More than 1 in 5 children live in poverty in 40 of the world’s richest countries

France, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom saw sharp rises in child poverty between 2014–2021, while Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovenia achieved the largest reductions, according to UNICEF’s latest Report Card   FLORENCE/NEW YORK, 6 December 2023 – Some of the world’s richest countries experienced sharp rises in child poverty between 2014 and 2021, … Continued

UNICEF youth advocate meets Taoiseach to highlight growing online risks facing children

PRESS RELEASE UNICEF youth advocate meets Taoiseach to highlight growing online risks facing children 16-year-old Donnacha Lenehan calls for greater online protections for children and young people   Donnacha is available for media interview  Download photos and videos here DUBLIN 23 November 2022 – A UNICEF Ireland youth advocate today met the Taoiseach to highlight the … Continued

Irish teenager speaks out against LGBTQI+ discrimination during UN General Assembly week in New York

PRESS RELEASE Irish teenager speaks out against LGBTQI+ discrimination during UN General Assembly week in New York UNICEF Youth Advocate Ruairi Holohan (17) from Co. Louth promotes mental health in schools   Ruairi and UNICEF spokespersons in New York are available for interview  Photos available for download here DUBLIN / NEW YORK, 19 SEPTEMBER 2022 … Continued

Over-consumption in the world’s richest countries is destroying children’s environments globally, new report says

PRESS RELEASE     Over-consumption in the world’s richest countries is destroying children’s environments globally, new report says The world’s richest countries – including Ireland – are providing healthier environments for children within their borders, yet are disproportionately contributing to the destruction of the global environment, putting the present and future of all children globally at … Continued

“We have to go through this transition together“ 15-year-old farmer and climate activist tells Taoiseach

PRESS RELEASE “We have to go through this transition together,” 15-year-old farmer and climate activist tells Taoiseach #KidsTakeOver part of UNICEF’s World Children’s Day celebrations Images available for download here DUBLIN 10 November 2021 – A teenage farmer and climate activist took part in a #KidsTakeOver of the Taoiseach’s office today to highlight the importance of protecting … Continued

Teenage farmer and climate activist meets Taoiseach to call for positive climate future for every child

PRESS RELEASE Teenage farmer and climate activist meets Taoiseach to call for positive climate future for every child #KidsTakeOver part of UNICEF’s World Children’s Day celebrations Download photos of Liadh on her family’s farm here DUBLIN 10 November 2021 – A teenage farmer and climate activist will today bring the voices of farming families to the … Continued

UNICEF Ireland calls for the voices of young people to be heard ahead of crucial opening up decisions

PRESS RELEASE   UNICEF Ireland calls for the voices of young people to be heard ahead of crucial opening up decisions Call follows powerful address from Irish youth activist at EU launch of UNICEF report exposing breadth and depth of adolescent mental health issues in Europe   Youth Advocate and UNICEF spokespeople available for interview … Continued

A more family-friendly workplace essential to child wellbeing post-pandemic – Chambers Ireland and UNICEF Ireland

A more family-friendly workplace is essential to children’s wellbeing and will be critical to post-pandemic recovery, Chambers Ireland and UNICEF Ireland say in joint statement DUBLIN 23.03.21 – Chambers Ireland and UNICEF Ireland have together issued a call to action for more family-friendly workplaces. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of children and their … Continued

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

UNICEF, ISSU, NPCPP and IGC seek enhanced resources for students returning to school in September

Groups representing students, parents and Guidance Counsellors join together to advocate for students  Dublin 01.07.2020 – COVID-19 poses serious threats to the Education Sector. ISSU, NPCPP, UNICEF and IGC are calling for an urgent and proactive response from the new Minister for Education, Norma Foley, to address the challenges ahead for students, parents/guardians, guidance counsellors and school staff … Continued

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