Call for Entries: Annual Pier 1 Imports®/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest Now Accepting Submissions for 2017 Holiday Season

NEW YORK (November 1, 2016) – From November 1–23, the annual Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest invites children in the United States ages 14 and under to submit their original artwork for the chance to become the winning artist for the 2017 holiday season. One design, chosen from thousands of entries, will be reproduced as an official UNICEF holiday greeting card for 2017 and sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores nationwide and on

UNICEF Calls on Italian Parliament to Pass Bill Providing Support for Record Number of Unaccompanied Refugee and Migrant Children

NEW YORK (October 27, 2016) – UNICEF is calling on the Italian parliament to urgently pass a historic bill that would strengthen support and protection for the record number of unaccompanied and separated children – at least 20,000 – who have arrived in Italy this year. Near daily reports of migrant drownings on the Mediterranean show clearly that passage of the bill cannot come a moment too soon for children risking their lives to reach Italian shores.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on Multiple Attacks on Schools in Syria

NEW YORK (October 27, 2016) – “Yesterday, when a school compound in Syria was repeatedly attacked, killing dozens of children and teachers, we thought we had seen the depths of depravity.

“Today’s reports of attacks on schools in Douma and western Aleppo should deepen our disgust and outrage.

“This brings the toll to five schools hit since October 11.

“Attacking schools … killing children … is simply inhuman. 

“If the perpetrators cannot find their own sense of humanity, they should heed the condemnation of the world.”

Displaced Children in Iraq Tell Their Stories

NEW YORK (October 25, 2016) – There are more than 16,000 children in Debaga Camp, displaced from various areas in northern Iraq. Many of these children have lived under the so-called Islamic State and walked long hours with their families to reach safety. On a UNICEF visit to the camp this week to look in on our child-friendly spaces, schools and vaccination facilities, the children rushed towards us, held our hands, and did not stop talking. It is time their voices are heard. These are some of their stories.

Joint WHO/UNICEF News Release: Major Campaign Launched to Immunize 5.8 Million Iraqi Children Against Polio

NEW YORK (October 24, 2016) – Today, on World Polio Day, the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a weeklong nationwide campaign to immunize Iraq’s children against polio.

Under the slogan “two drops can change a life,” the five-day campaign aims to reach an estimated 5.8 million children below the age of five in Iraq, regardless of previous vaccination status.