Press releases

UNICEF Statement on adoption of Hungarian legislation impacting refugee and migrant children

UNICEF statement in response to legislation approved by the Hungarian parliament that criminalizes any individual or group that offers to help an illegal immigrant claim asylum.

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Rugby League World Cup 2021 Partners With Unicef UK

19 June 2019 - Rugby League World Cup 2021 today announced a new ground-breaking partnership with Unicef UK who have become the official charity of the tournament.

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2 in 3 infants live in countries where dads are not entitled to a single day of paid paternity leave – UNICEF

14 June 2018 – Almost two-thirds of the world’s children under 1 year old – nearly 90 million – live in countries where their fathers are not entitled by law to a single day of paid paternity leave, according to a new UNICEF analysis.

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Monsoon rains hit Rohingya refugee camps, raising risks for thousands of children

14 June 2018 – Torrential rain and strong winds hit Rohingya refugee camps and makeshift settlements in the past week, threatening the health and safety of thousands of children as the first major storm of the monsoon season arrived in south-eastern Bangladesh.

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore calling for the protection of children in Hodeida and throughout Yemen

12 June 2018 – “As Hodeida faces the threat of an assault, I am extremely concerned about the impact it will have on children in this port city and beyond. UNICEF estimates that at least 300,000 children currently live in and around Hodeidah city – boys and girls who have been suffering for so long already."

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Breaking all barriers: 8 million children sit end-of-year exams across the Middle East and North Africa

11 June 2018 – An estimated 8 million school children across the Middle East and North Africa are sitting their year-end school exams.

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SOCCER AID FOR UNICEF ON ITV RAISES RECORD £5.5M FOR WORLD’S CHILDREN

10th June 2018 –Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018, broadcast live and exclusively on ITV and STV this evening, has raised a record-breaking £5,540,259 so far for Unicef’s vital work protecting children in danger around the world.

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UNICEF estimates more than 650,000 children in areas affected by Fuego volcano eruption

9 June 2018 - UNICEF is working with partners to provide essential support and services to the more than 650,000 children and adolescents living in areas affected by the eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano. Over 12,000 people have been evacuated so far, while some 3,700 people – including hundreds of children – are now staying in emergency shelters.

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Children in Syria continue to pay the heaviest price of a war not of their making

11 June 2018 - “UNICEF received reports that at least 13 children were killed in the past days in Syria. This is a statement from Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF's Regional Director in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Migrant children expelled to Niger in growing numbers as Europe and North Africa tighten borders

UN Global Compacts for Migration and Refugees must strengthen cross-border solutions to keep children safe – UNICEF.

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Update on flooding and rates of malnutrition in Somalia

After four consecutive poor rainy seasons that brought Somalia once again to the brink of famine, the country is now seeing near-record rainfall, and with it, flooding and displacement affecting hundreds of thousands.

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Stars of Soccer Aid for Unicef Welcomed to 10 Downing Street for Reception with Prime Minister Theresa May

Wednesday 6th June 2018 – Today the Prime Minister welcomed the stars of this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef, including former Olympic athletes Usain Bolt and Soccer Aid co-founder Robbie Williams to a reception at 10 Downing Street.

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More than 300,000 people reached with campaign to fight Ebola outbreak in DRC

5 June 2018- Since the start of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Unicef and its partners have reached more than 300,000 people with lifesaving information about how to avoid contracting the deadly virus, as part of an ongoing awareness-raising campaign targeting more than 800,000 people across the affected areas.

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Unicef UK Announces the Appointment of The Rt Hon Douglas Alexander as Chair

Douglas Alexander, former Secretary of State for International Development and UK Governor to the World Bank, has been appointed Chair of Unicef UK

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Ongoing conflict leaves nearly half of children in Afghanistan out of school

3 June 2018 – Nearly half of children aged between 7 and 17 years old – 3.7 million – in Afghanistan are missing out on school, according to the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children: Afghanistan Country Study released today.

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Children in Mali bear heaviest brunt of conflict as security situation worsens

29 May 2018 –  As the security situation in Mali continues to worsen, children are being denied the opportunity to survive, learn and thrive, UNICEF said today.

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UNICEF and The World Bank Emergency Cash Transfers Reach 9 million of the Most Vulnerable People in War-torn Yemen

28 May 2018 – Nearly 1.5 million of the most vulnerable families in Yemen have received emergency cash transfers from UNICEF, funded and supported by the World Bank

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UNICEF responds to Home Affairs Committee report on Immigration

Amy Gibbs, Unicef UK's Director of Advocacy, responds to today's report on Immigration by the Home Affairs Committee.

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