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UNICEF’s work for children is non-stop – that’s why the Media Team is on hand around the clock for whenever the media need information on issues affecting children in Ireland and across the world.

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Aedín Donnelly, Communications and Media Manager

Danny Smits, Communications and Advocacy Officer

Teenagers in Ireland among the least satisfied with their lives in the OECD/EU region – UNICEF Report Card 

Minister launches new report ranks Ireland in top third for child well-being but shows young people struggling with mental health; highlights substantial threats from COVID-19 pandemic DUBLIN/FLORENCE/NEW YORK, 3 September 2020 –Suicide, unhappiness, obesity and poor social and academic skills have become far-too-common features of childhood in high-income countries, according to the latest Report Card … Continued

Severe water shortages compound desperate situation for children and families in Beirut

UNICEF and partners rehabilitating and reconnecting critical water infrastructure DUBLIN/BEIRUT, 28 AUGUST 2020 – 300,000 people[1] in Beirut continue to face a lack of access to critical safe water and sanitation services, UNICEF warned today, more than three weeks after the huge explosion tore through Lebanon’s capital. While public water infrastructure thankfully sustained only minor damage and … Continued

UNICEF delivers critical supplies to support children and families affected by Beirut explosions

BEIRUT, 25 AUGUST 2020 – UNICEF has been able to deliver 18 shipments of critical humanitarian supplies, totalling 67 tons, through two airlifts and commercial cargo routes to support children and families affected by the Beirut explosions earlier this month. The shipments included vital personal protective equipment (PPE), medical, health hygiene and nutrition supplies.   UNICEF … Continued

50% of children affected by Beirut explosions show signs of trauma

PRESS RELEASE 50% of children affected by Beirut explosions show signs of trauma UNICEF spokespeople are available for interview Multimedia materials available from Beirut GENEVA/BEIRUT/DUBLIN, 21 AUGUST 2020 – Concerns are growing for children affected by the massive explosions in Beirut on August 4th, with a UNICEF assessment finding 50% of affected children are showing … Continued

Devastating impact of Beirut explosions on children still being revealed  

PRESS RELEASE Devastating impact of Beirut explosions on children still being revealed   Humanitarian crisis continues to develop in the city UNICEF SPOKESPEOPLE IN LEBANON ARE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW Multimedia materials available BEIRUT/GENEVA/DUBLIN, 11 August 2020 – One week after catastrophic explosions killed at least 140 people and forced 300,000 people, including 80,000 children, from their homes in Beirut, Lebanon, the full impact of the disaster on children is still being revealed. UNICEF’s partners estimate that approximately a … Continued

80,000 children displaced due to Beirut explosions – UNICEF

UNICEF scales up response and assistance to children and families  BEIRUT, 6 AUGUST 2020 – Some 80,000 children have been displaced by the Beirut explosions, according to UNICEF estimates, with families affected in desperate need of support. The explosions on Tuesday evening left 140 people dead, 5,000 injured and hundreds missing. UNICEF is concerned that … Continued

UNICEF is sad and shocked at Beirut explosions, concerned about wellbeing of children, supporting partners on the ground

STATEMENT From Ms. Yukie Mokuo UNICEF Representative in Lebanon  BEIRUT, 5 August 2020 – “UNICEF is saddened at the loss of life following the horrific explosions in Lebanon. “According to latest reports, the death toll could be as high as 100 with 4,000 wounded and over 300,000 people displaced. UNICEF is concerned that children are among … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Yemen sees return to alarming levels of food insecurity

Economic crisis, conflict, floods, desert locusts – and now COVID-19 – could wipe out improvements in food security in parts of Yemen, UN agencies warn JOINT PRESS RELEASE 22 July 2020, Sana’a – Economic shocks, conflict, floods, desert locusts and now COVID-19 are creating a perfect storm that could reverse hard-earned food security gains in … Continued

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