Child Refugee Crisis in Europe Will Only Grow if Humanitarian Needs in Syria and the Region are Not Met, Warns UNICEF

NEW YORK (September 10, 2015) – The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will only worsen if greater efforts are not made to end the protracted conflict in Syria and address the humanitarian needs of the millions affected by the violence, says UNICEF today.

Changing the Game

By David Evangelista, Vice President, Global Development and Government Relations, Special Olympics 

“Everyone should have the chance to swim, to make friends, to be accepted”, she says over brunch one day.   Despite a rigorous public speaking schedule that has spanned 14 months together with school, sports and family life- when asked how long of a break she would like after the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, she quickly responds:  “Not that much.”

She exudes a confidence all her own. 

Update from Seattle Fellow Sylvia

This last April and May, I had the pleasure of participating in the Teen Action Fair and Global Citizen Day, respectively, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has partnered with UNICEF for numerous development initiatives. Most notably, the two organizations have worked together to reduce the worldwide burden of polio through the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and developed the Global Newborn Action Plan to reduce child mortality.

Joint News Release: UNICEF and WFP Resolve to Defeat Malnutrition in South Sudan

NEW YORK (September 9, 2015) – The World Food Program (WFP) and UNICEF are intensifying their efforts to reverse the dire malnutrition situation in South Sudan, where a brutal conflict has displaced millions of people, destroyed basic services, increased disease and exacerbated hunger.

Nearly 50 Million Lives Saved Since 2000; Millions More can be Saved by 2030: UNICEF Report

NEW YORK (September 9, 2015) – The rate of decline in mortality among the world’s youngest children has more than doubled over a generation, and an additional 38 million lives could be saved by 2030 if progress accelerates further, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) world leaders are set to approve later this month.