Press releases and news notes
Water, environment and sanitation
2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation
GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 12 JULY 2017 – Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
Beyoncé partners with UNICEF to bring safe water to children in remote areas of Burundi
NEW ORLEANS, 30 June 2017 – Global entertainer and humanitarian Beyoncé has teamed up with UNICEF through her BeyGOOD philanthropic arm to announce the launch of BEYGOOD4BURUNDI, a multi-year partnership to provide safe water to the most vulnerable children in Burundi. The partnership will support programmes to improve water, sanitation and basic hygiene practices in the hardest-to-reach areas of the landlocked East African nation.
UNICEF airlifts lifesaving supplies to Yemen to combat cholera as cases surpass 200,000
SANA’A, 28 June 2017 –Three UNICEF charter planes have delivered 36 tons of lifesaving medical and water purification supplies to Yemen to scale up efforts to combat the world’s worst cholera outbreak.
5.6 million children at risk of waterborne diseases as rainy season hits communities affected by Lake Chad crisis
DAKAR/ GENEVA/ABUJA, 23 June 2017 – More than 5.6 million children are at increased risk of contracting waterborne diseases, such as cholera and diarrheal infections, as the rainy season begins in conflict-affected areas of countries around Lake Chad, UNICEF warned today. The threat of disease outbreaks in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria coincides with growing regional insecurity and increased population movements particularly in Nigeria’s northeast.
750,000 children at risk of being cut off from safe drinking water after increased shelling in eastern Ukraine – UNICEF
KYIV, Ukraine/GENEVA 16 June 2017 – At least 750,000 children are at imminent risk of being cut off from safe drinking water following a surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine, warned UNICEF today.
From cholera in Yemen to attacks on hospitals in Syria, conflict threatens lives of over 24 million children in the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 24 May 2017 – Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. Damage to health infrastructure is depriving children of essential health care. Water and sanitation services have been compromised, causing waterborne diseases to spread while preventative health care and nutritious food are insufficient to meet children’s needs.
As famine looms, malnutrition and disease rise sharply among children in Somalia
MOGADISHU/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 March 2017 – As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) — a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011.
27 million people lack safe water in countries facing or at risk of famine
NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
Nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 22 March 2017 – Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a UNICEF report released on World Water Day.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake following his visit to Iraq
BAGHDAD, 22 March 2017 – “I leave Iraq at a time when the country is facing significant challenges and opportunities.
EU and UNICEF inaugurate Gaza’s largest seawater desalination plant
GAZA, 19 January 2017 – Today the European Union and UNICEF officially inaugurated the largest seawater desalination plant built in the Gaza Strip so far.
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.
Over 300,000 children under five died from diarrhoeal diseases linked to limited access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in 2015 - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 14 October 2016 – With cholera spreading fast in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and with a new outbreak in war-ravaged Yemen, UNICEF urges children, families and communities to make washing hands with soap a habit to help prevent the spread of diseases.
UNICEF: Collecting water is often a colossal waste of time for women and girls
NEW YORK/STOCKHOLM, 29 August 2016 – UNICEF said the 200 million hours women and girls spend every day collecting water is a colossal waste of their valuable time.
Taps run dry for 2 million people as fighting intensifies in Aleppo
DAMASCUS, Syria, 9 August 2016 – Two million people in Aleppo are left with no access to running water through the public network, as escalation of attacks and fighting damaged electricity networks essential to pump water supplies throughout the city.
Sharp rise in suspected cholera cases in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 20 July 2016 – Amid a rise in the number of suspected cases of cholera in South Sudan, UNICEF is rapidly increasing its response activities.
Teen radio reporter from Tanzania to speak at Paris Climate Agreement signing ceremony
Getrude Clement, 16-year-old radio reporter from Tanzania and UNICEF climate advocate, will give the opening speech at the Paris Climate Agreement signing ceremony in the UN General Assembly Hall on Friday, 22 April 2016.
Climate change and poor sanitation threaten water safety for millions: UNICEF
New York, 21 March 2016 – On the eve of World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children living in drought- or flood-prone areas.
Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd, Ethiopian government, UNICEF lead talks on global access to water, sanitation and hygiene
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 15 March 2016 – Government ministers and representatives of development agencies, civil society, private sector and NGOs are gathered in Addis to agree on a way to meet targets on universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene as called for in the new Sustainable Development Goals.
“Team Swachh” uses cricket to take on open defecation in India
NEW DELHI, 15 March 2016 – ICC Cricket For Good, UNICEF and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, along with cricketers from 16 teams in the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 have joined forces to educate children on sanitation and toilet use, as one essential step towards ending open defecation in India.
Water restored to Aleppo after a 48-days deliberate shutdown of water facility
DAMASCUS, 6 March 2016 – The resumption of operations on 4 March of the al-Khafseh water treatment facility is critical for the lives and well-being of more than two million people.
UNICEF: 500 children die every day from lack of safe water, sanitation in sub-Saharan Africa
DAKAR, Senegal, 15 December 2015 – Around 180,000 children under 5 years old die every year – roughly 500 a day – in sub-Saharan Africa due to diarrhoeal diseases linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), UNICEF said ahead of a conference in Dakar on financing for the sector.
Children will bear the brunt of climate change: UNICEF
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 November 2015 – More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the impacts of climate change, UNICEF said in a report released ahead of the 21st United Nations climate change conference, known as COP21.
UNICEF: Without toilets, childhood is even riskier due to malnutrition
NEW YORK, 19 November 2015 – Lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition
UNICEF welcomes Kevin Rudd as chair of global sanitation and water partnership
NEW YORK, 3 November 2015 – “We at UNICEF welcome the appointment of Mr Kevin Rudd as chair of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership.
International Cricket Council and UNICEF unite for children
NEW YORK, 21 October 2015 – The International Cricket Council (ICC) and UNICEF today announced a five-year partnership to advocate on behalf of the world’s most disadvantaged children.
Lack of access to hygiene could endanger new Development Agenda – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 15 October 2015 – Handwashing with soap is dangerously low in many countries, UNICEF reports, despite its proven benefits to child health.
Severe water shortages compound the misery of millions in war-torn Syria - says UNICEF
AMMAN, Jordan, 25 August 2015- Amid the unremitting brutality of the war in Syria and a scorching summer heat wave, there is increasing evidence that parties to the conflict are using water to achieve military and political gains.
Water cuts in Aleppo threaten children amid intense heat wave
DAMASCUS, Syria, 22 July 2015 – The restoration of water supplies to the war-torn city of Aleppo has come as a welcome relief to residents whose taps have run dry in recent weeks due to the fighting and frequent power cuts. The disruption to piped water supplies – which in some cases was deliberately implemented by parties to the conflict - increased the risk of water-borne disease especially among children.
Eastern Ukraine: Up to 1.3 million people have little or no access to water – UNICEF
GENEVA/KYIV, Ukraine, 14 July 2015 – Up to 1.3 million children and adults are facing a serious water crisis, due to damaged or destroyed water lines and acute water shortages, as the ongoing violence continues in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today.
Millions of children in Syria at high risk of disease amid water scarcity and summer heat
DAMASCUS, 10 July 2015 – Dwindling supplies of safe drinking water during Syria’s scorching summer months are exposing children to the threat of water-borne diseases, UNICEF warns.
Children make up one fifth of cholera deaths in South Sudan: UNICEF
JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 7 July 2015 – More than 700 cholera cases have been reported in Juba and Bor so far, resulting in 32 deaths – one in five of which are children under five, UNICEF said today. Stressing the role of education in stemming the cholera outbreak in South Sudan, the UN children’s agency is working with children and teachers throughout the country to raise awareness on how to prevent the disease from spreading further.
Millions of children in war-torn Yemen at risk of disease and malnutrition – UNICEF
SANA’A, Yemen, 30 June 2015 – The ongoing conflict in Yemen is having a devastating impact on the country’s health system, and exposing millions of children to the threat of preventable diseases, says UNICEF.
UNICEF, WHO: Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people undermining health improvements
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 June 2015 – Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water, warn WHO and UNICEF in a report tracking access to drinking water and sanitation against the Millennium Development Goals.
Media Advisory: Launch of 2015 Joint Monitoring Report on Water & Sanitation
On Tuesday, 30 June 2015, UNICEF and the World Health Organization will launch Progress on Sanitation and Drinking Water: 2015 Update and MDG Assessment, the final report on global progress against the water and sanitation targets in the Millennium Development Goals.
Children urge world leaders to include them in push on water, sanitation and hygiene
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 10 June 2015 – Some 60 children and young people today told the International High Level Conference on Water for Life here that the world’s youth must be fully engaged in the effort to bring safe and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene to the most disadvantaged.
World Water Day: Nearly 750 million people still without adequate drinking water – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 March 2015 – Access to drinking water has been one of the biggest successes of the Millennium Development Goals, UNICEF said ahead of World Water Day, but for 748 million people around the world, just obtaining this essential service remains a challenge.
Lack of toilets dangerous for everyone, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.
UNICEF reaching “forgotten children” in Central African Republic
BANGUI, 31 October 2014 – UNICEF is rushing critical supplies to thousands of children forced to flee their homes in Central African Republic (CAR), amid worsening violence and increased attacks against aid workers.
Handwashing one important tool in the Ebola fight – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 15 October 2014 – As the world celebrates the seventh Global Handwashing Day, UNICEF said the fight against Ebola further underscores the practice of handwashing in disease prevention.
Report on climate change and child rights released by UNICEF
FLORENCE, 30 July 2014 - As evidence of the increase in greenhouse gasses mounts, children – the most vulnerable and largest population affected by climate change – continue to be ignored in high level climate negotiations. In response, top climate change thinkers have joined forces to analyze a range of dilemmas and challenges for children thrown up by the unabated warming of the world.
Basic services for children under assault in Gaza
NEW YORK, 18 July 2014 – As the violence in Gaza claims even more young lives and as its toll on children on both sides deepens, basic services for children are under assault, UNICEF says
New sanitation campaign aims to end cholera in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, July 16, 2014 – UNICEF and the Haitian government have intensified the fight against cholera, with the launch this week of the National Sanitation Campaign, aiming to eliminate open defecation in the country.
UNICEF/WHO highlight need to further reduce gaps in access to improved drinking water and sanitation
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 8 May 2014 – Since 1990, almost 2 billion people globally have gained access to improved sanitation, and 2.3 billion have gained access to drinking-water from improved sources. Some 1.6 billion of these people have piped water connections in their homes or compounds, according to a new report from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, entitled Progress on drinking water and sanitation: 2014 Update, which also highlights a narrowing disparity in access to cleaner water and better sanitation between rural and urban areas.
UNICEF: Desperate water shortages facing children in Bentiu, South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, 22 April 2014 – Tens of thousands of people who fled targeted ethnic violence in Bentiu last week are receiving just one litre of safe drinking water per day in the desperately overcrowded UN base, UNICEF said today.
New commitments in water and sanitation will transform children’s lives
WASHINGTON, DC, 11 April 2014 – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim today joined over 50 countries in setting concrete targets to reach the 2.5 billion people across the globe still without adequate sanitation, and the almost 750 million without safe drinking water.
Bridging the gaps: Leaders to map future of investments in water, sanitation and hygiene
WASHINGTON, DC, 10 April 2014 – Government ministers from 50 countries are expected this week to pledge concrete commitments to bring safe water, sanitation and hygiene to those who need it most.
Government ministers, influencers to meet in Washington to map future of water and sanitation spending
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor, Chairman, Sanitation and Water for All Partnership, to join ministers from 50 countries in 2014 High Level Meeting on Water and Sanitation for All in Washington, DC, on 11 April 2014.
World Water Day: World’s poorest have least access to safe water – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 21 March 2014 – Almost four years after the world met the global target set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for safe drinking water, and after the UN General Assembly declared that water was a human right, over three-quarters of a billion people, most of them poor, still do not have this basic necessity, UNICEF said to mark World Water Day.
Central African Republic: Drinking water restored to over 183,000 people ahead of the rainy season
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, Senegal 5 March 2014 – Just ahead of the onset of the rainy season, which increases the risk of water-borne diseases like cholera, UNICEF and its partners have restored safe and chlorinated drinking water for more than 183,000 displaced people across the Central African Republic (CAR).
UNICEF on Global Handwashing Day: A simple solution with far-reaching benefits – the power is in our hands
NEW YORK, 15 October 2013 – As the world observes the 6th annual Global Handwashing Day, new figures from UNICEF say 1,400 children under five still die every day from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene.
UNICEF provides 73 motorbikes for water and sanitation projects as part of accelerating efforts to reaching the Millennium Development Goals
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 12 April 2013 – Today UNICEF handed over 73 motorbikes to 20 NGOs implementing water and sanitation projects in Sierra Leone. The bikes will be used for monitoring and implementation of water and sanitation projects aiming at building or rehabilitating wells and sanitation facilities in schools, health centers and communities.
Children dying daily because of unsafe water supplies and poor sanitation and hygiene, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 22 March 2013 – As the world celebrates World Water Day today, UNICEF urges governments, civil society and ordinary citizens to remember that behind the statistics are the faces of children.
Urgent action needed to improve water and sanitation for displaced in Myanmar’s Rakhine State despite some progress
Sittwe, Myanmar, 21 December 2012 – Tens of thousands of people displaced by conflict in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state and living in temporary camps have inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene conditions and limited access to safe water, increasing health risks to people in and near the sites.
On World Toilet Day, ending open defecation is possible, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 November 2012 — On World Toilet Day, UNICEF says that trends in the past five years allow for cautious optimism that significant progress...
UNICEF says hardest part yet to come in providing drinking water to millions
STOCKHOLM, 27 August 2012 - As World Water Week kicks off, UNICEF says that despite tremendous progress in the last two decades in bringing access...
Donors, countries to reach millions more people with water and sanitation
WASHINGTON DC, 20 April, 2012 – At a meeting today called by UNICEF and The World Bank, donors announced new plans to greatly expand access to improved water and sanitation for millions of people over the next two years.
Millennium Development Goal drinking water target met
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 6 March 2012 – The world has met the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people without...
Lenny Kravitz supports UNICEF’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene efforts
NEW YORK 6 March 2012 - Lenny Kravitz – GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and actor - is using his voice and talent to do more...
Join Mia Farrow at Google Plus Hang Out from DR Congo
UNICEF statement on children caught in the bloodshed in Syria
Statement - 7 February 2012
Millennium Development Goal on drinking water “almost there”—UNICEF/WHO report
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 20 December 2011 – UNICEF and the World Health Organization today release a report showing that the Millennium Development...
“Clean hands save lives” — Global Handwashing Day 2011 is celebrated by millions of people worldwide
NEW YORK, 14 October 2011 – UNICEF joins hundreds of millions of people across the globe tomorrow in celebrating the 4th annual Global Handwashing Day...
Survey on the state of the environment in Iraq launched
BAGHDAD, 22 September 2011 - The Government of Iraq, in cooperation with UNICEF and the European Union, today launched the findings of a survey...
UNICEF rolls out emergency supplies to vulnerable flood-hit children & families in Pakistan
Islamabad, 14 September 2011 – Vital emergency supplies, including hundreds of thousands of litres of clean water daily, are being rolled out to children and families left vulnerable by severe monsoon floods in southern Pakistan.
WFP and UNICEF partner to deliver vital humanitarian assistance to Libya
TRIPOLI, 5 September 2011 - A World Food Programme (WFP) humanitarian vessel carrying 500,000 litres of bottled water on behalf of UNICEF has...
UNICEF strengthens water delivery to vulnerable communities in Djibouti
DJIBOUTI CITY, 6 September 2011 – DJIBOUTI CITY, 6 September 2011 – As part of the response to the drought crisis in Djibouti, UNICEF launched...
UNICEF responds to the urgent water needs of 500,000 people in Tripoli
NEW YORK/BENGHAZI, Libya, 2 September 2011 – Due to the critical needs in Tripoli, UNICEF has delivered an additional 500,000 litres of bottled...
UNICEF responds to the emerging water crisis in Tripoli
NEW YORK/ BENGAZI, Libya 27 August - UNICEF has delivered 23,000 bottles of water for the emergency use in Tripoli as the situation is expected...
UN Secretary-General launches the “Sustainable Sanitation: Five-Year Drive to 2015”
UNITED NATIONS, 21 June 2011 — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, Ugandan Minister of...
UNICEF, EU to improve Guinea Bissau water infrastructure
Bissau, 18 April 2011 – A joint project to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene to 60,000 people was launched by the Government of Guinea Bissau...
PLoS Medicine: Poor sanitation and water kill more than two million children annually
LONDON, 16 November 2010 - A new series published today in leading medical journal Public Library of Science Medicine reveals that poor sanitation...
Public Library of Science Medicine series on water and sanitation sends wake up call to international health community
Thousands of Iraqi students conclude Global Handwashing Day celebrations; Handwashing with soap could save thousands of children’s lives in Iraq
BAGHDAD, IRAQ, 20 October 2010 - Celebrating Global Handwashing Day on October 15th, over thirty thousand school children across Iraq...
Making clean hands a priority for more than just a day, Global Handwashing Day partners lather up with millions around the world
NEW YORK/GENEVA 15 October 2010 - For the third annual Global Handwashing Day, more than 200 million schoolchildren, parents, teachers...
Zimbabwe water and sanitation sector to receive a boost
HARARE, 4 October 2010 - In a collective move to avert the recurrence of waterborne diseases and rehabilitate the country’s water, sanitation and...
October 15, Global Handwashing Day: Lathering up to beat disease
UNICEF brings safe drinking water to displaced families in Tajikistan
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan, 23 August 2010 – UNICEF said today that more than 3,000 people displaced by flooding in southern Tajikistan now benefit from...
UNICEF hands over water project in Somalia
NAIROBI, 11 May 2010 – In an effort to boost access to basic services in Somalia, UNICEF is strengthening local capacity in the northeast...
Zambian children’s climate conference set to get underway
LUSAKA / ZAMBIA, 26 April 2010 - The Government of the Republic of Zambia and UNICEF will host the Zambian Children's Climate Conference in Lusaka, Zambia from...
Sanitation and water must no longer play second fiddle to other priorities
WASHINGTON, D.C. 21 April 2010 – Between 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to...
Lack of safe water and sanitation in schools affects children’s learning – and their lives
DUBAI/NEW YORK, 5 April 2010 – In 60 countries in the developing world, more than half of primary schools have no adequate water facilities and nearly two...
UNICEF in Sudan marks World Water Day 2010 with focus on water quality
KHARTOUM/JUBA, SUDAN, 22 March, 2010 - UNICEF in Sudan is calling for improved access to safe drinking water across the country to mark...
Deteriorating water quality threatens global gains made towards access to safe drinking water
NEW YORK, 22 March 2010 – While almost 5.9 billion people or 87 per cent of the world’s population now have access to an improved drinking water...
Progress in access to safe drinking-water; Sanitation needs greater efforts
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 15 March 2010 – With 87 per cent of the world’s population or approximately 5.9 billion people using safe drinking-water...
UNICEF supports health campaigns for improved child survival in Rwanda
KIGALI, 17 December 2009 - During the launch of two campaigns to improve environmental health and sustain child survival in Rwanda...
The Netherlands donates $23.5 million for safe water in Sudan
KHARTOUM/JUBA, 6 November 2009 – The Dutch Government has given $23.5 million to UNICEF in Sudan which will be used to provide safe...
Over 80 countries celebrate the second annual Global Handwashing Day
WASHINGTON DC, 15 October 2009 – Each year, diarrhoeal diseases and acute respiratory infections are responsible for the deaths of more than 3.5...
2009 World Water Week: "Responding to Global Changes: Accessing Water for the Common Good”
STOCKHOLM, 16 August 2009 - Access to water is becoming more challenging every year due to a rising water demand and unreliable availability...
$10 million European Community water and sanitation project underway in Iraq; UNICEF relocates Country Office to Baghdad
BAGHDAD, 30 June 2009 - A $10 million project funded by the European Community to improve Iraq’s water and sanitation services is underway...
World Water Day in Sudan focuses on shared responsibility for management of vital resources
KHARTOUM, 21 March 2009 - The celebration of World Water Day 2009 in Sudan tomorrow, 22 March will provide an opportunity to focus on the...
World Water Day 2009
NEW YORK, 22 March 2009 – World Water Day 2009 calls for collective action to tackle the issue of access to safe drinking water and water sharing. This year’s theme....
Piped water and clean toilets for half a million Rwandans by 2013
RUBAVU/ RWANDA, 20 March 2009 - To mark the celebration of World Water Day, the Government of Rwanda officially inaugurated the MIZINGO water supply system in the Western....
Experts meet to discuss water scarcity issues at the fifth World Water Forum
NEW YORK, 19 March 2009 – UNICEF will raise the need to provide life-saving water and sanitation support to children, particularly during emergencies...
In the fight to save children’s lives, washing hands takes centre stage
NEW YORK, 15 October 2008 – Today marks the first ever Global Handwashing Day, celebrated in over 70 countries across five continents in an effort...
Historic moment expected as millions and millions of South Asian children prepare to make an ordinary act extraordinary
KATHMANDU / NEW DELHI, 9 October 2008 – In what is thought to be the biggest ever exercise of its kind, more than 120 million children across South Asia...
Joint statement calls for global commitment and accelerated progress to address water and sanitation crisis - From the Governments of Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Tajikistan
NEW YORK, 24 September 2008 – A joint statement issued today, at the special event for water and sanitation, by the Governments of Germany, Japan...
World Water Week 2008 focuses on sanitation, health and hygiene
NEW YORK, 17 August 2008 – Over 170 collaborating organizations will meet to discuss issues around water and its impact on health, the environment...
Youth can help curb climate change effects in Somalia
NAIROBI, 12 August 2008 – Youth can help curb effects of climate change in Somalia by sharing knowledge, mobilizing communities and taking action...
UNICEF/WHO: Far too few using improved sanitation
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 July 2008 - Every day, over 2.5 billion people suffer from a lack of access to improved sanitation and nearly 1.2 billion practice open defecation ...
UNICEF to support water, sanitation and hygiene in China's quake zone
BEIJING, 1 July 2008 – Now that more than 5 million people have been relocated to temporary shelters due to the 12 May Sichuan earthquake, provision of safe water ...
European Union & UNICEF to launch major water-sanitation project
Adequate sanitation: The key to curbing cholera
SOMALIA, 20 March 2008 - On the occasion of International Water Day, UNICEF Representative Christian Balslev-Olesen, took the time to highlight...
Sanitation becoming a luxury in Iraq
AMMAN/ERBIL/GENEVA, 20 March 2008 – Lack of sanitation and polluted water supplies are reaching crisis levels in Iraq, causing illness in children and increased hardship, according...
6 in 10 Africans remain without access to proper toilet: poor sanitation threatens public health
GENEVA, 20 March 2008 – Sixty-two percent of Africans do not have access to an improved sanitation facility -- a proper toilet -- which separates human waste from human...
UNICEF trains Government of Southern Sudan water managers
JUBA, 28 January 2008 - UNICEF and the Government of Southern Sudan are conducting a three weeks intensive capacity-building training programme...
UNICEF welcomes International Year of Sanitation 2008
NEW YORK, 1 January 2008 – UNICEF today officially welcomed the first day of the International Year of Sanitation 2008. The international year...
Netherlands donates US $41 million for safe water and Sanitation in Kenya
NAIROBI, 6 December 2007 - More than 1.3 million Kenyans will gain access to safe water and sanitation for the first time, thanks to the Government of...
UN launches International Year of Sanitation to address global crisis
NEW YORK, 21 November 2007 – The United Nations today officially launched the International Year of Sanitation to accelerate progress ...
In Latin America 103 million people are lacking access to basic sanitation
CALI, Colombia, 13 November, 2007 - The first Latin American Sanitation Conference – Latinosan 2007 – was inaugurated yesterday in Cali with more than 800 persons from 22 countries.
Cholera in Goma IDP camps in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
GOMA, 12 November 2007 - According to health workers 439 cases of cholera were suspected at the end of October in five IDP camps west of Goma...
Amidst heavy floods, disease prevention efforts in Sudan show results
KHARTOUM, 23 August 2007 – Efforts to prevent major disease outbreaks during the annual rainy season appear to be showing results, with less than 800 cases of acute watery diarrhoea...
UNICEF provides water quality testing equipment to the Liberian government
MONROVIA, Liberia, 23 July 2007– UNICEF today provided the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy, Water Quality Testing Laboratory equipment and reagents for use at the Liberian Hydrological Service in Monrovia.
Water and sanitation to be provided to thousands of displaced children in Eastern Chad
TOKYO, 20 July 2007 - Some 30,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Eastern Chad, including 18,000 children, will have better access to clean water and sanitation as a result of emergency funding of $1.18 million from the Government of Japan to build new boreholes and communal latrines.
The European Union, UNICEF and the Djibouti government provide clean water to thousands of rural residents
DJIBOUTI, 2 July 2007 – At least 25,000 of the poorest and most vulnerable rural residents will for the first time be able to access clean drinking water close to their homes through a partnership between the European Union (EU), UNICEF and Djibouti’s Ministry of Agriculture. The step will help contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the quantifiable targets to address issues such as poverty, health and environmental sustainability.
European Commission and UNICEF agreed to support Ghana’s effort to eradicate Guinea Worm with a €20 million project
GHANA, 29 May 2007 - The European Commission (EC) and UNICEF today announced a total of € 20 million euro assistance for guinea worm eradication in nine...
Addressing the global sanitation crisis
NEW YORK, 7 May 2007 – The topic of toilets often makes people uncomfortable. But a reluctance to talk about sanitation is part of the reason why an estimated 2.6 billion people world...
Damavand Mineral Water Company and UNICEF team up for girls’ education in Iran
TEHRAN, 18 April 2007 – Iranian Mineral Water Company Damavand and UNICEF Iran launched a new partnership today whereby Damavand will donate a portion of the revenues of...
UNICEF highlights water scarcity on World Water Day
NEW YORK, 22 March 2007 – UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman, today helped kick-off the Walk for Water Event in New York City to mark World Water Day and show support for the...
UNICEF makes a call to prioritise children in recent flooding in Bolivia
LA PAZ/BOLIVIA, February 28, 2007 – Families affected by recent floods in Bolivia, where waters from the Rio Grande and Rio Mamoré continue to rise, face an imminent risk of infectious...
Musicians campaign for a clean Ghana
ACCRA, 1 March 2007 – During a recent three-day trip to the Northern Region of Ghana, renowned musical artistes Rocky Dawuni, Samini (formerly Batman) and a host of other...
30 million people across Bangladesh to benefit from DFID/UNICEF partnership on water and sanitation
DHAKA, 23 January 2007 - The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF signed an agreement worth US$ 62.8 million to support the Government of Bangladesh to implement...
European Aquatics and UNICEF agree to work together on safe drinking water and sanitation for all children
HELSINKI, 21 November 2006 - The Ligue Européene de Natation (LEN) and UNICEF have agreed to develop a partnership to raise awareness on the importance of clean water for every child.
Children pay the price for lack of safe water and sanitation
NEW YORK, 28 September 2006 – More than 1.2 billion people have gained access to safe water since 1990, according to Progress for Children: A Report Card on Water and Sanitation, launched today by UNICEF.
UNICEF reports that 1.5 million young children die every year due to lack of safe water and sanitation
Who: Ms. Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
Ms. Maria Mutagamba, Minister of State for Water,
Lands and Environment, Uganda
UNICEF calls for children to be at centre of regional action on hygiene
Islamabad, 20 September 2006 - Children should be placed first in the debate on improving hygiene standards in South Asia, UNICEF told a top level meeting of policy makers today.
European Union quenches water and sanitation problems for Zimbabwe’s rural poor
HARARE, 23 August 2006 – The European Union has donated 3.7mEuro (approx US$4.7million) to a UNICEF project that will reach 500,000 Zimbabweans with improved sanitation, hygiene and water facilities. The project focuses on those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
UNICEF identifies clean water as the number one challenge facing relief efforts in south Lebanon
GENEVA/BEIRUT/TYRE, 22 August 2006 – Preliminary assessments have revealed major destruction done to water and sanitation systems by the month-long conflict in south Lebanon.
1.68 million people reached in response to water-borne diseases
KHARTOUM, 9 August 2006 - An estimated 1.68 million people have benefited from a massive response to growing incidences of acute watery diarrhoea and cholera in the north of Sudan, as the Federal Ministry of Health, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the State Governments, NGOs and community partners all step up efforts to safeguard drinking water supplies, improve hygiene and food practices, as well as scale up active case detection and appropriate management.
UNICEF and partners work to stem cholera toll on northern Uganda’s displaced
KAMPALA, 28 June 2006 – UNICEF in Uganda said today that an interagency response to contain separate cholera outbreaks in two conflict-affected districts of the north was contributing to a reduction in cases, but that more could be done in the area of prevention.
Annual drive to prevent diarrhoeal deaths gets underway in Afghanistan
KABUL, 19 June 2006 – In an effort to control outbreaks of diarrhoeal disease during the summer, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health will launch its annual public awareness campaign this week, backed by UNICEF. The campaign aims to safeguard the health and hygiene of urban households in a country where nearly a quarter of deaths amongst children under the age of five are the result of diarrhoeal disease.
Viet Nam: Partnership for water supply and sanitation
Hanoi, 23 May 2006 – UNICEF and 13 other international organizations have joined the Government of Viet Nam in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of Viet Nam Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Partnership, an unique partnership which aims at better coordination and more effective support for the improvement of water supply, sanitation and hygiene situation for rural communities and schools in Viet Nam.
Australian Government contributes US$ 2.6 million to UNICEF-supported Water and Sanitation Project in Puttalam
Colombo, 23 May 2006 – Thanks to the generous contribution of US$2.6 million from the people and the Government of Australia, two thousand families, including 3,500 children, who escaped to Puttalam from the violence in the north and east of Sri Lanka, will have access to clean water and sanitation – vital elements for children to grow up healthy. In addition, thousands of people in the host communities in the Puttalam district will benefit from this UNICEF-supported project, which is led by the Ministry of Nation Building and Development in cooperation with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and the Ministry of Health.
Cholera Outbreak Poses Additional Threat to Child Survival in Angola
GENEVA, 12 May 2006 – Faced with one of the highest under-five mortality rates in the world even in the best of times, Angola is struggling to contain the impact of the current cholera outbreak on children. According to preliminary estimates by UNICEF, approximately 35 per cent of cholera victims are children under the age of five.
UNICEF Warns that Malnourished Children Still Face Death across the Horn of Africa
WHO: Rima Salah, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director; Keith McKenzie, UNICEF Special Advisor for the Horn of Africa Crisis
WHAT: Press conference to issue Child Alert: Horn of Africa, documenting the current situation of children affected by the drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti. The Child Alert report is the third in a briefing series that presents core challenges for children in a given crisis location at a given time.
UNICEF Launches Major Water Scheme in Earthquake Zone
MANSEHRA, 4 May 2006 – A major water network scheme constructed by UNICEF was inaugurated today by the Deputy Chairman of the Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority, Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed.
UNICEF and WSSCC Launch “WASH Partnership”
NEW YORK, 3 March 2006 – UNICEF and the Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) are forging links and raising their collaboration to a new level by entering into a “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Partnership” to be announced at a special event on Monday, 6 March at UNICEF House.
Kenya: Worst drought in years threatens children
NAIROBI, 19 December 2005 - UNICEF called urgent attention today to thousands of children in northern Kenya who face malnutrition due to deepening drought.
Children in Darfur in better health but more needs to be done
KHARTOUM, 20 October 2005 – The global acute malnutrition rate among children aged 6-59 months in Darfur has improved from 21.8 per cent in September 2004 to 11.9 per cent in October 2005 as a result of a sustained and integrated humanitarian assistance programme.
Women, Water and Hygiene Are Key to Change in Africa
NEW YORK, 14 September 2005 - Women, water and basic hygiene are the key to creating lasting change in Africa, but national water and sanitation plans are still leaving women out, leaders in development said today.
Almost 2 billion more people need access to basic sanitation by 2015 to meet global target
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 2 June 2005 – Basic sanitation must reach 138 million more people every year through 2015 – close to 2 billion in total - to bring the world on track to halve the proportion of people living without safe water and basic sanitation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF warn in a new report.
UNICEF and Procter & Gamble join forces on safe drinking water for children
NEW YORK/CINCINNATI, 24 May 2005 - UNICEF today welcomed an alliance with Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) which could provide safe drinking water for millions of families and schoolchildren.
UNICEF alarmed by cholera outbreak in Sao Tome
LIBREVILLE/AGUA GRANDE DISTRICT/SAO TOME e PRINCIPE/GENEVA, 10 May 2005 - In response to an outbreak of cholera, UNICEF has rushed medical supplies to Sao Tome, where nearly 80 per cent of the island’s total population is at risk to the deadly disease.
UNICEF alarmed by cholera outbreak in Sao Tome
LIBREVILLE/AGUA GRANDE DISTRICT/GENEVA, 10 May 2005 - In response to an outbreak of cholera, UNICEF has rushed medical supplies to Sao Tome, where nearly 80 per cent of the island’s total population is at risk to the deadly disease.
On World Water Day, glass half empty for fifth of world’s children
NEW YORK, 22 March 2005 - Ninety days after water generated horror and headlines around the globe, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said that 400 million children – almost one fifth of all children - lack even the bare minimum of safe water they need to live.
For tsunami homeless, sanitation a critical concern
NEW YORK, 25 January 2005 – Hundreds of thousands of tsunami survivors living in temporary camps face a growing risk of water-borne disease due to flooding of toilets and inadequate numbers of toilets and bathing facilities, UNICEF said today.
Lack of safe water and sanitation in schools jeopardizes quality education
OXFORD, 24 January 2005 – As the drive continues to bring safe water and sanitation to schoolchildren in the tsunami zone, UNICEF warned that over half of all schools worldwide lack these basic facilities, jeopardizing the health and education of millions of schoolchildren.
UNICEF welcomes UN Millennium Project "investing in development" report
NEW YORK, 17 January 2005 – UNICEF today welcomed the UN Millennium Project report directed by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs and his team, calling it an "indispensable road map to reaching the Millennium Development Goals."
UNICEF support gives relief to Somalia Tsunami victims
NAIROBI, 10 January 2005 - UNICEF is providing crucial support to help alleviate the suffering of communities in villages along the coastline of Northeast Somalia (‘Puntland’) most affected by the recent tsunami.
Clinton Foundation and UNICEF launch Tsunami Water and Sanitation Fund
NEW YORK, 10 January 2005 – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today announced the creation of a joint initiative that will bring safe drinking water and sanitation systems to children and families affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
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.
From India: UNICEF distributes rehydration salts to treat diarrhoea
DELHI, 31 December 2004 – UNICEF is launching a fleet of mobile vans across three disaster-hit districts of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry this New Year’s weekend to help families in relief camps prevent and treat any outbreak of diarrhoea, especially among children.
After the torrents, the next threat is standing water
NEW YORK, 29 December 2004 – UNICEF warned today that without immediate, wide-scale action to provide safe water in the communities hit by Sunday’s massive ocean flooding, millions of people will be at grave risk of water-borne disease.
UNICEF calls for aid to tsunami-struck countries
NEW YORK, 27 December 2004 – UNICEF is rushing relief assistance to the countries hardest hit by massive ocean flooding following Sunday’s earthquake, working to meet the urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of people who survived the tsunamis but now need shelter, water, medical supplies and other urgent assistance.
Bellamy: UNICEF ready to respond to quake victims in South Asia
UNICEF country offices circling the Indian Ocean are assessing damage from the Sumatra earthquake that touched off a series of tsunamis early today, killing thousands of people and leaving hundreds of thousands of children and their families in jeopardy.
Iraq: UNICEF repairs pipeline damaged by explosion
BAGHDAD, 18 August 2003 - A major water pipeline in Baghdad that was blown up yesterday cutting off vital water supplies to over 300,000 people has been repaired by UNICEF just 24 hours after it was damaged.
Mozambique: 55 children perish daily from unsafe water
MAPUTO/ GENEVA, 20 June 2003 - In Mozambique, unsafe water and poor sanitation is killing almost 55 children every day. The country has one of the highest child mortality rates in the world: 246 out of every 1000 live births die within their first five years. Thirteen per cent of these deaths are directly attributable to a lack of access to clean water, proper sanitation and poor hygiene practices. (Press Release)
IRAQ: Cleaning up neglected, damaged water system, clearing away garbage
BAGHDAD, 27 May 2003 - UNICEF recently supported an assessment of Baghdad’s water distribution network. The survey was conducted by staff from the Mayoralty of Baghdad water authorities. They found that 40 per cent of the network was damaged, and that there were over 500 separate “breaks” in the distribution system. Estimates are that up to 50 per cent of the city’s water supply is lost as a result of these breaks. (News Note)
Iraq: Unsafe water making children unhealthy
Basra/Amman - 10 May 2003 -The lack of clean drinking water is posing a very real threat in the south to Iraq's most vulnerable population - its children. (News Note)
With chlorine supplies dwindling, children face onslaught of water-borne diseases
Tuesday, 29 April 2003 – UNICEF warned today that rapidly dwindling supplies of chlorine gas in southern Iraq will leave drinking water untreated within weeks, with potentially calamitous effects on the lives of Iraqis. (Press release)
March 19, 2003: The Situation of Iraq's Children
19 March 2003 - UNICEF today issued a stark warning that the most vulnerable of Iraq's children may not have the strength to survive the impact of war. A day after UN international staff left Iraq for their own safety, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy catalogued what her agency had done -and what it had run out of time to do - to improve the survival chances of Iraq children. (Press release)
Lack of clean water robs children of health, education
Monday, 10 March 2003 - Lack of clean water in households causes millions of children in the developing world to suffer needlessly from disease, UNICEF said today, adding that millions of girls are deterred from getting an education because of a dearth of sanitation facilities in schools. UNICEF said that a lack of access to clean water causes waterborne illnesses that kill more than 1.6 million young children each year. (Press release)
UNICEF issues global challenge to world leaders
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 August 2002 - UNICEF today issued a bold challenge to world leaders attending the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Noting that access to clean water can save the lives of millions of children, UNICEF's Executive Director, Carol Bellamy, called on leaders to ensure that every school, in every corner of the world, be equipped with clean water and separate sanitary facilities for boys and girls over the course of the next decade.
Caribbean storms hit children hard
PANAMA CITY / GENEVA, 21 September 2004 – As Haiti and the Dominican Republic begin to dig out from Hurricane Jeanne, UNICEF said today that it is rushing to help restore services to some of the Caribbean’s most vulnerable children as forecasters predict a continuing season of destructive storms throughout the region.
Lack of water and sanitation causes silent emergency
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 August 2004 - More than 2.6 billion people – over 40 per cent of the world's population – do not have basic sanitation, and more than one billion people still use unsafe sources of drinking water, warns a major report released today by WHO (the World Health Organization) and UNICEF.
Child survival threatened by instability in Cote d’Ivoire
DAKAR - 11 November, 2004 - As civil unrest continues to engulf Cote D’Ivoire, UNICEF again calls on all parties to the conflict to ensure basic services and humanitarian access throughout the country. Water and electricity to large parts of the north have been cut for over a week.
New campaign to tackle water and sanitation related disease in Afghanistan
KABUL, 24 June 2004 – The Afghan Ministry of Health and Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development is joining forces with UNICEF and other partners to launch a new nationwide campaign to tackle water-related disease in Afghanistan. The campaign, which is officially launched on Sunday 27 June, will combine a number of initiatives, including hygiene education, health promotion and the physical safeguarding of the water supply.
ECHO donates 1.6 million euros to UNICEF for Zimbabwe's children
HARARE, ZIMBABWE, 20 September 2004 - The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) in Zimbabwe has contributed EURO 1,600 000 to UNICEF for providing targeted assistance to the country’s most vulnerable women and children.
Dirty water and poor sanitation kills over 5000 children every day
NEW YORK, 19 March 2004 – Diarrhoeal diseases claim the lives of around two million children each year- 5,000 per day, and cause countless more to fall ill. Children already suffering from poor diets and the ravages of other diseases are the first to get sick and die from water and sanitation-related diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid, UNICEF said today.
Sanitation gaps make Darfur ripe for disease outbreaks affecting children
UNICEF reported today that while almost half of the 1 million displaced persons in Sudan’s Darfur region have access to safe water, poor sanitation conditions still pose great risk to tens of thousands of children.
UNICEF donation helps Ethiopia dig for water
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 19 October 2004 – UNICEF handed over two shallow well drilling rigs to the Government today to be used in the drought-prone regions of Afar and Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR).