UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom Calls for Greater Protection for Refugee and Migrant Children on the Move in Europe

NEW YORK (September 29, 2015) – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has called for greater protection for tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children as they continue their journeys to seek safety in Europe.

Mr. Bloom today met children during a visit to a refugee and migrant reception center near Gevgelija in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at the border with Greece. He listened to stories of their perilous journeys, their concerns and hopes for the future. Many of them have escaped violence in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. 

Statement Attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria on Killings of Children in Syria

NEW YORK (September 28, 2015) – “As violence increases in Syria, UNICEF once again reiterates its call on all parties to immediately stop indiscriminate attacks in civilian populated areas in accordance with International Humanitarian Law.

“The intensification of violence in the past few weeks has resulted in the killing of many children all over the country.

“In a single incident in the Al-Wa’er neighborhood in the city of Homs last Saturday, 17 children were killed and 23 others were injured.

Taking Stock: Partnership leads to progress in Rwanda

*This is a guest blog post written by Maria Jose Landeira Oestergaard, Zonta International/Zonta International Foundation President, 2014-2016

From 2000 to 2015

Fifteen years ago, world leaders adopted a global development agenda to end extreme poverty in all its forms. The eight targets they set to reach by 2015 became known as the Millennium Development Goals; among those goals were to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, improve maternal health and reduce child mortality, and halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Central Africa Republic: Children Brutally Targeted in Weekend’s Violence

NEW YORK (September 28, 2015) – Children were deliberately targeted in the latest flare of violence in Central African Republic that killed three dozen people and wounded more than a hundred in the capital Bangui last Saturday.

Preliminary reports from local organizations indicate that three boys aged between 16 and 17 were brutally killed, including one who was decapitated, while at least 2 boys and 2 girls ranging from 7 to 17 years were wounded by gunshots or grenade fragments in a brutal clash between armed groups.

UNICEF Launches New Appeal to Support Refugee and Migrant Children in Europe

NEW YORK (September 25, 2015) – UNICEF is appealing for $14 million to assist refugee and migrant children in Europe, following an 80 percent increase in the number of children on the move into the continent – many escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

A total of 133,000 children sought asylum in the European Union between January and July 2015 - an average of 19,000 children every month, according to the latest available Eurostat data. One in every four asylum seekers is a child.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals

NEW YORK (September 25, 2015) – “Today’s welcome decision marks the end of a process – and a beginning. The drive to turn commitments into action.

“We will measure our progress, yes, through statistics. But the true measure will be in every child lifted out of poverty; through every mother who survives childbirth; every girl who does not lose her childhood to early marriage.

“By helping the most disadvantaged children today – by giving them a fair chance in life – we can help break the bonds of extreme poverty tomorrow.”

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic Visits Refugee and Migrant Children in Serbia

NEW YORK (September 23, 2015) – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Novak Djokovic visited a UNICEF-supported child-friendly space in Belgrade and met some of the refugee and migrant children who are passing through the Republic of Serbia on their way to Western Europe.

He was deeply touched by the situation of the children, who make up almost a third of the refugee and migrant population, most fleeing violence in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Making a difference for the world's children

by Mishka Ahmad, with Jorge Lora, members of the Miami Congressional Action Team

Pictured above: Andrea Jo, Mishka Ahmad, Mr. Miguel Mendoza, Jorge Lora, and Juan-Carlos Nobrega.

My name is Mishka and I have been helping to lead a UNICEF Campus Club for about three years now. This past spring, I got involved with the new Congressional Action Team (CAT) in Miami.