By Rosangela Berman-Bieler
“We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”. _Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon_
BAGHDAD, 01 December 2016 – As the crisis in Iraq deepens, UNICEF continues to be at the frontlines to meet the urgent needs of the country’s most vulnerable girls and boys, with the invaluable support from donors.
The State of Kuwait has been a generous donor to UNCEF’s work to help the children affected by the crisis in Iraq.
A National Immunization Days (NID) campaign against polio commenced on 15 November, targeting 3,351,954 children under the age of five. The campaign has been completed in Warrap, Central Equatoria, Lakes and Northern Bahr el Ghazal, with implementation ongoing in remaining states.
Kyiv, 1 December 2016: A total of 12 pyrotechnical vehicles were officially handed over to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) today at the Fire and Rescue Station #25 in Kyiv. The vehicles were procured by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with the financial support of the Government of Japan.
The vehicles are designated for humanitarian demining teams and will be used to transport the teams to and within areas contaminated by landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in conflict-affected areas of Eastern Ukraine.
31 October 2016
• As of end of October 2016, there are 123,293 people displaced by the Nigerian crisis in Chad’s Lac region. Three additional sites were discovered this month.
• A Hepatitis E outbreak has been reported in the Salamat Region. A total of 128 cases, including 20 positive cases (16% positivity rate) and 2 deaths (1.6% case-fatality) were registered in Amtiman, the main city of Salamat Region.
Latest Humanitarian Developments
• As of 29 November, 12,318 families (73,908 individuals around half of them children under 18), are displaced as a result of Mosul operations.
• Since the start of operations on 17 October, UNICEF has reached 118,082 affected people (including 61,403 children) with life-saving response items through the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM).1
Beirut, 1 December 2016 – Under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and supported by UNICEF, the Centre for Educational Research and Development (CERD) and the Faculty of Pedagogy at the Lebanese University organised an academic symposium to initiate discussion on Lebanese schools inclusiveness while promoting inclusive education for children with special needs.
II. Executive Summary:
For almost three decades, the fight against HIV/AIDS was at the top of the world’s health agenda – an urgent priority that commanded commitment and compelled action.
That sense of urgency helped drive a global movement to end AIDS – from grassroots to governments to global organizations and partnerships. Targeted investment in innovation to reach and treat those at greatest risk have produced significant results, averting millions of new infections and giving new hope to families living with HIV around the world.
BAGHDAD, Iraq, 30 November, 2016 – Almost half of all the children in Mosul and their families have reportedly been cut off from access to clean water after a major water pipeline was destroyed amid the ongoing conflict.
The break in the pipeline -- one of three major water conduits serving civilians in eastern Mosul -- is located in parts of the city still held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), making it impossible to repair quickly.
New US$ four million Japanese grant to procure Inactivated Polio Vaccine
Islamabad - 29 November 2016: The Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) signed today an agreement of Japanese Yen 404 million (US$ 4 million) grant for “the Project for the Control and Eradication of Poliomyelitis”.
Violent protests broke out over the postponement of presidential polls between demonstrators and police forces on 19 & 20 September in Kinshasa. Opposition groups claimed that more than 50 people were killed, while the Government said 17 people died.
At least 680 civilians were killed in the 120 attacks in Beni territory since October 2014. Victims and witnesses described brutal attacks in which assailants methodically kill people with guns, axes and machetes. The actual number of victims could be much higher.
Abuja – Over a hundred thousand families in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria have been reached so-far with food and nutrition support in a US$20 million (£16.1m) multi-year joint project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).
SOS Children’s Villages is joining 77 other organisation in urging the European Commission and EU member states to step up protections of migrant and refugee children.
In a joint statement to be released at the European Forum on the Rights of the Child, which begins Tuesday in Brussels, SOS Children’s Villages and its partners are calling for seven action points to protect children in migration: