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UNHCR, UNICEF launch Blue Dot hubs to boost protection for children and families on the move across Europe

GENEVA, 26 February, 2016 – As part of a joint endeavour to step up protection for the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF are setting up special support centres for children and families along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe.

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in Syria

NEW YORK, 22 February, 2016 - For Syria’s children, today’s agreement on the terms of a cessation of hostilities is welcome news after five years of brutal conflict.  UNICEF welcomes this diplomatic progress.  Now it must be matched by action.  

Strikes against children in a hospital in Syria Statement by the Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake

NEW YORK, 15 February, 2016– We at UNICEF are appalled by reports of attacks against four medical facilities in Syria – two of which were supported by UNICEF. One is a child and maternal hospital where children were reportedly killed and scores evacuated.

New statistical report on female genital mutilation shows harmful practice is a global concern - UNICEF

NEW YORK, 5 February 2016– At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation in 30 countries, according to a new statistical report published ahead of the United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

US$1.4 billion needed to get every Syrian child back in school, say aid agencies

Only scaled-up donor support can spare a generation the impact of Syrian conflict


More children and women seek safety in Europe: UNICEF

GENEVA, 2 February  2016 – For the first time since the start of the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, there are more children and women on the move than adult males, says UNICEF.

UNICEF Innovation Fund to invest in open source technology start-ups

NEW YORK, 1 February 2016 – UNICEF is inviting technology start-ups developing solutions with the potential to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children to apply for funding from its recently launched Innovation Fund. 

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