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UNICEF works with children in over 150 countries around the world.  These pages are devoted to hot news topics emerging from those countries.  

You'll find special newsrooms on countries in crisis, as well as pages devoted to global issues affecting children.

Current Hot Topics:

Situation in Horn of Africa set to get worse for millions of children
NAIROBI, Kenya, 17 July 2011 – UNICEF has called for an immediate expansion of assistance across the Horn of Africa’s drought affected communities, to address the...

UNICEF launches USD 1.4 billion appeal in response to most extreme crises
GENEVA, 7 March 2011 – UNICEF released the Humanitarian Action for Children Report (HAC) 2011 today, requesting $1.4 billion in its annual appeal to donors to...

UNICEF: Investing in adolescents can break cycles of poverty and inequity
NEW YORK 25 February 2011 - Investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 now can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity, said UNICEF...

Rich countries letting poorest children fall, says new report
FLORENCE/HELSINKI/GENEVA, 3 December 2010 - A landmark report by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre has found that children in many...

An AIDS- Free Generation is achievable by focusing on the most disadvantaged communities affected by HIV, says a new U.N. report marking World AIDS Day
NEW YORK, 30 November 2010 - Achieving an AIDS-free generation is possible if the international community steps up efforts to provide universal access to...

UNICEF issues a new appeal for the 10 million children affected by the flooding in Pakistan
GENEVA, 21 September 2010 - UNICEF today issued a report on the flooding emergency in Pakistan saying that, "with over 10 million children hit by...

First glimpse of World Cup for rural African youth
NEW YORK, 8 June 2010 - Young Africans are passionate about soccer, and some young people in remote parts of the continent will be able to watch...

Earthquake in Haiti
NEW YORK, 20 January 2010 - The earthquake that devastated parts of Haiti, on 12 January 2010, destroyed much of the country’s fragile...

Nutrition Report 2009
NEW YORK, 11 November 2009 - According to a new nutrition report released by UNICEF today titled ‘Tracking Progress on Child and Maternal...

UNICEF: J8 meets G8
ROME, L’AQUILA, July 9 2009 - Fourteen young people from countries attending the G8 today called on their respective leaders to get tough with...

New Machel Report calls for urgent action to protect children affected by armed conflict
NEW YORK, 16 June 2009 – UNICEF and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict launched the Machel Study...

World Malaria Day
24 April 2009 – Major signs of progress across Africa in the fight against malaria, particularly the increase in distribution of...

Humanitarian Action Report (HAR)
27 January 2009 - UNICEF’s 2009 Humanitarian Action Report (HAR), the agency’s annual funding appeal for protracted emergencies...

SOWC 2009
15 JANUARY 2009 – UNICEF’s flagship publication, launched today in Johannesburg, focuses on maternal and neonatal health, and the strategies...

Orphans
UNICEF and global partners define an orphan as a child who has lost one or both parents. By this definition there were over 132 million orphan...

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