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— A weekly news roundup highlighting the best of the FieldNotes blog and online coverage of UNICEF issues. Best of the FieldNotes Blog The world’s most urgent crises UNICEF lays out critical needs for humanitarian operations in 2014, with Syria designated for nearly half of the appeal. “We are in a race to prevent a catastrophe.” […]

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UNICEF on Fast Company’s 2014 Most Innovative Companies List

A community health worker sends a RapidSMS message for an ambulance from the house of a pregnant woman in northern Rwanda. © UNICEF/RWAA2011-00484/Shehzad Noorani

— “For delivering rapid solutions for local problems,” Fast Company featured UNICEF on its Feb. 13 list of the world’s most innovative companies. The magazine honored UNICEF for RapidSMS, a mobile data-collection technology that has helped millions of children receive birth registration through text messages. But it’s only one of many innovative technologies UNICEF is using to help […]

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New Report on the World’s Most Urgent Children’s Crises

A Syrian father accompanies his daughters to school in Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan. © UNICEF/NYHQ2013-1390/Shehzad Noorani

— UNICEF is making a big push for Syria’s children in its annual appeal to respond to the world’s most critical emergencies. Nearly 40 percent of the 2014 humanitarian action appeal is designated as aid for children in Syria and the surrounding region, an indication that UNICEF is redoubling its efforts to ensure that Syria’s traumatized […]

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The Rush to Aid 700,000 South Sudanese Before Rainy Season

A boy stands atop a dam in a flooded area of Maban County, Upper Nile State, home to four refugee camps. ©UNICEF/2012/BRIAN SOKOL

— UNICEF’s Director of Emergency Programs, Ted Chaiban, visited South Sudan last week. He writes about the urgency to fund relief programs as the rainy season approaches. It is heartbreaking to see the devastation wrought on the people of South Sudan since the sudden outbreak of fighting there two months ago. More than 850,000 South Sudanese […]

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L.A.’s Global Citizens Help UNICEF in the Philippines

Ms. Salazar holds up a certificate of global citizenship awarded to Daniel Webster Middle School for fundraising on behalf of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Photo: Jamie Meyer.

— Annie Kim is a Global Citizenship Fellow at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in Los Angeles, CA.  It’s been a little over three months since Typhoon Haiyan first struck the Philippines. Though the destructive super typhoon left immense devastation in its wake, the outpouring of international support showed the people of the Philippines that they […]

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South Sudan: As Many as 6 Million People Need Help

A health worker prepares to vaccinate a boy on a base of the United Nations  Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). © UNICEF/2014/Crowe

— UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake and other UN agency heads raised the emergency level for South Sudan on February 5, calling for immediate back-up response teams to be deployed to support UNICEF’s efforts in the conflict-ridden nation. As representatives from South Sudan’s factions engage in peace talks in Ethiopia, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon denounced the […]

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