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Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most disadvantaged children: UNICEF
NEW YORK, 28 June 2016 – Based on current trends, 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, the target date for the
Government of Sri Lanka and UNICEF host the South Asia Regional Symposium on Sustainable Peace and Education
27 May 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka - UNICEF in partnership with Ministry of Education hosts the first ever South Asia Symposium on Sustainable Peace and Education in Sri Lanka. The symposium aims to build greater awareness on the role of education in buildin
Stunting is Holding Back the Development of South Asian Children and Nations
New Delhi, 18 May 2016 – Stop Stunting in South Asia, a special issue of the international journal Maternal and Child Nutrition offers evidence that stunting is holding back the development of South Asian children and nations. The latest data indicate tha
UN partners renew commitment to end preventable newborn deaths
AMMAN, 24 April 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO), UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund) and UNICEF are joining efforts to support Arab countries, Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan to reduce neonatal mortality and improve the quality of healt
EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE AT RISK FOR CHILDREN IN AFGHANISTAN
KABUL, 18 April 2016 – Children in Afghanistan increasingly struggle to access healthcare and education, the UN said in the report released today, ‘Education and Healthcare at Risk – Key trends and incidents affecting children’s access to healthcare and
End Violence against Children in South Asia
Colombo, 14 March 2016 – High-level representatives from eight countries in South Asia are meeting in Sri Lanka from 14 to 15 March to renew and strengthen their commitment to end violence against children in the region.
ICC launches Cricket for Good & Team Swachh campaign in partnership with UNICEF and BCCI
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has reaffirmed its commitment to the Spirit of Cricket and bringing about positive social change through the sport, by launching Cricket for Good, it’s CSR Programme, in association with UNICEF.
Asia-Pacific region facing a ‘hidden epidemic’ of HIV among adolescents, new report finds
UNICEF, UNAIDS and partners release report 'Adolescents: Under the Radar in the Asia-Pacific AIDS Response' ahead of World AIDS Day
Nepal: Serious shortage of essential supplies threatens millions of children this winter - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 30 November 2015 – More than 3 million children under the age of 5 in Nepal are at risk of death or disease during the harsh winter months due to a severe shortage of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines, UNICEF warns.
Universal Children’s Day: Why fair matters
UNICEF Ambassadors Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Sir Roger Moore, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Priyanka Chopra, Novak Djokovic, Mia Farrow, Ishmael Beah, Susan Sarandon and Angelique Kidjo join forces to fight today’s unfair world for children
UNICEF: Without toilets, childhood is even riskier due to malnutrition
NEW YORK, 19 November 2015 – Lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits children in Nepal six months after earthquake
KATHMANDU, Nepal/LONDON 6 November 2015 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham today met children at a temporary learning centre established with support from UNICEF in Kathmandu after the earthquake hit.
World Polio Day: Fewer children than ever with polio
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 23 October 2015 – Never before in the history of polio have so few children in so few countries contracted the crippling virus – but we cannot rest until the number of cases is zero, UNICEF said on the eve of World Polio Day.
Afghanistan and Pakistan Earthquake: Children cut off from Aid - UNICEF
KABUL/ ISLAMABAD, 27 October 2015 – Children in earthquake-hit areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan are facing further deadly threats as extreme conditions and insecurity cut off communities from aid - warns UNICEF.
International Cricket Council and UNICEF unite for children
NEW YORK, 21 October 2015 – The International Cricket Council (ICC) and UNICEF today announced a five-year partnership to advocate on behalf of the world’s most disadvantaged children.
“The transformative power of Early Childhood Development for equitable development” ASIA-PACIFIC EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE OPENS IN BEIJING
As 500 Government leaders, policy experts, non-governmental organizations from 23 countries gathered for the Fourth International Childhood Development and Poverty Reduction Summit and the 2015 Asia-Pacific Regional Early Childhood Development (ECD) Confe
UNICEF join hands with UNESCO to support countries develop action plan on SDG 4 and EFA unfinished agenda in South Asia
Great achievements have been made in expanding educational opportunities in countries in South Asia since the Education for All (EFA) goals were set and adopted by the international community in 1990 and re-affirmed in 2000.
A new framework to reduce children casualties in disasters across South Asia
Kathmandu, 17 September 2015 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in South Asia and the Disaster Management Centre from the South Asia Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) have joined hands to convene a high-level policy dialogue on Child-
Three months on from first Nepal quake, children still at risk
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 25 July 2015 – Three months after Nepal’s April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks, children continue to face multiple risks as their families have been pushed deeper into poverty and they remain in need of aid.
UNICEF, WHO: Lack of sanitation for 2.4 billion people undermining health improvements
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 30 June 2015 – Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine the child survival and health benefits from gains in access to safe drinking water,
Millions of world’s poorest children left behind despite global progress, new UNICEF report says
NEW YORK, 23 June 2015 – The global community will fail millions of children if it does not focus on the most disadvantaged in its new 15-year development roadmap, UNICEF warned today.
Nepal Earthquakes: UNICEF speeds up response to prevent child trafficking
GENEVA/KATHMANDU, 19 June 2015 - At least 245 children have been intercepted from being trafficked and unnecessarily or illegally placed in children’s care homes since the first earthquake hit Nepal almost two months ago, said UNICEF.
UNICEF Welcomes First Student-led Conference on Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene in South Asia
Colombo, June 15, 2015: The Government of Sri Lanka is organizing the first-ever student-led conference on water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in South Asia on 16 and 17 June in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo.
Nepal earthquake: race against time to get children back to school
KATHMANDU, 31 May 2015 – Almost 14,000 children whose schools were destroyed or heavily damaged in the two earthquakes are having classes for the first time in five weeks in temporary learning centres.
Nepal Earthquakes: One month on from first quake, malnutrition a growing threat for children
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 25 May 2015 – One month after the first of two major earthquakes hit Nepal, an estimated 70,000 children under five are at risk of malnutrition and require urgent humanitarian support - according to UNICEF.
Nepal Earthquake Humanitarian Situation Report (One Month Review) 25 May 2015
One month after two major earthquakes devastated Nepal, one in six children in the country...
World Education Forum adopts Declaration on the Future of Education
INCHEON, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, 21 May, 2015 – A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years has been adopted at the World Education Forum, which concluded today in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
World Education Forum will set roadmap for global education until 2030
INCEHON, Republic of Korea, 19 May – The global education agenda for the next 15 years will be discussed at the World Education Forum 2015 (WEF 2015), which opened today in Incheon, Republic of Korea.
Nepal Earthquakes: 12 babies born every hour without basic healthcare in worst hit areas – UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 15 May 2015 – Around twelve babies are being born every hour without access to basic healthcare in the areas of Nepal worst hit by two powerful earthquakes, according to UNICEF, following massive damage to maternity facilities.
Nepal earthquakes: Looming crisis for children’s emotional health - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 14 May 2015 – Children in Nepal are facing an unprecedented emotional toll as they deal with the devastating consequences of two major earthquakes in two and a half weeks, warned UNICEF.
Afghanistan Government and Partners sign Historic Declaration based on new study to save thousands of women and child lives
KABUL, 12 May 2014 - The Government of Afghanistan today officially signed the Kabul Declaration for Maternal and Child Health, a pledge by government, United Nations agencies, civil society and donors to implement cost-effective .....
Afghanistan Government and partners promote health interventions to save lives of 35,000 children by 2020
KABUL, Afghanistan, 10 May 2015 – Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health, donors and international experts gathered today to review the country’s progress in maternal and child health, and identify ways to save over 35,000 lives of children ....
Maldives launches first-ever national Child Abuse Prevention Campaign, “AHAN ….. LISTEN TO US”
MALE’, Maldives, 10 May 2015 – Today on the national Children’s Day, a nationwide campaign on child abuse prevention invites every Maldivian to be part of the solution to stop violence against children and protect their innocence.
Nepal Earthquake: Education for nearly 1 million children in jeopardy - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 7 May 2015 – At least 950,000 children in Nepal will not be able to return to school, unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces and
Nepal earthquake: Emergency immunisation campaign for hundreds of thousands of children - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 4 May 2015 – More than half a million children are being targeted in an emergency vaccination drive in Nepal – as fears grow of measles outbreaks in the informal camps that have sprung up since the earthquake on 25 April.
Life-saving UNICEF supplies reach Nepal to help 1.7 million children severely affected by earthquake
KATHMANDU, Nepal / NEW YORK, 30 April 2015 – Over the past 48 hours, UNICEF has delivered 29 metric tonnes of humanitarian supplies to Nepal including tents and tarpaulins, water purification tablets, first aid and hygiene kits.....
Racing against time for children and families in Nepal: IKEA Foundation gives €3 million to UNICEF emergency relief efforts
GENEVA, 29 April 2015 – In the aftermath of the violent earthquake that hit Nepal with devastating force on 25 April, IKEA Foundation has contributed €3 million to UNICEF to support emergency relief efforts.
Nepal Earthquake: New appeal for children amid growing need - UNICEF
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 29 April 2015 – Around 1.7 million children are now in urgent need of aid in the areas worst-hit by the earthquake in Nepal, according to UNICEF.
Nearly 1 million children require urgent humanitarian assistance after Nepal earthquake
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 26 April 2015 – At least 940,000 children living in areas severely affected by yesterday's earthquake in Nepal are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, says UNICEF. The 7.9 magnitude earthquake on 25 April .....
UNICEF fears for wellbeing of children after Nepal earthquake
KATHMANDU, Nepal, 25 April 2015 - UNICEF is mobilizing an urgent response to meet the needs of children affected by today's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. With children accounting for half the country's population, UNICEF fears .....
UNICEF releases new birth registration report on its own 67th birthday underscoring the importance of counting every child
NEW YORK, 11 December 2013- On UNICEF’s 67th birthday today, the organization released a new report showing that the births of nearly 230 million children under-five have never been registered
Joint Press Release - Action plans launched to improve reproductive, maternal, neonatal & child health
KABUL, 8 December, 2013 – The Ministry of Public Health and its UN partners today announced the introduction of two action plans to further reduce maternal, neonatal and child deaths in the country.
Children’s Opinion Poll 2013 calls for proactive role from political aspirants and leaders to realise child rights
DHAKA, Saturday, 6 December 2013: Almost 62 per cent of children who took part in a recent Opinion Poll think that child rights are overlooked by political aspirants and leaders as children do not vote.
Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar to Bat for UNICEF
Mumbai, 28 November 2013 – International cricket sensation Sachin Tendulkar has become UNICEF Ambassador for South Asia during a signing ceremony in Mumbai, India.
On Universal Children’s Day, put hidden violence and abuse in the spotlight, says UNICEF
NEW YORK, 20 November 2013 – As the world marks Universal Children’s Day - the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - UNICEF is urging a much stronger light be shone on the millions of children in every country
UNICEF South Asia is Saving Children Lives through Innovations
UNICEF South Asia is using innovation to save children lives across South Asia. Innovations involve the use of new technology, and often involve the application of new ideas, which the organization is piloting on a small version, and then scale them up ex