IN AN EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FROM SET, J.J. ABRAMS OFFERS FANS THE CHANCE TO WIN A PRIVATE HOMETOWN SCREENING OF STAR WARS: EPISODE VII BEFORE IT HITS THEATERS (IN ADDITION TO CHANCE TO BE IN THE FILM)

LOS ANGELES, CA, JULY 21, 2014 — All Wings Report In! On the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, Director J.J. Abrams was interrupted by an X-Wing pilot and rogue robot as he announced the chance for fans to win an advance private screening of Star Wars: Episode VII. “We are so grateful for the support that the fans from over 119 countries have shown for Force for Change," said Abrams.

New UNICEF Data Show Urgent Need to Scale up Efforts Against Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage

NEW YORK (July 22, 2014) – Today the UK Government and UNICEF have joined together to host the first-ever Girl Summit to rally support for much faster progress to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage—two practices that affect millions of girls across the globe.

UNICEF data released today show that while prevalence has decreased slightly over the past three decades, rates of progress need to be scaled up dramatically.

Mass Global Action Needed to Protect Children against Polio in Syria, Iraq and Region

NEW YORK (July 22, 2014) In a report released today, WHO and UNICEF announced completion of the first phase of the biggest polio vaccination campaign ever undertaken in the history of the Middle East. Twenty-five million children under the age of five were reached in seven countries in 37 rounds.  

Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on the Gaza Strip

NEW YORK (July 17, 2014) – The killing of four Palestinian children—all from one extended family—and the injuring of two more all while playing on a beach in Gaza City is a stark reminder that no place is safe anymore for children in the Gaza Strip.

Also yesterday a number of rockets were found hidden in a UNRWA school in Gaza, in disregard for the neutrality of schools.

The number of children killed in Gaza has now reached at least 48 since the hostilities began only ten days ago. On average, four children from Gaza are being killed every day.

Katie & Helen Test - The Escalating Violence in the Gaza Strip and Israel Threatens Devastating Harm for Children, UNICEF Says

NEW YORK (July 10, 2014) – The escalating violence in Gaza and Israel threatens devastating harm for children on all sides, UNICEF said today, urging restraint to protect all children.

Over the last three days, at least 19 Palestinian children have been reported killed in airstrikes on Gaza and many more injured. The coastal enclave is under closure, making it difficult for civilians to flee. In Israel, rocket attacks from Gaza threaten the lives of Israeli children as well.

 

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