— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) January 7, 2014
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, today added his support to a campaign led by UNICEF and partners that calls on people to become Champions for the Children of Syria as part of the new No Lost Generation strategy.
“Many, many children are suffering from violence, particularly in Syria,” said Mr. Ban speaking to staff at UNICEF. “I applaud the creativity and leadership of the No Lost Generation initiative.
Mr. Ban also surprised the assembled staff when he revealed the role UNICEF played in his own childhood (watch the video below to find out more).
“The children of Syria are our hope for the future”
UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children, World Vision and other key partners have come together to support No Lost Generation, launching a two-phase public campaign to drive greater awareness of all that is at stake in Syria – and galvanize global support, unleashing a legion of champions for the children of Syria.
Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director noted that these children are the next generation of leaders in Syria; and that education and reconciliation will bring hope for the future.
No Lost Generation emphasizes that saving a generation of potential leaders, teachers, engineers, doctors and – above all- peacemakers – protects the prosperity of an entire society.
Since the crisis began nearly three years ago, more than one million children from Syria have become refugees; more than 425,000 are under the age of five. The vast majority of these refugees have fled either to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq. Among them, around 5,000 children have been identified as being separated from their families.
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— UNICEF Ireland (@unicefireland) January 7, 2014