Netherlands give UNICEF largest single donation ever – over $200 million

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received the single largest earmarked donation in its 60-year history – $201 million pledged by the Government of the Netherlands to radically expand the agency’s efforts to ensure that youngsters caught in conflict and natural disasters as well as those emerging from crisis can go to school.

UN helps child camel jockeys from United Arab Emirates reintegrate in their homelands

It might be impossible to thread a camel through the proverbial eye of a needle, but the United Nations is helping to get under-age child-jockeys off the backs of camels and reintegrate them into their home communities.

UNICEF celebrates 60 years of helping children with plaudits and calls to do more

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), set up after the devastation of World War II to provide food and blankets to millions, celebrated its 60th anniversary today with a special meeting of the General Assembly at which Secretary-General Kofi Annan and others paid tribute to the agency’s tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable.

UNICEF appoints South African artist Zola as regional Goodwill Ambassador

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced the appointment of the prominent South African singer and actor Zola as the agency’s Goodwill Ambassador for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Early childhood care crucial to eliminating gender inequality, UNICEF warns

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called on governments and others committed to universal education and gender equality to remember that the earliest years are the most critical for children’s development.

Trick or treat for UNICEF tonight, and help a deprived child

Don’t be surprised when you open your door to the trick-or-treat knock on Halloween tonight if you find a smiling child on the other side holding an orange box with the letters UNICEF boldly written in blue.

UNICEF launches online Swahili game to boost HIV prevention in East Africa

Seeking to reach East African adolescents and young people in the battle against AIDS, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched its first interactive feature in Swahili, an online game that empowers the young to make good life choices and prevent HIV.

UNICEF wins Spanish prize for its work in helping African children

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today accepted a prestigious Spanish award on behalf of the UN agency for its work in Africa and its efforts to improve the health and living conditions of millions of children around the world.

UNICEF helps Nigeria immunize 29 million children against measles

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided crucial logistical support to Nigeria for a massive immunization campaign to protect 29 million children against measles, a highly contagious virus that kills more children than any other preventable disease in Africa’s most populous country.

Child poverty in South-East Europe, Central Asia clouds region’s future – UN report

Although the number of children under 15 living in extreme poverty in South-Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States has dropped from 32 million to 18 million since the late ‘90s, governments must increase their health and education budgets to ensure regional prosperity, according to a United Nations report released today.