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December 8, 2016

Each Christmas we create 25% more packaging waste than the rest of the year. Which is not surprising when you hear that last year in Ireland six million rolls of wrapping paper were bought! Now that is crazy!! 

So, we want to help you help the planet- and your pocket, with these super easy, cute, and free gift wrap alternatives...

Sitting in your recycling bin- yesterday's newspaper, couldn't get any easier, plus you could get very cute and highlight some of the words on the page to spell out the name of the person you're gifting- or a message.

You could also get very creative and create some giftbags out of newspaper. Look at those drawings, you could really customise the giftwrap- and those clothes pegs? No one will even realise they're missing ;)

You could even take the comic section and your work here is done! Bonus points for a homemade bow!

This one is something you probably have lying around the house, maybe it was a cloth bag from a gift last year- reuse it, put a bow or some strin...

December 3, 2016

December 3rd marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 

It happens all too often today that children with disabilities remain at a comparative disadvantage to their peers.

Charting a path towards universal access to primary and secondary schooling, along with effective learning for all begins with identifying the children left behind. The development of policies and programmes is constrained by the lack of reliable data on disabled children, particularly in developing countries. 

Millions of children today live with a disability that makes them more likely to be marginalized or miss out on education. 

For a child who enters an education system with a disability, more resources may be required to achieve opportunities that others take for granted. (The same is true of those children who live in poverty, or are disadvantaged due to ethnicity or gender). Unfortunately, spending is often skewed in favour of more privileged students. 

Furthermore, the most marginalised peop...

December 1, 2016

Today is World AIDS Day. UNICEF is launching For Every Child, End AIDS: Seventh Stocktaking Report on Children and AIDS.

As the number of people accessing life-saving drugs for HIV has risen, there has been an increasing sense that the end of AIDS was near. But for children and adolescents, the situation remains grave – and there is no end to AIDS without them.

Since 2000, nearly 9 million lives have been saved, with 17 million people living HIV receiving treatment. However, HIV is still present in many parts of the world. We must keep working until we have achieved an AIDS-free generation!

So join us on World AIDS Day to raise awareness on why the world must act now to end AIDS, tweet or Facebook your support with #worldAIDSday #ForEveryChild

November 1, 2016

On Saturday the third annual GAA Youth Forum took place in Croke Park, with 200 young GAA Players in attendance. Aged 12-21, players learned about getting the balance right, making healthy choices, and injury prevention.

Our UNICEF Stand was super busy all day, with attendees signing up to U-Report. Between sessions we asked questions related to the different workshops, which GAA Players who were already signed up to U-Report, but weren't in attendance, were also able to answer.

If you want to get the lowdown on more of the GAA's Youth Activities, follow @UReportIRL now on Twitter, or like our page on Facebook and message 'GAA'

October 24, 2016

Today the United Nations is 71 Years Old! Just shortly after that UNICEF was established to care for children in emergencies and to ensure that every child's right to survive and thrive was respected.

What can you do to celebrate UN Day?

Take action on one of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development!

October 17, 2016

 Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, check out our report here

The world is facing an ambitious target: to end extreme poverty by 2030. This vision is central to the work of the World Bank Group and UNICEF, and the entire international community. Now urgent action is needed to achieve it.

UNICEF is partnering with the World Bank to improve data related to poverty, to ensure that we better understand the issue and be better placed to solve the problem.

How many children are living in extreme poverty?

Children are most affected by extreme poverty – and by a huge margin. Our best estimate, based on data from 89 countries representing just over 84 per cent of the developing world’s population, is that almost 385 million children were living in extremely poor households in 2013. Perhaps most strikingly, children are more than twice as likely to be living in households in extreme poverty - with 19.5 per cent of children in developing countries estimated to live on less...

October 17, 2016

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day! Why is handwashing so important? 

Washing hands with water alone is not enough

Although people wash their hands with water, very few wash their hands with soap at critical moments (for example, after using the toilet, while cleaning a child, and before handling food). But washing hands with water alone is significantly less effective than washing hands with soap in terms of removing germs.

Lack of soap is not a significant barrier to handwashing at home. The vast majority of even poor households have soap in their homes. 

Handwashing with soap reduces disease

Washing hands with soap after using the toilet or cleaning a child and before handling food can reduce rates of diarrheal disease, including some of its more severe manifestations, such as cholera and dysentery, by 48-59% and rates of respiratory infection by about one-quarter.

Handwashing with soap is the single-most cost-effective health intervention

Handwashing with soap is a life-saving interve...

October 14, 2016

Were you at our tent at Zeminar? If so, sign up to U-Report Ireland now! Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, and message the word 'Zeminar' to join and have your voice heard!

October 13, 2016

Today the results from the U-Report on bullying will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly!

The results, available on www.ureport.ie, were used in a report on bullying which was commissioned by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. To see the report click here.

To participate in U-Report, simply follow @UReportIRL on Twitter, or like @UReportIRL on Facebook and message the word 'Join'. It really is that easy to change the world!

October 11, 2016

©UNI199768 A young girl in Uganda carries her sibling on her back and firewood on the head. Girls always bear the burden of doing most of the house chores

The Sustainable Development Goals set out an ambitious plan for universal progress on the most pressing issues to humanity over the coming 14 years. The SDGS are "for all nations and people and for all segments of society", meaning that we will leave no one behind. This includes 1.1 billion girls.

Girls and Household Work

The burden of unpaid household work begins in early childhood for girls and intensifies as they reach adolescence. Girls age 5 to 14 years old spend 40 per cent more time, or 160 million more hours a day, on unpaid household chores and collecting water and firewood compared to boys their age.

The countries where girls between 10 to 14 years old bear the most disproportionate burden of household chores compared to boys are; 

    - Burkina Faso - girls spend 16 hours a week compared to boys who spend 7...

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