12 October 2018

80 per cent of school children returned to school in Ebola-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kinshasa/Dakar/New York/Geneva, 12 October 2018 – One month after the beginning of the school year, 80 per cent of school-aged children have returned to school in Beni and Mabalako health zones, the two epicentres of the current Ebola outbreak in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). More than half of these children are girls. “All [...]

10 October 2018

Visit UN City on Culture Night 2018

25 September 2018- On October 12, UN City welcomes the public on Culture Night 2018. This year you can experience several activities in our green and platinum LEED-certified building, including a celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration was adopted at the UN General Assembly on [...]

18 September 2018

A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world – UN report

New York/ Geneva/ Washington D.C., 18 September 2018 – An estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes, according to new mortality estimates released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group. The [...]

7 September 2018

Escalation of violence in Idlib could be deadly for children, UNICEF warns

New York, 7 September 2018 – A further escalation of fighting in Idlib, northwestern Syria, will put the lives of more than 1 million children at imminent risk, UNICEF said today. “Thousands of children in Idlib have been forced to leave their homes multiple times and are now living in overcrowded makeshift shelters, with food, [...]

31 July 2018

3 in 5 babies not breastfed in the first hour of life

New York/Geneva, 31 July 2018 – An estimated 78 million babies – or three in five – are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding, say UNICEF and WHO in a new report. Most of these babies are [...]

26 July 2018

Every three minutes a teenage girl is infected by HIV – UNICEF

Amsterdam/New York, 25 July 2018 – Around 30 teenagers aged 15 to 19 were newly infected with HIV per hour in 2017, according to a new UNICEF report. Of these, two-thirds were girls. “This is a crisis of health as well as a crisis of agency,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “In most countries, women [...]

27 June 2018

UNICEF procured a total of $3.46 billion in goods and services in 2017

​In 2017, UNICEF procured $3.46 billion in supplies and services for children in 150 countries and areas. Partnerships, competition, and strategic procurement contributed to price reductions for vaccines and other supplies, saving $394.6 million for governments and donors. Throughout the year, UNICEF’s focus on delivering sustainable access to life-saving commodities yielded results in health, [...]

15 May 2018

“Stop attacks on children”

New York, 15 May 2018 – Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore “From the Central African Republic to South Sudan, and from Syria to Afghanistan, attacks on children in conflict have continued unabated during the first four months of the year. "With little remorse and even less accountability, parties to conflict continue to [...]

2 May 2018

“Leaving no one Behind – Saving Lives through Immunization”: Photo and Video Exhibit in UN City Copenhagen

Copenhagen, 2 May 2018 -  To highlight the importance of immunization during World and European Immunization Week, WHO/Europe and UNICEF Supply Division created a joint photo and video exhibit in the UN City Lobby in Copenhagen. The exhibit, taking place between the 23rd of April and the 4th of May 2018, showcases UNICEF and WHO’s [...]

6 March 2018

25 million child marriages prevented in last decade due to accelerated progress, according to new UNICEF estimates

New York, 6 March 2018 – The prevalence of child marriage is decreasing globally with several countries seeing significant reductions in recent years, UNICEF said today. Overall, the proportion of women who were married as children decreased by 15 per cent in the last decade, from 1 in 4 to approximately 1 in 5. South [...]