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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

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: UNICEF Ireland welcomes the relocation of eight unaccompanied children from Greece

Statement attributable to Peter Power, Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland DUBLIN, 17.06.2020 – “The relocation of 8 unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children from the Greek Islands to Ireland today must be warmly welcomed. “These children, who have fled violence, conflict and poverty, survived dangerous journeys and stayed in dire conditions in crowded reception facilities, will … 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

New guidelines provide roadmap for safe reopening of schools

NEW YORK/PARIS/ROME, 30 April 2020 – UNESCO, UNICEF, WFP and World Bank today issued new guidelines on the safe reopening of schools amidst ongoing closures affecting nearly 1.3 billion students worldwide. The agencies also warned that the widespread closures of educational facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic present an unprecedented risk to children’s education … Continued

Over 13 million children did not receive any vaccines at all even before COVID-19 disrupted global immunisation – UNICEF

Embargoed until 00.01 GMT 25 April 2020 Mass measles immunisation campaigns suspended in 25 largely high-burden countries due to pandemic  NEW YORK, 25 April 2020 – As the world waits desperately for a vaccine, the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to surge across the globe. Millions of children are in danger of missing life-saving vaccines against measles, … Continued

Don’t let children be the hidden victims of Covid-19 – UNICEF

Ninety-nine per cent of world’s children live with some form of pandemic-related restrictions; sixty per cent live in countries with full or partial lockdowns Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 9 April 2020 – “The world is currently united in a shared struggle against an invisible enemy. But while our eyes are firmly … Continued