Latest United Nations Children's Fund News

Liz Weston: How to get more joy while giving to good causes

Jan. 17, 2022 07:14 AM EST

We may think spending money on ourselves will make us happier than spending it on someone else. That belief can make it hard to carve money out of our budgets to give to good causes. But research shows that spending money on others is more likely to make us happy. This seems to be a...

UN: Lebanese crisis exposes children to abuse, exploitation

Dec. 17, 2021 11:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. children’s agency said Friday the number of cases of child abuse and exploitation it has handled in Lebanon has nearly doubled in the past year amid the Mideast country’s economic meltdown. Lebanese are under enormous pressure as their country struggles...

UN appoints Biden adviser Catherine Russell to head UNICEF

Dec. 10, 2021 14:56 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment Friday of Catherine Russell, an assistant to U.S. President Joe Biden, as the next head of the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF. Russell also heads the White House Office of Presidential Personnel and...

UN: Lebanese children's future at stake amid economic crisis

Nov. 23, 2021 08:11 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s severe economic crisis has left some children hungry and without good medical care, and forced others to drop out of school to help their families, the United Nations said Tuesday. The U.N. children's agency report came as the Lebanese pound...

UNICEF: Gangs in Haiti are targeting schools and students

Nov. 02, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — UNICEF warned Tuesday that schools in Haiti are increasingly at the mercy of gangs, with children becoming targets of robbery or ransom. The agency said that at least seven schools in the capital of Port-au-Prince have been forced to pay...

Beleaguered Haiti capital brought to brink by fuel shortages

Oct. 24, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s capital has been brought to the brink of exhaustion by fuel shortages, after staggering along despite an earthquake, the assassination of the president, gang violence and mass kidnappings. More than two weeks of fuel deliveries...