Nearly 50 million children “uprooted” worldwide – claims new UNICEF Report

28 million forcibly displaced by conflict and violence within and across borders  Download a PDF of the report and multimedia content at: Uprooted – The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 7 September 2016 – In a major global study released today, UNICEF claims that nearly 50 million children have been uprooted – 28 million of them driven from … Continued

State of the World’s Children Report: Inequality is Children’s Biggest Barrier.

Inequality is the key barrier to children’s progress: UNICEF Major new report predicts 750 million child brides by 2030. Making the right choices now can, and will, reverse their fate, new UNICEF report says. Download a PDF of the report: SOWC2016 report UNI203967 Dublin, 28 June 2016 – Today, UNICEF will publish its Annual Flagship … Continued

Yemen’s children on the brink as country risks becoming a failed state

Dublin, 30 March 2016 – A brutal conflict and a fast-deteriorating humanitarian situation are devastating the lives of millions of children in Yemen and have brought the country to the point of collapse. A UNICEF report “Children on the Brink” highlights the heavy toll that the violence in Yemen is having on children, where an already precarious … Continued

1 in 3 Syrian children have grown up knowing only crisis

Dublin, 14 March 2016 – An estimated 3.7 million Syrian children – 1 in 3 of all Syrian children – have been born since the conflict began five years ago, their lives shaped by violence, fear and displacement, according to a UNICEF report on Syria. This figure includes 306,000 children born as refugees since 2011. … Continued

UNICEF to Undertake Nationwide Immunisation Throughout Syria

UNICEF to Undertake Nationwide Immunisation Throughout Syria The humanitarian relief effort intensifies as ceasefire holds  Dublin – 2 March 2016, As the fragile ceasefire continues to hold throughout Syria, UNICEF has agreed with the Syrian Government to undertake a nationwide immunisation programme to help the embattled children in Syria. UNICEFs global Executive Director, Anthony Lake, … Continued

Statement by UNICEF Global ED Anthony Lake following visit to Syria

  Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake following his visit to Syria   HOMS, SYRIA – 1 March 2016: I complete this visit to Syria, together with Dr. Peter Salama, UNICEF Regional Director, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of this war.  My previous trip came on the eve of the third anniversary, two … Continued

UNICEF Pacific urgently responding to Government appeal and needs of children after worst ever Cyclone Winston in Fiji

Dublin, 22 February 2016 – Less than 36 hours after Cyclone Winston devastated Fiji, UNICEF Pacific has begun assisting those most affected, in partnership with the Government of Fiji. UNICEF today began to distribute pre-positioned emergency supplies in Fiji, with a focus on distribution to worst-affected communities. UNICEF Ireland Executive Director, Peter Power, said “In … Continued

With growing numbers of child deaths at sea, UN agencies call for enhancing safety for refugees and migrants

B-roll available for broadcasters here     Dublin, 19 February 2016 – An average of two children have drowned every day since September 2015 as their families try to cross the eastern Mediterranean, and the number of child deaths is growing said IOM, UNHCR, and UNICEF. The agencies are calling for enhancing the safety of … Continued

Strikes against children in a hospital in Syria, Satement by ED of UNICEF, Anthony Lake

Strikes against children in a hospital in Syria  Statement by the Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake  NEW YORK, 15 February, 2016 – “We at UNICEF are appalled by reports of attacks against four medical facilities in Syria – two of which were supported by UNICEF. One is a child and maternal hospital where children … Continued


UN AGENCIES WARN OF ESCALATING FOOD CRISIS IN SOUTH SUDAN Rise in hunger at harvest time; harsh and prolonged 2016 lean season approaching Juba, South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people – nearly 25 percent of the country’s population – remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at … Continued