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World: Media Advisory – UNICEF Humanitarian Appeal 2019 – Interview Opportunities – 28/29 January 2019

Source: UN Children's Fund
Country: World, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen

All materials and information strictly embargoed for 1000 GMT 29 January 2019
Embargoed appeal overview, B-Roll and photos are available for download here:

WHAT: As UNICEF launches a US$3.9 billion appeal to reach 41 million children in humanitarian emergencies in 59 countries worldwide, interviews in English, Spanish and French are available with key UNICEF spokespeople in Geneva and around the world.

WHO: Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director of Emergency Operations, and Lucia Elmi, UNICEF Representative in Mali, are available for interviews from Geneva. Regional spokespeople are also available to discuss individual country and regional appeals.

Manuel Fontaine has been UNICEF’s Director of Emergency Programmes since January 2017. Prior to that Mr Fontaine was UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa Region (WCARO) from August 2013. Based in Dakar, Senegal, he was responsible for overseeing UNICEF’s programmes in 24 countries in the region, including Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin. Mr Fontaine has a background in child protection, in particular on the subject of children and armed conflict, and is a specialist in countries in crisis.

Lucia Elmi has been UNICEF’s Representative in Mali since XXXX. Prior to her posting in Bamako, Ms Elmi was UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan and prior to that, Mauritania. Ms Elmi is able to speak about the situation for children in Mali, where Children and young people continue to bear the brunt of the country’s complex and protracted crisis.

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WHEN: Monday 29th January (Embargoed) or Tuesday 30th January

WHERE: Spokespeople will be available for pre-recorded or live interviews via Skype, telephone or in studio from Geneva and New York.

WHY: 41 million children living through some of the world’s worst conflicts and other humanitarian emergencies will benefit from UNICEF’s 2019 appeal. Around the world, violent conflict is driving humanitarian needs to critical levels, with children especially vulnerable. Conflicts that have endured for years – such as those in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen, among other countries – continue to deepen in complexity, bringing new waves of violence, displacement and disruption to children’s lives. UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children sets out the agency’s 2019 appeal totaling $3.9 billion, and its goals in providing children with access to critical protection services, safe water, nutrition, education, and health in 59 countries across the globe.

CONTACT: To register interest, or for further information please contact:

Joe English, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 917 893 0692,

Christopher Tidey, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 917 340 3017,

Marixie Mercado, UNICEF Geneva, +41 79 559 7172,


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