UNICEF signs first COVID-19 vaccine agreement to supply African Union

The agreement will supply up to 220 million single-dose vaccines by 2022 as part of UNICEF’s broader support for the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to help provide vaccines for the 55 AU Member States  NEW YORK, 8 July 2021 – UNICEF has signed an agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV to supply up to 220 million doses of … Continued

Retail Excellence supports UNICEF’s Drive for Global Vaccine Equity while helping Ireland Reopen and Stay Open

UNICEF Ireland and Retail Excellence highlight importance of vaccinating everyone to avoid spread of variants and further disruption to business. DUBLIN, 2 JULY 2021 – Retail Excellence has announced its support for an historic mission to vaccinate the world today as it joins an innovative UNICEF campaign rolling out in Ireland. As new variants of … Continued

Affordable, quality childcare inaccessible in many of world’s wealthiest countries – UNICEF report

Irish families of average income spend up to half of one salary to put two children in childcare DUBLIN/INNOCENTI/NEW YORK, 18 June 2021 – Affordable, quality childcare is inaccessible in many of the world’s wealthiest countries, UNICEF said in a new report released today. Luxembourg, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Germany rank the highest on childcare … Continued

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson launches vaccine campaign in Ireland

UNICEF asks people in Ireland to join ‘Get a Vaccine – Give a Vaccine’ movement in solidarity with those in developing nations, and help end COVID-19 worldwide NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL 08.00 GMT Tuesday 15.06.21 *NOTE* Interviews available on request. 15th June 2021 – Today, with the support of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson, UNICEF is … Continued

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