Protecting children must be top priority, in latest refugee surge response – UNICEF statement

Statement attributable to Ms. Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe     GENEVA, 3 March 2020 – “The reported death of a child, among nearly 50 people aboard a boat which capsized off the Greek island of Lesvos yesterday, is … Continued

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

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

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

Family-friendly policies needed to increase breastfeeding rates worldwide

Wealthiest countries have lowest breastfeeding rates – including Ireland Photo: Dublin Mum Irmak breastfeeding baby Aurelia DUBLIN/NEW YORK , 1 August 2019 – The benefits of breastfeeding for children and mothers are widespread. It supports healthy brain development in babies and young children, it protects infants against infection, decreases the risk of obesity and disease, … Continued

Irish teenager takes over Taoiseach’s office and calls for youth voices to be heard on UNICEF’s World Children’s Day

UNICEF Ireland horrified by Gaza atrocities