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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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1 in 3 children under five worldwide is malnourished – new UNICEF report

Growing child malnutrition driven by poverty, climate change and poor diet, including low breastfeeding rates UNICEF warns urgent action is needed  *NOTE* UNICEF nutrition specialists and report editors are available for interview   NEW YORK/DUBLIN, 15 October 2019 – An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system … Continued

70,000 children displaced as violence escalates in Syria 

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore  Download visuals here NEW YORK, 14 October 2019 – “UNICEF estimates that nearly 70,000 children have been displaced since hostilities in northeast Syria escalated nearly a week ago.   “UNICEF confirms that at least four children have been killed and nine others injured in northeast Syria. Seven children have reportedly … Continued

Syria’s children once again in firing line as violence escalates in North East

UNICEF Ireland Executive Director comments on latest developments   DUBLIN 10 October 2019 – As violence escalates in North East Syria, children face death, injury and displacement. UNICEF teams on the ground are ready to respond with lifesaving assistance, along with partners. Children suffer In conflict, children suffer first and most. Parties to the conflict … 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

Humanitarian plane with 1.5 tons of UNICEF supplies lands in Hurricane-hit Bahamas

Humanitarian plane with 1.5 tons of UNICEF supplies lands in Hurricane-hit Bahamas UNICEF Emergency Specialists in the Bahamas are available for interview   NASSAU/PANAMA/NEW YORK/DUBLIN, 8 September 2019 – Today UNICEF announced the arrival to Nassau of a plane carrying nearly 1.5 tons of lifesaving supplies that will help provide access to safe water for over 9,500 children … Continued

DRC: Number of deaths in Ebola outbreak passes 2,000, despite huge strides

Protecting children and engaging communities key to ending epidemic of deadly disease STATEMENT attributable to Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo Access multimedia content here DUBLIN/KINSHASA 30 August 2019 – “Almost 600 children have lost their lives to the Ebola outbreak in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo … Continued

1,100 unaccompanied refugee children in Greece need urgent protection – UNICEF

European Member States urged to increase relocation and family reunifications DUBLIN / GENEVA 29 August 2019 – The number of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children staying in dangerous and overcrowded Reception and Identification Centres on the Greek islands, and detention facilities across the country, now exceeds 1,100 – the largest number since the … Continued

Saving children stranded on the Mediterranean must be prioritised over politics

PRESS RELEASE Saving children stranded on the Mediterranean must be prioritised over politics 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,DUBLIN, 16 August 2019 – “It is unconscionable that once again politics have been prioritised over saving … Continued

Shortfall in education opportunities deepens despair of refugee Rohingya youth: UNICEF

PRESS RELEASE Shortfall in education opportunities deepens despair of refugee Rohingya youth: UNICEF Two years after mass exodus from Myanmar, quality learning and life skills are crucial to more than 500,000 children sheltered in Bangladesh Spokespeople from UNICEF Bangladesh are available for interview NEW YORK, GENEVA, DUBLIN, COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, 16 August 2019 – Frustration … Continued