Press releases

‘Yes, Sir!’ Liam Payne and Sir Mo Farah surprise Ilford children and take on Soccer Aid Schools Challenge

Pupils at John Bramston Primary School were in for a surprise when Liam Payne and Sir Mo Farah walked through the doors on Monday 16 May to take part in their Soccer Aid Schools Challenge.

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The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) responds to the launch of the UK Government's International Development Strategy

"The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) welcomes the release of the new UK International Development Strategy. Ensuring every child has access to a good education, reliable healthcare and is protected from harm speaks to the core of British values. 

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Tanzania’s Ministries of Education, Schools2030 and UNICEF’s Data Must Speak Research join forces to improve education in the country

12 May 22, Florence/London – UNICEF’s Data Must Speak Positive Deviance* Research is expanding into Tanzania. The research, which is now active in 14 countries, aims to improve education around the world by identifying best practices from schools that are doing well.

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell's remarks at the Brussels VI Conference: "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"

10th May 2022 - UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell's remarks at the Brussels VI Conference: "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell on latest school attack in Luhansk, Ukraine

8th May 2022 - UNICEF strongly condemns yet another attack on a school in Ukraine amid reports that civilians, including children, had sought shelter in the school’s bunker.

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Number of Syrian children in need hits record high

8th May 2022 - UNICEF statement as number of Syrian children in need hits record high

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UNICEF Geneva Palais briefing note on the situation of children in Ukraine and neighbouring countries

6 May 2022- This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF's Regional Child Protection Advisor for Europe and Central Asia, Aaron Greenberg – to whom quoted text may be attributed - at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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Every day that the war in Ukraine continues is a nightmare for millions of children

5 May 2022- UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell's remarks at the High-Level International Donor's Conference for Ukraine

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell's remarks at the launch of the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises

4 May 2022 –UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell's remarks at the launch of the 2022 Global Report on Food Crises

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School year nears tragic end in Ukraine amid child deaths, empty classrooms and destruction of educational facilities

4 May 2022 – At least one in six UNICEF-supported schools in eastern Ukraine have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the war, including School 36 – the only ‘Safe School’ in Mariupol – underscoring the dramatic impact the conflict is having on children’s lives and futures.

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Education milestone for Rohingya refugee children as Myanmar curriculum pilot reaches first 10,000 children

May 1, 2022- A breakthrough for Rohingya refugee children living in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps in Bangladesh sees the first 10,000 children enrolled to receive education based on the national curriculum of their home country Myanmar.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo – UNICEF urges parents and children in Equateur Province to take safety precautions after second confirmed fatality from most recent Ebola virus outbreak

29 APRIL 2022 – UNICEF has urged parents and children living in the western province of Equateur to maintain the utmost vigilance amid the 14th and latest outbreak of Ebola virus which first emerged on the outskirts of the provincial capital Mbandaka.

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At least 21 children reported killed in violence in Sudan’s West Darfur

28 April 2022 – “We received harrowing reports that at least 21 children - including an 11-month-old baby - were killed over the past few days during ongoing violence, mostly in the Kerinik area of the West Darfur region in Sudan.

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UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell visits drought-impacted Somali region in Ethiopia and calls for an immediate scaled-up response to save the lives of millions of children

April 28 2022 – At the end of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell urged the international community to immediately scale up support to avert a humanitarian catastrophe due to the drought in Ethiopia and the rest of the Horn of Africa.

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UNICEF and WHO warn of ‘perfect storm’ of conditions for measles outbreaks, affecting children

27 April 2022 – An increase in measles cases in January and February 2022 is a worrying sign of a heightened risk for the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and could trigger larger outbreaks, particularly of measles affecting millions of children in 2022, warn WHO and UNICEF.

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Global polio eradication initiative calls for renewed commitments to achieve promise of a polio-free world

26 April 2022 – The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announced that it is seeking new commitments to fund its 2022-2026 Strategy, which if fully funded, will see the vaccination of 370 million children annually for the next five years.

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At least 10 million children face severe drought in the Horn of Africa – UNICEF

22 April 2022 - UN Children’s Fund warns of rapid rise in need as humanitarian funding requirements double

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Child immunisation programme reaches Rohingya refugee children on Bhasan Char island – UNICEF

21 April 2022 – Rohingya refugee children on Bhasan Char in Bangladesh are receiving vaccinations through a routine childhood immunisation programme- UNICEF

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