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Current Issues

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
Arsenic contamination in groundwater
The rights to safe water and to sanitation
Investment priorities for sanitation in rural areas
Eliminating discrimination against children and parents based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity

Other issues
Prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse
UNICEF is committed to preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse. Child safeguarding, including preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, is an issue at the core of our programmes for children and at the top of UNICEF’s agenda...

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...

Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people
United Nations entities call on States to act urgently to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children...




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