The number and scale of humanitarian emergencies in 2014 made it an unprecedented year in UNICEF’s work to meet the needs of children and families affected by crisis. As UNICEF’s Executive Board gathered at the start of its first regular session of 2015, Member States considered the growing number and complexity of emergencies, the lessons UNICEF learned from the preceding year and how those insights may be applied to provide even more timely and effective humanitarian aid. In a top-agenda item, the Board considered how UNICEF can continue to have sufficient funds available when a situation quickly deteriorates, facilitating stronger operational capacity to respond to crises.
2014 was a devastating year, in which too many children around the world found themselves caught in emergencies with no end in sight. This photography essay captures the crises—from armed conflicts and natural disasters to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak—that undermined children’s ability to access healthcare, attend school, and play, and threatened their very survival.
The third installment of a three-part series of web articles covering initiatives and themes deliberated by member states during the 2014 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held at United Nations Headquarters, focuses on the importance of securing and fulfilling equal rights for girls in order to create a brighter future for all children.
The second installment of a three-part series of web articles covering initiatives and themes deliberated by member states during the 2014 Annual Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held at United Nations Headquarters, focuses on how measuring concrete results aids analysis and planning.
I had the opportunity to interview photojournalist Kate Holt about her documentation of the effects of resurgent violence in South Sudan that began in December 2013. More than four months later, at the time of the interview, the fighting continued to undermine the fundamental rights of children and to deprive them of their homes, their loved ones and the lives they once knew. Read the full interview here.
Written for UNICEF’s global homepage, this article covers the crisis in South Sudan that began in mid-December 2013 and outlines the emergency response of UNICEF and partners.