NEW YORK/GENEVA, 29 May 2016 - UNICEF expresses alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past week in the Central Mediterranean, many of whom were believed to be unaccompanied minors.
In anticipation of a major summer upswing of child migrants using the dangerous crossing between Libya and Italy UNICEF will shortly begin an operation with the Italian Government and partners to provide protection support.
Colombo, 27 May, 2016: The Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) appeal to all relevant parties to be mindful of the continued need for breastfeeding of infants during the current flood and landslide emergency, and caution against unnecessary and potentially harmful donations and use of infant formula and powdered milk.
Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) violates universally recognized international legal norms and standards and has always been unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for humanitarian workers. It brings harm to those whom the UN and humanitarian agencies are mandated to protect, and jeopardizes the reputation of these agencies and their ability to provide protection.
Internal displacement monitoring center estimates that at least 3,276,000 Iraqis were internally displaced as of 15 January 2015 and its figures were based on estimates published by the United Nation agencies, including Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nation Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), as well as data published by International Organization for Migration (IOM) and national and local authorities.
In February 2016, HAC commissioner in Ed Deain informed the humanitarian community of the arrival of South Sudanese (SS) in Khor Omer IDP camp in Ed Deain. The arrivals of SS were reported in March 2016 by HAC and SRCS in the different localities of East Darfur State. Due to inaccessibility to these areas, the humanitarian assessment was delayed until 10-11 May 2016.
“Declaration of Intent” signed at Ministry of Interior
ROME, 27 May 2016 – With 16,478 refugee and migrant children having arrived by sea in Italy in 2015 and more than 5,000 having entered the country already this year, UNICEF and the Government of Italy today announced a new collaboration to improve their care and protection.
By Midhat Ali Zaidi
Clashes between the Forces Armées de la RDC (FARDC) and armed groups in North Kivu province resulted in the abrupt dismantling of IDP camps, in part due to government information that camps had been infiltrated by armed groups. With the subsequent displacement of up to 35,000 people, UNICEF and other humanitarian actors have been addressing the most urgent needs and advocating that camp closures are conducted in a more coordinated manner, in line with relevant international regulations.
From 14-20 May, Sri Lanka received heavy rainfall due to atmospheric disturbances and the formation of Tropical Cyclone Roanu. On 15-16 May, some parts of the country received the highest rainfall for the season.
The ongoing El Niño-induced drought and saline intrusion emergency has adversely impacted the lives of two million people, including 520,000 children and a million women with shortage of water and food and now in need of humanitarian assistance in 18 most affected provinces. Reduced access to drinking water and water for other domestic uses exacerbated the prevalence of malnutrition and communicable diseases.
By Rebekka Opfermann
At first glance, the School No. 12 in Slovyansk, Eastern Ukraine, looks like any other school. Proud parents drop off their sons and daughters first thing in the morning; children chase balls, play games and chatter excitedly and busy teachers rush in and out of the staff room.
Aperçu de la situation
2,3 million de personnes ont besoin d'aide humanitaire en République centrafricaine (HRP 2016) parmi lesquels 1,4 million ciblées par le cluster WASH. Par ailleurs, en fin mars 2016, la Commission Mouvement de Populations donnait un total de 420 231 déplacés avec, 184 637 sur sites et 235 594 en famille d'accueil.
Across Iraq, 96,290 Syrian refugees living in 10 camps continued to benefit from routine access to water, sanitation and hygiene services. 17,967 Syrian Refugee children in camp schools and CFS benefitted from access to functional latrines.
Donors continue to support expansion, improvement of Jordanian education system
AMMAN (May 26, 2016) – The European Union, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom and United States, together with UNICEF, today announced their support to the Government of Jordan’s landmark commitment, made at the Syrian Conference in London earlier this year, to educate every child in Jordan in the 2016/2017 school year.
By Emily Bamford
Can all of Nigeria be Open Defecation Free by 2025? A Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee in the remote northern village of Gidan Darge is paving the way.
JIGAWA STATE, Nigeria, 25 May 2016 – In north-eastern Nigeria, 300 miles north of the capital city of Abuja, lies the village of Gidan Darge. Though the village is located in a dry, remote area, it is pioneering advances in water, sanitation and hygiene for the entire country.
For UNICEF Somalia, 2015 was a year of highs and lows. We saw positive progress for children and their rights but also the devastating loss of four of our colleagues in an attack in Puntland.
In October, Somalia became the 196th country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is excellent news for children.The Convention provides an important framework for policy and legislation on children’s rights. UNICEF immediately started working closely with the federal government to ensure its implementation.
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La iniciativa "La educación no puede esperar" busca proporcionar educación de calidad en los próximos cinco años para 13,6 millones de niños y jóvenes en situaciones de emergencia y crisis prolongadas.
Estambul, 23 de mayo de 2016 – Varias organizaciones mundiales y nacionales lanzaron hoy la iniciativa “La educación no puede esperar", un nuevo fondo para coordinar mejor el apoyo a la educación para los niños y los jóvenes afectados por situaciones de emergencia humanitaria y crisis prolongada, e impulsar la inversión en este terreno.