17 October 2023

COP28: UNICEF calls for universal action to tackle a child rights crisis

The climate crisis is not just changing the planet, it is changing children. It is affecting children everywhere – their lives, their communities and their health. Children's bodies and minds are uniquely vulnerable to pollution, deadly diseases and extreme weather, and they are disproportionately affected by the impacts of disasters,…, UNICEF at COP28, The COP28 Climate Conference is a critical point in the fight against the climate crisis, and the fight for children’s rights and wellbeing. World leaders and the international community must ensure child rights are prominent within the key outcomes of COP28, so that the needs of children are respected, promoted and considered in all aspects of…, COP28: Outcomes and highlights, Closing statement by UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Kitty van der Heijden Launch of Green Rising: Pathways for youth action by 2025 UNICEF's commitments to Relief, Recovery and Peace Joint statement by Group of Friends of Children and the SDG Powered by Curator.io Follow  @ UNICEF  for the latest updates. Learn about  UNICEF's on the ground…, UNICEF x Youth x Climate, Working together on the decisions that matter most Young people have the right to be heard on climate change. UNICEF builds communities for youth activists and connects young people to global opportunities in over 190 countries. How much do young people know about climate change? UNICEF and Gallup surveyed youth aged 15+ years in 55 countries. We…, More voices of youth, Water and climate change, Climate change is felt through water – whether too much, too little or too polluted Every region of the world, including high-income countries, faces challenges related to water scarcity or lack of access to clean water. With climate change, the problem is projected to get much worse over the coming decades., UNICEF calls for urgent climate action, We are bearing witness to the ways in which children's health and communities are already being altered in a climate-changed world. Children need to be at the centre of the global response. UNICEF calls on Parties to: Protect the lives, health and well-being of children and the resilience of their communities by adapting essential social services…, Roadmap resources, Children need urgent action on climate change UNICEF's strategy at a glance Sustainability and climate change action plan Child-sensitive climate policies for every child
21 September 2023

ICTD annual report 2022

Some achievements 2022 Emergency response: The HOPE platform was used to deliver cash transfers to over 200,000 vulnerable households with children in Ukraine. Digital health: UNICEF developed U-Test, a mobile health innovation using AI and designed to reach high-risk adolescents and youth for HIV prevention in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria. Digital solutions for young people: Yoma, a UNICEF-led, blockchain-based marketplace for youth, saw a significant increase in users in 2022, largely in Nigeria. Education: UNICEF partnered with Plan Ceibal (Uruguay’s National Digital Education Plan) to launch Puentes Digitales, which is providing students with disabilities with hardware and/or software (such as large-print keyboards or screen readers) to improve their access to technology. In Jordan, UNICEF expanded the deployment of a cloud-based network to improve internet access for children and youth living in refugee camps. Digital public goods: UNICEF continued its support for Primero, a digital public good and web app used by child protection and social services workers to deliver services to vulnerable children and families in more than 50 countries and territories. UNICEF also championed Oky, an open-source period tracker and menstruation education app created with and for girls in low- and middle-income countries. Digital fundraising: In 2022, ICTD played a key role in streamlining integration of digital fundraising through the implementation of digital infrastructure such as payment gateways, donation portals, reporting platforms and data migration functions. Scaling up digital maturity: ICTD continued its work to scale up the digital maturity of UNICEF and convene the organization towards digital transformation ambitions, accelerating progress towards the SDGs and improving overall operational efficiency and effectiveness.
10 June 2021

7 things to know about lead exposure

Lead is a highly poisonous element that is responsible for nearly 1.5 per cent of annual global deaths – almost as many deaths as from HIV and AIDS, and more than from malaria. Nearly a third of the world’s children – up to 800 million children – are affected by lead poisoning. Lead affects a child’s developing brain, causing decreased…, 1.    Lead is everywhere, Children can be exposed to lead in various places. It can be found in many consumer products, like water pipes, paint, food cans, spices, cosmetics and traditional medicines. Harder-to-see sources include air, water, food, toys and even the mud children play in. Lead is also used in industries such as mining and battery recycling. Unborn children…, 2.    Lead exposure is hard to detect, One challenge in detecting childhood lead poisoning is that it is hard to observe and recognize. At low to moderate levels of exposure, there are typically no symptoms or physical signs apparent to a clinician. At moderate to high levels of exposure, children may complain of a variety of non-specific symptoms, such as headaches, insomnia,…, 3.    Lead affects children more than adults, The potential negative effects of lead are far greater for children than for adults. A child’s brain grows fastest during the early years of childhood, when thousands of neural connections are made every second. Lead exposure can substantially interfere with this complex, important and delicate process. Infants and young children absorb about 4-5…, 4.    Lead impacts growth outcomes, Lead exposure can create learning disabilities and challenges that affect children’s executive functioning, impulse control and levels of aggression. These conditions are often irreversible and, studies find, may impact the likelihood of learning and behavioral difficulties, violence, and crime in adulthood. On a broader scale, all of these…, 5.    Even a little means a lot, Lead is a potent neurotoxin that, even with low-level exposure, is associated with a reduction in IQ scores, shortened attention spans and potentially violent and even criminal behaviour later in life. Children under the age of 5 are at the greatest risk of suffering lifelong neurological, cognitive and physical damage, and even death, from lead…, 6.     Poorer children are at greater risk, It is often the poorest children who are the most severely affected by lead exposure. This is because they are likely to live in areas where exposure risks are higher, such as in places where informal lead-acid battery recycling and smelting operations are more common, near hazardous waste recycling facilities, or in homes that still contain lead…, 7.     Prevention is the best cure, Unfortunately, there is no known safe level of lead exposure, and lead poisoning is difficult to cure. Once lead has been in the body for a prolonged period of time, it is very difficult to remove, as it is frequently deposited in bones and teeth. By this point, much of the neurodevelopmental damage has already been done. , Childhood lead poisoning needs an urgent international response, The potential negative effects of lead poisoning can create irreversible damage for children. With prevention as the only effective way to stop the damage caused by lead poisoning, we must act now. Pure Earth, Clarios Foundation and UNICEF launched the Protecting Every Child’s Potential (PECP) initiative in October 2020. PECP recognizes that…