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These papers are intended to address a wide range of issues affecting children, which are of contemporary public interest. The papers are neither intended to be instructions for programming nor formal strategy documents. UNICEF Country Programmes of Cooperation are developed in consultation and in accordance with each government’s development priorities.

Ready-to-use therapeutic food for children with severe acute malnutrition [PDF]
Arsenic contamination in groundwater [PDF]
The rights to safe water and to sanitation [PDF]
Investment priorities for sanitation in rural areas [PDF]
Eliminating discrimination against children and parents based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity [PDF]
Gender Action Plan 2014-2017 [PDF]

Other issues

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 orphans in...

Intercountry adoption
Since the 1960s, there has been an increase in the number of intercountry adoptions. Concurrent with this trend, there have been growing...





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