Statement by UNICEF Ireland on school closures

The following can be attributed to UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power DUBLIN 5 January 2021 – “The expected closure of schools for the month of January, while understandable, will impact children negatively and it must be a short-term measure. UNICEF Ireland wants schools to reopen as soon as possible, in order to mitigate the … Continued

Updated: New Year’s Babies: Children born in Ireland on New Year’s Day will live to 93 – UNICEF

Updated 15 January with corrected figures With the calendar flipping to 2021, UNICEF dedicates its 75th year to reimagining a better world for children DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 1 January 2021 – An estimated 157 babies will be born in Ireland on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF. As the calendar turns to 2021, UNICEF is again … Continued

UNICEF outlining plans to transport up to 850 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines per month on behalf of COVAX, in ‘mammoth and historic’ logistics operation

UNICEF – in partnership with Gavi and WHO – is also helping low- and lower-middle-income countries prepare to receive COVID-19 vaccines in 2021 NOTE: Spokespersons available on request DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 18 December 2020 – UNICEF could potentially transport up to 850 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines per month in 2021, should such quantities become available, according to a new assessment. This is … Continued

Saolta University Health Care Group supports UNICEF ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ Campaign

UNICEF Ireland and Saolta University Health Care Group partner for 4th year running Staff in the Saolta University Health Care Group are once again supporting the UNICEF ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ campaign by getting their flu vaccination. For every member of staff who gets a flu vaccine, Saolta will donate 10 polio vaccines … Continued

STATEMENT: Teachers should be prioritised for vaccination against COVID-19

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore NEW YORK, 15 December 2020 – “The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on children’s education around the globe. Vaccinating teachers is a critical step towards putting it back on track. “At their peak in late April 2020, nationwide school closures disrupted the learning of almost 90 per cent of … Continued

Child poverty will remain above pre-COVID levels for at least five years in high-income countries – UNICEF report

In high-income countries, only 2 per cent of fiscal stimulus was allocated specifically to support children during the first wave of COVID-19; a better balance of spending that provides more direct support to children is urgently needed Pre-Covid data shows children in Ireland benefitting from economic recovery, but wellbeing must be protected through maintaining investments … Continued

STATEMENT: Life is a ‘waking nightmare’ for 12 million children in Yemen – UNICEF ED

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore’s remarks at the Averting famine in Yemen: What can we do now and in 2021 event  NEW YORK, 10 December 2020 –This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s High-Level Event: Averting famine in Yemen: … Continued

Window to prevent famine in Yemen is narrowing, UN agencies warn – Joint WFP, FAO and UNICEF press release

Levels of hunger in Yemen reach record levels, requiring urgent action SANA’A/ADEN / ROME / NEW YORK / DUBLIN, 3 December 2020 – The window to prevent famine in Yemen is narrowing as new figures reveal record highs of acute food insecurity in the country, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN World … Continued

UNICEF issues record US$6.4 billion emergency funding appeal to reach more than 190 million children impacted by humanitarian crises and the COVID-19 pandemic 

Funds will support essential programmes for children and families in need across 149 countries and territories through 2021 Download photo, video and b-roll here Download the 2021 UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children here DUBLIN / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 3 December 2020 – UNICEF today issued its largest ever emergency funding appeal for US$6.4 billion to reach 300 … Continued

STATEMENT: 11 children killed in Yemen in the past three days – UNICEF Representative

Statement by Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to Yemen  SANA’A, 1 December 2020 – “11 children were reportedly killed in the past three days in Yemen in two separate attacks. Verification is still ongoing, and the actual number of casualties may be higher. The attacks took place in the village of Ad Durayhimi in Al Hudaydah governorate and … Continued