Archive | September, 2013

Additional US$45 million contribution to Syria’s children, as EU becomes largest donor to UNICEF appeal

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UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt (left) and European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule signed the agreement yesterday at UNICEF house.

NEW YORK, 24 September 2013 – UNICEF and the European Union (EU) signed a new cooperation agreement today that provides an additional US$45 million (€ 34. 2 million) to protect children affected by the Syria crisis and promote access to learning in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.

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Event calls for more leadership and better coordination of funds to achieve global education goals

By Daria Ng

At an event held to mark the one-year anniversary of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative, global leaders stressed the need for more leadership and better coordination of funds to deliver on the global education promise.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 30 September 2013 – An event to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) brought together governments, youth, activists, education leaders and artists at United Nations headquarters on 25 September. The event was convened by the GEFI Secretariat and UNESCO and moderated by United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.

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Early Childhood Peace Consortium launched at UNICEF

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Sasha, 5, with his sister Nastya, 4, at a state institution in Kopylov, Ukraine. Six months earlier, Sasha had watched his father kill his mother. Experiencing violence of any kind, early in life, can have a profound impact.

By Pi James and Taleen Vartan

Experiencing violence of any kind, early in life, can have a profound impact. A consortium launched on 20 September seeks to drive progress collectively to sustained peace through early childhood development programmes.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 25 September 2013 – “In every language, there is a word for peace; in every language, there is a word for children,” said Senior Adviser in the Early Childhood Development Unit at UNICEF Dr. Pia Britto, opening the launch of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium on 20 September at UNICEF House in New York.

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At Education Cannot Wait event, global leaders stress need to fund education – especially in emergencies

By Pierette James

At a meeting on education in countries affected by conflict, global leaders stress that children need education not ‘even’ in emergencies – but ‘especially’ in emergencies.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 26 September 2013 – Global leaders from governments, international organizations and civil society met at UNICEF on 23 September to increase urgency and renew commitments to help the now 28.5 million children in countries affected by conflict who are denied an education.

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Plan calls for funds to support education for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

By Daria Ng

Today, new financial commitments and a new youth crisis committee to help Syrian refugee children in Lebanon were announced at a press conference convened by A World at School and Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown. Education advocate Malala Yousafzai was in attendance.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 23 September 2013 – In a press conference today convened by A World at School and United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, new financial commitments and a youth mobilization committee were announced to help Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon.

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For Syrian children, education needs are urgent, and urgently underfunded

By Kristin Taylor

During the past school year, almost two million Syrian children aged 6–15 dropped out of school because of conflict and displacement. Despite efforts to provide Syrian children with uninterrupted learning, education remains the most underfunded sector of the response.

NEW YORK, United States of America, 24 September 2013 – A roundtable discussion on the educational needs of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon is among events on the agenda of United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Gordon Brown, during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Mr. Brown’s role as Special Envoy includes garnering support for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Global Education First Initiative, which strives to achieve quality education for all children.

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