Shakira and UNICEF Call for Leaders to Join the Early Childhood Revolution

NEW YORK (September 22, 2015) – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira today urged global leaders to invest heavily in early childhood development in the wake of new science that is creating a revolutionary shift in our understanding of the lasting effects of deprivation and stress on the developing brains of young children.

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.

HSNi Cares Kicks Off Star Wars-Themed Special Event in Support of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (September 17, 2015) – HSNi Cares, the philanthropic arm of interactive multichannel retailer HSN, Inc., announced today that it is partnering with Lucasfilm to come together in support of UNICEF's lifesaving work for children. As part of the retailer's third annual national campaign supporting the humanitarian children's organization, HSN will broadcast a special The Monday Night Show with Adam Freeman: HSN Cares Star Wars Edition on Monday, September 28 from 7-9 p.m. (ET).

Over 1.4 Million Children Forced to Flee Conflict in Nigeria and Region

NEW YORK (September 18, 2015) – A sharp increase in attacks by the armed group commonly known as Boko Haram has uprooted 500,000 children over the past five months, bringing the total number of children on the run in northeast Nigeria and neighboring countries to 1.4 million, UNICEF said today.

“Each of these children running for their lives is a childhood cut short,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “It’s truly alarming to see that children and women continue to be killed, abducted and used to carry bombs.” 

Statement on the Situation of Refugee and Migrant Children in Hungary

NEW YORK (September 17, 2015) – UNICEF is in touch with the Government of Hungary's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York to discuss how refugee and migrant children can be adequately protected in line with the country’s commitments to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Convention requires governments to take every necessary measure to protect all children and to provide the special support required by children who are refugees or who are seeking asylum.

WHO/UNICEF Report: Malaria MDG Target Achieved Amid Sharp Drop in Cases and Mortality, but 3 Billion People Remain at Risk

NEW YORK (September 17, 2015) – Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 percent since 2000, translating into 6.2 million lives saved, the vast majority of them children, according to a joint WHO-UNICEF report released today.

The report – Achieving the Malaria Millennium Development Goal Target – shows that the malaria MDG target to “have halted and begun to reverse incidence” of malaria by 2015, has been met “convincingly”, with malaria cases dropping by 37 percent in 15 years.

Statement Attributable to Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative in Syria on Child Casualties

NEW YORK (September 16, 2015) – UNICEF condemns, in the strongest terms, yesterday’s mortar attacks on civilian areas of Aleppo which reportedly killed at least 19 children, including six in a UNICEF-supported child friendly space.

“Child friendly spaces enable children to play and reconnect with their childhood, and to forget, even if for a short time, the horrors of war. They must never be targeted.

“This reprehensible attack shows that even the simple act of playing represents a grave danger for children in Syria."

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham Calls on World Leaders to #ENDviolence Against Children

NEW YORK (September 15, 2015) – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is championing a letter signed by 18 child survivors of violence that calls on world leaders to end the widespread abuse that affects millions of children around the world. One of the signatories is a 16-year-old boy from Cambodia, where Beckham traveled earlier this year.

Millions of Children Across Conflict-Hit Syria Deprived of Education

NEW YORK (September 15, 2015) – As children around the world return to school, there are more than two million in Syria who will not be able to join them. According to UNICEF, another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out as a result of conflict, violence and displacement.

As the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year, the crisis continues to wipe out years of achievements in education. Some children in Syria have never been inside a classroom, while others lost up to four years of their schooling.