PRESS RELEASE: Anxious students and parents voice health fears, seek new supports ahead of schools reopening 

Survey reveals concerns around lack of communication, facilities and resources NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 July 22nd  Dublin 22.07.2020 – ISSU, NCPPP, IGC, and UNICEF are urgently calling on the Government to provide the additional resources students need this Autumn, as preparations continue for the safe reopening of schools after COVID-19 closures. There are serious concerns … 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

STATEMENT: An additional 51,000 children under the age of five might die in the Middle East and North Africa by end of 2020 due to COVID-19’s disruption in primary health care

Calls to support frontline health workers and systems to increase children’s access to basic health services From Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa and Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region AMMAN, 15 June 2020 – “The COVID-19 pandemic is putting health systems under unprecedented … Continued

As COVID-19 devastates already fragile health systems, over 6,000 additional children under five could die a day, without urgent action

UNICEF launches #Reimagine, a global campaign to prevent the pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children NOTE: Irish spokespersons are available for interview DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 13 MAY 2020 – An additional 6,000 children could die every day from preventable causes over the next six months as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken health systems and … Continued

STATEMENT: Children will be hit by any move to abolish Department of Children and Youth Affairs – UNICEF Ireland

STATEMENT by Peter Power, Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland DUBLIN 07.05.20 – Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland, Peter Power, reacting to recent media reports on the abolition of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs said: “I am deeply concerned by recent media reports suggesting that the abolition of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs is being considered as … Continued

UNICEF continues to ship vital supplies to affected countries amid soaring COVID-19 case numbers

COPENHAGEN/NEW YORK, 27 March 2020 – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, UNICEF is procuring and shipping vital supplies, including desperately required personal protective equipment (PPE), to countries affected. UNICEF is engaged with approximately 1,000 suppliers and industry leaders across the world, to find a solution to current market constraints. Despite the extreme market conditions, … Continued

COVID-19: UNICEF, WHO and IFRC issue guidance to protect children and support safe school operations

Guidance includes practical actions and checklists for administrators, teachers, parents and children NOTE: Download the joint guidance on protecting children and schools from Covid-19 DUBLIN/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 10 March 2020 – The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) today issued new guidance to help … Continued

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

New Year’s Babies: Over 392,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day – UNICEF

In 2020, UNICEF is calling for world leaders and nations to invest in health workers with the know-how and equipment to save every newborn DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 1 January 2020 – An estimated 392,078 babies will be born around the world on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF. “The beginning of a new year and a new decade … Continued