UNICEF warns of ‘serious consequences’ for children if UK cuts funding

SourceThe Economist
SectorFinancial Markets
CountryMiddle east

The United Nations children’s agency has warned of “serious consequences” for vulnerable infants around the world after learning that the UK plans to shrink its core funding by around 60%.

Such funding enabled UNICEF to respond swiftly to the most pressing “education, protection and health needs” of children impacted by the coronavirus pandemic last year, the organisation said in a statement published on its website.

“Any cuts to these funds will have serious consequences for children,” it said.

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The UK is set to cut its UN aid budget. Pic: AP

UNICEF said the UK government had informed it of the planned reduction in funding on Friday.

“We are deeply concerned by this decision,” the agency said.

The cuts are part of a move by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

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