Minister Foley Takes Part in Virtual Class for World’s Largest Lesson with Kerry Students and UNICEF

Climate change front and centre of this year’s Global initiative NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 27 May Castleisland, Co Kerry 27.05.2021 – In Co. Kerry today, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD took part in the World’s Largest Lesson, along with post-primary students from Castleisland Community College, supported by UNICEF Ireland (Thursday, 27 May). This event, … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Humanitarian access essential for UNICEF teams working to stave off disaster in Gaza

UNICEF Ireland Executive Director says damage to families cannot be repaired Dublin 21.05.2021 – UNICEF Ireland welcomes the ceasefire that is now in place in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The damage done to families cannot be repaired. It is our hope that the focus can now turn to the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance for the … Continued

STATEMENT on the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes

Joint Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes NEW YORK/GENEVA, 21 May 2021 – “In 1981, health officials from around the world gathered at the World Health Assembly to address aggressive marketing … Continued

Statement: Immediate humanitarian access needed to stave off disaster for Gaza’s children

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore       NEW YORK, 18 May 2021 – “Gaza’s one million children are reeling from the mounting consequences of violent conflict with nowhere safe to turn. Lives have been lost, and families shattered. “In Gaza, at least 60 children have been killed and another 444 have been injured in less than … Continued

Statement by UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power on the situation in Gaza 

Updated 16.25 DUBLIN, 17 MAY 2021 – “I am deeply saddened by the recent loss of young lives, and all lives, in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Entire families have been wiped out in a darkly familiar scenes.  “I stand with the Government and Minister Simon Coveney, who yesteday called for an immediate cessation of violence and the … Continued

Statement: Situation in State of Palestine and Israel at dangerous tipping point

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore NEW YORK, 12 May 2021 – “At least 14 children in the State of Palestine and 1 child in Israel have been reported killed since Monday. “Another 95 children in Gaza and the West Bank – including East Jerusalem – and 3 children in Israel have reportedly been injured … Continued

Funding doubles for Summer Programme – Children’s Futures Ireland campaign

Dublin 11.05.2021 – “The Children’s Futures campaign welcomes today’s announcement by Ministers Foley and Madigan that they will double the funding offered to this year’s Summer education programme. This is yet another indication of the Government’s clear commitment to prioritise children’s education and to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people’s … Continued

Deadly new surge in South Asia threatens to reverse global gains against the COVID-19 pandemic and have disproportionate impact on children

Statement by George Laryea-Adjei, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia NOTE: Spokespersons available for interview KATHMANDU, 4 May 2021 – “The scenes we are witnessing in South Asia are unlike anything our region has seen before. Family members of patients are pleading for help as the region reels under an acute shortage of medical-grade oxygen. Exhausted … Continued

NEWS NOTE: UNICEF sends 3,000 oxygen concentrators and other critical supplies to India as country battles deadly COVID-19 surge

NOTE: Spokespersons available on request. NOTE: Photos, BRoll and videos here.   NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU, 29 April 2021 – UNICEF has sent critical lifesaving supplies, including 3,000 oxygen concentrators, diagnostic tests, medical kits, and other equipment to help India in its battle with a deadly wave of COVID-19. “COVID-19 is severely overstraining the health system in India,” said … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Immunisation services begin slow recovery from COVID-19 disruptions, though millions of children remain at risk from deadly diseases – WHO, UNICEF, Gavi 

Ambitious new global strategy aims to save over 50 million lives through vaccination   Please note: Expert spokespersons are available on request.  GENEVA/NEW YORK, 26 April 2021 — While immunisation services have started to recover from disruptions caused by COVID-19, millions of children remain vulnerable to deadly diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Gavi, … Continued