NEW YORK (May 12, 2015) – On the eve of the adoption of the EU Migration Agenda, UNICEF is calling for the rights and wellbeing of migrant children to be at the heart of Europe’s immigration policy and for the European Union to be guided by the values it cherishes.
Liberia announced today that it has reached zero Ebola cases, and UNICEF commended the critical role communities played in beating back the epidemic, but warned that the threat posed by the deadly virus will not disappear until there is no longer active transmission in affected neighbouring countries.
It is a tremendous tribute to communities which have played a central role in the battle against Ebola.
That teen glued to her cell phone in Liberia might be using it to pass on lifesaving information about the Ebola virus.
NEW YORK (May 7, 2015) – At least 950,000 children in Nepal will not be able to return to school, unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces and repair damaged school buildings following the April 25th earthquake – according to UNICEF. Almost 24,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed in the 7.8 magnitude quake that hit the country 12 days ago, with many suffering further damage in subsequent aftershocks.
It was the first warm day of the year, and the entire Chicago State Women’s Basketball team was out on the main quad in full force. Instead of dribbling basketballs, however, the women were holding flyers and posters to raise awareness about Shut Out Trafficking week. Rather than running and jumping, they were dancing and laughing as they handed out educational material about human trafficking and the week’s activities.
by Mark Engman, Director Public Policy and Advocacy
We are thrilled to announce that the Girls Count Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives!
The House bill, H.R. 2100, enjoys strong bipartisan support. Rep. Steve Chabot introduced the legislation, joined by both the Chair and the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Engel (D-NY). Other original cosponsors are Reps. McCollum (D-MN), Smith (R-NJ), and Sherman (D-CA).
NEW YORK (May 5, 2015) – Leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic agreed today to release all children associated with their forces and to immediately end any new child recruitment.
An estimated 6,000 to 10,000 children are currently associated with the country’s armed factions according to UNICEF. The figure includes those serving as combatants and used for sexual purposes, as well as those working as cooks, messengers and in other roles.
Leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic agreed today to release all children associated with their forces and to immediately end any new child recruitment. UNICEF estimates that 6,000 to 10,000 children are currently associated with the country’s armed factions. Some serve as soldiers; others work as cooks or messengers or are exploited for sexual purposes.
NEW YORK (May 4, 2015) – Two cargo planes delivering each 40 metric tons of life-saving supplies to the regions in Nepal affected by the earthquake on April 25th will take off from Dubai to Kathmandu, Nepal. The humanitarian supplies will support UNICEF’s response, providing vitally needed aid to 1.7 million children and their families. The airlift was made possible thanks to a €400,000 contribution from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection department (ECHO).
NEW YORK (May 4, 2015) – More than half a million children are being targeted in an emergency vaccination drive in Nepal – as fears grow of measles outbreaks in the informal camps that have sprung up since the earthquake on April 25.
The campaign was launched by the Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population, with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO).