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

97% Teenagers Identify Mental Health as Key Issue Ahead of World Mental Health Day

Young people identify school, career and climate as top stressors *NOTE* For a county by county breakdown, the questions and graphics, visit Ureport.ie*   DUBLIN 10 October 2019 – 97% of young people who took part in a poll run by UNICEF Ireland report mental health as an issue for their peer group. The biggest … 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

20 million children miss out on lifesaving measles, diphtheria and tetanus vaccines in 2018

Global vaccination rates stagnant due to conflict, inequality and complacency – 8% of babies born in Ireland in 2018 were not vaccinated against measles – Almost 5,000 Irish infants are unvaccinated against measles – 76 reported cases of measles in Ireland in 2018   For photos and broll, please click here. For the 2018 data, … Continued

Children account for nearly one-third of identified trafficking victims globally

Henrietta Fore on situation of migrant children and families in the U.S

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