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Tech companies and governments pledge to protect millions of children from sexual exploitation online – UNICEF
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 17 November, 2015 – Leading technology companies, governments and international organizations have committed to protecting millions of children from online sexual exploitation at the #WeProtect Children Online Global Summit hosted by the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom in Abu Dhabi, said UNICEF. 

UNICEF lauds commitment to child rights by World Conference on Indigenous Peoples
NEW YORK, 23 September 2014 – As the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples concluded today in New York, UNICEF said the commitment to children’s rights in the outcome document signified a major step forward for indigenous children.

UNICEF calls African governments to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse
NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2011 – Thousands of children in Africa are experiencing violence, exploitation and abuse on a daily basis. The situation is...

Statement by Sigrid Kaag, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, on the death of 12-year-old Yemeni girl, three days after her marriage
Statement - 7 April 2010

UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children Website Wins Webby Award
NEW YORK, 10 May 2006 - The Webby Awards, the leading international honour for Web sites, Tuesday named UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2006 website the People’s Voice Award winner for non-profit web sites of 2006.  Winners will be honoured at The Tenth Annual Webby Awards in New York City on 12 June.

UNICEF warns against potential exploitation of child earthquake survivors
ISLAMABAD, 17 October 2005 - In the aftermath of the earthquake many children have become separated from their caregivers. UNICEF has responded with concern to reports about children being taken from health facilities by individuals or NGOs, claiming to be able to look after them.

UNICEF and Casa Alianza join efforts against violence
PANAMA CITY, 6 September 2004 – With the expressed intention of protecting Latin American and Caribbean children and adolescents in a more effective manner against all forms of violence that affect the region, UNICEF and the international non- governmental organization, Casa Alianza, have recently signed their first regional cooperation agreement.

Bellamy urges legislators to use their power to protect children from exploitation
MANILA / NEW YORK, 4 April 2005 – Echoing a theme that has become a hallmark of her tenure, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy today challenged legislators from around the world to do more to protect the health and well-being of children.

How to protect children in the tsunami zone
LONDON, 8 January 2005 – Measures to protect children in the Tsunami zone from exploitation, abuse, and criminal trafficking are needed immediately to prevent them from slipping between the cracks, UNICEF said today, outlining the key steps essential to protecting orphans and other vulnerable children.

"The return and reintegration of child soldiers in Sudan: the challenges ahead"
NAIROBI, KENYA, 30 September, 2004 - About 20,000 children have been demobilised from the ranks of southern Sudanese rebel forces since 2001, according to UNICEF. An article published this week in the journal "Forced Migration Review" (Oxford University, UK) summarises a major evaluation of child demobilisation in Sudan commissioned by UNICEF.

"There should be no hiding place in South Asia for child sex sellers"
COLOMBO, SRI LANKA, 29 September 2004 - Better enforcement against child traffickers and more cross border cooperation by governments in South Asia is being called for by UNICEF.

Day of the African Child, 2003: For each child, an identity
NEW YORK, 16 June 2003 - UNICEF offices in dozens of countries are set to celebrate the Day of the African Child today, calling for the need to ensure all children are registered at birth. (Press Release)

UNICEF wary of post-war child trafficking in Iraq
13 June 2003 - Noting a flurry of news reports indicating an increase in the number of children on the streets in Baghdad, UNICEF says the situation is ripe for exploitation of children.In the chaos of the post-war environment, in Iraq normal community networks that protect children are not fully functioning. That can leave children exposed to exploitation. Hundreds of thousands of children are trafficked each year around the world for brutal child labour and sexual abuse.  (News note)

UNICEF names top five concerns for children in 2004
NEW YORK, 31 December 2003 – Marking the New Year by calling attention to the immediate needs of children in developing countries, UNICEF today named the top five concerns for children in 2004: child survival, the effects of HIV/AIDS, children caught in war, exploitation, and insufficient investment.

UNICEF and Salvadorian government campaign to prevent illegal immigration of children
SAN SALVADOR, 19 August 2003 – The Minister of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador, María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, and the Representative of UNICEF in El Salvador, Juan Carlos Espínola, launched the Central American radio campaign called “La Ruta del Norte” (The Route to the North) on Monday, a programme aimed to persuade mothers, fathers or guardians not to send their children to the United States illegally.

Child sex tourism and exploitation increasing in The Gambia
BANJUL, 5 May 2004 - A report released today by the Government of The Gambia and UNICEF reveals that sexual abuse and exploitation of children is on the rise in the tiny West African nation that is a favorite destination for tourists from several European countries.




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