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Pandora donates $1 million to UNICEF's response in Ukraine

27 February 2022 - Jewellery brand Pandora has reacted quickly to the conflict in Ukraine and donated USD 1 million to UNICEF's efforts to help children affected by the humanitarian crisis.

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The international community and the de facto authorities must find ways to work together – for the sake of the children of Afghanistan

The international community and the de facto authorities must find ways to work together – for the sake of the children of Afghanistan

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More than half of parents and pregnant women exposed to aggressive formula milk marketing – WHO, UNICEF

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 22 February 2022- New report details exploitative practices employed by $55 billion formula industry, compromising child nutrition, violating international commitments

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ACT-Accelerator calls for fair share-based financing of US$ 23 billion to end pandemic as global emergency in 2022

GENEVA, February 9, 2022 - World leaders will today launch a call to end the pandemic as a global emergency in 2022 by funding the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, a partnership of leading agencies that is providing low and middle-income countries with tests, treatments, vaccines, and personal protective equipment.

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UNICEF meets child survivors of the attack on northeast Syria prison

6 February 2022 - UNICEF meets child surivors of the attack on northeast Syria prison and calls for immediate release of children

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UNICEF raises appeal for children affected by Typhoon Rai to US$39 million

GENEVA/NEW YORK, 3 February 2022 – UNICEF revises its emergency fundraising appeal for children affected by Typhoon Rai (locally named Odette) from an initial US$11.5 million to US$39 million. More than a month after the Super Typhoon hit the Philippines, assessments reveal that the needs of affected families are greater than initial estimates. Of the sixteen million affected people, an estimated 2.4 million people, including 912,00 children, need assistance. UNICEF’s appeal targets 492,000 people and 293,000 children, focusing on the hardest-to-reach and impoverished families.

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Comment on UK Government announcement of new financial commitment to global nutrition programmes Joanna Rea, Director of Advocacy, UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) said:

02 February 2022, "The UK Government's announcement of new funding of £1.5 billion over the next 8 years to global nutrition programmes will provide a much-needed life-line for millions of children.

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IHS Towers partners with UNICEF to accelerate school connectivity mapping

24 January 2022 – On International Day of Education, IHS Towers and UNICEF announced a three-year international partnership to support the Giga initiative’s objective to map internet connectivity of all schools worldwide. Giga is a joint initiative of UNICEF’s Office of Innovation and ITU’s Telecommunications Development Bureau.

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COVID-19: Scale of education loss ‘nearly insurmountable’, warns UNICEF

24 January 2022 – More than 635 million students remain affected by full or partial school closures. On the International Day of Education and as the COVID-19 pandemic nears its two-year mark, UNICEF shares the latest available data on the impact of the pandemic on children’s learning.

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Nearly 850 children at immediate risk as violence continues in northeast Syria

23 January 2022 - A statement attributable to Bo Viktor Nylund, UNICEF Syria Representative as UNICEF calls for the release of children in detention, taking them through restorative justice and the return of foreign children in the northeast of Syria to their home countries.

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Violence in Yemen rapidly escalates leaving a heavy toll on children

22 January 2022 - Statement attributable to Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, as the number of children reported killed doubles in one month in Yemen

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Grave violations against children hits record high in Sudan

AMMAN, 19 January 2022 – “Over 120 grave violations against children have been verified across Sudan since the military coup on 25 October last year.

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UNICEF enters supply agreements for COVID-19 oral antiviral medicine Molnupiravir

NEW YORK/COPENHAGEN, 18 January 2022 – UNICEF has signed several long term agreements (LTA) with suppliers for the procurement of the new antiviral medicine Molnupiravir.

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UNICEF ready to support families and children in the aftermath of volcanic eruption and tsunami in Tonga

SUVA, FIJI (17 January 2022) - UNICEF Pacific is ready to work together with the Government of Tonga and its partners to ensure urgent life-saving support is provided to families and children in the aftermath of the volcanic eruption and tsunami.

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Statement on the delivery of the billionth COVID-19 vaccine dose by COVAX

16th January 2022 “Overnight, a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Rwanda included the billionth dose supplied via COVAX. This is a remarkable milestone in the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. Yet, with so many people still waiting to be offered a single dose, more needs to be done urgently.

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Statement by Alice Akunga, UNICEF Afghanistan Representative a.i., on the death of eight children due to detonation of explosive remnant

KABUL, 11 January 2022 – “UNICEF is deeply saddened by the killing of eight children in the Lal Pur District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, yesterday, when an explosive remnant of war detonated near a school. Four other children, who had been attending class, were also injured. All twelve children killed and injured were boys.

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