January 24, 2013
Actress, multiplatinum recording artist, and fashion designer Selena Gomez hosted a concert benefiting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on Saturday, January 19 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The third annual Acoustic Charity Concert hosted by Ms. Gomez, a UNICEF Ambassador and avid supporter of the organization, raised more than $150,000 to support UNICEF’s programs that provide nutrition, clean water, medicine, education and more to children worldwide.
January 23, 2013
U.S. Fund for UNICEF Issues Urgent Appeal for Syrian Children Affected by Armed Conflict and Severe Weather
The U.S. Fund for UNICEF released a public service announcement yesterday appealing for immediate assistance for children fleeing Syria, following a series of recent reports from the country describing the terrible price children are paying due to the civil war. Of the estimated two million Syrians displaced inside the country, and the 620,000 people who have fled to neighboring countries, roughly half are children. The PSA implores people to help UNICEF keep children safe and warm.
January 22, 2013
With military operations ongoing in Mali, UNICEF is calling on commanders of all armed forces, groups and militias in the country to take every possible measure to protect children from the impact of hostilities, to stop the recruitment and use of children in their ranks, and to keep children out of harm’s way. “Commanders are obligated to immediately release any child under the age of 18 who is currently associated with their group to minimize children’s exposure to the dangers of combat,” said a child protection specialist at UNICEF.
January 10, 2013
Nearly three years after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, the educational, health, and nutritional status of children has improved substantially, according to the results of a new national survey. “Results of the survey show that the efforts of UNICEF and its partners in Haiti in these three years contributed to progress in many sectors and mitigated the impact on children of the 2010 earthquake, the cholera outbreak and other disasters,” said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.
January 10, 2013
Severe weather conditions across northern Jordan—including heavy rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures—have greatly worsened the situation of children living in the Za’atari camp, which hosts some 55,000 refugees from neighboring Syria. Widespread flooding has occurred, swamping tents, and overwhelming the camp draining system. In response, UNICEF and its partners are working around the clock to sustain the provision of services to the camp, and in particular, to ensure that all refugees have access to water, latrines and showers.