by Mark Engman, Director Public Policy and Advocacy
In January, as the world entered into the 26th year of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Somalia became the 195th UN Member state to ratify the Convention, setting a course to improve the lives of its youngest citizens.
In 2010, President Barack Obama declared January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Each January since, those engaged in the fight against human trafficking have taken advantage of the additional attention bestowed upon the issue to raise awareness and engage a new cohort of potential activists.
An unprecedented number of children are facing increasingly complex and destructive conflicts, natural disasters like floods and hurricanes, and other emergencies like West Africa's Ebola crisis.
NEW YORK (January 29, 2015) - Growing numbers of children are facing increasingly complex and destructive conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies, including the Ebola epidemic, which are placing them in extraordinary danger of violence, hunger, disease and abuse – and require increasingly more resources to address.
UNICEF is launching a $3.1 billion appeal – its largest ever – to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide – a $1 billion jump in funding needs since last year’s appeal.
NEW YORK (January 27, 2014) – UNICEF and partners have secured the release of approximately 3,000 children from an armed group in South Sudan - one of the largest ever demobilizations of children.
NEW YORK (January 27, 2015) – Over 1,000 children are forced to seek refuge in underground bomb shelters in Donetsk city due to ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine, UNICEF said today.
JUBA/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, January 27, 2015 — UNICEF and partners have secured the release of approximately 3,000 children from an armed group in South Sudan - one of the largest ever demobilizations of children. The first group of 280 children were released today, at the village of Gumuruk in Jonglei State, eastern South Sudan. Further phased releases of the other children will occur over the coming month.
Updated February 5, 2015
A massive natural disaster
Malawi has been hit by heavy rains since the beginning of January, causing severe floods and forcing 336,000 people from their homes. The floods have severely damaged crops, livestock and infrastructure including schools and health facilities. Malawi is already one of the poorest countries in southern Africa.
NEW YORK (January 27, 2015) – The U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced today the winners of the annual Pier 1 Imports®/UNICEF greeting card contest. The theme this year is “Spreading Holiday Cheer.” Sriya, age 7, from California, is this year’s recipient of the Grand Prize Award for her artwork, which will be reproduced as an official UNICEF greeting card, and sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores across the country and on Pier1.com during the 2015 holiday season. The U.S. Fan’s Choice Award was presented to Elisa, age 14, from Georgia.