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Review Highlights From 2019

Introduction – UNICEF “Conflicts around the world are lasting longer, causing more bloodshed and claiming more young lives” – UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore Conflict remains the main driver of humanitarian needs, while extreme weather events, hunger, and infectious diseases drove many people to seek and depend on emergency aid. Millions of children uprooted from … Continued

UNICEF Ireland Chief reflects on 30 years of child rights

As we mark 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power reflects on the progress made, and the challenges remaining. By Peter Power Thirty years ago world leaders made an historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the … Continued

World AIDS Day – half of children not getting treatment

This year on World AIDS Day it is clear that the International Community will not meet its target to end AIDS by next year. Huge gains have been made, particularly in the area of the health of Mothers, but the climb has been slower for children and there is still a mountain to scale. 82% … Continued

#KidsTakeOver of the Taoiseach’s office

It is 30 years since UN Member States signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on November 20. As part of our #WorldChildrensDay celebrations, we helped Donegal teenager Charles to stage a #KidsTakeOver of the Taoiseach’s office. The 18-year-old wanted to talk to An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar about young people’s issues including … Continued

Liam Neeson reflects on his childhood in Ireland on World Children’s Day

“Everything revolved around school.” On World Children’s Day 2019, UNICEF Ambassador Liam Neeson reflects on his childhood and shares his memories of growing up in a small town in Northern Ireland. World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children. This year is extra special as it marks 30 years of … Continued

What Winter Means For Children in Syria

Three-year-old Zalal has spent all of her life in a temporary shelter, with no place to call her home. Like so many others, Zalal and her family fled for their lives, with nothing but the clothes on their backs, when fighting escalated in Syria. “Life in Syria is all war, politics,” explains Zalal’s father Adnan, … Continued

Syria: Nine Years of Hell for Children

The Syrian crisis remains one of the world’s biggest humanitarian emergencies. After nine years of civil war, the violence continues and children are still suffering in their millions. 5 million children displaced inside Syria 2.5 million children are living as refugees in neighbouring countries Six out of ten children in Syria are in urgent need … Continued

How Your Legacy Gift Changes Lives

A legacy donation, a donation made in your will, is one of the most precious gifts you can give. It’s a decision that’s not entered lightly and is one that requires contemplation and reflection.  With this in mind, it’s important to know that your gift will make a real difference to the lives of children … Continued

Protecting Children in Syria

UNICEF’s Chief of Operations in Syria John Marks spoke to Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show about recent conflict and uncertainty in Syria. In the excerpts below, John describes the challenges facing children and their families and UNICEF’s emergency response to the crisis. Thankfully, UNICEF teams are reporting some improvements in the situation with the number of … Continued

Syria: Virgin Media News covers latest developments in crisis

Up to 170,000 people have had to flee their homes due to escalating violence in northern Syria. UNICEF estimates that nearly 70,000 children have been displaced since hostilities in northeast Syria escalated a week ago.   Sadly, our teams on the ground have confirmed that at least four children have been killed and nine others … Continued

The girl whose resilience helped her survive abduction by an armed group

On International Day of the Girl we think about incredible girls and women and all they are achieving, often against the odds. UNICEF field workers meet girls who have endured the most appalling struggles every day. We are proud to watch them transform and be reborn, given the right supports. Here, Communciation Specialist with UNICEF … Continued

Migrant Children in Latin America Walk to Safety

Carlos is too young to understand why he can’t sleep in his own bed at home tonight. Instead, he’s lying on a thin mattress on the floor of a crowded and noisy migrant centre at the Colombian border. His mother, Yamileth, 18, watches over him and his brother Yadnoel. She is exhausted after carrying her … Continued