EU-UNICEF committed to ensure no child is left behind

May 28, 2018
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Years of violent fighting in Syria left thousands of schools destroyed, damaged or used as shelters for families who lost their homes. 11-year-old Nour struggled to follow lessons in a dark classroom up until the EU and UNICEF stepped in providing solar panels to generate electricity, and kindling her dream to become an architect. “I want to rebuild our destroyed house, but with a better design,” she says cheerfully in her now lit up classroom. In their first ever meeting, EU High Representative Mogherini and newly elected UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore, discussed further cooperation between the EU and UNICEF in providing assistance and hope to more children like Nour, trapped by conflict and poverty.

For several years, the EU and UNICEF have worked together to help a number of children around the world, supporting their wellbeing, development and protection. The EU invests heavily in providing children worldwide with education, safe drinking water, sanitation, health services, and in protecting them from all forms of violence and exploitation. In 2017 alone it contributed €458 million to UNICEF’s work with children, adolescents and young people and their families. And, since 2012, EU funds have helped UNICEF provide education to more than 2.5 million refugees and displaced children caught up in emergencies around the world. 


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