UNICEF and LGen Dallaire Call for Urgent Action to Protect Children from Becoming Soldiers in South Sudan

NEW YORK (November 12, 2015) – UNICEF together with the celebrated humanitarian, Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire, and The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, today called for all sides in the South Sudan conflict to live up to their commitments and demobilize thousands of children who have been used by armed forces and groups since the outbreak of a brutal civil conflict nearly two years ago.

Maternal Deaths Fell 44% Since 1990 – UN

NEW YORK (November 12, 2015) – Maternal mortality has fallen by 44% since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group reported today.           

Maternal deaths around the world dropped from about 532,000 in 1990 to an estimated 303,000 this year, according to the report, the last in a series that has looked at progress under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This equates to an estimated global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) of 216 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, down from 385 in 1990.

EU Grants €2 Million to UNICEF to Meet Urgent Needs of Child Refugees and Migrants on the Move in the Western Balkans

NEW YORK (November 11, 2015) – The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) has granted €2 million to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for children on the move in the Republic of Serbia and in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

This is the first contribution of ECHO to UNICEF to respond to the refugees and migrants moving through Europe.

UNICEF Supports Efforts to Strengthen Protection of Conflict-Affected Children in Libya

NEW YORK (November 10, 2015) – As the conflict and violence in Libya continues, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to better protect children through the training of local authorities. Thirty-eight social workers from Libya successfully recently completed a training in Tunisia on the promotion of justice for children.

Sierra Leone Joins Liberia in Beating Ebola, but Still Needs Your Help

On November 7, 2015, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the end of Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak.  Earlier in the year, on May 9, WHO announced that Liberia's outbreak had ended.  UNICEF can point to these results as major victories for the large-scale, coordinated response to the epidemic—in Sierra Leone and in the other West African countri

Next Gen Chicago hosts End Trafficking Panel

UNICEF Next Generation (“NextGen”) hosted a panel discussion on human trafficking and modern slavery at the Soho House Chicago on Wednesday. The event coincided with NextGen’s current project focused on child protection and The End Trafficking Project. The panel featured guest speakers Kevin Bales, a Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the University of Chicago, and Laura Ng, Executive Director of Traffick Free.