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

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

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

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

Education Minister heads back to school for World’s Largest Lesson with Donegal students and UNICEF Ireland

Children’s rights and climate front and centre of this year’s Global initiative on SDGs LETTERKENNY, CO. DONEGAL/DUBLIN 30 September 2019 – In Co. Donegal today, Minister for Education, Joe McHugh T.D. took part in the World’s Largest Lesson, along with secondary school students from Loreto Letterkenny, and a team from UNICEF Ireland. This event, part … Continued

UNICEF Ireland and OCO work with Government to consult children on climate

Children’s rights organisations seek sustained dialogue with climate focus DUBLIN 26 September 2019 – The Government is to consult with children and young people on the global climate crisis, giving a major boost to child rights in Ireland. The development means young people will be given input into shaping the Government’s action on climate, strengthening … Continued

16 children, including Greta Thunberg, file landmark complaint under United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Child petitioners announce protest at lack of government action on climate crisis during press conference at UNICEF Headquarters DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 23 September – Sixteen child petitioners – including Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Villaseñor – from 12 countries around the world today presented a landmark official complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of … Continued

UNICEF breaks ground on Africa’s first recycled plastic brick factory in Côte d’Ivoire

Factory to produce plastic bricks to build classrooms for children in innovative partnership Download multimedia materials here DUBLIN/NEW YORK/ABIDJAN, 29 July 2019 – UNICEF, in partnership with Colombian social enterprise Conceptos Plasticos, today announced it had broken ground on a first-of-its-kind factory that will convert plastic waste collected in Côte d’Ivoire into modular plastic bricks. … Continued