Video still - Malak and the Boat: A Journey from Syria

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.

Called Unfairy Tales, the three animations – true stories of the flight of children from conflict – explain the horror behind why they fled. They have been animated in the style of a fairy tale and will be supported by an interactive e-book experience also called Unfairy Tales.

The Unfairy Tales are part of an initiative, #actofhumanity, emphasising that children are children, no matter where they come from, and that every child has rights and deserves a fair chance.

“No matter where they are in the world, when refugee and migrant children reach their destination, it is the beginning of another journey, not the end of the road,” said Paloma Escudero, UNICEF’s head of communication.

“Every day, everywhere, people are helping them out with small acts of humanity. These acts rarely make news but they are making all the difference in the world to individual refugee and migrant children. UNICEF wants to showcase these #actofhumanity to inspire others and show the way forward,” Escudero said.

One story – “Ivine and the Pillow” – animates the true story of 14-year-old Ivine and her pillow, Pillow. After a perilous escape from Syria, Ivine settles at a refugee camp in Germany only to face new challenges. “Malak and the Boat”, tells the tale of a young girl’s voyage in a leaky boat. The third animation depicts the story of Mustafa, who after fleeing his home, wonders who is left to be his friend.

”The stories of the three children are not unusual. At least 65 million children and young people globally are on the move – escaping conflict, poverty and extreme weather - looking for a more stable life and a place to call home,” Escudero said. 

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Unfairy Tales True stories of refugee and migrant children inspire UNICEF to launch #actofhumanity global initiative

NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 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.

Called Unfairy Tales, the three animations – true stories of the flight of children from conflict – explain the horror behind why they fled. They have been animated in the style of a fairy tale and will be supported by an interactive e-book experience also calledUnfairy Tales.

The Unfairy Tales are part of an initiative, #actofhumanity, emphasising that children are children, no matter where they come from, and that every child has rights and deserves a fair chance.

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Double burden: childhood stunting and obesity in Indonesia

Bangkok/ HONG KONG, 28 March 2016 – Zahra and Zohra are 32-month-old twin girls living in the central Javan village of Pandes, Indonesia. The girls were born prematurely, weighing just 1.6 and 2.1 kg respectively. Since birth, they have struggled to achieve a healthy weight. Living close by is Bintang, a 15-month-old boy. Since he was six months old, his weight has soared and he is considered overweight for his age.

Bintang’s story is a familiar one. His father, Budianto, and his grandmother, Desi, care for him while his mother works at a local clothes store. While his father considers Bintang to be healthy, his growth chart shows that his weight is far too high.

On 22 September 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives the opening remarks at the panel and interactive discussion ‘Meeting of the Minds: Investing in Early Childhood as the Foundation for Sustainable Development’ at United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ). The high-level meeting, hosted and co-chaired by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira, brought together leaders from the public and private sectors, academia, UN organizations and civil society, media leaders and other participants to pledge their commitments to early childhood development. The meeting was followed by a press briefing – hosted by Mr. Lake, Goodwill Ambassador Shakira and Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University Dr. Jack Shonkoff – on the urgent need for increased investment in early childhood development globally. The high-level event and press briefing were held in the context of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, which opened on 15 September, and preceded the 2015 Sustainable Development Summit taking place on 25 September at UNHQ. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are meant to succeed the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals – which were set in 2000, to be met by 2015 – and will guide development efforts through 2030.

UN and its Agencies, Funds and Programmes condemn Easter Day attack on civilians in Lahore, Pakistan

Statements by the United Nations Pakistan Country Team and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Statement from the United Nations System in Pakistan

“United Nations Country Team in Pakistan condemns in the strongest terms, the murderous attack on hundreds of people at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park in Lahore, mainly women and children. All people in Pakistan have the right to peaceful lives. Brutality such as that in Lahore contradicts that universal right. Our thoughts are with the Pakistani people, with the victims and their families.”

Islamabad, Pakistan, 28 March 2016

Statement attributable to the Spokesman of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide bombing today at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in the Pakistani city of Lahore, killing at least 60 people and wounding over 100, including many women and children.

“The Secretary-General calls for the perpetrators of this appalling terrorist act to be brought swiftly to justice, consistent with human rights obligations. He urges the Government to do its utmost to put in place protective measures to ensure the personal security of all individuals, including religious minority communities living in the country.

“The Secretary-General extends his heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families, and expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan.”

New York, 27 March 2016

A Muhamasheen child is seen inside her house in the Muhamasheen area of Mathbah, in Sana'a, Yemen, November 2, 2015.

Yemen is suffering and its people are facing some of the worst moments in human history. This extreme hardship is affecting the most vulnerable of the Yemeni society. The absence of any coping mechanism for such vulnerable households is further pushing millions of Yemenis into extreme poverty.  This tragic turn is exacerbated by the suspension of the Social Welfare Fund (SWF) since March 2015, which has been the key "public social protection" buffer, covering almost 7.9 million Yemeni lives. Out of these poverty stricken millions, are an even further marginalized group known as the Muhamasheen. They survive on the fringes of society, living in slums and peripheral areas of urban, semi-urban, and rural Yemen. But the recent conflict has not been the sole cause of their misery. This community has been neglected for a fairly long time. With limited access to basic social services, their social indicators are far worse than that of any average citizen. And now the conflict has worsened their condition to a question of survival.

In December 2015, a recently concluded Muhamasheen Mapping Survey (MMS) has indicated that only 25 % of all Muhamasheen have durable housing, compared to 54 % of the general population; only 9% have access to piped water compared to the national figure of 29%; almost 22 % have to survive out in the cold, living in tents and makeshift hutments made of tin and cardboard; the majority 59% live in dilapidated and deserted houses. The statistics for the affected children is a lot worse: almost 52% of their children between ages 10 -14 age group, cannot read and write, compared to 17% at the national level and 40% of the poorest quintile; for the age group of over 15 years, 80% cannot read and write, compared to 40% of the same group at the national level, and 68% of poorest quintile. 

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87 million children under 7 have known nothing but conflict – UNICEF

NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 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.

During the first 7 years of life a child’s brain has the potential to activate 1,000 brain cells every second. Each one of those cells, known as neurons, has the power to connect to another 10,000 neurons thousands of times per second. Brain connections serve as the building blocks of a child’s future, defining their health, emotional well-being and ability to learn.

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Tsinghua University and UNICEF launch innovation partnership to help reach some of the world’s most disadvantaged children

BEIJING/HONG KONG, 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.

The partnership, launched at an official signing event at Tsinghua by Chancellor of Tsinghua University Dr Chen Xu and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt, will bring together creative problem solvers from China and around the world to develop innovative solutions towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by United Nations Member States in September 2015.

Innovation is a critical part of achieving sustainable development and the Government of China is committed to building on the success of the Millennium Development Goals and achieving the SDGs. The SDGs, and how China will work to achieve them, are aligned to China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.

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New EU-Turkey agreement on refugee and migrants could leave children at risk: UNICEF

GENEVA/HONG KONG, 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.

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Climate change and poor sanitation threaten water safety for millions: UNICEF

NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 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.

In 2015 at the end of the Millennium Development Goal era, all but 663 million people around the world had drinking water from improved sources – which are supposed to separate water from contact with excreta. However data from newly available testing technology show that an estimated 1.8 billion people may be drinking water contaminated by e-coli – meaning there is faecal material in their water, even from some improved sources.

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Stand with us: join the #ClimateChain

New York/ HONG KONG, 18 March 2016 – On World Water Day, people around the world are creating a virtual #ClimateChain and uniting to take action on climate change and protect children and their futures. From the small island nation of Kiribati where rising sea levels threaten to wash away communities, to the dusty plains of the Pauk Township in northern Myanmar – children are standing with their arms outstretched in front of the places they want to protect, and linking up with others around the world. Just search the hashtag #ClimateChain on Instagram, the people will appear to be linked hand to hand across photos.

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UNICEF Charity Run 2015 – charity sales audit report

UNICEF Charity Run 2015 – Charity Sales (Public Subscription Permit No. 2015/297/1) was held on 29 November 2015 and the total amount of funds raised is HK$3,762. All the donations will be used to support UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment works in over 150 developing countries, aiming to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Please click here to […]