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. 

Measles Jab Saves Over 20 Million Young Lives in 15 Years, But Hundreds of Children Still Die of the Disease Every Day

NEW YORK (November 10, 2016) – Despite a 79 percent worldwide decrease in measles deaths between 2000 and 2015, nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day, leading health organizations said in a report released today.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson Meets with Syrian Children and Youth in Jordan

NEW YORK (November 10, 2016) – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson wrapped up a two-day visit to Jordan this week, along with his eldest son Micheal, where he met with Syrian children, young people and their families whose lives have been greatly affected by the conflict - now close to its sixth year.


Megan and I Co-chaired the UNICEF Next Generation Steering Committee in Los Angeles for 3 years before the fabulous Kelly Wilson took over for us this year.  Megan was a founding member of the New York Steering Committee and encouraged me to apply in 2012.  We both had the privilege of going on field visits while on the New York Steering Committee – I traveled to Ethiopia and Megan went to Guatemala.  Both of us got to see first hand the incredible ways in which our fundraising efforts positively impacted children.   Since then, both Megan and I have become mothers, and we wanted to sha

Chicago's Kids Helping Kids

Families across the United States have Trick-or-Treated for UNICEF for 66 years, raising more than $175 million dollars for UNICEF and providing hope for millions more children around the world. This year, nearly 100 schools in the city of Chicago rallied students and communities to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, joining hundreds more in the Chicagoland area—some carrying on a Halloween tradition spanning nearly three decades.

Statement Attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria on the Killings of Children at a Kindergarten in Harasta, Rural Damascus

NEW YORK (November 6, 2016) – “A kindergarten was reportedly hit in an attack today in the town of Harasta, in Rural Damascus, a few kilometers from the capital, killing at least four children and injuring many more.

“This attack is the most recent in a wave of attacks on schools and education facilities in Syria. In the last two weeks of October, UNICEF was able to verify five attacks on schools killing more than 30 children.

“In a separate attack today near Harasta, a hospital was reportedly struck killing one person and injuring many more.

Hurricane Matthew One Month On: More than 600,000 Children Still in Need of Aid – UNICEF

NEW YORK (November 4, 2016) – One month after Hurricane Matthew pummeled Haiti, nearly 600,000 children remain in need of humanitarian assistance, stalked by disease, hunger and malnutrition, UNICEF said today.

“One month after the hurricane, life for more than half a million children in Haiti is still far from back to normal,” said Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti. “Too many children are still homeless, hungry, out of school and in danger. We are scaling up our response and are determined to help as many of them as possible as fast as we can.”

Statement Attributable to Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Iraq on the Children of Mosul

NEW YORK (November 4, 2016) – “An estimated 2,500 children and their families have arrived in the past 24 hours at camps south east of Mosul as Iraqi forces today for the first time entered the city streets and intensified their battle to retake Mosul.

“Last night and today we have seen the single largest displacement of people since the start of the October 17 military operation. UNICEF estimates that more than 2,500 children, including children with physical disabilities, are among the roughly 5,200 people who arrived at camps in the past 24 hours.