UN agencies raise alarm in the Central Sahel where millions face hunger amid rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis

  DUBLIN/DAKAR, 3 February 2020 – The number of people facing a critical lack of food and vital livelihood opportunities in the Central Sahel has spiked in one year due to rising insecurity and climatic shocks. The situation may further deteriorate unless the international community acts now, three United Nations agencies warned today. Despite an … 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

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson joins call to ramp up support to Venezuelan migrant children during visit

Download photos, video and b-roll here: https://uni.cf/2QZljlO   DUBLIN/BOA VISTA/PANAMA/NEW YORK, 10 January 2020 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson joined UNICEF in urging the international community to increase its support to refugee and migrant children from Venezuela in need of assistance across Latin America and the Caribbean. Neeson echoed the appeal after concluding a … 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

2019 concludes a ‘deadly decade’ for children in conflict, with more than 170,000 grave violations verified since 2010

Three-fold rise in verified attacks on children since 2010, an average of 45 violations a day DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 30 December 2019 – Children continue to pay a deadly price as conflicts rage around the world, UNICEF said today. Since the start of the decade, the United Nations has verified more than 170,000 grave violations against children … 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

Over 300 children and adolescents die every day from AIDS-related causes

Only half of children living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment DUBLIN/ NEW YORK/JOHANNESBURG, 26 November 2019 – Some 320 children and adolescents died every day from AIDS-related causes in 2018, or 13 every hour, according to a global snapshot on children, HIV and AIDS released by UNICEF today. Low access to antiretroviral treatment, in … Continued

Donegal teen stages #KidsTakeOver of Taoiseach’s office

Donegal teen stages #KidsTakeOver of Taoiseach’s office Third annual UNICEF takeover held in celebration of World Children’s Day An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with UNICEF Ireland’s #KidsTakeOver winner Charles John Gallager at Farmleigh House, Dublin, November 15   DUBLIN 15 November 2019 – A Donegal teenager with political ambitions is set to ‘take over’ the Taoiseach’s office … 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

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