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Unicef’s work for children is non-stop – that’s why the Media Team is on hand around the clock for whenever the media need information on issues affecting children in the UK and across the world.

If you are a journalist and have a media enquiry, please contact the media team for more information:

  • Phone: + 44 (0)207 375 6030
Tom Hiddleston in South Sudan, where he met children who had been affected by the ongoing conflict.

Actor and Unicef Ambassador Tom Hiddleston meets children affected by the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.
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Statement from Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake following visit to Iraq

22 March 2017 – “I leave Iraq at a time when the country is facing significant challenges and opportunities. Yet everywhere I visited, children and their families told me of their dreams and their determination to make them real.”

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Nearly 600 million children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040

22 March 2017 – Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040.

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South West neonatal units lead the way in achieving Unicef Baby Friendly standards

20 March 2017 - New funding from the South West Neonatal Network will help all neonatal units in the region to achieve the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative award.

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One year on after EU-Turkey statement the human cost to refugee and migrant children mounts up

One year after the Balkan border closures and the EU-Turkey Statement which were aimed at stopping mass migration flows, refugee and migrant children face

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Sachin Tendulkar Appointed UNICEF and Cricket for Good Ambassador

LONDON/NEW DELHI, 8 March 2017 - On International Women’s Day, The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reaffirmed its commitment to the Spirit of

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Unicef UK Ambassador Martin Bell Meets Refugee Children As Syria Crisis Hits Six Years

15 March 2017 - Martin Bell, veteran BBC reporter and Unicef UK ambassador, visited Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley where he met Syrian children trying to rebuild their lives.

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HITTING ROCK BOTTOM: CHILDREN’S SUFFERING IN SYRIA AT ITS WORST

13 March 2017 - Grave violations against children in Syria were the highest on record in 2016, as the war reaches six years.

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STATEMENT ON IMPACT ON CHILDREN OF NEW LAW IN HUNGARY

9 March 2017 – Unicef is alarmed by the adoption of a new law in Hungary that foresees the mandatory detention of refugee and migrant children over 14 years of age.

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Response to parliamentary vote on ensuring local authority capacity for refugee children from Europe

7 March 2017 - Responding to today’s vote on ensuring local authority capacity for refugee children from Europe, Lily Caprani, Deputy Executive Director at Unicef UK, said: “It’s hugely disappointing that the Government did not listen to the many MPs who wanted the UK to do more for vulnerable refugee children in Europe. Thousands of unaccompanied refugee children have arrived on European shores and now face an uncertain future.

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Response to Parliamentary Vote on Unaccompanied Children in Greece and Italy

1 March 2017 - Today’s vote shows overwhelming cross-party support for the UK doing the right thing for vulnerable refugee children in Europe. Ahead of a major vote on an amendment next week which would ensure the Government must work to ensure more local authority capacity for refugee children, this is a clear signal that Conservative MPs and all of Parliament want the Government to do more to protect unaccompanied children.

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A deadly journey for children: The migration route from North Africa to Europe

28 February 2017 - Refugee and migrant children and women are routinely suffering sexual violence, exploitation, abuse and detention along the Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy, UNICEF warned in a new report.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom meets children and families affected by Boko Haram violence on Niger trip

24 February 2017 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom this week travelled to Diffa, south-east Niger, to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad Basin

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Dubs decision a "huge blow" for children

23 February 2017 - When the Dubs scheme ends there will be no legal way for the most vulnerable children - who are without family - to find safety in the UK.

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All parties at Geneva talks must put Syria’s children first

23 February 2017 – Bold leadership for the rights of children must be paramount as parties come together this week to attempt to bring peace after six years of war in Syria

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UNICEF statement on Baquer Namazi

22 February 2017 – One year ago today, our respected former UNICEF colleague, Baquer Namazi, was imprisoned in Iran.

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Nearly 1.4 million children at risk of death as famine looms in four countries

21 February 2017 – Almost 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of death from severe acute malnutrition this year, as famine looms in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

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At least 65,000 children released from armed forces and groups over last 10 years

21 February 2017 – At least 65,000 children have been released from armed forces and armed groups in the past 10 years

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Famine hits parts of South Sudan

20 February 2017 - War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine was declared today

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World Must Act Now to Save Lives in Somalia, UN Agencies Warn

17 February 2017 –As a devastating drought grips Somalia, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.

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Number of Ukrainian children needing aid nearly doubles to 1 million over the past year

17 February 2017 – As the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues, 1 million children are now in need of humanitarian assistance - nearly double the number this time last year

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