David Bull
David Bull joined the United Nations Children’s Fund as Executive Director of the UK Committee in September 1999. Since then UNICEF UK’s voluntary income has more than trebled and the charity has positioned itself as an advocate for the world’s children through a series of campaigns focusing on maternal health, poverty, conflict, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. Recent initiatives include the children’s parallel G8 summit, the Rights Respecting School Award programme and advocacy for Child Wellbeing in the UK.

Since joining UNICEF UK, Mr Bull has visited UNICEF development and emergency programmes in many countries, including Sudan (Darfur), Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Iran, Sri Lanka (Tsunami emergency), Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Bosnia, Kosovo, Laos, Cambodia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Jordan, Egypt, the Philippines and Somalia.

Mr Bull was previously Director of Amnesty International’s UK Section (1990-1999). From 1987-1990 he was General Secretary of the World University Service (UK) and prior to that he was Executive Director of the Environment Liaison Centre in Kenya (1984-87) and Public Affairs Officer at Oxfam (1979-1984). He was a founder of the Pesticides Action Network (PAN) and he is the author of ‘A Growing Problem: Pesticides and Third World Poor’ (1982) and ‘Kampuchea: the Poverty of Diplomacy’. He has been a Trustee of PAN UK and of the Refugee Council, and is an observer member of the FTSE4Good Policy Committee. He has a degree in Economics from the University of Sussex and an MSc in Development Studies and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Bath.

Entries by David Bull

Building a Future for Young People in a Global Unemployment Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2015 | (13:56)

Isobel takes an order at her shop © Unicef/ Francois D'Elbee

The world is facing a worsening youth unemployment crisis with almost 73 million young people across the world now looking for work. It's a huge problem, particularly in the developing...

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Polio - Almost History

(0) Comments | Posted 29 November 2015 | (23:00)

When I was growing up in the 1950's children disabled by polio were visible and not uncommon, even in the UK. One of my neighbours was affected. Since then, I have helped raise the funds needed to tackle polio and have personally immunised children in Africa. I am excited that...

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Building Long-Term Partnerships to Create Lasting Change for Children

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2015 | (10:36)

Copyright Unicef/Romenzi: Long term partnerships, like Unicef and Starwood, can have a greater impact for children around the world

The ways that charities and businesses work together are changing. The notion of corporates supporting a cause with the sole...

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Keeping Children Safe in Emergencies

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2015 | (12:36)


A young Iraqi girl who has been displaced from her home ©Unicef

At the beginning of this year I remember being shocked and saddened by the fact that 2014 had been the most dangerous year for children to date. I had...

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Six Months of Brutal War in Yemen Puts Millions of Children in Danger

(4) Comments | Posted 10 October 2015 | (00:00)

Six months since the latest conflict in Yemen began, more than 500 children have been killed and another 1.7million are now at risk of malnutrition.

That's the devastating news coming from our colleagues working inside Yemen, where the situation seems to be getting worse by the day. Across the...

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Childhood Under Attack in Yemen

(8) Comments | Posted 31 August 2015 | (00:00)

Boys hold a large piece of twisted metal near homes that were destroyed in an air strike, in Okash Village, near Sana'a, the capital. ©Unicef/Hamoud

"Abdul was killed by a sniper. I do not want to die like him."

These are...

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Protecting The Most Vulnerable in Sierra Leone's Latest Ebola Outbreak

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2015 | (00:00)

Ousman Konteh was born at home on 26 July - the day after the quarantine was declared on Massesebe Village, the centre of the latest Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone's Tonkolili District.

"I had planned to go to the health centre to deliver, but then the barriers were put up...

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Monsoon Season Brings More Danger to Nepal's Children

(0) Comments | Posted 25 July 2015 | (00:00)

Saturday marks three months since the first Nepal earthquake hit and although we're hearing less and less about it in the media, children are still in danger. With the country now in monsoon season and heavy rain, flooding and thunder storms expected, your support is needed now more than ever.

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Why Unicef Won't Rest Until We Reach Every Child in Danger

(15) Comments | Posted 1 July 2015 | (00:00)

Fifteen years ago world leaders came together and set the target of halving global poverty by 2015. For children, this meant making vast strides on education, nutrition, and health.

Achievements since then have included millions more children surviving past their fifth birthdays, a huge reduction in the number of children...

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After a Year of Brutal Conflict, Iraq Is on the Brink of Humanitarian Disaster

(8) Comments | Posted 3 June 2015 | (17:18)

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is one of the most volatile and complex in the world and children are bearing the brunt of the conflict and facing danger every day.

The number of people affected by the ongoing crisis is currently 8.2million and four million of those are children. It's...

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Earthquake Babies - A Look to Nepal's Future

(0) Comments | Posted 25 May 2015 | (00:00)

One month on since the first Nepal Earthquake hit, and millions of children are still in danger. Although their heart-breaking stories are disappearing from the headlines, they still need the support of Unicef, and the international community.


An infant sleeps in his...

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How We Can Protect Children in Nepal

(0) Comments | Posted 12 May 2015 | (00:00)

It is now two weeks since a deadly earthquake struck Nepal but, with the media attention currently focused on the results of our general election, it is so important that we don't lose sight of the dangers that children are facing in the aftermath of this disaster.

When an emergency...

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Nepal Earthquake: We've Seen Utter Devastation

(0) Comments | Posted 30 April 2015 | (00:00)


People walk around the historic Durbar Square destroyed by the earthquake on 25 April in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal. Photo: Unicef/2015/Nybo

Since the unprecedented earthquake hit Nepal this weekend, reportedly over 5,000 people have lost their lives and at least three million...

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(1) Comments | Posted 14 April 2015 | (00:26)


We are one year on since the tragic abduction of 276 girls in Chibok, north-eastern Nigeria. Can you imagine still not knowing if your daughter or sister is safe, looked after or even alive?

Last year's BringBackOurGirls movement captured the...

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Keeping More Children Safe in a New Generation of Crises

(1) Comments | Posted 29 January 2015 | (13:39)

A boy displaced by fighting in South Sudan stands near makeshift shelters

Unicef launches its largest ever appeal

As the world faces a growing number of increasingly complex emergencies, over 60million children are in danger from natural disasters and conflicts. From the...

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Child Rights Anniversary Places Spotlight on Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (15:49)

Twenty-five years ago, the world made a commitment to all its children: that we would do everything in our power to promote and protect their rights.

On 20 November 1989, governments across the globe adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Convention stated that...

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Children Fall Prey to the Dangers of Austerity

(1) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (16:48)

Six years on from the start of the global financial and economic crisis, the world still finds itself tightly tethered to austerity. But how are the poorest children faring in the UK, Europe and other well-off countries? What is the impact of austerity on the Children of the Recession?


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Time to Put the Spotlight on South Sudan

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2014 | (00:00)

Picture copyright UNICEF/Kate Holt

South Sudan's children are suffering - and the crisis is set to get worse - much worse - in the coming months if more action is not taken urgently. The world's newest nation is on the...

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Changing the World With Data

(0) Comments | Posted 30 January 2014 | (13:38)


Data has always had something of a dry reputation - not often considered one of the livelier conversation topics around the dinner table.

However, for UNICEF, data is more than just numbers. Data shows us the reality of life for...

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We Must Not Forget the Children of the Philippines

(0) Comments | Posted 24 December 2013 | (23:00)

As Unicef UK Executive Director I have seen the physical destruction and the human consequences of many natural and man-made disasters all over the world - earthquakes, tsunamis, famine and war. Every one is different and you can never become accustomed to the suffering, especially of children. But the strongest...

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