Press releases and news notes
UNICEF and partners race to prevent disease outbreak among children in the Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic / DAKAR, Senegal / GENEVA, 8 January 2014 – An emergency vaccination campaign to reach over 210,000 children displaced by violence in Bangui is underway at major displacement sites in the capital.
Secretary-General supports Children of Syria as No Lost Generation initiative launched
NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon today added his support to a campaign led by UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children and UNICEF that calls for Champions for the Children of Syria as part of the new No Lost Generation strategy.
Global champions and $1 billion investment needed to prevent a lost generation of Syrian children
NEW YORK, 7 January 2014 - UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other partners today called for governments, aid agencies and members of the public to become champions for the children of Syria and support the “No Lost Generation” strategy, which aims to provide those affected by the conflict with the chance to shape a more stable and secure future.
Children being brutalized in the Central African Republic: UNICEF
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 30 December 2013 - Attacks against children have sunk to a vicious new low, with at least two children beheaded, and one of them mutilated, in the violence that has gripped the capital since early December.
UNICEF: Urgent action needed to prevent child deaths from malnutrition in Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic, 24 December 2013 – Officials in UNICEF Bangui today expressed ‘extreme concern’ that recent waves of violence in the Central African Republic will cause a sharp increase in children suffering severe malnutrition, putting their lives and future health at risk.
Children in grave danger amid increasing violence in South Sudan
JUBA, 24 December 2013 - As the violence in South Sudan escalates and tens of thousands of civilians take refuge in UN compounds around the country, children are in grave danger, says UNICEF.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on protection of children in South Sudan
NEW YORK/JUBA, South Sudan, 22 December 2013 – All of South Sudan's friends, who have such high hopes for the future of the world's youngest nation, are deeply concerned at the escalating violence across the country.
UNICEF to receive €18 million from EU for Syrian crisis
BRUSSELS, 19 December 2013 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Wednesday signed a major contribution agreement with the European Union for €18 million to deliver vitally needed aid to children directly affected by the Syrian crisis.
Devastation of Typhoon Haiyan still haunts children
MANILA, 17 December 2013 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, after a four day visit to the Philippines, said that he was deeply impressed by the spirit of the people and the communities working with the government, United Nations and other partners to rebuild their lives and futures.
Statement on the reported killing of children in Aleppo; attributable to Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
Amman, December 16, 2013 - UNICEF is horrified by reports of a bombing raid in Aleppo that may have killed as many as 28 children.
Relentless violence against children in the Central African Republic is an affront to humanity: UNICEF
New York/Bangui, 16 December 2013 - As violence continues unabated in the Central African Republic, the horrific killing, abuse and harm being inflicted on children are an affront to humanity, UNICEF said today.
Largest relief airlift lands in Bangui since violence began
BANGUI/DAKAR/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 13 December 2013 - About a week after deadly clashes killed hundreds and displaced many tens of thousands in the capital city of Central African Republic, the largest humanitarian cargo flight arrived in Bangui today carrying 77 metric tons of UNICEF emergency supplies.
Decline in education for Syrian children “worst and fastest in region’s history”
GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN, 13 December 2013 - The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to a new paper published today.
UNICEF ramps up aid to children as winter storm hits Lebanon
Beirut, 12 December 2013 – UNICEF ramps up aid to children as the first winter storm hits Lebanon. Over 110,000 of refugee children and their families face extreme weather conditions as increasingly dire conditions are reported at informal tented settlements and collective shelters. Families are running out of fuel to keep children warm and ramshackle tents are buckling under the weight of the falling snow.
One in three children under-five does not officially exist - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 11 December 2013 - On UNICEF’s 67th birthday today, the organization released a new report showing that the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered; approximately one in three of all children under-five around the world.
Governments, UNICEF call for inclusion of all children in quality learning
ISTANBUL, Turkey, 10 December 2013 — A rallying call to get millions of children who are out of school back into quality learning was launched today at the opening ceremony of the Regional Ministerial Education Conference in Istanbul.
Over 23 million children to be vaccinated in mass polio immunization campaign across Middle East
CAIRO/AMMAN, 9 December 2013 – The largest-ever immunization response in the Middle East is under way this week, aiming to vaccinate more than 23 million children against polio in Syria and neighbouring countries over the coming weeks.
Polio immunization campaign kicked off in the State of Palestine as part of massive regional efforts
GAZA, 9 December 2013 - Joining efforts to stop a polio outbreak in Syria from spreading across the region, UNICEF is supporting Palestinian Ministry of Health partners to immunize up to 630,000 children aged five years and younger against polio.
EU donates additional € 10 million to UNICEF for education of children in Syria
Brussels, 9 December 2013 - The European Union has given an additional € 10 million to UNICEF to support access to education for vulnerable and displaced children in Syria.
UNICEF provides emergency supplies to treat children injured in Central African Republic fighting
BANGUI/DAKAR, 9 December 2013 – UNICEF has distributed emergency medical supplies to hospitals in Bangui following clashes in recent days that have left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced.
UN Humanitarian chiefs strongly condemn attacks on medical personnel and facilities by all parties to the Syria conflict
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 6 December 2013 - We strongly condemn attacks on health and any other civilian facilities in Syria and are deeply concerned by the serious implications for patients, health personnel and provision of critical medical supplies.
Statement of Condolence on Nelson Mandela from Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
The father of his nation, Nelson Mandela devoted much of his work to children. In 2002, he urged that Heads of State at the UN Special Session for Children endorse increased health and education resources for children. In 2004, through his Foundation and in partnership with the Hamburg Society and UNICEF, Mandela launched the Schools for Africa campaign to enroll two million African children in school. He started his own children’s fund and fought passionately, with his wife, Graça Machel, and the Global Movement for Children and UNICEF, to put children at the heart of the global development agenda.
Children targeted in Central African Republic atrocities
BANGUI/DAKAR/PARIS/GENEVA, 6 December 2013 – One year after the start of the conflict in the Central African Republic, 2.3 million children are affected by the crisis, and children are increasingly becoming the victims of violence and forced recruitment amidst ongoing atrocities.
Katy Perry is UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador
NEW YORK, 3 December 2013 – At a special event today at UNICEF Headquarters, global pop superstar Katy Perry was appointed UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on engaging young people in the agency’s work to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children and adolescents.
More than 850,000 infants saved from HIV since 2005, but alarming trends seen among adolescents
NEW YORK, 29 November 2013 – A new report released today by UNICEF shows great progress has been made to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, with more than 850,000 new childhood infections averted between 2005 and 2012 in low- and middle-income countries.
Breastfeeding is life-saving for babies in Philippines typhoon emergency
MANILA, 28 November 2013 – UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today called on those involved in the response to the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) disaster to promote and protect breastfeeding to avoid unnecessary illness and deaths of children.
Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar to Bat for UNICEF
MUMBAI, India, 28 November 2013 – International cricket sensation Sachin Tendulkar has become UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia during a signing ceremony in Mumbai, India. In this capacity Mr. Tendulkar will support UNICEF’s work in promoting hygiene and sanitation in South Asia.
Children in typhoon-hit Tacloban, Philippines, receive vaccines against measles, polio
TACLOBAN/MANILA, Philippines, 26 November 2013 - Children in Tacloban – the city hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan – were today vaccinated against measles and polio in the first phase of a mass campaign by the Government of the Philippines with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners. They also received Vitamin A supplements to help improve their immunity against infections.
School equipment distributed in Tacloban, Roxas, as UNICEF aid flows into Philippines
TACLOBAN/MANILA, Philippines, 26 November 2013 – UNICEF is distributing School-in-a-Box and recreation kits in Tacloban and Roxas, to serve children still living amidst the chaos left by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
On Universal Children’s Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – As the world marks Universal Children’s Day - the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country and at every level of society who are victims of violence and abuse that continue to go unnoticed and under-reported.
Sir Roger Moore calls for more help for the Philippines
COPENHAGEN/NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore today visited UNICEF’s global humanitarian supply warehouse in Copenhagen and called for continued support for children and their families in the Philippines whose lives have been devastated by super typhoon Haiyan.
Keeping children safe is critical in aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan
MANILA/NEW YORK, 19 November 2013 - Keeping the youngest survivors of Typhoon Haiyan safe and protected is a key priority while their homes and communities are being rebuilt in the aftermath of the devastating storm, said UNICEF today.
Millions of children reaching out to helplines worldwide, new report reveals
NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – Ten years of data from telephone records, emails, text messages and chats compiled by Child Helpline International (CHI) show that children and young people around the world contact helplines for support with violence and abuse, peer relationships, psycho-social and mental health, and family conflicts.
UNICEF welcomes Sudan’s national strategy for education of children with disabilities
KHARTOUM, 19 November 2013 - Today in Khartoum, the Federal Ministry of Education launched a National Strategy for the Education of Children with Disabilities, covering 2013-2016.
Universal Children’s Day: Make violence against children history in the DRC
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 20 November 2013 – On Universal Children’s Day, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and Armed Conflict, UNICEF and the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) called for better protection of children affected by conflict-related violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Liberia commemorates Universal Children’s Day with a prayer and commitment to end violence against children
Monrovia, LIBERIA, 20 November 2013 - Church bells tolled and moazins in mosques called out for salaat (prayer) at noon today, as Liberians observed a minute of silence and prayer for every child who has suffered of rape, and committed themselves to protect children against violence.
Grass-roots movements key to ending world’s toilet problem: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 19 November 2013 – Toilets are still out of reach for more than one-third of the global population, with devastating consequences to the health and development of children, UNICEF said on World Toilet Day.
Water supply back to full capacity in typhoon-devastated Tacloban
Tacloban/Manila/New York, 17 November 2013 - At least 200,000 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine city of Tacloban and six surrounding districts are now receiving clean water for cooking and drinking, as the first water treatment plant came back to full operating capacity last night.
One full year of no polio cases in the Southern Region of Afghanistan
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, 19 November 2013 – Afghanistan’s Southern Region has today, for the first time ever, reached one full year without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, giving a boost to the country’s fight against the crippling disease. This milestone will encourage the polio effort in the Eastern Region, which continues to fight an outbreak of polio that has seen nine cases reported so far this year.
Research finds baby boys are at higher risk of death and disability due to preterm birth
NEW YORK, 17 November 2013 – A series of ground-breaking global studies on preterm birth and disability released to time with World Prematurity Day finds that baby boys are at a higher risk of death and disability due to preterm birth than baby girls.
UNICEF supplies reach conflict-affected areas of Syria as part of large UN convoy
Damascus, 15 November 2013 – A joint UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent convoy successfully crossed the lines of conflict to deliver much needed emergency supplies to around 42,000 people in Syria’s besieged Homs governorate.
Life-saving UNICEF supplies for children reaching areas affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan
MANILA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 15 November 2013 - Amidst the huge devastation caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan, critical life-saving supplies for children are being delivered by UNICEF in Tacloban, Ormac and Roxas, the areas most affected by the disaster.
Central African Republic: UNICEF calls for an investigation into the alleged killings of children
DAKAR/BANGUI, 12 November 2013 – Alarmed by the renewed violence in Central African Republic affecting civilians, in particular women and children, UNICEF today urges the transitional government to carry out a full and immediate investigation into the recent allegations of killings.
Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
Damascus, 12 November 2013 – The killing of innocent children continues in war-torn Syria. UNICEF is outraged by the latest deadly attacks on schools in and around Damascus.
UNICEF appeals for US $34 million for the children of the Philippines, as Haiyan crisis deepens
MANILA/NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 November 2013 – UNICEF is appealing for US$34 million to aid the four million children of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan when it ripped through the archipelago four days ago.
Fifth Annual World Pneumonia Day Marks Successes and Challenges in Tackling #1 Killer of Children
BALTIMORE, USA, 12 November 2013 - Global health advocates today commemorated the fifth annual World Pneumonia Day by calling on global leaders to scale up existing interventions and invest in new diagnostics and treatments to defeat pneumonia. Each year, pneumonia kills more children than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Pneumonia took the lives of nearly 1.1 million children under 5 in 2012 alone, with more than 99 percent of these deaths in developing countries, where access to healthcare facilities and treatment is out of reach for many children.
As number of children affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan rises to 4 million, UNICEF steps up emergency response
MANILA/NEW YORK/COPENHAGEN, 10 November 2013 – UNICEF is rushing emergency supplies to areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November, as the latest estimates indicate that up to 4 million children could now be affected by the disaster.
IKEA Foundation donates Euro 2 million to UNICEF to reach children and families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan with critical supplies
GENEVA, 11 November 2013 – IKEA Foundation has donated Euro 2 million to UNICEF to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on 8 November.
NBA and NBPA team up to donate $250,000 to support critical UNICEF relief efforts in hard-hit areas of Philippines
NEW YORK, 10 November 10, 2013 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Player’s Association (NBPA) today have teamed up to donate $250,000 to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts in areas of the Philippines ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan. The latest estimates indicate that as many as four million children could now be affected by the disaster, and the donation will aid UNICEF in providing children and families with immediate necessities including food, water, and medicine.
Up to 1.7 million children could be affected by devastating impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 9 November 2013 - As the full impact is being assessed of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the Philippines over the last 48 hours, children are expected to be amongst the most affected with some 1.7 million children believed to be living in the areas hit by the emergency.
Over 20 million children to be vaccinated in Syria and neighbouring countries against polio, say WHO and UNICEF
GENEVA, NEW YORK, 8 November 2013 – The largest-ever consolidated immunization response in the Middle East is under way to stop a polio outbreak, aiming to vaccinate over 20 million children in seven countries and territories repeatedly.
Early Childhood Development Handbook launched ahead of UK All Party Parliamentary Group meeting
LONDON, 7 November 2013 – UNICEF, in coordination with the University of Northampton (UK), today launched a ground-breaking new work, the Handbook Of Early Childhood Development Research And Its Impact On Global Policy.
Match Lebanon's commitment to Syrian refugee children with global investment in nation's public services: UNICEF Executive Director
BEIRUT, 1 November 2013 - Lebanon's generosity in supporting more than 400,000 refugee children from Syria should be matched by further international investment in public services such as education, said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake as he ended a visit to the country.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to visit Central African Republic
NEW YORK, 1 November 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow will travel to Central African Republic next week to help highlight the plight of children as new fighting is making an already dire humanitarian situation even more precarious.
UNICEF and senior Syrian officials agree on urgency of reaching more war-affected children, as UNICEF Executive Director visits Syria
DAMASCUS, 29 October 2013 - Following 'businesslike and encouraging' discussions, senior Syrian officials and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake agreed on the importance of reaching hundreds of thousands of children in some of the worst-affected parts of war-torn Syria with life-saving vaccines, including those against polio, as Mr Lake ended a two-day visit to Damascus.
Release of Ethical Research Involving Children: Charter, Compendium, and Interactive Website
FLORENCE, Italy, 30 October 2013 – Today UNICEF’s office of Research released “Ethical Research Involving Children”, an on-line resource which brings together the best thinking internationally about key ethical issues involving children and how these might be addressed in different research contexts.
Central African Republic: Amidst new displacements, UNICEF running low on life-saving supplies
BOSSANGOA, Central African Republic, 29 October, 2013 – With increasing numbers of people displaced by violence across the Central African Republic, UNICEF warns that growing needs will exceed available emergency supplies in the coming weeks.
Leo Messi’s son turns one and celebrates with UNICEF
BUENOS AIRES, 28 October 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo Messi today invited his friends and fans around the world to join in celebrating the birthday of his son Thiago, who will be one year old on Saturday, 2 November.
Millions of children in Syria and region to be vaccinated against polio, measles, mumps and rubella
AMMAN, GENEVA, 25 October 2013 - As Syria awaits confirmation of suspected polio cases in the east of the country, UNICEF has joined the World Health Organisation and other partners in mounting a large-scale immunisation effort aimed at protecting as many children as possible both in the country and across the region against polio, as well as other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Asia Pacific Governments adopt New Delhi Declaration on cooperation for children’s rights
BANGKOK, KATHMANDU, NEW DELHI, 25 October 2013 – A New Delhi Declaration, renewing governments’ commitments to the rights of children and pledging to support each other in the achievement of those rights, was adopted unanimously today by Asian and Pacific States attending the Second High Level Meeting on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific.
UNICEF airlifts humanitarian supplies for conflict-affected children in Syria
DAMASCUS, 24 October 2013 – A UNICEF charter plane carrying urgently-needed vaccines and complementary food for children in Syria has arrived in Beirut. Supplies will be moved by truck into Syria.
Olympiacos FC and UNICEF join forces to immunize children
PIRAEUS, Greece, 21 October 2013 - Olympiacos FC and UNICEF today launched their partnership to immunize children in countries that urgently need support. The aim of the partnership is to raise funds and awareness, both in Greece and globally, for UNICEF’s ‘100% Campaign’ to immunize children not currently reached by vaccination programmes.
Asia Pacific Governments gather to share expertise on child rights issues
BANGKOK, KATHMANDU, NEW DELHI, 23 October 2013 - A high-level inter-governmental meeting of representatives of countries from Asia and the Pacific opened today in New Delhi, India. Hosted by the Government of India and supported by UNICEF, participants in the meeting will discuss cooperation for the realization of children’s rights and share knowledge and information about early childhood development, children in urban environments and opportunities and issues concerning adolescents.
Central African Republic: Seventy per cent of school children still not in classrooms
BANGUI, 18 October 2013 – Seven out of 10 primary school students in the Central African Republic have not returned to school since the conflict started in December 2012, according to a recent survey by UNICEF and partners.
UNICEF on “Children in Israeli military detention”: first progress report
JERUSALEM, 14 October 2013 - On 6 March 2013, UNICEF released a briefing paper titled “Children in Israeli military detention” which outlined practical measures to improve the treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military custody. The paper stated that there appeared to be a pattern of ill-treatment during the arrest, transfer and interrogation of child detainees in the West Bank. In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel stated it would study the conclusions of the report and work to implement its recommendations in cooperation with UNICEF.
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.
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.
On International Day of the Girl Child, innovation key to more girls in school and learning
NEW YORK, 11 October 2013 – To mark the second International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF today highlighted the power of innovation to get more girls in school and improve the quality of learning for all children.
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.
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.
Statement attributable to UNICEF on the Constitutional Court decision on Dominican-born persons of Haitian descent
NEW YORK, 9 October 2013 – “The ruling by the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic depriving Dominican-born persons of Haitian descent of their right to citizenship could have a devastating impact on thousands of children. Without a nationality, stateless children can be denied access to basic social protection programmes, cannot earn education certificates or graduate, or obtain an identity card or a passport. Without these basic protections and opportunities, these children are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
UNICEF says inter-communal violence in Rakhine State must end for the sake of Myanmar’s children
YANGON, 8 October 2013 – UNICEF today called for an end to inter-communal violence in Rakhine State.
To eliminate child labour, attack it at its roots, UNICEF says
BRASILIA, 8 October 2013 – As the III Global Conference on Child Labour kicks off here, UNICEF says an integrated approach by governments, international organizations, civil society, private sector and children and their families is the key to ending child labour.
Statement by Marzio Babille, UNICEF representative in Iraq, on deadly school attack
ERBIL, Iraq, 7 October 2013 – “A suicide bomb attack yesterday on a primary school in Tal Afar in northern Iraq left at least 10 children and their teachers dead and many others injured.
Photo op with Freida Pinto, students from all over New York City to mark the International Day of the Girl Child
Several dozen New York City students and students from Burkina Faso, Egypt and Nepal will join Hollywood star Freida Pinto and UN officials to “erase” the image of girl factory workers to reveal a hidden image of students in the classroom – a symbol for how innovation and education can change children’s lives for the better by potentially erasing inequity and injustice.
Joint Message on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day
Teachers hold the keys to a better future for all. They inspire, challenge and empower innovative and responsible global citizens. They get children into school, keep them there and help them learn. Every day, they help to build the inclusive knowledge societies we need for tomorrow and the century ahead. On this World Teachers’ Day, we join forces to thank teachers and to call for more, better trained and supported teachers.
Breakfast Side Event: International Youth Voices on Post-2015
New York. Young people want to take more responsibility and they want to be heard. To strengthen their voice, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Foreign Ministry of Mexico and further UN Member states organized, with facilitation support from the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Breakfast Side Event “International Youth Voices on Post-2015”.
Senegal provides free access to health services for 2.5 million under-five children
DAKAR, 4 October, 2013 – On 1 October, 2013, Senegal launched its initiative providing free of charge access to health services to children under five. As many as 2.5 million Senegalese children will benefit from this measure that aims at accelerating reduction in child mortality by 2015, particularly for the poorest.
International Day of Non Violence: Exploring solutions to end violence against children
FLORENCE, Italy, 2 October 2013 – Violence against children crosses social, economic and cultural lines, affecting millions of children worldwide. In an effort to address this issue and provide solutions, UNICEF’s Office of Research reached out to experts globally and gathered more than 100 years of expertise into a video debate focusing on the plight of violence against children.
Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, 1 October 2013 - “UNICEF is appalled by the reported deaths of at least 12 children in an air attack on a secondary school in Raqqa, north east Syria, on 29 September.
First-Ever Targeted Roadmap Outlines Steps to End Childhood TB Deaths
WASHINGTON D.C., October 1, 2013 - The deaths of more than 74 000 children from tuberculosis (TB) could be prevented each year through measures outlined in the first ever action plan developed specifically on TB and children.
Emergency assistance reaches children and women affected by recent violence in the Central African Republic
NEW YORK/ GENEVA, 1 October 2013 - UNICEF is delivering emergency assistance to some 5,500 families newly displaced by the recent violence in the northwestern prefectures of the Central African Republic. The majority of the displaced are women and children now living in deplorable conditions with no access to safe water, nor shelter.
Additional US$45 million contribution to Syria’s children, as EU becomes largest donor to UNICEF appeal
NEW YORK, 24 September 2013 – UNICEF and the European Union (EU) signed a new cooperation agreement today that provides an additional US$45 million (€ 34. 2 million) to protect children affected by the Syria crisis and promote access to learning in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
USD $1.15 Billion Commitment Over Three Years to Help Save the Lives of Children and Women Secured Through World Bank, UNICEF, USAID and Norway
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 - Today, the World Bank Group, UNICEF, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Norway announced a collective total of USD $1.15 billion in funding over the next three years to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, and to ensure essential services and medicines reach women and children who need them in developing countries with the highest burdens of maternal and child deaths.
UNICEF and its partners respond to a resurgence of malaria cases in Chad
AM-TIMAN, Chad, 26 September 2013 – In response to a resurgence of suspected cases of malaria in several parts of Chad , UNICEF in collaboration with WHO, is implementing an integrated response to support efforts already made by the Government in areas where the resurgence is highest.
UNICEF backs new report on child survival
NEW YORK, 25 September 2015 - UNICEF warmly welcomes the launch by Save the Children of an important new report, “Getting to Zero: how tackling inequality and governance could move us closer to finishing the job of the MDGs”.
Celebrating Media Excellence in Promoting Child Rights
DHAKA, 24 September 2013 - UNICEF honoured 33 media professionals for their outstanding contribution to promote child rights in media during the last one year in the Ninth Meena Media Award 2013.
Unleash potential of children and adults with disabilities today to shape richer, more inclusive global agendas
NEW YORK, 23 September – As the 2013 UN General Assembly for the first time convenes a special meeting on the issue of children and adults with disabilities, UNDP and UNICEF, along with the Global Partnership on Children with Disabilities (GPcwd), are urging Member States, UN agencies, civil society groups and other partners to engage more with people with disabilities themselves in the crafting of global agendas.
Join an inclusive world for children with disabilities, urge Stevie Wonder and young Vietnamese advocate Nguyen Phuong Anh ‘Crystal’
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 – Around the United Nations General Assembly high level meeting on disabilities, global music icon and UN Messenger of Peace, Stevie Wonder, met with Vietnamese advocate and performer Nguyen Phoung Anh, ‘Crystal’, to push jointly for greater inclusion for children with disabilities.
Action needed now to reach and protect children trapped by Syria conflict, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 - The plight of civilians trapped by the conflict inside Syria is becoming increasingly desperate, and more efforts are needed now to enable the humanitarian access that will safeguard thousands of children’s lives, said UNICEF.
Well-being of more children in India will improve as IKEA Foundation contributes Euro 60 million to UNICEF
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 – UNICEF today announced that the IKEA Foundation has contributed Є 60 million to its programmes in India to improve the health, survival, education and protection of tens of millions of vulnerable children and women.
28.5 million children still waiting for an education because of conflicts
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 – Global leaders from governments, international organizations and civil society today warned that 28.5 million children in countries affected by conflict are still being denied access to learning – and that they must not be made to wait any longer for an education.
Putting the last child first will further progress towards the Millennium Development Goals
NEW YORK, 23 September 2013 - As world leaders prepare to meet at the United Nations General Assembly to review the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, putting the most excluded, most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach children first will accelerate progress towards achieving the global targets, says UNICEF.
New tools from UNICEF to work with business on children’s rights
NEW YORK, 19 September 2013 – UNICEF today released a tool kit aimed at integrating the rights of children into business operations.
Education cannot wait: High-level meeting to call for global action to plan for, prioritize and protect education in crisis-affected countries
Media advisory: A high-level meeting to call for global action to get more than 28 million children affected by conflict and disaster back in school and learning.
Social Good Summit 2013 panel: Making the invisible visible. Using innovation to #ENDViolence Against Children
Media advisory: The Social Good Summit 2013 focuses on “The world we want in 2030”, and brings together innovators, experts and activists with an interest in social media to discuss and design ways in which that world can be designed through social activism.
Amidst conflict, UNICEF boosts efforts to get children in Syria back to learning
Damascus, 15 September 2013 – As the new school year starts in Syria today, many children face extraordinary challenges to continuing their education. Now in its third year, the conflict has left almost 4,000 schools – or around one in five – damaged, destroyed or sheltering internally displaced families.
UN: Global child deaths down by almost half since 1990
NEW YORK, 13 September 2013 – In 2012, approximately 6.6 million children worldwide – 18,000 children per day – died before reaching their fifth birthday, according to a new report released today by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs/Population Division. This is roughly half the number of under-fives who died in 1990, when more than 12 million children died.
Some 35 million more children under five at risk if child mortality goal not met
NEW YORK, 13 September 2013 - A new UNICEF report shows that if current trends continue, the world will not meet Millennium Development Goal 4 – to cut the rate of under-five mortality by two-thirds by 2015. Worse, if current trends continue, the goal will not be reached until 2028.
Media advisory: UNICEF, WHO expert briefing on release of global under-five child mortality numbers
What: A telephone briefing to release the latest global and regional data on child mortality and neo-natal deaths from 1990, when data collection began, to 2013. The new figures contain new perspectives on issues such as the acceleration of progress in some regions, differences between poor and rich countries, the number of children at risk if goals are not met, and much more.
Syria conflict leaves invisible scars on children
AMMAN/GENEVA, 10 September 2013 – Prolonged exposure to violence and stress, multiple displacement, loss of friends and family members, and a severe deterioration in living conditions are leaving the children of Syria with lasting scars, UNICEF said today.
Massive campaign to get one million Somali children into school to be launched
MOGADISHU/GAROWE/HARGEISA, 6 September 2013 - The Somali authorities are launching a wide ranging campaign to give one million children and youth access to education as part of an ambitious Go 2 School Initiative.
Return to learning vital for children amid Syria crisis
AMMAN, 6 September 2013 - Since last school year, almost two million Syrian children have dropped out of school, nearly 40 per cent of all pupils registered in grades 1 to 9. One million Syrian children are now refugees and helping them back to school is proving challenging.
UNICEF Continues Massive Humanitarian Operation for Syria’s Children
AMMAN, 4 September 2013 - Amidst heightened tensions across the region and as the number of Syria’s refugees rises beyond 2 million – half of them children – UNICEF continues to provide urgent life-saving supplies to children inside Syria and in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
UNICEF gears up to help over 500,000 Malian children return to school
BAMAKO/DAKAR, 3 September 2013 – With the new school year in Mali starting on the 1st of October, UNICEF is scaling up efforts to give a school place to half a million children whose lives were disrupted by the conflict, seasonal flooding and nutrition crisis.
Critical supplies for Syrian refugee children airlifted to Erbil
ERBIL, Iraq, 1 September 2013 – A plane carrying 100 tonnes of UNICEF emergency supplies to assist Syrian refugee children and families arrived this evening in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
UN agencies meet in Nairobi to enhance cooperation in global fight against malnutrition
NAIROBI, 26 August 2013 – The UN System Network for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) is holding its first meeting in Africa from 26-28 August in Nairobi, Kenya, bringing together experts from various UN agencies working on the continent to drive forward the fight against undernutrition.
Declaration of humanitarian coordinator and agencies of the United Nations
KINSHASA / GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, August 24, 2013 – The Humanitarian Coordinator, along with United Nations humanitarian agencies including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Program (WFP) and the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) strongly condemn the killing of innocent civilians by military strikes during the fighting between the Congolese Army (FARDC) and M23 rebel group.
A million refugee children mark shameful milestone in Syria crisis
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 August 2013 – With Syria’s war well into its third year, the number of Syrian children forced to flee their homeland as refugees has now reached one million.
UNICEF and partners bring medical supplies, assistance to displaced Congolese
KINSHASA, 22 August 2013 – Responding to the urgent needs of thousands of displaced persons and their host community in Nobili, North Kivu, DRC, UNICEF and Merlin delivered 3.5 tons of medical/nutritional supplies to the area on Friday, August 16, as part of the OCHA/UNICEF-led Rapid Response to Movements of Population (RRMP) program.
Statement attributable to UNICEF on alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria
NEW YORK, 21 August 2013 – “The reports of attacks on civilians, presumably including children, on the outskirts of Damascus are deeply disturbing.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover joins children in Sarajevo for dodge ball
SARAJEVO, 20 August 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and acclaimed actor Danny Glover joined children for a friendly game of dodge ball in Sarajevo today in a show of active support of the “It’s About Ability” campaign to promote inclusion for children with disabilities.
UNICEF and Partners Rush to Provide Assistance as Thousands of Syrians Cross Border Into Northern Iraq
ERBIL, IRAQ, 19 August 2013 - As thousands of Syrians flood into Iraq fleeing from the ongoing violence in Syria, UNICEF and partners are rushing to meet their urgent needs.
Executive Director message on World Humanitarian Day 2013
Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we pause to honour the enormous courage and dedication of those who serve humanity in some of the most dangerous and difficult environments in the world.
Severe drought puts millions at risk in Angola and Namibia
JOHANNESBURG/WINDHOEK/LUANDA, 15 August 2013 – As one of the worst droughts in 30 years grips the southern African countries of Angola and Namibia, the threat of hunger, malnutrition, disease and lost livelihoods is growing.
Sixty-eight more children and young people released by Myanmar armed forces
YANGON, 7 August 2013 – The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNICEF welcomed the release today of a further 68 children and young people from the Myanmar armed forces, or Tatmadaw, bringing the total number of children and young people released by the armed forces to 110 in the last month.
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is marked at an important time
NEW YORK, 7 August 2013 – UNICEF joins partners celebrating the 2013 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at an important time when the international community is preparing for the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples and the review and resetting of the post-2015 development agenda.
FC Barcelona players Lionel Messi and Jose Manuel Pinto share football skills with young athletes with disabilities
BANGKOK, 6 August 2013 - On the first day of FC Barcelona’s trip to Thailand, internationally acclaimed players Lionel Messi and Jose Manuel Pinto spent the morning sharing football skills with children who have intellectual disabilities.
Japan steps up to help stop polio outbreak in Somalia
TOKYO, 5 August 2013 – UNICEF has received an emergency contribution of US$1.3 million from the Government of Japan to procure and distribute urgently needed polio vaccines for children in Somalia.
Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the life-threatening situation of women and children in Homs
NEW YORK, 2 August 2013 – “The situation of women and children in the Syrian city of Homs is rapidly deteriorating, with some 400,000 civilians now displaced in the district of Al Waer, living in partially constructed buildings, schools and other public buildings.
Thousands of children escape violence in Eastern DRC, now seeking refuge in Uganda
Goma/Kampala/Geneva, 2 August 2013 – Recent violence near the town of Kamango in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, has forced more than 66,000 Congolese, approximately 55 per cent of whom are children, to seek refuge in neighbouring Uganda. Refugees began streaming into Uganda’s Bubanbdi sub-county following an 11 July attack on Kamango town by rebel forces.
Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 1 August 2013 – During World Breastfeeding Week starting today, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life. But with less than half of all children under six months benefitting from exclusive breastfeeding, strong leadership in promoting the practice is essential.
Make the Invisible Visible: UNICEF urges louder voices and urgent action to fight violence against children
NEW YORK, 31 July 2013 – Violence against children is all too often unseen, unheard and underreported, said UNICEF today, announcing an initiative that urges ordinary citizens, lawmakers and governments to speak out more forcefully to fight violence against children.
Statement by Mr. Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative in Egypt, on protection of children
CAIRO, 30 July 2013 – “UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports that children have been killed or injured during violent confrontations in Egypt over recent days.
UNICEF Ambassador, Pau Gasol, returns from Iraq
Dohuk, Iraq / Barcelona, 30 July 2013 – Pau Gasol, two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and UNICEF Spanish Committee Ambassador since 2003, has returned today from visiting Syrian refugees in Iraq.
Zaatari camp one year on: short term gains at risk without substantial increased support
AMMAN, 29 July 2013 - After only 12 months a piece of desolate Jordanian desert is now home to some 120,000 Syrian refugees.
UNICEF-chartered cargo plane delivers life-saving humanitarian supplies to Central African Republic
BANGUI, 26 July 2013 – A UNICEF-chartered cargo aircraft loaded with 52 metric tonnes of humanitarian supplies touched down today in Bangui, Central African Republic.
Liberia Celebrates Progress toward Ending Preventable Child Deaths, and Commits to Accelerate Child Mortality Reduction
TUBMANBURG CITY, Liberia, 25 July 2013 - The President of Liberia, H.E. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, launched today “A Promise Renewed: Committing to Child Survival in Liberia” at a gathering of community leaders, health workers, government officials and development partners.
The IKEA Foundation helps UNICEF bring the gift of play to children affected by emergencies around the world
NEW YORK, 25 July, 2013 – In an innovative collaboration, the IKEA Foundation is donating a range of IKEA toys to UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) kits to help meet the needs of some the most vulnerable young children in the world.
Nutrition security in Gao: An Alarming Situation
BAMAKO, 23 July 2013 – The humanitarian community is raising the alarm on the rates of acute malnutrition in Gao, Northern Mali. Mali’s Ministry of Health and its partners, including UNICEF, have just published the results of a nutrition and mortality survey (SMART methodology), conducted for the first time since the crisis began in this conflict stricken region. The study reveals a dire nutrition crisis, making it extremely difficult for the most vulnerable and children under age five, in particular.
Life-saving supplies reach children and families in conflict-affected Aleppo
AMMAN/DAMASCUS/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 23 July 2013 – UNICEF and partners have just completed the delivery of life-saving supplies to the embattled city of Aleppo in northwestern Syria.
Overwhelming opposition to female genital mutilation/cutting, yet millions of girls still at risk: UNICEF
WASHINGTON, D.C., 22 July 2013 – A majority of people in most countries where female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is concentrated oppose the harmful practice, according to a new UNICEF report issued today. Despite that opposition, more than 125 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to FGM/C and 30 million girls are still at risk of being cut in the next decade.
Ending Preventable Child Deaths before 2035: Bangladesh Call to Action
DHAKA, 21 July 2013 – The Government of Bangladesh today committed to ending preventable child deaths in the country before 2035. This commitment builds on the impressive progress that Bangladesh has made in reducing maternal and child mortality, and improving the health and wellbeing of mothers and children over the past 40 years.
UNICEF to release major report on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting on July 22
A press conference to release the results of a three-year long study, funded in part by the European Union, on global data about FGM/C. The report, published by the UNICEF statistics and monitoring section, will present data gathered over the past 20 years to draw the most complete picture of FGM/C ever published. The report will include both trends and attitudes around the practice.
UNICEF’s story in 2012: unrelenting efforts for world’s most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 15 July 2013 – Despite financial concerns in much of the world and complex emergencies affecting children in nearly 80 countries in 2012, global progress was still made for millions of children last year, according to UNICEFs Annual Report 2012.
Kazakhstan on track to achieve Millennium Development Goal to reduce child mortality
ASTANA, 15 July 2013 – Members of the United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (IGME) visited Kazakhstan on 22-25 June 2013 to analyze infant and child mortality estimates in the country.
Malala Day inspires youth around the world to demand their right to education
NEW YORK, 11 July 2013 – Hundreds of young people will take over the seats at the United Nations tomorrow to add to their voices to courageous advocate Malala Yousafzai’s call to see all children in school and learning.
MTV and UNiTE launch “The brave are not violent” Campaign in Latin America and the Caribbean
QUITO, 10 July 2013 – MTV Latin America and UNiTE, the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign to end violence against women, launched “El Valiente no es Violento” (“The brave are not violent”) initiative today in Ecuador aiming to make the youth of Latin America and the Caribbean a part of the solution to this serious problem.
Remarks by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake at Addressing Inequalities Side Event Hosted by the Government of Denmark in New York
NEW YORK, 8 July 2013 – “For reasons both principled and practical, addressing inequalities should be at the heart of the post-2015 agenda. Thanks to many of the people in this room, and especially the government of Denmark, the Copenhagen meeting in February was an important milestone in making that a reality. Indeed, last month, the High Level Panel’s report on that agenda called for a transformative shift ― to address inequalities ― to ‘leave no one behind.’
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake's remarks at an Inequalities Debate
NEW YORK, 8 July 2013 – “In February, to mark World Justice Day, the Secretary-General remarked that ‘we see far too many places where there are increasing opportunities for a few and only rising inequality for the many.’
Myanmar Armed Forces discharge 42 children and young people
YANGON, 7 July 2013 – The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNICEF welcomed the discharge today of 34 children and 8 young people by the Myanmar Armed Forces, or Tatmadaw, in line with the Government’s commitment to end the recruitment and use of children by the army in Myanmar.
UNICEF condemns killings in school attack in Northeast Nigeria
DAKAR, 6 July 2013 – The deaths of students in yet another attack on a school in Northeast Nigeria should be condemned absolutely by all communities, UNICEF says.
Snapshot of child misery emerges from UNICEF missions in CAR
GENEVA/BANGUI, Central African Republic, 2 July 2013 – Hundreds of thousands of children across the Central African Republic (CAR) are without nutritious food, basic medicines, medical care and schooling as violence continues in the country, UNICEF said today.
WHO issues new HIV recommendations calling for earlier treatment
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 June 2013 – New HIV treatment guidelines by the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend offering antiretroviral therapy (ART) earlier. Recent evidence indicates that earlier ART will help people with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and substantially reduce the risk of transmitting HIV to others. The move could avert an additional 3 million deaths and prevent 3.5 million more new HIV infections between now and 2025.
UNICEF and MONUSCO condemn rapes in South Kivu
KINSHASA, 27 June 2013 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in DRC, Mr. Roger Meece and the Country Representative of UNICEF, Ms. Barbara Bentein are deeply concerned about recent cases of rape of young girls, in Kavumu–Lwiro axis, in South Kivu Province, east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
EU and UNICEF: Fewer children behind bars, greater reforms needed
BRUSSELS, 27 JUNE 2013 - Children in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia have seen steady and positive reforms in children's rights but still face huge barriers in accessing justice, according to a new European Union-UNICEF report launched today at a conference on justice for children in Brussels.
ING employees worldwide run for the children of Zambia
LUSAKA, Zambia, 26 June, 2013 – Today is a special day for the children of Zambia as over 1,000 men and women across the world get together for a common and meaningful purpose: running for children. These runners are employees of one of UNICEF’s global corporate partners, the ING Bank. For the past eight years ING employees have been the cornerstone of the continued success of the partnership with UNICEF, enthusiastically giving their valuable time and money.
New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50 per cent or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa
GENEVA, 25 June 2013 – A new report on the Global Plan towards elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive has revealed a marked increase in progress in stopping new infections among children across the Global Plan priority countries in Africa.
UNICEF: Children are both the makers and the markers of healthy, sustainable societies
NEW YORK, 24 June 2013 – One year after the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference building “The future we want” – Rio’s outcome – will be dependent on children being at the heart of the post-2015 agenda, says UNICEF.
UNICEF: Summer heat adds to perils facing children of Syria
AMMAN, 21 June 2013 – Soaring summer temperatures, overcrowding and worsening hygiene are the latest threats facing some 4 million children affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria, UNICEF said today.
Statement attributable to UNICEF spokesman Martin Dawes on the reported killing of children in Nigeria
DAKAR, Senegal, 19 June 2013 - UNICEF condemns in the strongest terms the attack which has reportedly left at least nine pupils dead in Maiduguri, north east Nigeria. Five of the children were said to be taking exams when they were shot.
UNICEF opens funding documents to public
NEW YORK, 17 June 2013 – UNICEF today posted to the Internet detailed information on its programme activities and funding.
UNICEF, Nelson Mandela Foundation and Peter Krämer Foundation kick off appeal to expand Schools for Africa Initiative
NEW YORK, 17 June 2013 – UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Peter Krämer Foundation today kicked off a new fundraising drive to raise US$80 million to help Africa’s girls, orphans, children living in extreme poverty and other vulnerable children go to school and get a quality education.
UNICEF and Save the Children congratulate the National Parliament of Bangladesh
Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17 June 2013 -UNICEF and Save the Children welcome the passing of the Children’s Bill 2013 by the National Parliament of Bangladesh (Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad). The new law is based on the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) and has referred to the CRC in the preamble.
Communities are key to ending customs that harm children, says UNICEF
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2013 – On the Day of the African Child, UNICEF joined the African Union to mark the efforts by African communities to promote social change and end practices that endanger the lives and health of hundreds of thousands of children each year.
A Promise Renewed: A Great Global Ambition and Every Father's Dream
Co-authored by Rajiv Shah, Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Conflict creating unprecedented threats to children’s lives
NEW YORK, 12 June 2013 – Children living in armed conflict today face unprecedented threats. These include grave violations such as the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict, sexual violence against children, killing and maiming of children, and recurrent attacks on hospitals and schools.
Child labour robbing millions of health, education and growth, UNICEF says
NEW YORK, 12 June 2013 – On the World Day Against Child Labour, UNICEF today called attention to the millions of children around the world who are engaged in some form of hazardous or exploitative work, usually at the expense of their health and education, and overall wellbeing and development.
London conference delivers new hope for children in the battle against stunting and other forms of undernutrition – UNICEF
LONDON, 8 June 2013 – The Nutrition for Growth event held in London today delivered a new opportunity to further reduce the crippling impact of stunting and other forms of undernutrition for millions of children, says UNICEF.
UN agencies and partners launch largest ever humanitarian appeal for Syrians: US$4.4 billion
GENEVA, 7 June 2013 – Millions of ordinary men, women and children are bearing the brunt of the brutal conflict in Syria, said Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos and High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, as they appealed today for an additional US$3.1 billion to meet growing humanitarian needs in Syria and among refugees in the surrounding region this year. The total requirements for the entire year 2013 are $4.4 billion.
Statement by Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Director of Emergencies, at the launch of new UN appeals for Syria
GENEVA, 7 June 2013 – “The Syria conflict is one of the gravest crises facing children anywhere in the world today. Four million children’s lives have been devastated and an entire generation is at risk.
Resolute leadership and steadfast commitment are key to winning the battle against undernutrition
NEW YORK, 5 June 2013 – UNICEF said today that new research published in the Lancet on maternal and child nutrition reinforces the need for resolute leadership and steadfast commitment at national and global levels to win the battle against undernutrition.
DR Congo aims to save the lives of 430,000 children and 7,900 mothers by 2015
KINSHASA, 31 May 2013 – The Minister of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Félix Kabange Numbi Mukwampa, today launched a comprehensive approach to health with the aim of saving the lives of 430,000 children under five years of age and some 7,900 mothers by 2015 under the banner of A Promise Renewed.
Statement by child-focused agencies on the post-2015 High-Level Panel report
NEW YORK, 31 May 2013 – “We welcome the release of the report from the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and commend the efforts of its Members and its Secretariat to outline an ambitious yet achievable development framework for the years to come after 2015.
See the child – before the disability, UNICEF says
Da Nang, Viet Nam, 30 May 2013 – Children with disabilities and their communities would both benefit if society focused on what those children can achieve, rather than what they cannot do, according to UNICEF’s annual State of the World’s Children’s report.
41 children are released from armed groups in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/YAOUNDE, 29 May 2013 – Forty-one children were released on 27 and 28 May in the capital Bangui following a series of meetings between UNICEF and the President of the Central African Republic Michel Djotodia. The children are between the ages of 14 and 17, among which seven are girls.
UNICEF Steps up Prevention Efforts as Cholera Outbreak in Mali Threatens Thousands in Conflict Affected North
BAMAKO, 28 May 2013 – A cholera outbreak in Gao region has claimed two lives and left another 20 people needing urgent treatment. This is the first outbreak of the disease in Mali since the start of the rainy season. With the Ministry of Health, WHO and other partners UNICEF is stepping up assistance to affected communities in Asongo district as well as prevention and awareness-raising activities.
UNICEF to launch State of the World’s Children 2013 report
NEW YORK/DA NANG, Viet Nam, 20 May 2013 – UNICEF will launch its State of the World’s Children, the authoritative report on the situation of children globally, in Da Nang, Viet Nam on Thursday, 30 May.
Remarkable Progress in Reducing Child Mortality and Improving Maternal Health
KUALA LUMPUR, 27 May 2013 - Some of the world’s poorest countries have managed to cut maternal and young child mortality rates by half or more, according to a new report from Countdown to 2015.
Emergency measles vaccination campaign to protect 125,000 children in Central African Republic
BANGUI/YAOUNDE, 21 May 2013 – UNICEF and its partners are mounting an emergency measles vaccination campaign in Bangui, the conflict-hit capital of the Central African Republic, after eight children tested positive for the disease in April.
UNICEF concerned about reports of children trapped in Qusayr
DAMASCUS/AMMAN/GENEVA, 21 May 2013 – UNICEF is extremely concerned about the safety of civilians in the embattled city of Qusayr in Syria and fears that thousands of children and women could be trapped there by fighting.
Universal birth registration could be lasting legacy of African Union’s 50th anniversary
ADDIS ABABA, 20 May 2013 – The 50th ‘birthday’ of the African Union is a chance to make a lasting commitment to the continent’s children by giving every child a name and legal status and bringing lasting change and social benefits for over 1 billion people in Africa, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF reaches some of the heaviest conflict areas in Syria
DAMASCUS/AMMAN/GENEVA, 17 May 2013 – Despite heavy fighting, UNICEF and partners have provided life-saving supplies over the last week to some of the hardest to reach areas in Syria, including Aleppo and Al Houla, as well as children and women who fled recent violence in Al Bayda and Baniyas.
Funding nutrition: a moral imperative, an effective investment
PARIS, 15 May 2013 – An international conference to fight child malnutrition called by UNICEF ended today in Paris with a call to hasten world progress on child nutrition and the funding for it.
Landmark reached in fight against tetanus, as over half of 59 priority countries declare victory, partners say
NEW YORK, 15 May 2013 – Tetanus, one of the most deadly diseases a mother and her newborn can face, has been eliminated in over half of 59 priority countries, the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Initiative partners announced today.
UNICEF prepares to support Myanmar as Cyclone Mahasen approaches Rakhine
SITTWE, Myanmar, 15 May 2013 – As Cyclone Mahasen threatens to hit the communities in Rakhine State, where thousands of people are displaced by conflict, UNICEF is ready to support the government of Myanmar to respond to humanitarian needs.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and champion figure skater Yuna Kim appeals for the children of Syria
NEW YORK/SEOUL, 15 May 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and Olympic Gold Medallist and world champion figure skater Yuna Kim today made a heartfelt appeal for support for the children of conflict-torn Syria.
Myanmar Pledges Stronger Combat against Child Malnutrition
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, 15 May 2013 - The Government of Myanmar reinforces its commitment in the fight against child malnutrition by signing the Membership Letter to join the global Scaling up Nutrition (SUN) movement countries.
2.4 billion people will lack improved sanitation in 2015
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 13 May 2013 – Some 2.4 billion people – one-third of the world’s population – will remain without access to improved sanitation in 2015, according to a joint WHO/UNICEF report issued today.
Speech by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, in Norway on Education
OSLO, 8 May 2013 – “I come today with a message to Norway on behalf of UNICEF, as well as the millions of children around the world who benefit from Norway’s support ― Tusen-takk.
UNICEF condemns the re-recruitment of child soldiers and killing of a child in Central African Republic
YAOUNDE/BANGUI/GENEVA, 10 May 2013 – UNICEF condemns in the strongest possible terms the re-recruitment and the killing of a 17-year-old boy.
Media advisory: Making the fight against child malnutrition a global priority
PARIS, May 8, 2013 – On 14-15 May, UNICEF welcomes 400 participants from over 40 countries to the International Conference Against Child Malnutrition in Paris. The aim of this mobilizing conference is to make malnutrition a global priority and put it at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.
Singer-songwriter Lenny Kravitz teams up with UNICEF to end preventable child deaths
NEW YORK, 6 May 2013 - Lenny Kravitz – GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and actor – is urging people to join UNICEF to bring about an end to preventable child deaths. As many as 1.5 million children die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa
AMMAN, May 5, 2013 – “UNICEF is appalled and outraged by the latest reported killings in Al Bayda and Baniyas.
Statement by Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative in Iraq, on the recent killing and injuring of children
BAGHDAD, 4 May 2013 – “UNICEF has received substantial and credible information that up to eight children have been killed and up to 12 others seriously injured during violence in Hawija, near the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, on 23 April 2013.
Mass vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid measles outbreaks
AMMAN/GENEVA, 30 April 2013 – UNICEF and partners have stepped up vaccination campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey amid a number of measles outbreaks in a region already struggling to provide humanitarian assistance to millions of people affected by the Syrian crisis.
UN Agencies in DPRK Urgently Require US$29.4 Million to Respond to Critical and Life-saving Needs
PYONGYANG/BANGKOK, 29 April 2013 - The World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO), Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) appeal for urgent funding to be able to meet the most critical and life-saving needs of the people of DPRK in the areas of Health and Nutrition up to the end of the year.
UNICEF: Good teachers are vital to reach education goals
NEW YORK, 26 April 2013 – In a week when education advocates shine a light on the importance of teachers, a UNICEF expert said today that teachers are keys to reaching education goals for all children, especially the poor and vulnerable.
Global Leaders Support New Six-Year Plan to Deliver a Polio-Free World by 2018
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 25 April 2013 – Today, at the Global Vaccine Summit, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) presented a comprehensive six-year plan, the first plan to eradicate all types of polio disease – both wild poliovirus and vaccine-derived cases – simultaneously. Global leaders and individual philanthropists signaled their confidence in the plan by pledging close to three-quarters of the plan’s projected US$5.5 billion cost over six years. They also called upon additional donors to commit up front the additional US$1.5 billion needed to ensure eradication.
Nets are key to cutting malaria deaths and illness – UNICEF
NEW YORK, 25 April 2013 – Malaria still kills 660,000 people every year, most of them African children. Universal coverage of insecticide-treated bed nets is key in making gains against malaria – one of the largest killers of children in the world, says UNICEF on World Malaria day.
Children in Somalia to receive new vaccination against deadly diseases
Mogadishu/Garowe/Hargeisa, SOMALIA 24 April 2013 – The Somali authorities have launched today a new five-in-one-vaccine against several potentially fatal childhood diseases which could save thousands of young lives.
UNICEF supports China Government in earthquake response to assist children
BEIJING, 23 April 2013 - With more than 190 deaths and over 12,000 injuries counted so far – and remote communities affected being reached by Government rescue teams – the full scale of devastation following the Lushan County earthquake in Sichuan province is becoming clearer.
UNICEF condemns rape of 5-year-old in New Delhi, urges stronger measures to improve safety for girls
NEW DELHI, 20 April 2013 – The rape in Delhi where a 5-year-old girl is now fighting for her life is yet another sign that urgent and concerted action is needed to make sure that girls and women in India can feel and be safe on the streets, in school, at work and at home.
UNICEF: Emergency supplies for women and children reach Aleppo and Homs
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 19 April 2013 – UNICEF and partners have just completed delivery of life-saving humanitarian assistance to the difficult to reach embattled northern city of Aleppo, while a separate mission this week brought much needed emergency supplies for children and women in Talbiseh near Homs, one of the hardest hit conflict areas in Syria.
Strengthening birth and death registration
BANGKOK, 19 April 2013 – At the first-ever Global Summit on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) that concluded today in Bangkok, governments, UN and development agencies made a global Call to Action to ensure that all births, deaths and causes of death are registered everywhere in the world.
Political support crucial to reach ‘the fifth child’ with vaccines
NEW YORK, 19 April 2013 – One and a half million children would not have died in 2011 had they been immunized, according to UNICEF at the start of World Immunization Week. But one in five children is not being reached with vital vaccines due to social or geographical exclusion, lack of resources, weak health systems or conflicts such as those raging today in Syria and parts of West Africa.
Better supply systems key to reach all children with life-saving vaccines
GENEVA, 18 April 2013 ― In advance of World Immunization Week, global experts are highlighting strategies to further advance progress on the Global Vaccine Action Plan that was endorsed by the World Health Assembly, 2012. Better supply and logistics systems are essential to reach the estimated 22 million children in developing countries who are still not protected from dangerous diseases with basic vaccines, according to a special immunization issue published today by Vaccine.
UNICEF Staffers Make TIME 100 List “World’s Most Influential People”
NEW YORK, 18 April 2013 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake congratulated Christopher Fabian and Erica Kochi, co-leads of UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, on being selected for this year’s prestigious TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
More children killed in Central African Republic amid escalating violence
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 17 April 2013 – In the face of intensifying violence in the Central African Republic, including on a playing field and at a church, more and more children are being killed and injured, says UNICEF. UNICEF is calling on all armed groups to stop actions that are putting civilian lives at risk, either through fighting or by preventing humanitarian aid reaching those in need.
Mass measles and polio immunization campaign starts in Jordan
AMMAN, 17 April 2013 – Amid rising concern over the risk of disease outbreaks, a mass vaccination campaign has been launched at Za’atari refugee camp, where over 100,000 refugees currently live in overcrowded conditions.
UNICEF and CECC-SICA report reveals that school failure affects more than 3.5 million children and adolescents
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, April 17, 2013 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination of Central American Integration System (CECC / SICA) launched today, in a joint effort, the report Finishing school in Central America: the pending challenges.
UNICEF thanks Kuwait for US$53 million in urgent assistance to the children of Syria
NEW YORK, 16 April 2013 – UNICEF today welcomed the Government of Kuwait's contribution of US$53 million that will serve as an urgently needed lifeline for millions of Syrian children.
Appeal by heads of leading UN humanitarian agencies for the people of Syria
Joint Statement - We, leaders of UN agencies charged with dealing with the human costs of this tragedy, appeal to political leaders involved to meet their responsibility to the people of Syria and to the future of the region.
Progress shows that stunting in children can be defeated – UNICEF
DUBLIN, 15 April 2013 – A new UNICEF report issued today offers evidence that real progress is being made in the fight against stunted growth – the hidden face of poverty for 165 million children under the age of five. The report shows that accelerated progress is both possible and necessary.
Global Conference Stresses Urgent Need to Prioritize the Health of Newborns
JOHANNESBURG, 15 April 2013 – Representatives from over fifty countries gathered today for the opening session of the first-ever Global Newborn Health Conference (#Newborn2013) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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.
UNICEF condemns new recruitment of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 12 April 2013 – UNICEF has clear evidence of the continuing recruitment and use of children by armed groups in the Central African Republic and is warning leaders that such practices represent a grave violation of international law.
UNICEF/WHO: New plan to address pneumonia and diarrhoea could save 2 million children a year
GENEVA/WASHINGTON, 12 April 2013 – A new Global Action Plan launched today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) has the potential to save up to 2 million children every year from deaths caused by pneumonia and diarrhoea, some of the leading killers of children under five globally.
Japan provides $1.5 million to assist Syrian refugee children in Iraq
Baghdad, 10 April 2013 – The Government of Japan has contributed $1.5 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) emergency response to Syrian refugee children and women in Iraq.
Child well-being - progress in danger?
FLORENCE/BRUSSELS/DUBLIN 10 April 2013 – A timely study on child well-being in rich countries, launched today by UNICEF’s Office of Research, finds that the Netherlands and four Nordic countries – Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – again sit at the top of a child well-being table; whilst four southern European countries – Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain – are placed in the bottom half of the table.
Painful choices - funding gap threatens refugee response in Lebanon
BEIRUT, 9 April 2013 - The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and partner UN agencies and NGOs today warned that lack of funding is forcing to cut basic programmes and humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
UNICEF flies emergency aid to conflict-stricken Central African Republic
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR/GENEVA, 9 April 2013 – A special UNICEF-chartered flight carrying over 23 tonnes of essential drugs, obstetric supplies and water tanks arrived yesterday in conflict-ravaged Central African Republic capital city of Bangui, two weeks after the seizure of power by an armed rebellion.
Katy Perry teams up with UNICEF and visits children in Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 7 April 2013 – Internationally acclaimed American singer and songwriter Katy Perry has visited Madagascar to bring attention to the situation of children in the tropical island country, one of the poorest in the world and still recovering from a political crisis that began in 2009.
UNICEF in Central African Republic: 2 million children now affected by conflict and insecurity
BANGUI, Central African Republic/DAKAR, 29 March 2013 – Following looting and insecurity in the conflict-hit Central African Republic, 2 million children remain without access to basic social services and are exposed to violence. Even more children will be deprived if the situation in the country does not stabilize rapidly.
UNICEF welcomes adoption of Arms Trade Treaty as crucial step toward protecting children
NEW YORK, 2 April 2013 – UNICEF today welcomed the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty by the United Nations General Assembly as a crucial step towards protecting children by regulating the transfer of weapons from one country to another.
Central African Republic in turmoil - UNICEF calls on all parties to protect children
GENEVA/BANGUI, 26 March 2013 – The lives of 600,000 children in Central Africa Republic are being seriously affected by the ongoing conflict across the country, UNICEF warned today. The agency called on all parties to lay down their arms and to ensure the wellbeing of children.
Mexico: Government and UNICEF launch ground-breaking study addressing child poverty
Mexico City, Mexico, 3 April 2013 - In a country known for its economic growth and financial integration, inequity remains an Achilles’ heel. Mexico’s national averages hide a reality of poverty and marginalization for millions of people, including children. In this context UNICEF, together with the national social policy evaluation agency CONEVAL, launched the study Child and Adolescent Poverty and Social Rights in Mexico.
Speed up progress for Guatemala’s children or risk a generation, says UNICEF
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, 22 March 2013 - Children belong in loving families and communities and not in institutions, no matter how well run, said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, on his visit to Guatemala.
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.
Global experts call for lifelong learning as the cornerstone of development
DAKAR, 19 March 2013 - Over 100 representatives from UN agencies, donors, academia and civil society organizations agreed today to put quality lifelong learning at the heart of the development agenda. Participants also mapped out ways to ensure all children, youth and adults - especially the most disadvantaged - are able to realize their right to learn.
Media advisory: Post-2015 Global Education Meeting in Dakar, Senegal
The global meeting will bring together 75-100 education experts, representing governments, UN, multilateral and bilateral organizations, civil society/NGOs, youth and the private sector. It will discuss achievements and challenges of both the Education For All goals and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 and develop recommendations to make education a priority in the post-2015 agenda.
Japan pledges record-breaking humanitarian contribution to UNICEF of US$189.5 million for children in 35 countries
TOKYO, 14 March 2013 – UNICEF today announced that Japan will make its largest humanitarian contribution to UNICEF in its 67-year history. The government said it would donate US$189.5 million from its supplementary budget for a wide range of programmes in 35 developing countries and territories.
Protecting children, safeguarding their development from conflict, violence and disasters
HELSINKI, 13 March 2013 - More than 100 delegates from over 20 countries met in Helsinki today to discuss how to make sure that countries around the world will be able to better prevent the fallout of conflicts, wars and disasters from reversing the gains in development, economic growth and provision of services to their people in the future global development agenda.
British Royals see how UNICEF makes a difference to Syrian children’s lives in Jordan
AMMAN, 13 March 2013 – In the week marking two years since the crisis in Syria began, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited a refugee camp in Jordan and met families who have fled the fighting.
UNICEF and UNESCO condemn bomb attack near school in Kirkuk
BAGHDAD, 13 March 2013 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemn the attack that took place on March 11 near Wlad secondary school in the town of Dibis in Kirkuk governorate, 290 kilometres north of Baghdad, Iraq.
A generation of Syrian children at risk as conflict enters third year - UNICEF
AMMAN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 March 2013 – The unrelenting violence, massive population displacement, and damage to infrastructure and essential services caused by the Syrian conflict risk leaving an entire generation of children scarred for life, according to a UNICEF report issued today.
UNICEF Tasks New York City Students with Solving Pressing Challenges to Child Survival
NEW YORK, 12 March 2013 – The City University of New York (CUNY) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2013 “Design for UNICEF” Challenge.
Keep children out of harm’s way, UNICEF Executive Director urges Zimbabweans
Harare, 8 March, 2013 – UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake has urged Zimbabweans to protect children as the country heads towards a constitutional referendum and elections expected this year.
Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day
NEW YORK, 7 March 2013 – Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Joint statement on ending violence against women and girls
We, the undersigned Heads of United Nations organisations, are deeply concerned that violence against women and girls continues to be one of the most pervasive manifestations of discrimination against women and violations of human rights.
Palestinian children need improved protection in Israeli military detention – UNICEF
JERUSALEM, 6 March 2013 – UNICEF today outlined practical measures that could be adopted to improve the treatment of Palestinian children who are in contact with the Israeli military detention system.
Two-thirds of victims of left-over munitions in Mali are children
BAMAKO/GENEVA, 5 March 2013 – UNICEF is warning of a rising threat to communities in Central and Northern Mali from ammunition and explosive devices. Since April 2012, 60 victims of explosive remnants of war have been reported , with children making up two thirds of the total. The level of risk is likely to further increase when displaced families start returning home to areas that have seen the worst of the conflict.
Syria conflict depriving hundreds of thousands of children of their education
AMMAN/DAMASCUS, 5 March 2013 – Almost two years into the Syria crisis, the escalating level of violence is threatening the education of hundreds of thousands of children, a UNICEF assessment says.
Speech by Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, to the High Level Dialogue on Health in the Post-2015 Agenda
GABARONE, Botswana, 4 March 2013 – “Who said that: ‘Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have’?
UNAIDS and UNICEF welcome news of a baby born with HIV who now as a toddler appears “functionally cured” through treatment
GENEVA, 4 March 2013 – The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and UNICEF welcomes a new case study, which found that a baby treated with antiretroviral drugs in the first 30 hours of life and who continued on treatment for 18 months appeared to be functionally cured.
Nationwide school assessment shows great need for investment in Libyan education sector
TRIPOLI, 28 February 2013 – Some 40 percent of the schools in Libya were damaged in the 2011 revolution according to a report released by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and UNICEF today.
Statement on Syria by UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis
AMMAN, 26 February 2013 – UNICEF is appalled by the reported deaths of at least 70 children as a result of missile strikes that hit residential areas of Aleppo on 18 and 22 February.
Shakira, Gerard Piqué and UNICEF thank fans for helping children through World Baby Shower
NEW YORK, 22 February 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué today thanked hundreds of thousands of fans for taking part in their interactive World Baby Shower and buying life-saving items for vulnerable children in support of UNICEF’s work around the world.
Conflict and crisis in Mali disrupt schooling for some 700,000 children
BAMAKO, 22 February 2013 – The crisis in Mali has disrupted the education of some 700,000 Malian children, leaving 200,000 still with no access to school both in the North and South of the country, according to UNICEF and educational authorities in Mali.
Myanmar armed forces release 24 children; more expected to be discharged in coming months
YANGON, 20 February 2013 – The Myanmar Armed Forces, or Tatmadaw, has officially discharged 24 children in Yangon in line with the government’s commitment to end the recruitment and use of children under the age of 18 years in the armed forces.
UNICEF scales up emergency help to Syria’s children and families in face of intensifying conflict and funding gap
GENEVA/DAMASCUS, 19 February 2013 – Despite worsening violence and significant funding gaps, UNICEF is stepping up its delivery of humanitarian assistance in Syria, targeting increasing numbers of the more than 4 million people known to be in need of humanitarian assistance.
Global consultation on addressing inequalities in the post-2015 development agenda
COPENHAGEN, 19 February 2013 – “The Leadership Meeting on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, held in Copenhagen on 19 February 2013, welcomed the Report: Addressing inequalities – Synthesis Report of Global Public Consultation presented at the meeting.
UNICEF Mali: Supporting women and children through an emergency
BAMAKO, 15 February 2013 – Mali has been facing a serious food and nutrition crisis aggravated by political instability and conflict in the north since last year. As a result nearly 400,000 people have been forced out of their homes, including some 230,000 internally displaced and over 160,000 refugees who have crossed into Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Algeria. Schools have closed; health centres have been looted; and serious child rights violations have taken place.
UNICEF seeks nearly US$7 million for tens of thousands of flood victims in Mozambique
MAPUTO, 14 February 2013 – UNICEF is seeking US$6.8 million to meet the needs of tens of thousands of children and women affected by severe flooding of the Limpopo River in Mozambique.
UNICEF gives assistance Rohingya children and women in shelters in southern Thailand
BANGKOK, 14 February 2013 – UNICEF began this week delivering footballs and other play and recreation supplies to eight Ministry of Social Development and Human Security shelters caring for Rohingya children in southern Thailand.
Water, hygiene and sanitation severely disrupted by conflict in Syria, says UNICEF
DAMASCUS/AMMAN, 8 February 2013 – Syrian children are at increased risk of disease because of the severe disruption of services, damage done to water and sanitation systems and a lack of access to basic hygiene during the nearly two-year conflict, UNICEF said today.
Inclusive education for children with disabilities can transform lives, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 6 February 2013 – Progressive policies in inclusive education have made positive changes in the lives of children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to UNICEF today.
Fewer girls threatened by Female Genital Mutilation
NEW YORK, 6 February 2013 – Fewer girls are subjected to the life-threatening practice of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) according to new data from the United Nations, released on the International Day of Zero Tolerance of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting.
Remarks of UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake to the 2013 First Regular Session of the Executive Board
Statement - 5 February 2013
UNICEF begins delivery of water treatment supplies for 10 million people in Syria
AMMAN, 4 February 2013 – A large-scale operation is under way in Syria to secure safe water supplies for more than 10 million people – close to half the population, UNICEF said today.
UNICEF scales up support to Malawi’s Flood Victims as rains persist
LILONGWE, 01 February 2013- UNICEF is scaling up its emergency assistance in Malawi after flooding has hit the country’s southern region.
Syria: Some 210,000 children in Homs need urgent humanitarian assistance, UNICEF says following UN mission
GENEVA/AMMAN, 1 February 2013 – A United Nations joint mission to the western Syrian governorate of Homs has found that 420,000 people, half of whom are children, need immediate humanitarian assistance.
Over 1 million children vaccinated against measles in a week in North Kivu, DR Congo
GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 31 January 2013 – More than 1 million children from war-torn North Kivu province were vaccinated against measles last week in a joint immunization campaign by the Ministry of Public Health, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and its partner Merlin in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).
UNICEF scales up operations in Central African Republic to reach children in need of assistance because of conflict
BANGUI, 28 January 2013 – UNICEF is working with partners to bring emergency assistance to people in need after weeks of conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) that affected 1.79 million people and left 800,000 in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
UN agencies and NGOs call for appropriate feeding of infants and young children in the Syria emergency
AMMAN/NEW YORK, 28 January 2013 – Four UN agencies and two NGOs today strongly urged those involved in the response to the Syria crisis and people displaced in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey to avoid unnecessary illness and death in children...
US$1.4 billion needed now for children in humanitarian crisis says UNICEF
GENEVA, 25 January 2013 – UNICEF appealed today for almost US$1.4 billion to meet the immediate, life-saving needs of children in 45 countries and regions gripped by conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies this year.
UN Emergency Directors shocked by appalling plight of people in Syria
BEIRUT, 22 January 2013 - OCHA Operations Director John Ging and Emergency Directors from six other UN humanitarian agencies spoke today of what they...
Statement on Syria by UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa Maria Calivis
Statement - 18 January 2013
Keep children in Mali out of harm’s way, says UNICEF
Statement - 18 January 2013
Leaders invest in Africa’s future through renewed focus on child survival
ADDIS ABABA/WASHINGTON D.C., 16 January 2013 – Today, the Government of Ethiopia convened a meeting of African Ministers of Health and global...
UNICEF hosts virtual baby shower in honour of Shakira and Gerard Piqué’s first baby
NEW YORK, 16 January 2013 – World-famous singer–songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and FC Barcelona star Gerard Piqué are inviting...
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow to meet Syrian refugees in Lebanon
NEW YORK, 11 January 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow will visit Lebanon next week to meet refugees from the conflict in Syria...
Severe weather worsens problems for Syrian children in northern Jordan refugee camp
ZA’ATARI CAMP, JORDAN, 10 January 2013 – Severe weather conditions across northern Jordan – including heavy rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures...
Nearly three years after Haiti earthquake, national survey shows progress for children in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, 10 January 2013 – Almost three years after Haiti’s earthquake, preliminary results of a new national household survey show substantial...
UNICEF welcomes new Save the Children report setting out its vision for a post-2015 framework
Statement - 8 January 2013
UNICEF calls for cessation of child recruitment in the Central African Republic
BANGUI/DAKAR/GENEVA, 4 January 2013 – UNICEF said today that it had received credible reports that rebel groups and pro-government militias are...
UNICEF tender supports Middle Income Country access to affordable new vaccines
COPENHAGEN, 3 January 2013 – To help improve global access to new vaccines that protect children against the leading killers of pneumonia and diarrhoea...
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