In Focus: Refugee crisis in Europe
- EU: Declaration of the High-level Conference on the Eastern Mediterranean - Western Balkans Route
- UNHCR: 66th Session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner's Programme Agenda point 5(a). Statement by Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, 8 Oct 2015
- UNHCR: Interim Operational Considerations for the feeding support of Infants and Young Children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit settings in Europe
Appeals & Funding
- Special Mediterranean Initiative Jun 2015 – Dec 2016, Supplementary Appeal
- UNHCR: Special Mediterranean Initiative: Plan for an enhanced operational response (Jun–Dec 2015)
- IFRC Response Plan: A Movement coordinated approach focusing on the Mediterranean and neighbouring regions
IFRC Population Movement Emergency Appeals/Emergency Plan of Action for European Countries Slovenia (Oct 2015); Croatia (Oct 2015); Hungary (Sep 2015); FYR of Macedonia (Sep 2015); Serbia (Sep 2015); Greece (Sep 2015); Italy (May 2015)
By Dr. Cecilia Scharp / 2 October 2015
In 2012, the UN made the announcement that the Millennium Development Goal target on water had been met and over two billion more people now had access to water from ‘improved’ sources. Many people thought: “Wonderful! The images of children and women carrying heavy water buckets on their heads for miles are now going to be a thing of the past! It’s time to celebrate!”
Not so fast…
HARGEISA, Somaliland, 1 October 2015 - Schoolchildren in Somaliland are among thousands of pupils from around the world who have been taking part in the World’s Largest Lesson learning about the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
By UNICEF Connect
Violence. Loss. Displacement. 5 years into the Syrian crisis, the lives of millions of children and families have been devastated by the brutal conflict. Thousands have lost their lives and countless more have been injured. Millions have been forced to flee their homes in a country now left in ruins and over 422,000 people are currently living under siege. More than 7.6 million Syrian children are in need of help.
BELGRADE, Serbia/GENEVA, 30 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has completed his two-day visit to Serbia to meet refugee and migrant children moving into Europe in the hope of finding a place of safety. Most, with their families, are fleeing war and hardship in their home countries.
After visiting the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Tuesday, Mr. Bloom crossed the border to the Republic of Serbia and met with some of the most vulnerable children on the move.
SUVA, FIJI. 30 SEPTEMBER 2015
It can be all too easy to think of adverse weather events such as El Niño as simply that – a cyclical warming of Pacific ocean waters that causes varying types of unseasonal weather; rain, flooding and elevated sea levels affecting low-lying atoll nations near the equator, paralysing drought affecting more populous countries in the Pacific south west. In parallel with this, a longer and more intense cyclone season generated by El Niño threatens almost all Pacific countries – a phenomenon expected to last well into 2016.
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Twitter takeover, 30 September, 8:00 am EST, @UNICEF*
NEW YORK, 29 September 2015 – Conflicts and instability in five countries alone have uprooted at least 4.5 million children, UNICEF said on the eve of a United Nations high-level meeting on the global migrant and refugee crisis.
GEVGELIJA/ GENEVA, 29 September 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom has called for greater protection for tens of thousands of refugee and migrant children as they continue their journeys to seek safety in Europe.
Mr. Bloom today met children during a visit to a refugee and migrant reception centre near Gevgelija in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at the border with Greece. He listened to stories of their perilous journeys, their concerns and hopes for the future. Many of them have escaped violence in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
NUEVA YORK, 28 de septiembre de 2015 - UNICEF en América Latina y el Caribe, junto a las organizaciones Coalición Empresarial Mundial por la Educación y World at School, presentó hoy la Iniciativa a favor de Escuelas y Comunidades Fuertes durante el evento global ‘Up for School’ que reúne en Nueva York a jóvenes, líderes empresariales, docentes, sociedad civil y organizaciones religiosas de todo el mundo para realizar un llamamiento a favor de que la educación sea considerada una prioridad en la nueva agenda del desarrollo global.
NEW YORK, 28 September 2015 - An estimated 500,000 newborn lives have been saved and 100 million women and their newborns protected from the deadly disease, maternal and newborn tetanus, thanks to a ten-year long partnership between Pampers® and UNICEF that helped achieve this milestone.
The partners marked the tenth anniversary of their work today by celebrating the contributions of their joint effort that has helped in the elimination of maternal and newborn tetanus in 17 countries, with the success of the ‘1 Pack = 1 Vaccine’ initiative.
Colaborar para construir escuelas seguras y ambientes de aprendizaje protectores
GENÈVE/NEW YORK, 25 septembre 2015 – L’UNICEF lance un appel de fonds de 14 millions de dollars afin de venir en aide aux enfants réfugiés et migrants en Europe, face à l’augmentation de 80% du nombre d’enfants arrivés sur le continent – dont beaucoup fuient les conflits en Syrie, en Irak et en Afghanistan.
Au total, 133 000 enfants ont trouvé refuge dans l’Union européenne entre janvier et juillet 2015 – soit en moyenne 19 000 enfants chaque mois, selon les dernières données disponibles d’Eurostat. Une personne sur 4 en quête de refuge est un enfant.
BEIJING, 24 SEPTEMBER 2015 - Representatives from 20 countries agreed on ambitious new targets to eliminate parent-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis at the 10th Asia Pacific Prevention of Parent-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis Task Force Meeting.
With the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), representatives agreed on the new targets and made strong pledges to improve maternal and child health care.
US$14 million needed to care for children on the move
GENEVA / NEW YORK, 25 September – UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to assist refugee and migrant children in Europe, following an 80 per cent increase in the number of children on the move into the continent – many escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In emergencies, quality education is crucial to provide children with physical, psychosocial and cognitive protection that can be both life-sustaining and life-saving. Despite this, research shows that child protection and education are among the least funded humanitarian sectors.
NEW YORK, 24 September 2015 – A unique installation that brings the voices of children and young people to the heart of the United Nations General Assembly was unveiled today by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and two young people from UNICEF Voices of Youth initiative. As the UN prepares to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, the Assembly of Youth, a digital installation created for UNICEF by Google, harnesses mobile technology and social media to deliver personal messages …
Building an evidence culture
The Office of Research – Innocenti has just released the third edition of its annual publication Best of UNICEF Research 2015. With each edition learning about a key element in a global development organization’s effort to gather evidence increases.
Over the course of its existence Best of UNICEF Research has grown in terms of the quality of research represented, the range and complexity of research questions addressed and in the programmatic and geographic scope of the submissions.
NEW YORK/GENEVA/BRUSSELS, 23 September 2015 – "UNICEF welcomes the recognition by the EU that the best interests of children are paramount in their relocation within the EU and that the special needs of children for health care and protection should be a primary concern.
“We are pleased that particular attention has been paid in the EU’s latest proposals to the vulnerability of child refugees and migrants and urge that efforts are increased to care for and support the children most of whom have experienced terrifying journeys, and are exhausted and frightened.
UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to respond to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, with US$6.5 urgently needed for the immediate response in the next 6 months.
22 September 2015 - UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the World Bank Group today released updated estimates on child malnutrition, including stunting, wasting and excessive weight. These figures update the child malnutrition numbers in recently released 2015 Global Nutrition Report and today’s new estimates include data from 62 new surveys from 57 countries.
The key new figures reflect the downward trend reported on in the GNR:
The new 2014 data reveals that 159 million children are stunted, 50 million are wasted and 41 million are overweight. 
By Christopher Tidey / 15 September 2015
There are many stories at the reception centre for refugees and migrants in Gevgelija, in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Every girl and boy, every man and woman who passes through this place has one. There are stories of war and hardship. Of bombed out schools and homes. Stories with many villains and very few heroes.