UNICEF ED remarks on launch of UN global humanitarian response plan to COVID-19 pandemic 

UN launches global humanitarian response plan to COVID-19 pandemic  Remarks by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore (check against delivery)    NOTE: Multimedia assets here NOTE: UNICEF Ireland Exec. Dir. Peter Power is available for interview on the impending global Covid-19 humanitarian crisis, and impact on children*   NEW YORK, 25 March 2020 – “In just a … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Global approach only way to fight COVID-19 – UN on launch of humanitarian response plan

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan UN humanitarian chief warns that failing to help vulnerable countries fight the coronavirus now could place millions at risk and leave the virus free to circle back around the globe. UN launches US$2 billion global humanitarian response to fight COVID-19 in … Continued

STATEMENT: Key water station in Syria down, putting 460K at risk amid Covid-19 scale-up

Interruption to key water station in the northeast of Syria puts 460,000 people at risk as efforts ramp up to prevent the spread of Coronavirus disease From Fran Equiza, UNICEF Representative in Syria DAMASCUS, 23 March 2020 – “Yet again the water supply from the Allouk water station in the northeast of Syria has been interrupted. … Continued

Almost 5 million children born into war in Syria, 1 million born as refugees in neighbouring countries – UNICEF

Over 9,000 children killed or injured in the conflict, according to verified data Click here if you’d like to donate to the Syrian Crisis AMMAN/NEW YORK, 15 March 2020 – Some 4.8 million children were born in Syria since the conflict began nine years ago. An additional 1 million were born as refugees in neighbouring countries. … Continued

COVID-19: UNICEF, WHO and IFRC issue guidance to protect children and support safe school operations

Guidance includes practical actions and checklists for administrators, teachers, parents and children NOTE: Download the joint guidance on protecting children and schools from Covid-19 DUBLIN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 10 March 2020 – The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today issued new guidance to help … Continued

Protecting children must be top priority, in latest refugee surge response – UNICEF statement

Statement attributable to Ms. Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe     GENEVA, 3 March 2020 – “The reported death of a child, among nearly 50 people aboard a boat which capsized off the Greek island of Lesvos yesterday, is … Continued

Irish children flourishing but failure to meet CO2 emissions target threatens their future – WHO-UNICEF-Lancet report

Health and future of every child worldwide under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing NEW YORK/ LONDON/ GENEVA/ DUBLIN, 19 February: No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts, … Continued

UN agencies raise alarm in the Central Sahel where millions face hunger amid rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis

  DUBLIN/DAKAR, 3 February 2020 – The number of people facing a critical lack of food and vital livelihood opportunities in the Central Sahel has spiked in one year due to rising insecurity and climatic shocks. The situation may further deteriorate unless the international community acts now, three United Nations agencies warned today. Despite an … Continued

5 million children need humanitarian assistance in central Sahel this year, amidst violence – UNICEF

Number is projected to rise as attacks against children increase in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger DUBLIN/DAKAR/ GENEVA/ NEW YORK, 28 January 2020 – Close to 5 million children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger will need humanitarian assistance over the course of 2020, UNICEF said today, up from 4.3 million. This projection is linked … Continued

Libya: Tens of thousands of children at risk amidst violence and chaos of unrelenting conflict

Statement by UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power *NOTE: More information about UNICEF’s appeal and response in Libya here*   DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 17 January 2020 – “The suffering of children in Libya is increasing. Refugee and migrant children, who have already endured so much, are also being caught up in the violence and chaos that … Continued