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Children will bear the brunt of climate change: UNICEF

More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence 160 million live in high drought severity areas NEW YORK/GENEVA, 25 November 2015 – More  than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to … Continued

Donncha O’Callaghan launches UNICEF’s survival gifts campaign

Blankets & warm winter clothing for fleeing refugee children among the gifts available for purchase DUBLIN, 19 November 2015 – UNICEF Ireland today launched its survival gifts campaign to bring hope to children around the world this Christmas. UNICEF Survival Gifts allows donors the opportunity to purchase actual lifesaving items that will be shipped directly … Continued

Cold threatens some 700,000 children in eastern Ukraine this winter

GENEVA/KYIV, 16 November 2015 – The lives of some 700,000 children and the wider population are at risk if repairs to the water network in Ukraine’s conflict-affected regions are not urgently made, warns UNICEF. Central heating systems in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts rely on water, but conflict related damage to pipelines and infrastructure, … Continued

4.6 million children require life-saving assistance in drought affected Ethiopia

DUBLIN, 12 November 2015 – The Ethiopian Government recently announced that 8.2 million Ethiopians – increased from 4.5 million in August 2015 – will require food aid for the remainder of 2015. Currently, 4.6 million children require humanitarian assistance, including treatment for severe acute malnutrition. The 2015 rains (June to September) were late in the … Continued

EU grants €2 million to UNICEF to meet urgent needs of child refugees and migrants on the move in the Western Balkans

GENEVA, 11 November 2015 — The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has granted €2 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for children on the move in the Republic of Serbia and in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. This is the first contribution of ECHO to UNICEF to respond … Continued

UNICEF’s co-head of Innovation, Chris Fabien, to address Dublin Web Summit

Time 100 Awardee will highlight how innovation has helped save children’s lives. Dublin, 4 November 2015 – UNICEF’s co-chief of Innovation, Chris Fabien will this afternoon address the Dublin Web Summit on how the power of technology and innovation can be harnessed to make a meaningful difference in the lives of vulnerable children around the … Continued

Afghanistan and Pakistan Earthquake: Children cut off from Aid – UNICEF

KABUL/ ISLAMABAD, 27 October 2015 – Children in earthquake-hit areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan are facing further deadly threats as extreme conditions and insecurity cut off communities from aid – warns UNICEF. Around 200 people died, including 12 school girls, and around 1,000 were injured after the 7.5 magnitude tremor – with half of those … Continued

UNICEF concerned about children in unreached areas affected by Typhoon Koppu

UNICEF appeals for $2.8M for replenishment of supplies Manila, 19 October 2015 — UN children’s agency UNICEF is on high alert after Typhoon Koppu (Local name Lando) made landfall in the Philippines on Sunday morning. The slow moving typhoon has brought torrential rain and strong winds, causing floods, landslides, flying debris, power outages, downed communication … Continued

UNICEF and WHO ready to support immediate polio vaccination campaign in Ukraine

UN agencies concerned further delay puts 1.8 million children’s lives at risk   KYIV/COPENHAGEN/GENEVA, 9 October 2015 – Six weeks after the polio outbreak in Ukraine, UNICEF and WHO have stepped up calls for an immediate first round of nationwide polio vaccination. Ukraine’s Ministry of Health confirmed two cases of polio on 1 September. They were … Continued

Emma Bunton launches Pamper’s UNICEF campaign

Celebrating its 10th year, the Pampers UNICEF campaign calls for parents to join together to help eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus. To date parents across Ireland have donated more than 21 million vaccines as part of this initiative Dublin, Ireland 30th September 2015: Today, Pampers® and UNICEF mark the 10th anniversary of their longstanding partnership … Continued

Central Africa Republic: Children brutally targeted in weekend’s violence

Dakar, 28 September 2015 – Children were deliberately targeted in the latest flare of violence in Central African Republic that killed three dozen people and wounded more than a hundred in the capital Bangui last Saturday. Preliminary reports from local organisations indicate that three boys aged between 16 and 17 were brutally killed, including one … Continued