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Press Centre (5/2016)

Starting over for everything

In April 2016, UNICEF, in collaboration with the Turkish Red Crescent and the financial support of EU Syria Regional Trust Fund (Madad), launched a Voices of Youth Digital Mapping project in Turkey. The project aims at empowering young Syrian refugees by giving them an opportunity to highlight on a digital map learning, leisure and protection services available in their communities.

In a first step, youth workers from the Turkish Red Crescent were trained on how to put together digital mapping workshops across Turkey. In a second step, selected young Syrian refugees were invited to participate in the workshops so that they can start to populate the digital map. In the following post, one of the trainers writes about his experience.


UNICEF at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, 23 - 24 May 2016

NEW YORK/ISTANBUL, 20 May 2016 – The world is witnessing the highest level of humanitarian need since the Second World War. For the first time in the 70-year history of the UN, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

New fund launches to address global education crisis

Education Cannot Wait aims to provide 13.6 million children and youth in emergencies and protracted crises with quality education over the next five years


Four schools or hospitals attacked or occupied every day- UNICEF

UN children’s agency calls for protection of schools and hospitals ahead of World Humanitarian Summit

#EmergencyLessons campaign highlights importance of education for children in conflict and disaster zones

BRUSSELS/NEW YORK, 16 May 2016 – The European Union and UNICEF today launched #EmergencyLessons, a new campaign to highlight the importance of education for children affected by emergencies.

The social media-driven public awareness campaign aims to reach 20 million Europeans, especially those 25 and under, in Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom and inspire them to raise their voices on behalf of millions of children and adolescents whose education has been interrupted by emergencies. 


Al-Azhar AlSharief and the Coptic Church provide their perspective on 11 types of violence against children including Female Genital Mutilation, early marriage and child recruitment

CAIRO, 9 May 2016- Al-Azhar Al-Sahrief, Al-Azhar University and the Coptic Orthodox Church, in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), today launched three publications by religious scholars on Islamic and Christian perspectives on protecting children from violence and harmful practices.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom visits conflict-hit Ukraine to highlight the importance of education in emergencies

New report reveals nearly a quarter of the world’s school-aged children live in crisis-hit countries

NEW YORK/ KYIV 4 May 2016 –UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom travelled to conflict-hit eastern Ukraine to raise awareness of the global education crisis facing children in humanitarian emergencies.


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