Press releases and news notes
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 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.
Statement on violence in Narathiwat Province, Thailand
BANGKOK, 6 September 2016 – UNICEF is deeply concerned about the continuing violence in Thailand’s restive southernmost provinces and its impact on children, including an explosion that killed a five-year-old girl and her father in Narathiwat Province this morning.
UNICEF statement on 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.
UNICEF providing urgent aid for families displaced by South Sudan fighting
JUBA, South Sudan, 13 July 2016 – UNICEF and partners are providing urgent life-saving assistance to thousands of people displaced by last weekend’s heavy fighting in Juba.
Global leaders and youth advocates launch new partnership and fund to end violence against children everywhere
NEW YORK, 12 July 2016 – Today at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility. End Violence Against Children - The Global Partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attack in Yemen: UNICEF appeals to those involved to respect international humanitarian law
NEW YORK, 27 October 2015 – “The health facility reportedly attacked today in Saada, Yemen, is the 39th health centre hit since the violence escalated in March. Critical shortages of fuel, medications, electricity, petrol and water threaten to stop many more from operating.
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.
Mortar attacks which killed children in Aleppo “reprehensible” -- UNICEF
DAMASCUS, 16 September 2015 - “UNICEF condemns, in the strongest terms, yesterday’s mortar attacks on civilian areas of Aleppo which reportedly killed at least 19 children including six in a UNICEF-supported child friendly space.
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.
UNICEF condemns killing of infant in West Bank attack
NEW YORK, 31 July 2015 - “The death of an 18-month old Palestinian baby in an arson attack on his home in the West Bank is a tragedy - and an outrage.
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.
UNICEF Ambassador Eddie Izzard meets Yemeni refugees fleeing the horror of war by sea
LONDON, 16 July 2015 – Earlier this week, UNICEF UK Ambassador Eddie Izzard met child refugees in Djibouti who have fled the devastating war in Yemen, the country of his birth.
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.
David Beckham supports UNICEF’s campaign to end violence against children and adolescents in El Salvador
LONDON, 16 February 2015 – One week on from launching 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund – a new global initiative that will protect children in danger around the world - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has today added his voice to UNICEF’s ‘¿No te indigna?’ campaign to end violence against children and adolescents in El Salvador.
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.
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.
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.
Protect those who work to protect children and families: UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
NEW YORK, 19 August 2014 – “The nature of humanitarian work is often dangerous. Aid workers endure harsh conditions and risk harm to save lives, rebuild communities, and bear witness in conflicts, catastrophes, and crises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 launches peace-building education initiative preparing Myanmar children to say no to violence
YANGON, 11 October 2013 – In response to on-going waves of inter-communal violence across Myanmar, UNICEF this week launched ground-breaking peace and reconciliation initiatives for Myanmar’s children with a 5 day workshop on peace-building through education. The workshop – conducted with the Ministry of Education – recognises peace and reconciliation is the most important issue facing Myanmar today and will lead to the dissemination of literature nurturing children’s ability as peace agents.
Nearly half of Georgians consider the use of physical violence against children as acceptable
TBILISI, 11 October, 2013 - The UNICEF commissioned study being launched today revealed that 60 per cent of the population in Georgia believe that harsh parenting is more effective than non-violent parenting methods. The new study on Violence against Children in Georgia was conducted with the support of USAID.
UNICEF teams up with electronic music group Moderat to inspire action against domestic violence
NEW YORK, 8 October 2013 - UNICEF today released a unique new video in support of the #ENDviolence initiative, designed to inspire children to take action against domestic violence in their own lives and communities. The video features the evocative single ‘Gita’ from Moderat’s new second record, II, on the Monkeytown/Mute label.
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.
UNICEF condemns shooting of school girls in Pakistan
Statement - 10 October 2012
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...
The Government of Tanzania announces commitment to address findings on the violence against children survey report
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 9 August 2011 – The results of a pioneering survey led by the Government of Tanzania released today reveal an urgent need...
UNICEF appeals for $51 million to meet urgent needs of children in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia
GENEVA/ABIDJAN, 18 March 2011 – UNICEF is appealing for US$ 51 million to meet the rapidly growing humanitarian needs of children and families devastated by...
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 expresses deep concern about the situation of children in Southern Kyrgyzstan
Statement - 13 June 2010
UNICEF and Religions for Peace release guide for religious communities
NEW YORK, 18 May 2010 - UNICEF and Religions for Peace today released From Commitment to Action: What Religious Communities can do to Eliminate...
UNICEF laments death of children in Bauchi, and deplores the exploitation of vulnerable children
ABUJA, NIGERIA, 30 December 2009 — UNICEF laments the death of the children in clashes that erupted in Bauchi on 28 December. Observers...
Zambia launches campaign against gender-based violence
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA 29 October 2009 – Zambian President, His Excellency, Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda, today launched the National Communication...
Statement by Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on death of children in air raid on Yemen camp
Statement - 17 September 2009
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...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on Sri Lanka
NEW YORK, 19 May 2009 - "It is reported that access to some camps for internally displaced persons within Sri Lanka has become restricted.
UNICEF statement welcoming the appointment of Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children
Statement - 1 May 2009
UNICEF: Grave violations of children’s rights during armed conflicts must end
NEW YORK, 29 April 2009 – UNICEF today joined the Secretary-General’s call for an end to the recruitment and sexual exploitation of children by armed groups in theatres of....
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 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...
Photo exhibition of conflict affected children’s photos in Georgia
TBILISI, 26 March 2009 - A UNICEF supported photo-exhibition of children from Gori and nearby villages opened today at the Cinema Hall Amirani.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on the situation in Sri Lanka
Statement - 17 March 2009
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...
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.
On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF welcomes new initiative to aid children affected by conflict
NEW YORK, 20 November 2008 – As the world commemorates Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF today welcomes the launch of a new group that aims...
Trapped and neglected - trafficked children in South Asia need the law on their side
KATHMANDU, 27 AUGUST 2008 - All too often child victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking are blamed and punished across South Asia, where...
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...
Urgent call to stop violence in Latin America and the Caribbean
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA, 6 June 2008 - Latin America and the Caribbean has earned the unwelcome reputation of being the region with...
UNICEF joins in national call to halt the kidnappings of children in Haiti
Port Au Prince, 4 June 2008 - UNICEF joins in today’s national call, and collective condemnation, of crimes being perpetrated against children and...
UNICEF responds to emergency needs of children and women affected by xenophobic violence in South Africa
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 27 May 2008 - UNICEF South Africa has joined forces with the cities of Johannesburg, Ekhuruleni, and Tshwane, areas...
Violence in Zimbabwe affecting children and relief effort
NAIROBI / JOHANNESBURG, 28 May 2008 – UNICEF today strongly denounced the political violence that has displaced at least 10,000 children in Zimbabwe....
UNICEF responds to emergency needs of children and women affected by xenophobic violence in South Africa
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 27 May 2008 - UNICEF South Africa has joined forces with the cities of Johannesburg, Ekhuruleni, and Tshwane, areas hardest hit by the violence, to provide...
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...
UNICEF, V-Day put rape in Democratic Republic of the Congo front and center
NEW ORLEANS, 12 April 2008 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and playwright and V-Day founder Eve Ensler today announced a partnership focused on ending rape o....
UNICEF relieved at release of state water corporation drivers in Darfur, but repeats call for end to all attacks
KHARTOUM, 28 March 2008 - UNICEF today expresses its relief at the release of four drivers from the State Water Corporation in North Darfur, who...
Mitigating the impact of armed violence on children and communities in the Caribbean and Central America
KINGSTON, 7 March 2008 – Several Caribbean and Central American countries have called for an expansion of social interventions as a critical way....
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...
2009 Caribbean Games to shine spotlight on Violence against children
PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD, TOBAGO, 11 January 2008 –UNICEF has teamed up with the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2009 Caribbean...
Statement by Executive Director Ann M. Veneman concerning the bombings in Algiers
Statement - 11 December 2007
UNICEF renews its commitment to ending all forms of violence against children
NEW YORK, 19 October 2007 - The one year progress report for the UN Study on Violence against Children finds signs of progress in child trafficking...
Progress against Domestic Violence as traditional Chiefs trained
HARARE, 21 August 2007 – Following the historic enactment of Zimbabwe’s Domestic Violence Act, UNICEF, the Government and the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers...
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...
Networks across the Arab region to lend a hand in stamping out violence against children
SANA’A, 20 June 2007 – The wrap-up of a three day conference on child abuse and neglect here today provided insightful contributions from government delegations...
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman on recent attacks on aid workers - 16 June 2007
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 16 June 2007 – I am deeply concerned about the number of deadly attacks on aid workers that have occurred over the past...
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...
UNICEF and IPU Join Forces to Stop Violence against Children
BALI / INDONESIA, 2 May 2007 - At the 116th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), meeting in Nusa Dua (Indonesia), UNICEF and IPU members said more...
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...
UNICEF condemns shelling of Mogadishu hospital and calls for full access for humanitarian aid to displaced families
GENEVA, 27 April 2007 - UNICEF today condemned the mortar shelling of the SOS hospital in Somalia's capital and called for full access for humanitarian aid to the...
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 mounts an emergency response in Birao following the humanitarian coordination appeal
BANGUI, 21 March 2007 – A major humanitarian crisis in the northeast of the Central African Republic (CAR) is prompting UNICEF to launch an emergency response to provide immediate...
UNICEF welcomes government action against violence in Moldova
CHISINAU, 12 March 2007 - UNICEF has welcomed the recent adoption of a law by the Parliament of Moldova which aims at preventing and combating domestic violence. This new law provides for legal...
No excuse for violence against women and girls
SARAJEVO, 8 March 2007 - The launch of a new project to improve gender-based violence and child abuse referral mechanisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) is the expected result of a joint project in...
Joint Statement on Darfur
17 January 2007 - Over the last two years the efforts of humanitarian agencies in Darfur have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians caught up in the region’s conflict.
UNICEF Mourns Staff Member Killed in Iraq
AMMAN, 9 January 2007 - UNICEF today confirms that staff member Mr. Janan Jabero has been killed in Iraq. Initial reports from local authorities indicate that Mr. Jabero, a 52 year-old Iraqi national...
UNICEF mourns loss of staff member in Kenya
NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 4 December 2006 – UNICEF expressed deep sorrow at the death of staff member Patrick Macharia on December 3rd in Kenya.
UNICEF expresses concern about escalating violence in North Eastern Uganda
KAMPALA, 29 November 2006 – UNICEF in Uganda, in view of the continued violence linked to the ongoing process of disarmament in areas of northern Kotido District, expresses its serious concern about the impact of escalating insecurity on the lives of children and families in those locations.
UNICEF Regional Director presents United Nations study on Violence Against Children
LIMA, 22 November 2006 - This afternoon, the Minister of Women’s Affairs and Social Development Virginia Borra, together with UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) presented the Secretary General of the United Nations “Study on Violence Against Children”.
22 African countries pledge action now to end violence against women and children
JOHANNESBURG, 27 November 2006 – Twenty two African countries today recommitted themselves to ending violence against women and children on the closing day of a colloquium marking the annual observance of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children, in Benoni, South Africa.
Regional launch of the UN Secretary General’s study on violence against children for Latin America and the Caribbean
15 November 2006 - Media Advisory
UN Condemns Massive Upsurge in Rape in Darfur
NEW YORK, 9 October 2006 - Violence against women and children by warring groups in Darfur is reaching alarming levels.
Statement of Tom Koenigs, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Afghanistan on today’s suicide attack in Kandahar province
Kabul, 18 September 2006 - Today’s suicide attack in Zherai district, Kandahar province can only be described as an atrocity against the people of Afghanistan.
Anniversary of Beslan
MOSCOW, 1 September 2006 -On the second anniversary of the Beslan tragedy, commemorative events are taking place in Beslan and across North Ossetia. Yesterday, UNICEF held an event entitled ‘Thank You to All Who Helped Beslan to Live through Grief’. The aim was to give children and families affected by the crisis the chance to express their gratitude to those who have helped them over the last two years.
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: 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Darfur Funding Crisis Threatens Children's Health and Protection
17 MARCH, 2006 –GENEVA/WASHINGTON, DC – UNICEF reported today that severe funding shortages for the Darfur region of Sudan could have a direct and immediate impact on children.
UN condemns violence in Iraq
BAGHDAD/AMMAN, JORDAN, 1 March 2006: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UNICEF Iraq Country Office strongly condemn the continuing violent attacks in Iraq which are taking an ever-increasing number of civilian lives, particularly those of children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Armenia joins global campaign to stop violence against children
YEREVAN, 27 July – UNICEF, Council of Europe and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Social Issues and State Police called today for immediate action to put an end to violence against children.
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.
2005 Gold Cup dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean children
PANAMA CITY/MIAMI, 6 July 2005 – UNICEF and CONCACAF announced today that the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be dedicated to UNICEF and the children of Latin America and the Caribbean with a special message to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and violence.
Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe to the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltics Regional Consultation on Children and Violence in Europe and Central Asia
I am delighted to be with you today – although I must pass on deepest apologies from Rima Salah, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, who has been delayed by the weather. She will arrive tonight to attend her eighth Regional Consultation on Violence against Children and will, I am sure, meet as many of you as possible in the next two days. My thanks to Prime Minister Jansa for his warm welcome and inspiring words and to his Government for making this possible.
Invisible in violence – children in Europe and Central Asia
LJUBLJANA/GENEVA, 5 July 2005 - The invisible faces of children across Europe and Central Asia (ECA) who are subjected to daily abuse and violence in the home, school, community and residential institutions will come into sharp focus at a conference starting today in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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.
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.
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.
Regional consultation in Buenos Aires on violence against children
MEDIA ADVISORY, 26 May 2005 - The Latin American regional consultation will provide input to the landmark study of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence Against Children.
NCCM to host MENA Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children
CAIRO, 25 May 2005 – Calling on media outlets and journalists to “support dynamic cooperation in ventilating violence issues affecting children in the Arab countries, the Middle East and Iran”, Ambassador Moushira Khattab, Secretary General of the National Council of Childhood and Motherhood officially announced the MENA Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children, to take place in Cairo next June 27-29th.
Breaking the silence around family violence in the Indian Ocean Region
MADAGASCAR, Monday, April 25, 2005: In the lead up to regional and global consultations on violence against children, delegates from Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles and La Reunion, gathered for a three day meeting in Antananarivo to discuss the situation affecting children in their region as well as ways to tackle the problem.
UNICEF condemns bombings of schools in Nepal
KATHMANDU, 19 April 2005 - UNICEF has condemned the recent bombings of private schools in Nepal. The bombings follow a call by the student wing of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) for all private schools to close indefinitely from April 15, the start of the new school year.
Children victims of brutal slaughter
NAIROBI, KENYA, 15 March 2005 - UNICEF is appalled by the brutal slaughter of at least 16 children in clashes in Mandera District, Kenya, today.
“Home sweet home” – a myth for many children?
COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 15 March 2005 - "Family violence claims the lives of four children under the age of fourteen each day in the European Region – over 1300 every year – according to World Health Organization (WHO) data.
Clashes reignite disaster for children in Democratic Republic of Congo
LONDON/GENEVA, 4 March 2005 - UNICEF said today that renewed fighting in the eastern DRC has cut vital aid to tens of thousands of civilians who had been earlier displaced by fighting.
UNICEF urges adversaries to allow health drive in Nepal
LONDON/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 4 March 2005 – UNICEF called today on all parties to the conflict in Nepal to help facilitate the transport of vaccines, Vitamin A and de-worming drugs, which have been held up in the recent transport shutdown in the country.
UNICEF calls for action on Congo terror
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 15 February 2005 - UNICEF says that the number of civilians uprooted by fighting in Ituri district, Eastern Congo since the beginning of this year has risen dramatically over the past week.
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.
Women in armed conflict at extreme risk of sexual violence
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 25 November 2004 – “The systematic use of rape as a weapon of war is a violation of human rights that demands urgent attention and an end to impunity,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy 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 deplores increased targeting of children in Somalia
Nairobi, 20 June 2003 - The targeted killing of three girls in Baidoa on Wednesday and the hijacking of a busload of children in Mogadishu last week are abominable acts that require the strongest condemnation by all Somalis, UNICEF Somalia Representative, Jesper Morch, said today.
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 condemns Nepal school bloodshed
BEIJING / NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 16 October 2003 - UNICEF said today that it is shocked by reports of a military engagement in a school in Nepal that left a number of children dead and wounded.
Children's rights threatened in Cote d'Ivoire violence
DAKAR, 12 November 2004 - UNICEF concerned about reports that children have been involved in recent street violence in Abidjan and elsewhere in Cote d’Ivoire.
UNICEF deplores violence against children and women in DRC
Friday, 6 June 2003 – Alarmed by recent reports that thousands of women and girls are being brutally raped, mutilated and killed in the Ituri province of Eastern Congo, UNICEF said today that all actors - political and military – must put an end to such acts. (Press release)
DRC : UNICEF dispatches essential materials to Bunia to assist victims of renewed fighting
13 May 2003 - UNICEF has sent two plane-loads of relief items from Goma to Bunia in the north east of the Democratic Republic of Congo to assist the victims of the resumed fighting in the area. (News Note)
A snapshot - the night commuters of northern Uganda
UGANDA, 28 May 2004 - The thick grasslands, glittering streams and rich fields that surround Gulu town in northern Uganda, belie the harsh life that most people lead in this province. Over the past year, a surge of attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army has driven nine of every ten inhabitants into Internally Displaced camps that are scattered throughout the land. Well over a million women and children have been affected, and the number is growing each day.
Humanitarian aid needed for children in Aceh
BANGKOK/JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 23 May 2003 - A humanitarian crisis is exploding in the Indonesian province of Aceh, where 23,000 children have been displaced and 425 schools destroyed because of renewed fighting in the province. (News Note)
UNICEF deeply concerned about children caught in the conflict in Liberia
Saturday, 7 June 2003 – UNICEF today expressed concern for children caught up in the escalation of civil war in Liberia and appealed to all warring parties to ensure that civilians, especially children, are protected from harm."As heavy fighting forces thousands of civilians to flee the shelter of camps on the outskirts of Monrovia, we are deeply troubled about the plight of Liberian children and the civilian population caught up in the mayhem,” said Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF. (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.
Study on violence against children welcomed by UN agencies
NEW YORK, 3 April 2003 - UNICEF welcomes the appointment of Mr. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro of Brazil by the Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan, as the independent expert to lead a UN study on violence against children. The joint UNICEF, WHO, and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the first of its kind. (News Note)
UNICEF chief urges Nepal to make peace for the sake of its children
Tuesday, 4 February 2003 – For the sake of Nepal’s children, UNICEF today urged parties to the country’s conflict to ensure that the recently announced cease-fire is swiftly followed by a peaceful resolution to a conflict that has had an increasingly severe impact on children and women. (Press release)
UNICEF convoy brings relief to forgotten children in Côte d'Ivoire
ABIJIAN, April 10, 2003 - After seven months of isolation due to fighting, a UNICEF convoy delivered a consignment of medical supplies and relief food for children in the severely-stricken north-eastern district of Bouna, 600 km north-east of Abidjan. (News Note)
Government and LTTE agree on action plan for children
COLOMBO, 11 April 2003 - The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Government of Sri Lanka, local and international organisations met in Kilinochchi on the 10th and 11th April 2003, to agree on an Action Plan to address the needs and care of children affected by war in the North East. The workshop was jointly inaugurated by Mr. Sutha Thangan, Deputy Head of the LTTE Political Wing and Dr. John Gooneratne, the Deputy Director General of the Secretariat for co-ordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) and was facilitated by UNICEF. (News Note)