By Robin Nandy
In conflict-affected regions, children miss out on life-saving vaccines
Anyone with access to a TV, or even a smartphone has unlimited access to images of the destruction that armed conflict causes around the globe. We can see details of the ways war and violence threaten and disrupt children’s lives.
NEW YORK/GENÈVE, 22 avril 2016 – « Près des deux tiers des enfants qui n’ont pas été immunisés avec des vaccins de base vivent dans des pays qui sont partiellement ou entièrement touchés par un conflit », a déclaré l’UNICEF à l’approche de la Semaine mondiale de la vaccination.
Parmi les pays où se déroule un conflit, le Soudan du Sud a le pourcentage le plus élevé d’enfants non vaccinés avec 61 % d’entre eux ne recevant pas les vaccins pour enfants les plus essentiels, suivi de la Somalie (58 %) et de la Syrie (57 %).
Getrude Clement, 16, from Tanzania, addressed the UN General Assembly on Climate Action on behalf of youth
SPEECH AS DELIVERED:
“Honorable leaders of all nations, distinguished guests, my fellow children and young people, and all others here today.
“My name is Getrude Clement. I am sixteen years old. I come from Mwanza Tanzania in East Africa.
“But today I am standing before you to represent children and young people all over the world.
“Climate change poses a big problem for the entire planet.
World Immunization Week –24-30th April
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 22 April 2016 – Almost two-thirds of children who have not been immunized with basic vaccines live in countries that are either partially or entirely affected by conflict, UNICEF said ahead of World Immunization Week.
Of countries in conflict, South Sudan has the highest percentage of unimmunized children, with 61 per cent not receiving the most basic childhood vaccines, followed by Somalia (58 per cent) and Syria (57 per cent).
The gradual tightening of entry criteria in February 2016 and the final closure of Western Balkan borders to irregular onward movement on 7 March 2016 have left a group of some 1,000 people in the country who are now unable to continue towards their intended destination. Almost all of them are from Syria and Afghanistan. Around 770 are currently housed at the transit center at the northern border in Tabanovce, while 138 are residing at the Vinojug centre at the southern border in Gevgelija.
By Simon Nazer, Abu Obeida Eltayeb
There’s a big, never before seen switch happening throughout the world. It’s the largest, fastest globally coordinated rollout of a vaccine into routine immunization programs in history and will help make polio a thing of the past.
In early 2015, a joint UNICEF/WFP research initiative supported by DFID and conducted by the Boston Consulting Group established that the average financial return on investment (ROI) for 49 humanitarian preparedness interventions analyzed in high risk contexts is more than 200%.
This means that every $1 spent on preparing is worth more than $2 in the event of an emergency. Preparedness was also shown to save responders more than one week of operational t ime on average- reach ing more people faster to save more lives.
Low public spending, ineffective social protection policies and programmes are hampering progress for children in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
GENEVA, 20 April 2016 — Children who are falling furthest behind in society benefit the most when countries invest in more effective social protection, according to a new UNICEF Report launched today.
ADVOCACY: A TOOL TO SUPPORT THE NUTRITION CLUSTER TO DELIVER ITS MISSION
The Nutrition Cluster was established in 2006 as part of the Humanitarian Reform process. It is a partnership that aims to safeguard and improve the nutritional status of emergency affected populations by ensuring an appropriate Nutrition in Emergency (NiE) response at country level that is predictable, timely, effective, and at scale.
Rationale and objectives of the meeting
In the East Asia and the Pacific Region (EAPR), despite economic growth and achievements in health and nutrition indicators, maternal and child undernutrition rates and burden remain extremely high. The annual estimated number of cases of severe wasting in EAPR countries is over six million, but the indirect coverage of the treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is less than 2%. Prevention and management of acute malnutrition is therefore a large unfinished agenda in this region.
GENEVA, 6 April 2016 - With the process of returning refugees and migrants from the Greek islands to Turkey underway as part of the EU-Turkey agreement, UNICEF reminds States of their duty to care and protect all children and give them a full and fair hearing when deciding on their future.
By Severine Leonardi
The children around the table fell silent, fixing their attention on their friend. “I enjoy planting flowers. It reminds me of my grandmother,” 12-year old Siba was saying. “It’s what we used to do together, but she’s still in Syria. I miss her.”
Nuevos datos revelan el número de niños que están expuestos a un conflicto durante el periodo más importante para el desarrollo del cerebro
NUEVA YORK, 24 de marzo de 2016 – Más de 86,7 millones de niños menores de siete años han pasado toda su vida en una zona asediada por un conflicto, un factor que representa un riesgo para el desarrollo de su cerebro, según ha afirmado hoy UNICEF.
True stories of children inspire #actofhumanity global initiative
NEW YORK, 29 March 2016 -- UNICEF today launched a series of animated films to help frame positive perceptions towards the tens of millions of children and young people on the move globally.
De nouvelles données font état du nombre d’enfants exposés à un conflit pendant la période la plus importante pour le développement du cerveau
NEW YORK, le 24 mars 2016 – « Plus de 86,7 millions d’enfants âgés de moins de sept ans ont passé leur vie entière dans des zones de conflit, ce qui pose un risque pour le développement de leur cerveau », a aujourd’hui affirmé l’UNICEF.
New figures reveal the number of children exposed to conflict during peak brain-development period
NEW YORK, USA, 24 March 2016 – More than 86.7 million children under the age of 7 have spent their entire lives in conflict zones, putting their brain development at risk, UNICEF said today.
The partnership includes the establishment of the Tsinghua Global Innovation Centre for Children
BEIJING, 22 March 2016 – Tsinghua University and UNICEF announced a new long-term partnership to leverage the use of innovation, design and technology, in helping to reach some of the poorest and most disadvantaged children across the world.
GENEVA, 22 March 2016 – UNICEF today expressed concern that the new agreement between the EU and Turkey, which comes into effect this week, does not address the pressing humanitarian needs of 19,000 refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece.
Children make up 40 percent of the refugee and migrant population in Greece. It is estimated that unaccompanied children make up 10 percent of the child population.
UNICEF warned the new agreement could push children and families to take other more dangerous routes including the central Mediterranean Sea.
La campaña en Instagram #ClimateChain (#CadenaClimática) destacará el agua y el medio ambiente
NUEVA YORK, 21 de marzo de 2016 – En la víspera del Día Mundial del Agua, UNICEF dijo que el esfuerzo para llevar agua potable a millones de personas en todo el mundo va a ser aún más problemático debido al cambio climático, que amenaza el abastecimiento de agua y la seguridad del agua para millones de niños que viven en zonas propensas a sequías o inundaciones.
#ClimateChain Instagram campaign will highlight water and the environment
New York, 21 March 2016 – On the eve of World Water Day, UNICEF said the push to bring safe water to millions around the world is going to be even more challenging due to climate change, which threatens both water supply and water safety for millions of children living in drought- or flood-prone areas.