New EU-Turkey Agreement on Refugees and Migrants Could Leave Children at Risk: UNICEF

NEW YORK (March 22, 2016) – UNICEF today expressed concern that the new agreement between the EU and Turkey, which comes into effect this week, does not address the pressing humanitarian needs of 19,000 refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece.

Children make up 40 percent of the refugee and migrant population in Greece. It is estimated that unaccompanied children make up 10 percent of the child population.

UNICEF warned the new agreement could push children and families to take other more dangerous routes including the central Mediterranean Sea.

Climate Change and Lack of Sanitation Threaten Water Safety for Millions: UNICEF

NEW YORK (March 21, 2016) – On the eve of World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children living in drought- or flood-prone areas.

Over 250,000 Children Affected by Colombia Conflict Since 2013, Despite Peace Talks – UNICEF

NEW YORK (March 21, 2016) – More than 250,000 children have been affected by the conflict in Colombia since peace talks between the Government and the country’s main armed opposition group (FARC-EP) started three years ago, UNICEF said in a report released today.

An estimated 1,000 children were used or recruited by non-state armed groups during the same period, the children’s agency also said, based on verified United Nations and national data.

UNICEF Urges EU Leaders and Turkey to Find Common Ground for Refugee and Migrant Children

NEW YORK (March 18, 2016) – With the lives of more than 20,000 children in Greece and in the Balkans on hold, UNICEF urges leaders of the European Union and Turkey to find common ground for refugee and migrant children when reaching an agreement that could have serious consequences for them. 

UNICEF Kid Power at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital

Whitney Cross, Chicago Community Engagement Fellow

In late November, I had the opportunity to share UNICEF Kid Power while co-hosting the game show Body Parts at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Filmed in Lurie’s Children’s Family Life Center, a treatment-free zone within the hospital, Body Parts airs every Monday to a live studio audience and in patient rooms throughout the hospital. The space is equipped with an art center, parent room, learning space and even a beauty salon for children to use during their stay at Lurie Children’s.