displaced Iraqi children
ERBIL, Iraq, 24 June 2014 – Safe water and hygiene are at the centre of UNICEF’s humanitarian response to children and families affected by the on-going conflict in Iraq. The latest crisis, which began on 11 June, resulted in the displacement of an estimated 500,000 people, half of them children.
Government of South Sudan Recommits to Action Plan to End Recruitment and Use of Children
JUBA, South Sudan, 24 June, 2014 – In a ceremony at the headquarters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Juba this morning, the Government of South Sudan formally renewed its commitment to the Action Plan signed in 2012 with the United Nations to end the recruitment and use of children in Government armed forces and other grave violations against children.
More than 3 million children in Thailand do not live with their parents: UNICEF
BANGKOK, Thailand, 23 June 2014 - About 21 per cent of children or more than three million children in Thailand do not live with either of their parents due to internal migration, a significant phenomenon that may have a long-term impact on the children’s development and well-being, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.
UNICEF STATEMENT ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY: On the run and at risk
NEW YORK, 20 June 2014 – “As violence plagues Syria and other countries across the region, record numbers of displaced children are seeking sanctuary in Europe, putting them at increased risk – both from the perils of the Mediterranean crossing and the uncertainty of what awaits them in host countries. Many more child refugees are expected as ‘boat season’ increases the number of people attempting to make their desperate journey.
Campaign by UNICEF and Save the Dream calls on people to report violence against children
BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO, 20 June 2014 - The campaign "It's in your hands to protect” invites people to call “Disque 100” and other organizations that specialize in child protection to report incidents of violence against children and adolescents
German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits more than 150 children participating in a ‘sports for development’ focused project in Brazil
SALVADOR/BRASILIA, Brazil, 16 June 2014 - One hundred and fifty children and adolescents from communities in Salvador and neighboring municipalities welcomed today’s visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the Boca do Rio beach-side sports field in Salvador.
Out of school and out of luck
16 June 2014 – Despite major progress over the past decade, sub-Saharan Africa
is still home to more than half of all the out-of-school children of primary
school-age in the world. Moreover, millions who are in school are learning
UNICEF reaction to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
LONDON/NEW YORK, 13 June 2014 - UNICEF welcomes commitments made at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict to stop the rape and abuse of children and women – and calls for more countries to take practical action.
Thousands of children at risk as families flee Iraqi city of Mosul: UNICEF
NEW YORK/AMMAN/BAGHDAD, 11 June 2014 – Around 500,000 people, up to half of them children, have been forced to flee their homes since violence erupted on 5 June in the Iraqi city of Mosul, authorities say, and the violence is spreading.
Dramatic increase of unaccompanied children seeking to enter the United States
NEW YORK, 10 June 2014 – “UNICEF welcomes the urgent relief efforts by the Government of the United States to address a record increase in the number of unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, seeking to enter the US.
UNICEF statement on the gang-rape and killing of teenaged girls in Uttar Pradesh, India
NEW YORK, 10 June 2014 - Last week the United Nations spoke as one to condemn the horrific gang-rape and killing of two young girls in Uttar Pradesh, India. Today, as we hear reports of yet another rape and murder of a 13-year old girl in the same state, UNICEF renews the call for justice: justice for the victims of these brutal crimes, for their families, and for the millions of girls and victims around the world who fall prey to brutal sexual violence.
Measles threatens thousands of Somali children
MOGADISHU/GAROWE/HARGEISA, Somalia, 10 June 2014 – Outbreaks of measles in several regions have left thousands of Somali children at risk of disability or death if they are not urgently vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.
Media advisory: Addressing sexual violence is life-saving, not optional
“Sexual violence is the weapon of war that ceases to die. It is a global tragedy that destroys the lives of the women, girls and boys who are raped and abused. Sexual violence during conflict also engrains itself into society, so that when war is over it continues alone, causing unbearable suffering. Programmes that prevent sexual violence are life-saving. This has to be recognized. To have results though they have to be implemented within the whole response package as soon as conflict hits.” said Susan Bissell, UNICEF Chief of Child Protection.
Cartoon Network Latin America joins the UNICEF initiative 'Vamos Jogar' to promote the right to safe and inclusive sport and play of children in Latin America and the Caribbean
ATLANTA, United States / PANAMA CITY, 4 June 2014 – The children’s television channel Cartoon Network, through its social responsibility program 'Cartoon Movement', today joined ‘Vamos Jogar’, an initiative of social mobilization and political commitment promoted by UNICEF and the City of Rio de Janeiro to foster the right to safe and inclusive sports, recreation and play for all children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thus, Cartoon Network Latin America becomes the first media partner of this initiative.
UNICEF raises alarm about children caught up in Ukraine violence
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ KYIV, Ukraine, 2 June 2014 – “Seven children have sustained gunshot and shrapnel injuries during violent clashes in East Ukraine since May 9.
United Nations condemns gang-rape and murder of teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh and calls for justice
NEW DELHI, 1 June 2014 - The UN in India condemns the brutal gang-rape and murder of two teenaged girls on the night of May 28 in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district and calls for immediate action against the perpetrators and to address violence against women and girls across India.
UNICEF, UNFPA stand behind Africa’s biggest anti child marriage push
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 29 May 2014 – UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) welcomed the first African Union campaign to end child marriage launched in Addis Ababa today.
Ending violence against children: Translating data into action
MBABANE, Swaziland, 26 May 2014 – Ways to translate data on violence against boys and girls into concrete measures to stop it will be discussed at a global meeting to be held in the capital of Swaziland, 28-30 May 2014.
UNICEF fears the worst for hundreds of thousands of children in South Sudan
OSLO, 18 May 2014 – On the eve of the Oslo Humanitarian Pledging Conference, UNICEF warned that hundreds of thousands of children in South Sudan’s three most conflict-affected states are at imminent risk of death and disease, including the threat of cholera.
Worrying trend of violence against children emerging in Honduras, warns UNICEF
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, 15 May 2014 – UNICEF is alarmed by the increasing generalized violence against children in Honduras. In a series of incidents, including domestic and gang-related violence, some 24 children are reported to have been murdered across the country in the past month.
Over six months into academic year, most schools remain closed in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 9 May 2014 – More than half way through the 12-month school year, almost two thirds of schools in the Central African Republic remain closed, a recent survey by UNICEF and partners reveals.
UNICEF statement on second abduction of Nigerian school girls
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK, 6 May 2014 – “The abduction of eight more girls in Nigeria is an outrage and a worsening nightmare for the girls themselves and for the families of the more than 200 girls who have been stolen from their communities in the last several weeks.
UNICEF Syria statement on killing of children in Hama and Aleppo
DAMASCUS, 4 May 2014 – UNICEF calls on all parties to the Syrian conflict to stop the continuous spiral of deadly violence, which is taking an unacceptable toll on civilians, particularly children.
UNICEF condemns latest attacks on children in Syria
AMMAN, 30 April 2014 – UNICEF is outraged by the latest wave of indiscriminate attacks perpetrated against schools and other civilian targets across Syria which left dozens of children killed and injured.
UNICEF calls for immediate release of abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria
DAKAR, Senegal/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 April 2014 - UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the reported abduction of some 100 school girls between 12 and 17 years old from their school hostel in Chibok Borno State on Monday night, and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.
UNICEF condemns attack on school in Damascus, Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria, 16 April 2014 - The latest reported mortar attack on a school inside the old city of Damascus on Tuesday during school hours is a stark and horrific reminder of the violence that children across Syria are enduring on a daily basis. The attack is reported to have resulted in the death of one child and the injury of many others.
Statement by UNICEF Syria on Reported Deaths of Children in Recent Violence
DAMASCUS, 4 April 2014 - The reported killing of 11 children in two separate attacks this week in Rural Damascus and in Al Qalamoun Mountains in Syria is a horrific and tragic reminder of the human cost of the conflict inflicted by all sides in the fighting.
UNICEF: Prioritize children to speed up Roma inclusion in Europe
BRUSSELS/GENEVA, 3 April 2014 - On the eve of the third Roma summit in Brussels today, UNICEF calls on European governments to firmly place children at the centre of Roma inclusion policies.
Time running out for children in South Sudan says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 25 March 2014 - Unless the humanitarian situation inside South Sudan improves rapidly and radically for children and families, nearly a million people - mostly women and children - will face an even greater crisis both inside the South Sudan and in neighbouring countries, UNICEF said today.
Three years of Syria conflict have devastated lives of millions of children
BEIRUT, 15 March 2014 – As the crisis in Syria reaches the end of another year of brutal violence today, five of the world’s leading aid organizations say that the three-year old conflict has devastated the lives of millions of children and young people – and a generation is at risk of being lost forever.
UNICEF: Justice still out of reach for millions of children
GENEVA, 13 March 2014 — Millions of children across the globe have their rights violated, but only a few are able to seek recourse to improve their situation in a timely, fair and effective way, UNICEF said today.
European parliamentarians mark third year of Syrian conflict and mobilize for children of Syria
STRASBOURG, France, 12 March 2014 - Leading Members of the European Parliament today joined ‘No Lost Generation’, the global initiative launched by UNICEF and other organisations to mark the third year of the Syrian conflict, with a call on world leaders to support the children of Syria.
Number of children suffering more than doubles in third year of Syria conflict
AMMAN, Jordan/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 11 March 2014 – As the conflict in Syria approaches another sombre milestone, more than twice as many children are now affected compared to 12 months ago, says a new report by UNICEF published today. Particularly hard hit are up to a million children who are trapped in areas of Syria that are under siege or that are hard to reach with humanitarian assistance due to continued violence.
Recruitment and use of children in government forces in conflict must end
NEW YORK, 6 March 2014 – Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Ms Leila Zerrougui and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today unveiled a new effort to end the recruitment and use of children in government forces in conflict by 2016.
Abducted children reunited with family in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 3 March 2014 - Four children – two girls and two boys – were reunited with their father by officials from UNICEF and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), after being abducted by a militia, during which time they were threatened to be killed.
Fresh attacks in South Sudan squeeze humanitarian efforts
JUBA, South Sudan, 3 March 2014 – With fresh outbreaks of fighting in South Sudan likely to displace tens of thousands of additional people, UNICEF said today the emergency in the world’s newest nation risks becoming overwhelming. Nearly 900,000 people – half of them children – have already been forced from their homes in South Sudan.
UNICEF condemns killing of students in northeastern Nigeria
DAKAR, Senegal, 26 February 2014 - UNICEF expressed its outrage at the brutal killing yesterday of some 45 children, between 13 and 17 years old, by unidentified gunmen at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi, Yobe State, Nigeria.
UNICEF urges "child-free" protest sites after violence claims three young lives
BANGKOK, 24 February 2014– The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today urged the Government, pro- and anti-government protest leaders and parents to protect children by keeping them away from all protest sites after the latest round of deadly political violence claimed the lives of three children and severely injured two others.
Public urged to voice their outrage and demand action to prevent a lost generation in Syria
NEW YORK, 24 February 2014 – UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Mercy Corps, Save the Children and World Vision today issued an impassioned appeal to the general public, urging it to voice its outrage at the devastating impact on children and alarming long-term consequences of a lost generation as the conflict in Syria approaches its fourth year.
UNICEF statement on the impact of the violence in Ukraine on children
KYIV, Ukraine/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 20 February 2014 - The impact of the heightened violence in Ukraine on children and their families is a matter of growing concern.
Horrific cruelty and violence against children in Central African Republic must end: UNICEF
NEW YORK/DAKAR, Senegal, 13 February 2014 – UNICEF officials in the West Africa region said today they are horrified by the cruelty and impunity with which children are being killed and mutilated in the Central African Republic.
UNICEF gets assistance to children evacuated from besieged area of Homs
HOMS, Syria, 11 February 2014 – At least 500 women and children were among civilians evacuated from the besieged old city of Homs over the past few days during the ongoing humanitarian operation being undertaken by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.
African leaders commit to the rights of people with disabilities
LILONGWE, Malawi, 10 February 2014 – The rights of people living with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities, received a boost today at the conclusion of the first ever African Leaders Forum on Disability, as government, civil society and development actors committed to challenge stigma and inequity by seeking their inclusion in the continent’s development agenda.
Thailand: UNICEF expresses ‘deep concern’ about violence against children in the far south
BANGKOK, 5 February 2014 – UNICEF today said it was deeply concerned about the continuing violence against children in Thailand’s restive southernmost provinces, including the killing of three young boys in Narathiwat Province on Monday night.
UNICEF statement on Report of the UN Secretary-General on children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic
NEW YORK, 5 February 2014 – The first report of the UN Secretary General on children and armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic provides a chilling account of the brutality and abuses that children have suffered for nearly three years, and a clear reminder of why this horrific conflict must end.
Central African Republic: 23 children released from armed groups
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal/GENEVA, 17 January 2014 – Twenty-three children between 14 and 17 years old were released from armed groups in Bangui on Thursday, with many more identified for release in the coming days.
UNICEF: Child combatants reported in South Sudan conflict
JUBA, South Sudan, 17 January 2014 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern about the use of children as combatants in the ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan.
UNICEF participates in 2nd High Level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, January 15, 2014
Media Advisory: UNICEF participates in 2nd High Level International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, January 15, 2014
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on protection of children in South Sudan
NEW YORK/JUBA, South Sudan, 22 December 2013 – All of South Sudan's friends, who have such high hopes for the future of the world's youngest nation, are deeply concerned at the escalating violence across the country.
Statement on the reported killing of children in Aleppo; attributable to Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
Amman, December 16, 2013 - UNICEF is horrified by reports of a bombing raid in Aleppo that may have killed as many as 28 children.
Universal Children’s Day: Make violence against children history in the DRC
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20 November 2013 – On Universal Children’s Day, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and Armed Conflict, UNICEF and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) called for better protection of children affected by conflict-related violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Millions of children reaching out to helplines worldwide, new report reveals
NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – Ten years of data from telephone records, emails, text messages and chats compiled by Child Helpline International (CHI) show that children and young people around the world contact helplines for support with violence and abuse, peer relationships, psycho-social and mental health, and family conflicts.
Liberia commemorates Universal Children’s Day with a prayer and commitment to end violence against children
Monrovia, LIBERIA, 20 November 2013 - Church bells tolled and moazins in mosques called out for salaat (prayer) at noon today, as Liberians observed a minute of silence and prayer for every child who has suffered of rape, and committed themselves to protect children against violence.
On Universal Children’s Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – As the world marks Universal Children’s Day - the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed and under-reported.
Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
Damascus, 12 November 2013 – The killing of innocent children continues in war-torn Syria. UNICEF is outraged by the latest deadly attacks on schools in and around Damascus.
Central African Republic: UNICEF calls for an investigation into the alleged killings of children
DAKAR/BANGUI, 12 November 2013 – Alarmed by the renewed violence in Central African Republic affecting civilians, in particular women and children, UNICEF today urges the transitional government to carry out a full and immediate investigation into the recent allegations of killings.
Early Childhood Development Handbook launched ahead of UK All Party Parliamentary Group meeting
LONDON, 7 November 2013 – UNICEF, in coordination with the University of Northampton (UK), today launched a ground-breaking new work, the Handbook Of Early Childhood Development Research And Its Impact On Global Policy.
Asia Pacific Governments adopt New Delhi Declaration on cooperation for children’s rights
BANGKOK, KATHMANDU, NEW DELHI, 25 October 2013 – A New Delhi Declaration, renewing governments’ commitments to the rights of children and pledging to support each other in the achievement of those rights, was adopted unanimously today by Asian and Pacific States attending the Second High Level Meeting on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific.
UNICEF on “Children in Israeli military detention”: first progress report
JERUSALEM, 14 October 2013 - On 6 March 2013, UNICEF released a briefing paper titled “Children in Israeli military detention” which outlined practical measures to improve the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody. The paper stated that there appeared to be a pattern of ill-treatment during the arrest, transfer and interrogation of child detainees in the West Bank. In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel stated it would study the conclusions of the report and work to implement its recommendations in cooperation with UNICEF.
On International Day of the Girl Child, innovation key to more girls in school and learning
NEW YORK, 11 October 2013 – To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.
Statement attributable to UNICEF on the Constitutional Court decision on Dominican-born persons of Haitian descent
NEW YORK, 9 October 2013 – “The ruling by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic depriving Dominican-born persons of Haitian descent of their right to citizenship could have a devastating impact on thousands of children. Without a nationality, stateless children can be denied access to basic social protection programmes, cannot earn education certificates or graduate, or obtain an identity card or a passport. Without these basic protections and opportunities, these children are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
UNICEF says inter-communal violence in Rakhine State must end for the sake of Myanmar’s children
YANGON, 8 October 2013 – UNICEF today called for an end to inter-communal violence in Rakhine State.
International Day of Non Violence: Exploring solutions to end violence against children
FLORENCE, Italy, 2 October 2013 – Violence against children crosses social, economic and cultural lines, affecting millions of children worldwide. In an effort to address this issue and provide solutions, UNICEF’s Office of Research reached out to experts globally and gathered more than 100 years of expertise into a video debate focusing on the plight of violence against children.
Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 1 October 2013 - “UNICEF is appalled by the reported deaths of at least 12 children in an air attack on a secondary school in Raqqa, north east Syria, on 29 September.
Unleash potential of children and adults with disabilities today to shape richer, more inclusive global agendas
NEW YORK, 23 September – As the 2013 UN General Assembly for the first time convenes a special meeting on the issue of children and adults with disabilities, UNDP and UNICEF, along with the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd), are urging Member States, UN agencies, civil society groups and other partners to engage more with people with disabilities themselves in the crafting of global agendas.
Action needed now to reach and protect children trapped by Syria conflict, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 - The plight of civilians trapped by the conflict inside Syria is becoming increasingly desperate, and more efforts are needed now to enable the humanitarian access that will safeguard thousands of children’s lives, said UNICEF.
New tools from UNICEF to work with business on children’s rights
NEW YORK, 19 September 2013 – UNICEF today released a tool kit aimed at integrating the rights of children into business operations.
Media advisory: UNICEF, WHO expert briefing on release of global under-five child mortality numbers
What: A telephone briefing to release the latest global and regional data on child mortality and neo-natal deaths from 1990, when data collection began, to 2013. The new figures contain new perspectives on issues such as the acceleration of progress in some regions, differences between poor and rich countries, the number of children at risk if goals are not met, and much more.
Syria conflict leaves invisible scars on children
AMMAN/GENEVA, 10 September 2013 – Prolonged exposure to violence and stress, multiple displacement, loss of friends and family members, and a severe deterioration in living conditions are leaving the children of Syria with lasting scars, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF Continues Massive Humanitarian Operation for Syria’s Children
AMMAN, 4 September 2013 - Amidst heightened tensions across the region and as the number of Syria’s refugees rises beyond 2 million – half of them children – UNICEF continues to provide urgent life-saving supplies to children inside Syria and in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
Critical supplies for Syrian refugee children airlifted to Erbil
ERBIL, Iraq, 1 September 2013 – A plane carrying 100 tonnes of UNICEF emergency supplies to assist Syrian refugee children and families arrived this evening in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Sixty-eight more children and young people released by Myanmar armed forces
YANGON, 7 August 2013 – The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNICEF welcomed the release today of a further 68 children and young people from the Myanmar armed forces, or Tatmadaw, bringing the total number of children and young people released by the armed forces to 110 in the last month.
UNICEF’s story in 2012: unrelenting efforts for world’s most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 15 July 2013 – Despite financial concerns in much of the world and complex emergencies affecting children in nearly 80 countries in 2012, global progress was still made for millions of children last year, according to UNICEFs Annual Report 2012.
Malala Day inspires youth around the world to demand their right to education
NEW YORK, 11 July 2013 – Hundreds of young people will take over the seats at the United Nations tomorrow to add to their voices to courageous advocate Malala Yousafzai’s call to see all children in school and learning.
Myanmar Armed Forces discharge 42 children and young people
YANGON, 7 July 2013 – The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNICEF welcomed the discharge today of 34 children and 8 young people by the Myanmar Armed Forces, or Tatmadaw, in line with the Government’s commitment to end the recruitment and use of children by the army in Myanmar.
UNICEF condemns killings in school attack in Northeast Nigeria
DAKAR, 6 July 2013 – The deaths of students in yet another attack on a school in Northeast Nigeria should be condemned absolutely by all communities, UNICEF says.
UNICEF: Children are both the makers and the markers of healthy, sustainable societies
NEW YORK, 24 June 2013 – One year after the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference building “The future we want” – Rio’s outcome – will be dependent on children being at the heart of the post-2015 agenda, says UNICEF.
Statement attributable to UNICEF spokesman Martin Dawes on the reported killing of children in Nigeria
DAKAR, Senegal, 19 June 2013 - UNICEF condemns in the strongest terms the attack which has reportedly left at least nine pupils dead in Maiduguri, north east Nigeria. Five of the children were said to be taking exams when they were shot.
Conflict creating unprecedented threats to children’s lives
NEW YORK, 12 June 2013 – Children living in armed conflict today face unprecedented threats. These include grave violations such as the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict, sexual violence against children, killing and maiming of children, and recurrent attacks on hospitals and schools.
Statement by child-focused agencies on the post-2015 High-Level Panel report
NEW YORK, 31 May 2013 – “We welcome the release of the report from the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and commend the efforts of its Members and its Secretariat to outline an ambitious yet achievable development framework for the years to come after 2015.
UNICEF condemns the re-recruitment of child soldiers and killing of a child in Central African Republic
YAOUNDE/BANGUI/GENEVA, 10 May 2013 – UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the re-recruitment and the killing of a 17-year-old boy.
Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, May 5, 2013 – “UNICEF is appalled and outraged by the latest reported killings in Al Bayda and Baniyas.
Statement by Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative in Iraq, on the recent killing and injuring of children
BAGHDAD, 4 May 2013 – “UNICEF has received substantial and credible information that up to eight children have been killed and up to 12 others seriously injured during violence in Hawija, near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, on 23 April 2013.
UNICEF supports China Government in earthquake response to assist children
BEIJING, 23 April 2013 - With more than 190 deaths and over 12,000 injuries counted so far – and remote communities affected being reached by Government rescue teams – the full scale of devastation following the Lushan County earthquake in Sichuan province is becoming clearer.
UNICEF condemns rape of 5-year-old in New Delhi, urges stronger measures to improve safety for girls
NEW DELHI, 20 April 2013 – The rape in Delhi where a 5-year-old girl is now fighting for her life is yet another sign that urgent and concerted action is needed to make sure that girls and women in India can feel and be safe on the streets, in school, at work and at home.
Better supply systems key to reach all children with life-saving vaccines
GENEVA, 18 April 2013 ― In advance of World Immunization Week, global experts are highlighting strategies to further advance progress on the Global Vaccine Action Plan that was endorsed by the World Health Assembly, 2012. Better supply and logistics systems are essential to reach the estimated 22 million children in developing countries who are still not protected from dangerous diseases with basic vaccines, according to a special immunization issue published today by Vaccine.
UNICEF thanks Kuwait for US$53 million in urgent assistance to the children of Syria
NEW YORK, 16 April 2013 – UNICEF today welcomed the Government of Kuwait's contribution of US$53 million that will serve as an urgently needed lifeline for millions of Syrian children.
Child well-being - progress in danger?
FLORENCE/BRUSSELS/DUBLIN 10 April 2013 – A timely study on child well-being in rich countries, launched today by UNICEF’s Office of Research, finds that the Netherlands and four Nordic countries – Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – again sit at the top of a child well-being table; whilst four southern European countries – Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain – are placed in the bottom half of the table.
UNICEF welcomes adoption of Arms Trade Treaty as crucial step toward protecting children
NEW YORK, 2 April 2013 – UNICEF today welcomed the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty by the United Nations General Assembly as a crucial step towards protecting children by regulating the transfer of weapons from one country to another.
UNICEF in Central African Republic: 2 million children now affected by conflict and insecurity
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, 29 March 2013 – Following looting and insecurity in the conflict-hit Central African Republic, 2 million children remain without access to basic social services and are exposed to violence. Even more children will be deprived if the situation in the country does not stabilize rapidly.
Speed up progress for Guatemala’s children or risk a generation, says UNICEF
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, 22 March 2013 - Children belong in loving families and communities and not in institutions, no matter how well run, said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, on his visit to Guatemala.
Protecting children, safeguarding their development from conflict, violence and disasters
HELSINKI, 13 March 2013 - More than 100 delegates from over 20 countries met in Helsinki today to discuss how to make sure that countries around the world will be able to better prevent the fallout of conflicts, wars and disasters from reversing the gains in development, economic growth and provision of services to their people in the future global development agenda.
Keep children out of harm’s way, UNICEF Executive Director urges Zimbabweans
Harare, 8 March, 2013 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has urged Zimbabweans to protect children as the country heads towards a constitutional referendum and elections expected this year.
Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day
NEW YORK, 7 March 2013 – Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Palestinian children need improved protection in Israeli military detention – UNICEF
JERUSALEM, 6 March 2013 – UNICEF today outlined practical measures that could be adopted to improve the treatment of Palestinian children who are in contact with the Israeli military detention system.
Two-thirds of victims of left-over munitions in Mali are children
BAMAKO/GENEVA, 5 March 2013 – UNICEF is warning of a rising threat to communities in Central and Northern Mali from ammunition and explosive devices. Since April 2012, 60 victims of explosive remnants of war have been reported , with children making up two thirds of the total. The level of risk is likely to further increase when displaced families start returning home to areas that have seen the worst of the conflict.
Myanmar armed forces release 24 children; more expected to be discharged in coming months
YANGON, 20 February 2013 – The Myanmar Armed Forces, or Tatmadaw, has officially discharged 24 children in Yangon in line with the government’s commitment to end the recruitment and use of children under the age of 18 years in the armed forces.
Keep children in Mali out of harm’s way, says UNICEF
Statement - 18 January 2013
UNICEF calls for cessation of child recruitment in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 4 January 2013 – UNICEF said today that it had received credible reports that rebel groups and pro-government militias are...
UN in India condemns the gang rape of a student in New Delhi
Joint Statement - 31 December 2012
Statement by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, on the proposed Russian adoption ban
Statement - 26 December 2012
UNICEF supports emergency evacuation of vulnerable children in the Central African Republic
BANGUI, 18 December 2012 ― Following a rebel attack in the Northeast of the Central African Republic and threats of more in surrounding areas...
UNICEF calls for end to violence against children in Thailand’s deep South
BANGKOK, 12 December 2012 – A UNICEF official today urged an immediate halt to violence against children in Thailand’s restive southern provinces, where...
UNICEF calls for the protection of children in Eastern DR Congo
KINSHASA/GOMA, 19 November 2012 – Heavy clashes around Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo between M23 rebel fighters and...
Media Advisory: Count Every Child - A State Responsibility
UNICEF needs $133 million to respond to crises for children and women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
KINSHASA, 7 August 2012 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern for vulnerable people, especially women and children, in the Democratic Republic of...
UNICEF: High prevalence of child maltreatment in East Asia and the Pacific - stronger focus on prevention needed
NEW YORK/BANGKOK, 7 August 2012 – Unacceptable physical abuse is causing long-term damage to the lives and futures of far too many children in...
Violence against children mounting in Mali – UNICEF
BAMAKO/GENEVA, 6 July 2012 - UNICEF today expressed grave concern over the situation in northern Mali, where evidence shows children are being killed...
UNICEF supports Libyan moves to strengthen child protection in the post-conflict period
TRIPOLI, Libya, 5 July 2012 – The Libyan Minister of Social Affairs with support from UNICEF and the International Medical Corps (IMC) today launched a...
Tens of millions of children living in poverty in the world’s richest countries
BRUSSELS, 29 May 2012 – As debates rage on austerity measures and social spending cuts, a new report reveals the extent of child poverty and child deprivation...
UNICEF condemns deadly attack on monitoring team working to provide better education to the children of Afghanistan
KABUL, 10 May 2012 – UNICEF was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the deliberate attack in Paktika province on Tuesday, on a convoy of fifteen staff members from the Department of Education of the Government of Afghanistan. According to reports, five people were killed and seven were injured
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on reported rapes, child recruitment in northern Mali
NEW YORK, 1 May 2012 – “Yesterday Human Rights Watch issued a compelling report that details testimony about abductions and rapes of girls and women by armed groups in northern Mali and the recruitment and use of children by armed groups.
Charles Taylor verdict serves as warning to war-time leaders, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 April 2012 – The verdict against former Liberian President Charles Taylor by the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone is a victory for children recruited and used in war and will serve as a warning to other war-time leaders and warlords, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF applauds landmark ruling on war crimes against children
NEW YORK, 14 March 2012 - UNICEF today applauded the International Criminal Court’s conviction of Thomas Lubanga of war crimes for recruiting children...
UNICEF’s leading role in child protection recognized by Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award
NEW YORK, 27 February 2012 – UNICEF’s work to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse was honoured at Tufts University’s Education for...
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UNICEF statement on children caught in the bloodshed in Syria
Statement - 7 February 2012
President Sirleaf launches Children’s Law of Liberia
MONROVIA, 4 February 2012 – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf today officially launched the Children’s Law of Liberia to protect children and their right to...
UNICEF: In conflict and crisis, children with disabilities must not be forgotten
DOHA, Qatar, 24 January 2012 – Children with disabilities must not be forgotten during crises and conflict, UNICEF said at an international conference...
UNICEF welcomes Israeli Government’s release of 55 Palestinian child detainees
Statement - 18 December 2011
Viet Nam survey shows disparities for children and women persist
Ha Noi, 16 December 2011 – Viet Nam’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2010-2011 report, launched today in Ha Noi, reveals persisting...
UNICEF launches report on the impact of labour migration on children left behind in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, 13 December 2011 – A UNICEF report launched today sheds light on the negative impact of labour migration on many children who are left...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in Bangkok on the Human Rights Council Resolution on the human rights situation in Syria
Statement - 2 December 2011
UNICEF calls for children with disabilities to be included in all development
NEW YORK, 3 December 2011 – Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UNICEF today called on the global development community to...
UNICEF study provides new insight into how poverty affects children
BANGKOK, 22 November – A new UNICEF study analysing child poverty in East Asia and the Pacific emphasizes that poverty affects children in vastly different...
Climate change set to exacerbate child vulnerability in South Africa
PRETORIA, 19 November 2011 – Climate change will exacerbate the existing vulnerabilities of children in South Africa, unless mitigation and adaptation...
UNICEF and World Day of Prayer and Action for Children to protect children against violence
NEW YORK, 18 November 2011 – On the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF today joined with...
A third of women aged 20-24 in the developing world were child brides
NEW YORK, 12 October 2011 – Child marriage is a violation of a child’s human rights and is prevalent across the developing world, UNICEF said today as a...
UNICEF says one-third of children not in school have a disability and are often denied dignity and rights
NEW YORK, 12 October 2011 – Children with disabilities are one of the most marginalized and excluded groups and suffer widespread violations of their...
Progress made in improving child-care systems marks second anniversary of Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
NEW YORK, 11 October 2011 – Speakers at a high-level meeting in New York urged the international community to improve the quality and standard of care for...
Speech by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, at the High-Level Round-Table event on violence against children
Speech - 11 October 2011
100 countries endorse commitments to prevent the use of children in armed conflict
NEW YORK, 26 September 2011 – At the UN today, international commitment to protect children in times of conflict was strengthened...
Congo Brazzaville and Benin sign accord to fight child trafficking
POINTE NOIRE, Republic of the Congo, 21 September 2011 – The governments of the Republic of Congo and Benin have signed a land mark agreement to protect children...
UNICEF hails Security Council Resolution protecting schools and hospitals from attacks
NEW YORK, 12 July 2011 – UNICEF welcomes the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous adoption of Resolution 1998, which recognizes schools and hospitals...
UNICEF calls African governments to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2011 – Thousands of children in Africa are experiencing violence, exploitation and abuse on a daily basis. The situation is...
UNICEF and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcome Government of Pakistan’s commitment to protect children from sexual exploitation
ISLAMABAD, June 9, 2011 – In a joint statement with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, UNICEF Pakistan today...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on situation of children in the Middle East and North Africa
NEW YORK, 20 April 2011 – "UNICEF is greatly concerned about the effects of violence on children caught in escalating conflicts...
Ongoing Somalia crisis is a children’s crisis says UNICEF
NAIROBI, Kenya, 11 March 2011 – Amid heavy fighting in parts of Somalia, UNICEF is seriously concerned about the severe impact on children and young people...
UN experts call for better data collection and research on violence against children
GENEVA, 11 March 2011 - At a special event held during the current meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, UN experts called for...
UNICEF calls on DR Congo to protect children against violence, abuse, disease
GOMA / NEW YORK 4 March 2011 - UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today visited Goma in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo to advocate for...
Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM/C
Joint statement - 6 February 2011
Over 6,000 communities across Africa abandon female genital mutilation/cutting
LONDON/GENEVA, 6 February 2010 – Over 6,000 communities have chosen to abandon the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), according to a joint...
Marrakesh Declaration, a new milestone for children’s rights
AMMAN, 21 December 2010 – Participants at an Arab conference on children’s rights today adopted a declaration calling for further action to protect children and promote...
UNICEF to participate in international forum to end human trafficking
UNICEF calls for a comprehensive Child Act in Afghanistan
KABUL, 23 November 2010 - Afghanistan needs a comprehensive Child Act fully in line with the provisions and principles of the Convention on the Rights...
Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 21
NEW YORK, 20 November 2010 – 21 years ago today a remarkable milestone for the protection and realization of the rights of all children - the Convention...
UN experts call for closer examination of the impact of disciplinary practices of children
NEW YORK, 15 October 2010 - At a special event held at the United Nations Headquarters today, UN experts called for better data and research on violence...
New countries endorse the Paris Commitments to end the use of child combatants
NEW YORK, 27 September 2010 – New countries today endorsed the ‘Paris Commitments’ to end the use of child soldiers, joining a growing list of States...
New countries to endorse the Paris Commitments and Principles on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups
UNICEF hails new child protection measures by the government of Southern Sudan
JUBA, SOUTHERN SUDAN, 31 August 2010 – UNICEF today welcomed the formation and launch of a Child Protection Unit by the government of...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, on sexual violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo
Statement - 24 August 2010
New child protection framework adopted in The Republic of Congo
BRAZZAVILLE, 29 June 2010 – A new child protection framework has been announced by President Denis Sassou Ngesso. The announcement was...
UNICEF: Long-term local and international financial support a must to deliver basic services to Somali children
NAIROBI, KENYA, 15 June 2010 – Children in Somalia need sustained and significant local and international financial and material support to ensure...
UNICEF announces key actions to enhance child protection during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond
PRETORIA, 1 June 2010 - With 10 days to go till the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, UNICEF today launched a comprehensive campaign aimed at...
World Cup 2010: MXit launches free UNICEF Red Card contact to help keep children safe
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 26 May 2010 - UNICEF South Africa today announced that it has teamed up with popular mobile-based social networking...
The United Nations calls on all countries to take extra steps to prevent the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and to protect children during armed conflicts
NEW YORK, 25 May 2010 – UN experts called for universal ratification of the two Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child...
President Zuma calls for parental vigilance during the World Cup at the launch of Child Protection Week
PRETORIA, 21 May, 2010 - With twenty days before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ™ in South Africa, President Jacob Zuma joined Social Development...
UN to announce campaigns to push for universal ratification of the Optional Protocols
Statement by UNICEF Representative in Yemen Geert Cappelaere about school siege in the north
SANAA, 12 May 2010 – “UNICEF is deeply concerned about reports that schools in the northern governorate of Saada were occupied by armed men, and that children are...
Georgia is approaching international standards in juvenile justice
TBILISI. 14 April. 2010 – The Government of Georgia together with UNICEF and the European Union is reviewing today the mid-term achievements of the...
A Haiti fit for its children and young people
NEW YORK, 30 March 2010 – On the eve of an international donor’s conference for Haiti at the United Nations, Save the Children, SOS Children’s...
Archbishop Desmond Tutu condemns continued violence against children
FLORENCE-BOSTON, 9 March 2010 – The systematic use and abuse of children in conflicts across the world has continued, unabated, over the past...
Project to strengthen juvenile justice launched in Yemen
SANA’A, 6 March 2010 – A three-year project to strengthen juvenile justice systems in Yemen was launched today by the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation...
Against child marriage: children demand their rights for a secure future
KOLKATA, India, 24 February 2010 – Almost 225 children from across West Bengal gathered together today to launch a movement against child...
African Governments urged to adopt Hague Conventions on children
PRETORIA, South Africa, 23 February 2010 - Senior Government officials from 15 States in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region will meet in...
UNICEF welcomes 30th ratification of Convention on Cluster Munitions
NEW YORK, 19 February 2010 – UNICEF welcomes the thirtieth ratification of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) which took place...
UNICEF launches USD 1.2 billion appeal for emergency assistance
GENEVA, 4 February 2010 - As global attention focuses on efforts to provide life-saving support to the people of Haiti, UNICEF today released its...
Thousands of Iraqis to benefit from training on dangers of guns
SULIMANIYAH, IRAQ 20 January 2010 - Mine Advisory Group (MAG) and UNICEF have commenced a training on the dangers of small arms...
UNICEF’s State of The World’s Children report commemorates 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 19 November 2009 – A special edition issue of UNICEF's flagship The State of the World's Children report, tracking the impact of...
UNICEF Sudan calls for religious leaders to support A World Day of Prayer and Action for Children
KHARTOUM/JUBA, SUDAN, 18 November 2009 – UNICEF’s Representative in Sudan Nils Kastberg is appealing for religious leaders to pray...
UNICEF calls for action on road safety
GENEVA, November 19, 2009 - UNICEF’s Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States...
UNICEF to launch special edition of State of the World’s Children to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK/GENEVA, for immediate release – With a press conference at its headquarters, UNICEF will release its flagship report focussing on the 20th...
Social inclusion and integration of children and youth of immigrant families is of critical relevance for affluent societies in future years, according to a UNICEF study issued today
GENEVA, 22 October 2009 – The Innocenti Insight presents for the first time, internationally comparable data addressing the number, share and...
UNICEF: Without a protective environment, it’s a harsh life for children
TOKYO, 6 October 2009 - While progress is being made in reducing some violations of children’s rights, not enough is yet known about the extent of...
Member States commit to greater efforts to release and reintegrate child soldiers
NEW YORK, 29 September 2009 – A number of United Nations Member States added their names to the ‘Paris Commitments’ to protect children from...
Government of the Republic of Korea and UNICEF sign agreement to strengthen collaboration
NEW YORK, 22 September 2009 - The Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and UNICEF signed a new agreement today to strengthen collaboration...
UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman decries continued rape and violence against women and children in the DRC
BUKAVU, DRC, 27 August 2009 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman met with victims of rape and violence in the eastern provinces of the Democratic...
New Security Council resolution enhances accountability and responses to violations against children in situations of armed conflict
NEW YORK, 5 August 2009 – UNICEF welcomes the UN Security Council’s unanimous adoption yesterday of a new resolution, Resolution 1882...
Is West Africa ready for children’s Ombudsmen?
BAMAKO, 23 June 2009 - This is the question being posed in Bamako by experts as they meet to encourage the development of Ombudsmen for...
Hostilities against aid work in Jowhar put lives of Somali children and women at risk
NAIROBI, 17 June 2009 - UNICEF Somalia is gravely disturbed by the new wave of aggression and hostilities against humanitarian aid work in Somalia which is putting lives of...
UNICEF highlights child survival on the Day of the African Child
NEW YORK, 16 June 2009 – Several African countries have made impressive gains in child survival in recent years but much more needs to be done...
World Day Against Child Labour marks the need to tackle the worst forms of exploitation
GENEVA, 12 June 2009 – On the tenth anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour, UNICEF joins its partners in calling for action to...
Swaziland: Fit for children, one day at a time
MBABANE/SWAZILAND, 1 June 2009 – UNICEF gathered with more than 100 children, Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, 7 cabinet ministers...
UNICEF Peru condemns the participation of children and adolescents in any situation of armed violence
LIMA, 1 June 2009 - As a result of the numerous complaints made with regard to children involved with armed groups in Peru, UNICEF Peru condemns the...
UNICEF appeals for funding to urgently assist displaced children and women in northwest Pakistan
NEW YORK/ISLAMABAD, 26 May 2009 - UNICEF has appealed for an additional $41.4 million to provide urgent assistance to people displaced by...
Children displaced by conflict in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, 8 May 2009- UNICEF Pakistan expresses deep concern about the situation of several thousand people who have recently fled armed conflict between...
Situation of children in Gaza remains precarious 100 days after end of conflict
GAZA, 28 April 2009 – More than three months after the cessation of hostilities in Gaza, the Israeli blockade and inter-Palestinian tension...
UNICEF Regional Director greets Morocco’s progress for children
Rabat, 22 April 2009 – In her first official visit to Morocco, Mrs Sigrid Kaag, Regional director of UNICEF for Middle East and North Africa Region met the Prime Minister...
UNICEF fears for thousands of children trapped in Sri Lanka’s conflict
KATHMANDU, 20 April 2009 – As 35,000 people today fled Sri Lanka’s conflict zone, UNICEF said it held grave fears for those children who...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Child Marriage
Statement - 13 April 2009
UNICEF applauds the launch of first Child Act for Southern Sudan
JUBA, Southern Sudan, 8 April 2009 – The President of the Government of Southern Sudan H.E. General Salva Kiir Mayardit will tomorrow...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation in Sri Lanka
Statement - 17 March 2009
Pacific region turning spotlight on achieving justice for children
PORT MORESBY / PAPUA NEW GUINEA, 10 March 2009 – The Government of Papua New Guinea in partnership with UNICEF is hosting for the first time...
UNICEF Executive Director visits Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territory
JERUSALEM, 7 March 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Saturday concluded a week-long Middle-East mission that included field visits to the West Bank, southern...
UNICEF Executive Director in visit to Jordan on first leg of regional mission
AMMAN, 3 March 2009 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, concluded a 2-day visit to Jordan which focused on the country’s...
In DRC, unprecedented opportunity to release all children from armed groups
KINSHASA, 27 February 2009 – UNICEF today urged the release of all children currently associated with armed groups in the Democratic...
UNICEF: Female genital cutting must stop
NEW YORK, 6 February 2009 – UNICEF today called for increased efforts to end female genital cutting, as the world marks International Day against Female Genital Mutilation.
Sudan commemorates International Day against Female Genital Mutilation
KHARTOUM, 6 February 2009 - As the world commemorates International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation today, UNICEF has...
UNICEF seeks $34.5 million to address urgent recovery needs for children and families in Gaza
AMMAN/GENEVA, 3 February 2009 – UNICEF is seeking $34.5 million to address urgent recovery needs for children and their families in Gaza.
UNICEF welcomes release of 85 children from armed forces in North Kivu
GOMA/GENEVA, 3 February 2009 - UNICEF welcomed today the release of 85 children by the Mayi Mayi armed group in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Increasing number of children injured in fighting in Sri Lanka
Kathmandu, 30 January 2009 – Calling the situation a crisis for children, UNICEF today said that an increasing number of children, some just months old, had been injured in the fighting...
UNICEF condemns attacks on schools in Pakistan
GENEVA, 23 January 2009 - UNICEF is deeply concerned about increasing number of attacks on school buildings in north-western Pakistan.
UNICEF: In Gaza, nearly one-third of fatalities are children; massive destruction of homes, schools and health facilities
NEW YORK, 16 January 2009 - After three weeks of fighting, the Office of the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator (OCHA) reports that nearly one-third of those killed ...
UNICEF aid for Gaza arriving, despite challenges
GENEVA, 15 January 2009 - The humanitarian operation in Gaza has been dealt a blow by the strike today that devastated warehouses in the United Nations compound ...
UNICEF: Number of child casualties still rising in Gaza
JERUSALEM/NEW YORK, 9 January 2009 - The number of children being killed and injured in the fighting in Gaza continues to climb and the humanitarian situation ...
Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman regarding the humanitarian operation in Gaza
8 January 2009
UNICEF: During short ceasefire, some life-saving supplies delivered in Gaza
AMMAN, 7 January 2009 – A three-hour ceasefire today provided a limited opportunity for UNICEF to release some life-saving supplies for delivery to families in Gaza ...
East Asia and Pacific countries discuss measures to address economic crisis on children
SINGAPORE, 6 January 2009 — At the start of a new year mired by a worsening economic crisis, key leaders in East Asia and the Pacific began discussions ...
UNICEF delivers supplies for children suffering as a result of critical shortages of food, fuel and medicine in Gaza
AMMAN / JORDAN, 5 January 2009 - In an effort to reduce the suffering faced by children in Gaza, UNICEF is delivering urgent supplies of food, fuel and medicine to Gaza hospitals.
UNICEF Statement on the crisis in Gaza
AMMAN, 5 JANUARY 2009 – The humanitarian crisis caused by the current violence in Gaza is hitting children and women the most. Children form over half...
HM Queen Rania on the children of Gaza
Statement - 5 January 2009
UNICEF highlights deteriorating situation of children and women in eastern DRC
KINSHASA, 31 December 2008 - The escalation of conflict and upheaval of people from their homes and shelters have led to further violations of children's and women’s rights ...
In the wake of dozens of killings of Albinos in Tanzania, UNICEF urges action and respect for human life
DAR ES SALAAM, 23 December 2008 – Following the spate of gruesome murders of albinos in Tanzania, UNICEF has called...
A year of tragedies and triumphs for South Asia’s children
KATHMANDU, 23 December 2008 -For many of South Asia’s children, 2008 will go down as a year of triumphs and tragedies - a year in which children...
UNICEF signs agreement with Sudanese government and partners to work together to protect children in Sudan
KHARTOUM, 23 December 2008 - UNICEF welcomes the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), the National...
More than 2,000 children die every day as a result of unintentional injury and at least half could be saved
GENEVA/HANOI/NEW YORK, 10 December 2008 - More than 2,000 children die every day as a result of an unintentional, or accidental injury, and every year tens of millions more worldwide....
Juvenile justice topic of first regional conference of judges and prosecutors in South East Europe
SKOPJE, 28 November 2008 - UNICEF, Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett and Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Ibrahim Ibrahimi opened today a conference...
World gathers in Brazil to reinvigorate fight against sexual exploitation of children
RIO DE JANEIRO, 25 November 2008 - Nearly 3,000 participants from over 125 countries are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to exchange lessons and experiences...
UNICEF deplores stoning of child rape victim
NAIROBI, 4 November 2008 - UNICEF has described last week's stoning of a 13-year old girl in Somalia as 'deplorable.' The girl was stoned to death in a...
UNICEF Executive Director visits Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 16 October 2008 - Ann M. Veneman, on the first ever visit by a UNICEF Executive Director to Kyrgyzstan, highlighted the plight of...
UNICEF Executive Director visits Roma community in Albania
Tirana, 3 October 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, on a two day visit to Albania, highlighted the plight of Roma children and efforts...
UNICEF applauds UK Commitment to protecting rights of immigrant children and those in the justice system
NEW YORK, 22 September 2008 - UNICEF applauds the decision by the British government to grant children seeking asylum, migrant children, and those
International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
NEW YORK, 8 August 2008 – The contribution and role of the World's Indigenous people has been celebrated and acknowledged by UNICEF today ...
Djibouti women and children in the spotlight
DJIBOUTI, 7 July 2008 – Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa has concluded a three-day visit to Djibouti ...
Justice for children in detention in Afghanistan
KABUL, 24 June 2008 – A new study on the situation of Children in conflict with law by the Afghan Independent Human Right Commission (AIHRC..
UNICEF Statement on the continued abduction, torture and rape of children around the world
Statement - 20 June 2008
UNICEF calls for full resumption of services for children in Zimbabwe
NAIROBI, 13 June 2008 – On the eve of The Day of the African Child, UNICEF today expressed its deep concern at the Zimbabwe...
UNICEF’s German National Committee launches national conference against the commercial sexual exploitation of children
BERLIN / NEW YORK, 10 June 2008- A major national conference, charged with finding ways to combat sexual exploitation of children, opened in Berlin...
UNICEF Highlights Horrific Impact of Cluster Munitions on Children as Governments Meet to Decide on Treaty Banning the Weapon
NEW YORK, 19 May 2008 - The Dublin Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions begins today as over 100 governments negotiate an international treaty to ban the indiscriminate weapon.
Rio de Janeiro to Host World Congress III Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents
NEW YORK, 19 May 2008 – The Government of Brazil, UNICEF, ECPAT and the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child officially launched the World Congress III...
UNICEF welcomes the ratification of the UN Disabilities Convention
NEW YORK, 12 May 2008 - The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol, which came into force on 3 May 2008...
UNICEF expresses deep concern at reports of child casualties in attacks on North Darfur villages
KHARTOUM, 6 May 2008 - UNICEF is deeply concerned at reports that a number of children have been killed during attacks on two villages of North Darfur...
Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on food price increases
Statement - 24 April 2008
Policy-makers in South Asia gather to discuss social protection strategies for children
DHAKA, 15 April 2008 - Policy-makers from eight countries of South Asia today gathered in Dhaka for a symposium organized by UNICEF...
UNICEF welcomes signing of Children’s Act into law in South Africa
CAPE TOWN, 8 April 2008 -UNICEF today welcomed the signing of the Children’s Amendment Act by the President of the Republic of South Africa...
Injury a leading killer for children in Asia
BANGKOK, 11 March 2008 - Children in Asia are at great risk of dying from injuries such as drowning and road accidents. Surveys from Bangladesh...
UNICEF supporting the Government of Chad to reunite children taken by French NGO with their families
NEW YORK, 7 March 2008 - The Government of Chad, supported by UNICEF, UNHCR, ICRC and the Chadian Red Cross, is working towards the immediate...
UNICEF Statement on situation in Gaza
Statement - 1 March 2008
UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman concludes visit to Liberia announcing more than $19 million in assistance
MONROVIA, 27 February 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, concluded her three day visit to Liberia announcing more than $19 million....
A national campaign in Zimbabwe against child abuse
HARARE, 27 February 2008 - The number of reported cases of children being raped in Zimbabwe has increased by more than 40 per cent in the...
Global expert on violence urges Jamaican parliament to focus on children
KINGSTON, 26 February 2008 – A leading authority on violence against children today pressed Parliamentarians to concentrate on the plight of children...
UNICEF in Central America to promote of the rights of unaccompanied migrant children
MEXICO CITY, 12 February 2008- UNICEF representatives from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama will visit the border....
UNICEF ready with critical supplies for children affected by unrest in Kenya
NAIROBI, 4 January 2008 - As roads begin opening in Kenya and transport becomes possible, UNICEF is working with the Kenya Red Cross to....
Little respite for Iraq’s children in 2007
ERBIL/AMMAN/GENEVA, 21 December 2007: An estimated 2 million children in Iraq continue to face threats including poor nutrition, disease...
New radio soap opera brings children’s issues into Sudanese homes
KHARTOUM, 13 December 2007 - A new radio soap opera called ‘Sika Tawadi’ will be launched in Sudan, bringing children’s...
Maldives launches its first national campaign on drug prevention
MALE / MALDIVES, 5 December 2007 – A nationwide campaign on drug prevention and promoting recovery among addicts entitled “Wake Up” is being launched today by...
Massive displacement in North Kivu following attack near IDP camps
GOMA, 13 November 2007 – An attack by unidentified troops today in North Kivu has caused panic resulting in some 45,000 displaced persons fleeing...
Joint emergency assistance for 103 abducted children in Abeché
Abeché, 1 November 2007 – Recent events in Abeché, eastern Chad, leading to the arrest of some members of an NGO called ‘Children Rescue/Arche de Zoe...
Machel Study: Ten years on
Migrant children will have an integrated protection system in Mexico
Mexico City, 15 October 2007 – The Mexican First Lady, Margarita Zavala Gómez del Campo, the Representative of UNICEF in Mexico, Susana Sottoli...
UNICEF calls for protection of schools and learning spaces in Timor Leste
DILI / TIMOR-LESTE, 10 August 2007 – UNICEF strongly condemns the destruction and vandalizing of schools, learning spaces and play areas during the ongoing unrest in certain parts of Timor-Leste.
Statement by Catherine Mbengue, UNICEF Representative to Afghanistan, on the continued attacks on schools and schoolchildren in Afghanistan
KABUL, 10 JULY 2007- “On Monday, July 9, two rockets fired by militants struck a primary school in Kunar province, killing one child instantly and injuring three other children."
Alternative family-based care for abandoned and orphaned children launched in north of Sudan
KHARTOUM, 2 July 2007 – The Ministry of Social Affairs for Khartoum State and UNICEF today announced the launch of a communication campaign to prevent the abandonment of infants, change public attitudes to the issue, and increase kaffala – the Islamic system of community care for vulnerable children – marking a step away from institutional care towards placement of children with alternative families.
Education under fire
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 29 JUNE 2007 – UNICEF today condemned continuing attacks on schoolchildren and educational facilities in conflict zones around the world. "Attacks on schoolchildren are unacceptable,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “Schools must be safe environments for children to learn and thrive.”
UNICEF Congratulates the Government of Madagascar on Two New Laws to Reinforce Child Protection, Including Increasing the Legal Age of Marriage to Eighteen Years
ANTANANARIVO, 28 June 2007 – Today, new ground was broken when the Government of Madagascar’s Parliament approved two new laws; the first a broad bill to ensure increased child protection for vulnerable children throughout the country, and the second to change the legal age of marriage from 14 years for girls and 17 years for boys, to 18 years for both genders.
UNICEF says children hit hardest by Zimbabwe’s economic problems
HARARE / GENEVA, 26 June 2007 – UNICEF in Zimbabwe says it is “deeply concerned” about increased suffering for everyday Zimbabweans, particularly...
UNICEF sends emergency supplies in response to growing humanitarian needs in Gaza
JERUSALEM/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 June 2007 - UNICEF is delivering emergency medical supplies and vaccines to help prevent outbreaks of disease among children in Gaza.
UNICEF concerned at conditions for orphans and vulnerable children in Iraq
AMMAN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 June 2007 - UNICEF said today that the discovery and broadcast images of children in a Baghdad orphanage suffering horrific...
UNICEF applauds verdict passed by the Special Court for Sierra Leone
FREETOWN/SIERRA LEONE, 20 June 2007 – Today marks a major milestone in the annals of Sierra Leone as the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) handed down the first...
UNICEF calls for increased efforts to prevent trafficking of children
NEW YORK, 16 June 2007 – UNICEF marked the Day of the African Child today by supporting the African Union’s call to increase efforts to prevent child trafficking.
UNICEF condemns shooting outside Afghan school
KABUL/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 13 June 2007 – UNICEF strongly condemned the shooting yesterday, in front of a girls’ school in the Logar province of Afghanistan, which killed two...
Sierra Leone Approves the National Child Rights Bill
FREETOWN/ SIERRA LEONE, 7 June 2007 - The approval of the National Child Rights Bill by the Sierra Leone Parliament on Thursday 7 June is huge step forward for children’s rights.
UNICEF efforts to improve the situation of children in detention facilities in Georgia
TBILISI/GEORGIA, 8 JUNE 2007 - UNICEF is distributing education materials , along with recreation, hygiene and sanitation supplies to juveniles in detention centres across Georgia.
Tackling the rights of disabled children
DUSHANBE/TAJIKISTAN, 1 June, 2007 – Up to 2,000 children celebrated the rights of disabled children in a rally in one of Dushanbe’s major parks.
UNICEF Lebanon joins UNRWA response to urgent needs of children and women caught in El Bared camp crisis
BEIRUT, 29 May 2007 – UNICEF continues to work in close coordination with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as well as...
UNICEF calls for aid to Iraqi children
GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN, 23 May 2007 – Conditions for Iraqi children affected by violence and displacement have reached a critical point, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF and Chad sign agreement to demobilize child soldiers
N’Djamena, Chad, 9 May 2007 – UNICEF and the Government of Chad signed an agreement today for the demobilization of child soldiers throughout the country. The accord, signed by UNICEF Representative...
British Airways staff visit street children centres in Cairo
CAIRO, 10 May 2007 – This week, a group of British Airways staff members are visiting Egypt to witness projects for children supported through money collected from the Change for Good...
Violence causes the deaths of at least two children under 15 every day in Mexico
MEXICO CITY, 19 April 2007 – Two studies aimed at preventing and eliminating all forms of violence against children have been launched in Mexico, where at least two...
Millions lose out in Eastern European and Central Asian growth
GENEVA, April 27 2007 - Millions of citizens across Eastern Europe and Central Asia are not benefiting from the marked economic growth in the region, according to a newly published set...
Memorandum of Understanding and expansion of cooperation agreement on Children Formerly Involved in Camel Racing
ABU DHABI, 25 April 2007 – UNICEF and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, together with delegates from Pakistan...
UNICEF condemns use of a minor in Taliban execution
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 April 2007 - UNICEF today condemned the use of a minor in a Taliban execution as a criminal act. A video circulating in Pakistan shows a young boy beheading an adult. The act was a terrible example of how children can be used by adults to commit heinous crimes in times of conflict.
UNICEF issues urgent humanitarian call for Iraqi children
GENEVA, April 18 2007 - Citing the consequences of rising security risks to Iraqi children and families, UNICEF asked Wednesday to step up support to the country’s most vulnerable...
UNICEF, Canadian Government support ‘Vital markers for a safer living environment’
SARAJEVO, BOSNIA AND HEREGOVINA, 4 April 2007 – An additional 133 square kilometers of suspected mine areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)...
April 4 is the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
NEW YORK, 28 March 200 7 - Journalists are invited to events here and other cities on April 4, which the UN General Assembly has declared the International Day for...
Eighty-One Countries Sign New Global Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
NEW YORK, 30 March 2007 – UNICEF has welcomed the signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by 81 countries and the European Community as a major step toward protecting the rights of children with disabilities.
Children are still being trafficked 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade
NEW YORK, 25 March 2007 - Although 25 March marks the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, slavery still exists today as children are trafficked into bonded labour and the sex trade.
Justice system in Moldova becomes more youth-friendly and moves closer to international standards
MOLDOVA, 26 February 2007 - UNICEF and the Supreme Court Justice of Moldova announced that the justice system in Moldova has become more youth-friendly and...
UNICEF Executive Director commends Egypt’s progress towards Millennium Development Goals
CAIRO/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 20 February 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today ended a three-day visit to Egypt which included discussions with government officials and...
Launch of the State of Children in Serbia Report 2006
BELGRADE, 8 February 2007 – Despite the important steps that have been taken to improve the status of children in Serbia since the late 1990s, there are still over 300,000 children today who are living in poverty...
UNICEF issues call to eliminate female genital mutilation/cutting within a generation
NEW YORK, 6 February 2007 – In spite of a global commitment following the 2002 UN Special Session on Children to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2010...
Global conference to end the recruitment of children by armed groups and forces in Paris
PARIS/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 5 February 2007– A global conference hosted by the Government of France and UNICEF convened in Paris today to address the issue of children in armed conflict.
UN decries deaths of children in Mogadishu conflict
NAIROBI / KENYA , 5 February 2007 - Forces involved in the Somalia conflict must engage in dialogue to avoid deaths of children and innocent civilians as happened last week when three children were killed in...
UNICEF supports continuing International Criminal Court process
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 29 January 2007 -- Today the International Criminal Court (ICC) confirmed the charges against Thomas Lubanga, former commander-in-chief of the Union of Congolese Patriots' military wing...
UNICEF and Council of Europe agree to cooperate to improve the lives of children
STRASBOURG, FRANCE/GENEVA, 23 January 2007 - UNICEF and the Council of Europe today signed a Joint Declaration to strengthen their partnership to maximize results for children.
End the suffering of Somali children
NAIROBI, 12 January 2007 - Peace and stability are urgently needed in Somalia to end the suffering of thousands of Somali children affected by the recent conflict, UNICEF and Save the Children UK said today.
IKEA, Save the Children and UNICEF joint campaign: ‘A smile is worth so much’
IKEA, UNICEF and Save the Children will join forces for children worldwide again this year, following a successful 2005 effort that raised over €2 million euro for life-saving programs through its “€1 is a fortune. . . A child’s smile is worth so much” campaign.
Regional launch of the UN Secretary General’s study on violence against children for Latin America and the Caribbean
15 November 2006 - Media Advisory
160 children document their surroundings after their villages were destroyed one year ago
NEW YORK, 5 October 2006 – UNICEF today launched an exhibition of children’s photos in New York to mark the one year anniversary of the earthquake which killed over 70,000 people in Pakistan.
UNICEF praises donation from Spanish Government
MADRID, 27 September 2006 – UNICEF thanked the Government of Spain for the generous donation of €21 million Euro toward the agency’s work on behalf of children that was announced today.
UNICEF Regional Director outlines priorities as south Lebanon moves into recovery phase
TAIBEH, 31 August 2006 – Restoring water and health services - and dealing with the menace of unexploded ordnance - will be UNICEF’s priorities as humanitarian efforts gather pace in south Lebanon, according to UNICEF Regional Director, Omar Abdi.
The State recognizes its children as subjects with rights
BOGOTA, August 31 2006 - The 215 articles approved by the Senate of the Republic on 29 August mark the beginning of a new phase for Colombia’s 18 million children and adolescents. With them, the country has updated its legislation on children, adjusting it to the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Prevention efforts too little, too late; prosecution of traffickers not sole solution
LONDON, 30 August 2006 - Piecemeal prevention efforts in South Eastern Europe (SEE) are failing to protect children from falling prey to traffickers and have relied too much on general awareness-raising, says a report released today by UNICEF and Terre des Hommes which also urges a shift of focus away from prosecution.
Statement of UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Uganda
NEW YORK/GENEVA/NAIROBI/KAMPALA, 29 August 2006 – UNICEF welcomes the agreement between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to cease hostilities, which is aimed at ending 20 years of armed conflict.
UNICEF calls on religious leaders to work together for peace and development
KYOTO, 26 August 2006 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman today called for greater cooperation among religions to protect children from the threats of poverty, disease and violence.
Donation of $30,000 from the Iranian Football Federation kick starts UNICEF Iran’s ‘Children of Lebanon Appeal’
TEHRAN, 23 August 2006 – The Iranian Football Federation has donated $30,000 to UNICEF Iran’s Children of Lebanon Appeal to help support UNICEF’s ongoing relief efforts in Lebanon. The money came from a charity football match that took place earlier this month between the Iranian Celebrities’ Club (ICC) and a team made up of two of Iran’s most popular clubs, Pirouzi and Esteghlal.
UNICEF: Children are victims of the conflict in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO/NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 15 August 2006 – The bombing on Monday of a Vallepuram compound in Mullaitivu district that reportedly killed dozens of girls and wounded many more is a shocking result of the rising violence in Sri Lanka, UNICEF, said today.
UNICEF helps children cope with the hidden effects of Lebanon’s ongoing conflict
BEIRUT, 9 August 2006 - Children in Beirut have been deeply affected by the terrifying events they and their families have experienced, including the loss and injury of loved ones, and the destruction of their homes and schools.
UNICEF, Organization of American States and Inter-American Development Bank launch initiative to grant official identity to millions of unregistered children
BOGOTA, 8 August 2006 - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNICEF and the Organization of American States (OAS) announced a new alliance today to work toward ensuring free, timely, universal birth registration for children in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2015, with 50 per cent progress in that direction by 2010.
UNICEF alarmed as attacks on Afghan schools rise
KABUL/GENEVA, 4 August 2006 – UNICEF warned today that schools in Afghanistan are the targets of increasingly dramatic attacks, noting that reported incidents have spread from the south and southeastern region to all of the provinces and include one missle attack, 11 explosions, 50 school burnings and 37 threats against schools and communities.
Statement by Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Special Representative in occupied Palestinian territory
JERUSALEM, 1 August 2006 – As the international media is focused on the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Lebanon, sadly enough the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is on the verge of being forgotten. For the 1.44 million Palestinians living in Gaza, out of which 838,000 are children, the humanitarian situation is a daily reality.
Some of the biggest victims of domestic violence are the smallest
NEW YORK/LONDON, 1 August 2006 – A global study published today by UNICEF and The Body Shop International reveals the devastating and lasting impact on children of living with domestic violence.
UNICEF “shocked and outraged” at latest case of child rape in Zimbabwe
HARARE, 1 August 2006 - UNICEF today said it “condemned in the strongest possible terms” news of more horrific sexual child abuse cases in Zimbabwe.
Member states renew commitment to protecting children in armed conflict
NEW YORK, 24 July 2006 – One year after the signing of a landmark resolution to protect children in conflict, United Nations Security Council members today discussed concrete next steps for protecting children in conflict zones from the most unspeakable violations – among them the abduction, sexual abuse and recruitment of children as combatants.
Statement by UNICEF and the World Health Organization on escalating violence in Lebanon and Israel
NEW YORK, GENEVA, AMMAN, BEIRUT, 19 July 2006 – UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed serious concern about civilian casualties and new risks to health from escalating violence in Lebanon and Israel:
Child Alert: Democratic Republic of Congo
LONDON, 24 July 2006 - The conflict and violence that has consumed the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for nearly a decade has killed more people every six months than were killed by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Estimates place the total deaths at four million, although some experts say the figure is far higher. In a report released today in London, UNICEF said that as victims, children have defined this often forgotten, but world’s deadliest, humanitarian crisis in the heart of Africa.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General in Haiti and UNICEF Representative express their concern with the rise of violence and its consequences on children and their families
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 8 July 2006 – The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Haiti, Edmond Mulet and UNICEF Representative, Adriano Gonzalez-Regueral, have expressed outrage about current violent acts against children and their families in Haiti.
Malaysian website to empower young people to resist experimenting with drugs
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 June 2006 - Young people in Malaysia can now log-on to www.whatareyoudoing.net to learn about drugs and why ‘using is for losers’. The website is part of the ‘Keep the Music Clean’ campaign designed to engage, educate and empower young people to resist the temptation to experiment with drugs.
UNICEF condemns abduction and recruitment of Sri Lankan children by the Karuna group
COLOMBO, 22 June 2006 – UNICEF in Sri Lanka is calling for immediate action to halt the abduction and forced recruitment of children by the Karuna group. Over the past week, the agency has verified reports of thirty cases in Batticaloa district. Reports of abduction and forced recruitment of boys under the age of 18 from the area have increased since March of this year.
Zero tolerance for child sex tourism in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO, 18 June, 2006 - A two year action plan to stop the commercial exploitation of Sri Lanka’s children has been launched today. While the exact numbers are not known, it’s estimated that thousands of Sri Lankan children are drawn into prostitution every year, the majority of them boys. These children are exploited by foreign tourists, as well as by local people.
211 Children Released from the SPLA in Southern Kordofan
KHARTOUM, 18 June 2006 – UNICEF today welcomed the demobilization of 181 children – 174 boys and 7 girls – from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). This release took place on 6 June in Julud in the Nuba Mountains area of Sudan (Southern Kordofan), and the children have been reunited with their families over the past two weeks.
Seminar discusses juveniles in conflict with the law
TEHRAN, 15 June 2006 - Top officials from different sectors, including judges, legal experts, police and members of the State Welfare Organization gathered in the city of Orumiyeh this week to discuss juvenile justice in Iran. The seminar was organized by the Department of Judicial Development of the Iranian Judiciary with support from UNICEF. It is one of a series of juvenile justice events aimed at aligning Iran’s child protection and juvenile justice practices with international conventions.
UNICEF warns about trafficking during World Cup
NEW YORK, 15 June, 2006 – UNICEF today expressed its deep concern that children and women could be trafficked and subjected to sexual exploitation during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Combating Violence against Children project receives grant from the Netherlands
AMMAN, 14 June 2006 – UNICEF Jordan received today a grant of approximately JD 78,000 from the Embassy of the Netherlands to continue strengthening responses to combat violence against children in the country.
Commitment to protecting the children of Darfur
KHARTOUM/AMMAN 12 June 2006 – UNICEF today welcomed the outcomes of a landmark child protection workshop for Darfur, organized 7-9 June in collaboration with the Darfur States and the National Council for Child Welfare.
Child labour robs children of childhood, impedes development
NEW YORK, 12 June 2006 – Hundreds of millions of children are forced to work when they should be learning and playing, which deprives them, their families and nations the opportunity to develop and thrive, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF provides aid to Timorese displaced by conflict
DILI, 30 May 2006 – Aid has begun to reach the thousands of Timorese living in camps around East Timor’s capital city of Dili, displaced by conflict. The Australian army’s presence in Dili has improved the security situation and UNICEF and other agencies have been able to reach people living in crowded conditions and in desperate need of food, access to clean water and sanitation, and protection for children. There are an estimated 70,000 residing in camps in Dili alone and another 45,000 who have moved to the districts.
Timor’s childhood under threat
DILY, 29 May 2006 – Ongoing ethnic and political tensions in Timor-Leste have escalated into large-scale civil unrest in Dili, with the districts practically cut off and isolated from the capital city. As people flee the conflict, children's lives are being uprooted.
Escalating violence threatens the safety of Sri Lanka’s children
GENEVA, 16 May 2006 - Sri Lankan children in areas most affected by recent clashes are paying a high price for the escalating tension in the island. Thousands of children are still displaced from their homes following the recent violence in Trincomalee District, in which six children were killed and others injured or severely traumatized.
Afghanistan launches national strategy for children at risk
KABUL, 15 May 2006 – The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will launch a new National Strategy for Children at Risk on Tuesday 16 May, designed to improve care and support for the country’s most vulnerable children.
UNICEF Chief of Emergency Programmes visits Afghanistan
KABUL, 15 May 2006 – UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes Daniel Toole arrived in Afghanistan Thursday on a week-long visit to the country, during which he aims to assess UNICEF’s capacity to respond to sudden emergencies and review the organization’s support to programmes in areas of the country still affected by insecurity.
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 welcomes child demobilisation in Southern Sudan
MALAKAL, SOUTHERN SUDAN, 24 April 2006 – UNICEF welcomes the renewed process of disarmament and demobilisation of children associated with armed forces and groups in Southern Sudan. The latest demobilisation, of about 250 children in Upper Nile State today, is the biggest of its kind since the signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in January 2005 which commits the parties (the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army-SPLM/A and the then Government of Sudan) to child demobilisation throughout the country.
Reduce Vulnerabilities that Push Iraqi Children to the Edge, Says UNICEF
AMMAN/BAGHDAD, 13 April 2006 – The special needs of thousands of Iraqi children who find themselves in trouble with the law and being held in juvenile institutions as well as detention centres was the focus of a workshop that concluded today. Iraqi Government representatives, UNICEF and non-governmental organizations partners working with vulnerable and marginalized groups deliberated the issue for over five days.
UNICEF Concerned that Children a Casualty of Recent Demonstrations
KATHMANDU, April 13 – UNICEF has expressed its deep concern at reports that children have been injured, arrested and detained in the recent demonstrations in Kathmandu and other cities. “Children have no place being near demonstrations that could turn violent,” UNICEF Representative Dr. Suomi Sakai said today.
UN Condemns Attack on a School in Kunar Province
KABUL, 11 April 2006 - I am shocked and saddened to have learned that an attack on a school in Kunar province this morning has resulted in the death of six children and wounded fourteen other people.
As leaders prepare to agree Afghan Compact, UNICEF urges “Women and Children First”
Kabul/London/Geneva, 30 January 2006 – As representatives of more than 70 countries sit down tomorrow with leaders of the Afghan Government to shape the reconstruction framework for the nation, UNICEF is urging delegates to maintain a clear focus on the development needs of children and mothers.
UNICEF: End the Abuse in Zimbabwe
HARARE 23 January 2006 - In the wake of a worsening orphan crisis and accusations this week against a headmaster who allegedly raped six primary school pupils, the United Nations Children’s Fund today repeated its call for communities to speak out against all forms of child abuse.
Lao PDR opens first shelter for women, children
The Lao Women’s Union, with support from UNICEF and other international partners, has opened Lao PDR’s first shelter for women and girls who have suffered abuse through domestic violence or trafficking.
New Resource Package Shines Spotlight on Excluded Children
GENEVA, 22 December, 2006 - The marginalized and disadvantaged children of Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States feature in a new online information package launched by UNICEF today.
More than 1 million children beyond aid net in Darfur
Khartoum/London/New York, 20 December 2005 – A new report by UNICEF details the impact of conflict on children’s lives in Darfur, almost three years after the violence began.
UNICEF Executive Director Embarks on Year-End Trip
NEW YORK, 6 December, 2005 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman travels to India and the U.K. this week for an international trip that focuses on issues critical to children’s health and protection.
UNICEF Launches Flagship Publication in London on 14 December
On Wednesday, 14 December, UNICEF will launch its flagship publication, The State of the World's Children. The theme this year deals with children who are excluded and invisible. Hundreds of millions of children have become virtually invisible. They are victims of abuse, exploitation and discrimination that rob their safety and dignity. And they are children who are excluded from even the most basic services they need to grow and thrive.
Egyptian TV wins International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award
NEW YORK, 21 November 2005 – Egyptian TV won the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) award at the 33rd International Emmy Awards Gala on Monday night. The special prize is awarded every year by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and UNICEF.
Children’s Rights Not Respected in Cote D’Ivoire’s Ongoing Military and Political Crisis
ABIDJAN, Cote D’Ivoire, 21 November 2005 – As the world celebrates the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF is calling attention to the plight of the children in Cote D’Ivoire and the continued widespread violation of their rights as a result of the ongoing three-year-long conflict.
UNICEF warns against potential exploitation of child earthquake survivors
ISLAMABAD, 17 October 2005 - In the aftermath of the earthquake many children have become separated from their caregivers. UNICEF has responded with concern to reports about children being taken from health facilities by individuals or NGOs, claiming to be able to look after them.
UN appointee to brief on landmark study on violence against children
NEW YORK, 17 October 2005 - Professor Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, independent expert appointed to lead the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence Against Children , and Abigeil McIntyre, 17 year-old youth activist from Grenada will brief the press on the progress and intial findings of the landmark study on violence against children.
FAQ: “Smurfs: What’s it all about?”
In case you haven’t heard: UNICEF in Belgium has created a unique and attention-getting video message about the impact of war on children. The 30 second TV ad – to be run free by Belgian broadcasters in the late evening hours – is part of a campaign by UNICEF in Belgium to raise awareness about the many ways conflict destroys children’s lives.
Stalled peace negotiations in Sri Lanka harm children
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, 9 September 2004 – A report released today by UNICEF says that the stalled peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is a major impediment to assisting children affected by the country’s two-decade long war.
UNICEF and Casa Alianza join efforts against violence
PANAMA CITY, 6 September 2004 – With the expressed intention of protecting Latin American and Caribbean children and adolescents in a more effective manner against all forms of violence that affect the region, UNICEF and the international non- governmental organization, Casa Alianza, have recently signed their first regional cooperation agreement.
UNICEF sponsored photo exhibit by children of Beslan opens today
BESLAN, Russia, 26 August 2005 - Photos taken by children from Beslan go on display in the town’s Cultural Centre today – the result of a photography and journalism workshop for the children organised by UNICEF (22-28 July). The exhibition, entitled Children Are the Most Precious Thing in the World, will run until 9 September.
Children must be safe during Gaza withdrawal
NEW YORK, 12 August 2005 -- UNICEF today urged that children be kept out of harm’s way during the planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the northern West Bank.
36 Bangladeshi camel jockeys arrive home
DHAKA, 11 August 2005 - UNICEF is pleased to announce that the first group of Bangladeshi camel jockeys has been repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and arrived safely in Dhaka this morning.
UNICEF thanks Olara Otunnu
NEW YORK, 3 August 2005 – Reacting to his departure as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, UNICEF said today that it was deeply grateful to Olara Otunnu for being an outspoken advocate for millions of children caught in conflict around the world.
Official Statement on the Security Council Resolution on Children in Armed Conflict
NEW YORK, 25 July 2005 - UNICEF today applauded the UN Security Council resolution that establishes a monitoring and reporting system for children affected by armed conflict.
New round of child soldier demobilization begins in west Afghanistan
KABUL, 21 July 2005 – The second major phase of Afghanistan’s child soldier demobilization and reintegration campaign got underway in the west of the country this week, with an expected 3,500 children likely to benefit from the initiative in the coming three months.
Call to ban corporal punishment wraps up South Africa meeting on violence
JOHANNESBURG, 20 July, 2005 - A three-day preparatory consultation on the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children ended today with a call for a total ban on corporal punishment.
Regional meeting in South Africa calls for an end to violence against children
Johannesburg, 18 July – A regional preparatory consultation on the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence for Eastern and Southern Africa opened in Johannesburg today with a strong call to end the violence that is afflicting many of the continent’s children.
South Africa hosts a preparatory consultation for the UN Study on Violence against Children
The Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultation for the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children is being organized at the request of the Study expert, Professor Paulo Pinheiro. It is one of nine regional consultations being held world-wide that will form an integral part of the study process.
Statement on Iraq child deaths
Responding to the deaths today of 26 Iraqi children in a suicide car bombing, UNICEF said that it deplores the actions of those who would target innocent children.
Indigenous Children from Latin America demand their rights at Madrid meeting
MADRID, 8 July 2005 - “We are boys, girls and adolescents belonging to 34 indigenous peoples; we are creators, bearers and transmitters of our cultures whose contributions to humankind contribute to coexistence, diversity and peace.
MENA consultation on violence against children
CAIRO / 26 June 2005 - The first regional meeting dealing exclusively with violence against children is opening tomorrow amid calls for countries in the region to do more to prevent physical and psychological harm to young people.
Paraguay takes concrete steps in the effective implementation of the Optional Protocol against the use of child soldiers
Asunción, Paraguay, 15 June 2005- Representatives of the Government of Paragay, UNICEF and the members of non-governmental organizations and community groups presented the results of the first round of visits to monitor implementation of the Optional Protocol on the Use of Child Soldiers which prohibits the forced recruitment of children under 18 years old as soldiers.
EAPRO consultation concludes: violence is not inevitable
BANGKOK, 16 June 2005 – “Violence is not inevitable but rather an injustice that can be ended by recognizing that peace is a human right and that this responsibility belongs to everyone,” more than 250 delegates proclaimed at the end of the three-day Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children.
Study highlights rape in Northern Uganda's largest IDP camp
GULU, UGANDA, 15 JUNE 2005 – A new study on sexual and gender-based violence has identified rape, the sexual abuse of children and physical assault as being among the most common forms of sexual violence inside the Pabbo internally displaced persons camp in Gulu District, the largest and one of the oldest such settlements in northern Uganda’s conflict-affected districts.
Efforts to end child labour must focus on education
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 10 June 2005 – Ensuring access to quality basic education is critical for removing children from hazardous labour, UNICEF said today.
Benin and Nigeria pledge to fight child trafficking
Cotonou / Abuja, June 9, 2005 - UNICEF congratulates the Governments of the Republic of Benin and the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the signing today, in Cotonou, of a "Cooperation agreement to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in persons with emphasis on trafficking in women and children.”
Youth delegates and experts address violence against children in Canada and U.S.
TORONTO, 3 June 2005 – Today, youth delegates and experts from across Canada and the U.S. will convene in Toronto to take part in a major global initiative to stop the most pervasive forms of violence against children.
Government of Lao PDR, UNICEF launch media awareness campaign to protect young people from dangers of trafficking
Vientianem, 1 June 2005 - The Government of Lao PDR and UNICEF today launched a multi-media campaign designed to raise awareness of the risks posed by trafficking and protect those most at risk from its dangers. Lao youth music celebrities will perform a concert in Vientiane, the nation’s capital, to mark Children’s Day and promote the campaign’s themes.
Children in residential institutions desperately vulnerable to abuse
GENEVA, 31 May 2005: Violence against children in residential institutions can be found across Europe and Central Asia, according to research gathered by UNICEF in the run-up to a major conference on violence against children. The research also reveals glaring gaps in knowledge and data.
International experts meet in Buenos Aires to analyze violence against children and adolescents in Latin America
BUENOS AIRES, 30 May 2005 – In the framework of the United Nations Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children, international experts and representatives of governments, civil society and adolescents are meeting in Buenos Aires today until June 1st to analyze and gather information on violence against children in Latin America.
Calls to end violence against children made at groundbreaking South Asia meeting
ISLAMABAD/ 19 May 2005 - The first regional meeting dealing exclusively with violence against children ever to be held in South Asia is opening amid calls for countries in the region to do more to prevent physical and psychological harm to young people. More than 165 people, including delegates from all governments in the region, staff from UN agencies and child care agencies, are taking part in the three day meeting as part of the global consultation for the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children.
UAE supports UNICEF in safe return of camel jockeys to home countries
DUBAI/AMMAN – 8 May 2005 – In a major step to provide protection and support to children involved in camel racing, the UAE Ministry of Interior and UNICEF today signed an agreement to provide some $2.7 million to help in return and re-integration of child camel jockeys in their home communities.
UNICEF praises Armenian progress towards a protective environment for all children
YEREVAN, 13 April 2005 - UNICEF has hailed Armenia’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and ILO Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Both were signed by President Kocharyan today after being cleared by the Armenian National Assembly on 21 March 2005.
Bellamy urges legislators to use their power to protect children from exploitation
MANILA / NEW YORK, 4 April 2005 – Echoing a theme that has become a hallmark of her tenure, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today challenged legislators from around the world to do more to protect the health and well-being of children.
Report: Root causes of human trafficking in South Eastern Europe not being addressed
GENEVA, 31 March 2005 – The root causes of human trafficking are not being adequately addressed in South Eastern Europe, says a new report launched in Geneva today.
Female genital mutilation must end
NEW YORK, 6 February 2005 – UNICEF today reiterated its call on governments to move swiftly to stop the harmful practice of female genital mutilation and cutting.
Statement on shooting of a three-year old girl in occupied Palestinian territory
JERUSALEM, 27 January 2005 - The UNICEF Special Representative in oPt, Dan Rohrmann, expressed his sadness today in the aftermath of the latest fatality, when yesterday, a three-year-old Rahma Ibrahim Abu Shamas was struck dead by a bullet while sitting in her house in a very poor area in the central Gaza Strip.
How to protect children in the tsunami zone
LONDON, 8 January 2005 – Measures to protect children in the Tsunami zone from exploitation, abuse, and criminal trafficking are needed immediately to prevent them from slipping between the cracks, UNICEF said today, outlining the key steps essential to protecting orphans and other vulnerable children.
UNICEF launches $144.5 million appeal
NEW YORK, 6 January 2005 - UNICEF is seeking $144.5 million to support urgent humanitarian aid for the estimated 1.5 million affected children in South Asia, many of which have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care and support. UNICEF has estimated that children account for more than one-third of tsunami deaths.
UNICEF identifies key steps to save 'Tsunami Generation'
JAKARTA, 4 January 2005 – Two days ahead of a global conference here to coordinate aid for the countries devastated by tsunamis, UNICEF today proposed four fundamental priorities for children that the agency said are essential to the overall success of the relief effort.
Bellamy to visit Tsunami zone
NEW YORK, 1 January 2005 – UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy begins a five-day tour of the worst-affected tsunami zones this weekend, where she will survey the needs of hundreds of thousands of children and assess the UNICEF relief efforts to date.
Effort to identify unaccompanied children begins
NEW YORK, 31 December 2004 – UNICEF said today it is concerned that children throughout the tsunami-devastated region have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care and support.
Hundred of schools damaged in the Maldives
MALE, MALDIVES, 31 December 2004 - Hundreds of schools in the Maldives are now known to have been damaged by the Asian tsunami that struck the archipelago.
The State of the World's Children: Childhood under threat
LONDON, 9 DECEMBER 2004 – Despite the near universal embrace of standards for protecting childhood, a new UNICEF report shows that more than half the world’s children are suffering extreme deprivations from poverty, war and HIV/AIDS, conditions that are effectively denying children a childhood and holding back the development of nations.
Landmines pose gravest risk for children
NAIROBI/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 2 December 2004 – Millions of antipersonnel landmines and other explosive remnants of war across the globe pose a vicious threat to children, who are being injured, killed and orphaned by them long after wars are over, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF calls for joint effort to support integration of disabled Afghans
KABUL, 2 December 2004 – Public perceptions of disabled Afghans will be in the spotlight today, with the presentation of preliminary findings from a new report on the issue commissioned by UNICEF and CDAP.
Danny Glover visits mine-affected Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, 27 November 2004. - UNICEF’s new Goodwill Ambassador, Danny Glover, on his first visit to Ethiopia, today called on the three nations that continue to stockpile anti-personnel mines, to ratify the Mine Ban Treaty immediately.
Parliamentarians in the Arab world: Champions for child rights
AMMAN, 23 November 2004 - More than 50 members of Arab parliaments adopted on Tuesday the Amman Declaration and Plan of Action for Arab children; these are a result of two-day discussions around various child-related issues which concluded in the Jordanian capital today.
Despite progress, children’s rights far from universal
NEW YORK, 20 November 2004 - On the 15th anniversary today of the international adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said that despite major advancements for children that include the creation of new laws in many countries, the rights of millions of children remain forgotten or ignored.
Effort to protect Darfur's children is failing
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 18 November 2004 - UNICEF said today that reports of violence against women and children, in and around Darfur's camps for civilians displaced by fighting, seems to be increasing rather than diminishing.
Healing Beslan's wounds
GENEVA, 16 November, 2004. UNICEF has announced plans for a new programme to promote peace and tolerance across the troubled North Caucasus.
UNICEF hails world’s first regional agreement on human trafficking
YANGON, MYANMAR, 29 October 2004 – Today ministers from China, Cambodia, Thailand, Lao PDR, Viet Nam and Myanmar signed a landmark memorandum of understanding that sets forth a framework of action to fight human trafficking.
Child trafficking requires action in Lao PDR
VIENTIANE, LAOS, 26 October 2004 – Child trafficking is an important problem for Lao PDR which requires urgent action, according to the first national study on the subject released today by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and UNICEF.
Colombia destroys its anti-personnel mines arsenal
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, October 24, 2004 - Meeting the commitment assumed in the Ottawa Convention, the Colombian Government today destroyed its last arsenal of anti-personnel mines, in a ceremony held simultaneously in Bogotá’s Plaza de Bolívar and in the northern city of Barranquilla, where more than 6,800 mines belonging to the Armed Forces were destroyed.
Children in South Asia deserve better protection from sex abusers and traffickers
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, 1 October, 2004 - A call to do more to target those supplying children in South Asia for the sex trade and other forms of labour has been made at a meeting in Colombo.
"The return and reintegration of child soldiers in Sudan: the challenges ahead"
NAIROBI, KENYA, 30 September, 2004 - About 20,000 children have been demobilised from the ranks of southern Sudanese rebel forces since 2001, according to UNICEF. An article published this week in the journal "Forced Migration Review" (Oxford University, UK) summarises a major evaluation of child demobilisation in Sudan commissioned by UNICEF.
More than one million Palestinian children return to school
JERUSALEM, 6 September 2004 - Some 1.2 million children returned to school last week in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after a summer break.
Statement by Bellamy on hostage-taking of children at Russian school
NEW YORK/GENEVA/HONG KONG, 3 September 2004 - "The Beslan siege represents a new and discouraging low -- children used as hostages and denied food and water for three terrifying days," said UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy.
Asian children and societies still being crippled by landmines
BANGKOK, 30 August 2004 – As landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) continue indiscriminately to maim and kill children across the region, UNICEF called today for governments to redouble their efforts to prevent conflict-related injuries, which represent the fourth leading cause of all fatal injuries worldwide.
47 children, formerly abducted by LRA, come back home
KAMPALA, 27 August 2004 – UNICEF in Uganda today urged civilian and military authorities responsible for receiving 47 formerly abducted children – repatriated today from southern Sudan by the International Organization for Migration, after their abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) – to ensure the children’s rights remain protected.
Reintegrating children associated with fighting forces in Liberia a "success"
MONROVIA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 August 2004 – Just four months after the launch of a massive disarmament campaign, almost 85 per cent of about 5,800 demobilized children have gone home to their families. Over 115 children were reunified this week.
Bellamy lands in Liberia for a three-day visit
MONROVIA, 23 August 2004 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy landed in Liberia today for a three-day visit to assess progress in reintegrating children formerly associated with fighting forces with their families.
Dafur breeding new generation of "child survivors"
Khartoum/Geneva/ New York, 2 July 2004 – UNICEF reports today that a significant number of children displaced in Darfur have either been direct victims of violence or have witnessed violent acts.
Demobilization programme for former Afghan child soldiers reaches 2,000 children
KABUL, 24 June 2004 – The programme to demobilize and re-integrate former child soldiers in Afghanistan, led by UNICEF with Government, NGO partners and local communities, has now helped to demobilize 2,203 children in eight provinces of the country, since its launch in February. The majority of children demobilized to date – all of whom are boys – are aged between 14 and 18 years old.
UNICEF welcomes special court ruling establishing child recruitment a 'war crime'
NEW YORK/FREETOWN, 17 June 2004 – The Special Court for Sierra Leone recently ruled that the recruitment or use of children under age 15 in hostilities is a war crime under customary international law. This landmark ruling may result in the first ever conviction for the recruitment of child soldiers. UNICEF welcomes the Court’s decision as a bold effort to hold perpetrators accountable for serious crimes against children.
On Day of Families, remember children who are alone
NEW YORK, 14 May 2004 - Children growing up without parental care are at greater risk of violence, exploitation, trafficking and discrimination, UNICEF said today, commemorating the International Day of Families.
Efforts against child labour often overlook domestic workers
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 11 June 2004 – The widespread use of children as domestic servants is one of the most hidden forms of child labour, and one that leaves millions of children, mostly girls, at risk of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF calls for the protection of children in Rafah
JERUSALEM, 19 May 2004 – UNICEF said today it is deeply concerned about the impact on children of the ongoing military operation in the Gaza Strip, particularly a missile strike Wednesday that claimed the lives of at least 10 Palestinians, many of them children.
UNICEF hails promise for children by Peru President
NEW YORK, 10 May 2002 - UNICEF today hailed the President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo, who pledged in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday that his government would reduce military spending in order to redirect public funds to basic social services for children.
Launch of "Code of Conduct" for travel industry to protect children from sex tourism
NEW YORK, 21 April 2004 – Striking a blow against the sex tourism industry that entraps tens of thousands of children, UNICEF today joined the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the international advocacy group ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) in launching a “Code of Conduct” for the North American travel industry. The code is designed to protect children from commercial sexual exploitation.
Ten years after genocide, Rwandan children suffer lasting impact
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 6 April 2004 – Ten years after the genocide in Rwanda that took the lives of 800,000 people, the country’s children continue to struggle with the lingering impact of the atrocities, UNICEF said today.
Indigenous children face greater threats to survival
MADRID, 25 February 2004 – Indigenous children are among the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the world and global action is urgently needed to protect their survival and their rights, says a new report from UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence.
Statement by UNICEF on death of children in Kandahar
KABUL, 7 January 2004 – Following the news announcements that a majority of those killed in the 6 January bomb blast in Kandahar were children, the UNICEF Afghanistan Country Office has released a statement.
UN calls for cessation of hostilities and protection of children in Liberia
DAKAR, MONROVIA, Tuesday, 22 July 2003. "We urgently appeal to the leaders of all parties involved in the conflict in Liberia to stop all hostilities immediately. We are deeply concerned by the dramatic deterioration of the situation in Monrovia and by the unacceptable mobilisation of children and women, in violation of all agreed international norms and standards. Some of the actions against children and women constitute crimes of war under the Statute of the International Criminal Court.
New study to assist Iraq’s most vulnerable children launched
BAGHDAD 26 June 2003 – UNICEF has teamed up with five international aid organizations to investigate the situation in which children live in Iraq today. The study will focus on the risks to children’s wellbeing and the coping mechanisms that exist within their families and communities to help them overcome the current challenges they face in post-war Iraq.
To end child labour nations must fight trafficking of children, UNICEF says
Thursday, 12 June 2003 – UNICEF said today that efforts to end the worst forms of child labour would not succeed without effective cooperative efforts to fight the trafficking of children and women within and across national borders. On World Day Against Child Labour, UNICEF pointed to estimates that the global trade in human beings is beginning to rival the illicit trafficking of arms and drugs. (Press release)
Leaders urge East Asia and Pacific to do their utmost for children
BALI, 5 May 2003 – President of Indonesia, H.E. Megawati Sukarnoputri, opened today the Sixth East Asia and Pacific Ministerial Consultation on Children calling on all nations of the world to work hard for the protection and well-being of children. (News Note)
UNICEF opens summer camps for Palestinian children
GAZA, 6 July 2002 - A record number of Palestinian children will have a chance to attend child-friendly summer camps this year, with the first of more than 180 such camps opening in the Occupied Palestinian Territory today, UNICEF said.
Unicef welcomes release of Ugandan children
NEW YORK, 14 June 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the release of nearly 100 women and children by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), but called for the unconditional release of thousands more children still held.
Where are the Missing Ugandan Children?
NEW YORK / GENEVA, 4 April 2002 - The United Nations Children's Fund expressed grave concern today over the fate of thousands of children that the Ugandan government said were abandoned in southern Sudan over the weekend by the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA.)
UNICEF to protect health of Sudanese refugees in Chad
CHAD, 23 January 2004 - In response to the rapidly deteriorating situation of Sudanese refugees in Chad, UNICEF is moving ahead on a series of activities, including a measles campaign for nearly 86,000 children from six months to 14 years old (refugees and host population), as well as a Vitamin A distribution, in coordination with MSF Belgium and MSF Holland.
Zambia to hold symposium on child sexual abuse and violence against women
MEDIA ADVISORY, 11 June 2004 - The symposium aims to initiate dialogue on gender-based and sexual Violence. Zambia recognizes that if the region is to respond to the epidemic effectively, it must confront the cultural practices, strengthen legislation and policies and challenge the factors that perpetuate these human rights abuses in this dangerous era of HIV/AIDS.
Children’s rights threatened in Cote d’Ivoire violence
Jessica Lange urges Parliamentiarians to protect children from exploitation
MEDIA ADVISORY, 15 April 2004 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jessica Lange will address the Plenary Session of the IPU calling on parliamentarians to use their clout to protect children from exploitation, and launch the IPU/UNICEF Handbook for Parliamentarians on Child Protection.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte to visit Kenya and Senegal
MEDIA ADVISORY, 12 February 2004 - In Kenya, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte will assess progress in education one year after the Kenya government eliminated primary school fees. He will visit a Nairobi primary school and meet with government and business leaders to discuss the achievements since school fees were abolished and highlight the challenges that remain, particularly the schooling and care of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and the need to get more girls enrolled in school. On Friday, February 20, Harry will travel to Senegal for a one-week visit during which he will attend a regional conference on birth registration and stress the importance of this issue for protecting the rights of children.
UNICEF calls for change in justice systems on behalf of child prisoners in E. Asia and Pacific
BANGKOK, 18 March 2004 – A UNICEF report released today calls for urgent improvements in judicial systems for children and young people in East Asia and the Pacific.
Unfinished business: Global push to save 11 million children
Stockholm/Geneva/New York, 12 March 2002 - Almost 11 million children die every year from preventable and treatable causes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
UNICEF trains Sudanese police to assist child victims of sexual violence
Khartoum/Geneva/New York, 26 July 2004 – Amidst widespread reports of sexual violence and rape of women and children in Darfur, UNICEF concluded a three-day training of Sudanese police officers designed to assist them in investigating cases of rape of children.
Jessica Lange tells parliamentarians to ask tough questions
MEXICO CITY, 20 April 2004 – UNICEF Ambassador Jessica Lange today launched a “Handbook for Parliamentarians on Child Protection,” a joint UNICEF/IPU (Inter-Parliamentary Union) report. She called on parliamentarians to live up to their responsibilities as legislators and become champions for children.
Peace process falters for child soldiers of Sierra Leone
FREETOWN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 July 2003 - UNICEF says that the re-integration into civilian life of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone is under threat by flagging support from international donors.
Guinea: a window on West Africa’s war-weary children
CONAKRY/GENEVA, 4 November 2003 -- UNICEF today said that reports from border monitors and NGOs reveal that Guinea is becoming a burgeoning refuge for thousands of children fleeing West Africa’s wars.
UNICEF speaks out for children amidst Haiti crisis
Port-au-Prince/Panama/Geneva, 12 February 2004 -- “The intensification of the political crisis in Haiti is taking a heavy toll on families and communities; children are increasingly affected by the violence and must be protected,” said Françoise Gruloos-Ackermans, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.
UNICEF Statement on Iraq
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 11 May 2004 – UNICEF is profoundly disturbed by news reports alleging that children may have been among those abused in detention centres and prisons in Iraq. Although the news reports have not been independently substantiated, they are alarming nonetheless.
Bellamy to Africa leaders: Use child well-being as measure of progress
Wednesday, 11 June 2003 – The Executive Director of UNICEF today called on African leaders attending an economic summit here to embrace child-centred standards as the primary measure for gauging progress across their continent. (Press release)
Bellamy heads to Uganda to tackle issues for children
MEDIA ADVISORY, 21 May 2004 - UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will meet with representatives of the Government of Uganda, donors, and non-governmental organisations to discuss strengthening the national, regional and international response. In south-western Uganda, Ms. Bellamy will see the progress achieved in programs supported by the Government of Uganda and UNICEF, particularly in the area of community-based development.
Latin America and Caribbean unite to prevent sexual exploitation of children and adolescents
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, 20 May 2004 - The Follow-Up Meeting of the II World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents, concluded with an agreement among the 24 countries present to join efforts to prevent and to reduce the causes of child and adolescent vulnerability, to promote change in cultural patterns, to reform legislation and penalize perpetrators, to implement migratory measures, and to improve mechanisms to prosecute and condemn nationally and internationally those who exploit children. UNICEF calculates that on a yearly basis, 2 million children and adolescents are victims of these crimes around the world.
UNICEF to governments: End female genital multilation
Thursday, 6 February 2003 – Troubled by figures indicating that between 100 million and 130 million women suffered female genital mutilation or cutting as girls, UNICEF said today governments must abide by commitments they made at the UN Special Session on Children and move immediately to end the disturbing phenomenon by 2010. (Press release)
UNICEF calls for changes in how drug treatment programmes work
CHIANG MAI, 10 April 2003 – UNICEF is calling for changes in the way drug treatment programmes care for young people with drug addiction problems. (News Note)
New study shows one billion children suffer effects of poverty
LONDON, 21 October 2003 - Drawing from the largest, most accurate survey sample of children ever assembled, a new UNICEF-sponsored report has found that over one billion children suffer the severe effects of poverty.
UNICEF condemns killing of children in ongoing Iraq fighting
NEW YORK, 21 April 2004 – Responding to the deaths Wednesday of children on a school bus in Basra, UNICEF said it is alarmed by the growing impact of the ongoing fighting on Iraqi children.
UNICEF thanks Italian government for 1.8 million euro donation
NEW YORK, 18 June 2004 – UNICEF today thanked the Italian government for a 1.8 million euro donation aimed at putting an end to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), a procedure that is still performed on some 2 million girls each year.
Madagascar launches campaign to end child sex exploitation
MADAGASCAR, 10 December 2003 - At the official launch of a national campaign to end child sexual exploitation in Madagascar, UNICEF and ILO presented the resumes of three studies that highlighted the sexual exploitation of children in Madagascar. According to the UNICEF-sponsored study, between 30 per cent to 50 per cent of all sex workers in two of country's main cities, Nosy Be and Tamatave, were children under the age of 18.
Read the Philadelphia Inquirer's Op-Ed on the UNICEF Model for Protecting Children
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - My "All Join Hands" columns have taken two tracks. One is to improve the protection of children in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties from violence, be it from a finger on a trigger or the hand of an adult. The second runs through the African nation of Uganda. Thousands of children in the north there have been abducted and forced into being soldiers or slaves in a civil war.
Bellamy urges attention on Uganda's displaced people crisis; Calls on LRA to release children
KAMPALA, 25 May 2004 – Arriving for a four day visit to conflict troubled Uganda, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy called on both the Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army to protect children, noting that the number of people displaced by the fighting has tripled in just the past 24 months.
UNICEF names top five concerns for children in 2004
NEW YORK, 31 December 2003 – Marking the New Year by calling attention to the immediate needs of children in developing countries, UNICEF today named the top five concerns for children in 2004: child survival, the effects of HIV/AIDS, children caught in war, exploitation, and insufficient investment.
After war, child friendly space give Iraqi children a chance to play
BAGHDAD/ 7 August 2003 – With Iraq still in a state of post-war crisis, UNICEF and Italian NGO – INTERSOS, are spending the summer break providing Iraqi children with a chance to play.
Child sex tourism and exploitation increasing in The Gambia
BANJUL, 5 May 2004 - A report released today by the Government of The Gambia and UNICEF reveals that sexual abuse and exploitation of children is on the rise in the tiny West African nation that is a favorite destination for tourists from several European countries.
Elizabeth Gibbons delivers speech to House of Commons on child poverty report
"There are those who argue that poverty and its discontents have always been with us and always will be. Yet today, the persistence and global scale of poverty - and the grotesque inequality that underlies it – is widely recognised not only as a moral outrage, but a growing threat to world peace and stability...." (21 October)