Glendale, Calif. (November 22, 2016) – As fans count down to the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney, Target and Star Wars: Force for Change are launching a new fashion-meets-fundraising initiative inspired by the themes of rebellion from the new movie. Ten influential names across film, music, fashion and sports have come together to support UNICEF Kid Power by creating a line of “Force 4 Fashion” T-shirts available exclusively in the U.S. at Target beginning November 27.

Stop Bombing Schools and Hospitals, Says UNICEF

NEW YORK (November 21, 2016) – “It has been a horrific week for Syria’s children – living and dying under the relentless bombardment of schools, homes and hospitals.
Hospitals in eastern Aleppo and Idlib were targeted while attacks on schools in Aleppo and Ghouta left nine children dead.
We saw footage of children being treated for asphyxiation in eastern Aleppo. Moments later, al-Bayan hospital is shelled, and terrified mothers carry their children to a basement while sick infants are taken out of incubators to be rushed to safety.

IKEA Launches “Let’s Play for Change” Campaign

This holiday season, the IKEA Foundation launched the ‘Let’s Play for Change’ initiative in collaboration with UNICEF and other partner organizations to raise funds and promote the role of play in helping young children reach optimal brain development.

Between 20 November and 24 December, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1 for every children’s book or toy sold in IKEA stores. Money raised through ‘Let’s Play for Change’ will help UNICEF reach nearly 60,000 young children in China, India, Indonesia and Kenya with nurturing care program.

UNICEF Leads Convoy into Mosul City with Emergency Supplies for 15,000 Children

NEW YORK (November 15, 2016) – A UNICEF-led multi-agency humanitarian convoy was on Sunday the first to enter the Iraqi city of Mosul together with WFP and UNFPA.

“UNICEF has entered Mosul city for the first time in over two years,” said UNICEF Iraq Deputy Representative Hamida Ramadhani.

“Our teams are moving quickly to provide immediate support to communities affected by the fighting.”

A 14-vehicle convoy including eight cargo trucks filled with aid, arrived in the Gogachly neighborhood in eastern Mosul at around 9.30 in the morning.

Central African Republic: Nearly One in Five Children is a Refugee or Internally Displaced

NEW YORK (November 15, 2016) – As the fragile recovery continues, more than 850,000 people in Central African Republic – half of them children – are still on the move, either internally displaced or refugees in neighboring countries, UNICEF said today.

Change Children’s Lives. Save Children’s Lives.

Nearly 50 million children on the run from poverty and conflict. Children in Syria, Nigeria and Iraq growing up with endless war. Kids in Haiti and Ecuador living in communities battered by natural disasters. It can seem hopeless, but it’s not.

We can give these children education. We can provide them with protection. We can deliver them the clean water they need to drink, the nutrition they need to stay healthy and the classrooms where they can begin to build brighter futures. We can give them hope.

Pneumonia and Diarrhea Kill 1.4 Million Children Each Year, More Than All Other Childhood Illnesses Combined – UNICEF

NEW YORK (November 11, 2016) – Pneumonia and diarrhea together kill 1.4 million children each year, the overwhelming majority of whom live in lower and middle-income countries. These childhood deaths occur despite the fact that both illnesses are largely preventable through straightforward and cost effective solutions like exclusive breastfeeding, vaccination, quality primary healthcare and reducing household air pollution.  

Rising Air Pollution Is Killing the World's Most Vulnerable Children

Pneumonia is responsible for around 1 million childhood deaths every year. Globally, it is the single leading cause of death among children under five years old. Although it's one of the easiest diseases to prevent, rising air pollution is making children in poor communities more susceptible to the disease.