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

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson joins call to ramp up support to Venezuelan migrant children during visit

Download photos, video and b-roll here: https://uni.cf/2QZljlO   DUBLIN/BOA VISTA/PANAMA/NEW YORK, 10 January 2020 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson joined UNICEF in urging the international community to increase its support to refugee and migrant children from Venezuela in need of assistance across Latin America and the Caribbean. Neeson echoed the appeal after concluding a … Continued

New Year’s Babies: Over 392,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day – UNICEF

In 2020, UNICEF is calling for world leaders and nations to invest in health workers with the know-how and equipment to save every newborn DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 1 January 2020 – An estimated 392,078 babies will be born around the world on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF. “The beginning of a new year and a new decade … Continued

2019 concludes a ‘deadly decade’ for children in conflict, with more than 170,000 grave violations verified since 2010

Three-fold rise in verified attacks on children since 2010, an average of 45 violations a day DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 30 December 2019 – Children continue to pay a deadly price as conflicts rage around the world, UNICEF said today. Since the start of the decade, the United Nations has verified more than 170,000 grave violations against children … Continued

Measles outbreaks continue unabated as figures show under-fives accounted for most deaths in 2018

• Samoan children the latest victims of 2019 outbreaks • Children in DRC, Somalia, Liberia, Madagascar and Ukraine suffer too UNICEF’s global Health and Immunisation specialists are available for interview, including spokespeople based in the Pacific region DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 5 December 2019 – Children under the age of five accounted for most of the 140,000 … Continued

Over 300 children and adolescents die every day from AIDS-related causes

Only half of children living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment DUBLIN/ NEW YORK/JOHANNESBURG, 26 November 2019 – Some 320 children and adolescents died every day from AIDS-related causes in 2018, or 13 every hour, according to a global snapshot on children, HIV and AIDS released by UNICEF today. Low access to antiretroviral treatment, in … Continued

David Beckham and Millie Bobby Brown headline UN summit to demand rights for every child

This World Children’s Day, governments renew commitment to child rights, children take over key roles and famous landmarks go blue as Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 30 Once available, videos and photos of events can be downloaded here DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 20 November 2019 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors David Beckham and Millie Bobby … Continued

Immediate action needed in South Asia to clean the air for children

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director on toxic air in South Asia DUBLIN/NEW YORK 06 November 2019 – “I was just in South Asia where I saw first-hand how children continue to suffer from the dire consequences of air pollution. “The air quality was at a crisis level. You could smell the toxic fog even from … Continued

UNICEF and partners vaccinate 230K in Iraq and Syria against polio and measles, many affected by fresh violence

At least 80,000 children flee their homes due to recent violence in northeast Syria DUBLIN/AMMAN 25 October 2019 – UNICEF and partners have provided polio and measles vaccines for nearly 232,000 children under the age of five in Al-Hasakeh governorate, northeast of Syria, including in collective shelters and camps such as Al-Hol and A’reesha. In … Continued

70,000 children displaced as violence escalates in Syria 

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore  Download visuals here NEW YORK, 14 October 2019 – “UNICEF estimates that nearly 70,000 children have been displaced since hostilities in northeast Syria escalated nearly a week ago.   “UNICEF confirms that at least four children have been killed and nine others injured in northeast Syria. Seven children have reportedly … Continued